Say What? The 2008 Emmys Had No Class

By Marlena De Lacroix

The star of the 2008 Emmys was a body part your mother blushingly called your “backside.”  Stars couldn’t stop talking about derrieres, and wound up acting a lot like them.

“Oh, oh, I love your butt,  what a cute little butt, I’d take that cute little butt,” All My Children’s Rebecca Budig (Greenlee) squealed as she checked out Bryan Datillo’s on the SoapNet Emmy PreShow, which Budig was co-hosting with Ricky Paull Goldin (Jake, AMC).Tyra Banks

And then there was Tyra Banks’ acceptance speech for Best Talk Show:  “When you have a dream, there are going to be many people that tell you that you cannot do it, that you are not good enough. And I want you to tell them to kiss your dimply, fat, juicy, booty-licious, skinny, jiggly, saggy, fat ass.”

Marlena isn’t ordinarily a prude about language.  But these are the Daytime Emmys, the once a year gathering that is supposed to salute excellence and reward the very hard work talented people do in daytime drama every day.   Generations of producers, performers and journalists have fought to make sure the Daytime Emmys remain respectful both to the soap world, and intelligently inviting to the outside world, where soaps are incredibly still looked down upon today.  When I told an Upper East Side matron I’ve been sitting next to on Jury Duty this week I was going home to watch the Daytime Emmys Friday night, she replied incredulously, “Oh they give awards … for soaps?”

The fact that I have to tolerate Rex (Jon-Paul Lavoisier) and his ex-waitress diner sweetie Gigi (Farah Fath) having conservations that include the word “crap” five times in one episode of One Life to Live is just my cross to bear.  No one outside our doggedly loyal community is paying any attention.  But when young stars like Rebecca “talk butt” in the name of being cute and current on the Emmys while the world is watching in primetime (well, some of the world, anyway — this was the lowest rated Daytime Emmys ever) puts a pretty unappetizing face on daytime.  It’s yet another demonstration of how the daytime industry is shooting itself in the foot.

Well, at least a few touches of class were evident sporadically throughout the show.  My personal fave moment was when Ron Carlivati won the Outstanding Writing Awards and gave thanks to senior cast members Robin Strasser, Erika Slezak and Bob Woods.   I also thought Gina Tognoni (Dinah, Guiding Light) looked tall and very Cyd-Charisse-in-the-60s in her beautiful red silk gown when she accepted Outstanding Supporting Actress and said, “I want daytime to live a million more years and I want to work on it.”  As a fashion co-host of the Emmy pre-show Finola Hughes had to fill the last five minutes with an impromptu speech.   She talked about great daytime soaps are and quite convincingly explained why everyone should watch them now.   What a pro!  What an actress!   If she was acting that very inspirational speech, then Finola should have gotten an Emmy.Jeanne Cooper

Every year Marlena says the Daytime Emmys are great only when someone you want to win actually wins. So I was happy for Jeanne Cooper.  In her marvelously idiosyncratic acceptance speech for Outstanding Actress (at last), Cooper kept repeating the word ‘”lousy.” (She called everyone connected with the show creatively “lousy” and then joked that that’s why The Young and the Restless is number one.)   Anyway I’d venture that the word  “lousy” was certainly a word Cooper was never allowed to say in the early days of TV.  But only in Jeanne Cooper’s mouth can the word “lousy” sound like poetry!  Love that gal, who is 80 this year!

My only other observation about the awards themselves:  I wonder why so many of the awards went to performers who had won them before — for example, it was third for Outstanding Younger Actress for Jennifer Landon, the second for Tom Pelphrey as Outstanding Leading Actor, the second for Tognoni as Supporting Actress, and seemingly the zillionth Outstanding Acting Award for Tony Geary.  (Okay, this was Emmy number six).   Is it because this group of retiring performers is so phenomenal?    Or does the kind of increasingly schlocky plot-centric or plot stun material being written right now NOT give  talented and upcoming actors any opportunity to do the kind of deeply psychological work that wins prizes anymore?   You tell me.

Just four days after watching the Emmys on TV what I’ve been thinking about is the grossness of the varicose veins shown on the pre-show’s “Shoecam” by Judge Judy.  Yikes!  Talk about classless TV!   I’m also wondering what’s happening to the children’s shows awards, recognizing the creativity of programming that used to be the pride of daytime. I remember meeting PBS denizens  Mr. Rogers and Elmo years and years ago at the Daytime Emmys.  Now the kid show awards are relegated to the untelevised part of the awards and on the main show we get the tacky Court Show awards.  Who the hell is Judge Cristina of Outstanding Court Show winner Cristina’s Court?  “Marlena, it’s the celebration of the cheap,” explained my soap expert friend, whose comments are often published here under the moniker pjs.  He knows from budgets because he works at PBS.

And of course, no discussion of lack of class at the Daytime Emmys 2008 can be complete until we mention the Oustanding Drama Series General Hospital.  Mobbed up, shoot’em up, cheap thrills General Hospital.  The Metro Court hijacking sequence must have been submitted for Best Show and surely wowed really wowed the Emmy voters.   (That month of the show even wowed moi!)   So when Jill Farren Phelps accepted the award and started riffing on the sympathy those at the show had for recent flood victims in the Midwest,  I seriously wondered what planet she had spent her day shopping on. Jill, if you can make such a display of class at the Emmys, certainly the same concern for humanity can be channeled into producing a show that doesn’t offend us every day?

I’ve bashed ABC Daytime VP Brian Frons and Herr Guza six ways from Sunday this past year for the obsessiveness of  the show’s violence, sexism and little regard for the feelings of the traditional female audience.  I was wondering at the Emmy afterparty if Frons and Guza were toasting each other, wondering how much lower they could take the show next year?  Hey, we haven’t had a rape in a while!  Could it perhaps be revealed that Claudia is really a man?  Who knows what they have in mind?

But next year, I’d like to see a Daytime Emmys that at least makes concerted and collective attempts to digniify daytime dramas.  And which sincerely salutes all whom are working so hard to  keep them alive!


  1. I didn’t notice until I was done with my FF button (my mom was visiting from Hawaii and I had less than 30 minutes to watch, write notes and delete) that a huge chunk of the Daytime Emmys were missing. Also that they’d split the Talk Show into informational and entertainment, so that Tyra could have a shot at the stage as our modern-day martyr. I wouldn’t have watched at all if i didn’t technically have to.

  2. Marilyn Henry says:

    I am having such a good time watching OLTL these days. I laugh, I sigh, I enjoy. After years of the tired, profane, dreary, and amoral hour that is GH post -2000 (and even before), it is such a pleasure to watch a soap that is valiantly refreshing the tradition of what a good soap should be.

    Long ago I decided soaps were where women turned for the kind of romantic drama they once got at the movies. The divas of soap are like the grand stars of old films, the kind of ‘women’s pictures’ they don’t make any more. Now and then a movie that is actually about a woman makes it to the screen and on to big box office, but the hiarcy in Hollywood always considers it a fluke. Women don’t go to the movies, they insist. They go to the movies their husband or date chooses. So Hollywood continues to make tiresome films about heists and car chases and buildings blowing up, or about super heroes who specialize in dark machismo actions, or sappy movies about teenage sexual fumblings. There is very little innocence to be found at the movies these days, little real romance, few heroines one would care to identify with, few plots about subjects of any real substance. And very little cultural matter.

    Ah, but in the soaps, we can have all that romance so dear to our female hearts. There is time and room for feelings, for that evocative moment when a kiss is exchanged, a secret is guessed, a yearning is realized, or a schemer gets busted. Women love heroes, whether they are the redeemed sort of a Luke Spencer who loved so deeply it was glorious to see, or a witty, sad wastrel worth saving such as Mason Capwell, or the more upright sort of a Cruz Castello or a Robert Scorpio or a Bo Brady. With soaps we have the dramas, the heroes, the emotions women seek in their story-telling,

    And real humor. Was there anything in the afternoon lately as delicious as Dorian being handed that card by the psychiatrist who told her to call because she (not Addie) needed help with her ‘problem’. Doesn’t she just!? It has been a long time since I laughed out loud watching a soap.

    So if OLTL doesn’t win next year, it will be a crying, monumental shame! It at least got best writing this year, proving soaps do not need ‘reinventing’ so much as they just need to be true soaps!

    That is why it is such a joke that GH, with its vile criminals, its boring shoot-outs, its unsubtle sexual encounters, its repetitive stories told in gloomy lighting and dull sets, should be selected best Soap Opera.

  3. Great column, Marlena. What killed me though watching the show was there not being a tribute to the dead (which I do know sometimes has to be cut), but especially Beverlee McKinsey. I can’t begin to tell you how much it hurt me to see this stupid classless entity that denied the woman an Emmy in life, couldn’t freakin pull it together to honor her in death. Just sickened me.

    Send the Emmys back to Dick Clark Productions. This other outfit is nothing but insulting.

    Marilyn, I couldn’t agree with you more about OLTL. It’s the only show that I actually enjoy watching — and I had pretty much given it up for a decade (since Nora felt the need to get knocked up by Sam to save Bo).

    Marlena says: The traditional death roll was missed — especially the tribute to Beverlee. I didn’t really notice anything at all special about the production of this year’s show — the Dick Clark produced ones all those years at least had care and special regard for daytime.

  4. Well, the ASSumed beauty of a two hour award show opposed to a three/four hour one is that it’ll be short and sweet. I say that it was short, not-so-sweet, and provided very little meat. It felt airy, empty… I kept waiting for *something* to happen and as I saw the minutes tick away I sensed the imminent letdown.

    The highlights were those you mentioned Marlena. I’ll add that I was touched by Pelphrey’s acceptance speech having also recently lost a parent (my mother who introduced me to this soapy world). Another absolutely priceless moment was when the camera cut to a shot of Leslie Kay’s deliciously appalled face as she watched our hosts make out onstage.

    I don’t know if any of you call Robin Strasser’s hotline, but she made a great recording Friday night after the Emmys. I called to listen to it again on Saturday because I thought it was just that good, but she’d already made another recording. She shared many of our opinions. I don’t want to put words into her mouth and she doesn’t really care for people “transcribing” what she says on the hotline, but what I agreed with her most about was the pandering nature of our hosts. Sherri’s long-developed over the top schtick as the sassy rather bubble headed “sista-girlfriend” is one thing, but I also found it more than a little inapporpriate that my pal, married father of two Camera Whore-is-on was repeatedly kissing his co-host and gleefully perpetuating the stereotype of clueless soap himbo. Don’t get me wrong friends, I’m no humorless prude, it’s just that this *crap* was not funny, it completely fell flat. And if we are going to grow up and be at the Kodak trying to be all Golden Globes sophisticated (“Being like primetime isn’t enough any more, now we’re gonna be like the movies!”), well damn, let’s deliver. Instead, we cheapen the soap industry even more by looking like a bunch of kids playing grown up. Thank God for The Jeanne Coopers, the Gina Tognonis, the Finola Hugheses, the Ron Carlivatis. I wish it was the folks like them who were running daytime drama. They have what the industry so desperately needs, they see soaps from the viewpoints of creators AND fans.

    Marlena says: Thank goodness for my Thinking Fans. When I write and post something really critical I sit here and sweat thinking, “Am I the only one?” Then the letters, like yours roll in and I feel so much better. Great stuff about those cheesy Emmys, MD.

    I would love to know exactly what Robin said on her hotline — last year many grand soaps vets like Strasser realized that the Emmys had become a cheap affair and they wisely bowed out.

    I’ve yet to see anyone write about the effects of having booze on the tables at the ceremony a la The Golden Globes. If you’ve seen the footage the stars shot of their tablemates on tiny handheld video cameras during the wingding which were broadcast on the internet, please write in and tell me about it.

  5. David C says:

    The show seemed, well, so ordinary, like the awards banquet for the local hardware distributors or something. No, it seemed generic. Outside of the categories, there was nothing in it that remarked that, by and large, it honors daytime dramatic productions and maybe the show was dull and worthy of ffing through because of the lack of that. This was supposed to be a celebration of an entire year of daytime programming and it was reduced to ass jokes and hurried up acceptance speech. If the miniscule viewing audience hadn’t already stopped watching, that dreadful production number would have pushed them to change the channel.

    Ron Carlivati and what’s being done on One Life these days with a growing number of viewers watching is what’s been missing from daytime soaps (with, arguably, the exception being Y&R)for the last decade. Carlivati is honoring the daytime soap genre by using its greatest tools and building blocks. People want to see a daytime soap opera with those fundamentals of human emotions and desires told in a pleasing manner. The audience is discovering or rediscovering One Life because it is unabashedly a good old fashioned daytime soap opera. People want that and at least in the last few months, they’ve been finding that in Llanview.

    The Daytime Emmy award show should honor the best of that genre as well as the other program types of daytime. But daytime tv has been built on soap operas at its core and without them being the cornerstone of any daytime Emmy show, well this might be the awards show for Best Plumbing Displays.

    If there is another mainstream network airing of the Daytime Emmys, the key to its success, like all of daytime tv programming, is the return of the unabashed gloriously acted, written and produced soap opera and the celebration of it. Not holding out much hope I’m afraid.

  6. Marlena-
    Thank you for your column. I managed to watch the show but I’m just scracthing my head at some of the things they did. For instance, why did they get rid of giving the emmies to the children’s programming during the show? I like seeing Oscar the Grouch hobnobbing with Eric Braden!
    Also, no tribute to Beverlee McKinsley. Well thank God there were a lot of commericals for MVP.
    Here was my take on daytime before the nominations were announced:

  7. Matthew J Cormier says:

    To defend Tyra Banks for a moment—her comments actually were in reference to the episode she had submitted where she yelled at the press for their obsession with weight and thiness and told them to kiss her butt, so the moment actually was meant to be a statement on being who you are and not trying to live up to some ideal standard of what is beautiful. I actually found her speech to be very thoughtful and nice and i liked the message.

  8. Dear Connie/Marlena,

    I have much to say (sorry if it’s too much).…

    As far back as February, I opted out of this year’s Daytime Emmy awards—in terms of watching and/or recording the ceremony. I was turned off by the prenoms ballot, where too many who should’ve been in Emmy contention were not in the game—and that’s a topic all its own that I won’t go into deeply (because it has passed). To fake and finesse any enthusiasm in this year’s awards proceedings…well, that would have been a foolish endeavor.

    I missed the 2008 ceremony, deliberately, and checked thereafter online at “Snark Weighs In” to read [Snark’s] account of the ceremony—itemized as the awards show was in progress—and it didn’t surprise me. (What I learned was that his choice of pizza was more enthralling than everything the played out onscreen.) Nor does Marlena’s disappointment in the tasteless display of “celebrities” or “personalities” or “talent” being—how shall I say it?—”cool.” The word “ass” having been uttered a few times too many was apparently Emmy’s idea of “edge.”

    It looks like I missed…”nothing.”

    Getting back to an issue I wanted to raise: Marlena was disappointed I didn’t explain my predictions in her pre-Daytime Emmys article, “Marlena’s Emmy Picks in 2008’s Humpty Dumpty Soap World.”

    I’ll explain myself, belatedly, as follows: I was taking a guess as to “which” six performers (in as many races) likely would’ve garnered No. 1 rankings when actors determined official nominations from that prenoms ballot. (The prenoms were poorly handled—actually, it seemed more like a who-gives-a-damn? policy—by National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences [apparently motivated in saving however many dimes].)

    My understanding of the game change (in determining winners as virtually the same in official nominations) is what encouraged me to take a chance on predicting an at-last best-actress Emmy for a ten-time (two more in prime time) nominated Jeanne Cooper (Katherine, “The Young and the Restless”). I figured La Cooper was whom the nominating voters wanted to push the most—and this year’s circumstances were just right for her to finally prevail. (I have no problem with her win, by the way, because it’s a generation, at least, overdue. How interesting that Cooper has been in daytime 35 years, and that she is the one—of six—acting winner[s] who triumphed for the first time.)

    In best actor, I went with five-time victor David Canary (Adam/Stuart, “All My Children”), even though I was mindful a now-six-time-winning Anthony Geary (Luke, “General Hospital”) might be tops with nominating voters. I didn’t give much weight to a “Y&R” player—two-time winner Christian LeBlanc (Michael) or three-time champ Peter Bergman (Jack)—simply because we’ve seen only “one” year on record in which Daytime Emmys were given to the same soap in the lead-acting contests: In 1975, “Days of Our Lives” won both for Macdonald Carey (as Tom Horton) and Susan Flannery (who, as Laura Horton, won “Days'” one-and-only lead-actress statue to date; she, of course, has three more for her current Stephanie Forrester on “The Bold and the Beautiful”). (The lesson, in case you’re interested, Marlena: It’s a good idea not to predict the same soap to win both lead-acting Emmys.)

    Regarding the supporting-actress statue, there were four of five having won before. Two had won in younger actress (Heather Tom, nodded as Katie on “B&B,” scored as Victoria on “Y&R” in 1993 and 1999; Tracey Bregman, as Lauren on “Y&R,” won the first-ever, then-referred-to-as-Outstanding-Ingenue prize in 1985). Two had previously prevailed in this race: Judi Evans and Gina Tognoni (both for “Guiding Light,” with Tognoni for her current Dinah Marler; Evans was “GL’s” first-ever acting nominee—and winner—going back to 1984, as the original Beth Raines, and was nommed this year for doing double duty as Adrienne and Bonnie on “Days”). And then we had the fifth nominee—Kelley Menighan Hensley (Emily, “As the World Turns”)—awaiting a first victory. I had sensed that this race—so poorly nominated (a case of backing the wrong horses via a who-cares-to-really-review-prenoms-reels? method)—would generate a match for a previous winner’s feat: In 1998, Julia Barr (ex-Brooke English, “AMC”) became the first performer to win supporting actress twice; previous to Barr’s, who had also scored in 1990, all other [minimum] two-time winners won in different races—either as lead or supporting (Dorothy Lyman, Ellen Wheeler, Jess Walton, Sarah Brown, and Michelle Stafford are examples). So I went with Evans matching Barr—and it turned out that Tognoni had pulled it off.

    When it comes to best supporting actor, I wanted the excellent character actor Brian Kerwin to win as Charlie Banks on “One Life to Live”; alas, GoldDerby Forums posters believed he didn’t submit well. But that didn’t pass muster with me, given that LeBlanc reportedly handn’t submitted impressively when he, in fact, won Emmy No. 2 in 2007. So I went back to thinking, “Pick the No. 1 nominating voters have in mind.” So I referred to “Y&R.” Right show, wrong actor (I went with forecasting victory for 2005 winner Greg Rikaart’s Kevin Fisher instead of 1992 best younger actor Kristoff St. John’s Neil Winters).

    For the younger-actress prize, I figured Jennifer Landon would be embraced for a third consecutive year (and in her last as Gwen Norbeck on “ATWT”), a la another Jennifer from earlier this decade: Jennifer Finnigan, ex-Bridget Forrester on “The Bold and the Beautiful” (2002, 2003, and 2004). In another blown-nominting-race, it is “Days'” Rachel Melvin who most deserved it, as Chelsea—but we know how “Days” has been [dis]respected throughtout the past 20 years (which, coincidentally, marks the last time this soap won an acting Emmy—a 1988 younger-actor trophy for Billy Warlock as Frankie Brady).

    In younger actor, I wasn’t willing to bite with Tom Pelphrey (Jonathan) of “Guiding Light.” Electric work from him, yes, but he didn’t electrify voters every time—losing with his first try in 2005, winning in 2006, losing in 2007, winning again this year. So I took a chance on Van Hansis (Luke) and his “ATWT” storyline putting him over the top. (Note: I look to performers, who have lost on their first try, to experience victory with their second nomination. That would’ve been the case this year had Hansis, up for the same prize in 2007, won. Consider the many who found nomination No. 2 their good fortune: Pelphrey, Geary, Canary, Walton, Stafford, Erika Slezak, Robin Strasser, Genie Francis, Finola Hughes, Anne Heche, Martha Byrne, Justin Deas, Jacob Young, Darnell Williams, Debbi Morgan, Michael E. Knight, Kathleen Noone, Melissa Hayden, Adrienne Frantz, etc.)

    When it comes to “One Life to Live” winning its third best-writing Emmy, congratulations (of course). And it’s great the soap won its fourth best-directing Emmy—and it’s been nearly 25 years since its previous (in 1984). What is not just wacky but insufferable: “OLTL” lost out on best drama series. Yeah, it doesn’t surprise me that the atrocious “GH” scored for its usual let’s-put-together-“ER”-like-ratings-stunt-disaster-episode[s]; it’s not only obnoxious but a bore. (To date, ABC’s landmark “Ryan’s Hope” is the only soap to have ever won the top three—series, directing, and writing—all in the same year. And “RH” did this with the two best-series statues it had won in 1977 and 1979. The lesson: Don’t predict “one” soap to win all three…in the same year.)

    In wrapping up my comments, I want to say that I am glad the Daytime Emmy awards are over. I no longer have expectations. How could one for the only awards ceremony that doesn’t bother with an “In Memoriam” segment (unless it’s for a non-soaps personality; so sorry about that, Beverlee McKinsey et al.).


    Marlena says: I say thank goodness it’s over, too. Another soap columnist made a chart of all the comparative picks of the “experts” like moi. Whoever had the most picks correct after the awards were over “wins.” Oy, it sure wasn’t me! And on another board, some reader dissected and disputed my reasons for my picks column so minutely, I felt like a dead frog in a high school biology lab.

    When did Daytime Emmy picks become such a blood sport? I’m a writer, humorist and critic who loves soaps, not a horse handicapper! And come on it’s only the Daytime Emmys, not the Kentucky Derby!

  9. I have nothing intelligent to add to the discussion of this year’s Emmys that you didn’t already cover brilliantly, Marlena, except for this: don’t you think our poor Linda Dano — as fine an ambassador for the shunned galaxy known as daytime as has ever been appointed — wanted to vomit when (if?) she watched the horrid SoapNet pre-show that she used to host with panache and style? Wasn’t it an appalling travesty to watch Finola Hughes — formerly an actress and a woman who presented and carried herself with pure class — flippantly (and rudely) cutting off the people she was interviewing, as if she didn’t give a flying damn what they were saying to her?

    Marlena says: I love Linda Dano and I’m sure she and Finola are friendly from soap circles. My guess is that the director of the pre-show didn’t know what they were doing cutting off all those interviews. Finola’s too smart and good a hostess to be blamed here, I’d venture.

    I worked both on the Pre-Show and the Emmys in production years ago so let me assure you the backstage scenes at both are very hectic. And usually the production companies doing these shows don’t know the first thing about daytime. I don’t know who produced the pre-show this year, but SoapNet should be pretty embarrassed to have aired it. You bet your ass!

  10. I forgot another thing. They had a random package on music in daytime — and then we only got to hear a couple of people while many others pictures were flashed. HUH???! Weird.

  11. David Kimball says:

    I don’t know if anyone has brought this up or not, but the usually classy Kassie DePaiva actually introduced Susan Haskell as the “real” Marty instead of the “original” Marty. My jaw dropped. After all the ABC fiasco that was “the real Greenlee” I was surprised that an actress of her caliber would say something like that. What a slap in the face to Christina Chambers. Sigh.

    Marlena says: Sounds like a slip of the tongue to me. Whenever I’ve dealt with Kassie, I’ve always found her to be very sweet and honest.

  12. Fabobug says:

    Hi Marlena,

    Just to chime in my 2.5 cents here. Like DS0816 above, I didn’t watch this year. But I did want to respond to your question about the tendency for the Emmy winners to win more Emmy’s. I really don’t think it has much to do with the style of writing or performing. It appears to me that nominees and winners are chosen primarily politics and laziness.

    As you have mentioned, there is SO much lack of respect in this industry. I believe a large part of that has to do with the people involved with the shows, ie., Emmy voters. Do you really think they sit down, watch ALL the shows submitted, and carefully choose an actor or actress who demonstrated artistic brilliance in their craft? Maybe some do. But I’m guessing most voters are busy, feel under appreciated, and don’t really care enough to put that much thought into it. Faced with 16 shows (during the pre-noms), in 6 different categories (that’s 96 all together!), I’m guessing a lot of them said, “Eh, he [Tony Geary, Peter Bergman…] is up again, he’s always good, I’ll back him.”

    This is why I really couldn’t care one derriere this year. Did DAYS really deserve four nominations more this year? As a DAYS fan, I don’t think so. But politics and sympathy helped it garner nominations. Until they figure out a better system, I ain’t playing!

    Marlena says: It’s amazing how many of my Thinking Fans skipped the Emmys this year! Fabs, you didn’t miss much!

    Fabs, forgive me, I have to tell this story every year. Each year throughout the 80s and the 90s Marlena used to earn the dough for her summer wardrobe by writing “The Daytime Emmys Are Unfair” stories for just about every publication in the U.S.A (USA Today, NYTimes, Emmy Magazine, etc., etc.) It’s old news, and all these years later, they are still unfair! But I hope you all like my 2008 on-the-beach portrait by Team Marlena’s wonderful Ira Blutreich at the top of the column. Bathing suit by the Saks Fifth Avenue Outlet!

  13. LindaNY says:

    Before I was given this website by a certain cousin, I had watched GH since the mid 90’s. At that time I had multiple leg surgeries, and at the same time was looking for a common ground for me and my then teenage daughter. While some of the storylines were a bit (haha) farfetched, still I watched. In the past year, watching has become something of a strain. Now with the oh-so-predictable Carly may be pregnant, who’s the father storyline, I am done. No more. That coupled with Mac arresting Dr. Drake when he is discovered at Robin’s apt. has done me in. Ah, the freedom of having the 3 to 4 PM hour opened up to me once again for other persuits. Well done GH!

    Marlena says: This is from my cousin Linda, who is very, very sweet and very wise. My late father, her Uncle Cosmo, so loved and adored her, she is the only person he never got cranky around — ever! That she picked up on how stupid and illogical it was that Mac arrested Patrick for being in his babymama Robin’s apartment only cements my animus towards GH. To have two Passalacquas feed GH beans is ominous indeed!

    I’ve been wondering if this little incident foreshadows something — like Robin’s baby being born, Patrick falling madly in love with him (of course it’s a boy, it’s a Guza world) and Mac “protectively” kidnapping the baby for the Scorpios before he even leaves the hospital. Hey, GH turned an earlier police commissioner Bert Ramsey bad at the end, remember?

  14. I didn’t watch the Daytime Emmy’s this year-watched Meerkat Manor instead. Now that’s a soap opera! However, I have seen recaps and I’m thrilled for the winners. All of the winners were deserving-and then some. Jeanne Cooper, Tom P. Gina T. and Tony G.. Those are the actors with whose work I am most familiar. Sure, maybe once in a while Tom chews a bit of scenary but he sure as heck made GL a much more colorful show. And Gina T is not only gorgeous but the girl can act and she is funny. Jeanne Cooper is a living legend as is Anthony Geary. I do fear that this may be the last year for the Daytime Emmy’s to be broadcast in primetime. And that’s OK. Celebrate the wonder of soaps in the daytime like the “old days”.

    I just want to see the Daytime Emmy’s next year and cheer as the cast and crew of OLTL sweep the category’s. OLTL is not only watchable -right now it’s not to be missed! Ron’s writing does have heart and soul and Bree W. is acting out his scripts like a true thespian. She (and the whole show-including Dorian who is being royally “screwed over” by David and Addie) is breaking my heart. I even take back what I said about Dorian and the BE takeover-I watched again and it was truly classic , old fashioned soap opera theatre in the very best sense of the word. I had all but given up on the soaps but the last 2 weeks on OLTL have been priceless and 100% pure entertainment. And it just seems to keep getting better. OLTL may just give the genre the credit it deserves. I love Ron C! (He proves that writing from the p.o.v. of the fan really does work.

  15. I know that all of the conspiracy theories/block voting business is old news, but it’s still more than a little suspicious to me that the usual suspects (namely of CBS) keep winning Emmys. Not that they aren’t talented actors. But after watching her work yesterday, if Bree Williamson doesn’t win over Jennifer Landon next year, you can add me to that list of thinking fans who’ll skip watching the broadcast. Well, I say that but I’ll probably cave. ;-D

    Marlena says: Landon is out of soaps now. I’m so puzzled about Bree Williamson’s (Jessica. OLTL) performances since Nash died. The first few days after Nash’s fatal plunge through the skylight she screamed in such an over the top manner, I wanted to crawl into my oven. But yesterday when she screamed and screamed telling off Jared and Natalie, I thought she was electrifying. I don’t get the disparity of my reactions.

  16. No, you’re absolutely correct Marlena. The first few days after Nash’s accident, Bree kept implementing what we actors call a “trick”, she kept making that annoying catch breath sound to imply hysteria/disbelief, and it’s repetity was taking me out… it was a little too calculated and “precious”. But then her work on Thursday was riveting. See, the funny thing is I don’t believe that actors deserve Emmys based on the work of an episode or two, but I’ve begun to accept the unfairness of the award process which is based on that very concept. If we are living in a world that awards Emmys based on a handful of performances rather than a year’s worth of excellence, then I say that Bree deserves the academy’s recognition at least this go round.

    Marlena says: It’s a long time until next year’s Emmys; audiences do tend to become forgetful. I’d venture OLTL has even more good stuff coming up for Bree in the Jess/Tess vs. Natalie conflict. So MD, you are an actor? Keep on giving us inside info on how actors do what they do.

  17. I tivo all award shows just so I can skip all the crassness. Jeanne won. That always excites me. But forgive me if I take Tyra out of your backside awards. If there’s one person who has taken it for not being ‘good enough for tv’ personally and publickly it’s Tyra. Yet she’s kept her head up and truly made a difference in a lot of young girls lives. Us old foggies don’t get her but the kids do. So I don’t blame her one bit for her speech cause I would have said it and more and we’ve heard it from others who have been told No No No at other award shows. Tyra made a statement, while the others were making a spectacle. YOU GO TYRA, AND KEEP ON GOING.

  18. Could not agee with you more..

  19. Very well said, Marlena, but then again I didn’t expect any less from you.

    I was so happily shocked to find this column just a few months ago as I thought you had vanished from my world years ago.

    You see, I used to buy Soap Opera Weekly every week back in the 1990’s. I always turned to your “Critical Condition” immediately upon buying the magazine. When it came time for me to actually throw out my huge collection of magazines, I removed your columns and to this day, still have all of them in a folder because you seem to have one of the most remarkable ways of putting your feelings (and love) for this medium in word.

    I am soooo glad you’re back!

    ~ Kevin

    Marlena says: It means so much to me that you collected my old columns. I loved writing them and really adore continuing to do so here. You can read some of the back columns from this year at this web site.

    Again Kevin, xxxxxxxxoooooo and so happy we’ve found each other again~


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