10 Worst Soap Opera Storylines of 2013




No. 10: Room 8, The Bold and the Beautiful

We applaud CBS Daytime's The Bold and the Beautiful for venturing into the world of web serials, but next time can it be an afterhours peek into Brooke's (Katherine Kelly Lang) Bedroom? Room 8 was a lame, dated, vanilla dud — both on TV and on the net.

Guiding Light alums Karla Mosley (Maya) and Lawrence Saint-Victor (Carter) were both welcome additions to B&B in 2013, but we'd like to see them in one of the scandalous, raunchy tales B&B is known for, not used as "C" story fluff. Though we did get a hoot out of Caroline (Linsey Godfrey) popping that waterbed!

No. 9: Viki's Broke, One Life to Live

One of the main reasons we watch soaps is to live vicariously through the lives of the rich, the wanton and the occasional split personality sufferer. No one wanted to see regal Queen Victoria Lord (Erika Slezak) pinching pennies to save her newspaper on Prospect Park's version of One Life to Live.

On ABC's OLTL, we were led to believe Viki's fortune was massive, in the hundreds of millions, if not billions. Yet on the web update, she only had a few paltry million, all of which she'd idiotically invested in The Banner.

We think it's great TPTB wanted to explore a story about a dying newspaper—certainly a timely tale—but to write it as though Viki was a big dummy who didn't know not to put all her eggs in one Banner made no sense at all.


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Franco's Return should have been in the top 5. Weird that Roger Howarth (a decent actor) is attached to 3 of the top 10 stories of 2014. Hopefully, it gets better for him in the new year.

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No surprise (and very telling) that 4 of the 10 Worst Storylines of 2013 were on Y&R. I would also have included Carmine's murder, the subsequent Baldwin Father/Son jail time and, of course, anything Dylan - his introduction with uninteresting back story, blah romance with Avery, duping by Chelsea and Nikki's "discovery" he is her son. Ooh, and Kevin & Chloe's cat burglarizing. Overall, a horrendous year for Y&R.

On paper, some of those stories probably looked good. But they were very poorly executed.

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This is a good "Worst List". I think B&B had some other doozies, including the perennial least-favorite, Steffy/Liam/Hope/Wyatt crap, from Steffy's motorcycle wedding, to her breakup with Liam over the miscarriage, to Liam immediately moving on the Hope, to the Hope diamond stuff with Wyatt... Ugh! Ugh!! UGH!!!

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I'm still amused by those Y&R fans who try to justify the horrors of Josh Griffith's writing by blaming JFP. Yes, she brought on Steve Burton, but if written correctly even Dylan's introduction could have been made interesting. What I despised the most was the constant references to past events that flat-out contradicted the show's history as fans knew it.

Days had a stellar year, but I'd nominate the Abby-Chad-Cameron triangle for bad storytelling. After clinging to her hymen like a life-raft, Abby gave it up quicker than you could say the words "morning after pill."

(BTW, I say this every year, but I really mean it this time. You guys should really do Best and Worst new characters lists.) Smile

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Besides the fact that a kid was run down on both GH and Y&R and JFP was in charge of both soaps when the stories occurred, there really are no other similarities. The Y&R story has been told much differently and really provided a great umbrella story for the majority of the canvas. Billy Miller, MM, Chloe (can't think of real name) and even AH, have knocked this story out of the park. Their acting has been superb. Only part that I didn't like was the fact that Delia's corneas went to Connor, but even that has turned into much more than a plot point as it added to Adam's guilt even more.

Also, the true source of where JFP ripped this story off from was actually GH's own landmark 1990's story line of BJ/Maxie's heart, which is considered one of daytime's greatest stories ever told. That to me was the biggest reason why Jake's story fell flat. Jake's hit and run on GH was a poor imitation of that great story as it had so many contrivances (Carly's kid getting sick like 10 minutes before the accident), it was ridiculously written, and the acting was nowhere close to the caliber of the acting on Y&R.

I know Y&R has had its ups and downs, but I think that while the basic plot of this story was familiar, the writing and especially acting have made it Y&R's best story of the year.

BTW, as much as I love GH, Franco should definitely be #1. There is nothing that can save that character/story and they just need to realize their mistake and write Franco/Todd off.

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You guys forgot about JFP's first baby killing story on OLTL when Dorian ran over a pregnant Jessica which lead to the premature birth and death of her baby Megan. How this woman is ably to go from job to job after destroying every soap that she has been EP of is beyond me, I thought she was either black mailing and/or sleeping with Brian Frons but clearly her power is beyond that since she got the job at Y&R.

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I would have put the relish story as the worst...silly...with no long term story potential.

I do disagree with Delia's death being on the list at all since it provided the show with much needed drama.

YR's worst tale for me this past year was the snoozer blogger story. OMG.

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Bullseye!....on all stories of YR....tremendously ugly and not close to a thought provoking YR we viewers deserve and expect. Those were most horrendous stories and what soured my milk more quickly was the Summer paternity fiasco, JFP (her kind of male character) protecting "Nick" instead of letting it be what fans truly wanted....Summer Abbott not Sharon going psycho yet again changing the paternity...urrrgh!

....the rest of stories were as horrendous and killing off Delia Abbott was nothing but JFP's direction...but the most despicable and disrespectful was Katherine's death...this should still be driving story into November sweeps if written with some sense, it could had been one of stories that pushes story for decades but no JFP wanted to move on quickly to Delia's death, and Nikki's Fallopian tube pregnancy story of Dylan as her baby boy....YUCK! I just can't stand SB eating up soooooo much time on the show and lacking in many of the vets...honestly I'm prejudice & envious because of this fact. I want more Jill, bring back Ashley! Angry

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The "problem" with Jill Farren Phelps is that she is a non-evolving relic of a time on daytime dramas that are long, Long, LONG gone. In one of her interviews after being named Executive Producer of Y&R, she said...

“We now have to do a great deal more for a great deal less,” says Jill Farren-Phelps, Y&R 's executive producer. “It’s been very difficult to have to lose some of the tried-and-true tricks that I used to be able to use to make audiences feel a certain way, such as original music. Now we have to do other creative things to excite the audience. We’ve done a lot to make it move faster without disrupting our core audience.”

Tried-and-true tricks? Those tried and true tricks are 20 years old and very stale. And she has done nothing to freshen them up. The Delia story is a prime example. From what I have researched, she lifted the story almost exactly from her very questionable tenure at GH - and I am to understand that story was one of her lowest points there. So, her thought process was, "Let's take a story that was universally panned from one of my previous tenures that was probably one of my lowest professional moments, and shoe horn it into Y&R." Who cares if it is poorly executed; it will "make audiences feel a certain way", get people talking, the online message boards will be in an uproar with Y&R trending and it will win the cast/show some Emmys. You know what else would achieve that same desired effect? Good, solid writing that respects and builds upon the 40 year history of Y&R and production values that are a continuation of what Y&R viewers have come to expect over the years.

Additionally, I will never beleive that JFP has the "power" that some seem to think she has. She has a supervisor - Sony's Steve Kent - and a liaison - CBS' Angelica McDaniel. They are responsible for allowing her subpar, less than stellar performance to continue. They are responsible for allowing her to put out an inferior product that has stained their brands. It truly makes me question their commitment to Y&R. Because as long as JFP is calling the shots with little or no interference from them, Y&R will suffer.

Regardless of her history and what people "said" about her and what I knew of her daytime drama history, I REALLY wanted to give Jill Farren Phelps a chance. However, here we are 18 months later and The Young & the Restless is still a horrid mess. Something has got to give.

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Very good list. These are all horrible examples of a storyline.

I totally agree with the number one especially, so unnecessary. There is never a good reason to kill off a child on a show, and especially not a legacy grandchild of Jill Foster Abbott and Esther Valentine. That is just disrespectful to the show and it's history. Not only that, but it was done the same year as Kay Chancellor died. That would just enough death for one year.

And the silly mockery of the paternity of Summer, with every twist that took place, was abhorrent. That was truly a prime example of how you ruin a storyline with massive ingredients in the show's history. It should have written itself. What a letdown to many, many Y&R fans and fans who wanted Jack to be Summer's father all along. I actually never wanted that in the first place.

I can't think of one storyline on Y&R that I liked or was interested in. Unless you can count the massive chemistry of Kevin & Chavez and the unison of the Abbotts and Ashley all in the Abbott dining room, a storyline.

As for DAYS, I could definitely add Abby-Cameron-Chad, which actually hardly even was a storyline, and in that respect it might not even deserve a place on this list. But definitely one that does was the Dannifer/Chloe/Parker -saga, which was horrible to many, since most people wanted Parker to stay as Philip's son. Also, it totally ruined Chloe and made her go down the same path as Nicole. Then after that, Chloe, of course, ended up leaving her son for his father to be raised, the saint that he is. There were so many things wrong with that there were no words. And even though Nadja Bjorlin was surprisingle good in that storyline, actually she carried the whole thing, I still wasn't amused.

I also agree on GH's Pickle-Lila, up to a point. I have to disagree with pferrando that the premise and history of the storyline was very rich and in place, and the storyline could have had a lot of potential for the future of ELQ. But the biggest problem was they made it into a comedy towards the end. Firstly, they focused way too much on the relish itself, having everyone tasting it and showing the one jar of it for almost six months. Then they made *another* relish to compete with it (Pickle-Eddie) and had a "relish war". Now this is where it got really silly. The Chew tie-in was abhorrent. And after that they had to put an end to it. However, the relish factor, even though present, should have not been the focus of the story, but the actual familial relationships between the Q's and the powergrab at ELQ, with Tracy, AJ, Monica, Skye, Ned, etc. all having their own plans and trying to one up each other. It also should have been made clearer to the audience exactly *how* a relish from 20 years ago could save the company or win the leadership of it. Also, the Franco/Kiki thing shouldn't have been involved in it at all.

And also the return of Franco and the forced pairings between Cranco and Miki, just because the actors wanted their characters together was NOT a good idea. The only pairing I've grown to like is Sam and Silas.

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Good list. I personally would have given Franco’s return a bit of a pass considering the predicament that Prospect Punk’d put everyone in but that just me. Thank you, thank you, thank you, though for pointing out how stupid Victor Lord Jr’s return was. Ron had so many entertaining stories laid on a silver platter for those hacks! Not only did they make what should have been an awesome storyline fall face down on the concrete but they just simply never told many of the other story lines. What happened with Alex and Cutter? Who was David’s kid that he abandoned when he was a teen? I mean why the F&*%*% would we want to see a story line about hookers, drugs, and a lame night club instead? smh

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[quote=SoapArmageddon]

(BTW, I say this every year, but I really mean it this time. You guys should really do Best and Worst new characters lists.) :)[/quote

Hands down the worst award would go to none other than Stevie B's Dylan.

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The Young & The Restless has to be the crappiest show on daytime. It's nothing but despair and destruction day after day. You call this entertainment? I call it morose crap. I, for one, will be glad to turn it off for good the afternoon of January 30th. Better days ahead for both Billy Miller and Michael Muhney as they will be free of this shit show. The rest of you suckers that plan to stick around can sit and stare at that no talent Steve Burton, the new star of your for shit show.

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And people wonder why the AMC and OLTL "reboots" didn't work. They were AWFUL! They made the mistake of hiring the same burned-out writers and producers who nearly killed the genre in the first place. I say good riddance.

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4 of these 10 stories were from Y&R. No surprise here.
Only surprise is when will Steve and Anjelica catch a clue and show JFP the door for showing us this slop.

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RYAN-SCOTT, Let us hope they take DILDO with them.

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I agree only on 2 the Y&R DNA test and Delia's death storyline but I disagree with the rest.

My Top 10 soap opera worst storylines of 2013 list:
1-10
Delia's death YR
DNA test Summer/Nick/Jack YR
Jordan DAYS
Hope/Liam/Wyatt BB
Steffy BB
Quinn BB
Sami/Kate/Gabi killing Nick DAYS
Brady doing drugs DAYS
Britt GH
Maxie/Spinelli/Lulu/Dante/Connie GH

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I totally agree that these storylines were crap BUT, how can Hope Logan's love life not be one of the worst storylines of the year and every year??!!

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Franco returning in the form of Roger Howarth was definitely the worst storyline of the year, and also the worst casting. Roger Howarth is the most overrated actor in the history of soap operas, and finally he's been cast in a character that he can't overact his way out of. Oh well.

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jeremy in chicago wrote:
Franco returning in the form of Roger Howarth was definitely the worst storyline of the year, and also the worst casting. Roger Howarth is the most overrated actor in the history of soap operas, and finally he's been cast in a character that he can't overact his way out of. Oh well.

Jeremy, man have i missed you! My thoughts exactly!!

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Funny but the criticism of Jill on Y/R are the same I'm reading on other shows as well...I guess I'm the only one who liked Franco as a villain. Yes there were a few things the story I didn't like, chasin' Jaysin it started off excellent for me

but where things went south is after the MOCA culminating the story...that should have been the end of it when JF left

turning him into a rapist on Jason' month long honeymoon was preposterous.
By the time the hacks were done, all that stands out now is seeing his feet running around the tropics in flip flops....

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Yeeeeeeessss!!!! I totally agree with #1 Having Michael Muhney act out this horrendous story line of killing Delia while he was being fired from the show was such a terrible thing to do! Y&R tried their best to destroy the most indestructible character they have ever created and I am not talking about the mustache! Adam Victor Newman Jr. is by far the best addition to Y&R and this Delia story line is by far the worse story line in Y&R history! The fact that they tried to dust off, resurrect and recreate a death of another child is just poor judgment at it's finest hour!

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You are right about the s/l's. I no longer watch it. The one I despised the most is that Kevin (a burglar) is now working at the police station using their computer. The writers must think that viewers are really stupid.

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I agree with a lot of these. I think the Pickle-Lila story was done for humor, nothing more or less. I also thought Franco's return, Hope/Liam/Wyatt should maybe be 1 and 2. I was so sick of the triangle when Steffy was involved but she was replaced by Wyatt who has been way too cocky since he arrived.

Actually, Delia's hit and run should be one instead. There was and is no reason that story should've even taken place. Yes, Adam and Billy had some great scenes at the very end but it was way too much sadness and grief to get there.

Vicki losing her money on OLTL isnt a story I'd put up here. Thats more the norm these days with newspapers dying no matter how successful they are.

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I have to add that that mess that became of Carmine's "murder" on Y&R was a total bore. The affair between he & Lauren was sizzling, but the aftermath was just total nonsense. That crap just dragged on and on with Fen flip flopping in jail and out of jail...none of it suspenseful or entertaining IMo. There was NO climax to the story whatsoever, and it ends how... not with a big dramatic, suspenseful reveal of Carmine's return... nope. Some 1 day econfrontation between he & Michael that was FF material.

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hopiex1 wrote:
You are right about the s/l's. I no longer watch it. The one I despised the most is that Kevin (a burglar) is now working at the police station using their computer. The writers must think that viewers are really stupid.

Plus the fact that he stole from Mrs. C.. then all that "grieving" with fellow pick pocket Chloe after she passesd. Give me a break... why oh why can't Chloe take Kevin with her when she leaves the show!

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KiLovely wrote:
Yeeeeeeessss!!!! I totally agree with #1 Having Michael Muhney act out this horrendous story line of killing Delia while he was being fired from the show was such a terrible thing to do! Y&R tried their best to destroy the most indestructible character they have ever created and I am not talking about the mustache! Adam Victor Newman Jr. is by far the best addition to Y&R and this Delia story line is by far the worse story line in Y&R history! The fact that they tried to dust off, resurrect and recreate a death of another child is just poor judgment at it's finest hour!

Agreed! We got some good acting, but in the long run... it was hardly worth it.

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Ryan-Scott wrote:
4 of these 10 stories were from Y&R. No surprise here.
Only surprise is when will Steve and Anjelica catch a clue and show JFP the door for showing us this slop.

Preach!