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



No. 2: Terrel Tilford, One Life to Live

Just looking outta the window,

Watching the asphalt grow — Good Times

Let's begin with a disclaimer. We love the Evans family, both on Good Times and on One Life to Live. We appreciate TPTB for giving us a black family after bitching about daytime's lack of diversity for the last few years on this blog and on our companion iTunes podcast. Shawn (Sean Ringgold), Destiny (Shenell Edmonds) and their parents, have been great additions to the show in recent years, that brings us to big bro/baby daddy...We sincerely hope Terrel Tilford doesn't have splinters in the roof of his mouth, what with all the scenery he chewed in Llanview during his stint as Dr. Greg Evans. We thought he showed out with that hospital scene in 2009, but he was only getting started! Greg being blackmailed in 2010 gave the actor many more chances for tomfoolery. To be fair, OLTL seems to inspire highly "theatrical" performances, but even Bree Williamson and Brian Kerwin were shaking their heads at Tilford's over-emoting in 2010. Okay, no they weren't, but we certainly were. We see in Tilford the possibility of a decent soap hunk, if only he can learn to rein it in.


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Nah Kristian Alfonso has never really been good aside from the Zach storyline. I did enjoy the Princess Gina storyline but I have never found anyone else who did.

Don't get me started on Vanessa stealing Robin's Emmy she stole her on screen man to! I loved Jax/Skye!

I think it just shows how acting is subjective.

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I watch 2 soaps regularly now (OLTL & DAYS), and sometimes a third (GH), so those are the ones I'll comment on.

OLTL - I really liked Jessica Leccia in GL paired with Crystal, and in scenes with Grant Aleksander and others. In Venice, I've really come to root for her character. There's no over-the-topness that I've seen in other characters (DAYS/Venice's NB for instance). While I'm not completely sold on her character of Inez, for me it comes down to the material she was given. She's supposed to be playing at least 8-10 years older than she is. For someone with a young looking face (heck she's going to be 35 next week and she's supposedly playing someone in her 40s?), it makes it somewhat unbelieveable to have grown up sons (at least the older two). JL is a subtle actress, but she's by no means OLTL's worst. Give that award to Farah Fath, who continues to underwhelm me as Gigi. I love Gina Tognoni, but her character of Kelly this time around doesn't seem to have much direction at all this year. The most sparks I see from her are playing off Blair and Dorian, and David.

GH - I enjoyed Brenda first time round - this time, Meh. Dull as dishwater.

DAYS - Oh wow. Much could be said and where to start.
Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe) - pretty, just not seeing any depth of character whatsoever, even against powerhouses like Crystal Chappell, Suzanne Rogers and John Aniston
Shelley Hennig (Stephanie) - She spent most of the last year seemingly lost.
Gabi Rivera (redux) original version & 2.0 - neither one hold any interest or can really act...just paid Will with Chad and leave it that.
Kristian Alfonso (Hope Brady) - tanked all three storylines she was in this year as far as I was concerned (they got fastforwarded). And would somebody please feed her a fraking cheeseburger (or three)?

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Like I Said Before The writer has the job to write the script. The actor than has to decide how to approach their character in whatever scenes are being shot. Yes the director gives input but it also lies on the actors shoulders as well. So when The actor falls flat in a scene it must lay on them to a degree and thats the criteria DC had for this list

All ten of these actors in the opinion of DC did not deliver in their stories this year. Nothing aganist them personally. Just a Professional Criticisim.

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Scout wrote:
The fanatical loyalty to one performer creeps me out just a bit. Maybe because it has such a religious zealot vibe -- like the performer they love can do no wrong or make it feel that there is no room for differing opinion.

I can understand how the over zealous nature of any fanbase can be off putting to others. The Otalia community in particular, of which the Leccia fandom is an off shoot, has become known, for better or worse, for its fervent investment. (The personal connection has much to do with the content of their GL storyline, the availability of these stars to their fans, and the interactive nature of Venice, I think.)

To be fair though, Jessica’s performance as Inez has been widely critiqued and yes, even panned, by other sources with little to no reaction from her fans at all. We watch the show…most of us get it. I think the reason this particular article caught fire within the community, however, is because it seems to be a dig on her worth as an actress, not just a statement on this particular performance. Hence, the defense, I suppose.

PS... your Rite Aid comment was the most sublime use of sarcasm I’ve heard in awhile. Does this make me a Scout fangirl now? Perhaps. Smile

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Dyllan wrote:
Farah Fath should be added to the list. OMG, that lady has the most awkward scenes. I can't stand her character on OLTL and I think it is more the acting than the writing. The guy who plays Rex could be an honorable mention, too. I would not be opposed to adding the actress who plays Brenda on GH to this list either, lol.

Farah Fath is another one I am adding. I never saw the appeal of Farah on DOOL where she was "subtle" aka bland aka monotone aka not good like the others on DC's list. Her depiction of Gigi has been horrible all year. But my picks are only adding to, not subtracting from DC's original list.

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I liked Farah Fath on Days So I can't comment on Farah on OLTL . But I tell you she was the only highlight of the Phillip/Shawn/Belle/Mimi quad. Actually she and Shawn D kinda burned up the sheets for a while. Ofcourse she might have just looked really good because the other three actors (and I do use that term lightly) were horrible. Although I really enjoyed watching Brandon Beemer.... seldomly did I notice what he was saying exactly.
The problem this year with Days acting is although there was PLENTY of bad acting, it wasn't because people were lost in their material. It was because the material was so pedantic that even the most rudementary actor could squeek by. On other shows, there were occasions that the material would necessitate a higher level of acting.
I am just gonna come out and say this. Eden Regel should have been on this list. She has been totally lost in the role of Heather. It was not a great role to begin with but atleast it was clearly defined. Since Eden took over, I have no grasp of who she is. She also forgets to act or react when she isn't front and center in the scene. Too many times have I seen her standing there not reacting to what is being said, if it isn't being said by or to her. Heather, before Eden took over the role, was kind of stupid but kinda sexy blond role. She atleast had sex appeal. I find it rather like watching a kindergarten teacher to watch Eden in a romantic setting. Zero, zilch, nada. I think that she owed alot of her past success to her costars on AMC. Seriously, can you imagine Eden's Heather tearing up the sheets with Adam?

I also want to talk about excusses people make about the actors on soaps. Bad material good material. If flows freely and daily on soaps. Noone could possibly write good material every day of every week of every year on soaps. The material is ALWAYS going to be uneven. And a good actor will take really bad material and act the hell out of it. Seriously the worse the material, the more opertunity to rise above it and render a good performance. Actually it is the stuff in between, the mediocre material that good actors have trouble with. The better ones will not phone it in though unless the bland writing goes on too long. Case in point. Last year while EVERYONE on the planet was complaining about the stories on Y&R, the cast was giving oscar worthy performances (HELLO Paul and Patti to name a few). Now days people aren't grumbling about the stories as much but everybody on the show looks sleepy...... oh wait that is just me being sleepy watching all these good actors phoning in their dialog. (Seriously Jess, WAKE UP! and that goes for the rest of you!)

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Eden Riegel? Wha? The girl is miscasted, even I that love nuHeather know that, but her on this list is just... I mean, it's not a miscast list, is a list of actor that are delivering nothing on their performance. Compute this does not.

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I thought this list was about actors who did not perform well this year, but not necessary all the time. For example, Bree Williamson who has done decent work in the past, sucked this past year.

Eden Reigle DOES need to be on this list. I have no clue who the heck this character is and her portrayal makes zero sense. She overly emotes in her scenes. Her crying over hearing Chances last words were simply sad. Plus, I think she is terrible in the chemistry department.

I have been hoping for years that they would replace Farah Fath. I have no clue what her role is on the show. She never displays any range of emotion and the way she delivers her dialogue is awkward. Speaking of delivering bad dialogue, I would add Christel Kahlil and Clementine Ford to the list.

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Oh Jessica Leccia, give me strength during these trying times.

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This article and related comments are more entertaining that most everything happening on the soaps at the moment. Carry on ladies and gents.

I just wanted to add that I agree with the person who said that there should be more, not less, of commentary like this going out from the major fan and commercial publications about this genre.

The industry should also be listening more regularly and closely to its fans.

There are too many competing interests out there for people to stick with an genre that repeatedly kicks its fanbase in the guts with poor writing and for the purposes of this article, even poorer delivery.

And just because I am still somewhat flabbergasted that Bjorlin, Alfonso and a number of their cohorts missed a bullet, I will simply add.

Noone from Days of Our Lives?

Really?

Have you been watching?

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This is a good question though, are we talking about miscast roles (Eden Reigel's Heather) or are we talking about just plane bad acting this year? Cause I've seen some awful miscast this year (Mac is in there to Clementine you don't get off that easy!) On another topic did you ever think that we'd want "bitchy bangs" Adrianna who was awful as the sweet Cassie "lite" Cramer but awesome when she went bad, instead of Farrah's Gigi? She was actually good when she first showed up. Do actors just stop acting eventually? Was Tyler Christopher on this list?

Jessica Leccia was totally miscast, I honestly can't get over the fact that OLTL expects us to believe she's Fords mother there is no way that girl birthed him!

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In defense of Nadia Bjorlin, I actually think she was phenomenal this past week, as Chloe's secrets all came to light. The scene where Daniel left her, I truly felt for her, and the actress came across as completely devastated (and this is coming from someone who hates Daniel, and thinks the Daniel/Chloe pairing is all kinds of bland)

As for Jessica Leccia, I don't find her as fantastic as many Otalia fans do. She's adequate enough, and the pairing with Olivia brought out the best in the actress. Don't watch OLTL though, so I can't really comment on her role on that show. I also don't really share the Crystal Chappell love that so man soap fans and online sites seem to (yes I know, blasphemy). I think CC does the tortured heroine better than anyone. And that's what made Otalia work so well. Olivia's secret pain was relatable and heartbreaking. But on DOOL this time around, Carly is a shell of her former self. Her first stint at DOOL was one of my favorite times as a fan of the show. I loved Carly and Bo back in the early 90s, but again, at the time Carly was a flawed, tortured heroine. She had secrets, she was selfish at times, but her love for Bo was real, and not being able to be with him gave CC such great material to play. Now? CC as CARLY is bland. I would almost add her to this list, except that I feel it's more TPTB's fault than CC's in this case.

I agree with those who said VMG. What on earth has happened to this woman? Brenda was once my favorite GH character, and remained so for many many years. Even when she was impulsive and bratty and obsessive, I still rooted for her. But this return has been HORRIBLE. And part of that I do blame on the actress. She looks drugged up through most of her scenes. Her eyes look completely out of it, like she's not engaging with any of the actors around her. She's been terrible

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I liked Farah Fath on Days So I can't comment on Farah on OLTL . But I tell you she was the only highlight of the Phillip/Shawn/Belle/Mimi quad. Actually she and Shawn D kinda burned up the sheets for a while. Ofcourse she might have just looked really good because the other three actors (and I do use that term lightly) were horrible. Although I really enjoyed watching Brandon Beemer.... seldomly did I notice what he was saying exactly.
The problem this year with Days acting is although there was PLENTY of bad acting, it wasn't because people were lost in their material. It was because the material was so pedantic that even the most rudementary actor could squeek by. On other shows, there were occasions that the material would necessitate a higher level of acting.
I am just gonna come out and say this. Eden Regel should have been on this list. She has been totally lost in the role of Heather. It was not a great role to begin with but atleast it was clearly defined. Since Eden took over, I have no grasp of who she is. She also forgets to act or react when she isn't front and center in the scene. Too many times have I seen her standing there not reacting to what is being said, if it isn't being said by or to her. Heather, before Eden took over the role, was kind of stupid but kinda sexy blond role. She atleast had sex appeal. I find it rather like watching a kindergarten teacher to watch Eden in a romantic setting. Zero, zilch, nada. I think that she owed alot of her past success to her costars on AMC. Seriously, can you imagine Eden's Heather tearing up the sheets with Adam?

I also want to talk about excusses people make about the actors on soaps. Bad material good material. If flows freely and daily on soaps. Noone could possibly write good material every day of every week of every year on soaps. The material is ALWAYS going to be uneven. And a good actor will take really bad material and act the hell out of it. Seriously the worse the material, the more opertunity to rise above it and render a good performance. Actually it is the stuff in between, the mediocre material that good actors have trouble with. The better ones will not phone it in though unless the bland writing goes on too long. Case in point. Last year while EVERYONE on the planet was complaining about the stories on Y&R, the cast was giving oscar worthy performances (HELLO Paul and Patti to name a few). Now days people aren't grumbling about the stories as much but everybody on the show looks sleepy...... oh wait that is just me being sleepy watching all these good actors phoning in their dialog. (Seriously Jess, WAKE UP! and that goes for the rest of you!)

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100 % Agree On This

As Far As Miscasting. Eden Riegel should Have Been Mac. Also jessica Leccia was also miscast. She's Good But Not Here. Inez Should have been played by someone who can do warmth & Scheming at the same time. Former Falcon crest star Ana Alicia (ex-Melissa Agretti Cumson) Comes To Mind

Here Is Recent Vid Of Ana

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffuVndzfMtE

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I think that the entire Ford Family deserve to be on that list along with Langston, Starr & Natalie

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I think that Jessica Leccia was terrific as Natalia on GL and has been doing excellent work on Venice. She also did a fine job in her guest spot on Mercy. However, the idea of 34 year old JL as the mother of 3 grown sons (all of whom appear to be at least in their mid-twenties) is so ludicrous that it is impossible for me to even concentrate on her scenes. Dressing her in such frumpy attire in an attempt to age the actress does not overcome the initial problem: she is not old enough to be their mother.

I really look forward to seeing Jess in future age-appropriate roles where she can continue to display the talent that she has shown in the past.

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Now? CC as CARLY is bland. I would almost add her to this list, except that I feel it's more TPTB's fault than CC's in this case.

Well Carly is definitely no Olivia Spencer, but I think CC's biggest issue has been spending most of the year paired up, opposite Nadia Bjorlin. Nadia is apparently CC's cryptonite, because those two have no spark on screen together. Meanwhile, there was just all kinds of chemistry, between CC and Kristian Alfonso. Why TPTB didn't write more scenes for them together in 2010 is a head scratcher. Favorite Days scene for 2010 was their confrontation at Mickey's funeral. That was just all kinds of wonderful. Forget Bo, for 2011, the writers need to come up with a storyline for the two women and I don't necessarily mean romantically (although that would be beyond awesome), but just anything that has those two spending a significant amount of screen time together.
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As to Jessica, I agree with quite a few others, that she's been woefully miscast by GL and OLTL. I don't understand why they keep putting her in these matronly roles. She may be 35, but she has a youthful look and personality. They should be casting her as a Jennifer Horton-esque type character... you know sort of an adorably, fun, carefree, girl next door type... Missy Reeves isn't going to blow anybody off screen with her acting either (the Crystal Chappell's of daytime are few and far between), but she is a good actress and she's enjoyable to watch, because she's appropriately cast. Jessica could bring the same thing to the table, and low and behold she is on Venice as Ani, because that role plays to her strengths of being all cute and adorable and she's done a nice job with the dramatic beats she's had to play too.

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This article was about people lost on screen. Not exactly bad acting. This I take to mean that the actor has no grasp on who he or she is playing and whose uneven portrayal plain ole stinks up the screen. Daytime is chalk full of bad actors. But many of them atleast understand who they are playing and are able to convey that to the audience. This top ten is about the people who have yet to gel with their character and the audience is not able to identify with this person. That is why I picked Riegel (sorry for misspelling the name). I think she got too many lesbian points in her last role, combined with points for being Ericas daughter. She didn't need to be that good to be popular then. Now that she is handed a little less in the prime dept., she is totally unable to click. Her character is nothing like it used to be AND has yet to make the role reimagined either.
A good actress would have done one or the other quickly. And for the reasons I gave above please don't use the sorry excuse of bad writing.

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I cannot believe all the bashing of actors here. Yes, it is me again. When I give opinions, I realize they are subjective like everyone elses. I am not so sure everyone knows this.

Don't know why I am commenting but P&G/CBS could not and would not tolerate each other by the time ATWTs/GL were gone. They BOTH wanted out of their business arrangements. By now everyone knows that fact even though they denied it earlier in the game.

I also think actors take a hit for bad stories and/or when they are placed between a popular couple. Years ago, I remember the wrath a fantastic actress had to withstand when she came between Carly/Jack on ATWTs.That is just one example. I think these supercouples can be more trouble then good for the daytime dramas. Plus sometimes the couples themselves lose steam after time and fans don't even notice. It amazes me.

One thing to add, I watched some of the Dallas Marathon yesterday and realized that show did exactly what they wanted with the characters. The characters were so individual. When that was on the fans went along for the story.

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This poll is for 2010, right? So, for 2010 (and not necessarily any past work), Eden Riegal should bump Leccia from the #10 spot. She truly looked like she didn't know where she was on Y&R. Coming in at #11, if not higher, should be Farah Fath. Somewhere in there, it pains me to say, should be Vanessa Marcil, who seemed so lost she spent most of the time hiding behind her hair and some very, very long sleeves. Was Taylor Spreitler still around for 2010? If so, she could be considered for the DAYS lack of representation. As for Leccia, I don't think she should be on this particular list; I think she's adequate in the role (not high praise, but neither is it the scathing "She CAN NOT ACT" we've been hearing on the podcasts). Way too young for the role for sure, and not knocking anyone's socks off. But adequate, IMO.

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I'd love to see a Worst Miscast list, as there seems to have been several this year. (including Riegel and Leccia)

Also, I tend to agree with the idea that Crystal Chappell would not have been entirely out of place on this particular list. I've yet to be able to connect with her as Carly and I think that's because she hasn't been able to connect to the character herself. Her performances on Days (and occasionally on Venice) have left me feeling as though I've just been spoon fed those "moments" that always came naturally as Olivia (on GL). As a long time fan of her organic talent, it's been uncomfortable to watch at times.

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What Would Be Good Is Like Top 30 Or 50 miscast Actors Of all Time In Daytime Drama

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I agree that Eden Rigel could be on that list.

Yes she is a good actress, BUT somebody could defend her case in stating that she is NOT on AMC and should not play a poor me, victimized character BUT she is playing on Y&R a strong vixen with an attitude charaacter.

In that regard this NuHeather just don't know who she is and where she is!

I would put her on a share Number 1 with Yvonne Zima, The Young and the Restless! Cool

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"Nadia is apparently CC's cryptonite"

HA HA! So freaking true!

Crystal hasn't even been playing Carly since she got to Days, because the writers obviously don't know her character. They've paired her in scenes with Chloe and Melanie that's a lot of hair modeling going on (and I do love both of those actresses and characters) but sometimes you can only do so much

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Have to agree about Eden Reigel; I was never a huge fan of hers from AMC but she's a good actress. However, she was arguably the worst high-profile recast of the last year. And she truly did seem out of the loop with regards to the character(as did her co-star John Driscoll, another good actor who also deserved his place on this list). Happens to the best of actors; I remember when Kim Zimmer was brought on to SANTA BARBARA as Jodie Walker in the early-nineties. There's no question she's top 5 all-time with regards to soap actresses, but that character fell flat on it's face and there was nothing she could do to save it.

Again, I understand the point of the list is not necessarily to point out the talent(or lack thereof) of a particular actor as much as how they utilized that talent in their respective roles. I think what's setting everybody aback--myself included--is the inclusion of pretty decent actors(Leccia, Williamson, and Driscoll)on a list with people who, though wonderful human beings they may be, are terrible actors(Vasi, Tilford, and Zima). That's why I would sub Farah Fath(who is terrible 24/7/365) and Nadia Bjorlin; they've been truly lost for pretty much their entire tenures on their respective shows. Just sayin'.

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ChrisGa wrote:
I think what's setting everybody aback--myself included--is the inclusion of pretty decent actors(Leccia, Williamson, and Driscoll)on a list with people who, though wonderful human beings they may be, are terrible actors(Vasi, Tilford, and Zima).

I agree. Seems like alot of confusion could have been avoided by creating three separate lists: miscasts, good/decent actors who didn't connect with their character/storyline, and just plain bad actors. They are not all the same thing.

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I have to agree with marknsprmo. There is always going to be bad material at any given time on a soap. The actor's job is to do well NO MATTER what material they are given. Some are pros at this and some are NOT. Take for example two of the best actors/actresses around: Nancy Lee Grahn and Tony Geary. Both have seen their share of bad storylines/bad writing over the years but they knock it out of the park everytime! Examples: Alexis dressing as a butler to be near Kristina at the Q mansion. NLG hit a home run, regardless of the silly storyline. Just this past week in the re-airing of the Metro Court hostage eppys. The writers chose to handcuff Luke to a drain pipe rather than let him be a part of the rescue mission. This was insulting to me as Luke has spent many years in Port Charles being the ONE to rescue the town and anyone in danger. To have him handcuffed to a drain pipe rather than working with Mac and Jason to save the hostages was ridiculous. But regardless of the shoddy writing, Anthony Geary mangaged to STEAL the scene once again! So, I really think that saying the material is bad is making excuses for actors who have been TRAINED to rise above bad material.

And for those of you commenting that you don't understand what the title of this article means, I can only say that you must not be a longtime or frequent viewer of Daytime Confidential. I have only been visiting the site for a few months and I know exactly what the title means. If you were a regular visitor, you would understand that the phrase "babies who didn't know where they were" is one that is used quite frequently by Jamey and you would know what it meant. You would also know that it, like many other things you will hear and see on the site are a part of the sense of humor shared by the DC gang which is what makes the site, the podcasts and the articles so entertaining. If you don't get that humor, or don't appreciate it then I would say that you are free to frequent other less humorous, more boring soap opera sites.

Happy New Year all!

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Oh, look, now people are telling others they can't play in their sandbox. *rme*

As far as an actor making the best of bad material: well, Leccia certainly did that on Venice. Writing doesn't get much worse than Venice. Oh, except for all the other soaps on offer. Bottom line: Soaps are badly written drivel, by and large. It is a dying genre because the product is terrible.

Instead of writing baiting "articles" to get all the fans in a frenzy (and please, Leccia fans are absolutely no different that any other diehard soap fan. All are more than a little, um, _dedicated_ when it comes to their favorites) and drive up hits, why don't the soap "journalists" fight tooth and nail to get better writing? Why aren't the consumers of soaps demanding, loudly, that soaps start actually writing halfway decent stories again? It's easy to pick on the actors.

As ridiculous as the stories were sometimes back in the 80s and 90s, they were lightyears better than anything I've tried to sample in the last many, many years.

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beansformetoo-Ditto. Reading these responses has been hilarious. If someone doesn't know what the title of and spirit behind this list means, then they are obviously not familiar with this site. This is further evidenced by the creation date of a great deal of these super fans.

Alstonboy, in response to your post 89 about VM STEALING that Emmy from Robin Christopher, I say AMEN! I have been saying that for the last 7 years. As katiebug said, VM stole RC's Emmy and Brenda stole Skye's husband, and heck she even stole her spot on the show last year! I had no idea how overrated VM was until she "won" that Emmy for deigning to show her face on the daytime screen. The failure of her and Guza to live up to the hype of her return has at no point surprised me.

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Sorry, double post.

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I don't watch all of these shows but I do manage to listen to the DC podcasts (I am about a month behind though) so I recognize many of the names on the list. I applaud the DC staff for being able to watch all of the shows and not want to poke their own eyes out. I am having trouble watching GH and OLTL because they are really killing this long time fan.

I agree that the writing is often responsible for the bad acting but I also agree that really good actors can rise above bad writing. Vanessa Marcil has not been given very good material but she does manage to work it out when she is given good scene partners. Her work with Steve Burton has been really good.

I watched the last few years of GL and was never impressed with Jessica Leccia. She wasn't horrible but she also never kept me glued to my TV either. She isn't popping off the screen on OLTL either. She has been handed some fantastic actors to work with and she is always the weakest link in her scenes. Sorry to all of her many fans and I see she does have many. She just doesn't do it for me. Inez is no different than Natalia. JL uses the same wide eyed ernestness in every scene whether she is discussing finances with her son or fighting her exhusband. It is all the same and I never catch any emotion from her.