Sob! The End of Broadcast Network “Days of Our Lives”

Wednesday night brought the alarming news that NBC is relocating Days of Our Lives from its familiar broadcast berth to the network’s streaming service Peacock on Sept 12. At first, it felt like our beloved Days, a soap mainstay since it premiered in 1965, was being cancelled. Horror of horrors! Well, no such thing, thank heaven. But this … [Read more...]

Marlena’s Personal Recollections of Soaps’ Greatest Headwriters, Part Two

Marlena is ecstatic about the warm reaction to the recent Part 1 of this column. I’m thrilled you liked what I wrote about three great headwriters: Agnes Nixon, William J. Bell and James E. Reilly. This week, I humbly present my recollections of three more: Claire Labine (1934-2016): Co-headwriter (with Paul Avila Mayer) of Where the Heart Is … [Read more...]

Marlena’s Personal Recollections of Soaps’ Greatest Headwriters, Part One

I got my start as a soap opera journalist in 1979. There were so many shows to watch and write about then — 13, such a feast! For me, the best part of the job was (and still is) meeting, interviewing and getting to know the people who make them: actors, producers, directors, daytime network executives, etc. As a writer, though, I always gravitated … [Read more...]

Daytime Emmys 2022: A Class Act

By Marlena De Lacroix a.k.a. Connie Passalacqua Hayman It seemed like old times. After two years of diminished Covid-mandated online ceremonies, the Daytime Emmys, our Daytime Day of Days, returned to network television. And what a class act it was! Kudos to NATAS (National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences) for staging such a … [Read more...]

The 2022 Daytime Emmys: Live and In Person

By Marlena De Lacroix a.k.a Connie Passalacqua Hayman As the day of days for all soap aficionados approaches -- the Daytime Emmys will be broadcast at 9 tonight on CBS – there is reason to rejoice.  Coming out of the shadow of Covid, for the first time in two years, members of the daytime industry will gather live with a live audience (no … [Read more...]

The Sad Passing of Ray Liotta, Soap Alumnus

The stunning news of the death of megastar Ray Liotta on May 26 came more than three weeks ago, yet the outpouring of grief in the press and on social media continues unabated. The label “beloved” has been appended to the names of many stars. But few deserved it more than Liotta. He radiated a deep sense of authenticity that enabled him to … [Read more...]

Still “Bold and Beautiful” After All These Years

Not many people can say they were present at the creation — but I was. Early in 1987, I was interviewing the late William J. Bell (co-creator and headwriter of “The Young and the Restless”) in his office at Studio City, Calif., when the phone rang. It was the powers-that-be at CBS calling with big news: They had just canceled the Washington, … [Read more...]

“Young and Restless”: Such a Disappointment

By Marlena De Lacroix a.k.a. Connie Passalacqua Hayman Marlena has been away a long time – but has never stopped watching our beloved soaps. And of course, during my absence I’ve never stopped thinking of my wonderfully devoted fans. I welcome you back to this blog, now as ever a labor of pure love. I’m so sorry to come back on a negative … [Read more...]

Maurice Benard: The Gangster with a Heart

On ABC’s General Hospital, mob boss Sonny Corinthos has killed many people. But Maurice Benard, the actor who makes his tight-lipped menace so convincing, has a bigger heart than the character he plays. In his new autobiography, Maurice Benard: Nothing General About it, Benard, a soap superstar, chronicles an actor’s life of love and pain in … [Read more...]

“Young and the Restless” and Breast Cancer — A New Relevant Soap Storyline

Welcome Back, Cher Marlena Readers! At long last I’m thrilled to be with you again, dear readers. Since we last convened here five years ago, Life has taken my dear husband Moose and I on a convoluted journey, not always pleasant, but ultimately productive. I’ve never stopped loving soaps, or yearning to share that love with you. Now, I’m happy … [Read more...]