Thinking Fans’ summer thoughts on Destiny et al.: JTG says Shenell Edmonds’ Destiny is no stereotype. “It’s obvious OLTL’s writers are positioning Destiny as Matthew’s first girlfriend. Most of the time, the stereotypical ‘mammy’ character is either sexless or oversexed. That is not the case with Destiny” … while Mike Goldberg confides Destiny has made him a believer again. “I haven’t been interested in teen romance in years” … and more, on many topics. See Comments below.
By Marlena De Lacroix
Bonjour everyone! I’ve been taking it easy this summer, staying cool in the pool with my new pooch (see above). Yet I’m still watching soaps and have a bunch of questions I’d like to ask. As always, I welcome your comments!
1. Why hasn’t anyone in the soap press asked major actor John Rubinstein — a Best Actor Tony winner for Children of a Lesser God in 1980 and a million other TV roles, plus being the son of the late piano genius Artur Rubinstein — why he’s playing a minor little part on The Young and the Restless? His Dr. Taylor is the crooked obstetrician who is helping Adam fake Ashley’s “hysterical” pregnancy.
2. Isn’t Michael Muhney an unexpectedly terrific actor? He has the kind of versatility, depth and personality that could make Adam on Y&R one of the most exciting villains on daytime! What an improvement over poor wooden Chris Engen!
3. Will someone please shut Robin Strasser up about her contract negotiations? While she’s giving a breath by breath report on her hotline about her smaller proposed salary (still in the hundreds of thousands), millions of Americans — and many her fans — are out of work right now. Robin, have you ever heard of the word recession? Quelle bad taste to carry on so!
4. Why doesn’t General Hospital spin off Maxie and Spinelli into their own sitcom the way Happy Days spun off Joanie and Chachi? The way the Osmonds spun off Donny and Marie? These characters are magic together, but I have to confess sometimes their grating adorable-ness literally makes my teeth ache!
5. Am I the only one who can’t stand the new joke-telling Tad on All My Children? Pine Valley isn’t in the Borscht Belt. At any time I expect Broadway Danny Rose to rush in and offer to represent Tad, along with his client list of plate spinners and xylophonists?
6. Am I the only one to love Destiny (played by Shenell Edmonds) on One Life to Live? She is one great truth-teller of a character. Original and very refreshing.
7. Now that I’ve tuned Guiding Light back in to prepare for the Big Finale, why am I strangely uncharmed by any of it? (except Otalia). If so many major press outlets (like 60 Minutes, a big TV mag and others) are doing big stories on the end of the show, where were these press biggies when the publicity department over the last year or two had to turn to the blogosphere to get noticed?
8. Was One Life To Live‘s inspiration for the newly revived Blair-Todd-Tea triangle on screen the infamously ferocious Blair vs.Tea wars waged for last decade on the soap boards? That is: Todd and Tea fans (TNT) vs. Todd and Blair fans (TNB)? If so, Carlivati and company are a lot more canny than I thought …
9. Alex Evan Cole. Wow wow wow! How long can daytime hang on to an genuinely charismatic actor like this? He has such a different look from other young cookie cutter soap actors. Isn’t it great to see Ed Frye (Larry, Hunter’s father) again and remind ourselves what truly skilled actor he is! Anyone remember him on Another World?
10. Hasn’t daytime (and network TV) reached a new low by showing Noah burn a Purple Heart medal on As the World Turns? You can’t tell me someone at the show or P&G didn’t catch how disgustingly disrespectful that is! Purple Hearts are awarded to soldiers who have been wounded in combat in the service of you and me — no matter what your politics are! I’d love to know what Iraq war veteran J. R. Martinez (who as you know suffered disfiguring head burns in combat) thinks of this all-time ATWT blooper. As an aside, I adore Martinez and his naturalness, and hope AMC keeps him on the show.
11. Why do I imagine Ken Corday, newly crowned “king” of summer ratings gains, wandering the halls of NBC in Burbank, murmuring a soliloquy from Macbeth? You know, the one about having Deidre Hall and Drake Hogestyn‘s blood on his hands and not being able to get it off … (“Out, out damn’d spot….)
P.S. I welcome your serious questions on soaps, which I have time to answer for the rest of the summer. Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.