Archives for February 2008

The Daring and the Cowardly: Four Sweeps Surprises

By Marlena De Lacroix With spoilers, there are no storyline surprises on soaps anymore.  That's not to say that the ways in which storylines are presented can really come as shockers -- especially in the February sweeps that just wrapped up, the sweeps in which we expected little to nothing interesting because of the Writers Strike.  So here are … [Read more...]

As the World Turns’ Men in Love: The Controversy Rages!

By Patrick Erwin A few months ago, I shared with our "Thinking Soap Fans" my thoughts on the Luke and Noah story on As the World Turns, and  what it meant to me. In the last few weeks, buzz about the story has erupted into controversy, as many fans are up in arms about the show's reluctance to show the couple kissing or expressing affection. … [Read more...]

All My Children’s Angie and Jesse: Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing!

By Marlena De Lacroix All My Children's newly revived characters Angie and Jesse are causing me pain.  At the end of every scene they are in, I start to hurt, because I have to watch so many scenes of the rest of the storylines on AMC until I see them in their next scene.  These characters (and actors Debbi Morgan and Darnell Williams) are so … [Read more...]

The “New” Guiding Light: Give It a Chance

By Patrick Erwin Guiding Light has gotten an awful lot of ink lately -- not over storylines or any actor or actress, but because of some substantial changes in the way the show is made and produced. Many mainstream press outlets have reported on these changes -- giving them another opportunity to poke fun at the soap genre -- or try to … [Read more...]

Days of Our Lives’ Glorious Sweeps Event

By Marlena De Lacroix My readers know what disdain I usually have for stagey sweeps stunts, so imagine my shock at being sucked into the very beginning of last Friday's episode of Days of Our Lives and then spit out an hour later thoroughly entertained ... and even thrilled! The plane carrying various members of the Brady family returning … [Read more...]

For Valentine’s Day, 5 Soap Couples Who Were Really Super

By Patrick Erwin I  want to observe Valentine's Day by discussing some of my favorite soap couples. I know soaps are famous for their "supercouples," those pairs that keep coming back to each other through sleet, snow, and psychotic ex-spouses. Most shows have had these grand couples:  Luke and Laura,  Bo and Hope, Josh and Reva, and so on. But … [Read more...]

A Tribute to General Hospital’s Shell Kepler

By Marlena De Lacroix Nurse Amy Vining was a supporting character on General Hospital, but she was omnipresent throughout the  fabled Luke and Laura/Gloria Monty years.  After all, she was Laura's sister!  As Amy, Shell Kepler, who died last week in Oregon, always had a quick quip or a giggle for anyone who hung around the nurse's station.  My … [Read more...]

10 Sweet and Soapy Valentine’s Day Questions

By Marlena De Lacroix 1.  Is it my imagination or did bravura actress Sarah Brown return to General Hospital (as Claudia Zacchara) with a little something extra under the signature slutty red wrap dress?  And isn't fierce mob princess Claudia very similar to Maerose Prizzi (Oscar winner Anjelica Huston) the fierce mob princess who wants to take … [Read more...]

As the World Turns: The Dark Side

By Patrick Erwin A few weeks back, when I watched the scenes surrounding the death of Dusty Donovan on As the World Turns, I was overwhelmed -- not because of Dusty's death, or because of a performance or a line of dialogue. I was completely overwhelmed at how utterly dark ATWT is -- and has been for some time now. I mean, look around … [Read more...]

General Hospital: Kids with Guns for Sweeps

By Marlena De Lacroix I've never lost sleep over a soap opera before.  But when I saw Michael buying a gun on General Hospital, the thought of what most likely will come next so disgusted me I couldn't calm down. Now that Michael -- at approximately age 12 -- is packing heat, either he or his little brother  Morgan is going to get shot, or one … [Read more...]