Jon Hensley

More Random Thoughts About Five Soaps

My absence from Daytime Confidential lately has not been due to the usual business of family and work taking up a lot of my time, but rather a certain lack energy to post about practically any of the daytime serials that clog up my DVR from day to day. This is neither a positive nor a negative thing because there are frequent periods throughout the year when shows kind of coast along and do their their thing, usually between sweeps.

At these times, there is little for the viewer — if that viewer is me — to get all worked up about this plot twist, that character's action, some couple or another or even a whole show's direction. Normally, this state of affairs hits one or two shows at a time. Every once in a while like the last couple of weeks, the stars align and all the serials get caught in the same momentum of drift. All that is required of us is to watch and see where it all goes.

In that spirit, my brain plays a little game of soap opera hopscotch, taking in odds and ends big and small. There is no great elaboration on anything here, just a quick rundown of things I like and not like so much. Your mileage may vary... READ MORE

ATWT Sneak Peek: Luke Is MY Son!

Luke (Van Hansis) and Damian (Paolo Seganti) have an awkward conversation about Noah and Holden (Jon Hensley) gets territorial on Thursday's episode of As the World Turns.

ATWT Sneak Peek: Holden and Emma

Jon Hensley (Holden) and Kathleen Widdoes (Emma) in a scene from Thursday's episode of As the World Turns.

Noelle Beck's Lily Snyder, Torn Between Two Men?

In an interview at Michael Fairman SoapsNoelle Beck responds to the question of whether or not Lily is being torn between Holden (Jon Hensley) and Damian (Paolo Seganti).

MICHAEL: Is Lily going to find herself torn between these two guys, again?

NOELLE: Not initially. She is only torn because she really believes in Damian, and Holden doesn’t, and Luke is skeptical. The story started out with Lily and Noah trusting Damian and everyone else is very skeptic about him. Then that changes. I think maybe they will go in that direction, and I hope they do. But from the beginning, it’s more about Damian having come back to bond with his son and ask for forgiveness, and to be a part of his life. I think Lily trusts him.

Who would you like to see Lily with?

The Three Stooges and The Seven Dwarfs

In terms of popularity, it is accepted as gospel that daytime soap operas commanded their largest audiences in the go-go 1980's, highlighted by the 30 million odd viewers who tuned into Luke & Laura's now legendary first wedding on General Hospital. Less well known among today's fans is that the true heydey of soaps was the early 1970's when the three broadcast networks — ABC, CBS, and NBC — were the only game around. They could have aired cheaper game shows all day long (in fact, game shows had their own morning and afternoon blocks of programming) but instead broadcast an average of 18 soap operas. Let me repeat that: 18 daytime dramas.

Want to know the Nielsen ratings that a few of today's soaps were averaging in soap-to-soap comparisons during the 1969-1970 season when there were 19 soaps? Days of Our Lives was pulling an 8.8, One Life to Live was pulling in a 6.7, while General Hospital was at an 8.5. Compared to the numbers soaps pull today, those ratings look glorious but as hard as it may seem to believe, all of them were in the middle of the pack. READ MORE

ATWT Preview Scene: Damian Grimaldi Is Back!

On today's episode of As the World Turns Damian Grimaldi (Paolo Seganti) returns to Oakdale. He was last seen in the summer of 2006. Holden (Jon Hensley), Lily (Noelle Beck) and especially his son Luke (Van Hansis) are not happy to see him in this preview scene from Thursday's episode.