This week in Daytime,
I called bullshit! One Life to Live's ratings decline was blamed on the gays because the storyline reportedly doesn't "resonate with the mainstream audience." Which loyal and core audience does ABC Daytime think helped make Grey's Anatomy the No. 1 show in all of primetime? Who do they think tunes into ABC's Sunday night scripted lineup of Desperate Housewives and Brothers & Sisters? Who do they think made the Bravo network a smash success? Who do they think tuned in to Ugly Betty for four seasons? Fans of soapy storytelling and gays, that's who. The same "mainstream" audiences who enjoy the gay storylines at nighttime and on cable are the very ones who watch in the daytime.
The Kish storyline and its lead characters are far better than any gay storyline Desperate Housewives has given us. Kyle (Brett Claywell) and Fish's (Scott Evans) relationship has been more organic than anything the soaptastic Shonda Rhimes has penned for her lesbian characters on Grey's Anatomy. I would put Kyle and Fish up against Brothers & Sisters' Kevin (Matthew Rhys) and Scotty (Luke Macfarlane) any day. To ABC's rationale I say bullshit!
I cheered The Young and the Restless because, as Jillian would say, Adam finally "getting got." Everyone played their part perfectly and watching Adam (Michael Muhney) squirm like a worm on a fish hook was oh so gratifying after months and months and months of him getting away with crime after crime after crime. Yes, it was a bit over the top, but by comparison to everything Adam has put Genoa City through it felt fitting.
I cringed watching Friday's General Hospital as Kiefer (Christian Alexander) physically abused Kristina (Lexie Ainsworth). Those were not fun scenes to watch and I'm not looking forward to seeing them replayed on Monday. This in no way takes away from the acting, and powerful storytelling, because it has been standout. Abuse in teenage dating is an important topic that needs to explored on daytimr, and GH is off to a good start, I just cringe watching it, whch I guess is the point, since dating abuse is an ugly, ugly fact of life for so many people.
I applauded the return of Nicole (Arianne Zucker) on Days of our Lives. Nicole has been the missing piece in DAYS' drawn out multi-kidnapping storyline. Let's hope her return leads to swift justice for Nicole, EJ (James Scott) and Anna (Leann Hunley).
I HopedGeneral Hospital's Johnny (Brandon Barash) would bust a cap in Jason's (Steve Burton) ass. It was shocking weeks ago when Sonny (Maurice Benard) shot Dante (Dominic Zamprogna) at point blank range; imagine how much more shocking it would have been if Johnny had popped Jason in the garage? Of course something like that will never happen because Sonny and Jason never lose, but just the thought of it made me smile.
I loved Clint (Jerry verDorn) and Kim's (Amanda Setton) wedding on One Life to Live. Sure it set land speed records in redefining the term "quickie wedding," but how can one not appreciate two stripper bridesmaids making an entrance like that? Jamey said it on the podcast, but OLTL needs to recast the character of Kim. She is just what those stuffy Buchanans need to shake things up. Imagine a Kim/Clint/Viki (Erika Slezak) triangle.
I barfed a little at the realization that I'm rooting for The Bold and the Beautiful's Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang) to squish Steffy (Jacquline MacInnes Wood) like a bug beneath her high-heeled shoe. If I hear another comparison between Stephanie (Susan Flannery) and Steffy I'm going to scream! What hath this Brad Bell hell wrought?
I learned new ways to use Lysol that I never needed to know, thanks to The View.
I wondered why Janet's (Julie Pinson) baby on As the World Turns couldn't have been Dusty's (Grayson McCouch), then the two could have just ridden off into the sunset.Get to Jack (Michael Park) and Carly (Maura West) already!
I Imagined Patricia Mauceri dancing on Kish scripts; after this week you just know she is.
I was disturbed by the Pedigree doggie treat commercial airing between the soaps. Those dogs with human-like dentures smiling at me were just creepy.
I was reminded ofMartin Niemöller's poem First they came... about Nazi Germany. I couldn't help but to compare it to the state of the soap opera genre. By the time network suits are finished turning their backs on their black, Hispanic, gay and audiences there will be no one to speak up when their shows are cancelled.