Ratings, Rants and Raves: Mixed Results For GH and DAYS, Plus Wishful Storytelling for Y&R’s Cane and Lily


 




Looks like Americans were too busy popping firecrackers the week of July 2-6 to watch soaps. (Source: Soap Opera Network) While all soaps suffered in some respect, Days of Our Lives did manage to post a few positive gains.

DAYS was the only soap up in total viewers (+80,000), held steady in households and among women 18-49. However,  DAYS was tied with its all-time low in that demo. Among W18-34, DAYS posted a one-tenth of a point gain.

In story, Will (Chandler Massey) decided it was high time he played top to EJ's (James Scott) bottom for a change. Finding the proof EJ isn't a DiMera, gave Sami's (Alison Sweeney) boy just enough leverage to accomplish that feat. Will told EJ he wanted him to "mentor" him. So that's what the young lads are calling it these days? Does this song pop into anyone else's mind during EJill scenes?

Sami, Salem's oldest teenager, freaked out on Carrie (Christie Clark), whom Sami believed to be pregnant with Rafe's (Galen Gering) child. After hearing Rafe deny fathering any children, EJ became even more convinced the baby Nicole (Arianne Zucker) is carrying belongs to him.

Speaking of Nicole, she was busy getting to know Daniel (Shawn Christian) the week in question. I guess she just can't wait long enough to get EJ's little cupcake delivered from her Easy Bake Oven, before letting Dr. Hairy fill her with his creamy frosting!

Elsewhere in Salem, U.S.A, Gabi (Camila Banus) learned the dude she hired to stalk her had gone off script by kidnapping Melanie (Molly Burnett). Paging Shawn, Belle, Mimi, Chloe and Philip…

ABC's General Hospital tied its all-time low among W18-49 the week in question. GH was also down 35,000 total viewers, yet held steady in households and among W18-34.

In story, McBain (Michael Easton) managed to get Jason (Steve Burton) delayed from the plane, so McBain could have first crack at the latest dayplayer mob villain. I said this last week and I will say it again. I could care less about Joe Scully Jr. This whole "he wants what Sonny stole from him" stuff is nonsense.

Yes, Sonny got his first taste of mob success from Joe Sr. back in Bensonhurst, but his real power base came from marrying Lily (Lilly Melgar) and taking over Rivera's holdings.This blast from mobsters' past is the last thing GH needs right now. It's Guza-lite and not the strongsuit of Frank Valentini and Ron Carlivati.

These two proved they can fashion a funny, intense, character-driven and—at times—campy soap opera at One Life to Live. They've quickly proven capable of doing the same thing on GH, with the immensely enjoyable Heather Webber/Todd Manning baby switch umbrella story. It would be a mistake for Frank and Ron to try to pull out their love sticks and prove they can do a big, splashy, Guza-style mob drama. Fans have been screaming for less mob for years. It's time ABC started listening.

Continuing on with story threads I have to struggle not to fast forward through, Olivia (Lisa LoCicero) found out why Connie became Kate, or Kate became Connie. I'm beyond confused at this point, and I was able to keep straight all 74 characters Eileen Davidson played on Days of Our Lives in the 90's.

Kelly Sullivan needs to go. Bless her heart, she's not a bad actress, but Kate's popularity was tied directly to the chemistry Maurice Benard shared with Megan Ward. If Sullivan hasn't managed to make me give a runny poot about Connie/Kate—other than to laugh at her, when I don't think that was what I was supposed to be doing—by now, she never will. Let's cut our losses and put Sonny in a romantic storyline with one of his baby mamas.

It's too bad Trey (Erik Valdez) has to be connected with this vapid Connie/Kate/Joe Jr. nonsense. I like the actor and think Michael/Starr/Trey/Kristina have potential as a YA quad. However, I don't think I'll be able to stomach months and months of Sullivan shrieking and howling, as Trey yelps at her for shooting him out of roman candle as a baby, or whatever it is she did to him. In the words of Joy Behar, so what, who cares?

Sidenote: Who do I have to give a handy-J to get Dillon Quartermaine, Serena Baldwin and Brook Lynn Ashton back in Port Chuck?

Now for what I liked in Port Charles the week in question. Molly (Haley Pullos) and TJ (Krys Meyer) had a cute, little swimming pool date, which was ruined by Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn). When TJ first premiered, I was like "Why?" Since then, the character and actor have grown on me. In fact, Molly and TJ are one of the most refreshingly-realistic teen stories soaps have done in years. What I wanna know is when will TJ's surrogate daddy, Shawn (Sean Butler), show Alexis what he looks like in his drawers?

Todd's (Roger Howarth) guilt over causing Sam (Kelly Monaco) to lose her baby is palpable. As much fun as it is to see Heather Webber (Robin Mattson) yank the dangling stitch in Todd's scar, it would be a soap opera wet dream if Trevor St. John were to reprise the role of One Life to Live's Victor Lord Jr. and be the one to ultimately reveal the baby switch. Though I know that can't happen until AMC/OLTL's indentured servitude to Prospect Park is up.

Anna Devane (Finola Hughes) has quickly become the best part for a woman of a certain age in soaps. She's sharp, romantic, courageous and in command. This Anna is so much better than the cartoon version of the character past regimes brought back throughout the 00's.

I'm glad to see Jason Thompson (Patrick) finally getting a storyline, even if it does have to be pill-popping. Sorry, flashbacks of poor Jonathan Jackson, with buckets of snot running down his nose last year, has me a bit apprehensive. I love the chemistry Thompson has with Julie Marie Berman's Lulu. As much of a kill joy as Dante (Dominic Zamprogna) has turned into, I wouldn't mind a drug-addled Patrick breaking Lulu's back, as meddling Maxie (Jen Lilley) walks in on them!

The Young and the Restless lost 38,000 total viewers over the previous week. Y&R also fell two-tenths of a point in households and one-tenth of a point among W18-49. Among W18-34, Y&R went up one-tenth of a point. 

Save for the continued ickiness of Shictor and all that dad-blasted stunt casting, Y&R is thisclose to being off my shitake mushroom list. The storylines in Genoa City have vasty improved. For instance, The Naked Heiress' kidnapping caper, which came to an end the week in question, was a hoot. Ashley (Eileen Davidson) reminded me of my late grandmother, as she growled into the cell phone for Abby (Marcy Rylan) to come her fast ass home. Okay, she didn't call her a "fast ass", but she should have! I just love that Abby Newman.

Doug Davidson continues to show who has really been deserving all those clique-sanctioned Y&R Daytime Emmy nominations over the years. Paul Williams' grief over killing his disturbed-yet-sexy son is the stuff of soap opera gold. While I never quite got why Ricky (Peter Porte) was so crazy, so fast, the fallout from his endgame has led to a storyline as ugly as it is heartbreaking and compelling. I only wish Paul's bible-thumping, judgemental mama, Mary (Carolyn Conwell) Willams, was around to chastise Paul for sending that boy off, as opposed to raising him up in church! 

More and more I am coming around to the idea of Michael Baldwin (Christian LeBlanc) as district attorney. The plot point has led to Michael having to serve out his duties in direct conflict with people he's had decades of history with. Since accepting the job, Michael's had to investigate: Daniel (Michael Graziadei), his little brother's BFF and the son of his former-kinky-sex-partner-turned-galpal, Phyllis (Michelle Stafford); Paul, his former enemy-turned-friend and now Phyllis herself. And whaddya know, Victor has managed to figure out how to wipe the sweat from his nads all on his own! Wait, that's what Sharon (Sharon Case) is for… 

I really don't care about Cane (Daniel Goddard) receving emails from his dead sister, or Robert Scorpio, or "A" on Pretty Little Liars or whoever is sending them. That Colin/Genevieve debacle almost wrecked the character of Cane once; let's not go down this road again. There's no denying Cane and Lily (Christel Khalil) have a sizeable fanbase. Why not give the characters a sensible storyline, as opposed to more Aussie-mob-parents-from-hell shenanigans? 

Why not let Lily go back to work as a model? There's all this talk on the blogosphere about Yahoo's new CEO being pregnant, and what that means for working moms, as they try to balance home and career. Via Lily's soapy attempts to be there for Cane and the twins, while struggling to reignite her career, Y&R could explore this topic.

Wishful Storytelling: What if Kevin (Greg Rikaart) hires Lily to be the new spokesmodel for the shopping e-Commerce site he and Chloe (Liz Hendrickson) are developing? While Chloe and Lily have come along way in coexisting, having to work so closely again would no doubt pull the bandaids off wounds from their old rivalry.

There's also Kevin and Lily's sordid history to consider. Maybe Kev wants to finally make ammends for giving Lily crotch crickets, when she was still carrying around a Hello Kitty Trapper Keeper in high school? What if the site hires Lily's ex-hubby Daniel to oversee digital photography for the campaign? I'm sure Cane would love that!

Maybe Lily becomes such a smash success modeling for the site, big name agents—who used to work with her mother in Paris—come calling? Lily would suddenly be forced to make the same decision Drucilla (Victoria Rowell) once had to make: Does she focus on being a wife and mother, or on giving Gisele Bündchen and Chanel Iman a run for their catwalks?

Neil (Kristoff St. John) could prove a ready resource for Lily and Cane, as his daughter's husband struggles to accept his wife's newfound success. Lily's dad went through a similar conflict with her mama, after all!

Neil could offer Cane advice on how not to force Lily to choose between her love for her family and her passion for her career, as that once cost him Dru. He could also bond with Harmony (Debbi Morgan), while discussing the regrets he has about how his first marriage to Dru ended.

When Sofia (Julia Pace Mitchell) comes into The Colonade Room, I mean GloWorm and spies Neil and Harmony's tender embrace, she takes little baby Nicodemus and heads for the airport, en route to Paris, to beg Malcolm to take them back!

Later in Paris, we see Sofia reunite with Malcolm (Shemar Moore in a cameo), as a veiled woman, sipping a cappuccino to her crimson, bee-stung lips—wearing a fabulous chapeaux—watches them from a table at nearby cafe…

The Italian wedding/honeymoon was quite literally over for The Bold and the Beautiful the week in question. The 30-minute sudser dropped a whopping 223,000 total viewers. B&B also fell two-tenths of a point in households and one-tenth of a point among W18-49. Among W18-34, B&B held steady. 

Back home in SoCal, Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) and Liam (Scott Clifton) were acting all weird, following hooking up on his wedding day to Hope (Kimberly Matula). Marcus (Texas Battle), Dayzee (Kristolyn Lloyd), Thomas (Adam Gregory) and Caroline (Linsey Godfrey) double-dated and Karen (Joanna Johnson) came out to Bill (Don Diamont).  

It was nice to see so many B&B characters, besides the Chosen Three, get a bit of airtime. Hope/Liam/Steffy have become about as compelling as two candidates competing for dog catcher, having a debate on public access television. Yeah, I'm over it.

I just completed a six-season Dawson's Creek marathon, and after hearing four 15-year-olds talk about (and act on) their hopes, dreams, fears, angst and yes, who they wanted to bone, it's kinda hard to sit through the youngsters on B&B beg the same boy to marry them over and over and over again. You can do better, Brad. See you next Ratings!

  

    

 

44 Responses

  1. Avatar of js3557
    js3557

    “Speaking of Nicole, she was busy getting to know Daniel (Shawn Christian) the week in question. I guess she can’t wait to get EJ’s little cupcake delivered from her Easy Bake Oven, before letting Dr. Hairy fill her with his creamy frosting!”

    Jamey – That is foul….and I love it! I was thinking basically the same thing when watching Nicole and Danielget their pregnant groove on. Yuck!

  2. Avatar of EricasEvilTwin
    EricasEvilTwin

    I was actually talking about the DID story the other night with a friend – I think KeSul is way more talented than bree williamson and shes doing a heck of a job with what shes been given so far but to be true to the DID paradigm that cartini has given us over at OLTL we are going to have to see at least one more “gate keeper” alter and rumor has a wicked/evil alter coming too. Ive seen KeSul slip on the brooklyn accent shes suppose to maintain as “connie” and to now expect that shes successfully going to do four or more alters and make them all distinct – yeah ES had the chops to do that on OLTL but how many women in daytime really have the skills to pull that off. Im sorry but I just find it hard to believe that shes going to be able to pull out that kind of tour de force kind of performance. And even if she has and even crediting her with being better than BW in terms of talent, the truth is Im bored because Ive now basically seen this story a bunch of times already – how many times did vicki’s integration fail? how many times did jessica splinter? and now here they are telling that story all over again. I guess non oltl watching viewers might find it compelling but for me its total FF material. Then you have the redonkulous mob princess reality show crap and the joe scully stuff played by RS who Ive described more than once as sub par compared to the rest of the uber talented GH cast and its all an epic fail as far as Im concerned. The Heather/Todd/Luke/Anna/Tracy/Sams baby/john/sam/jason/liz stuff coupled with joLu opening the club and the young love stories bringing that sweet teen scene stuff for summer – THAT is their money stories!

  3. Avatar of Jamey Giddens
    Jamey Giddens

    The Heather/Todd/Luke/Anna/Tracy/Sams baby/john/sam/jason/liz stuff coupled with joLu opening the club and the young love stories bringing that sweet teen scene stuff for summer – THAT is their money stories!
    ***
    Agreed!

  4. Avatar of mlauenstein
    mlauenstein

    I don’t know why they don’t just film a sex scene between EJ and Will.

    Will walks into the study at the mansion. They get into an argument, and one thing leads to another. It should be choreographed exactly the same as the EJ/Sami scene that Will witnessed. It should end the show on a Friday and then be replayed Monday with the additional scene of Will waking up from his sex dream about his boss/mentor/blackmailee.

  5. Avatar of koalygirl
    koalygirl

    You have a large part of this correct, however your comments about “Robert Scorpio”- on YandR – seemed a bit harsh. I loved the story that was being set up for the Atkinson/Ashby’s. It gave Cane something new to do and gave Daniel Goddard room to stretch his skills with Tristan Rogers. Those two had some awesome stuff there that made Y&R top on my viewing list. It is obvious that the story that started off with a bang, was shortchanged by the writers. For some whack unknown reason, they trashed that s/l and it imploded.

    I feel sorry for Genie Francis, who worked with what she was given- a role that went from freaky crazy to poor poor Gen. Gen has certainly roamed here and there and left me snoozing. But it was the Colin and Jill stuff that had me craving more. They were romantic and humorous. Colin and Cane were intense and gave us stuff far different then much of the stale re-do’s of the who’s-sleeping-with-who-AGAIN yawnness. I can’t wait for Colin and Jill’s return. GC needs a breath of fresh air.

  6. Avatar of Coffee_Junkie
    Coffee_Junkie

    [quote=koalygirl]I feel sorry for Genie Francis, who worked with what she was given- a role that went from freaky crazy to poor poor Gen. Gen has certainly roamed here and there and left me snoozing. But it was the Colin and Jill stuff that had me craving more. They were romantic and humorous. Colin and Cane were intense and gave us stuff far different then much of the stale re-do’s of the who’s-sleeping-with-who-AGAIN yawnness. I can’t wait for Colin and Jill’s return. GC needs a breath of fresh air.[/quote]

    Genie Francis does NOT belong on this show, and she needs to go. The Colin/Jill dynamic was moving along at a nice clip until “Gen” showed up. Why they felt the need to bring on “Cane’s real mother” is a mystery to me. I guess they “thought” she would bring them big ratings. Yeah, right!

    At least Tristan Rogers as Colin WORKED. But once TPTB got all ga-ga with Genie Francis and crazy Genevieve all bets were off. The entire plot went into the toilet.

  7. Avatar of Coffee_Junkie
    Coffee_Junkie

    [quote=david46208]@koalygirl: Since when did Daniel Goddard have acting skills?[/quote]

    I was going to ask the same thing, LOL! Indeed when did that happen? Because He’s been on the show for 5+ agonizing years and I’ve never seen them. He just knows how to purse his lips and look pretty.

  8. Avatar of Bartman202
    Bartman202

    [quote=Coffee_Junkie]Genie Francis does NOT belong on this show, and she needs to go…Why they felt the need to bring on “Cane’s real mother” is a mystery to me. I guess they “thought” she would bring them big ratings. Yeah, right![/quote]

    AIN’T IT THE TRUTH!!!

    Genie Francis was horribly, horribly mis-cast in this go-nowhere role (what else does MAB create???)!! I have not bought for one minute that she is Cane’s mother – NOT ONE MINUTE!! Her character came onto the show as a whacked-out woman plotting revenge (isn’t that what all MAB/HS/SH-created characters do on this show??)!! Her actions were all knee-jerk REACTIONS to everything and everyone around her! She screwed over Jack (what woman hasn’t??) and has just come across as another unwanted and unwelcome whiny addition to a show that is DESPERATELY clinging to life support!!

    Once again, another blot of tarnish appears on Bill Bell’s legacy show!!

  9. Avatar of Coffee_Junkie
    Coffee_Junkie

    [quote=Bartman202][quote=Coffee_Junkie]Genie Francis does NOT belong on this show, and she needs to go…Why they felt the need to bring on “Cane’s real mother” is a mystery to me. I guess they “thought” she would bring them big ratings. Yeah, right![/quote] AIN’T IT THE TRUTH!!! Genie Francis was horribly, horribly mis-cast in this go-nowhere role (what else does MAB create???)!! I have not bought for one minute that she is Cane’s mother – NOT ONE MINUTE!! Her character came onto the show as a whacked-out woman plotting revenge (isn’t that what all MAB/HS/SH-created characters do on this show??)!! Her actions were all knee-jerk REACTIONS to everything and everyone around her! She screwed over Jack (what woman hasn’t??) and has just come across as another unwanted and unwelcome whiny addition to a show that is DESPERATELY clinging to life support!! Once again, another blot of tarnish appears on Bill Bell’s legacy show!![/quote]

    Ideally GF needs to be GONE by the time Colin/Tristan Rogers gets back. His chemistry is with JESS WALTON–not Genie Francis. I don’t give a rat’s ass if he and Genie were on GH together. That was a million years ago and I never watched GH. This is Y&R.

    My fear is that when he and Jess Walton return Jill will be pushed off to the side and shown maybe once or twice a month and they will cram Genevieve/Cane/and Colin down our throats. That’s not what I want to see. But this writing regime has shown more loyalty and allegiance to Genie Francis in one year than they have to Jess Walton in the last FIVE years so I think we can all predict which way this storyline is going to go.

  10. Avatar of Simone
    Simone

    LOFL nice try sweets, but everyone knows thats bullisht. They have a huge fanbase & yes we are loud like every other fanbase that has fans that care.

    Tired of Y&R in general, GH doesn’t have anyone I like anymore but I know GH isn’t suppose to revolve around the Corinthos’s..FAIL.

    I miss OLTL it should’ve been the last soap standing tbh.

  11. Avatar of LACityboi
    LACityboi

    I’m so confused. What does Prospect Park have to do with getting Trevor St. John on General Hospital? Does Prospect Park still have some kind of control over the actors that signed on when it was involved with the whole “trying to uncancel All My Children and One Life to Live” thing or something? I’d do anything to Victor into Port Charles.

  12. Avatar of Jamey Giddens
    Jamey Giddens

    @LACityboi Prospect Park still holds the license to all All My Children and One Life to Live characters, and will until the end of the year. They had to give permission for Starr, Todd, Blair, McBain and Tea to be used and basically act stinky anytime GH wants to use more.

  13. Avatar of pjc722
    pjc722

    so much of this blog post I agree with in regards to GH and Y&R. I am bored with Days and until I hear that Hope turned to Liam and said GET THE EFFIN’ HELL OUT OF MY HOUSE AND GROW A SET!!! and then Steffy turns around and says “PLEASE I ONLY WANT MEN!” I won’t bother with B&B.

    On GH, I dont know why you didn’t mention the fact that CONNIE is the original character and that’s why this storyline, although well acted by NuKate, lacks any punch. Kate was created. Connie was born and baptised CONNIE or whatever the full name is!

    As for Anna, this past week proved that the actress is amazing but the writers are idiots. The dogs go crazy by a shed in the woods and you’re there looking for a body BUT OPT OUT OF GOING INTO THE SHED where Luke is struggling to get your attention TWICE?!!! Pissed me off

    On Y&R, Doug Davidson is amazing and I think over the years they have dropped the ball with relationships for him. Ashely, then that cop and with Nina it’s just a filler relationship. Doug Davidson should be as much a HUGE part of the show as Victor and Jack. It would have been nice… if they didn’t have Sharon go after Victor and vice versa (or even Adam) to see Sharon (when we all loved and cared for her) fell for Paul. Yes, they would have been boring once they got married but it would have been sweet.

    Anything where Kevin or Chloe act all pompous and BETTER THAN THOU (with Abby, with Daisy, with Carmine, with anyone) makes me cringe. Kevin still has yet to learn and Chloe LIED as much as the next person to get what she wanted, a rich man.

    I just wish the antics that these two shows put on would change because they could truly be the 2 shows to emulate and try and beat.

  14. Avatar of liason4real
    liason4real

    I have so many questions regarding Victor’s life before he came to Llanview. Here’s hoping that RC writes a fanfic after PP license deal ends next year.

    I miss MW’s version of Kate Howard.

  15. Avatar of ChrisGa
    ChrisGa

    [quote=mlauenstein]I don’t know why they don’t just film a sex scene between EJ and Will.

    Will walks into the study at the mansion. They get into an argument, and one thing leads to another. It should be choreographed exactly the same as the EJ/Sami scene that Will witnessed. It should end the show on a Friday and then be replayed Monday with the additional scene of Will waking up from his sex dream about his boss/mentor/blackmailee.[/quote]

    Yeah, they’ll never pair the two together but I think it wouldn’t be at all out of the realm of possibility for Will to crush on/fantasize about EJ. He’s at the top of EJ’s go-to blackmail list and is constantly on his ass–so to speak–yet Will continually goes back for more. I know he’s telling everybody that’ll listen that he’s gonna have EJ right where he wants him very soon; sadly, I don’t think even he realizes yet that where he really wants him is in his bed ;).

  16. Avatar of Dyllan
    Dyllan

    [Quote]Kevin still has yet to learn and Chloe LIED as much as the next person to get what she wanted, a rich man.[/Quote]
    You do know Kevin is broke ass poor right?

  17. Avatar of ConqueringBlue
    ConqueringBlue

    I’m really enjoying the Johnny/Lulu/Dante quad that has sort of started to develop. I’m not sure why Guza and Wolf never attempted this story ages ago. Still a Dante fan here, no matter how much of a “kill joy” he’s become lol I just think that he has sort of settled into a domesticated relationship with Lulu and expects her to take a backseat to his career, and now that she’s branching out to something other than being his appendage at the police station, he’s having a hard time adjusting. I also know that her being partnered with Johnny isn’t making him very happy either. I mean, they ARE married and she made a really huge decision like that without even talking to him about it. That said, no way do I want to see Lulu paired up with Patrick, and I really didn’t see this chemistry that was supposedly between Patrick and Lulu in that confrontation scene last week. I could see Patrick falling into bed with Maxie, both of them feeling self destructive and out of control, only for Patrick to eventually find out Robin is alive. Imagine the guilt they’d both feel at that point…. But I would be fine with Patrick NOT being paired up with anyone for a while. Scrubs were hugely hugely popular, and I can’t imagine seeing Patrick fall for anyone else, especially knowing that Robin is out there somewhere. I know that it’s a soap opera where people don’t stay uninvolved for long, but JT and KMc were just perfect together. Maybe if it hadn’t been revealed that Robin was still alive, I could see him moving on eventually.

    Agreed on the Joe Jr/Kate/Connie story. Hate it. I could care less, just want it gone. Don’t really see the need for Kate to stick around anymore, either, and when she slips into Connie mode, she just reminds me of a more vulgar version of Olivia, and one Olivia is enough lol

    Re: Days, I find every EJ/Will scene just so above everything else on Days of our Lives. In fact, everything Will rises above the rest of that dreck. Why is Sami still caring about Rafe when she’s been reunited with Lucas and still flirting with EJ? Why are Rafe/Carrie and Daniel/Nicole being promoted as hugely popular pairings? I hate both. Ari Zucker is a powerhouse, why in God’s name was she saddled with such a dud like Daniel? I saw promise in Nicole/Rafe ages ago, but I’m finding myself bored with the story, especially with Daniel and Carrie involved as well.

    I really miss the Last Blast crew, haven’t cared about any teens on Days since. Couldn’t stand Chelsea, I know many liked her, but I felt that she was just unredeemable. The only pairing that had any promise, IMO, was Nathan and Melanie, but for some reason I never understood, TPTB got rid of Nathan JUST as Melanie found out that Phillip had cheated on her with Chloe. So in other words, the viewers waited months and months for that secret to come out so Melanie could be with Nathan, only for Nathan to be written out at just that moment. Where the hell was the payoff? LOL And aside from Will, the rest of the younger set on DOOL right now are just drab. Don’t care for Melanie and Chad together. The actress who plays Gabby is adequate enough, but I don’t care about her one way or the other. Will and Sonny are the only ones I do care about….

    And finally, Dawson’s Creek lol Its best seasons were 1 and 2, before Kevin Williamson left. Season 3 was really boring until Joey/Pacey happened, they sort of ended up saving the show, IMO. I get positively giddy over the fact that Pacey and Dawson are both back on primetime television at the same time!

  18. Avatar of twb6yz
    twb6yz

    I’m getting tired of the drawn out story from B&B. Several people should have figured out Bill’s culpability by now. He told everyone in Italy that he would call Liam to tell him Hope was there and on her way. Instead he called Liam and told him to get to the plane. He told the others he couldn’t reach Liam

    Brooke has seen the video. On the video Liam is shown talking to Bill. She is smart enough to figure this out. Liam should be able to figure out that Bill was at the wedding, saw Hope, and said nothing to him on the phone.

    Other people should also be able to come to a reasonable conclusion that Bill had a hand in the whole debacle and he should be called on the carpet about this.

  19. Avatar of The_Moustache
    The_Moustache

    [quote=Jamey Giddens] I guess she just can't wait long enough to get EJ's little cupcake delivered from her Easy Bake Oven, before letting Dr. Hairy fill her with his creamy frosting![/quote]

    OMG

  20. Avatar of elnyis
    elnyis

    “Sidenote: Who do I have to give a handy-J to get Dillon Quartermaine, Serena Baldwin and Brook Lynn Ashton back in Port Chuck?”

    “Maybe Kev wants to finally make ammends for giving Lily crotch crickets, when she was still carrying around a Hello Kitty Trapper Keeper in high school?”

    These lines made my day!

  21. Avatar of SwanQueen59
    SwanQueen59

    ConqueringBlue-Thanks for saying what I would say about D&L/John Z, although with one minor quibble. I never thought L’s PCPD job made her an apendage. Heck, she figured out the stripper assault before D did which basically has helped fuel this recalibration (as I like to call it), into the Haunted Star story line. Patrick? I want to believe it’s a tease to get the “Scrubs” and Lante fanbases worked up. As for Kate/the bully/Scully Jr. it’s retread so that in the end the bully can win. Gag me. I do admire KSul’s work in the role. It can’t be easy swinging back and forth. I’d think doing one alter for an extended period is probably restful given where they have her going. I don’t compare her to MW as much. And for me, that’s progress… 0:)

  22. Avatar of tealita
    tealita

    I don’t know if it’s the time of year, the heat, or if it’s me, but if I try to watch GH in the afternoon, I fall asleep. I make out better when I use GH to plug holes in the primetime schedule.

    Right now I’m just drumming my fingers and waiting for the big money stories that September “promises” to bring.

    Heather on Monday, Heather on Tuesday, Heather on Wednesday….Zzzzzzzzz

  23. Avatar of ConqueringBlue
    ConqueringBlue

    Swan, I guess by appendage I just meant that she seemed to always be at the police station lol Dante obviously loves being a cop, so it’s nice to see Lulu finally have something she’s excited about. I don’t think KS is doing a bad job as Kate either, I’m just tired of the storyline and want it over with hahahaha It seems like that whole DID/JoeJr story is just sucking the life out of any episode that focuses on it

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    Mets82

    Y&R-I know people here are mentioning Genie Francis but what about Phyllis? Have you ever seen anyone so self involved and self absorbed then her? She had the nerve to try and blame everyone else for something SHE did. She yelled at Micheal and Avery instead of just owning up and admitting she ran down Paul and Christine. I mean Micheal and Avery are trying to help her and be there for her. Now, your saying, “Well, Avery is helping out Phyllis” and I dont like it. If you watch the scenes today, it seemed like Avery basically had to grovel and beg and plead for Phyllis to trust her.Phyllis needs her not the other way around.

    I have to agree with Kevin. I dont trust Adam…yet. Btw, what are Kevin and Chloe starting anyway? I think I missed the time they mentioned it.

    I like them to, but give Lily and Cane something to do. I mean they really dont have any story. I actually wonder maybe they would test an Ashley/Cane/Lily story if Ashley wasnt fired.

    I wish Sharon went back to the red hair. I dont like the blond hair at all. Theres too much of it and it covers her face too much. Btw, Sharon is still getting on my nerves. She walks around like she owns Genoa City now.

    GH-Ive missed some of this show but I have to disagree with you guys about Kate Sullivan. I think shes done a great job as Kate/Connie. She was in a no win situation because she replaced someone that people(including yours truly) like. I still think shes good but I wonder where she goes from here.

    After thinking about it, I agree with you guys. The Joe Scully stuff…boring. Ive seen enough of the mob stuff. I could care less about Trey or Kristina. I think shes snippy and a brat and this reality tv show “Mob Princess” just bores me to tears.

    I liked the Todd and Carly scenes. They make a good couple. Johnny and Lulu, eh. I’d rather see Johnny with Oliva. Oliva and Stephen, sorry Stephen Lars, eh. I thought Johnny/Oliva had more chemistry then Oliva/Stephen. Not only that, but it seems like Stephen is a mommas’ boy. Doesnt he know that she has a screw loose? The guy is a smart guy, a doctor, yet he cant tell his mother is nuts?

    B&B-I think Hope should stay married to Liam. He kissed Steffy because he thought she left him…again. Actually, what I would’ve done a long time ago is when Liam and Hope got back together the first time, I would have Hope kick him in the crotch for being made a fool.
    Speaking of fools, then theres Taylor. I mean the way her and Steffy talk, you would have thought they were both in high school talking over the phone about who are the best looking guys in school. Taylor, get a man or a friend or a dog or something.

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    koalygirl

    I never said that I thought that Gen was needed in Y&R. That could have been a great dynamic in the Colin/Jill/Cane dynamic, but MAB salivated over getting Genie Francis and lost all interest in the story that had been set up and that we had been waiting for. Making Gen front and center screwed too many other characters out of their s/l. I held on through crazy Gen and boring Victor because I saw how Daniel Goddard stepped it up in scenes with Tristan Rogers, and how Tristan and Jess had such chemistry. For now I read s/l here and there, waiting for the return of Colin and Jess.

    As for GH, ZZzzzzz. Cartini screwed up by turning iconic Robert into an unrecognizable cartoon of his former glory. We have screamed for less mob for a zillion years now, but Cartini didn’t learn the lesson of ghost of Guza Past. If only Cartini would restore Robert, then there would be a reason on watch the GH gibberish.

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    JasamForever

    I did not miss an episode of live viewing of Dawson’s Creek when it aired. Loved, loved that show. @Conqueringblue- I agree the best season’s were 1 and 2, and 3 and then Joey just got on my nerves because she could not make up her mind. Joshua and James would probably never be in another show together again though, because of their bad blood.

    GH-oh how you fall.

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    Spins Vixenella

    Thank you Jamey for the raw honesty about the issues right now with GH. I could not agree with your assessment more, especially as it relates to the Kate/Connie/Sonny/Joe Jr./ Joe III/Kristina story. It was already HORRIFIC and unwatchable for me, and then it just jumped the shark. Since DID is a real mental illness, I feel horrible laughing at it, but that is the best I can muster under the circumstances. I can’t tell Kate from Connie, and I honestly believe at least half the GH audience is confused about who is the alter and who is the host.

    Even in Port Charles, there is no way a person sufferring DID who confessed to nearly killing her psychiatrist and confessed to actions directly leading to the death of a father and his child would simply be turned loose from a court and remanded to the custody of the very man who triggers the alters. We have seen nothing akin to a real integration, and I cannot imagine under the circumstances the DID sufferer would not be placed into a mental institution until they were competent to stand trial or at least until it could be demonstrated to the court’s satisfaction that there had been integration. This notion of a violent DID patient resuming their normal life with random outpatient therapy is preposterous under the circumstances.

    At this tenuous & precarious time in General Hospital’s history when we desperately need lapsed viewers to return, a non-core, recasted character with such limited ties to the canvas simply should not be leading a story that is getting this much airtime. Lapsed viewers might tune in to see Heather Webber whom they recognize as wrecking havoc 30+ years ago, or tune in to see Anna whom they grew to love 20+ years ago, or even OLTL viewers might tune in to see some of their favorites transplated to Port Charles, but what does GH stand to gain by foisting Sonny’s re-written Bensonhurst back-story front and center, complete with unrecognizable recasts of Kate & Kristina and the addition of two other complete newbies in Joe Jr. and Trey? Ron and Frank are literally wasting valuable time GH might not have on this entire story, and my strong recommendation is to cut and run. Give this story’s airtime to popular characters viewers do recognize who have strong ties to GH history like Alexis and Elizabeth.

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    marknsprmo

    Jamie what a perfect song to describe the Will and EJ relationship! Father Figure is one of the greatest all time pop songs and just thinking of EJ suggesting that Will get “naked and lay by my side” made me nearly faint. I insist that you suggest a song to be played while reading all of your articles lol. iF soaps where half as interesting as Daytime Confidential is, they would have no ratings issues! Keep up the good work. I am going back to listen to a little more Father Figure again! Makes me wanna do naughty things !

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    soapfan616

    “Who do I have to give a handy-J to get Dillon Quartermaine, Serena Baldwin and Brook Lynn Ashton back in Port Chuck?”

    First, hilarious! Second, Amen! GH must bring a new generation of characters on who are attached to the core families and institutions in Port Charles. So many new characters who are attached to mob stupidity and so many middle aged imports from Llanview just won’t cut it to bring in new viewers. I fear we are wasting this summer when young people are at home on characters new viewers (or old ones for that matter) don’t care about.

    The Q mansion needs some young blood and GH without the Q’s has never worked for me. Why doesn’t ABC get this? Dallas on TNT is a perfect model for breathing life into a beloved soap family. Why can’t ABC hire someone who gets it? Imagine if the Dallas reboot put the Ewings on back burner? I think the Q’s are ALMOST as important to GH as the Ewings are to Dallas!

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    RealityCheck 33

    Why no comments about Michael Muhney and Melissa Claire Egan’s characters, Adam & Chlesea, preparing to get married and Sharon trying to cause trouble? It’s a big storyline and you’re ignoring it. Are you mad at these actors? Also, Adam’s involvement with Kevin & Chloe’s new web site. Jeez.

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    Jamey Giddens

    Why no comments about Michael Muhney and Melissa Claire Egan’s characters, Adam & Chlesea, preparing to get married and Sharon trying to cause trouble? It’s a big storyline and you’re ignoring it. Are you mad at these actors? Also, Adam’s involvement with Kevin & Chloe’s new web site. Jeez.

    ***
    Yes, I’m mad at them.That’s it. Or, perhaps it’s because this is a recap/review of the week of July 2-6 and the storylines you mention only started this past week. :0

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    Cyberologist

    The Q mansion needs some young blood and GH without the Q’s has never worked for me. Why doesn’t ABC get this? Dallas on TNT is a perfect model for breathing life into a beloved soap family. Why can’t ABC hire someone who gets it? Imagine if the Dallas reboot put the Ewings on back burner? I think the Q’s are ALMOST as important to GH as the Ewings are to Dallas!

    HalleLuja!!! thank you….Bravo and all that good stuff…what gets me w/Dallas 2012 is “its basic storytelling” its just simple, it ain’t deep & its working for me…the same old rivalry is the theme…when I see JR with that same old grimace being the uber villain that he is does more for me than seeing Heather Webber jumping up and down in her campy cartoonish nonsense….I like the character don’t get me wrong on soaps don’t mind a little camp…but damn. Yes there is Alexis & her daughters, Luke and his daughter, Heather Webber & her son, and of course the Corinthos clan (with their various mothers)…now the Mannings. But something is still missing I am not sure if its how the storylines are going or something else…

    This D.I.D crap, put this dog out of its misery; what is the fascination this writer has with this mental illness that before you can say boo here it is on GH…I don’t give a flying flip about long lost Trey & Joe Scully Jr. & Kate’s recon history #265736385700-90. Sorry but most of KeSul acting in this storyline has been off the mark for me. All these rapes, rape babies and all this …I don’t find entertaining.

    I’m getting every single nuance of the (dead but still alive)Jason’s baby but I also want to see (the dead but still alive) Robin’s story play more beats …this is what many GH fans have been waiting for…I don’t need to see Todd on every day, or the other OLTL airhogs or Heather, thank goodness for the Jason break ………

    The Haunted Star looks like a-Umm a bordello? The bright white stools at the bar don’t blend in with those other white chairs & its dark and dreary.

    Jamey I’m with you somebody’s back needs to get blown out; this show seems asexual to me. I need to see some steamy or something….

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    Yoryla

    The character of Colin Atkinson was a HORRIBLE creation to this show and his relationship with Jill was one of the most boring and unnecessary ones EVER. Colin was bound to be written off from the get-go. The only thing that SAVED this storyline was bringing on Genevieve. Her character is wonderful and I have been really happy how she has been front and center in stead of propping up Cane or Colin – that is not her job to do. She is a strong character in her own right and deserves to be the focal point of her storyline. Having said that, I don’t like how the writers treated her storylines this spring, and made her jump from wall to wall, she was all over the place. The groundwork in her relationship with Jack was wonderfully done (Emmy nom episode from that time too), it was a slow burn and quite believable. And the twist that Patty shot Jack was plausible too, but THEN what did the writers do? They ruined that relationship completely, made Genevieve the town pariah and suddenly she became a laughing-stock. And now, after losing everything, she has finally gotten over those horrible things and started a new leaf. SO I do NOT want her thrown under the bus in the future, for the benefit of Victor, Jack and Nikki. I hope Jack and her DON’T get back together anymore, because Jack treated her horribly. I hope Genevieve and Tucker become the new power couple and take on Victor and Jack and their narcissistic asses!

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    Yoryla

    [quote=Coffee_Junkie]^^^^^Said the biased viewer who has Genie Francis as an avatar, LOL! You think she walks on water.[/quote]

    Genie became my avatar BECAUSE of the aforementioned reasons. And FYI, I never even saw her on GH before Y&R. So there goes that theory.

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    acela

    Yes Yorla, my sentiments exactly re Genie, as far as Coffee_Junkie goes, some people have NOTHING positive to say about Y&R. The #1 SOAP……

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    Coffee_Junkie

    [quote=acela]Yes Yorla, my sentiments exactly re Genie, as far as Coffee_Junkie goes, some people have NOTHING positive to say about Y&R. The #1 SOAP……[/quote]

    Probably because there’s NOTHING positive than can be said about it these days. And the fact that it’s (still) the #1 rated soap really isn’t saying much anymore. A decade ago that distinction meant something. Now, it’s meaningless.

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    acela

    Coffee_Junkie it still beats that show that comes on at 3PM, ummm General Mobster? oh I mean General Hospital, that most people on this site seem to worship.

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