Catherine Hickland

Smackdown: Nora vs Lindsay!

Lately One Life To Live seems to be kicking it up a notch with the story between long-time rivals Lindsay Rappaport (Catherine Hickland) and Nora Hanen (Hillary B. Smith). Both ladies have had their share of heartache and grief in the past  (mostly due to the other person's actions). Their lives have intertwined in Llanview ever since Sam Rappaport became involved with Nora back in 1998 and ex-wife Lindsay followed him to town causing a lot of problems ever since. These ladies have had their share of differences, arguments, cat fights and not to mention Buchanan men (Bo & Clint) just to name a few.

There is a LOT of history between One Life To Live's Nora and Lindsay that must be resolved via SMACKDOWN!

Who is your favorite?


Crystal Hunt in "The Hicks"

For those of you who may have been wondering what the talented Crystal Hunt has been up to since leaving the role of Lizzie Spaulding on Guiding Light it appears that she's been keeping herself very busy with the production of The Hicks.

The Hicks, which Hunt created, produces, and stars in also features a line up of other talented daytime stars including Catherine Hickland of One Life to Live, Sonya Eddy of General Hospital, Tom Pelphrey of Guiding Light, and Marj Dusay of Guiding Light. When visiting the website be sure to check out a video preview from the pilot episode.

Shoutout to Gush900 for the tip!

TV Guide Canada Announces 2008 Soap Opera Spirit Award Winners

Nelson Branco has announced the 2008 Soap Opera Spirit Award winners over at TV Guide Canda. I especially like that they recognized not only One Life to Live with the most wins but as a big fan of the work Catherine Hickland and Kathy Brier have done in 2007 and continue to do in 2008 I couldn't agree more with their awards.

You're definitely going to want to check it out. Here is a quick excerpt but be sure to go read the whole thing!

The Big Winners:
One Life to Live — 7
The Bold and the Beautiful — 4
As The World Turns — 3
General Hospital — 1
Guiding Light — 1
The Young and the Restless — 1
General Hospital: Night Shift — 1

Catherine Hickland, ABCKathy Brier, ABC
Terri Colombino (Katie Peretti, ATWT)
Martha Madison (ex-Belle Black, Days)
Leann Hunley (Anna DiMera, Days)
Jane Elliot (Tracy Quartermaine, GH)
Catherine Hickland (Lindsay Rappaport, OLTL)
Kathy Brier (Marcie “Sally Ann’ McBain, OLTL)

One Life to Live: Go Red! Ball

One Life to Live is going all out for sweeps with the Go Red for Women Ball hosted by Viki and Dorian. So, let's check out some early pictures from the ball!

Todd and Blair look great for the ball, and that's a good thing since there seems to be a lull in the spoilers for them. Considering they just came off a huge story, I guess that is a good thing. Rumors have Todd dealing with Gigi, Ramsey and the fallout from Texas. Blair may be getting a backstory about her father after all these years which should be interesting!


Bo and Lindsey on the other hand have their story heating up. They look like they are having a lot of fun here, but by the end of the ball will things be so happy? Rumor has it that Lindsey, or someone who writes it for her, submits her secret about faking her breakdown to the "Get it off you Chest" box. Nora is desprate to get into the box to find Lindsey's secret but will she find Bo's instead? Rumor has it that Bo's secret is that he still loves Nora. Also, will Bo find himself on the unemployment line by the end of the ball? What else gets put into the box?

General Hospital: The Case of General Hospital vs. Its Veteran Actors and Heritage Characters

In an episode of Daytime Confidential to air this week Foxy, Jay and I were discussing General Hospital in comparison to All My Children and One Life to Live when it comes to using their veterans. The discussion got me to thinking.

General Hospital is, without question, the #1 ABC soap in terms of ratings. It has the nicest sets. It has the biggest sweeps stunts in daytime. It seems to be nominated for Emmys more than the One Life to Live or All My Children. However, even with this going for it, proportionately speaking it has the fewest veteran actors in front burner storylines. Why is this and does this seem odd to anyone else?

Take for example All My Children and One Life to Live.

All My Children's
ratings have been in the toilet by comparison. Fans are crucifying it because the writing has been horrible and many of the characters are being written out of character. But even with all this going against it, it has brought back the veteran/heritage characters portrayed by Debbie Morgan (Angie) and Darnell Williams (Jesse) and still features Susan Lucci (Erica Kane), David Canary (Adam Chandler), Michael E. Knight (Tad Martin), and Walt Willey (Jackson Montgomery) prominently in its storylines.

Over on One Life to Live, which is by far the best written soap in daytime but whose ratings have yet to reflect its quality, it is jammed packed with veteran/heritage actors/characters. Erika Slezak (Victoria), Robin Strausser (Dorian), Robert S. Woods (Bo), Hillary B. Smith (Nora), Patricia Mauceri (Carlotta), Catherine Hickland (Lindsey), Kassie DePaiva (Blair), Patricia Elliot (Renee), Trevor St. John (Todd), and Timothy Stickney (RG).

General Hospital on the other hand.

Unlike All My Children or One Life to Live, General Hospital suffers from a bad case of anti veteran actor/heritage characteritis. Sure it has John Ingle (Edward), Leslie Charleson (Monica) Jane Elliot (Tracey), Anthony Geary (Luke), Jackie Zeman (Bobbie), John J. York (Mac), Kin Shriner (Scotty) and now Kristina Wagner (Felicia) but does General Hospital use them? Let's take a look.

Anthony Geary of course gets pretty much as much airtime as he wants but unfortunately for us there seems to be a direct correlation between when Anthony Geary goes on vacation and when Jane Elliot's screen time evaporates.

Then we have John Ingle and Leslie Charleson who have been relegated to deaths, funerals, and hostage situations. Sure we've been told for years that Leslie will get a major storyline and it appears that the drinking storyline may be the storyline we've been promised but will TPTB go through with it and not drop it? Only time will tell.

Over at the Scorpio household John J. York must be getting dust bunnies in his ears as little he is used. How is it that with all the crime in Port Charles that the Chief of Police is rarely seen? I'll tell you. It's more glamorous to have dark and brooding "heroes" take care of the bad, bad, bad men of Port Charles than to actually have an effective police force. Now we have Kristina Wagner back as Felicia to investigate Georgie's death but will we actually get a good investigation or will we just see her once or twice a week and then she'll disappear faster than Helena in the Wyndamere tunnels?

Talk about potential. Kin Shriner returns to the role of the ever-popular Scotty and wham bam bang he has a son he never knew of. Should be a good right? Apparently, wrong. Instead of building up the Luke vs. Scotty rivalry over their children, Shriner has languished in the land of back burner actors while his character's son has gone from being the man of choice for Lulu to the underdog in a romantic triangle.

Lastly we have Jackie Zeman. Poor Jackie Zeman. The actual General Hospital, you know the one that the show is named after, is finally getting almost equal airtime as the mob related storylines and Bobbie is no where to be found. We had a glimmer of hope after Zeman was dropped to recurring and a week later Luke was in the hospital and we saw Bobbie more in two weeks than we had the entire previous year. I don't know about the rest of you but I had hoped that Zeman would have been lucky enough to be one of those recurring actresses who the moment they were dropped to recurring we saw them almost every day. No such luck.

Adding insult to injury, one can count on two hands the number of times Bobbie has had scenes with her daughter Carly (and "star" of the show) since Laura Wright has taken over the role. We won't mention the fact that we have yet to have a scene between Bobbie and Sebastian Roche's Jerry. So what that he held her daughter hostage. So what that he was once a man that Lucas looked up to. So what that Jerry and Bobbie were once engaged. Seriously, shouldn't we have had some sort of face off between these two over everything that has happened since Jerry's return almost a year ago? One would think so. Or at least I do.

Which leads me to my biggest problem.

How is it that all All My Children and One Life to Live can have so many veteran actors/heritage characters front and center when apparently General Hospital, with all it has going for it, can't "afford" to throw its veteran actors/heritage characters a bone in the form of meaty storylines? How is it that Genie Francis can't get a contract that would bring her back to the show and the fans that adore her?

Could it be the fact that General Hospital (the show) seems to be spending a fortune on a long line of characters that we as fans have no connection to a core or heritage family?

Why do we keep getting new doctors and nurses (no offense to the actors) up the whazoo when Monica isn't fighting for chief of staff or Bobbie isn't giving Epiphany a run for her money as head nurse?

Why is John J. York's Mac Scorpio portrayed as a bumbling idiot with little airtime when his police force either A) rarely works as in the case of Lucky and the now departed Coop or B) a long line of basically nameless detectives who we either don't care about or are used instead of Mac? On top of all this doesn't it seem a bit odd that Spinelli does more investigating than the cops? Mac would get more airtime if he quite the force and started a detective agency with Spinelli than he's getting now.

I don't want anyone to interpret my thoughts as bashing the talented and not so talented (depending on how the various fan bases view them) actors and actresses who were lucky enough to land a contract and get airtime. That isn't what this is about.

What this is about.

What this is about is that in a time when both All My Children and One Life to Live are using there veterans in larger numbers. We now have, at minimum, nineteen characters on contract with General Hospital that arrived within the last three years that are not connected to a core or heritage family. Of those nineteen characters at least ten of them (possibly more) appeared on our screens this past Friday.

With such a large number of new characters circulating on a show on a daily basis, is it to much to ask that say three or four of these ten (or more) characters don't appear on any given day in order to give a veteran or two an opportunity to have some screen time and an actual storyline? There has to be a way to balance all the new character while also featuring veteran actors/heritage characters isn't there?

I certainly hope so.

Top 10 Actresses of 2007

Top 10 Actresses of 2007

1. Beth Ehlers, Guiding Light
2. Catherine Hickland, One Life to Live
3. Melody Thomas Scott, Young and Restless
4. Alicia Minshew, All My Children
5. Erika Slezak, One Life to Live
6. Susan Flannery & Katherine Kelly Lang, Bold & Beautiful
7. Kirsten Storms, General Hospital
8. Deidre Hall, Days of Our Lives
9. Maura West, As the World Turns
10. Gina Tognoni, Guiding Light

Beth Ehlers
, GL (Harley Cooper Aituro) - This lady doesn’t get enough credit. Not only did she sell us on Harley the independent woman, Harley the Devoted Mom/Sister/Daughter and Harley of the Panic Attacks, her turn as Irna Phillips during the GL flashback episode was scarily good.

Catherine Hickland, OLTL (Lindsey Rappaport)- Not only do we love Ron Carlivati for revitalizing OLTL, we love him for putting the luminous and endlessly fascinating Lindsey in a murder mystery that actually made sense. And we couldn’t take our eyes from Catherine’s riveting performance.

Melody Thomas Scott, Y&R (Nikki Newman) - it takes a brave actress to appear on screen for days on end with greasy hair and no makeup. MTS knew it was the right choice to portray a frantic mother worried about her child. We also loved Nikki going toe to toe with her formidable and ruthless husband, Victor.

Alicia Minshew, AMC (Kendall Hart Slater)- Watching her try to spin gold out of the crap the AMC writers were giving her was painful but she made it work. Almost.

Erika Slezak, OLTL (Victoria Lord) - Not only is she my hero for calling Dena Higley out on her ish, but she’s like totally good.

Susan Flannery & Katherine Kelly Lang, B&B (Stephanie Forrester, Brooke Logan) - How can you include one and not the other this year? The feud went beyond petty into downright horrible with Brooke’s rape and the aftermath. These two were consistently amazing.

Kirsten Storms, GH (Maxie Jones) - What is it about Days actors being so good in other roles? Kirsten rocks Maxie’s fierceness as well as hints at her vulnerable, insecure side.

Deidre Hall, Days (Marlena Evans Black) - From tearing grief to consoling mother to worthy adversary, Deidre showed how masterful she can be when she’s allowed.

Maura West, ATWT (Carly Tenney) - just because she’s awesome and the show is terrible without her.

Gina Tognoni, GL (Dinah Marler) - watching the first scenes after Dinah lost her memory was so realistic it was hard to watch. Seeing Dinah struggle with remembering how to turn a doorknob? Heartbreaking.