This Week in Daytime


This week in daytime,

I wondered if I was watching Scooby Doo instead of The Young and the Restless, what with villains in masks, ridiculous character names like “Mama Bear,” explosions and doppelgangers galore. The only thing missing was The Mystery Machine and the Scooby Snacks. In the words of Scooby Doo’s Velma “Jinkies, that monster is really just a guy in a suit pulling off a scam...just like all the other...times... Well, this just isn't surprising anymore.”

I applaudedDays of our Lives. It had its best week in a very long time. How can one not enjoy Stefano (Joseph Mascolo) terrifying the truth out of Anna (Leann Hunley) and then putting EJ (James Scott) in his place, Will (Chandler Massey) ripping Sami (Alison Sweeney) a new one, Nicole (Arianne Zucker) causing problems for Brady (Eric Martsolf) and Arianna (Lindsay Hartley) and Chloe’s (Nadia Bjorlin) insecurities about Daniel’s (Shawn Christian) relationship with Carly (Crystal Chappell). Even Melanie (Molly Burnett) and Gabi (Gabriela Rodriguez) were watchable.

I disagreed with Jamey about the Billy (Billy Miller) and Victoria (Amelia Heinle), his new favorite Y&R couple. I get the appeal of a Romeo and Juliet type romance, but at this point I’m more in enamored with the idea of a Newman and an Abbott spawn– not this specific pairing–falling in love with each other and the build up to their families finding out. Heinle’s acting certainly hasn’t improved, even opposite the amazingly talented Miller.

I lovedAs the World Turns’ trip down memory lane for its 54th anniversary. From Julianne Moore’s return, to Bob (Don Hastings) and Kim’s (Kathryn Hays) wedding, and every Henry (Trent Dawson) and Barbara (Colleen Zenk Pinter) quickie in between, it was simply a pleasure to watch. The flashbacks were amazing and all week I found myself cursing the soap gods for letting this soap get cancelled.

I asked myself once again why it is that the only difference between Luke (Anthony Geary) and Tracy’s (Jane Elliot) hair is their respective color choices on General Hospital?

I was shocked by how much we’ve seen Thorne (Winsor Harmon) lately. It really is a crying shame he isn’t used more. Is it any wonder Lesli Kay had to go back to As the World Turns in order to get some screen time? Don’t get me wrong, I love having Molly back in Oakdale mixing things up, but I’d rather see Felicia on B&B causing problems for Donna (Jennifer Gareis) and Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang), than lightweight Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) serving in that role.

I cheered the reunion of All My Children’s Kendall (Alicia Minshew) and Greenlee (Rebecca Budig). Forget Zach (Thorsten Kaye), Leo (Josh Duhamel) and Ryan (Cameron Mathison), Kendall and Greenlee are the loves of each other’s lives. These two, combined with JR’s (Jacob Young) attempted seduction of Annie (Melissa Claire Egan), had me smiling from ear-to-ear on Friday.

My Totally Subjective Soap Ranking for the Week of April 5 – April 11

1. Days of our Lives

2. As the World Turns

3. General Hospital

4. All My Children

5. The Bold and the Beautiful

6. One Life to Live

7. The Young and the Restless