Ratings, Rants and Raves: All Soaps See Bumps Except All My Children



Boy oh boy is All My Children continuing to prove ABC Daytime bet on the wrong horse when they decided to move it out West instead of One Life to Live. AMC was the only soap to lose total viewers the week of Nov. 8-12, 2010.  (Source: Soap Opera Network).

The Julie Hanan Caruthers-helmed sudser was also the only soap to fall in households, dropping one-tenth of a ratings point. AMC was dead last in all the major demos. 


I honestly don’t have any scathing remarks about AMC’s current stories. I don’t think they’re all that bad. I enjoy JR and Annie (Jacob Young and Melissa Claire Egan), AMC’s teens are likeable, though I know my cohort, Luke Kerr would beg to differ!

Pine Valley is the only soap town with a consistent, viable black family and a gay woman, so what gives? Why are soap fans giving up on Erica Kane (Susan Lucci) and Co.? It could be the 75 millionth chapter of the Ryan and Greenlee (Cameron Mathison and Rebecca Budig) Snorefest. I like both Mathison and Greenlee as performers and have enjoyed their characters in other pairings, i.e. Ryan and Gillian, Ryan and Kendall, Greenlee and Leo, but together they are now, and have always been, God awful. I wonder if ABC Daytime will realize this before it’s too late?
 
Also, I know I keep asking this, but what exactly is the point of Caleb (Michael Nouri)? No offense to the amazing actor, but I simply can’t invest in this contrived tale. There was no reason whatsover for David Kreizman and Donna Swajeski to create some new heir for Palmer (the late James Mitchell), when there were plenty of heirs fans already had emotional connections with. I would have much rather have seen Daisy, Opal, Petey, Nina, Bobby and JR square off over Cortlandt Electronics than some retconned nephew we’d never head of.  

OLTL, which has finally begun to benefit from mainstream media attention, went up 28,000 total viewers over the previous week. Agnes Nixon‘s other soap baby also went up one one-tenth of a point in households, among women 18-49 and among women 18-34. Take that Chelsea Handler!
 
General Hospital was the big winner at the House of Mouse for the week. GH went up 121,000 total viewers as everyone in town fretted over Brenda’s (Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo) secret like it was some ancient, Abrahamic principle that would see her net a book deal and a series of interviews on Oprah. GH also went up one-tenth of a point in households and among women 18-49.

CBS Daytime’s The Young and the Restless gained the most total viewers of any soap the week of Nov. 8-12. Y&R added 203,000 more people to watch that fickle Sharon (Sharon Case) try to decide which Newman stud she wants to put on some boots and mount.
 
Oh who am I kidding? We all know it was Mr. Mumbles (Eric Braeden) walking in on Deacon (Sean Kanan) walking Nikki (Melody Thomas Scott) like a dawg that caused the ratings (among other things) to rise! Maria Arena Bell needs to put Kanan on contract STAT! Y&R went up one-tenth of a point in households and among women 18-34 and two-tenths of a point among women 18-49.

Y&R’s kid sister, The Bold and the Beautiful went up 6,000 total viewers over the previous week. B&B held steady in households, but went up one-tenth of a point among women 18-49. I think I’ve gushed enough about B&B’s cancer storyline for the fact to be driven home hard that I think it has been the best soap story of 2010, but there’s another aspect of B&B I can’t get enough of — Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang) and Thomas (Adam Gregory)!

 I’m sorry, call me a pervert, call me a skeeve, call me a Confederate tax collector, I don’t give a good kitty, Brooke and her stepson are HOT! I cannot wait for that tall, dark, handsome buck to slide betwixt Brooke’s sunkissed, California goodness. That reminds me, I need to pick up a couple of Harlequins for the plane ride home for Thanksgiving….

Brad Bell has definitely gotten his groove back and is managing to balance social relevance with raunch in a way that would most likely make his late, great father very proud.  Okay, so that’s all for this week. Sound off in the comments about why you think your fave soap did good, bad or ugly in the ratings the week of Nov. 8-12!

Numbers are based on Live+Same Day ratings

Ratings for the week November 8-12 2010

(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

Total Viewers
1. Y&R 4,993,000 (+203,000/+78,000)
2. B&B 3,049,000 (+6,000/-227,000)
3. GH 2,528,000 (+121,000/-290,000)
4. DAYS 2,498,000 (+72,000/-557,000)
5. OLTL 2,396,000 (+28,000/-296,000)
6. AMC 2,261,000 (-60,000/-492,000)

HH
1. Y&R 3.5/12 (+.1/-.1)
2. B&B 2.2/7 (same/-.2)
3. DAYS 1.9/6 (+.1/-.3)
4. GH 1.8/6 (+.1/-.3)
4. OLTL 1.8/6 (+.1/-.2)
6. AMC 1.7/6 (-.1/-.3) <- ties low rating (Last time: October 25-29, 2010)

Women 18-49 Viewers
1. Y&R 1,097,000 (+94,000/-42,000)
2. GH 848,000 (+66,000/-128,000)
3. DAYS 721,000 (+61,000/-191,000)
4. OLTL 679,000 (+56,000/-127,000)
5. B&B 647,000 (+29,000/-70,000)
6. AMC 537,000 (-14,000/-215,000)

Women 18-49 Rating
1. Y&R 1.7/11 (+.2/same)
2. GH 1.3/8 (+.1/-.2)
3. DAYS 1.1/7 (+.1/-.3)
4. OLTL 1.0/7 (+.1/-.2)
4. B&B 1.0/6 (+.1/-.1)
6. AMC 0.8/5 (same/-.3) <- ties low rating (4th straight week)

Girls 12-17 Viewers
1. Y&R 49,000 (+1,000/+22,000)
2. B&B 35,000 (-3,000/+14,000)
3. GH 25,000 (-7,000/-32,000)
4. DAYS 18,000 (-14,000/-15,000)
4. OLTL 18,000 (-2,000/-21,000)
6. AMC 12,000 (-3,000/-6,000)

Women 18-34 Rating
1. Y&R 0.9/6 (+.1/-.2)
2. GH 0.8/5 (same/-.4)
3. DAYS 0.7/5 (same/-.4)
3. OLTL 0.7/4 (+.1/-.2)
5. B&B 0.5/4 (same/-.2)
5. AMC 0.5/3 (same/-.4) <- ties low rating (4th straight week)

Men 18+ Viewers
1. Y&R 1,182,000 (+18,000/-8,000)
2. B&B 662,000 (+7,000/-50,000)
3. DAYS 541,000 (-1,000/-67,000)
4. GH 450,000 (+4,000/-41,000)
5. OLTL 409,000 (-41,000/-81,000)
6. AMC 392,000 (-63,000/-157,000)

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Day-To-Day Ratings – HH/Total Viewers

AMC
Monday: 1.8/2,301,000
Tuesday: 1.7/2,177,000
Wednesday: 1.7/2,231,000
Thursday: 1.8/2,353,000
Friday: 1.7/2,242,000

B&B
Monday: 2.4/3,161,000
Tuesday: 2.2/3,111,000
Wednesday: 2.1/3,117,000
Thursday: 2.0/2,775,000
Friday: 2.2/3,081,000

DAYS
Monday: 2.0/2,784,000
Tuesday: 1.9/2,527,000
Wednesday: 1.8/2,364,000
Thursday: 1.8/2,429,000
Friday: 1.8/2,387,000

GH
Monday: 1.8/2,511,000
Tuesday: 1.8/2,445,000
Wednesday: 1.9/2,549,000
Thursday: 1.9/2,565,000
Friday: 1.9/2,570,000

OLTL
Monday: 1.8/2,400,000
Tuesday: 1.7/2,202,000
Wednesday: 1.8/2,500,000
Thursday: 1.8/2,451,000
Friday: 1.8/2,425,000

Y&R
Monday: 3.8/5,377,000
Tuesday: 3.6/5,081,000
Wednesday: 3.5/4,987,000
Thursday: 3.3/4,623,000
Friday: 3.4/4,897,000

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For the SEASON September 20, 2010 through November 14, 2010

HH
1. Y&R 3.6
2. B&B 2.3
3. GH 1.9
3. DAYS 1.9
5. AMC 1.8
5. OLTL 1.8

Women 18-49 Rating
1. Y&R 1.7
2. GH 1.4
3. DAYS 1.2
4. OLTL 1.1
5. B&B 1.0
6. AMC 0.9

65 Responses

  1. Profile photo of inspiron
    inspiron

    Jamey, I so agree with you on AMC. Why are they trying to get us to care about the long lost son of a character we don’t even know?! I still say writers must get paid for creating new characters…there is no other logical explanation, even though I have been told otherwise. Let’s get some interesting storylines for the characters we do care about.

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    allcarlyhere

    Y&R has been the best soap this sweeps. The Neacon and Shickadam stuff is GOOD mainly because of the tension between Sharon and Adam. Is Nick finally going to get his karma? Victor vs the daughters has been good too. Daisy needs to go away tho. I feel for Lauren, and Daisy is not a good villain. I can’t take her seriously. That’s probably more to do with the acting. NuThomas on B&B is really breathing life into the role, but I was skeptical of his acting at first. The kid is getting better. Thank goodness they gave that boy a personality. He needs to be with Hope and let go of his Brooke fantasies. HT was very funny as the crazy protective mother, and KKL was just amazing. B&B is crazy but it’s working for them and I’m watching faithfully.
    GH is finally decent again. The secret is coming out and it’s what everyone is trying to figure out. Is the baby dead, alive. Is it Dante’s, someone else’s??? It’s finally not as boring as it has been the past couple of months.
    Those are the only shows I’m watching right now, but not shocked to hear about AMC. I’ll probably get back on OLTL when TK starts.

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    jlafferty23

    I’m glad GH went up. I think it is great right now…
    We are finally getting Sonny/Brenda scenes. Lucky/Siobhan are fantastic!
    and the secret is slowly being revealed, I’m excited to see who the Balkan is..

    I watch all the soaps because I need something to work out too, so I have been watching AMC, and i agree with you Jamey. Ryan & Greenlee are a snooze, I just started watching 2 months ago and didn’t get the hate for the couple, I get it now! I must agree with Luke on the teen set though, that young girl that plays Colby is terrible and the guy that plays asher, equally bad.
    Two things I am enjoying on AMC.. Griffins arrival (the man is SEXY!) and JR & Annie

    B&B- is the only soap I have actually stopped watching. I’m bored out of my mind and I dont agree that the cancer story is the best of 2010. I dont think Brad should get an emmy because he pulls one could story out of his arse throughout the whole year and IMO its not even that good of a story

    Y&R- its okay right now,Nick & Sharon are boring, and the Nikki/Victor/Deacon/Meggie scenes were great!

    OLTL- I’m enjoying it right now..not everything but most of it.

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    ldylkng

    Jlafferty, Dead on, all of this !

    B&B Ridge needs to move away, so we can find out who we really like, Brooke or Taylor! Love Stephanie, More Felicia & Nick! other wise a bore.

    AMC HATE Ryan & Greenlee And so does everyone else, Would like Greenlee if not for Ryan!

    GH Love it, Loving the Carly Brenda catfight!

    OLTL Would love it more without the Fords!

    Y&R This Daisy story HAS TO END! More Nicky, Deacon, Billy!

    Don’t watch Days.

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    ldylkng

    Forgot to add, Zach dying! NOOOOOOO!!! as someone said before, Just love watching that man! Bring back David TODAY! Just wish the writers would give him a heart.

    Also put Jackson & Krystal together sooner, rather than later! Love them!

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    akbad806

    Y&R was riveting throughout the Meggie reveal, but the Nick/Sharon/Adam triangle falls flat. Joshua Morrow needs to take some time off for Nick to be a viable character again. Also, Murphy and Katherine’s chat this week where he talked about his late son and wife reminded me why I love soaps. Michael Fairman knocked those scenes out of the park!!!!! No washboard abs, no histronics…just genuine, heartfelt acting. Morrow is incapable of pulling this off and is bringing down those around him. The scenes today where Nick informed Phyllis that he and Sharon are engaged were awful. Why doesn’t this guy bring it? UGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    It shouldn’t matter how “hot” an actor is or how long he’s been on the soap, if he can’t emote…ship him out. I did, however, suprisingly enjoy the Cane/Lily/Blake storyline this week. DG could show JM a thing or two in the art of being a pretty face who can ACTUALLY ACT. What a concept!
    I also enjoyed Sofia for some strange reason. They’ve toned her down and are slowly integrating her into the canvas. Just give JPM and the other AA actors an actual story to sink their teeth into please MAB.
    I tried watching DAYS this week but I couldn’t do it. Sami can’t carry this once-great soap. Get Marlena back or DAYS will continue to suffer.
    Also, the production values on this show are shoddy!!!!!! Why are the filming so bad????

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    Ryan-Scott

    I agree 110% about why in the hell did Donna and David go this route with Palmer’s legacy when there are a whole of bunch of other established Cortlandts they could have used.

    Creative heads at AMC need to roll….Donna, David, and Julie.

    And hopefully this stupid Bonkers Balkan story on GH will wrap up soon.
    Seeing Ethan shirtless this week was pretty damn good though I must say.

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    SoapFan75

    Great and significant jump by Y&R, 203,000, the best soap by far. Even with that dipstick Daisy being back. But it should lead to a good “who gets custody of the baby” storyline. God what will it take for Fronsie to let go of his wet dream of a Rylee pairing. This just in – Rylee Reunion 1,029 and they STILL SUCK!!!!!!! Console yourself Fronsie, GH is back to being the number one ABC soap and put the AMC fans out of their misery and let Rylee die the immediate death that pairing so deserves.

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    beans4metoo

    I watch AMC, GH, Y&R and B&B and I am enjoying SOMETHING on each of them right now.

    AMC- I skipped the trial so I quit watching for 3 weeks but I’m back now b/c I don’t want to miss Zach dying. I’m kinda excited for the new doctor Griffin. I’m really into the Jake/Carolyn story that’s coming. I love JR and Annie but they don’t show them enough. They need to get that story front and center. I like Caleb and Asher and want Colby and Asher together. I would like Jackson and Krystal together too, especially if they are gonna make Erica break his heart again and leave him for Caleb like it looks like they are going to. But THIS time, I want Jackson to really fall in love with Krystal and ERICA have to fight for him instead of him always having to fight for her! I agree about bringing Skye back but ONLY if they have a good story for her. Her last visit to GH was a waste..the story never materialized and was barely ever shown. About Ryan and Greenlee. I have always loved them. I was watching back when she first became obsessed with him and he was in love with Jillian. So, I’ve been waiting all this time for them to get back together. Yet, now that its here I’m kinda bored with them and don’t really see the chemistry.

    GH- I can’t really comment on what’s happening now b/c i’m about 3 weeks behind on TIVO. But I’m LOVING it where I’m at and loving how all the stories are revolving around Brenda. I’m NOT like Siobhan. I like nothing about her at all. But love anytime Jonathon Jackson gets a front burner story b/c he is ADORABLE.

    B&B- I’m loving the cancer storyline too and how Brooke and Stephanie were getting along for a MINUTE. But I hope after Stephanie is done with the medical stuff they will revisit the helping the homeless and not just drop it at what they’ve already done. I’m LOVING the new Thomas and this whole Thomas/Brooke storyline but really the writing is a little inconsistent. So, Ridge can forgive Brooke for accidentally doing Oliver and just say “oh that’s just my logan”. But when Thomas kisses HER without HER KNOWLEDGE OR CONSENT, Ridge is having a fit? And Taylor needs to SIT DOWN and SHUT UP with her “my son, my son”. UMMMM..didn’t she sleep with BROOKE’S son? And move in with him and have a longterm relationship with him? PUHLEEZE, she has no right to be having a tizzy. And they need to pick back up with the Bridget/Owen thing they started instead of just dropping off on storylines. And where is Donna? Please tell me? How about just a scene, just one scene with Donna talking to Eric and offering her support over Stephanie? I know she doesn’t like Steph but Donna and Eric STILL LOVE EACH OTHER and she should reach out. And I’m all for more Dollar Bill because Don Diamont is SMOKIN. But I’m over Heather Tom and Katie Logan.

    Y&R-As is usual, like most soaps, they all have multiple stories going on at once yet it seems like they always give 99% of the airtime to the sucky stories and 1% to the good stories and I’ll NEVER understand it! Take for example the Mac/Alexis pairing on GH. Barely ever shown. Story started and shelved for 6 months, then shown for 1 day then shelved again. While stupid stories like Sonny and Claire and Dante and Lulu get the airtime. Anyhoo, same stuff with Y&R right now. Overloaded on Daisy’s return and Lauren’s whining while Deacon and Nikki are nowhere to be found and Billy and Victoria were barely shown this week.
    More examples: AMC- too much Caleb/Asher and not enough JR/Annie
    GH-too much mob everything and not enough hospital/Quartermaines

    Anyhow, that’s my beef with Y&R right now. I’m over Adam and Skye, Kevin and Jeffrey and the bookie, ANYTHING Cane and Lily, and Lauren whining about Daisy. Gimme my Dikki, a FULL storyline about Sharon’s klepo issues, more Jack/Diane/Phyllis and Noah/Jana.

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    troymcclure

    AMC deserves the ratings they got last week. No one gives a damn about Rylee and if ABC refuse to believe the online viewers posting their thoughts or the soap media ripping Rylee to shreads then maybe the ratings is a clear indication that Rylee is poison to AMC.

    I do agree with Jamey about AMC’s strong points. Jannie is perfection and I can’t wait for sweeps to be over and the Rylee reunion (that we’ve all been waiting fo…RME) to be over so that Jannie can get some focus again.

    I like the teen set as well and Luke needs to get over his “Marcy Rylan as Colby” obsession. Natalie Hall is likeable and doing a good job.
    I can’t stand Caleb. Michael Nouri is a good charismatic actor but the character of Caleb is a mess. Why should I root for a guy that was willing to separate a 6 year old boy from his father, out of spite? How is Caleb the “good guy”?

    I actually don’t want DK and DS to go. I think overall they are doing a good job but they need to add some more drama and stop with the Rylee crap (which I’m not even sure can be blamed on them)

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    TV Gord

    Fron’s inability to “get” the utter disinterest most fans have in ever seeing Ryan and Greenlee together is going to be the downfall of this show. I’m not watching anymore, but one of my co-workers was ranting this week about how dull Rylee was this week. It sounds as though they spent a week on the beach making goo-goo eyes at each other with nothing else happening. Is this really how a couple in their late-30s/early-40s should be acting??? Especially when they seem to have no sexual chemistry anymore? (Why do I get the feeling Frons keeps re-reading the same half-dozen issues of Penthouse Magazine that he bought in the early 80s?)

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    angrierblackerman

    I don’t even know what to say about AMC anymore except to echo Jillian’s words about Killer Kreizman. He is doing it again, he is helping to put the nail in the coffin of the show.

    And while I love Michael Nouri, and I like Caleb, I think that it should have been Ross, or maybe even Cliff and Nina. I would recast Cliff with Bradley Cole (EX-Richard Guiding Light), or maybe Bobby with Brian Datillo (Ex-Lucas from Days). Taylor Miller can stay as Nina.

    And what about Petey? I would be pissed off if my dad died and gave his company to a cousin or uncle, and didn’t even consider me first.

    All the stuff Lorraine Broderick set up last year was systematically undone now thanks to Charles Pratt Jr.-II(David Kreizman).

    The show is guilty of many other crimes too. Killing off the last two REAL men in Pine Valley…Zach and David. Pushing Ryan and Greenlee as the show’s major supercouple. I could scream, how upset I am because the show is supposed to be an ensemble, NOT a showcase for Rebecca Budig and Cameron Mathison. They are gorgeous, yes, they are good actors(she is better than CM), but DAMMIT, Ryan and Greenlee are HORRIBLE! And now I hate them even more because they killed Zach basically.

    I have a few predictions:

    -Stephanie Gatschet will be let go, as there will be no purpose for her

    -Jordi VilaSO-SO(Griffin) will probably not last more than a year due to hammy acting and scene chewing fatality.

    -Sarah Glendening will be written as LUCY from ATWT

    -With Colby now being tested with Asher, ABCD will scrap/fire Damon/Finn Wittrock in favor of the underwear model Trent Garrett. I like Garrett, and he is getting better all the time, but Wittrock is clearly the better actor!

    *I am so upset with the show right now, each time it just gets worse and worse for us. It’s like Frons is trying to get the show canned. Well if that’s the case, then I say bring in some Vampires of Werewolves, cause that would be more entertaining that this dog dung we have now. Make it like Dark Shadows for the last year.

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    keanna

    As always great ratings article, Jamey!!!!

    Good to see Days went up a little.

    As for the ABC soaps,

    AMC,
    I actually do like Caleb and Asher, but I agree AMC would’ve been better off bringing back Nina, Cliff, Daisy, or even Ross. Bobby and Pete would have been great against J.R. and Scott instead bringing in two new characters. Jannie has been great, can’t wait to see more of them. I am loving the new doctor, Griffin, (and Jordi’s not bad to look at either.) Can’t wait for Lindsey Hartley to start. I don’t like the Hubbards’ pregancy storyline, listen love me some DW and DM, but I think it would’ve been better if they had filled the gaps of the last 20 years. I think we can all agree we don’t like Rylee, and Fronsie needs to wake up from dreamland, and stop trying to make them a supercouple. But I also think that compared to this time last year, AMC is okay.

    OLTL,
    Love, love, love, that it’s getting some mainstream love, and the storylines (for the most part) have been great, too. Ron C. keep it up!!!

    GH,
    Well what can you say, the Balkan storyline is stupid, they are writing Robin completely out of character, and if someone says Brenda or Balkan one time, my head is going to explode. Where’s Alexis?? I did like the Vegas trip and Ethan and Maya.

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    BrendaBarrettHospital

    Seriously?? How can anyone enjoy GH?? It is no longer GH, but the Brenda Barrett Show. Yes I FF thru every scene she is in, however, you don’t have to see a scene with her because 98% of the time all scenes on GH revolve around her. Am I the only one who is sick of this show?? So sick there are days I don’t watch and just read the recaps??
    She is not the same Brenda she was years ago. Sorry. She looks terrible. I see NO chemistry with Sonny. The only good I could possibly see, is if she hooks up with Jason, thus pissing Sonny off and sending Sam to the curb.
    That controversy might be worth watching.
    Why are the writers writing all women in AWE of her?? Who in their “right mind” would be in awe of this character??
    She is what, 43 years old? Very troubled. Wears her shirt sleeves covering her fingers like a jr high schooler does. She still skips when she walks. Snorts and squeeks when she laughs.
    I don’t know, I will never understand how grown women can idolize or be jealous of something like her. |(

    KUDOS to OLTL. It’s finally getting good. New writers maybe?
    How long do we have to wait though for John to find out Gnat is a douche’ bag??

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    BrendaBarrettHospital

    Your head isn’t the only one that will explode if you hear the word Balkin, Brenda. I physically get ill hearing those words.
    We hear it 98% of the show. Every day.
    Did you hear?? On Thanksgiving they are “treating” the viewers to another Brenda episode of the past?? How special. |(

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    jlafferty23

    See, I dont think Brenda is being shoved down anyones throat. The story is based on her and her secret, but I would say this is an umbrella story, it involved most of the cast.. the fallout will be a fallout FOR EVERYONE…

    and Robin out of character? HOW? Robin vs. Lisa is fantastic, soapy stuff..

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    capwell

    I have to agree with what was posted earlier in the thread about Josh Morrow. Back in the 90s he was good for the beefcake factor of the soap, but only that. Unfortunately, the character has aged while the actor’s talents remain limited. His acting abilities do not measure up to those of the people he most frequently shares scenes with: Sharon Case (yes Sharon), Melody Thomas Scott, Eric Braeden, Michael Muhney and Michelle Stafford. His Nick Newman has no energy, no heat.

    AMC needs to bring back Skye and give her some juicy story. Neither OLTL nor GH has known what to do with this character. She belongs in Pine Valley. Robin Christopher lights up the screen when given the proper material.

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    js3557

    My daughter is usually playing nearby when I watch GH at night. She was telling me she knew who the characters were, and I didn’t believe her. She started to name them, “Sonny, Jason, Spinelli, Brenda, Brenda, Brenda, Liz, Dante”.

    I stopped her and asked why she said Brenda three times and she told me that she thought there were three Brenda’s because everyone says the name all the time! I love Brenda, but overkill can ruin any good thing.

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    mrsa1107

    Jamey- I couldnt agree more. MN is very talented BUT who cares about Palmer’s long lost nephew Caleb! And to be honest I dont care about his long lost son!!! I would have much rather seen MN play Ross– a character with long standing roots.

    AMC keeps force feeding us Ryan & Greenlee and I can not stand them together! I FF all their scenes.

    JR & Annie work well….. and are the best that show has to offer right now as far as couple pairing and storyline.

    On DC’s podcast Luke and the gang were talking about AMC– and how it needed something to get it back on track and it hit me…………… AMC NEEDS Robin C back as Skye. Skye could work with Caleb to bring down Chandler. Or the opposite could happen…. Caleb could win back Cortlandt and Skye comes back to town hell bent to prove to Adam she can win that company back to Chandler. Skye can go after Ryan…. causing Greenlee to be free to hook up with nu/old Scott. Skye’s friendship with Erica could be highlighted as they bitch about Greenlee over lunch!!! Skye could also hate Liza for hurting Adam and taking Colby from him for all those years, and be determined to bring Liza down.
    I think it would have been more drama for Liza to form a tight bond/flirting relationship with Frankie then Tad’s (yet another) long lost son. Jesse & Angie’s son has more punch.
    And finally- I would be vested in a Krystal/Jake/ERica triangle. But it should be something where Jackson has a strong working relationship with KWAK where he finds himself talking with her more honestly and opening up about all his issues with being Mr Erica Kane. Once we see these two have a STRONG bond then let them hook up. The emotional connection must happen before the physical. And I want Erica to have a front burner story.
    *** I watched some old scenes with SL when Bianca was going through her eating disorder & when she came out…. SL can really knock it out of the park when given the right material. Why dont they give her that dramatic stuff anymore????

    AND whats the reason for having Bianca back if she aint gonna have a story & love interest. I want a Natalia/Bianca relationship
    Just a thought!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Another reason why I think AMC stinks so badly. In my area OLTL follows AMC. After watching AMC for an hour then tuning into OLTL- I always realize how slow moving and lackluster AMC is! OLTL is on FIRE and AMC cant hold a candle to it

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    Islandof1

    All AMC has going right for it now is Annie & JR. Hate, hate, hate Rylee. Ditto for Brenda on GH. GH though seems to be rebounding from the Brenda overplay. Now that the Fords are not eating the show, OLTL seems to be getting the ratings it deserves. I hope OLTL keeps rising to the top of the ABC soaps.

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    Daniel St. John

    AMC is tanking because they underplay what works (JR and Annie) and oversell what doesn’t (Greenlee/Ryan).
    They also have horrible writers on this show who think that some never spoken of long lost nephew of a great character can come on and automatically fill the vacuum left by Adam’s exit and Palmer’s death.
    Add in killing off a popular character in David Heyward, screwing up Erica and Jack for the umpteenth time, saddling Angie and Jesse with the most depressing storyline in daytime and having all the character sectioned off into their own storyline islands except for the most cursory interaction and you have a recipe for disaster.

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    GHfan-4now

    I loved Brenda for years, used to dream of her being my BFFL. Don’t judge. But now, if I never watched the show and you told me what was going on with her and this Balkan mess, I’d call you a liar and a hater. They have all the men wanting her and all the women jealous of her. Brenda Barrett had more female friends on GH during her original run than any of the other females combined and now all of a sudden they’re all supposed to be jealous of her and hide their mens? Sorry, don’t think so. Carly needing to get her is stupid. If this were all about Dante, I’d say go for it, I can’t stand that character anyway. But her wanting to go after Brenda makes no sense, considering Brenda is still supposed to be so in lurve with Sonny and Carly is married to Jax. We all bitched for months about how she needed to take time out for Michael, and now it’s all about her getting Brenda.

    And another thing, when your heroine is being portrayed as a loose cannon with anger issues who has no supposed ‘rock solid proof’ that a wackjob is out to get her for no damn good reason after so many months of NOTHING, that’s not entertaining, that’s out of character and stupid. Granted, when Robin went off on Lisa, I cheered her on each time, but now they have her acting completely crazy with trying to get back at Lisa, while having Lisa be the cool, calm, and collected one. If Robin were being smarter about this instead of flying off a handle all the time, THEN it would be entertaining and soapy. The villain having the upper hand while the heroine is flailing about like an idiot, has no real plan about how to fight back, and has just about everything to lose, including her career, is not. Soapy puts people on equal footing–one has the upper hand sometimes not all of the time! They’ve got Lisa holding all the cards and that’s not how it should be.

    The real Robin would not count her chickens before they hatch. Lisa has gotten away with too much at this point that Robin, the real Robin, would know better than to try and one up her before she got physical proof of something! This is the daughter of Anna Devane and Robert Scorpio! She’s no dummy and the writers are having her act like one if only to redeem that BEEYoTCH Lisa! Not to mention, they have people witness what that woman has done and suddenly it’s wiped away as if it never happened! As if we’re supposed to forget that people witnessed her with a gun, they WITNESSED her brandishing it about and threatening to kill herself… but she’s sane. Give me a f**king break. EJ may be the king of all bastards on Days, but at least he waited until he had rock solid proof that Sami shot him in the head, proof that won’t suddenly disappear in the morning. The writing for this show is shoddy and insulting to longtime viewers. I personally don’t think it’s good and I’m sick of having to rationalize everything I see when I watch if only to keep my brain from bursting through my skull! Too many of these storylines insult my intelligence, and I’m sick of it! So I’m sorry, the ratings may have gone up for GH. Good for them, but this is not the show I raced home to see everyday, and it won’t be when I get home tonight.

    But good for OLTL. I’m loving it right now. And at least they know how to freaking B-A-L-A-N-C-E an ensemble cast.

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    pumpkin

    I agree with the whole column. ..although I will say I do like Caleb. I am female in his age group and find him sexy and interesting. Not so sure I care about his son so much. Also I stopped watching GH months ago. All the characters have gone downhill. I mean ALL. Glad OLTL is getting more publicity. I started watching two years ago and cannot imagine why people are just finding it now. I always liked its characters/stories better than the other soaps.

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    giogio

    You know what – we ALL KNOW Thorsten was not going to relocate – Why couldnt they just break them up or have him go do something away from home.What is this — Killing off main characters. Granted, the move to LA is what started all this, but the writers are not giving us what we want, having us believe they are. They’re not. Lets face it. Also, why make Poor Angie blind? How dumb is that. Now, in the holiday season we have to cry cause Zach is dead. Is this the long awaited for November sweeps? We have one more week to go for November. Where is the sweep. Ryan and Greenly making love and a cave and Zach crashing? Not interesting. Back to NYC if you ask me.

    PS yea BrendaBarrettHo – Brenda’s laugh is the phonyest laugh I’ve ever heard. She really needs to tone it down

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    Mrpink1992

    AMC: has really been sucking! I don’t really watch the show but my roommate does and sometimes she watches it way to loud and i hear it in my room. And i read all of the stuff about it online and i have to say it sucks!!

    OLTl: was really great this past week! I can’t wait to see how the story lines are going to be next week.

    Y&R: By far was the second best of the week (right behind OLTL). Nick and Sharon bore my to tears but whenever Sharon and Adam are on the show starts getting better! I love Phylis and Diana! Daisy is not really bothering me, I just don’t want her on the show! <– lol…

    I’m loving all the shows, but for me AMC has to be the next soap to go. I’m sorry for the fans of the show but… Even you have to admit that the show is slowly going down the crapper!

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    troymcclure

    The overpropping of Caleb is another huge problem IMO.
    I don’t care if Marissa/Erica/Bianca/KWAK/Opal et al go around proclaiming Caleb to be the bestest person that ever lived and JR is the DEVIL. Caleb wanted to get rid of that damn company so he put it up for sale which JR bought. It might’ve been in a sneaky fashion but it was legal.
    The PV hypocrites treat Caleb with kid gloves when all I’ve seen from Caleb is; whining about JR acquiring a company legally that Caleb didn’t want in the first place and determined to separate a little boy from his father because JR “stole” his company, or he’s pissed about Adam stealing his woman 10 billion years ago…doesn’t matter it still doesn’t make him the hero like AMC obviously is determined to make him out to be.

    Caleb could be a good character but the writing for him (and the overpropping) is just too much and of course who is the sacrifial lamb when it comes to propping useless characters? JR that’s who.

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    EricasEvilTwin

    Thanks Jamey – although truly I shouldnt want to see them. Even if they go up they are still depressing as hell. Seriously all of these soaps with the exception of the top two have been at GL/ATWT cancellation levels for awhile now. We talk about this one or that one being great and this one or that one being horrible, but truly it looks like it doesnt much matter what they throw on the screen since the numbers go up much either way – maybe someone like KZ comes and people drift over for an week or two to see what the show is like or the show has a big stunt or a big storyline payoff like the GH Carnival or the EJ/Sami confrontation, but they dont seem to stay.

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    lfad

    Everything on AMC is dreadful right now. Even if they featured JR, Annie and Asher, the only characters this dying show has going for them, more, it would still be tanking. JR, Annie and Asher aren’t dynamic enough characters.

    Caleb is just about a complete failure. I agree with whoever said upthread MN should have been Ross. If we’re expected to accept Todd, Luke and Sonny, and even Zach “I shot my brother-in-law to harvest his heart” Slater as characters, surely we can accept Ross. And Skye is needed as well. If Robin Christopher doesn’t want to come back, get Carrie Genzel. I think the audience would take her as Skye again.

    After that, get on bended knee and beg Lorraine Broderick back. I know a lot of fans didn’t like her temporary stint, but she’s the only person in years that had any grasp on the characters and the show as a whole. Frons and the suits need to take a step back and let someone who knows and cares about AMC do their thing. That means no forcing the writers to prop Ryan and Greenlee, no half-ass storytelling where all the characters blame all their woes on the designated town villain. Just let a competent writer do their thing. We AMC fans want to love this show, put something on the air for us to come back to.

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    maven

    I said last week that AMC needed to bring Skye back. I’m glad to see others are saying the same thing. Also, this whole Caleb story would have been a lot more interesting with Bobby Warner and Sam Grey in the embattled father/son roles.

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    GAgal28

    OK so I don’t get it. I really don’t get it. What does OLTL have to do to get people to watch? I love, I love, I love that soap! By far my favorite. And I do have an unbiased opinion about it. I used to watch GH. NOTHING but GH! For weeks now I just can’t watch GH anymore. Can’t sit through the Brenda & Dante show. Can’t sit through lack of story for vets, or characters who’ve been on the show for 3 years (Matt), while all these new people keep coming on & taking story. I can’t sit through characters who have NO growth. Can’t do it anymore. And I have tried over the weeks I haven’t viewed. I really have. I would tune in & then get frustrated & click… turn.
    Another reason I’m just over GH is because OLTL is SO good! It’s very well balanced & using all of their characters. The stories are great, even the Ford’s. I love Pa Ford btw! And Kim Zimmer is rockin & rollin! I love it! I love this soap! So, I just don’t get it. Why can they not keep viewers? Is there something OL isn’t doing that could help them? I’m confused as to why they aren’t higher in the ratings, especially over DAYS & GH! Just don’t get it end of story.
    As for Y&R, I like it but I’m just over Shick, Daisy, & Heather. Mainly I’m watching Y&R for Villy, Dikki, & the Diane/Phyllis/Jack stuff these days. All of those stories are great! So I am glad that they gained viewers. I just wish OLTL would move up in the ratings too.

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    AllmyDaysatGh

    AMC is actually pretty good to me. It’s just RyLee! UGH..they ruin everything. They take over the whole show…I mean, they were on every single day last week, and every single day this week. NO ONE likes these two together, I just don’t get it…

    But everything else about the show I’m actually not finding to be that bad. I’m warming up to Asher and Caleb, but I really just don’t get why they are here…I would love if AMC just had them make up, get close, and leave PV for good….open up more room to bring back someone the viewers actually care about like Leo or Skye!

    I like the teens as well. I’m a teen myself so I’m glad AMC has a little thing going on with them. I am in love with Colby and Damon. I’m warming up to Asher and Colby together but at the end of the day I would rather Colby/Damon be the endgame.

    JR/Annie hands down are the best part about this show and I think they should be getting the same amount of screen time that Ryan and Greenlee have been getting and MORE.

    I am loving Jordi Vilasuso as Griffin and I think the story line has been pretty good so far! Can’t wait to see Lindsay Hartley.

    Not to long ago the Hubbard’s (Angie and Jessie) were sitting on the front burner, with Angie’s blindness storyline and it was GREAT! AMC was tackling every possible situation a person could be in if they were blind. I was loving it. But somewhere along the way they slipped into the backburner and we only see them like once a week. It’s really unfortunate. There’s also Frankie, Brot, Natalia, and Randi….who AMC seems to randomly crunch into one episode every two weeks, all together as one. It sucks because I like all of them (wish Randi could be recasted though). AMC could do SO MUCh with all of them.

    Bianca….the only lesbian character in soaps right now. AMC isn’t embracing that AT ALL!! I just don’t get it! They keep mentioning Reese on the show but they aren’t doing anything about it. I LOVE Bianca but I just don’t get why they brought her back! I really pray that the show has something in store for her…I think Christina Lind is doing a fantastic job but they really need to give her a real S/L.

    This past week I think AMC has been really good. Zach’s death has been great. The ending to Friday’s episode was set up perfectly with Kendall :( Next week will be very emotional from Monday to Wednesday. Alicia Minshew is going to knock it out of the park, I just know it. And I have no doubt that David’s going to return on Monday!! He’ll be the one that busts into the courtoom as Greenlee’s verdict is being read. Things are really going to hear up!! I just think AMC needs to break up RyLee for good and totally keep those two away from each other and do something different with them!

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    dwood37

    Jamey, you’re right: AMC is SNOOZEVILLE!!!!!! TRULY the most boring Daytime soap. There is not a SINGLE interesting storyline on that soap. NOT ONE. We FINALLY got some heat this week with the HOT new doctor, he’s the ONLY thing that rendered AMC having at least a pulse. More of this guy!!!! He’s the only one keeping this dead soap on life support. Note to Brian Frons: WE HATE GREENLEE AND RYAN TOGETHER!!!!!!! We ALL know that OLTL is the BEST among ALL the soaps!!! Ron Carlivati is the BEST Head Writer in Daytime and belongs–as I have written on Hulu–among the pantheon of the GREATEST Head Writers (Irna Phillips, William J. Bell, Agnes Nixon, Douglas Marland and Harding Lemay). Now Jamey, I know that Thomas is HOT, HOT, HOT, but I swear to God if anything EVER happens between Brooke and Thomas, I will be DONE with B&B and there are a LOT of us who feel that way. As for GH, I’m shocked. Robert Guza, Jr. has made this show into a mob crapfest and I am sick and tired of Sonny, Sonny, Sonny!!!!!!!! ENOUGH ALREADY!!! And ENOUGH of Brenda and the VERY ANNOYING Carly!!!! The only interesting storyline on this soap is–GASP– the one that is set in a HOSPITAL!!!!!! (Robin/Patrick/Lisa). FIRE Guza, FIRE PHELPS (whom I haven’t forgiven since she needlessly killed off Maureen Bauer, which was the beginning of the END of Guiding Light).

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    TV Gord

    I never thought I would stop watching AMC. Honestly, when I quit the show as a regular daily viewer (when Stuart was killed), I thought it would only be a matter of time before something drew me back. The loved the Hubbards, I was excited to hear Rebecca Budig was returning, I was glad they were able to keep Chrishell Stauss from leaving. Still, nothing has really lured me back.

    Since I quit watching, their stupid move to L.A. has cost them some classic characters and some irreplaceable actors. Joe and Ruth Martin, gone. David Canary, gone. More recently, Vincent Irizarry, gone. Now, Thorsten Kaye is gone. Susan Lucci’s heart isn’t in California, so her involvement in the show continues to dwindle (I predict she will be gone by this time next year). I see less and less reason to return to the show I have watched since the 70s.

    Unfortunately, at this point, the only thing that will make me start watching again will be when ABC finally decides to cancel it, because I will want to see how they wrap up what used to be can’t miss (as opposed to can’t watch) show.

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    gesnyc

    Julie Hateful Curruthers and Brian Frons need to go, two years ago. How the F can someone take the crown jewel in Agnes Nixon’s, let alone ABC’s crown, and let it turn to diarrhea?

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    dwood37

    One more RANT about General Hospital. I simply can’t believe that Guza can’t give Monica 5 freekin’ minutes of screen time with her only living child, Jason. (Yes, I know Susan Moore gave birth to him, but Monica is his MOTHER). Guza never allowed Monica to visit Jason or Michael in jail and I think it’s a shame how he has put this great character on the back burner (as he has with most characters since the mob and Sonny are his center of gravity). Y&R would NEVER do that to Katherine Chancellor!!! Can you imagine OLTL without Vicki and Dorian? Even Maggie is at least in a sarcophagus on Days!!! And, my God, where would B&B be without Stephanie and AMC without Erica? Well, at least Leslie Charleson was able to give her last STUNNING performance 3 years ago during the death of Emily when Sonny came over to try to convince her to allow Jason to attend Emily’s funeral. Here’s what was said and I LOVED IT!!! Especially since I can’t stand Sonny!!!

    Sonny: Monica I know you hate me. But Jason’s your son, he’s walking around like he’s in a cloud. I think he needs to go to that funeral and I think maybe you need it too.

    CUE MUSIC

    Monica: I need the Jason that I had before you made him a criminal. I need the A.J. I had before you hounded him to death and I need Alan whose heart you broke before his heart should ever have failed. I need Michael who you stole from me and my family. And I need Emily who you seduced and you left unprotected so one of your rivals could have her murdered. I HOPE YOU ROT IN HELL for what you have done to me and my family. You are an evil, selfish man Sonny and I REALLY hope that one of your enemies tracks you down before you destroy your family, like you have destroyed mine. Now GET OUT!!!

    Check it out beginning at 2:20: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rtPF2CHoddM&feature=related

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    Out of the mouth of babe’s!!!!!!!!!!!

    How can anyone honestly say Brenda/Balkin isn’t on overkill?? Seriously!

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    I used to watch GH. NOTHING but GH! For weeks now I just can’t watch GH anymore. Can’t sit through the Brenda & Dante show. Can’t sit through lack of story for vets, or characters who’ve been on the show for 3 years (Matt), while all these new people keep coming on & taking story. I can’t sit through characters who have NO growth. Can’t do it anymore. And I have tried over the weeks I haven’t viewed. I really have. I would tune in & then get frustrated & click… turn.

    I physically have been getting sick over GH! When you start getting sick, its time to turn it off.
    OLTL HAS been recently very good. And I agree, how nice to see the vets are the show still.
    GH has it all wrong right now!

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    One more RANT about General Hospital. I simply can’t believe that Guza can’t give Monica 5 freekin’ minutes of screen time with her only living child, Jason. (Yes, I know Susan Moore gave birth to him, but Monica is his MOTHER). Guza never allowed Monica to visit Jason or Michael in jail and I think it’s a shame how he has put this great character on the back burner (as he has with most characters since the mob and Sonny are his center of gravity).

    TOUCHE’!!!!!! How awesome would this show be, if somehow, Monica found out about Jake being her grandchild?? Think how crazy Tracey would get!! Think of the bonding and love Monica would give this child. Or lets see Monica dating a man. She is professional, rich, nice looking. Why is she spending her evenings with Edward??

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    marknsprmo

    Happy to see that Days ratings are slowly crawling up. The stories are getting better. But the acting has been supurb lately. I have not until just this past week even liked Rafe but he grew a pair and is ready to do battle with the Dimeras over his beloved Sami. Go getem I say. Even though there are some major dissapointments in the stories such as the lame whos the baby and then there is Hope in jail story that goes absolutely nowhere.
    Trust us Days we can handle more than one full on story at a time!

    Will someone tell the set director to just put down the paint can. Just put it down. No more new wall colors please! THose sets are simply not gonna look good in HD no matter what color you paint everything. Tell NBC to cough up a little dough……

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    Jamey Giddens

    DAYS saw a fairly lengthy stint of positive ratings growth this past year, then the bottom fell out in the last quarter for a bit, but they proved it’s still possible. Don’t ask me what the exact formula was though. Was it the additions of Crystal Chappell and Lindsay Hartley, was it the storylines? Not sure. I guess it was a combination of all of that.

    One thing DAYS was doing when it was on an upswing, was giving prominent storylines to vets who hadn’t been used for years, like Joe Mascolo, John Aniston and Suzanne Rogers. They also brought back popular past faces like Wally Kurth and Judi Evans for recurring stints. I think GH could benefit from that formula. Rather than give so much airtime to Brenda’s charity partner, why not have brought back her sister Julia to be her confidante? Why not bring back Rena Sofer or Lynn Herring to reunite with Brenda, even if for just a couple of episodes? Antonio Sabato Jr., could have come for six weeks and have played into The Balkan story. Of all the soaps, GH seems the most opposed to playing their vets and history and as much as I enjoy the dialogue writing and the acting (it’s usually much better than all the other soaps), that irks me.

    Also GH is the only soap that can effectively make me hate characters and couples I once loved. I adored Lante early on, now I want Dante and Lulu lost forever during an excavation to the Catacombs.

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    6-soaps

    I’m rooting for Days to make it back up to the top and to end Y&R’s domination of the ratings pyramid. But it’s not going to do it by dragging out stories the way it has been doing.

    Granted, Days has always done this, but it worked in the past because those stories were full of unpredictable twists and turns along the way and included the characters we wanted to root for.. The Danloe stoyline has been a pure horror storywise, the same conversation was had by the same characters using the exact same lines of dialogue at least 15 times and who the hell cares about Dr. Dan and whether he’s being played by this bimbo he’s married to? And why is Sami now the center of the show? She can be entertaining, but not when it’s all Sami, all the time.

    I’m sticking with the show because it has always been MY SHOW, but they need to pick it up.

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    baycity

    If TPTB at Days had any sense at all, they would pull out all the stops to get Eileen Davidson back as Susan Banks/Kristen Blake at the end of her current contract cycle with Y&R. Lord knows Y&R barely use her now. And it shouldn’t be so hard. Both shows are Sony shows after all, I think.

    If money is an issue, they could free up some cash by getting rid of Nathan, Gabi, Dr. Dan, and Chloe.

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    Soap_Stud

    I wish DOOL would tell stories at a quicker pace. The whole Vivian/Maggie in the coffin story has dragged on WAY too long. It would have been much more fun if it was told at a faster pace. I do love how much airtime DOOL is giving to the majority of their veteran cast members. Who would have ever dreamed that in 2010 Maggie Horton would be on the air on a weekly basis and involved in a romance with Victor Kiriakis? I think bringing back veteran characters for story arcs DID help DOOL with the ratings. I think they need to continue to do that as much as possible.

    GH does ignore veteran characters. It is disappointing when I realize the talent GH could be putting to work. They also need to tell more hopsital-based stories.

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    EricasEvilTwin

    Jamey ooh boy dont get me started on Suzanne. I am sure she is working for the Balkan and when the double cross comes out we are SUPPOSE to be so suprised. Guza will be grinning that he “surprised” us all while the audience yawns, but what can we expect from a show that kept Brenda in Rome for a month running around with characters we couldnt give a fig about. Julia would have been an inspired choice (I always liked that actress) and given that her complicated relationship with Brenda she could have been the Balkan mole just the same as Suzanne (given the proper reasoning – maybe Julia is his GF and they are going to raise the baby together etc) Hell if they could have gotten Sean Kanan back the could have made AJ the Balkan given that he and Julia use to have a thing back in the day (anyone remember the sex on the balcony HOT)

    I am also wondering why Monica isnt in any of the hospital stuff with Robin. Not one scene of her visiting. And why does Nik care about looking “fair” to the Board. We have seen Board meetings in the past and it only consists of about 6-8 people – two of whom are Qs. No Chair would act the way Nik is behaving given how many times Robin has helped Nik over the years (remember her part in the tumor story) He would arm twist for that one vote and that would be the end of it. The Monica story that the really missed out on was the alcohol problem/drunk driving. That was the time to really play out the complications in the Jason/Monica relationship and given how badly Sam was hurt in the accident, maybe planting the seeds for the JaSam reunion back then with a scene or two of him checking on her and reporting back to Monica. I hope when they have their miracle baby she will be part of that story.

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    GHfan-4now

    I think the only ‘surprise’ from the PIC’s that we will ever get on GH will be Sonny and Jason jumping out of Guza’s birthday cake with their very own lovechild. Of course the little tyke will be fully decked out in a black-T, leather jacket, a pinky ring, and a gun. Oh, and look at that, he’s already spouting ‘betrayal! betrayallll!’ just like dear old daddy War-mob. ZOMG, after all these years of pent up Mob frustration, the truth finally comes out during, at all times, a shootout in a church. On a Sunday! And even that wouldn’t be a shocker. But at the very least, it would be moderately entertaining and adds diversity! :)

    Oh, wait, scratch that last part. I forgot we were talking ’bout GH. Nevermind. :puzzled:

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    jlafferty23

    I personally think Jill Faren Phelps needs to go! I think she is the problem, not Guza. Guza is capable of writing a good story, he has proved that. I say bring in the guy that wrote for GH: Nightshift and have him come co-head write with Guza. Cause Guza aint gonna get fired as long as Frons is at ABC..

    Much like Jamey and Jillian, I am Guza fan, I think he is a great writer and is not a hack!

    And people might be opposed to this because I know people hated Chuck Pratt over at AMC and I can’t say what he did over there, I wasn’t watching. But when he wrote in 2005 over at GH with Guza, I thought he did a fantastic job!
    Just sayin’

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    capwell

    [quote=baycity]If TPTB at Days had any sense at all, they would pull out all the stops to get Eileen Davidson back as Susan Banks/Kristen Blake….[/quote]

    Isn’t Vivian filling in for the kind of camp role that Susan Banks would be?

    And it’s hard to see Kristen being interesting without her obsessive love object, John Black, being on the show.

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    dwood37

    I TOTALLY agree with you on the firing of Phelps and as I noted before, when she greenlighted the killing of Maureen Bauer, it was the beginning of the end of Guiding Light. Additionally, she has been at the helm of a soap that focuses on one or two characters at a time to the detriment of the entire ensemble. With all due respect to Jamey and Jillian, they are WRONG to be fans of Guza. He’s been there since the Monty days and is a consulting producer for the show, so if he didn’t want to write this mob- infested single character at a time crap, believe me he wouldn’t be forced to do so. AND, I also TOTALLY agree that Sri Rao should be brought in to write GH. He did a fantastic job writing for the second season of Nightshift, which was MUCH better than GH. GIve me Jagger ANYTIME over Sonny!!!! AND, the story arcs were actually set in a HOSPITAL (AMAZING right????) and he used vets from GH’s past–imagine that since GH is the only show on Daytime that does NOTHING with its vets (see my earlier missive regarding the use–or lack thereof–of Monica).

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    baycity

    Capwell, my friend, I used to share your love for all things Vivian, but the truth is this comeback simply hasn’t worked. Sure it’s given Victor and Maggie screentime, but they could have had that without Vivian. And I know you can’t honestly say you’ve enjoyed the cryptkeeper storyline.

    As for Kristen, she could clash with her new stepmother Kate or with Carly, or even be the kingpin in this terrible “Hope-less” prison storyline. She’d go up against Jennifer in that, and don’t forget that Jennifer was married to her brother Peter. It’s a win-win as far as I can see.

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    capwell

    Point taken, baycity. LOL.

    You can have your Eileen Davidson as Susan Banks/Kristen Blake….as long as I get to keep my Louise Sorel as Vivian Alamaine.

    If it does happen, I hope they wouldn’t have Eileen playing Susan’s brother again. That was one the ugliest things I’ve ever seen on daytime. :)

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    Jamey Giddens

    EET, I am utterly appalled that they decided to take Leslie Charleson off contract. I have cut Guza so much slack since joining DC, a.) because I geniunely loved his classic stuff. b.) because I compared GH to the other soaps on the air, and felt it was at least more consistently watchable, but the whole "I miss writing for the Q’s thing" really irked me. If you miss them, why did you kill AJ, Emily, Alan, Justus, etc.?  I love mob stories (when done well), so I also defended him on that end, but I’m sick of GH’s penchant for needing to create some new mob supervillain for Jason to battle over and over again. The Balkan is to Franco what Franco was to Anthony what Anthony was to Jerry what Jerry was to Manny what Manny was to Alcazar what Alcazar was to Faith. I can’t even distinguish them anymore. The Robin vs. Lisa saga is what keeps me tuned in. I never thought I could be this bored by Brenda.

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    EricasEvilTwin

    First can I say those side bar “recent DC site comments” drive me crazy, I saw EET I AM UTTERLY APPALLED and I thought what am I getting beaten up for now LOL

    I am heart sick over my brenda. Another poster who started watching more recently was discussing brenda with me and said she just didnt get all the hoopla. I said of course you dont get it. This isnt MY BRENDA. This is pod Brenda. She asked me privately to send her some clips of Brenda to show her why I love her because she just couldnt imagine that she was so much different before. While I havent gotten around to it yet, I should have said well my Brenda pretty much was loved by all the women except Lily and while she had chemistry with everyone, she didnt use her beauty or relationships. She had two loves Jax and Sonny, both relationships having equal and unique rooting value. Yeah she was a little whiny from time to time, but she had fire and was a fierce friend. This Brenda wars with every woman she encounters except Robin, uses her sex appeal to manipulate people, whines, bitches and throws temper tantrums at every turn and cackles like the Wicked Witch of the West at odd and inappropriate times. This Brenda took weeks to go see Edward and has yet to smack the sickness out of Lisa. Seriously what the heck have they done here. It makes ZERO sense. Tell me, as a fellow Brenda fan, would Lisa still be prancing around GH without a care if this had happened 10 years or so ago?

    As for LC – okay so he doesnt want to write story for her, but what really adds insult to injury for me is that he rarely uses her even when its logical for her to be there. Why hasnt she visited Robin and why hasnt she been at the house during any of the Tracy/Luke commmotion except for the day Luke came home.

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    TV Gord

    EET, you make me sick to my deepest fathoms of my black heart that those “recent DC site comments” are upsetting to you. I am sorry to read that. ;-)

    Bahahahahahahahahahahaha!

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    dwood37

    EET, Many thanks for explaining the difference between “YOUR [MY] BRENDA” and the Brenda we’ve been forced to see on screen these past weeks. I watched GH from 1978-1992, then again from 1998-2000, and just started back again in 2008. I simply missed Brenda entirely. But after ALL the hoopla ABC made touting her return, well, quoting the comments made by my history professor in college on my first paper as a freshman: “I’d expected more.” And believe me, this is an understatement. You describe the “pod” Brenda perfectly, which explains why she has been an utter annoyance to watch and try to endure. It makes it worse that Guza centers the ENTIRE show around this character and Sonny, but I railed enough against Guza for one strand. Glad to see we agree on Monica and the non-use, unfortunately, of the terrific vets on this soap. Thanks again for the Brenda character juxtaposition.

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    dwood37

    So, it seems they will not let me post numbers in sequence similar to a telephone number. With that said, I started watching GH in 1978 and ended in 1992. I started again in 1998 and ended in 2000 and picked up again in 2008. Hope that clarifies. :)

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    6-soaps

    Days lost almost 3 quarters of a million viewers over the past year. It has a long way to go before it can get those people back.

    People have suggested Stacy Haiduk for Susan Banks/ Kristen Blake. What has to be considered is following though:

    1. There are probably some bad feelings on both sides now after they
    fired her from the prison story in the summer.

    2. If Stacy does get to do it, she’d better hunker down and watch Eileen’s
    version of the two roles in the 90s first. That’s the version that fans
    would want to see, not some “re-interpretation”.

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    Pure_Diva

    I admit – it was must-see-tv when Victor walked in on Dikki!! Yeah, I watched that two or three times. I’m also loving the Cane/Lily/Blake story. Cane and Blake have some amazing chemistry, by the way. I really like Sofia and Tucker’s dynamic. (It’s not a romantic thing, that’s not what I meant…) I’m just intrigued with how she fits into the GC business world and I would just love to see her have an adversarial business relationship with the rest of GC and I wonder if she has been the muscle who has implemented all of Tucker’s ruthless business decisions.

    I’ve actually enjoyed everything, except nuHeather and anything remotely related to Daisy.

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    aramis270

    [quote=Jamey Giddens]Also GH is the only soap that can effectively make me hate characters and couples I once loved. I adored Lante early on, now I want Dante and Lulu lost forever during an excavation to the Catacombs.
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    Where can I sign for Lante being lost FOREVER “during an excavation to the Catacombs” ? :) I LOVE the idea LOL

    Regarding the Brenda/Dante/Sonny mess, the only thing that would make this useful would be if Dante can still Daddy’s so called “;ove of his life” … Sonny’s face would then certainly make all this misery we have to go through worth it in the end.

    And I agree that OLTL is the best show so far (coming from a true GH fan …). And I can’t wait for Ted King to join them. Ted Kim and Kassie de Paiva ? FANTASTIC idea ! OLTL rocks !

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    marknsprmo

    OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH hell no! Keep all those Banks people off my screen! I had to turn it off the first time! All those fake teeth made my mouth hurt. Not to mention those glasses. I know that a certain group of DAYS fans loved the 90s version of Days (THE JER DAYS). However for the rest of us who loved the 1970s Days and the 1980s days and the few fans it has garnered in the last 10 years, please no more! Yeah VIV is fun. I love Louise Sorrel and would watch her in anything. But that is more because of Augusta Lockridge from Santa Barbara (which was btw a much better character than Viv) And I love Eileen on Y&R. She is the best Ashley. So this isn’t about the actors as much as that just was not good tv in my opinion. It was down right silly and for me, not silly in a good way.
    I say that Drake and Deidre should have won academy awards for their straight performances against this silliness for being able to maintain a straight face while on camera with her. Better yet though had they played the silliness for what it was, it would have gone from bad to something akin to Carol Burnette Show skit. Which would have been brilliant. As it was we were being asked to buy into this mess because the show was taking it seriously.

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    dwood37

    I agree with marknsprmo. I was around when Mickey found out that Mike wasn’t his son but the product of the rape of his wife by his brother Bill. All of that begat Maggie when he lost his memory. So, I’m a 70s, 80s Days fan and have returned this year after a 20 year absence. PLEASE no more James E. Reilly crap!!!! This guy might have brought in more viewers for Days at one point, but he made it a JOKE!!!!! Keep away ANYTHING that reeks of Reilly’s utter madness!!!!

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