As the World Turns Outrage: Another National Treasure Bites the Dust

By Ed Martin The ‘00s may be the new Golden Age of primetime drama, but for fans of daytime serials they have truly been the Dark Ages, right up until the very end. With only 24 days left until the turn of the decade, and just three months after the last episode of Guiding Light, a historic franchise that spanned 15 years on radio  I wonder if … [Read more...]

One Life to Live: Still Surprising After All These Years

By Ed Martin One Life to Live showed me something last week that I haven't seen in 30 years of soap viewing: A mass wedding of two dozen gay couples. This show has pushed the envelope in a number of crazy ways since the ‘70s, sending its characters to heaven, to an underground city and careening through time. What a pleasure it was  OLTL's … [Read more...]

General Hospital: Making Michael a Monster

By Ed Martin Everything about General Hospital that I have come to loathe during the last ten years was on proud, pungent display last week, to such a degree of extreme outrageousness I could not look away. I must admit that there was an infectious lunatic energy to it all, which could account for my deep fascination with what I was watching. … [Read more...]

A Letter to Marlena De Lacroix (a.k.a. Connie Passalacqua Hayman)

Dear Ms. Passalacqua Hayman:  I wanted to write to tell you how much I enjoy reading your columns and your insights into the soaps.  You are the reason I started buying Soap Opera Weekly so many years ago and I was sad when you left.  I bought that magazine every week, at first for your columns, but then cause I just loved it.  I would not get a … [Read more...]

JJ and the Rehabilitation of General Hospital

By Marilyn Henry There already have been big discussions on the internet about Jonathan Jackson returning to his role as Lucky on General Hospital. Newer viewers who don’t know his work are jolted; other long-time viewers are thrilled. I don’t know whose bad    In the last few weeks, the show seems to have turned a corner. Good grief, did … [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...]

Satire: Ex-Soap Stars, This Is For You … And the Fans Who Miss You

By Matthew Weaver It's so hard to be a cheerleader for a team that doesn't even want to win any more. In the football team that has become daytime television, the quarterback is spitting on the legacy of the greatest love stories ever told, the wide receiver has been recast with a Melrose Place actress and suddenly turned into a lawyer out of … [Read more...]

How Helena Cassadine Can Save General Hospital

Thinking Fans Comment Update: James speculates, "My own preference for bringing back the vets would be a storyline where it is revealed that they all joined a witness protection program and are brought back to testify against Sonny" ... while Melanie declares, "The good think about the outrageousness of soaps (and characters like Helena) is that … [Read more...]

Guiding Light Cancelled! After 72 Years Does It Have to Stay Dead?

Thinking Fans share their grief: Skylar laments, "I want to call my great grandmother and tell her the news, as I'm sure she doesn't know. But I really don't want to be the one to deliver the news: a friend of 72 years is set to disappear forever"  ... while BL says, "I'm glad for all the people I've met and become pals with over the years due to … [Read more...]

Norn on One Life to Live’s Starr and Blair: Victims of Todd’s World of Hurt

  Illustrator/Thinking Fan Norn Cutson wrote me that he was so sad for One Life to Live's Starr and Blair after they found out Todd had planned to kidnap Starr's baby and had gotten involved with Marty, he had to "do something." So he drew this illustration. Here's Norn's  heart-wringing interpretation of the sad  mother and daughter. I think … [Read more...]