What’s to Watch Now?

By Marlena De Lacroix As the World Turns was over on Friday and at least two dozen of my old soap pals all called or wrote. But what to watch now? If you are still around to watch afternoons, it's slim pickings. Days is way too juvenile even to contemplate. Young and Restless is very competent soap opera. But someone help! We're left with the … [Read more...]

As the World Turns Stops: Sobs! All Those Afternoons!

By Marlena De Lacroix When I was in high school I was noted for spending my afternoons watching soap operas and eating cole slaw. Decades later, I am sobbing ... and I mean real big salty tears ... into my slaw as As the World Turns is drawing to a close, heading to  With the end of As the World Turns, let’s celebrate soaps. Our memories of … [Read more...]

Kiboshing Kish: Betrayal and Malfeasance

By Marlena De Lacroix I've had a lot of problems with One Life to Live over the last two years, but Kish (Kyle and Fish) was never one of them. The shocking write-off of these characters is wrong, wrong, wrong on so many levels.  Of all the ways this failing soap could be improved, dumping Kish NOW isn't one of them. Goodbye Kish: Scott Evans … [Read more...]

Watching Sadism For Thrills: Soaps Are Not Snuff Films!

By Marlena De Lacroix Recently I was asked by a fan why I am not posting much anymore. Here's why: Today on One Life to Live I watched a woman who had just delivered a baby graphically fall through ice and drown.  Not three months ago I had watched a Does any TPTB on soaps, so desperate for ratings, actually have any moral sense at all, or even … [Read more...]

As The World Turns: Love and Family in the Heart of America

My friend Ed Martin weighs in, too,  on the loss of As the World Turns in a new post immediately following this one. ___________________________________________  By Marlena De Lacroix I broke into tears when I heard that As the World Turns was canceled yesterday. I'm sure many of you did, too.  ATWT has been a part of all our lives for so … [Read more...]

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...]

Ten More Marlena Summer Questions

Thinking Fans' summer thoughts on this, that and the other: Esther is happy Holly is making an appearance on Guiding Light, and wishes Monti Sharp would come back, too ... Steve finds, "The acting from the new younger set on General Hospital is good, but I'm horrified by the misogyny and thug worship in their stories" ... while Roger Newcomb is … [Read more...]

Marlena’s Midsummer Night’s Questions

Thinking Fans' summer thoughts on Destiny et al.:  JTG says Shenell Edmonds' Destiny is no stereotype. "It's obvious OLTL's writers are positioning Destiny as Matthew's first girlfriend. Most of the time, the stereotypical 'mammy' character is either sexless or oversexed. That is not the case with Destiny" ... while Mike Goldberg confides Destiny … [Read more...]

Soap Shrink at Sea: On Deck With As the World Turns’ Van Hansis

Thinking Van Fans on Mr. Hansis' sea-going chat: Morgan D. enthuses, "Van is amazing, but we all knew that. But look how much brighter he shines when he is asked INTELLIGENT questions" ... Mary says, "It's always nice to hear an actor be able to really understand his character" ... while Tom confirms, "As someone who has met, and talked to, Van at … [Read more...]

Guiding Light: What Happened? Start Your THINKING Long Ago

Thinking Fans savor vintage Guiding Light: Mike Goldberg says, "It seems to me that Guiding Light has had so many magical periods and then so many dreadful periods. The era you describe was magnificent" ... while from Italy, Giada declares, "I don't want to be a 'laudator temporis acti,' someone who praises the past for its own sake, but I do … [Read more...]