Soap Opera Digest

OLTL: There's a New Priest in Town



Another World alum David Forsyth has been cast as a priest on One Life to Live according to Soap Opera Digest. He'll be the priest who performs Chloe's baptism. AW fans remember Forsyth from his days of playing John.

Victor's Mystery Woman has a Name!

It seems that Victor's (Eric Braeden) mystery woman who is reported to be rival Jack's (Peter Bergman) future love interest has a name.  As previously reported, Stacy Haiduk has landed the plum role and now Soap Opera Digest has stated that she will play Mary Jane a Jabot sales rep and viewers will see her face March 18. Now that we've gotten her name, it makes this blogger wonder if the fab four over at The Young and the Restless, are using that name as a smokescreen for Mari Jo Mason as our own Jamey Giddens stated before. 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

Could the Daytime Emmys Get Some Screen Time After All?


Will they or won't they... that's been the question ever since CBS opted out of the Daytime Emmy Broadcast rotation. It may still be possible for fans to watch the Emmys on TV. Soap Opera Digest has a Daytime Emmy Update:

Though there's nothing to mark on your calendars yet, an well-placed insider involved with the Daytime Emmys says, "I'm assured there will be a telecast. Lots of work has been going on in the background by good people to make this happen. There will be a show."

Burton and Herbst Speak Out on Liason's End



Steve Burton and Rebecca Herbst (Jason Morgan & Elizabeth Webber) spoke with Soap Opera Digest on the end of their popular pairing, Liason. Both actors are sad to see their coupling end.

We had quite the following for a couple who never were together, allows Steve Burton. "I don't write the show. If it was up to me, I would have played it out to see where it went. I would have given it a shot, but that's how the freaking ball bounces. There's nothing I can do about it. We did the best we could with what we were given. We definitely tried to find and play all the moments. I'm bummed out."

According to Herbst, the ending of Jason and Elizabeth came as a surprise to her.

I didn't know that this was happening, " she declares, "I knew of course, there was going to be, once again, some rocky roads for Jason and Liz considering what has happened, but I didn't know they were splitting us up."

Burton and Herbst gave props to their fans who were loyal despite the lack of movement in their couple's story. 

Soap On A Rope

Ghosts of Soaps Past

Here lies the final resting place of the Great American Soap Opera
A good and constant companion to millions,
The genre lost its way toward its Final Fade to Black.
Neglect and misconception caused the genre's downfall,
But their collective memory shall live in our hearts. Forever.

Daytime O. Drama
1952 (or 1937) - 2010 (or 2015) — Depending on Who's Counting

Yes, my friends, it is time to put on your best Sunday black, sit Shiva if you are among our Jewish friends, remove all your jewelry if you are Muslim, burn those collections of Soap Opera Digest in a Shraddha ceremony for our Hindu cousins, and the rest of us heathens and infidels can cuss out Brian Frons, Barbara Bloom, Ellen Wheeler and Ken Corday in polysyllabic orgasmic fury. A flame in the wind has flickered its last, the bright promise of our date with life is forever gone. Today is no longer ours. Stick a fork in daytime soaps. They are done. I just have one tiny question:

Are soaps really dead? READ MORE