Soap February: Blame Executive Malfeasance!

Thinking Fans Comment Update: BL avers, "I have to say the line (on AMC) about how lesbians don't kiss men was perfect, because why would they?" ... Carl posits, "GL has been so much about nasty thugs over the past few years, Phillip's return is a way to bring a more heroic character back into the spotlight" ... while Melanie warns that GH "is on … [Read more...]

On the Soap Shrink’s Couch: All My Children’s Annie Lavery

Thinking Fans Comment update: antmuoz doubts AMC will "actually tell a reality-based story with Annie. But if they did, it might be a daytime first in that it doesn't involve cloning or demonic possession" ... while Matthew objects to AMC's "fear-based portrayal of Bedlam with outdated methods and near criminal activity" ... and more. See Comments … [Read more...]

Marlena’s “Only the Bests” List 2008

Thinking Fans' picks and pans for 2008: Cherry Ames pans Todd/Marty as "the foulest story ever" ... DSO816 picks the Angie/Jesse reunion ... while Marlene agrees GHNS2 set the bar higher for all soaps ... and more. See Comments below.  ________________________  By Marlena De Lacroix Last year I decided I will no longer do "Best" and … [Read more...]

The “New” All My Children, Part 2 — Finding the Heart (s) of Pine Valley

Thinking Fans Comment Update: renee wnts a long-term storyline for Brot, but is certain there will never be one ... Kristen thinks Bianca and Reese "are more in lust than in love"... while Kasey thinks Angie "has just the right blend of steel and magnolia" ... and more. See Comments below.  _________________________  By Marlena De … [Read more...]

The “New” All My Children, Part 1 — Lifting the Fog of Stupidity

Thinking Fans Comment Update: EricMontreal22, once horrified by Pratt's arrival, is now "pleasantly thrilled" ... likewise Donna L. Bridges, though still wary of Pratt, yells "Yippeee!" ... but Cate disdains the suggestion of a  Reese bisexual romance storyline. See Comments below.  _________________________  By Marlena De Lacroix      A … [Read more...]

All My Children’s Agnes Nixon, Always Our Guardian Angel

Thinking Fans on Agnes' visit to Pine Valley:  renee "cried buckets and emailed everyone" ... n69n says she "is the cutest, dearest, smilingest little lady" ... while tess remembers the days of 15- and 30-minute soaps ... and more. See Comments below.    ____________________  By Marlena De Lacroix Just as I was fantasizing about throwing a … [Read more...]

Celebrating All My Children’s Phenomenal Women!

  As a writer and professor, one of my very favorite things is finding new talent.  I got to know Norn Cutson this year because, as one of our Thinking Fans, he frequently writes to this site.  It turns out that Norn is a Thinking Fan who has more than one way to express his enthusiasm for soaps.  When Moose and I saw this illustration, we … [Read more...]

All My Children’s Tornado: “Look at Me, I’m Chuckie P!”

Thinking Fans contemplate the Big Wind(s):  Marlene opines the strong wind is meant "to sweep away the stench of E&B" ... while Tom Casiello is exhausted by the "piling on of plot points" ... and NancyJo has just one word for Thorsten Kaye: "MAGNIFICENT!" ... and more. See Comments below.  _________________________  By Marlena De … [Read more...]

All My Children’s Eileen Herlie Dies; Her Myrtle Was a Beloved “Mom” to Us All

Thinking Fans mourn the passing of Ms. Herlie:  Pat loved her cosmpolitan gypsy flair ... Tess relished her confrontations with Langley ... Dale says she stole our hearts ... while Joey wishes for Myrtle's blueberry muffins and lemonade ... and more. See Comments below.  _________________________  By Marlena De Lacroix  I just heard that … [Read more...]

Marlena Says: Take Me Home to Pine Valley

Thinking Fans Comment Update Sept. 16:  James recalls shopping and dining in old Pine Valley ... Kel agrees it's too soon to judge the new headwriter ... Brandon opines even bad Pine Valley circa 1997 beats today's incarnation ...and more. See Comments below. ______________________ By Marlena De Lacroix All My Children was always my … [Read more...]