Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine things could explode the way they did for Daytime Confidential in 2008, or for that matter, how many things could happen in such a short amount of time within the daytime television industry.
In 2008 we saw: The "Real Greenlee" Campaign; a new production model at Guiding Light and a double-digit ratings decline in the show's core demo; General Hospital: Night Shift outshining its parent soap in quality if not ratings; Deidre Hall and Drake Hogestyn being fired from Days of Our Lives, Susan Lucci hoofing it on Dancing With The Stars, and later having to take a paycut at her day job; a hair model invasion; One Life to Live's wonderful 40th Anniversary episodes, then shocking rapemance storyline; The Young and the Restless experiencing one of the fastest turnarounds in recent memory; the return of countless vets and familiar faces to all the soaps; The Soup's hilarious coverage of The Bold and the Beautiful's Forrester men, then All My Children's Thonggate; speaking of AMC, the show continued to implode this year; Imaginary Bitches and Life in General provided webtacular awesomeness; Carolyn Hinsey's exit from Soap Opera Weekly spiking a smear campaign at Jossip; As the World Turns' title wave of recasts; the Nuke kissing ban; the Ed Scott/WGA Scandal; the ABC vs. CBS casting wars and Bitchy Bangs just to name a few.
As we set our sights on 2009 I would like to take a moment to thank each and every Daytime Confidential reader and listener for an amazing 2008.
I would also like to take a moment to recognize the team here at Daytime Confidential. They don't always get the recognition they deserve, so to Belinda, Bernard, Brian, Brooke, Craig, Danielle, Darren, Foxy, Jamey, Jillian, Johnathon, Melodie, Mike, Nicki, Perkie, Regan, Sean and Tina thank you for helping make 2008 a great year.
On behalf of everyone here at Daytime Confidential HAPPY NEW YEAR!