As the World Turns: Finally Getting It Together


Perhaps someone passed along my Open Letter to Christopher Goutman. Perhaps Barbara Bloom took a good look at the plummeting ratings and decided that everyone should not lighten up after all. Perhaps head writer Jean Passanante took an extended vacation to Buenos Aires. Whatever has been happening over the last few weeks, let me step out on a limb and utter the words that many fans thought might not ever be said again or even believe: As the World Turns is, at long last, improving.

I fully expect the comments section to be full of invective and angry fist shaking about how ATWT is still "the worst soap on the air," how the vets are misused, and how the "Vortex of Suck" continues to, well, suck. In addition, the now well-documented list of the show's biggest defects remain stubbornly in place: warp-speed storytelling and the soul sucking semi-episodic structure continue to test the rapidly waning patience of the show's dwindling audience.

Having said that, it bears repeating that fans are a stubborn breed. We will praise shows, actors and performances we like, but we are quick to make our displeasure known when we feel things are not up to speed and falling apart. Once the latter narrative has been established it is very hard to turn the tide of opinion, even when a show starts to address its critics and make changes. Therefore, though the longstanding criticisms of ATWT are still valid, I think it is time to once again give credit where credit is due.

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...

As The World Turns: Damn Good Soap Opera!


It's official, As The World Turns is BACK! I just caught up on last week's episodes and to borrrow from the Gossip Girl viral media campaign, OMFG.  It is been so long since I've been glued to my seat by a rich, complex, character-driven helping of heaping good daytime drama.

Carly and Holden: An Affair to Remember

The explosive climax (te he he) of Carly and Holden's affair spun off several believable story threads featuring characters we know and love like Brad and Katie, Jack and Janet, Luke, Noah, Parker and Janet. Who knew soaps still knew how to do umbrella stories that don't involve serial killers, explosions or memories on a disk?


Giving props where props are due

There are so many people to give kudos to for these amazing episodes that it's hard to know where to begin. Maura West is arguably the best actress on her network as she continues to prove day in and day out.

As the World Turns: Dr. Decker Spices up Meg & Paul



Who would have thought that any story involving As the World Turns' Meg and Paul could be interesting? After months of back and forth, months of wavering and months of pure torture, they are finally married. Oh wait, more drama. Sofie's dead and the only good thing about it is that other characters like Barbara, Margo, Lisa, and Dr. Rick Decker are integrated with them. Funny thing what character isolation does!

When I first read that John James was coming back, I did not know what to expect. Of all the characters that I would pop back on my screen, the killer doc was not on the top of my list. I may be overstating a return, but it was brilliant. A man spending his life institutionalized for serial murder is now the go to guy for legal defense. Who would know the mind of a killer better than a killer?

The best part, of course, was the horror movie feel of the his appearance. He quickly connected himself to Barbara before moving on to Margo, Paul, Meg, Alison and Susan. Screams, shock and snappy dialogue kept the pace of Oakdale's latest death investigation chugging along. He's gone again, but one can hope that his spirit will linger and close another chapter in the endless drama that is Meg and Paul.