A “Bah Humbug” Christmas … Plus, The Borg is Back!

By Marlena De Lacroix a.k.a. Connie Passalacqua Hayman Oh how I miss soap Christmases the way they used to be. Today, all soaps have been scrubbed of religion. This year only two of the four soaps -- Days of Our Lives and The Bold and the Beautiful -- continued with at least some of the traditions that made the holiday a really special time to … [Read more...]

Introducing “Sunday Reflections”: General Hospital, The Young and the Restless, Days of Our Lives

By Marlena De Lacroix a.k.a Connie Passalacqua Hayman Sunday is a great time to reflect on what's happened during the week on soaps. So Marlena happily presents the first of a feature called "Sunday Reflections. General Hospital: Leave it to this regime at GH to bring in a GQ mobster, Joe Scully Jr., as played by the mighty fine looking … [Read more...]

The Sadness of the Long Running Soap Fan

By Marlena De Lacroix When most longtime watchers get disenchanted or downright  disgusted with their old  soaps, they are usually angry.  We've all invested years of our lives and our deep feelings in this genre. Now, it's gotten to the point where I'm not angry anymore.  As we watch the final act of daytime soap opera, I just find myself … [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...]

The Daytime Emmys: Happy At Last

For another view of the Daytime Emmys, read the post following this one by Marlena's longtime friend and colleague Ed Martin.  A veteran TV industry journalist and analyst, Ed is a columnist for JackMyers.com. By Marlena De Lacroix From out of a dying soap industry, from out of a cable network I never watch, last night arrived the most … [Read more...]

Soap Shrink to Thinking Fans: Ways to Cope with Recent Soap Deaths

Thinking Fans on the passing of beloved soap characters:  BL says, "Feelings are feelings, and if someone did something magnificent in their career or touched you emotionally, it should be honored" ... while renee says, "I know they're not physically real, but if we're blessed they're emotionally real" ... and more. See Comments … [Read more...]

Jim Reilly, Very Fondly Remembered

Thinking Fans remember James E. Reilly: Jonnysbro says nobody else could have written Passions ... Fabobug says Reilly "knew how to think outside the bubble" ... Jenn appreciated how he used his Catholic background ... and more. See Comments below.  ____________________  By Marlena De Lacroix It's one thing to write an obituary for an … [Read more...]

Soap Surprises: Five Holy @#%! Moments

Thinking Fans Holy @#%! Update Aug. 14:  Melanie picks Wayne Northrup's return as Roman on Days ... B3 loved Gwyneth as the killer on Loving ... Carl recalls five faves from Santa Barbara ... and more.  See Comments below. ________________   By Patrick Erwin Soap plots have many twists and turns in them, but we rarely get to see a complete … [Read more...]

Passions’ End: Get Your Memories of Craziness and Creativity!

Thinking Fans Comment Update Aug. 9: Fabobug appreciates Passions' honest eccentricities ... Jonnysbro wishes the cast well ... Cherry Ames, with mixed feelings, says the likes of Passions will never pass our way again ... and more. See Comments below. _______________  By Marlena De Lacroix I don't  have the chance to say good-bye to … [Read more...]

Guiding Light and All Soaps: Don’t Change the Quirky Characters We Love!

By Patrick Erwin Being a Guiding Light fan hasn't been an easy road over the last few years. But one consistent bright spot for me has been the mother-daughter duo of Doris and Ashlee Wolfe. Ashlee, in particular, is always a joy to watch. She's a full-figured ball of energy, quirky and often funny, even when she doesn't intend to be. I think my … [Read more...]