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


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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    No Daisy

    Lulu’s right, Dante is boring. I use to fast forward them both but now that they have made Lulu more interesting the only thing holding her back is her husband. I know that are still in love with each other but I just don’t see this new improved Lulu as the stay at home and eat pizza kind of wife.

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    Mets82

    B&B-I thought Brooke looked stunning this week on B&B. That being said, thats all I can say for Brooke because basically its the same old, same old with this crew. Ridge, Taylor and Brooke all talk about Steffy,Liam and Hope. If I’ve heard it once, I’ve heard it a 1000 times. I think Hope has a right to be pissed. I mean how many times has she taken Liam back. And not for nothing, Liam, grow a damn backbone!! Pick a girl, already!! What would be cool and it probably won’t happen but it would be nice if Steffy and Hope both told Liam to get lost.

    I think the reason why Marcus and Dayzee are struggling is because everyone has taken a back seat to Hope/Liam and Steffy. Marcus and Dayzee, Caroline and Thomas. When the triangle is on 90% of the time, how can you focus on other couples?

    Y&R-I can’t stand Sharon. She walks around town like she’s Lord of the Manor and shes got that grin all over her face. Mind your business. What do you care if Adam gets married? I mean its obvious that Victor married Sharon to stick it to Nikki and Jack. Btw, Victoria looked damn hot at the wedding. Wow!! Now, Ashley is gone. I really like her. I hope she comes back to Y&R soon. They never should have fired her in the first place.

    GH-I’ll say it again, Christina/Joe Jr/Trey…yawn. I dont care about that or her reality show. I like Elizabeth being happy for a change. It seems like she has been sad for the longest time.

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    kintex

    Adam pegged the Shictor wedding. Sharon is hurt he married Chelsea and Victor is hurt Nikki is marrying Jack so of course they married each other even if they are in love with different people. I hope the new writers end Shictor and reunite Sharon with Adam. Sharon Case and Michael Muhney are great together.

    I agree Steffy is too good for this Hopeless drama and Liam is too weak. Steffy should move on to Bill.

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    RockiDreams

    It takes me about five minutes to watch B & B since I fast forward through all this BS they are throwing our way. The Liam thing is beyond done. I am more interested in Steffy’s ever growing hair extensions than who that dipwad finally picks. I miss Nick, Jacky, etc. Bring back Rick and get him moving in on Caroline. Those two had chemistry – she has none with Thomas. Mild interest in what looks like Anthony might be faking getting hit by the car. They need to move on like now.

    Y and R is about as bad. I actually like Chelsea and Adam together and I cannot stand Adam. Sharon needs to get back with Nick. Phyllis was better with Jack. But then I guess it wouldn’t be a soap if they did not mess with the couples.

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    marybee50

    Y&R-go Dr. Tim.Get Phyllis to do something stupid.As for the 2 newlywed couples,counting the weeks or days til the divorces.

    Tears in my eyes today as Eileen said goodbye,but yah for coming to Daqys.

    B&B-what a wasted week.SSDD for the terrible trio.And now,it looks like Marcus didn’t hit the guy.Defintely the worst of the week again.

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    ynroltljunkie2009

    Jill Farren Phelps and Josh Griffith can’t get to Y&R fast enough. The show is a hot ass freakin mess. MAB should be ashamed of herself for turning Bill Bell’s legendary show into pure shit. I can’t tell you how my heart hurts seeing what that bitch has done to my Sharon Newman. Turning a heroine into a flithy whore is ridiculous and this woman claims she never dumbed down characters. Poor Sharon Case. What did she do to MAB to make her hate her so much?

    Brad Bell must be smoking what his sister-in-law has because his show is a hot freakin turd as well. B&B is a former shell of itself and it’s a damn shame. They had a goldmine with Sean Kanan’s return but somebody had to go fuck that up (yeah I’m talking to you KK Lang). I don’t care about Steffy/Liam/Hope and the texting and driving PSA was horseshit. Where is fuckin Susan Flannery? Why isn’t Stephanie driving every story? WTF?

    As always, #TeamCartini continues to impress me everyday at GH. I don’t love every storyline (i.e. Joe.Jr/Trey) but they MORE than makeup for it with the rest of the show. Brillanty written, produced, directed, and acted. The show looks like a millions bucks even though it’s well under budget. That’s the genius of Frank Valentini. He could make a broke down trailer look like a luxury apartment.

    Days OMG NEXT!!!! I don’t think I can go through another fuckin re-boot. How many re-boots can one show have? Get your head out of your ass Ken Corday and get this show back to the glory days it has long to be.

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    Mets82

    Marybee50-So Marcus didnt hit the guy? I dont know what was going on. All I know is that Caroline and Thomas thought they were on CSI trying to find out. So then, who hit Anthony?

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    YNROLTLJUNKIE2009

    Don’t hold back tell us how you really feel. But I totally agree with everything you said about Y&R and B&B. Liam is a turd, I wanted Sean Kanaen sp?? back soo bad, they could have hooked him up unknowingly with Steffy, and just sit back and WATCH the fireworks. It would have been classic soap stuff, but NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. Oh that would mean they would need writers and producers with ideas and skills.

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    ChrisGa

    [quote=marybee50]Y&R-go Dr. Tim.Get Phyllis to do something stupid.As for the 2 newlywed couples,counting the weeks or days til the divorces.

    Tears in my eyes today as Eileen said goodbye,but yah for coming to Daqys.

    B&B-what a wasted week.SSDD for the terrible trio.And now,it looks like Marcus didn’t hit the guy.Defintely the worst of the week again.[/quote]

    *******
    Sigh….right there with you on Eileen; what a criminal waste of great talent. Seeing the great Jerry Douglas’ John, along with the equally cherished Beth Maitland’s Traci, interacting with Jack and Ash earlier in the week reminded me of the wasted opportunities this show has squandered by sidelining what is, in my mind, soaps’ best family. Now with Ashley kicked off and only Jack and Billy left, they’ve pretty much succeeded in dismantling what should be this show’s core family. But hey, as long as we get more Sharon being stupid, Phyllis and Victor getting away with everything and more wasted screen time on Yvonne Zima then I guess that makes everything better. I’ve got a short story about that….no.

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    Mets82

    John Abbott is a little too preachy for me. A little bit to goody-goody for me. I mean this is the same guy who married Gloria, when it was obvious at the time, she wanted his money.

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    tori87dec

    [quote=kintex]Adam pegged the Shictor wedding. Sharon is hurt he married Chelsea and Victor is hurt Nikki is marrying Jack so of course they married each other even if they are in love with different people. I hope the new writers end Shictor and reunite Sharon with Adam. Sharon Case and Michael Muhney are great together.I too agree,Sharon/Adam are magic together. I don’t like him with Chelsea at all as I don’t see any kind of chemistry there accept friendship!

    I agree Steffy is too good for this Hopeless drama and Liam is too weak. Steffy should move on to Bill.[/quote]

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    aveRex

    Spot on analysis on B&B. For the first time in the 25 years of the show, I’ve stopped watching it bc I so despise the Liam / Hope / Steffy non-sense. It is beyond dumb. I totally agree with all of Luke’s recommendations to get the show back on track. Until that starts to happen, I’ve given up on the show.

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    Yoryla

    B&B is just horrid these days.

    I can’t believe it used to be my number 1 favorite show on air, and the show that got me hooked on soaps in the first place. I have absolutely no interest to watch it anymore.

    The only highlight in recent years for me was when my all-time favorite character, Amber, came back. But as we all know by now, she was only there to be ruined some more.

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    hey mon

    Thanks to all of the gay guys and everyone who are teary and weepy-eyed over the great loss of Eileen Davidson as Ashley Suzanne Abbott. This isone of MAB and The Hamner Gang’s greatest disasters. I knbow that Jill Frren Phillips canbe controversial, with her focus on the Youth, but maybe she can bring the great Eileen D back to Y&R, as well as her being on DAYS as Kristen.

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    soapfan616

    GH had lost some of its casting luster in the past years but it continues to get worse. GH casting was always excellent, even when the show wasn’t. But now it seems the actor or actresses appearance are the only factor to be considered. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not above watching a beautiful woman or hunky man. But in order to be on a show, one needs to be at least able to say the dialogue without inspiring uncomfortable laughter in the audience. Now I know that’s hard on GH when the dialogue includes absurdities about DID, women professing their undying love for rapists and murderers and most recently ludicrous dialogue about a reality show BUT the best actors can make us care even when we shouldn’t. And the newest crop of actors on GH (with a few notable exceptions) just aren’t delivering the goods. This regime needed to clean house when they arrived. Now, they need to clean up their own casting missteps to boot.

    The casting makes the show look cheap. No matter how well lit, a bad actress is just that. A bad actress in the midst of a head-scratching dumb storyline, is a sure recipe for soap death.

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    brettyboy

    B&B:

    Yoryla I couldn’t agree more. BB has been my favourite TV show for the past 2 decades, but recently it has been a chor to watch.

    I really thought things were picking up last year when it looked as though Thorne was finally getting a storyline and he, Rick, Taylor, Thomas and Steffy were going to take over Forrester creations, that would’ve been great, but no, it was sidelined for more Liam and Hope crap. Now the lesbian storyline is on hold too, though that’s not actually the fault of the BB team. I have never been so bored and disillusioned by the show.

    BB are wasting so many opportunities right now, they have Jacob Young back but don’t give him any decent storyline and with All My Children gone they could get Bobbie Eakes back on the show; imagine Thorne as CEO of Forrester with Macy by his side, that’d be great!

    Y&R:

    Sharon and Victor together are even more cringeworthy than Liam and Hope!

    GH:

    Even on a not so good week, this is by far the best soap of 2012, I too am not overly keen on Kristina, but she certainly doesn’t annoy me in the way that Hope’s irritating giggle does!

    DAYS:

    Miss you!

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    firouchka

    As I wrote before , I did not use to watch B&B regularly except when I vent to visit my aunt and I got involved with it. But it was just about it until Hope and Liam met each other and fell in love … Well then at this point I got involve and fell for the story and start to watch it regularly to see what is going on with this two beautiful young lovers and their beautiful love story. For a while I did understand the challenge of Steffie to try to get Liam when she was presenting her line and he used to go as a reporter to her, then next challenge was Amber which it got more serious to damage this love story, when it finished the most serious one and most dangerous one start which was Steffie and Bill, O.K. it was like a rolling coaster and you could get mad, upset , happy , cry or laugh for a while ,. with all the hardship during the Aspen drama and Hope was trapped in the gondola, Steffie’s false marriage , sex and confusion of Liam for his Love for Hope and lust and friendship with Steffie ( which was not even a real friend ship since it was one side from Liam to Steffie who believed she is his best friend and wants the best for him but the truth was and has been Steffie using her friendship to manipulate, decide for Liam and destroy Hope even those times that she pretend to support her which has been her last strategy in my opinion). O.k. Hope start to live her life and let Liam go and did not interfere in his marriage to Steffie , She start to date Thomas, Liam could not handle it but bare it, They went accidentally for two absolute different reason ( Hope in order to get away and cope with letting go of Liam , Steffie in order to keep Liam away from Hope , whom she was sure Liam in love with)all the hide and seek went on with excitements, drama, nerve wrecking until the two lover got united and Liam made his mind that; it is Hope he loves and wanted the divorce from Steffie; he got trapped in Bill’s tricks and scheme, everything post pond until he asked Steffie for divorce and committed his love and future to Hope ………

    O.k. until now rating of the series went high, comments and involvements of the audience got to the maximum , every body thought that this is it and most were getting tired of the story and prolonging the drama and reputation of the same old story over and over but we all bare it and tried to cope with it, hoping for a change in story line, hoping to see the happy ending and get to a new story and new drama in FC and Spenser publication, Taylor and Thorne taking over the FC, taking over of Jacki M. , some business challenges , some new story with new characters, BUT unfortunately all of a sudden the whole scenario changed and the story line ( writer and producer) thought that since the rating have gone up they can continue the same story which was getting really boring to every one continue and make it even worse and out of proportion, all of sudden they made a weakest character out of Liam who was sure about his feeling for Hope, made Steffie a lovable character which we see it was all pretends and was not real. Hope went down to the most serious problems and damaged over and over ….Since that point I for myself stopped watching the series regularly and tried to read the spoilers or facebook comments to keep the track and wait for the story to be finished. Wedding start to happen ; again I watched and happy for the end of the cheap story line to be finish and see the happy ending and Steffie goes on with her life, play a shroud powerful executive which she is very good for and start to challenge the fashion world, But no it was not still enough for the producer and the writer !!!! it should have been not only the Deacon problem to try to destroy the wedding it should have been another most stupid event ( Steffie and Liam , just right before the wedding !!!!) Bill regretted and apologized to Hope , promised her to love and protect her as his own daughter . ……

    Every body returned from Italy …………………………………….

    I can not believe that how the producer and the writer can go so much wrong , they had lost a lot of viewers from the time of return of Mexico by now, they could have get the clue and not to carry on with the same old story of Liam , Hope and Steffie. They should have read the comments of the audience , they should have realized that by continuation of this old story they have lost all the admiration, they have lost most of the positive comments , they have lost a lot of viewers interests to the point that even a group has stopped watching it any more ………No, not that, they did not realize this fact but they even went further and went back to year ago and probably with some little solt and pepper and Steffie went back to year ago , her tricks, her manipulations, Hope defeated , Liam more confused as ever !!!!!It seems from the spoilers that this routine is going to continue even on another wedding ceremony and this time Steffie tried to Make Liam drunk and he does not show up for his wedding with Hope…….!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Come on , I am talking to you the producer and the writers, if you continue this and if you make Steffie to win Liam again by tricks , manipulation and brain washing you will lose a lot of viewers , you will lose a lot of followers and my guess is ; you will see the rating even will drop drastically , then you have much harder job to do in order to make you mistakes correct and bring back your viewers to a new story !!! So if you have not filmed for a long time ahead , please think over and if you see my points are at least a bit close to the truth change your decision and stop the continuation of Hope and Liam’s fight for their love and their future , let them marry and be happy and make a beautiful love story about their honey moon at least for couple of years may be with some salt and pepper of kids and business challenge , start a new story anything but this triangle, Steffie with Ric/Deacon/Bill or Thomas/Rik/Caroline, Stephanie/Eric/Donna, Share holders fight between FC and SP, Ridge, Thorne and Taylor, control fight between Bill/Ridge/Steffie…………….. You can have a lot of new story to start and not continuation of an old same story .

    Well I for myself believe that if this story continue I won’t be a regular audience any more and probably goes back as before Liam and Hope love story as an on and off viewer. May be I should let you know that I have a master degree in Media from New School for Social Research in New York and I can claim that I know a little bit of media and its effects and mission

    Good luck with you rating and next year nomination

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    firouchka

    Start a new story anything but this triangle, Steffie with Ric/Deacon/Bill or Thomas/Rik/Caroline, Stephanie/Eric/Donna, Share holders fight between FC and SP, Ridge, Thorne and Taylor, control fight between Bill/Ridge/Steffie/Thorne / Taylor , challenge between Stephanie’s children and Brook children on controling the FC, Hope and Liam in one side challenging Steffie and Thaomas in business afairs between FC and SP…………….. You can have a lot of new story to start and not continuation of an old same story .

    Well I for myself believe that if this story continue I won’t be a regular audience any more and probably goes back as before Liam and Hope love story as an on and off viewer

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    david46208

    @Luke: For all his faults (and I could write 3 books on it) James E. Reilly wrote, developed and executed better storylines for his younger set on Passions than anything B&B has going on.

    You had the Theresa/Ethan/Gwen love triangle (even as it went on for 9 years too long). The baseline for this triangle of the housekeeper’s daughter (Theresa) obsessed with the spoiled rich boy (Ethan) and thus battling his first love (Gwen) for his heart, was excellent. It created 2 equally engaging camps.

    On B&B you don’t see people debate over a Hope/Liam vs a Steffi/Liam. Especially when the crux of the storyline had been all of Los Angeles concerned about Hope’s hymen. Should it be broken or should it not?

    I mean young men are parking their cars in the young woman’s garage as soon as they can start the engine and she can open the garage door.

    Then, i’m all for diversity but they should recast Marcus stat with say Columbus Short (Cadillac Records/Death at a Funeral), Quinton Aaron (The Blindside), Rob Brown (Finding Forrester/Coach Carter) to name a few.

    They can thus, give Marcus an edge that makes it all worth the while for fans to develop camps over who Dayzee should end up with.

    This brings me back to Passions where they had some excellent storylines for Chad and Whitney. Especially the Fox/Whitney/Chad love triangle.

    But at this point, the way they are writing these young people who should be vibrant characters on B&B, I’d rather re-read War and Peace then watch them.

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