Colleen Zenk

Exposition Whores

AUTHOR'S DISCLAIMER: The title of this blog entry is solely a reference to the writing styles of the shows mentioned and nothing more.

"The effect of drinking a Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster is like having your brains smashed out with a slice of lemon wrapped round a large gold brick." — The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams

That description of what is known as the best fictional alcoholic drink in the known universe is exactly how I feel watching a few of my favorite daytime dramas these days. Unlike that improbable drinky drink, this is hardly a compliment. There is something really odd going on all over the soap dial with the ham fisted lack of subtlety and general narrative blundering going on.

In a couple of recent entries, I pointed out how All My Children's "Who Killed Stuart (Not Adam) Chandler?" murder mystery has been marred by a lack of, well, mystery. As I said, what had the potential to be a great whodunit has been turned into the soap opera equivalent of Clue, one which is losing my interest very rapidly, especially when compared to increasingly delicious and twisted "Who Killed Edmund Winslow?" whodunit concurrently airing on Guiding Light. The latter show is peeling back layers and layers of motive and opportunity, while the former is peeling like an onion: it is making me cry. As it happens, AMC isn't the only egregious offender of hitting us over the head with the narrative equivalent of a slice of lemon wrapped around a large gold brick these days: the other two are As the World Turns and, shockingly and in some circles blasphemously, One Life to Live. READ MORE

What's Wrong With As The World Turns

ATWT

As the World Turns is something of a mystery to me these days. I haven't been blogging regularly about the show because, honestly, I am kind of flummoxed about what to actually write about from day to day.

I love ATWT. The show is blessed with some of daytime's strongest actors. In this age of massive cost cutting, ATWT found an arguably better production alternative than Procter & Gamble sister show Guiding Light. Speaking for myself, I find most days, most characters, most stories and most events to be sufficiently captivating to keep me coming back.

Nonetheless, something is badly amiss in Oakdale. The usual criticisms of ATWT are all-too-familiar: far too many recasts, underused vets, storylines that turn on a dime, compressed storytelling and ever shrinking production values to name a few. While those issues are real and important, they are only symptons of several larger problems that encapsulate the issues that I, other Daytime Confidential bloggers and commentators all over the internet have found themselves dismayed about over the last several months. After trying to put a finger on these issues while attempting to "figure out" what's going on at ATWT from a larger perspective, several things have jumped out as serious structural flaws, like a cracked foundation in a beloved old home. READ MORE

Grading The ATWT Valentine's Episode


Yesterday As the World Turns featured a special Valentine's episode that put a spin on some old fairy tale and gave its actors a chance to do something a little bit different.
 
I think my favorite fairy tales were the Pinocchio and the Cinderfella segments. I didn't even recognize Ellen Dolan in the Cinderfella tale. Maura West, Michael Park, Mick Hazen, Jon Lindstrom, Don Hastings and Colleen Zenk Pinter all had great parts. I must admit I even enjoyed Grayson McCouch's Scarecrow too. It was so out of the "I'm a tough guy" role I'm accustomed to seeing him in I couldn't help but smile at it. Then we have the "vortex of suck," Paul and Meg. Apparently, not even the re-imagining of fairy tales can save these two.  Oh and where were Van Hansis and Jake Silbermann as Luke and Noah? Not for nothing, but one or both of them could have been Cinderfella's fairy godfather[s] and it would have been hilarious.

What grade would you give the Valentines episode?

Happy Birthday Colleen Zenk Pinter!

Happy 56th Birthday to Colleen Zenk Pinter (Barbara Ryan)! It's a crime that we don't see more of this amazing actress on As the World Turns.

ATWT Weekly Promo

This week's As the World Turns promo. Let's hope Meg stays away from Paul for good this time.

One Can Dream, Can't They?


Oh memory lane, what a wondrous path you are. Watching yesterday's General Hospital I couldn't help but think how awesome it is that Grant Harrison, er Mark Pinter is on General Hospital, even if it is for an undetermined number of episodes. 

Oh the memories of one of my favorite Another World villains. How is it that Pinter doesn't have a contract role on a soap? He was bad ass as Grant, heartless as Roger Smythe on All My Children and his wife Colleen Zenk Pinter is on As the World Turns as the rarely seen Barbara Ryan. Which got me thinking.

Nancy Lee Grahn's Alexis Davis needs a viable love interest. Imagine if General Hospital kept Pinter around and paired his character with Alexis? Not only would these two dynamic actors be chemistry laden, but Alexis would finally have a love interest that wasn't a member of the mob, brother of the mobster or a international rogue mobster. Then imagine if Wally Kurth were to return as Ned and General Hospital fans were treated to a triangle? Granted, this assumes that General Hospital knew how to write a good triangle. Well even if this is all a figment of my imagination, which it is, one can dream can't they?

Would you enjoy an Alexis/Agent Raynar paring?