Happy New Year! Thinking Soap Fans Pick B&W of 2007

Happy New Year, mes chers!

Marlena toasts you with a glass of champagne, wishing only soaps that are good this year.  Speaking of, so many of my Thinking Fans sent in their own Best and Worst picks for 2007, there’s barely room to post them all!  I love the intelligence of them and appreciate how discerning all of you are when writing about a field of soaps that is less than enchanting.  Bold and battered, Thinking Soap Fans march on in 2008, using their soap savvy and quality critical judgement … [Read more...]

Marlena to Thinking Fans: You Get the Last Word in 2007!

 By Marlena De Lacroix

You’ve read my soaps “Bests” list for 2007 in the post immediately below this one.  Now, it’s your turn!  Send moi your own picks for soaps Best and Worst 2007.  Five choices total in any combination of Bests and Worsts, or 5 Bests or 5 Worsts would be about right.  Try to have your say in 500 words or less.  Submissions will be accepted through Sunday night.  We’ll post your lists right here Monday, New Year’s Eve.  So, dear readers, you will literally have the Last Word on soaps in 2007!

Why does writing the above make me feel like I am the late Johnny Olson of The Price is Right

Marlena’s “Only the Bests” List 2007

By Marlena De Lacroix

I no longer do “Best” and “Worst” lists for soaps.  After all, there have been so many “worsts” this year, why would I want to re-inflict the pain on you again?  Moi loves mon readers.  So, only the “bests” for you, darlings.

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As The World Turns’ Unique Christmas Gift to Us

By Marlena De Lacroix

On the very pre-Christmas Friday when ABC stabbed us in the eye with Georgie’s funeral on General HospitalAs the World Turns showed us that it remembered what Christmas, family, hope — and soaps — are all about.  The ATWT holiday show was purely a gift to us — the fans!  We, the people, who really count!  It was a special episode that was crammed with creativity, originality and an overall feeling of family and cast fellowship.

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Patrick’s Hope: Soaps, Scrooge, and Christmas Miracles

By Patrick Erwin

I admit it — I’m feeling an awful lot like Ebenezer Scrooge this year.  Even Saint Nick himself knows that soap fans have certainly had a lot of reasons to say “Bah humbug!”

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Marlena’s Hope: Merry Christmas!

 Cher Thinking Fans:

I wanted this Christmas message to be merrier, but alas, I’ve been sick for the last five days.  Ever the trendsetter, I am the first among my friends and family to be downed by what the local newscasts have dubbed “Vicious Virus,” a miserable stomach flu that is sweeping New York City just prior to Christmas.  Isn’t it interesting that TV has made even the achiest, most miserable illness alliteratively promotable?

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Welcome to Yearning for Yesterday, Our New Feature

 By Marlena De Lacroix

Whenever I talk about favorite old soaps with longtime soap fans, the conversation always ends the same way:  “Weren’t soaps so much better then?”

We all yearn for yesterday.  For many of us, soaps have been part of our lives for decades. It feels good to look back, just as it would looking at a family album.

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Apocalypse Now: General Hospital’s Murder of Georgie

By Marlena De Lacroix

Today Georgie Jones becomes the victim of a serial killer on General Hospital.  We mourn not just because we’re losing a very intelligent, good-hearted teenager we’ve known from birth who could have grown to be a major heroine show anchor, like Jessie or Bobbie were in their day.  We mourn because we’re losing a delightful actress in Lindze Letherman.  We mourn because with this third murder in a row of a woman in Port Charles (Leticia, Emily, Georgie), GH‘s headwriter Robert Guza Jr. has sailed up the river toward the insane world of Colonel Kurtz in Apocalypse Now. [Read more...]

Days of Our Lives: A Soap in a Vacuum

By Patrick Erwin

Days of Our Lives can be called many things, but “boring” is seldom one of them.  The show’s twists, turns, and red herrings sometimes make The daVinci Code look like Dr. Seuss in comparison!

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Marlena Vs. The Scabs: Solidarity Forever!

By Marlena De Lacroix

I am 100% behind the Writers Guild and their strike.  I come from a union family — my late grand-aunts spent just about every Sunday of the 1930s-60s freezing their tushs off in Union Square participating in rallies and demonstrations supporting organized labor, honoring the working man.  Solidarity forever!

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