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.


Comments

alstonboy4315's picture
Member since:
12 February 2010
Last activity:
6 weeks 3 days

Watchingallday-_

I LOVE your avatar---minus Jax (who I can't stand, unfortunately!)

LOL!! Not trying to offend you, just not a fan of that character. But Robin Christopher looks lovely in it!! Wish GH hadn't wasted her time and talents, only to brush her aside when VMG returned!!! Such a sad state of affairs when a show has soooooooo many viable POTENTIAL leading ladies on the canvas yet chooses to give them storyline scraps in order to accommodate an actress who has CLEARLY lost her magic!!!

Cheers........... Beer Beer

Member since:
1 January 2011
Last activity:
3 years 15 weeks

Perhaps DC should come equipped with a security feature to keep out all of us who "don't get the joke." Shame on us for creating profiles on this site and attempting to participate in the discussion! I bet Mr. Giddens and the others at Daytime Confidential are VERY GRATEFUL to have "fanboys and fangirls" of their very own to inform new readers that they are not welcome here. Well done.

Member since:
2 April 2009
Last activity:
1 week 4 days

I've seen some great actors turn "shit into sugar" but there are some storylines that not even actors like Kim Zimmer could sell (remember the clone storyline) or that god awful stepping through time one? I really don't think Anthony Geary is that great anymore either. What I'm saying is that even some of the great actors can't sell storylines that suck. Once in a while they can but sometimes things just dont work.

I've said it in an earlier post but Eden Reigel can't pull off Heather the character is wrong for her and the writing hasn't been that great either.

Jessica Leccia's is miscast as Inez, we are supposed to believe she's old enough to have 3 grown boys and be in relationships with Bo/Clint. She has better chemistry with Ford!

My main gripe is that I enjoyed Leccia as Natalia on GL, the character played to her strengths and was written well. It's the same problem with John Driscoll, Bree Williamson and a few others. They are "good" actors they just aren't connecting with their material.

alstonboy4315's picture
Member since:
12 February 2010
Last activity:
6 weeks 3 days

I believe that TRULY GREAT actors can shine through ANY sort of writing!!! One need look no further than powerhouses like Anthony Geary, Erika Slezak, Kim Zimmer, Jess Walton and Jeanne Cooper who have had their FAIR SHARE of crappy stories over the years, yet always risen to the occasion!!

In terms of bad dialogue, which is what I feel is crippling most shows, many actors simply choose to improvise and take what's written on the page and transform it into something STRONGER. Elizabeth Hubbard, Tuc Watkins and Anthony Geary are among some of the great AD-LIBBERS of our time!!!

Silly facial expressions, gestures, body language and monotonous line delivery are all FACETS of a performance that can make or break a scene, and as I've said A MILLION times before, if an actor is bad, he or she DESERVES to be ridiculed.

Acting is a profession for which people get paid a LOT of money, and if an individual can't do it FANTASTICALLY, they need not be on my screen. I expect actors to be GREAT, not just good or mediocre!!! I don't enjoy having to watch people learn how to act while being paid six figures and boring/annoying the crap out of me in the process. That's what ACTING CLASSES were created for!!!!!

Bottom line: Bad actors need to be ridiculed so that HOPEFULLY they will either take acting classes to help improve themselves or change careers!!!!

Member since:
16 July 2009
Last activity:
1 year 35 weeks

Bushels of exclamation points aside, the idea that ad-libbing should be tolerated, much less encouraged, strikes fear into my little playwright's heart. *shudder*

babyc's picture
Member since:
22 January 2009
Last activity:
2 years 35 weeks

Even the greatest actor have some fails from time to time. Yes, even those who are known for turning shit into sugar. That includes Kim Zimmer, Jess Walton, Jeanne Cooper, etc. I mean they are actors, not robots, there is only so much shit they can take before they want to bash their heads against the wall.

SoapFan75's picture
Member since:
29 December 2009
Last activity:
2 years 20 weeks

This is so funny and some of it unintentional, like some of the performances this past year from those on the list (Yvonne Zima take a bow). This has gone on for so long that posters are starting to repeat themselves over and over again. We get it, this one was miscast, that one had bad material, etc. Sorry for the 15 to 20 new posters who signed up yesterday who do not understand the title but let me assure you it is quite humorous. There are tons of best and worst listings throughout the soap media for 2010 and this is just another one. Everyone has a right to express their opinion here. And that obviously begins with the daytime confidential crew. The list is obviously final and the opinion of daytime confidential, just repeating the same excuses are not going to change it.

Scout's picture
Member since:
21 November 2008
Last activity:
9 weeks 4 days

I just pray that Jessica Leccia can heal the rifts caused here this weekend and save all our heathen souls. Amen. Wink

alstonboy4315's picture
Member since:
12 February 2010
Last activity:
6 weeks 3 days

Bradamant---

I am going to assume that your comment was directed toward me, since I do tend to get a little bit heavy-handed with the punctuation marks from time to time!!!

I honestly feel that ad-libbing SHOULD be encouraged when the scripts in question are crap and you want to keep the viewing audience from falling asleep, vomiting, flinging random objects at the television screen or a combination of all three. Veteran actors have been doing soaps for a long time and have an innate sense of what the audience will respond well to and what they won't respond well to. And I see nothing wrong with spicing up a dull scene or a scene with choppy dialogue by adding your own comedic flair to the table or making things sound better than they did on paper.

I have no idea what type of playwright you are, but I HOPE you are better than many of the hacks who are passing themselves off as writers on today's soaps!! If you are, indeed, that great of a writer, then I am sure that your magnificent work stands for itself and needs no alterations or changes at all. If that is the case, then I agree with you---if it ain't on the page, it doesn't need to be on the stage. Writers get paid to write, actors get paid to act....and people should do the jobs that they are paid to do.

But when you watch many of today's soaps, it's easy to see that the people with the pens in their hands aren't going to rival the likes of Noel Coward, Oscar Wilde, Victor Hugo or William Shakespeare!!!

Good luck with your future writing ventures, and I hope my post didn't offend you in any way, as it wasn't intended to. Just trying to make a point. Have a great day!!!!

babyc's picture
Member since:
22 January 2009
Last activity:
2 years 35 weeks

The problem with ad-libbing is that not all actor can ad-lib and that sometimes it can cause laughs or confusion and in a soap, where very take counts, it's not a very good idea. Yeah, some little things here and there, talked with the other actors before the take are okay, but it's not something that should used so much.

In the end, the actors are as good as the writing, and the writing is... eehhh. Some are able to raise over that shit, but not all of them, even if they are good actors.

troymcclure's picture
Member since:
25 December 2008
Last activity:
2 years 5 weeks

Scout wrote:
I just pray that Jessica Leccia can heal the rifts caused here this weekend and save all our heathen souls. Amen. Wink

You have any doubt?
Jessica Leccia can turn water into wine, (but not shit into sugar)

May Leccia have mercy on all our souls.

alstonboy4315's picture
Member since:
12 February 2010
Last activity:
6 weeks 3 days

I agree with your remarks about ad-libbing, Baby C. It is a director's/producer's worst nightmare because it robs them of that crucial element of CONTROL, an element which they seem to thrive off of!!

I guess I am speaking as a viewer who WISHES that more actors would just REWRITE their entire scripts from scratch and infuse them with SOMETHING other than the usual dose of BLAH and BLEEECH!!!!!!

The only VIABLE long-term option is for the network heads to hire DECENT writers. But that doesn't appear to be in the cards for a while.

I guess I was just grasping at straws!!!

SoapFan75's picture
Member since:
29 December 2009
Last activity:
2 years 20 weeks

Scout wrote:
I just pray that Jessica Leccia can heal the rifts caused here this weekend and save all our heathen souls. Amen. Wink

Ha, ha, ha!

I have no doubt after some of these posts.

Member since:
2 April 2009
Last activity:
1 week 4 days

Hey maybe instead of talking about who was the worst this year, we need to start raising awareness on who the worst WRITERS are? I'm talking about who wrote what, and call them out. Maybe we could do some real good this year, help get the soaps some new blood.

Wizzerkat's picture
Member since:
2 January 2011
Last activity:
3 years 5 weeks

For those of you who don't know, Denise Vasi *has* taken acting classes. She has stated as such(at least on Twitter). Take that for what you will..

Member since:
13 December 2009
Last activity:
1 year 48 weeks

Katiebug9624 wrote:
Hey maybe instead of talking about who was the worst this year, we need to start raising awareness on who the worst WRITERS are? I'm talking about who wrote what, and call them out. Maybe we could do some real good this year, help get the soaps some new blood.

I nominate whoever wrote Carly Manning as a middle aged Cindy Brady, threatening to tattle on Chloe at every turn. I love me some CC and Carly's my fave character on Days, but I was ready to start hurling things at my TV after months of her saying "I'm going to tell Daniel, if you don't" in every scene with Chloe.

Member since:
2 April 2009
Last activity:
1 week 4 days

For as long as soaps have been on the air (or that I can remember) we've had hair models, some of them have been hair models for years (Days Hope and well almost everyone Days) sometimes they learn how to act. Sometimes they have the good fortune of being in a supercouple who is either really popular or have another actor/actress in that supercouple be really good.

Heck sometimes we even award them (I'm looking at you Natalia Livingston you didnt deserve that Emmy it was Crystals year!) erm...anyway

And sometimes they actually learn to act. I think that the problem is now days, we don't have the time for everyone to learn to act, and the budgets are getting smaller we aren't getting Off Broadway actors anymore, now we are getting mostly LA based actors that are just starting out.

Maybe we should blame the casting directors also.

Member since:
2 April 2009
Last activity:
1 week 4 days

"I nominate whoever wrote Carly Manning as a middle aged Cindy Brady"

You are my new best friend Smile

I can see her now "Chloe Chloe Chloe" "Hope Hope Hope" "Melanie Melanie Melanie" UGH!

I nominate them as well I swear that we could of started a drinking game for every time she said that.

Member since:
14 April 2009
Last activity:
10 hours 19 min

I don't have a problem with Jessica Leccia being on the list, although I don't agree, only because I feel there are many more people who should be in her spot. What bugs is the assessment that she did nothing in the Otalia storyline and Crystal Chappell made it all work. Crystal Chappell is an excellent actress, but she can't perform in a vacuum. Just take a look at her work on Days since she came back. I haven't heard anyone lauding her performances opposite the likes of Molly Burnett, Shawn Christian, Nadia Bjorlin or even Peter Reckell.

I think the one thing that I found odd about this list was the absence of Clementine Ford. How many podcast did I listen to in 2010 that raked her over the coals? Heck Mel even had a checkbox for her on PoW. At first I thought it was because she's gone, until I remembered that Sean Young is gone, too. So how did Clemmy escape?

Member since:
2 April 2009
Last activity:
1 week 4 days

Yea were was Clementine? That is one girl that just didn't show up and admitted it. When she left the show she talked about how soaps were harder than she thought.

Good lord CC deserves an emmy IF she does well in some of her storylines sigh...I do think she has helped Molly Burnett and Shawn Christian I really tend to enjoy all three of them in a scene but Nadia hasn't shown up for her storyline since she almost pushed Carly down the elevator shaft.

I agree that the Otalia storyline was a two person team, I was more invested in Olivia only because I had watched her for 10 years.

GHfan-4now's picture
Member since:
29 August 2010
Last activity:
2 weeks 4 days

Wizzerkat wrote:
For those of you who don't know, Denise Vasi *has* taken acting classes. She has stated as such(at least on Twitter). Take that for what you will..

Well, if that's the case, I have no further comment other than 'hmm', because there are so many things I could say... Aw, forget it, can't help myself! Smile I don't think she's horrifically bad, like our number one Zima on the list or even other’s I’ve seen in the past, but... let's just say I would continue taking them if I were her. And I mean that as no disrespect or even a direct or indirect insult, but IMO her acting is still lacking *something*. That spark, that edge, whatever it is. I don’t think she needs to be Oscar worthy or even the next Slezak or Debbie Morgan, but, still, if more than one person is saying the same thing over and over again, that’s something to take a much harder look at.

Member since:
27 December 2009
Last activity:
8 hours 1 min

Most of us are trying to forget about that disaster of a recast called Mac. Maybe they are expunging her from the record? Clementine Ford was not awful on the "L Word", but on Y&R it was so painful. Her scenes were the most awkward thing ever. I would have put her on the list and following YZ.

Don't throw stones about me, but I don't think Nadia Bjorlin is that awful. Is she the best? No, but I can name many more who should be on the list before her. Be careful what you wish for. She reminds me of Vail Bloom.

I have noticed there is not a whole lot of discussion of the bad male actors who should be on the list. After stating that, I nominate Josh Morrow to the list.

Member since:
13 December 2009
Last activity:
1 year 48 weeks

Katiebug9624 wrote:
I agree that the Otalia storyline was a two person team, I was more invested in Olivia only because I had watched her for 10 years.

Olivia was definitely the more dynamic character and infinitely more watchable in scenes opposite other characters then Natalia. But with that said, the magic that happened on screen when they were paired together, was attributable to both actresses. It was a beautiful thing to watch, as they waltzed across our screens together. Yes, CC was doing the leading, but JL was doing a pretty good Ginger Rogers in heals dancing backwards. Wink

marknsprmo's picture
Member since:
14 June 2009
Last activity:
4 days 7 hours

Katiebug it was Jan Brady not Cindy Brady that said Marcia Marcia Marcia. That is because she was jealous of Marcia and hated the fact that everyone praised Marcia all the time..... anyway

I am loving how this thread just goes on and on! ya know back in the day on Search for Tomorrow, Joanne and Stu would be told to pick up the phone and adlib for five minutes if the show went short. Or sit on the porch and talk. They knew their characters so well that they could do this and noone would even notice that they were just shooting the shit. I actually am all for more naturalistic conversations when actors put their onw spin on the dialog. Sometimes great stuff comes from this because the writers will pick up on a suggestion and run with it. Sometimes if the acting is bad though it just sucks. The problem nowdays is the completely repetitious dialog that we find on some soaps (Days anyone?) It wouldn't be so bad if the conversations were being repeated to a new character or two friends catching up on eachothers lives. But NO. It is two actors rehashing the same dialog they had every day for the last who knows how long.... Even a good improvisor (Stephano) can only take that so far. And there aren't that many good ones on Days.

soapfan09's picture
Member since:
29 April 2010
Last activity:
2 years 32 weeks

And just when we thought Yvonne Zima was finally GONE for good... she stuck with her words that she "...would be back". At that Halloween episode that was somewhat tasteful turned extremely sour by the end when Marcy Rylan and her Lady Gaga getup make those hilarious faces as if she just smelled sh*t! BTW, kudos to Marcy! But no props to Yvonne, it seemed as if they just stuck her on the show AGAIN like glue. And now she is knocked up with Daniel's baby and will soon put Danny Jr. in the hospital thanks to Jana's dumbass letting her free! Sighs, when will this farce of a storyline come to an end! I'm gonna be hopeful that at least by February or March they'll finally either put Daisy off the canvas or kill her off! There's no room for Yvonne at Y&R, I don't care what MAB or Paul Rauch says.. she poops, with 2 "o"s

Member since:
2 April 2009
Last activity:
1 week 4 days

marknsprmo - oops thank you I got my Brady's mixed up Smile

ChrisGa's picture
Member since:
9 September 2009
Last activity:
10 hours 9 min

Wow, Dyllan, I totally forgot about Joshua Morrow! The guy's physically stunning to the eye but it seems like he's been taking a healthy dose of Ambien before work for a good five years at least(hell, not even working opposite Michelle Stafford for the last few years has woken him up from his nap). And while we're on Y&R, I'm now kinda shocked Amelia Heinle isn't on the list(personally I don't have as big an issue with her as thousands of others seem to; I just pretend she's not Victoria Wink ). She's been lauded as one of the worst recasts in soap history for more than a few years now; guess pairing her with Killer Miller saved her Smile .

Member since:
4 April 2008
Last activity:
14 weeks 5 days

My two cents...I would certainly replace Bree Williamson with Eden Reigel, who has been just dreadful as NuHeather. That's not to say I thought her predecessor was any better, but I expected more from ER, and I think the "fit" to the character is just wrong.

And I agree that Joshua Marrow probably deserves a spot on that list as well. I've seen him do some good work before, but he seemed to be barely awake through most of his scenes this past year. It was so bizarre to watch these scenes between JM and MS where Phyllis would be on FIYAH and Nick would seem to be barely there in response.

At least it seems that everybody can agree on the awfulness that is Zima as Daisy. Good grief. I thought it was a joke when I first heard she was coming back; she is one of the worst characters to ever grace my TV screen--seriously.

thecourt99's picture
Member since:
30 April 2009
Last activity:
10 hours 14 min

Why is this being taken so personally? This is a web site that allows people to freely express their opinions about both characters and actors, and shocker...people have different opinions.

Maybe there should have been an explanation of what the title means for those that aren't regular posters, but that shouldn't stop someone from discussing/debating the list. For the most part, I agree with the list. There are some actors on this list that are good, but just happened to be horrible in the current role. Driscoll, for example, was great on GL, but HORRIBLE on Y&R. The writing and direction can only get some of the blame..the actor has to be strong enough to overcome it, and in these cases, the actors weren't. Not everyone can turn crap to sugar.

Member since:
4 April 2008
Last activity:
14 weeks 5 days

I understand why people are taking it personally. These are criticisms of the actual acting ability of actors and actresses on soaps. Let's face it, with as incestuous as the soap media is with the soaps themselves, that doesn't happen much. The soap mags have no problem handing out their so-called gold-stars and occasionally criticizing a story as bad, but rarely if ever do the actual actors get criticized.

And I understand that if you think a certain actor or actress is the cat's meow then you are going to fiercely defend that actor or actress, and I have no problem with that.

But I do agree it's B.S. to get bent out of shape over whether it's "right" to criticize actors at all. Of course it is. If it's okay to hand some of them Emmy awards, why shouldn't it be okay to in turn call them out when they are not doing a good job? We can call the writers, directors, wardrobe department, hair department and everyone else out but we are supposed to just bit our tongue and remain silent when we think an actor is do a subpar job in a role? Not to me.

So I guess my point is..I love that soap viewers are such ardent fans of their favorites and love to defend them, but I think that defense should not extend to saying you can't criticize an actor's performance.