Since it is Thanksgiving I thought I'd take a moment to reflect on what I'm thankful for in the world of daytime.
One Life to Live's Resurgence
The turnaround at One Life to Live, in terms of quality, has been one of the most impressive things I've seen in soaps. What the new Head Writer has done is nothing short of amazing. In less than a year he has transformed One Life to Live from a dark and depressing show with no direction and that was, at times, (let's be honest here) a show we the viewers tuned into out of obligation as opposed to true interest, into a must see soap. Thank you for the shakeup at One Life to Live.
Susan Flannery as Stephanie Forrester, Bold & Beautiful
Without Susan Flannery's Stephanie Forrester the Bold & Beautiful you just have the "beautiful". She is the bold, without her the show isn't the same. Thank you for Susan Flannery.
Austin Peck as Brad Snyder, As the World Turns
I just mentioned the transformation of One Life to Live but if there is one actor in daytime who has been transformed this past year by portraying a new role it is Austin Peck as Brad Snyder. In all the years I watched Peck as Austin on Days of Our Lives I always felt that the character and by extension his acting was vanilla bland. I don't know if this was intentional on the part of Days of Our Lives but as Brad Snyder Austin Peck seems to have grown so much as an actor, and in my opinion, it’s nothing short of remarkable for someone who has been in the industry so long. Peck seems to bring out so many different layers in Brad Snyder and now, for me, it’s hard to imagine him as anyone but Brad Snyder. Thank you for Austin Peck as Brad Snyder.
Richie, All My Children
For years I've been saying that All My Children needed a good badass villain and for the longest time I believed that Jonathon Lavery could be that villain (I still do but after they redeemed him with a tumor it will never happen). Who would have guessed that the brother of Annie (who everyone knows I'm not a fan of) and the brother-in-law of Ryan Lavery could sneak his way into town and, in doing so, finally make me wake out of my All My Children viewing coma and take interest in the show I once loved and now sometimes watch with the feeling that I do so out of pity is something to be thankful for. Thank you for All My Children's Richie.
Daniel Cosgrove as Billy Jr., Guiding Light
I've said it before in a previous post (Gettin' Bizzie Wit It), but Daniel Cosgrove's arrival on Guiding Light as Billy Jr. and the pairing him with Marcy Rylan's Lizzie Spaulding has made watching Guiding Light fun again. Who knew that one person could have such a big impact on a show filled with talented actors but suffering from spotty writing. Thank you for Daniel Cosgrove's Billy Jr.
General Hospital Sweeps, General Hospital
No soap does sweeps like General Hospital, period. There are a lot of things that one can gripe about when it comes to General Hospital but, in my opinion, sweeps are not one of them. Over the year's we've had the Port Charles Hotel Fire, the Train Crash, the Virus Outbreak, the Metro Court Hostage Crisis and now the Black and White Ball. All have been ambitious. Most have been executed brilliantly in terms or production (I'm overlooking things like Jason in a speed boat and the exterior shot of the Port Charles Hotel). Granted I haven't always liked the outcome of the storylines and I am definitely not happy about the killing off of the Quartermainesbut in terms of sweeps being an event, no one does it better than General Hospital.Thank you for General Hospital Sweeps.
Melody Thomas Scott & Jeanne Cooper, Young & Restless
If therewere ever an example of why soap veterans should be front and center it is the Young and Restless’ Melody Thomas Scott as Nikki Newman and Jeanie Cooper as Katherine Chancellor. JeanieCooper is a legend and provides the show with a wonderful anchor of strength, determination, and history that so many soaps are losing as they write off their older actors. Melody Thomas Scott, on the other hand, is probably one of the most under rated actresses in daytime and if her scenes this past week were not a testament, she is not just a pretty face, she can hold her own against anyone.Thank you for Melody Thomas Scott & Jeanie Cooper.
Luke & Noah, As the World Turns
Lisa and I have said it on the podcast, and I’ll say it here. Luke and Noah have put love in the afternoon back in daytime. True romance, heterosexual or otherwise, has been so lacking in daytime it isn’t even funny. Maybe it’s just that I’m a sucker for young love but Nuke reminds me of All My Children’s Leo & Greenlee,As the World Turns’ Simon & Katie 1.0 and General Hospital’s Lucky (Jonathon Jackson) & Liz. Those were true romances and whether or not some want to admit it, so are Luke and Noah. Thank you for Luke & Noah.
Sherri Shepperd, The View
It’s hard to put a finger on what Sherri brings to The View but if I had to sum it up in one word I’d say it is “fun”. I don’t know what it is about her, but there is a genuineness and a transparency about her that even when she makes some outrageous comments one doesn’t care. It's fun to see her make Barbara feel a little bit uncomfortable at times. It’s fun to see her as an occasional ally to Elizabeth. And finally, it’sfun that she doesn’t take herself all too seriously. Thank you for Sherri Shepperd.
So what is it in the world of daytime that you are giving thanks for this Thanksgiving? Is there an actor, a storyline, or a character that you are thankful for? I’d love to know what it is that you’re thankful for.