Sunday Reflections 5: The Young and the Restless, The Revamp; Reality Shows on Y&R and General Hospital; Gold Medal GH

By Marlena Delacroix a.k.a. Connie Passalacqua Hayman The Young and the Restless:  The hardest job in the soap world is being done right now by new executive producer Jill Farren Phelps and headwriter Josh Griffith as they revamp Y&R and are rumored to be paring down its expensive cast.  Marlena has always believed it’s not a critic’s job to … [Read more...]

All My Children: Daytime’s Brigadoon, But What Happens Next? Part 2

By Marlena De Lacroix In Part 1 of this column, I used that great 1947 Broadway musical in which a mythical ancient town full of joy and real human goodness reappears and vanishes once a decade as a metaphor for the brief return of Lorraine Broderick as headwriter of All My Children. Ms. Broderick's self-chosen short-lived return represented … [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...]

I’ll Take Manhattan(ites)

By Marlena De Lacroix My friend Roger Newcomb, who is the editor of  We Love Soaps, invited Moose and me to attend a Tribeca screening of Manhattanites, the film he co-produced with Lyle Kaminer. We really enjoyed  it, and I think you'll like it too, especially if you are a soap fan. Manhattanites tells the story of a group of young people … [Read more...]

All My Children’s Angie and Jesse: Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing!

By Marlena De Lacroix All My Children's newly revived characters Angie and Jesse are causing me pain.  At the end of every scene they are in, I start to hurt, because I have to watch so many scenes of the rest of the storylines on AMC until I see them in their next scene.  These characters (and actors Debbi Morgan and Darnell Williams) are so … [Read more...]

10 Sweet and Soapy Valentine’s Day Questions

By Marlena De Lacroix 1.  Is it my imagination or did bravura actress Sarah Brown return to General Hospital (as Claudia Zacchara) with a little something extra under the signature slutty red wrap dress?  And isn't fierce mob princess Claudia very similar to Maerose Prizzi (Oscar winner Anjelica Huston) the fierce mob princess who wants to take … [Read more...]

All My Children’s Over-hyped Return of Rebecca Budig

By Marlena De Lacroix A member of our family has been ill, so it's been hard enough to post.  And so at the end of  tough days,  I turn to where I have always turned since I was a teen for a bit of relief, comfort and a sense of belonging:  to daytime soaps.  Right now -- late Saturday afternoon - what's going on is SoapNet's  "Welcome Back … [Read more...]