DC #787: Flirting With Disaster

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On today's Daytime Confidential podcast Luke Kerr, Jamey Giddens, Jillian Bowe, Mike Jubinville and Sara Bibel dish the latest The Bold and the Beautiful, General Hospital, The Young and the Restless and Empire headlines and storylines.

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What happened to The Bold and the Beautiful? In January it was on fire, but in February it has regressed. Why are Brooke and Steffy being written so dependent on men? Why is Brooke always slut shamed?

General Hospital’sFrank Valentini and Ron Carlivati announce that Rebecca Budig is coming to Port Charles in a “killer role.” Luke is on top of the world, but other members of the DC gang are questioning why GH needs another big name actress. Is Budig Cartini’s new toy for 2015 like Michelle Stafford was in 2014 and Maura West in 2013?

Victoria Rowell sues CBS and Sony for not rehiring her to portray the role of Drucilla Winters. Does her case have merit, or is it time for her to just move on?

The Young and the Restless is flirting with more than disaster by having Chuck Pratt as a head writer and co-executive producer. In an interview with Soap Opera Digest the man responsible for mortally wounding All My Children thumbs his nose at the executives whom he promised he wouldn’t pull the same stunts. If he’s already getting multiple, plot driven disaster stories on the air in one week, who will rein him in now that Angelica McDaniel has expanded responsibilities with CBS syndication?

Pratt kicked off his Valentine’s Day disaster by taking Y&R’s best story, Devon and Hilary’s affair, and torpedoing it with a plane crash. The revelation’s emotional and dramatic impact was forgotten in the destruction.

Jamey thinks Pratt take Cliff's Notes of the How to Get Away With Murder pilot and then throw Abby, Kevin, Austin, Mariah, Noah, Fen and Summer into a murder mystery. He also had Dylan haul off and punch Avery on accident. Plus, Pratt has no regrets at having Adam kill Stuart on All My Children and doesn't understand why people blame him for that sudser's demise.

The DC gang wraps the super-sized episode by diving into the latest episode of Empire. The Fox drama isn’t revolutionizing the soap opera, it’s simply doing classic soap tropes really well.

All this and much more on today's Daytime Confidential podcast!

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