SOAP BYTES: The Bold and the Beautiful Has a Creativity Crisis; Is Sharon a Smart or Stupid Ho on The Young and the Restless?

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B&B BYTES: The Bold and the Beautiful is in the midst of a full blown creativity crisis. The soap's vixens, Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang) and Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood), have been de-clawed and are now saintly. Its saints,Taylor (Hunter Tylo), Caroline and Hope (Kim Matula), are all milquetoast.

B&B's major triangle, Steffy/Liam/Hope, is strangling everything else like a boa constrictor. Marcus (Texas Battle) and Dayzee (Kristolyn Lloyd) suffer from, well, Marcus. The Taylor/Ridge/Brooke triangle has been exhausted. The only time Bill (Don Diamont) and Katie (Heather Tom) are good is when she’s calling him out for being an ass. Eric (John McCook) and Stephanie (Susan Flannery) stand around and smile or give out the occasional sage advice.

In the past, B&B excelled with its socially conscious storylines. However, the Texting While Driving PSA needs immediate triage, because it’s bleeding out all over the canvas.

The battle for Forrester Creations has become so convoluted, B&B’s writers appear to have little interest in reviving it.

For whatever reason, practically anything with possibility is turning into fool’s gold on this show. Steffy is stuck in the Liam (Scott Clifton) and Hope abyss, when she should be going toe-to-toe with Katie over Bill. The return of Deacon (Sean Kanan) could have spawned countless storylines, shook up alliances and lured new liaisons. Instead, Deacon was shipped off. 

Daytime Confidential’s Jamey Giddens has pointed out before that the battle for Forrester should be between Stephanie and Brooke’s children, not Brooke and Taylor’s children.

With just 30 minutes per day, B&B should make the most of every second, not drown on its own bile.

Steffy: “Taking advantage and plotting just isn’t who I am anymore.”

The Bold and the Beautiful isn’t what it once was anymore either.

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GH BYTES: Lulu (Julie Marie Berman) and Dante (Dominic Zamprogna) argued about her lack of confidence in their marriage. Lulu implied that Dante is smothering her and he’s boring.  It must suck to be married to someone you love with all your heart, only to have them imply you’re about as much fun as a funeral.  Later, as they were about to make love, she claimed she called herself boring.

I’ve tried, I’ve really tried to like Lindsey Morgan as Kristina, but after Thursday’s crying scenes, I just can’t anymore. As nuKristina cried her eyes out about being emotionally and physically abused by Kiefer, I was howling with laughter at the acting. In her defense, Morgan didn’t portray Kristina during that storyline, so she lacks the historic bond to her character’s tribulations. Regardless, acting lessons are a thespian’s friend. 

Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) and Ewen (Nathin Butler) walk into a bar…[insert your own joke here].

Sam (Kelly Monaco) told Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) Jason (Steve Burton) saw her kissing John (Michael Easton), as Jason and Sonny (Maurice Benard) were talking about JaSam’s marital problems.


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Y&R BYTES: Victor (Eric Braeden) whisked Sharon (Sharon Case) off to elope, but he doused her excitement by handing her a pre-nup.  She was reluctant to sign at first, but when she saw the “enormous” amount of money she'd get if they split she quickly changed her tune. I’d love to know the dollar value Victor puts on love and marriage.  Did Sharon’s decision to accept the pre-nup make her a smart ho or a dumb ho?

I actually liked the pastor’s short little sermon, before he dove into the “I Sharon” and “I Victor” part of the ceremony.

Meanwhile at the Abbott mansion, Nikki (Melodie Thomas Scott) was working through last minute details for her own wedding. She saw through Jack (Peter Bergman), when he tried to get her out of the house. Nikki, of course, used the opportunity to get all dolled up and go riding at the Newman ranch. Except she never actually rode in a saddle, because she got distracted by a photo album containing so many memories of her marriage to Victor.

I’m going to be so thankful when Jack is out of that wheelchair.

Phyllis (Michelle Stafford) snuck off to the bookstore to meet Tim (Aaron Lustig). He played an audio recording of her admitting she was driving the car that hit Paul (Doug Davidson) and Christine (Lauralee Bell). It turns out the dirty doctor had taped their sessions and wanted more money to keep his mouth shut. He then told her he’d give up the tape for one more kiss. Why would she do that when he probably has more copies?

Ashley (Eileen Davidson) told Traci (Beth Maitland) she’s considering moving to New York permanently.