Archives for January 2009

Soap January: Bombs Away!

Thinking Fans Comment Update: Steve's take on AMC's "January stunts" is "I don't know if I can think of a more blatant example of the type of heartless sickness that has wounded soaps" ... and S. Woods adds: "The crud on offer from these soaps is giving tastelessness a bad name" ... while Twb6y optimistically doesn't believe John and Marlena are … [Read more...]

On the Soap Shrink’s Couch: General Hospital’s Spinelli

Thinking Fans Comment Update: Karen likes Spinelli just as he is, thank you very much ... antmunoz thinks "different" characters reflect the real viewing audience more than the "ultra-gorgeous" do ... while S. Woods feels Spinelli "is one of the few redeeming characters on bloody bullet-riddled General Hospital" ... and more. See Comments … [Read more...]

Guiding Light’s Olivia and Natalia, Part 2: The Kiss and Beyond

Thinking Fans Comment Update: Cate points out All My Children's gay storyline initially caused a furor that later died down as viewers "warmed up to the character" ... adds Blake, "I hope GL does not get my hopes up about this great couple only to break them up" ... and more. See Comments below. _________________________  Guiding Light's … [Read more...]

Guiding Light’s Olivia and Natalia: Women in Love? — Part 1: Why They Have GL’s Best Friendship

Thinking Fans Comment Update:  Dayna says Otalia is "a modern romance told with beautiful soapy writing" ... Levi says Guiding Light is getting better, and "I am finally happy to tune in every day" ... and more. See Comments below.  _____________________________  The friendship between Guiding Light's Olivia (Crystal Chappell) and Natalia … [Read more...]

A Review of Our Soap Shrink’s New Book, Absolutely Shouldless: The Secret to Living the Stress-Free Life You Deserve

By Marlena and Moose Midway through January, any New Year's resolutions you made are more than two weeks old by now.  How's that going for you? Has that ceremonially consumed Final Cinnabon of 2008 and Forever More turned out to be the Next to Final Cinnabon, or the Next to Next to Final Cinnabon?  Is your new health club membership still … [Read more...]

Spinning As The World Turns’ Luke and Noah — Again!

Thinking Fans weigh in on the Nuke "surprise": Aprioriguy avers "This is about ATWT deliberately not promoting this couple" ...  while keie loved the surprise so much, he "literally jumped out of my chair and screamed!" ... and Michael thinks "The show is trying to have it both ways -- being progressive while trying to appease conservatives." See … [Read more...]

On Soaps, Suicide Is Rarely Painless (Even for One Life To Live’s Todd)

Thinking Fans on the roof with Marty and Todd:  John isn't convinced Todd jumped out of remorse ... Steve cringes at soaps' attempted suicide for pity stunt ... while Damon L. Jacobs (our Soap Shrink), on the serious side of the subject, points out the greater risk of suicide among gay teens ... and more. See Comments … [Read more...]

On the Soap Shrink’s Couch: The Young and the Restless’ Katherine Chancellor, Daytime’s Greatest (Though Most Self-Destructive) Dame

By Damon L. Jacobs When you think of The Young and the Restless' Katherine "Kay" Chancellor, what is the first thing that comes to mind?  Is it her fiery take-no-prisoners passion?  Is it her unsinkable resilience?  Could it be her sharp tongue or trademark short blonde locks?  I think we can agree she embraces all of these qualities.  But at … [Read more...]