If you haven't listened to this year's Top 5 Things We’re Thankful For in Soaps podcast you should. It is hilarious. If you’re a fan of pop culture, you’re also going to want to check out our Top 5 Things We’re Thankful For in Pop Culture podcast at Pop Confidential as well. While I love the Top 5 podcasts, sometime to my co-hosts consternation, they don’t always provide enough room for us to include everyone or thing we want to. So in the spirit of Thanksgiving, here are my Top 10 Things in Soaps I’m Thankful for that Didn’t Make My Top 5 List.
No. 10: One Life to Live vs. The Talk
I am still in mourning at the loss of my beloved As the World Turns. Words cannot express how much I will miss not having a Snyder Thanksgiving dinner this year. My daily soap watching just isn't the same without the entire Snyder clan, Henry (Trent Dawson) and Barbara (Colleen Zenk), the Hughes famiily or Lucinda Walsh (Elizabeth Hubbard) on my screen day in and day out.
That having been said, ATWT'sinadequate replacement, The Talk, is the single best thing that happened to One Life to Live. We’ve never seen OLTL referred to so positively or so often in ABC press releases as we are now. Unless The Talk’s ratings improve soon, OLTL will continue to benefit from ABC’s PR spin machine pimping its time slot triumphs for months to come. I would rather have ATWT duking it out with OLTL, but since that is no longer possible we must make lemon meringue pie out of lemons.
No. 9: Vivian’s Out of the Damn Sarcophagus on Days of our Lives
It’s about damn time and Louise Sorel deserves better. I’ll leave it at that.
No. 8: The Bold and the Beautiful’s Brooke Logan
That’s right I said it, and in the words of Daytime Confidential’s Jillian Bowe “and what?” Yes I admit it, I enjoy ripping into The Bold and the Beautiful’s Brooke Logan (Katherine Kelly Lang) for being a giant hoe. However, I still enjoy the character immensely. Who cares if she sleeps with her daughter’s boyfriend or is kissed by her husband’s son? Ok, I obviously do or I wouldn’t use it against her, but even when I’m arguing against her I still can’t help but like Brooke. Also, while Susan Flannery is getting the majority of the kudos for cancer storyline I believe Katherine Kelly Lang deserves a big chunk of the credit for helping to make the evolution of Brooke and Stephanie’s relationship what it is.
No. 7: Ted King Joining One Life to Live
I said it on the podcast, but I cannot emphasize enough how euphoric this casting made me for One Life to Live. Ironically, I didn’t really care one way or another about Ted King’sGeneral Hospital characters, but what this means for OLTL has me ecstatic.
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No. 6: General Hospital’s Laura Wright
I’m thankful for Laura Wright as Carly on General Hospital. Her ability to nail the range of emotions, numerous insecurities and bad girl-turned mother persona that Carly embodies has me tuning in, without fail. Brenda (Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo) may have returned to Port Charles, but she wasn’t needed for Laura Wright’s Carly to shine. Brenda has only made Carly shine brighter.
No. 5: Scott Clifton on The Bold and the Beautiful as Liam Cooper
The Bold and the Beautiful’sScott Clifton has been one of my favorite young actors since his debut on General Hospital as Dillon Quartermaine. When he arrived in One Life to Live’s Llanview as Schuyler Joplin, it was a treat to have him back on our screens. Unfortunately, his character was a victim of the Mitch Laurence (Roscoe Born) debacle at the beginning of the 2010. To have him pop up on B&B as Liam Cooper so quickly felt like validation OLTL had made a mistake in letting him go.
No. 4: As the World Turns’ Luke and Reid
The Young and the Restless and One Life to Live featured the largest numbers of couples I enjoyed per show and I am a CARJACKER for life, but it was As the World Turns’ tragic romance between Luke (Van Hansis) and Reid (Eric Sheffer Stevens) that left me wishing for a different ending. Maybe it was the that their romance was cut horrifically short when ATWT killed off Reid in a train crash, but unlike my beloved Jack (Michael Park) and Carly (Maura West), Luke and Reid didn't get their happy ending. All puns intended.
No. 3: Sami and Nicole’s Rivalry Heating Back Up on Days of our Lives
I know, I know, many of you are sick and tired of Sami vs. Nicole, but I'm not. Sami (Alison Sweeney) and Nicole (Arianne Zucker) have been two of my favorite Days of our Lives characters for years, but watching them go head-to-head is something I CANNOT and DO NOT miss. The fact that DAYS is beginning to rebuild their rivalry at the end of 2010 has me anticipating more to come in 2011.
No. 2: All My Children’s JR and Annie
Two words: Explosive Chemistry. Need I say more? Nope.
No. 1: The Young and the Restless’ Tricia Cast
Tricia Cast is The Young and the Restless’ secret weapon and it’s a crying shame they only dust Nina off when they need to bring in the big guns on an emotional scene. She needs to be put on contract pronto and given a heavy duty front burner storyline. Nina should NOT be a window dressing!