Everyone with a keyboard and a modem can whine and complain about their favorite (or not-so-favorite) soaps.
So for a change of pace, I thought I’d try to spotlight something positive on ALL of the shows.
All My Children: When I watch AMC these days, the most common reaction I have is hives. But there is one twist I’m really loving, and that’s the “return” of Tad the Cad. The accidental shooting that injured Tad’s brain has allowed Michael E. Knight to shed his character’s morose history and bring some lightness back to Pine Valley. I’ve enjoyed what I’ve seen so far.
As The World Turns: I love having Cady McClain (Rosanna) back on-screen. I loved the Bob/Henry scenes; Bob should be more of a mentor to Henry. (Henry and Vienna remind me, just a little, of Bob and Kim!) And cheers for Lisa and Barbara sightings.
The Bold and the Beautiful: Don Diamont is definitely stirring things up as Bill Spencer – bringing him to B&B was a wise move. Despite the calls for a cleanshaven Diamont, the scruffy beard and metrosexual stylings are right on for a larger-than-life designer; Bill comes across as a heterosexual Tom Ford, and Diamont is showing a side of him that was usually hidden on Y&R.
Days of our Lives: I’m glad Galen Gering is staying put as Rafe; Days has managed to capitalize on Gering’s easygoing nature and leading man qualities. And though Days is pure fluff, I don’t feel quite as dirty about watching as I did when Gering was acting opposite an orangutang on Passions.
General Hospital: GH has lucked out on the teen front, hiring two performers (Drew Garrett as Michael and Lexi Ainsworth as Kristina) who can act, who come across in a very natural and organic way, and who (say it with me) physically resemble the actors they’re replacing. It’s a shame they’ll be sucked into the mob mess or some other vat of misogyny and violence soon enough. (Sorry, that’s not very positive, is it?)
I’m also excited to see what happens with Mayor Floyd and his wife; I’m looking forward to Martha Byrne’s first appearance.
Guiding Light: I have to admit, I’ve been just the tiniest bit bored (yes, I said it!) over the last few weeks. I’m guessing a lot of the stories were changing tracks and being revised as we get closer and closer to September 18th.
But I continue to rave about Zack Conroy’s performance as James. His scenes today with Grant Aleksander (Phillip) were amazing. It’s a definite case of deja vu, because Phillip/James have some of the same dynamics as Alan/Phillip. Phillip may not be as maniacally power hungry as Alan is (and was), but he’s made mistakes with James and is acting out of love and regret to try and fix them.
One Life to Live: The culmination of the Chloe-is-Hope story was a must-see last week, bringing so many characters together. Watching Marty and Blair put aside their animosity to support Cole and Starr was touching, and seeing Starr’s joy and Jess/Tess/Bess come to terms with her (their?) loss was haunting. (Though I’m still angry Marcie and Michael are leaving this week.)
Young and the Restless: It would be way shorter to just list the negatives here, because almost everything on the show is clicking and on fire. Aside from the deadly dull Cane/Lily pairing, and the thankfully underutilized Noah/Eden story, everything else is firing on all cylinders. In the last month, Y&R has had two seriously old-school Friday cliffhangers: the is-he-or-isn’t-he-Phillip reveal, and the dragalicious Adam/Sabrina moment.