DC #695: Ugly Betty

On today’s Daytime Confidential podcast Luke Kerr, Jamey Giddens, Jillian Bowe, Regan Cellura and Melodie Aikels dish the latest The Bold and the Beautiful, Days of Our Lives, General Hospital and The Young and the Restless headlines and storylines, including:

Stephanie Forrester begins her farewell tour on The Bold and the Beautiful. Find out what the DC gang thinks of the flashbacks of classic Stephanie vs. Brooke. Could Susan Flannery get another Emmy nomination for her exit storyline? Should Flannery return to Days of Our Lives as Dr. Laura Spencer Horton and face off with Lauren Koslow’s Kate?

Kristen has returned to Salem, but Jamey isn’t happy about the storyline’s execution. EJ gets his proof about Nicole’s betrayal on Days of Our Lives. Is it time for Sony to step in and do something to fix DAYS?

Did the DC gang enjoy how Jason Morgan was written off General Hospital? Did Duke’s involvement in Jason’s shooting make sense, or did it feel like it was thrown together? Should Ron Carlivati dig up Anna’s All My Children-originated twin Alexandra and bring her to Port Charles? The question becomes a hot topic among the co-hosts. Lulu is yet another in a long line of female GH soap characters who is faced with pregnancy problems. Do soap writers find it easier to write problem-plagued pregnancies than tell a normal pregnancy storyline?  Is GH delivering on its Ugly Betty inspired storyline?

Former General Hospital star Ignacio Serricchio joins The Young and the Restless. Jack takes over Newman Enterprises. Jess Walton returns in November.

All this and much more on today’s show!


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    Tris Drake

    Please,no Alex! Or their boring brother Gabriel. Bad enough Robin is out there somewhere. Not getting caught up in Jason’s death. It’s starting to seem like one big stunt. We Just had this Robin. I know no character is every really dead,but we Just dealt with this.

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    I agree that DOOL is a mess. The writing is totally uninspired and repetitive dreck. I am not as disappointed in Kristen’s return but it should have been bigger than it was. There’s nothing to be excited about with this show.

    Usually you can’t shut Ken Corday up but he’s been silent since the return of Tomlin. What is going on?

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    I have to say, I am really disappointed and perplexed on the complaints about DAYS. Yes, the Nicole vs. Jennifer mess is horrible, and Sami/Rafe is been-there-done-that snoozefest.

    But everything else is really starting to look good. In the last week DAYS is really starting to pick up, for the first time since the Daysaster. I agree that the two first days when Kristen came on were too understated in her not being the A-story. I liked the scenes, but the episodes should have ended with Kristen and Stefano – meaning it should have been the A-story from the beginning. But I truly believe it is going that way, and once they get this Nicole/Jennifer ridiculousness out of the way and concentrate on Kristen and the DiMeras, it’s gonna be all good! :)

    The thing that worries me, is the fact that you don’t show support. People tend to listen to you, and if you say Days is not doing well, someone might believe you, and thus it will generate unnecessary negativity – when this is a time we should all show our support and believe in the direction of the show. I mean, let’s face it, DAYS and GH are the best things we have on air right now, as far as soaps are concerned. Let’s show our support! :)

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    I haven’t listened to a podcast in a while, but as usual, you guys slayed me with laughter! Jamey and Jillian, you two need to take your act on the road. Ya’ll had me WEAK!!!

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    Sabrina is obviously related to a woman that married Alan in a red dress. Britt is annoying and should have been Dr. Sarah Webber. Now, I wouldn’t mind Liz’s older sister moving in on Patrick just as Robin is found out to be alive.

    Liz needs more story and family besides Steven since we never see Grams.

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    I’m with you Jamey…. Alex Devane is a Doctor and she would fit on General Hospital…; Alex could’ve been working with David Hayward on his Project Orpheus; however, I disagree with the Dimitri Marick thing; he isn’t needed. I’d even like for them to bring their biracial brother, Gabriel over too, with an amazing recast, he could also be a young medical intern. I am anxiously waiting for all these storylines to unravel and reveal the what is going on; I just can’t wait anymore, I’m hoping for a huge pay off though. Overall, I’m enjoying GH right now.

    As for Y&R, I think the character of Alex is related to Noah’s ex-girlfriend; last month they mentioned in Soaps in Depth that they were casting a young Hispanic girl who could sing in the role of Adriana; she is rumored to be an illegal immigrant and needs someone to marry her so she can stay in the country. When it comes to the New York City mystery with Noah, and him suddenly dismissing the idea of working with Devon at the record label again, something is a bit fishy. I know for a fact that Devon’s girlfriend, Roxy often traveled back and forth between Europe and New York, where was Noah, in both Europe (Paris with Eden) and New York; and they never explained why he and Eden actually broke up; what if Noah’s been sleeping with Devon’s girl all this time. I am absolutely loving everything about Jack right now. I’ve also noticed that they’ve been doing Victor’s hair again. I completely agree, I hate that they are shaming Jack for paying Victor back for what he did years ago. Katherine’s first husband Gary was also very wealthy, and was best friends with Phillip Chancellor II; I am pissed with what they are doing with Adam, they could’ve had Adam and Chelsea working together to ruin everyone in GC for her miscarriage, and trying to re-establish her parental rights as Johnny Abbott’s mother. I actually like Avery and Nick. I am absolutely pissed about Abby’s exit, they should’ve had her and Carmine go off to New York with Ashley and Traci.

    Days is really disappointing me; I am honestly over the character of Daniel and I never liked him being Maggie’s egg baby. However, I would supported her turning out to be Carly Manning’s biological mother, not from that stupid egg crap, but from her life before coming to Salem. Actually, I am over Gary Tomlin, he needs to go; all the stories SUCK!!! They are sucking the life out of Kristen Blake’s return and I just don’t care anymore.

    I’ve honestly forgot about B&B, and I really need to catch up.

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    Restless Vixen

    Jamey, I agree with you 2000% about Katherine not being some mogul or corporate shark. The way my mom described it, Chancellor Industries was originally Gary Reynolds’ company. But he had died and Phillip Chancellor, Gary’s best friend took over the company (not sure if he had already worked there or not), renaming it CI. Katherine never ran SHIT. Like you said, she was a nasty, sloppy drunk – a hot ass mess. After Phillip died (or Katherine killed him – depends on how you look at it); Katherine was more or less a figurehead as the wife of the CEO, with Mitchell Shermam occasionally bringing her documents to sign. The company was pretty much ran by a faceless board of directors/executive board for years and years.

    I suspect that Jill’s return will be to “help” Katherine run Chancellor. If what I suspect will happen is true, that someone (probably Tucker) thinking Katherine running Chancellor is not a good idea, then I applaud the writers for bringing this whole Chancellor Industries bit back to reality. Katherine is not equipped to run CI, and not just because of her age. They’ll probably make it an age thing, but Katherine’s questionable ability should be because of her limited experience, not her age.

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    I agree with the criticisms of the writting for Days. In fact, I think there are three major problems related to the writing.

    1. There are far too many writers on this show who are 55+ years old. There are only two, maybe, three writers under the age of 40, and I think only one under the age of 30. Someone please correct me if I am wrong. The writing staff needs a massive infusion of youth in order to reflect the stories and dialogue for the 45 yo and under characters which is every story on the show now except for Kristen/John/Marlena and Bo/Caroline. Maybe AARP card carrying writers can occasionally write modern, current and fresh stories and dialogue for characters 20 or more years younger than them; but they are going to miss far more than they are going to hit.

    2. These writers have no idea what fans want to see. People are tired of Sami’s constant triangles and rectangles. This whole Nicole/Daniel/Jennifer mess seems to be widely despised by almost everyone, even by fans of those characters. Then there is the massive Will and Gabi sex debacle which may be the worst writing decision made by any soap all year, maybe even of the past several years. I don’t know if these writers are incompetent or if they simply have no clue or if Days no longer reaches out to fans for feedback.

    3. Then there is the massive three month window between when a scene is filmed and when it is aired, not to mention maybe another month between the time it is written and when it is filmed. This huge lag makes it economically impossible to change direction or make course corrections when something falls flat. People are already grumbling about Kristen’s return and there is nothing that can be done about it. The Gabi pregnancy and the looming Gabi and Will wedding are the next disasters waiting to happen. If this stuff had been focus grouped, none of this crap would have seen the front of a camera. Even worse, I don’t think any of the suits at Days, Sony or NBC actually gives a damn.

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    Wow. I agree with so many of the opinions shared in the podcast and now in the comments section!

    So, I opine on the exit story for Stephanie Forrester as played by Susan Flannery. I love this story. I cannot remember another time when a legendary soap character has been honored with two full weeks of commemorative scenes. Each day the audience gets to collectively say goodbye to this character played by whom many consider daytime’s greatest actress. Bravo B&B! I think the decision to have Stephanie die was a good move as it lends itself to story AND because the actress is retiring. I hate when character’s are constantly referred to if they are not returning. I wish TPTB of All My Children and One Life To Live had paid such flashback-laden homages to Erica Kane/Susan Lucci and Erika Slezak/Victoria Buchanan as those show’s marched toward cancellation.

    Also, though not mentioned in the podcast, Heather Tom is doing great work as Katie Spencer deals with post-pardem and her mortality. I was not for Heather Tom winning the Lead Actress Emmy last year but I could get on-board this year if her story/performances maintain. Katie Spencer may not be the “heiress apparent” of Stephanie Forrester but Heather Tom shores up the acting power in B&B’s cast.

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    I laughed my ass off. It was always implied Gary & Phillip as business partners they started CI (as w/Henry Chamberlin) and when Gary died it was again implied with the introduction of the Chancellors Katherine had step in to work at CI being the setup of the Chancellor marriage it was more a business arrangement. Jill came to apply for position as Kay’s personal assistant, Phillip had put the job opening in the Brooks family newspaper. When Jill arrived at the Chancellor mansion Kay was drunk and didn’t know about the ad. Jamey you are correct that for the first 6-7 years Bill wrote Katherine as raging drunk, having affairs w/stable boys, being loud, rude with the denizens of GC abusing Phillip both physically and mentally at home. Bill wasn’t writing Katherine as upstanding citizen of GC but just a rich drunken bitch. It was so much fun during that period. But he couldn’t go on writing Kay as such after her & Jill fighting and dropped baby Phillip on his head! :O In the beginning the citizens of GC wasn’t fond of the Grand Mrs. Chancellor always being 2 sheets to the wind! ;) Mrs. C’s character was very different in the early years and when Jill started having an affair with her husband was the beginning of one the longest rivalry in soapdom.

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    I’m thinking maybe “Duke” is really Cesar Faison messing with Anna? Who else would have a motive for kidnapping Robin and holding her hostage and making her entire family think she’s dead (other than Crazy Lisa Niles)? I’m also hoping maybe Jason isn’t really dead, but opted to join the Witness Protection program to testify against some of the Family. I hate that Anna has been so dummbed down, too. She herself has been presumed dead, so you would think that would occur to her to persue it more about Robin and to believe “Duke”. Boy, I’d hate to be the Funeral Director in Port Charles. You’d always be handing out refunds!

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    [quote]”Boy, I’d hate to be the Funeral Director in Port Charles. You’d always be handing out refunds!”[/quote]

    LOL!!! elbugten, that gave me my first laugh of the day. That would hold true for any daytime soap city funeral director. I mean my goodness! In AMC’s Pine Valley, you even see them moving around in heaven and the next thing you know, they’re having lunch at The Valley Inn. LOL!

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    I love the podcasts and am always anticipating the next ones! But I am getting annoyed with the Liason/Elizabeth bias! Ugh, it’s overwhelming on every podcast. I never had any real issues with Elizabeth or Sam. I just never got why Elizabeth has been put up on this pedestal when she’s been scheming since she arrived in Port Charles and has committed comparable indiscretions as Sam. Sam was a drifter and scammer when she got in town but no one makes it seem like she’s an angel, cause she’s not.

    I never wanted to be a part of these fan base wars, but now I’ve found myself completely disliking Elizabeth & sticking up for Sam. So when everyone’s being anti-JaSam I find myself SMH. But hey, since Jason is “gone” now, I’m hoping this will all finally die down so I can enjoy the podcasts more!

    BTW, thanks for making them more frequent lately, this is my entertainment on my commute or while I’m at work!

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