Archives for 2009

James Franco to General Hospital? Marlena’s Top 10!

By Marlena De Lacroix James Franco to guest star for two months on General Hospital has to be the biggest bombshell news in the decades I've watched and written about soaps.  I just heard, and it's fabulous!  As much as I love soaps, my mind jumped to wise guy remarks, a la David Letterman's nightly Top 10. And I have no shame: here's my … [Read more...]

Guiding Light’s Last Fade-out: Only Love Can Save the Soap World

By Marlena De Lacroix I thought Kim Zimmer looked absolutely gorgeous in her last scene on Guiding Light set a year after the action, when Reva and Josh pledged their love "always."  Clad in a  emerald gown, the top of her blond hair nicely swept back, she looked truly amazing.  A goddess, indeed. Surprised I wrote this?  Well, I m going to … [Read more...]

Celebrating the Glorious Life of Guiding Light: From 1992, Marlena’s Analysis of GL at its Peak

Don't miss Marlena's farewell to Guiding Light on blogtalkradio's Brandon's Buzz at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16 or later on the network's archive. ____________________________________________________    By Marlena De Lacroix In March 1992, Guiding Light reached the apex of soap quality, that perfect blend of excellence in writing, acting … [Read more...]

ABC’s Misguided “Sweeps” Tries to Feed Off of Guiding Light’s Death

By Marlena De Lacroix I usually don't read a lot of previews or spoilers.  But what I've seen this week and what I've read for the rest of the month of September alarms me.  The ABC soaps seem to think its sweeps month, staging stunts and attention-getting storylines that are de rigueur in crucial ratings-measuring months.  September isn't one … [Read more...]

The Daytime Emmys: Happy At Last

For another view of the Daytime Emmys, read the post following this one by Marlena's longtime friend and colleague Ed Martin.  A veteran TV industry journalist and analyst, Ed is a columnist for JackMyers.com. By Marlena De Lacroix From out of a dying soap industry, from out of a cable network I never watch, last night arrived the most … [Read more...]

Daytime Emmys 2009: The Beginning of the End?

By Ed Martin  Watching the 36th annual Daytime Emmy Awards on The CW during the dog days of August confirmed what I already knew: These are dark days indeed for the daypart overall and for soap operas in particular. It's not that the telecast was all bad: I actually prefer smaller venues for the Daytime Emmy celebration (the Orpheum Theater … [Read more...]

Marlena Returns Monday 8/31 to Review Daytime Emmys

Hi, everyone! What a week!  Moose and I had to cancel our August vacation to take good care of our 12-week-old puppy, Nigel Bartholomew-Smythe.  And then my computer crashed, and it took days to find and set up a new one.  Today I realized that the Daytime Emmys are Sunday!  I will also be resuming regular postings now that my  official summer-long … [Read more...]

Marlena’s Summer In Review (Part 1)

By Marlena De Lacroix What a summer, and it's not over yet! Moose and I deeply mourn the loss of my mother, who passed away in April.  This very week we adopted an exquisite beagle puppy I've named Nigel.  As in Mr. Bartholomew Smythe, the One Life to Live character, played so capably by Peter Bartlett, who has given me so much laughter and … [Read more...]

One Life to Live Insults Women — Again!

Thinking Fans argue pros and cons of OLTL's Grey Gardens spoof: Marilyn Henry applauds, "It never occurred to me it was anti-woman at all. I was happy to see two of the show's vets get a big chunk of air time in an imaginative bit of spoofiness" ... while Steve says, "This spoof fell flat for me because it wasn't about Blair or Dorian at all. It … [Read more...]

Marlena Returns to Brandon’s Buzz!

Though our Marlena (a.k.a. Connie Passalacqua Hayman) is supposed to be on vacation, an invitation to appear on blogtalkradio's Brandon's Buzz on Friday, July 31, proved irresistible. So she's put aside her summer poolside re-reading of Gone With the Wind and has been espied of late poring over the cast lists of the eight surviving network … [Read more...]