Top 10 Babies Who Didn't Know Where They Were in 2010



No. 7: Denise Vasi, All My Children

It really must suck to be All My Children's Denise Vasi. Last year her character Randi had a partner-in-dullness in Madison (Stephanie Gatschet), however in 2010, Madison ditched the distinction of being Tweedle Dee to Randi's Tweedle Dum by sparking in a promising pairing opposite Cameron Mathison's Ryan Lavery. As for Vasi, she was left to drag poor, talented Cornelius Smith, Jr. (Frankie) down in scene after scene. We keep saying this, Vasi is a strikingly-beautiful woman. We want to root for someone that gosh darned pretty, but until she get's herself enrolled in an acting class or three our blog-typing fingers are tied.


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This column is about acting skills and not characters. Most reputable boards have rules for posters about this. I am surprised at the personal attacks.

I don't agree with all the opinions and I just consider the opinions subjective as are everyones. I am just surprised to the acting criques.
Remember the shows have directors who may be slipping up.

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First of all, Happy New Year!!!

I've said it before a few times, but let me just take this opportunity to say it again: STUMBLING across this website in passing was one of the BEST moves I made in 2010!!! You guys have become like a family member, and not the kind that you avoid like pig flu and have to grit your teeth to stomach for a few hours a year at Christmastime!!!

For the most part, I am in agreement with you guys.

I didn't see Sarah Glendening on ATWT, but I do think she's going to be a VAST improvement over Brittany Allen on AMC. Of course, AMC suffers from HORRIBLE writing, which has been known to compromise even the BEST of actors. Hell, I don't even think Meryl Streep could sell a lot of the garbage that they are peddling over there!!! From the few scenes I have caught of her, she appears to have stage presence and a more powerful voice, which will help her when she goes toe to toe with Melissa Claire Egan!! As I have said before, you can't expect a cub to beat a lion!!!

Bree Williamson is not the BEST actress out there, but there's something slightly charming about her as an actress, so I can stomach many of her performances. But of course, she does need to go on recurring and they need to spread the storyline wealth to more DESERVING and CAPABLE actors/actresses!! Jessica is a show-eater!!! End of story.

Now on to Johnny Driscoll!!! I also found him to be charming and not as horrible as others claimed he was as Chance. Maybe I was simply distracted by how insanely cute he is and trying to imagine how he would look NEKKID, but I didn't find him to be THATTTT horrible. Yes, the writing was garbage, but I found him to be tolerable. Of course, I don't miss the character of Chance, nor did I shed any tears when John got his pink slip!!

And concerning Sean Young, I actually found her monotone line delivery to be funny and entertaining much of the time. It was like watching a really bad Saturday Night Live sketch play out onscreen, so I simply stopped taking her seriously as I giggled through many of her scenes. What was most gratifying is to be able to FINALLY figure out why Sean Young SEEMINGLY hasn't had a decent acting gig in decades!! It's not a Hollywood conspiracy after all, although she is nuttier than a soup sandwich!! She is just BAD!!! Shockingly bad!!!! I don't know if she's always been bad, but she's certainly bad now!!!! Good riddance to her and I hope she finds a good psychiatrist. Something tells me that Eric Braeden won't be as forthcoming with helping her find one of THOSE as he was with helping her get her gig on Y&R!!!!!

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Lol, love Terell Tilford being number two! Also thanks for putting Jessica Leccia at number 10. I actually am a fan of hers but there have defently been times during her OLTL run that I've made fun of her [non]acting.
I also really apreciated what you said about Denise Vassi but I think she deserved to be a little higher, like above Brittany Allen and Bree Williamson.

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I Agree with this List 100 Percent

As For the first Poster. I Dont believe Its wrong to critique acting skill. Its the choices the actors bring to the role that we are discussing. Yes It May be partly writing But The actor has to decide how to act out the scenes and find their own motivation. Sometimes they dont even try and hence this list

On the other hand, attacking an actors apperance (Hair, skin, weight, age) is something that is harder to or cannot be controlled and should not be allowed

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Can we add Vanessa Marcil to this list PLEASE? She is the worst actress on G.H and what really sucks is that all of the good actresses on that show ( especially JMB) have been shoved aside for her.

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I have to say Bree Williamson doesnt belong on this list.The actor who plays Nate is a horrible actor.Bree williamson is a+ actress.

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Thank you, Rebecca! I think her non-triumphant return to GH finally proves Vanessa Marcil-Galifianakis is indeed the most overrated actress in all of daytime. In most scenes, she looks like she would be willing to chew her own arm off if she could just get the hell outta there.

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Scout wrote:
Thank you, Rebecca! I think her non-triumphant return to GH finally proves Vanessa Marcil-Galifianakis is indeed the most overrated actress in all of daytime. In most scenes, she looks like she would be willing to chew her own arm off if she could just get the hell outta there.

I second that Rebecca and Scout. Yikes! She did not seem like she was in the same scenes as any of her co-stars and just going through the motions. And what is with that laugh?

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Vanessa Marcil-Galifianakis

HA!

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Respectfully I must disagree with this list on two accounts. Bree Williamson & Jessica Leccia. Both have done a great job in 2010.

I tend to agree with the first poster here. "pumpkin". Seems to me like a very mean spirited list.

I don't get the title of this list at all... Is it just me?

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LOL, love the list.

Oh lord, Just kill off Marissa and lets be done with it but with my luck they wil recast Marissa with Yvonne Zima next.

I agree on Vanessa Marcil, does she know where she is and why does she keep doing that hyena laugh?

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Generally speaking, I enjoy much of what I read when I visit this site. I find it a good place to find people who love soaps as much as I do.

But I have to say, I find this to be a very meanspirited way to start the new year. You didn't like some of these performances? Fine. Critique the performances. Don't insult the human beings. This piece feels like an excuse to complain, not a constructive evaluation of the material and actor. Is running people down really a good way to promote the soap medium in a time when it's struggling to survive?

As for my particular bone to pick (and I wouldn't be bothering if I didn't have one), I would agree that Inez Salinger is a role that was poorly conceived - a frustrating rehash of a previous character that it seems the writers truly didn't flesh out before placing on the canvas. With the exception of this last month, Ms. Leccia has been given material that, frankly, didn't make sense. And so because she's been given lousy material, she's a bad actress? That seems odd considering that her performance in Venice, particularly in season 2, has been consistently lauded by a variety of different sources. If you're going to trash a person's career, maybe you should look at their full body of work, not just one underwritten role. (As for Ms. Chappell doing "all the heavy lifting" in the Otalia pairing...sorry, but I think you just weren't paying attention.)

Oh and btw...under Terrell Tilford, that'd be "rein it in."

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Saying that the character of Inez belongs on this list is one thing, but to suggest that Jessica Leccia did not pull her weight on Guiding Light is exactly why soap operas lack credibility in the entertainment industry today. Daytime seems to subscribe only to the “squeakiest wheel getting the oil” mentality often ignoring or even criticizing (i.e. “deer-in-headlight stares and monotone deliveries”) performances that would, in other venues, be considered restrained and/or poignant. Personally, I don’t need to be hit over the head with something to know that it is quality…I actually prefer not to be.

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Great List! I agree with everything you guys said, although I would have added that young boy that plays James on OLTL (now that baby don't know where he is!)

Anyways, Happy New Years Everyone!

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Is running people down really a good way to promote the soap medium in a time when it's struggling to survive?

I applaud Daytime Confidential for criticizing various aspect of the daytime genre (such as bad acting).
Pretending everything is fine and dandy won't help the genre one bit.

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I see nothing wrong with this list at all. There are people in the industry who are not up to par and I think it is fine to have a civil discussion about their lack of talent or offer suggestions. A bad actor can ruin a storyline. Plus, if they don't want to be criticized than they should not be in the business.

As for the list, I agree with the list for the most part. YZ is simply awful. There is no colorful adjectives to sugar coat it. Her scenes are painful. JD is just kind of bland. He was like that on GL, too. JL is another bland actress, IMO. They just need to demonstrate more charisma on screen and give their characters some "ticks".

I can see why someone would be Bree Williamson on the list. She is not an A+ actress, but she isn't awkward. I just have never really connected with the character, but it could because of the writing. The teenage Jessica storyline is something hard to pull off. I would have probably removed her from the list and replaced her with Eden Reigel, whose acting I don't care for this year.

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troymcclure wrote:
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Is running people down really a good way to promote the soap medium in a time when it's struggling to survive?

I applaud Daytime Confidential for criticizing various aspect of the daytime genre (such as bad acting).
Pretending everything is fine and dandy won't help the genre one bit.

Agreed. But there's a difference between providing constructive criticism and personally attacking someone. One is beneficial, the other is not. Saying a person made a "complete ass of himself" or calling another person "drippy" - that's not focusing on the role or the acting, that's slamming someone personally. Those seem comments more in line with the sentiments to be found on a personal blog.

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Funny, I can't remember any "deer-in-headlight stares and monotone deliveries" from JL on Venice - even when she's not acting across from CC. In fact, this season she's been responsible for much of the life breathed into the show, acting as it's heart, soul and the character that we all most want to root for. I don't think you can judge anything based on one performance.

Any actor or actress can only do so much with what they're given - and Inez is a character that hasn't had a particularly clear or meaningful direction since she was brought onto the canvas.

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I find it interesting that Jessica Leccia is on this list…and by interesting, I mean inaccurate. I think Leccia knows EXACTLY where she is: Playing an ill conceived character in the middle of a poorly written plot. No one will dispute that the character of Inez has fatal flaws, but those flaws occurred in the development of the character, not necessarily in the delivery. I think she’s a talented actress but has not been given the opportunity to showcase that on OLTL. (If the writers don’t even know who Inez is, how can she?) I’ve seen her work on both Guiding Light and Venice and they suggest to me that she is more than capable of delivering, if not carrying a few scenes herself. I think this one falls on the TPTB, not the actress.

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I applaud Daytime Confidential for criticizing various aspect of the daytime genre (such as bad acting). Pretending everything is fine and dandy won't help the genre one bit.

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Is running people down really a good way to promote the soap medium in a time when it's struggling to survive?

I agree. You can "play nice" at other sites but DC is where you come to read the truth. And let's not bury soaps just yet. Let's remember that it was Proctor & Gamble who tanked GL and ATWT, not CBS. The network had a sweet deal where two hours of afternoon programming was bought and paid for.

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I tend to take a positive approach with most things so I would prefer seeing a list of things that are right rather than things that are wrong. I see some things on this list that I agree with, some that I would not have stated as strongly as you did (throwing the actor out with the bathwater because of what may well have been deficiencies in the writing or bad calls by the director)and there is one in particular that I strongly disagree with.

Your statements about Jessica Leccia being carried by the stronger performances of Crystal Chappell were off base. For one thing, it was the quiet, low-key nature of Natalia and the way she handled her own inner struggle that balanced the character of Olivia. Her quiet strength stood in stark contrast with Olivia's bold, often loud, approach to her own life struggles. The little things she brought to her scenes with Jacqueline Tsirkin's Emma showed us the devotion and love Natalia felt for the little girl which played such a big part in bringing the two women together. And the little gestures and expressions in her scenes with Frank showed us that she did not feel as close to him as she did to Olivia and made us root for the two women to finally get together.

On OLTL the character of Inez was brought in as a blank slate and although I might have problems with the way her story was written at first, it was clear to me -- because of the subtle acting choices Jessica Leccia made -- that Inez was a woman with much to hide, someone who had perhaps lived a cautious reserved life for many years. As her story unfolded we see that has, indeed, been the case. In Inez's confrontations with Clint, we can see all the layers of this character -- her desperate need to protect her sons while at the same time wanting to do the right thing, her horror and shame at being taken in and fooled by Clint, her fear and hate and anger directed at Eddie. Jessica Leccia could easily have played this character like a cardboard cutout but she has infused the character with humanity that was not always present in the writing.

You may not like the character of Inez Salinger or wish that the story had been written (or directed) differently or perhaps left out altogether. But for me, Jessica Leccia's performance is what has made me care about Inez and her sons and want to see what happens next. And isn't that what a soap opera should do?

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Wow, overall I have to disagree. I would say that 5 of the actors mentioned I have seen them do wonderful work in other roles and/or storylines while the other 5 I cannot speak to because either I didn't see their performances or I did not see them in anything prior to their first work in soaps.

To me, clearly the fault for the 5 actors I can reference leans more towards the material (or lack thereof) they had to work with...as well as the direction (or lack thereof) they were getting.

If an actor has been consistently acting sub-par across the years whether in the same role or in various roles...under the watchful eye of a multitude of directors and the guidance of many a scribe...then yes, get thee to an acting coach...but as someone else mentioned, this column really does not seem to be taking these mitigating factors into consideration.

And as someone else mentioned...going back and retro-actively knocking Jessica Leccia's work as Natalia on Guiding Light...whoa...because there needed to be a yin to Olivia's yang...and Crystal Chappell got just that. The same can be said about any good soap couple who pulls the audience in to go along for the ride with them. Two characters coming from the same place end up competing instead of complementing...and good actors...like Jessica Leccia and Crystal Chappell know it.

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I'm going to be frank and say that the comments about Jessica Leccia are crap. That is all.

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Smile Programming Note: CMT is having a Dallas Marathon. Susan Flannery-Stephine B&B was in a couple of episodes. I love the first couple of episodes; back in the good old days the '80's. Today only Sat. Jan. 1..

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I am sure everyone at dc confidential whose input compiled this list could have predicted the, well predictable responses so far. Fangirls/fanboys will rally behind their favorite actor/actress and claim they do not belong on this list. This list represents dc confidential's opinion and like it or not they believe these actors/actresses belong here. I may not agree with dc confidential's opinions on their podcasts or listings all of the time but as other posters have suggested, having a "happy, happy, joy, joy" positive take on the industry does no good as far as improving or keeping these shows on the air. I love the people saying "why is this list compiled and it is mean spirited." If their favorite actor or actress was not listed they would either be okay or not care one way or the other. This is one list that I actually agree with to the point that I would not remove anybody, I would just add some more. Starting with at least two from the best newcomer list: Nick Robuck of OLTL and Kimberly Matula from B&B who are also bland, one expression actors.

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Not sure if I wanted to see Peyton List playing a Lucy under this nonHogan Sheffer regime. SHe would have gone WTF with Dusty being this out of love with Lucy. Since DC is a lovefest of Peyton, have you ever wondered why she didn't return? Her webmaster actually admitted that PL thought she was too big for soaps. Alas.

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I would like to also see a list of 10 characters who have knocked it out of the park this year. On OLTL, for instance, Clint and Matthew. I think it could be positive in drawing people back to soaps we've abandoned, too. For instance, I gave up on AMC after David Canary left for good, but if there's someone who is hitting a homerun (I don't know what's up with all the baseball metaphors...I don't even like the game), it might urge me to tune in.

I already know Marissa sucks, and I barely even know her. She should be gone and forgotten, just like Erica's walking-abortion, Josh. What a mistake to give Babe a twin sister. All she seems to be is a constant reminder that the sub-standard AMC of today lost an A-list actress when it let Alexa Havins go. I don't think the new actress is going to help, because Marissa just hangs there like a sullen character with too much baggage. If AMC were the Titanic, she would be the anchor.

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redblaze, I was totally confused by the title of this section as well.

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Yes, I am sure that any comments here disagreeing with this list can simply be dismissed as coming from good little fan girls and boys who are rushing in to support their favorites and really have nothing to do with their performances. I cannot speak for anyone else...but I can tell you for me...as someone who has been watching soaps for decades now...ever since I would come home from my half day in kindergarten to have lunch in front of the television set...before remotes and before VCRs...I am no fan girl (or boy for that matter).

There is a difference between bland and subtle. There is a difference between not knowing what to do with the material and direction one is presented with...and doing the best one can with what one is given. There is a difference between having your first soap role and being asked to jump into the deep end of the pool and being coached so a performer can swim the distance.

While many of us probably do not know what is going on behind the scenes at each soap...we do know that the atmosphere of how they get the soaps on the air has changed...because there is less money so they no longer have the luxuries of rehearsals, etc that they once had. I do remember that soaps back in the day would offer acting coaches and/or acting classes for the newbies so they could get outside of the set experience so to how to handle all the pages and the quick pace of the soap world and I have found myself often wondering lately if that is even offered any more.

The bottom line (for me) is that the weight of the lack of rehearsal, the quick pace of shooting scenes, and the even quicker rate at which the scripts are cranked out cannot all be put upon the shoulders of the actors.

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soaprookie wrote:
The bottom line (for me) is that the weight of the lack of rehearsal, the quick pace of shooting scenes, and the even quicker rate at which the scripts are cranked out cannot all be put upon the shoulders of the actors.

Yet, there are still many actors who shine in the genre, while others...do not. How do you explain that?