By Marlena De Lacroix a.k.a. Connie Passalacqua Hayman
Name me a daytime soap fan who doesn’t watch and probably love Downton Abbey. Even though a lot happened this busy soap week (Genie’s coming back, Prospect Park made a deal with the Writers Guild) what everyone’s talking about is the megahit Masterpiece Theater miniseries. Downton’s third season premiered last Sunday on PBS.
I love Downton Abbey now too, but I briefly gave it up in frustration during season two. The similarities between it and daytime soap opera became too much for moi. Hey, haven’t I seen these plots many times on daytime? When paralyzed war vet Matthew suddenly stood up in his wheel chair, I couldn’t stop thinking of paralyzed Josh doing the same thing on Guiding Light. A pair of lovers, Matthew and Lady Mary, overcome wrenching obstacles to finally get engaged and married! Haven’t we seen similar couples break up and make up like that a million times on soaps? Isn’t obstinate argumentative Mary just like [Read more…]