Kelley Menighan Hensley

Wishful Casting: Finn Wittrock as JT; Jon and Kelley Menighan Hensley as Glen and Barb on DAYS


I can't believe the brass at All My Children is going to let one of the best reasons to watch the sudser, Finn Wittrock (Damon), walk out the door.  As I mentioned in an earlier post, Damon and Liza's (Jamie Luner) combustible chemistry had me soapgasming all over the place last week. Well, I say Pine Valley's loss should be Salem's gain.

I would love to see Wittrock head over to Days of Our Lives as JT Rieber, the child Hope Brady (Kristian Alfonso) raised as a baby, before realizng he'd been switched with her now-deceased son Zack. I've been clamoring for a teenage JT to show up on Bope's doorstep in rebel mode for years, and now would be the perfect time.
 
The supercouple is going to need a new crisis to contend with once this prison story wraps. Why not have them deal with a surly JT, who resents Hope for not fighting Glen and Barb harder for him, because of his disastrous childhood with the pair?  READ MORE

As the World Turns: The Death of Dr. Reid Oliver and Endgames

Before I get to today’s stunning episode of As the World Turns, in which Dr. Reid Oliver dies and donates his heart to his professional nemesis/colleague Dr. Chris Hughes, I have a few thoughts about not only the serial's final days on the air, but also —in a broader sense—fan perceptions about what a soap's last days should be like, themes that will be carried forward as we look toward ATWT's final hours.

First, with less than two weeks to go before its final fade to black, ATWT is ending its 54 year history in perhaps better dramatic shape than almost any serial since the cancellation of NBC's Texas in 1982, a specific observation I will expand upon in a few days. Of course, there is lots to gripe and nitpick about the woulda-coulda-shoulda’s of how the show might have wrapped things up. Many of those ideas are quite good and some are downright ludicrous, but in the final turn of events, all of that stuff is moot. The last scenes were shot, the sets have been struck, and the actors all went along different paths weeks ago. READ MORE

Grins and Gripes For The End of The World


 
It is with heavy heart that I pen this review for my beloved As the World Turns. I still remember that autumn day nearly six years ago, when my college roommate regaled me with tales of CarJack’s (Maura West and Michael Park) magnetic pull despite Jack’s amnesia, and Jennifer and Gwen’s (Jennifer Ferrin and Jennifer Landon) heart-wrenching saga over baby Johnny, and I’ve been hopelessly hooked ever since. As time winds downs, the loose ends of Oakdale’s patchwork are being sutured together, some to my delight and others to my annoyed chagrin. Just like your favorite drunken cousin at Uncle Pookie’s home going, I’m going to tell it like it is, grief and tender feelings be damned! READ MORE

 

ATWT's Craig Loses Monte Carlos' Shirt and Pants

When will Craig Montgomery (Jon Lindstrom) learn his schemes almost always fail? This week he admits to Carly (Maura West) he’s lost all of Monte Carlo’s money. Too bad it wasn't his to lose. Dusty (Grayson McCouch) punches Jack (Michael Park) at Janet’s (Julie Pinson) father’s funeral. Emily (Kelley Menighan Hensley) tells NutMeg (Marie Wilson) she can’t take Eliza with her. Watch the As the World Turn’s promo after the jump.

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