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December 31, 2007

Serial Drama's Best and Worst of 2007

As 2007 draws to a close, we are partaking in our favorite year-end rituals, which include watching endless marathons of Law & Order, Project Runway, and I Love The [Insert Decade Here]s, making resolutions that we're obviously going to forget by Presidents' Day (Becca hopes to control both her Irish temper and household clutter, and Mallory plans to drink more water), and, naturally, looking back at the past year with a critical eye.

Since we love lists and we love bitchery, we're pleased to present you with a merger of those two loves, in the form of Serial Drama's Best and Worst of 2007.

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Best Story: Something That Happened on As The World Turns, The Bold & The Beautiful, Guiding Light,One Life to Live or Passions

Between the two of us, we watch four soap operas, which are on for an hour a day, five days a week, 52 weeks a year.  So that's over one thousand hours of soap operas this year, during which we found NO STORY that we'd call the best of the year.  Sure, a case can be made for GH's Metro Court Hostage crisis, but we're also partial to the storyline where they didn't kill Alan Quartermaine.  You liked the Vendetta Storyline on Days of Our Lives?  So did we, in the first fifteen minutes, before it deteriorated into endless letter reading, cheesy accents, and countless people snapping about "the vendetta" in a way that made us both want to retire the word forever. Nick's death on The Young and the Restless was terribly sad and engrossing, but death didn't take and he was back in town like nothing ever happened in, like, a week.  You liked Zarf/Zoe's storyline on All My Children?  Then...there is something wrong with you.

We're sure that daytime did have a fantastic storyline in 2007, but we didn't see it.

Worst Story: TIE! Touch The Sky, Days of Our Lives, and Daniel's Porn Addiction, Y&R.

Touch the Sky Airlines, serving the highly coveted Salem-Las Vegas route, was a bad idea from start to finish.  It further isolated the younger set from Salem and all the characters on the canvas there, it necessitated dozens of scenes on a plane that were virtually indistinguishable from one another, it featured many people in a bacteria-laden hot tub the very sight of which made us cringe, it wrapped Nick up in that stupid-ass story with the abandoned kids, and it brought Jett Carver to town in the form of Marcus Patrick who was, well, at least he's good looking.  But most importantly/awfully, it re-introduced Jeremy Horton who, while hot and played by a capable actor, was a total asshole and a total slap in the face to anyone who had watched his parents in the 80s and 90s.  Tellingly, both Jett and Jeremy left town before the year was out.  Good riddance.  And take that stupid plane with you.

There are, literally, dozens of ways that Y&R could have given the ever-adorable Michael Graziadei a storyline and broken up Daniel and Lily, if they desired to do so. If we had to, we could think of dozens of possible stories focused on a good-looking boy in his early 20s. None of those possible stories included a life shattering addiction to porn. This story was, like, the perfect storm of badness: icky subject matter, the significant dumbing down of Daniel (Who looks at porn at their high security job?], the significant de-dreamification of Michael Graziadei (pornstache!), repeated references to moles on Amber's breasts and the unpleasant knowledge that this story had been done before, and done better, on Lifetime with Cyber Seduction: His Secret Life.

Best Couple: Bo and Hope, Days of Our Lives

When did Bo and Hope become the cutest couple evah?  Sometime in 2007, we think.  The actors have fabulous chemistry and the writing has been cognizant of the characters' long history together while keeping the sparks sparking.  These two have a conversation about groceries and somehow it's still flirtatious.  The show that spawned the Supercouple also has Steve and Kayla and Tony and Anna -- other shows could take advice from Days about keeping couples interesting beyond their 30s. 

Worst Couple: Jonathan and Ava, All My Children

You know what's romantic? ANYTHING besides a serial killer falling for the trashy identical sister of the autistic, teenaged ex-wife that he feigned mental illness to be with.

Best Triangle: Steve/Kayla/Jack, Days of Our Lives

Okay, fine, it's a triangle from 1988, but is there anything on the airwaves now that even compares?  No.  Which is sad.  Why can't soaps do a good triangle anymore?  It's a soap staple! 

Worst Triangle: Victor/Nikki/David, The Young and the Restless

Victor and Nikki's umpteenth breakup this year on Y&R was silly and adding David Chow into the mix isn't making it any more intriguing.  Are we honestly supposed to believe that the decades long relationship of Victor and Nikki is facing a legitimate threat in the form of the sleazy, shady campaign manager who was evil for, like, two minutes (the show may have forgotten that David Chow tried to gaslight Dru, but we have not!)?  Really? Greasy David is going to do what Jack, Ashley and countless others couldn't?  Okay.  If you say so.

Most Tortured Couple: Zach and Kendall, All My Children

Zach's father killed Kendall's friends and tried to kill Kendall because he was mad at Zach.  Then Kendall got pregnant, but she went into premature labor and while she was in labor, her frienemy kidnapped her son and then drove off of a cliff, deafening him.  Kendall's premature child is born with a hole in his heart.  Then Zach and Kendall go nuts trying to get revenge on Greenlee.  Then Zach gets hit by a car and is injured.  Then he gets stuck in a bomb shelter with Greenlee.  Then Kendall has grief sex with her ex-boyfriend.  And all of that happened in one year.  Geez, can the writers just let Zach and Kendall be happy for two consecutive episodes?  This is getting to be a little silly.

Best Family Drama: The Bradys Band Together, Days of Our Lives

Sure, the Vendetta storyline went off the rails and didn't pack the ultimate punch we expected it to, but we can't remember another story this year (or in other recent ones, really) that did a better job of integrating different generations of a cast, involving characters who otherwise spend little time together with each other, and reminding viewers of several families' longstanding ties to a show.  The Bradys still need their 20-something set filled out a bit (another hot guy wouldn't hurt, we're just saying), but this story was a great start.

Best Quadrangle: The One From 9th Grade Geometry Class

A note to soap writers: quadrangles need to be left in high school math.  They aren't entertaining.  Please look no further than Sonny/Carly/Jason/Jason's Girlfriend of the Moment for proof of their inherent boringness.

Best History Rewrite: Tony Was Actually Andre, Days of Our Lives

How satisfyingly soapy was it to see the real Tony swagger up with those two island girls, knowing the show had thereby revived this once-great character without some utterly nonsensical re-write that required total suspension of disbelief?  We like some suspension of disbelief, otherwise we wouldn't be soap viewers, but total?  We reserve that for real life, like when we watch presidential debates.

Worst History Rewrite: TIE! Sam Is Actually A Multi-Divorced Con Woman, and James Craig is Jerry Jacks, General Hospital

There's nothing that Bob Guza & Co. enjoy more than rewriting their show's history. Which is unfortunate, since they have no skill in doing so.

We love Kelly Monaco a lot, but we've become convinced that the character of Sam McCall is just a way for the GH writers to make a mockery of the entire notion of history.  Her past has been rewritten a good dozen times and she becomes less likeable with each rewrite.  This year, we were expected to believe that Sam is ACTUALLY a divorcee several times over (all before she turned 27!) from her heretofore unknown past as a gold-digger which apparently ended once she killed her last husband, whose daughter came to town for revenge in an inane plot that included taking advantage of Sam's heroic...ish nature and making her famous.  That...was a waste of time, but completely par for the course on a show that introduced a slick, sadistic BRITISH villain only to decide a few weeks later that he's ACTUALLY the formerly bumbling, good-natured, AUSTRALIAN fiance of Bobbie, Jerry Jacks.  Because he had radical surgery on his face, see.  And apparently an intelligence transplant, because the old Jerry wouldn't have the ability to spell Metro Court, let alone create a complex plot to rob it and then blow it up.

Best Recast: Shelley Henning as Stephanie, Days of Our Lives

We were skeptical at first, as Stephanie returned to Salem in a completely abrasive and trashy fashion, but Shelley Henning has proven to have talent and warmth, particularly in scenes with her onscreen parents (that we still claim she still resembles not in the least).  She has also sparked good romantic chemistry with Darrin Brooks as Max, making us forget (almost) that Steph and Max are niece and uncle via adoption and despite lots of weird SORASing.  That partial suspension of disbelief thing does sometimes work in soaps' favor.

Worst Recast: Tammin Sursok as Colleen, The Young and the Restless

Firing a well-liked, talented actress in the middle of a front-burner storyline seems to be a peculiar thing for a show to do.  Replacing her with a far less talented actress who looks twelve seems even more peculiar, especially when one considers that her character is dating an older professor who now looks like he should be expecting a visit from Chris Hansen.  And not even hiring the poor, less talented actress a vocal coach to help her master an American actress just seems cruel.  We don't even know what story Colleen is a part of these days because we keep getting confused by the Wisconsin and New York bred girl keeps speaking like she's on the outback.

Worst Breakup: The 3 Breakups of Patrick and Robin, General Hospital

We're huge fans of Patrick and Robin around these parts, but even we realize that, sometimes, a soap couple needs to break up in order to shake things up and, generally, be soapy.  We're on board with keeping things non-boring.  But soap couples need to break up for reasons that make sense and the three (!!!) breakups of Patrick and Robin this year made no sense.  Their first breakup came out of nowhere, as Robin suddenly decided that they were cursed and shouldn't live together and were like Carly and Sonny.  Horrible!  Their second breakup took place during the night shift, which found Patrick's eyes wandering to Leyla and Robin becoming a ranting, raving, babynapper.  Well acted, but terrible!  And their third breakup on the OG GH was again centered upon Robin's sudden, obsessive desire to be a mother.  Realistic, but awful!  Every generation on a soap needs at least one stable couple, while their peers run around and get married and divorced 27 times a decade.  Why can't Patrick and Robin be that couple for their generation?  Is it because they are doctors at General Hospital?  That does appear to be the kiss of death these days.  Hey, maybe Robin is actually a spy like her parents, and Patrick is actually an undercover cop!  That should get them a reunion and screentime, right?  Oh...never mind.

Most Shocking Plot Twist: James Craig Is Jerry Jacks, General Hospital

The "Holy crap, these sadistic people expect us to just sit back and take any garbage that they throw at us" kind of shocking, not the "Ohmigod, I didn't see that coming! I have to tune in tomorrow to see what happens next" kind of shocking, but shocking nonetheless.

Most Preposterous Plot: TIE! Scott Gets Guardianship of Laura/James Craig Is Jerry Jacks/Emily's Dead But She's Totally Happy About It, General Hospital and Killer Lipsitck/Burning EJ Alive, Days of Our Lives

You know how sometimes you want to defend your love of soaps to judgmental friends and family, but can't, because the shows are so ridiculous? These were all those times. Scott getting guardianship of Laura was about a decade's worth of stupid, and Sami trying to poison EJ via lipstick was cartoonishly awful.  These stories were so far past the line of believability, the line was a dot to them.

Best Villain: Richie, All My Children

Richie Novak is bad, knows he's bad and is okay with being bad.  He's a murderer with a violent temper and a psychotic need for revenge.  He has a burning hatred for Ryan and Annie Lavery.  He's pretty much the best thing to hit Pine Valley in years.  There's nothing better than a villain who revels in being a villain.

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Worst Villain: Alexander Cambias, All My Children

You guys, he was DEAD! And CREMATED!  And now he's back in town, killing the girls who work at Fusion!  Except he couldn't kill Babe, but he killed Dixie instead, via poisoned pancakes!  And he's doing this all because he's pissed at his son for something!  And he's called "The Satin Slayer"!  There was literally no redeeming quality to this entire storyline.

Best Heroine: Kendall Hart Slater, All My Children

She has her moments of lunacy (don't think we've forgotten her telling Babe that she loves her) and she hasn't completely given up on scheming, although the fact that she's absolutely terrible at scheming these days seems to be proof that she is wholly redeemed. It's been incredibly gratifying to watch Kendall's journey since she first arrived in Pine Valley as Sarah Michelle Gellar and seeing her change from a complete sociopath to a fiercely loyal wife, mother, daughter and sister with only rare moments of sociopathic tendencies. She's flawed, no doubt, but we can empathize with her and see why she does the things that she does.

Best Hero: Bo Brady, Days of Our Lives

Sure, he's still a bit of a doofus, but Bo is a morally upstanding, family-oriented, police officer who is actually occasionally capable!  We have to reward something that unusual in soapland.  Peter Reckell brings a great everyday guy quality (along with a fantastic body, which is equally as important!) to the role, and we think it's high time he got his due for being able to play both romance and comedy well.  The writers deserve credit for creating a hero who is actually rootable, without having to resort to every character who comes into contact with him praising him endlessly and telling us why we should love him.

Worst Heroine: Lulu Spencer, General Hospital

A little over a year ago, Lulu would have been our choice for Port Charles' heroine of the future.  She's a legacy character played by a very good actress, and she had just enough of her mother's traits to make her lovable and heroic, with just enough of her father's traits to make her interesting and conflicted.  Then something happened.  Something very bad.  Someone, somewhere (our money is on Bob Guza) decided that what Lulu really needed to be was a younger version of the latest conception of Carly Corinthos Jacks.  It pains us even to type that.  Now Lulu is judgmental and shrieky, a mob apologist with no apparent educational or career ambitions, self-centered enough that there are Lulu/Carly scenes in which Carly isn't the most selfish person in the room.  HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE?  Make it stop.  And also stop throwing every single young male character at Lulu, and give Julie Marie Berman an opportunity to actually build a couple.  She and Josh Duhon could have done that, if their courtship, getting together, and break-up had taken longer than three and a half weeks to happen.

Worst Hero: Jason Morgan, General Hospital

HE KILLS PEOPLE FOR MONEY!

Most Entertaining Character: Maxie Jones, General Hospital

Maxie is everything we could want from a soap character. She has awesome parents (we're going by the show's actual history, not the crap the current regime is trying to sell us on Frisco and Felicia), a self-destructive streak that she tries her best to keep in check, a love of fashion and a quick wit that's given the show some of its best bitchy comments in recent memory. Whether she's sparring with the guy holding her hostage in a vault or making fun of Dillon or reaming her mother out at Georgie's funeral or hating on Lulu, she's endlessly fun to watch.

Most Boring Character: Neil Winters, The Young and the Restless

When you can barely muster something other than a monotone when you ask about your wife's death and when your most memorable piece of dialogue this year is about coffee pot etiquette, there is a problem.

Best New Character: TIE! Richie Novak, All My Children and Kate Howard, General Hospital

Richie and Kate were breaths of fresh air in their respective towns. Richie's a cunning sociopath, but stands out amongst the rest of the Pine Valley sociopaths by being relentless in his hatred of Ryan Lavery. Kate's a successful fashionista who deplores organized crime. These things are about as rare as ABC Daytime treating its actors and characters with respect!

Worst New Character: Jeremy "Horton", Days of Our Lives

Becca's therapist has asked that we not blog about Jeremy anymore.  Here is what she had to say in the past, back when she might have been a wee bit worked up about Jeremy's reintroduction to Salem.

Most Daring Plot: The Text Message Killer, General Hospital

Daring as in "Daring us all to stop watching, for forever," that is.

Most Retread Plot: Who's The Daddy

Seriously, we know it's always the soapy stand-by, but with the possible exception of Days (Sami's twins have different daddies!), this hasn't been done interestingly on daytime in eons.  With the notable exception of Maury, of course.

Best Return: Tony and Anna, Days of Our Lives

If you've been watching Days lately, we'd forgive you if you'd forgotten that Tony and Anna returned this year (they're practically as invisible as Justin Kiriakis), but they did return, and they were fabulous. 

Worst Return: Greenlee Smythe, All My Children

Greenlee left Pine Valley in 2005 angry at the world and had changed her name to Greenlee DuPres, to honor her first (and most awesome!) husband Leo and to stick it to her utterly lame ex-husband Ryan.  When she returned this spring, all of her anger had disappeared and she became...pathetic.  Which Greenlee never, ever was.  Desperate for Ryan to take her back and desperate for Ryan's baby, she went so far as to kidnap Spike, defy all orders to stay away from Spike and then dream of a perfect life as part of a Hart/Slater/Lavery happy family. Greenlee has always been a lot of things (selfish, snotty and sarcastic, to name a few) but pathetic and insane were never on that list.

Biggest Tearjerker: The Death of Alan Quartermaine, General Hospital

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It seems like everybody, from the GH cast to the viewers, was furious that the powers-that-be made the decision to fire Stuart Damon in what would have been his 30th year on the show, and do so by killing him off as part of a lame sweeps stunt. All of the actors involved in the story gave their all: Leslie Charleson, John Ingle, and Kimberly McCullough go without saying, but even Natalia Livingston was amazing and Steve Burton actually emoted. The fact that Alan died without knowing that Jason had come to see him was truly heartbreaking.

Best Hair: Megan Ward as Kate Howard, General Hospital

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If we had to guess how many General Hospital readers contemplated taking photos of Kate to their stylists in an effort to get her perfect bob, we'd say it was about 76 percent.  (We'd hope it was actually higher, but then we realized that a good portion of GH fans write Spinelli/Jason fanfic and think Sonny is dreamy, and we don't expect them to have good taste in hair if they don't have it anywhere else.)  And with good reason--it's chic, stylish and hip.

Worst Hair: TIE! Steve Burton as Jason Morgan, General Hospital and Sharon Case as Sharon Abbott, The Young and the Restless

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I mean, seriously, what the hell was he thinking?  The fact that this mane is on the floor of a barber shop somewhere makes it a happy new year, indeed.

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Sharon's half mullet/half Marcia Brady/totally ugly weave continues to puzzle us.  This woman is supposed to be a sought after fashion model with half the town panting after her?

Best Death: John Black, Days of Our Lives

We at Serial Drama reserve the right to revoke this award in the event that John's twelfth death does not take. But he's truly dead, it was the most poignant, well-acted soap death of the year and Days of Our Lives isn't the same without the eyebrow.

Worst Death: Georgie Jones, General Hospital

Why shouldn't Georgie be killed off?  Let's see...she's the daughter of Frisco and Felicia; she's a teenager with decades of story potential; she's played by a winning actress who was part of a popular couple; she's one of the only good girls in Port Charles.  And those are just off the top of our heads.

Why should Georgie be killed off?  We can only surmise that Bob Guza is a creatively bankrupt hack who is bloodthirsty for the chance to ruin General Hospital in a systematic fashion by decimating all of the core families who have made the show popular for decades, as they remind longtime viewers of eras gone by when the show wasn't a wretched pit with an uncomfortable focus on the mafia, murderers and misogyny. 

Worst Kept Secret: Jake is Jason's Son, General Hospital

Is it really a secret when the only people who don't know are the real babybaddy's mother and grandfather, the faux babydaddy's father and brother and the babydaddy's best friend?

Best Rebound Couple: Sam and Lucky, General Hospital


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There are a lot of reasons not to like Sam and Lucky together (their first hot tub hookup was skeevy, she allowed his son to be kidnapped, she arranged for his sons and wife to be scared by gun-wielding goons), but...Kelly Monaco and Greg Vaughn are so freaking gorgeous together that it actually hurts to watch them sometimes.  Soooo pretty!

Worst Rebound Couple: Belle and Shawn, Days of Our Lives

We would explain further, but zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

Most Offensive Plot Twist: Jax's "Betrayal" of Carly, General Hospital

Did you know that you're breaking your marriage vows if you have the nerve to get raped?  You totally are!

Most Underused Actor: Rick Hearst, General Hospital

He wins Emmys, he gives great performances whenever he's called upon, he's dreamy.  So why is Rick Hearst stuck portraying the routinely awful Ric Lansing, and why can't the writers rehab Ric so that Rick can be the leading man he's so clearly got the goods to be?  It's complex questions like these that are causing our frown lines.

Most Underused Actress: Julie Pinson, Days of Our Lives

How underused is Julie Pinson? So underused that when Becca suggested her for this category, Mallory asked who she played on Days.  Julie Pinson is gorgeous and talented, can do drama and comedy, and has romantic chemistry with pretty much every guy (including unfortunately her onscreen brothers) they stand her next to.  So why is she practically invisible, and saddled with horrible storylines like deflowering the barely-legal guy who it turns out is her daughter's boyfriend?  Ew! 

Cheesiest Moment: TIE! Lexie's Return from the Tunnel and Tony [Andre] on a Horse, Days of Our Lives

Relive the magic.

Duh Face of the Year: Sonny Corinthos, General Hospital

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Best Soap Child: Cameron Webber, General Hospital

Every time Cameron is onscreen, he makes us laugh. Usually because of his open hostility towards Jason Morgan, but also because of his adorable relationship with Greg Vaughn and his hilarious storytelling skills.

We all know what Cam would have said, had we even considered giving this to someone else...

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Worst Soap Child: Michael Corinthos, General Hospital

We get why the Quartermaines are upset that Michael has been basically cut out of their lives, but, really, all they need to do is take one look at his wannabe Jason hairdo and hear one of his violent soliloquies to get them out of that funk with a quickness.  "Oh, it's cool, Sonny. No worries, you can keep him.  No, really, we don't want to have him visit on the weekends, it's okay.  We'll...we'll be pen pals with him, maybe...if the FBI can examine the letters that he sends us before we open them."

Best Performances:  All explanations can be distilled down to "s/he is consistently awesome."

  • Best Actress: Alicia Minshew, All My Children
  • Best Supporting Actress: Nancy Lee Grahn, General Hospital
  • Best Actor: Peter Bergman, The Young and the Restless
  • Best Supporting Actor: Stephen Nichols, Days of Our Lives

Most Disappointing Show:  General Hospital

General Hospital has all the potential in the world -- great history, fantastic cast, occasional flashes of Awesome Writer which hint at good writers somewhere beneath the rubble created by the current showrunners' blowing up the place -- but it continues to suck.  "Disappointing" doesn't even really capture it, you know?

Worst. Just...Worst: General Hospital: Night Shift

It was a huge steaming pile of crap, and we had to (okay, chose to) detail the why and how of almost every painful detail.

Most Improved Show: Days of Our Lives

During James E. Reilly's tenure, did you ever think you could sincerely, without a trace of irony, say "that was a good episode of Days!" more than once a year?  And now, don't you find yourself saying it at least a few times a week?  Kudos to Hogan Scheffer but even more so, it seems, to new Executive Producer Ed Scott, who has made great strides in just the last few months, improving production values and eliminating some of the unevenness that Days had become known for.  We expect great things in 2008.  We also expect James Scott and Jay Kenneth Johnson to become involved in storylines requiring various states of undress on a near-daily basis. 

Best Show: TIE! As The World Turns, The Bold and the Beautiful, Guiding Light, One Life to Live and Passions

Congratulations, shows in daytime that we don't watch! We can only assume that you were better than All My Children, Days of Our Lives, General Hospital and The Young and the Restless.  We realize that this is damning with faint praise, but hey, a compliment is a compliment.

Comments

I forgot to say that while the Zoe/Zarf story featured some of AMC's worst writing of the year (which is saying something) I have to commend actor Jeffrey Carlson for giving it his all anyway, and managing to eke a few great moments out of a very bad storyline. Kudos!

I love your site, but your "dotty" background image makes your witty commentary difficult to read.

Great job! I also always assume that a soap I don't watch is the best, because if it's Days or GH then they just need to kill the genre already.

For Worst Hair, it's like 95% of the cast of Days of Our Lives. They mananged to fug up KA's hair, and she had always had the best hair in daytime.

OMG....your GH awards are SO right on!! Let's hope that when the writer's strike is over Guza finds a new home for the new year before he does any more damage!

I have found OLTL to have a little bit for everyone. It is so much better than it used to be. They use newbies, veterans, young actors, older actors, and it all works. Great storylines and all-in-all great improvement. On the other hand, General Hospital has fallen off the cliff. There are holes in storylines big enough to drive a truck through. The writers have demonized so many of the characters who have such great acting ability and great potential for bringing emotion to the soap. It's sad. What the heck are these writers thinking. Bringing Jason and Liz together is like oil and water...they just don't mix. There is not a drop of emotion that I feel when these two are together. Sad...I've tried to catch the Liason fever...no go! On the other hand, Lusam..Lucky and Sam...without my willingness or without even trying...I sit there and eat up everything they do and say. They are adorable together. Love Kate and Sonny, but their storyline is too repetitive. They need more going on. Lulu drives me nuts. Love Maxie and Sam together. Jason has no appeal to me any longer. I could go on...but, I agree with all that you said. Happy New Year.

I really don't agree with most of what you said, but especially the best hair, Kate? Sorry, it's better than her hair, but not by much. LuSam/Sucky, I don't see gorgeous. He looks alright, she looks ugly as hell when she smiles and her smiles look faker than hell with Greg/Lucky. Kate is boring with Sonny, she's better off alone. Sorry, but I love me some Liason and their chemistry and all around prettiness is better than Sucky's "hotness" any day. I'll take Jason the killer over Lucky the clueless wonder any day of the week. Where's JJ's Lucky when you need him? Liz is barely on our screen so it's funny when people complain about too much Liason. The show is 20 minutes of Skate boring the hell out of me, 5 minutes of Sam scheming because she still wants Jason & Lucky whining about being lied to. The rest is Carly and Lulu acting like screeching twins.The rewriting of Sam's history? WTF? They tried to make us care about her when they wrote her as a Cassadine, I guess that was okay, even though I don't believe for one second she is, but its the fact that a con artist that conned men out of their money that surprised and made it unbelievable to you? It is your opinion, so I guess biasness is to be expected. Sorry but the character of Sam has sucked since she popped up into PC. Why watch GH if it's so bad?

One Life To Live was actually pretty great this year, EXCEPT for the horribly recast and uneccesary return of Marty Saybrooke. Everything else was golden, and got me to watch far more often then I have in the past 5 years. It is worth checking out for sure.

Couldn't agree with you more. I was so distracted by this year's best and worst hair. I coveted Kate's--OMG, didn't you think her New Year's Eve hairdo was amazing?--and Jason. OMG. How could his friends, family, the network, anyone--not have an intervention?? It was simply godawful. Looking forward to reading all of your comments in 2008.

Wow you really hit the nail on the head when it came to GH. Guza sure has done a whole lot of damage in the past year. Every thing was right on like Lulu and Logan, Gorgie's death all the way down to Jason's hair. You make me feel very justified in feeling the frustration I do.

Don't know why I'm just remembering this, but your not SOW or SID, this is your blog and your opinion. It's your right to hate what you didn't like and love what you did like. I just didn't agree with most. I'm a Jason fan who would rather see him any day of the week, but I'm not a big Mob fanatic and I hate Sonny Corinthos with a passion. Guess that's just me.

And Jason's hair, I miss it. Liz running her hands through made it even better, but wasn't Steve growing it out for a movie that got postponed?

Couldn't agree more with your list! OLTL has been on fire; one of the best shows out now. I don't know which was worse story line though - Y&R's porn s/l with Daniel or AMCs Satin Slayer.

But think you should give out one more award - Most Shameless Bosses - to be given to AMC administration for the "honor" of starting the year with the horrible Satin Slayer s/l which killed off Dixie & Simone, and ending the year by signing off on the classless REAL Greenlee ads for R. Budig while Sabine Singh is still onscreen. AMC administration's lack of tact and creativity has just shown through in all they have done in 2007!

AMEN to Cameron as best child....too bad I think Guza found out about that due to released Medianet pics...but too bad. LUCAM forever! And long may Bitch Please live! As well as complete and total open hostility towards Burton....

I have tried to be down with Lusam but alas..can't do it....she is still lying to him and continues to and so until HER lies to him are out in the open? Nope...no go for this Lucky fan. Besides like I don't know she won't dump him the second Jason saves her life or something.....

I have to disagree with you about Days being the most improved show, as I have no hope for its future. There is absolutely nothing at stake on that show, and all the great couples have no story left. Bo and Hope? Never breaking up. Steve and Kayla? Never breaking up. John and Marlena? Never breaking up or staying dead. I'm certainly not opposed to couples staying together, and while the show unquestionably uses the over 40s, they're only used to react to the under 40s story lines. Think about it. Aside from John "dying", have any of them had any stories of their own?

Thanks so much for a great year of making my GH veiwing bearable. The only other thing that has helped has been Jason Thompson, Josh Duhon, and turning on ABC early and getting hooked to OLTL. I don't even mind that you don't comment or blog it because it's so great I don't need to be cheered up at all!

You had me laughing so hard! I agree with almost everything, especially about GH.

I have officially decided not to watch (aka waste away an hour of my life) except through clips after I know it's okay to watch. This is what the one-time best soap in history, which has produced some of THE best couples, stories, and families has become. It is absolutely laughable, and I honestly don't see a single couple on the show right now that makes sense, particular their supposedly "big" couples.

Whoever said Liz and Jason were like oil and water were right on! I agree they look good together now, but the on-screen acting spark is not there. other than that absolutely nothing about them makes sense. I scratch my head thinking, "they actually put them together?" Becky is so beautiful and talented, and certainly deserves better than the crap they have given her for the last...oh...3 or 4 years. Who the heck is Elizabeth Webber anymore? Is anyone else confused, because I don't see her identity except as the not-so-perfect "perfect mom" and die-hard supporter of a killer. Shame, because she's another one they could turn into a strong leading lady.

And Skate...yes, they are sooo repetitive! I'm assuming this is a major pairing since it's a Sonny pairing, the Guza has an odd fascination for the mob men on the show. But I just don't see the chemistry. I think the actors are gorgeous individually, but they both have this dryness about them that takes away from a spark that could possibly be there. Plus, I am so sick of the same conversation every day!

The combined hotness of Lucky and Sam is right, but it seems sooo wrong that they are together. It's just...weird, at least on paper. Whatever. Tiic have demonized these two beyond comprehension all for a mob pseudo-pairing, so I say let them have their cake, even if it is a little skeevy, especially with Sam's 1098746 past lives. I know I'm supposed to loathe Sam, and I don't like her all that much, but really I can't help but feel sorry for her.

GH seems to love to kill people. Enough said by me, because I could go on forever about GH's complete lack of respect for history, legacy characters, and love affair with stupid PLOT POINTS!

I don't have any hope for GH at all, the soap I called my favorite nearly 10 years. Each year has gotten worse. It was good even in 02-03, but what the heck has happened? As long as Guza wears the hat, this show will continue to suck. And after he's gone, it will take YEARS to undo the damage he's done.

In the meantime, I am going to continue enjoy Days, because as you brilliantly pointed out, it has been getting really good lately.

Nancy Lee Grahn is so amazing and she rocks every scene she is in.

It is a TRAVESTY that she is now a supporting actress, because she has and is and probably always will be one hell of a lead actress. GH does not deserve her! WTF?

great list! loved it, except that GH didn't receive the worst of everything, since i can't imagine any other soap f*cking pretty much everything up as much as GH did in 2007. i believe GH produced no, 0, zip, nada, zilch good storylines this year. (if it were a grade, a "good" s/l would be a C or better)

GH has no good couples, no good storylines, and they killed off the only truly "good" character (Georgie) with potential spanning decades, and any good ones left are shamefully underused or written as baffoons. what the hell is wrong with this show?!

thank goodness we have your blog. somehow i feel better/justified/affirmed in my utter hatred of GH while still watching it. my conscious must want to punish me or something.

let's hope for an even worse 2008 so GH reaches an all-time low in ratings and everything else, then maybe Guza'll get a clue or get fired.

You guys rock! I agree that Lucky and Sam shouldn't work but they do. Lucky needs someone who doesn't give Jason longing looks every five seconds. At least Sam calls Jason on his crap. I haven't even watched GH in a week because I can't stand the show so much.

When Julie Marie Berman first came on the show, I adored her as Lulu, but the writers have ruined her. Even Carly didn't have 19 guys fall in love with her at the drop of a hat. I hate seeing Logan begging her on a daily basis, and she and Johnny have absolutely no chemistry, and the actors seem like they're fighting the storyline. It's hysterical though that every Lulu/Carly scene, Carly comes off as the mature sensible one.

Jerry Jacks? Why hasn't this show delved into his past relationship with Bobbie? Oh, I know because apparently when he had plastic surgery he forgot about it. And apparently so has Bobbie, Carly and Jax.

I hate that they killed off Georgie, Alan, Justus, and even Emily, not to mention sent poor Lucas off to the gay attic. Actually love that Michael is a budding psycho path because it serves Sonny and Carly right. Hey, here's an idea, why doesn't Sonny get out of the mob because of what it's doing to his son who he supposedly loves so much instead of for his girlfriend?

I would have to say, I agree with almost everything you wrote. Maxie is the most entertaining character on GH that's for sure. I love watching Maxie on screen and getting into trouble. I also love her relationship with Cooper. I agree that Lulu is the worst heroine. She hogs up the screen to much and stop throwing guys at her.I also agree that the worst death was Georgie. I'm so pissed that they killed her off. Stupid, stupid writers.

However, I disagree with your best rebound couple. Lucky and Sam aren't doing anything for me. I really do hate them together, Sam doesn't have feelings for Lucky, he using him. I don't even think they have chemistry together. Lucky needs a new leading girl in his life, someone new and Sam needs to get a life, or die.

You both need to watch OLTL. I grew up watching all three ABC soaps, and watch AMC and GH often enough to stay somewhat up to date with storylines. But, OLTL has had me hooked on a daily basis for almost three years. Stop torturing yourself with GH and AMC and tune in to One Life.

I'm so sad about the Lulu part, but it is true (though I still manage to like her ... it's freaking JMB, I get "actor loyal" and can't stop myself) - what's more sad about the destruction of the character is that this is what they do when they LIKE a character, they favor Lulu and that's what led to her destruction.

I actually came across some clips from 2005 that I had on my computer. Oh. She was so exactly what Luke and Laura's daughter should be. Now instead of the combination of the best parts of Luke and Laura that she was for her first year on the show, she's a combination of the worst parts of Luke and Carly.

I also agree. They just need to pick a guy for her. Logan, Johnny, whatever I'm starting not to care. And then not have ANY other guy be interested in her for like a decade to balance the damage they've done.

Or perhaps a harem for Maxie in 08? Oh, yes.

Jess, are you saying you want Maxie to be as hated as Lulu? I'd be up for two guys vying for her, but not a harem. Not for my Maxie.

BTW, great list ladies!

Cindy, I was saying I wanted it to be balanced. Which would mean no more guys for Lulu this decade or an equal amount of guys vying for Maxie. The are four young guys on the canvas, they can have two each ;)

Becca/Mallory wrote:
"The Bradys still need their 20-something set filled out a bit (another hot guy wouldn't hurt, we're just saying)......"

I know EXACTLY how to solve this problem!

When GH foolishly lets Jason Gerhardt go at the end of this TMK storyline (I just have a feeling that one way or another, Coop won't be making it out of that storyline), DAYS should grab him to play Andrew Donovan, Kimberly & Shane's son. In fact, the first time I laid eyes on Gerhardt, the first thought that popped into my head was "OMG, That guy should be playing Andrew Donovan on DAYS!" I immediately saw a resemblence to Charles Shaughnessy, with the little mole/beauty mark right above the mouth and the thick mop of hair (if you recall, Gerhardt's hair was much longer when we first met Coop in the vault).

I don't know why Andrew would return to Salem without his parents, but it matters not. If the writers can cook up a reason to keep Abby in Salem for several months without Jack & Jennifer, or bring Jeremy back without Mike, they can invent a reason to bring Andrew there. Unfortunately, you run into the same probelm with Andrew that you run into with everyone else. The only 20-something females currently on the canvas that he's NOT related to are Belle & Chloe....and I wouldn't want him anywhere near Belle. Where's Abby Deveraux when you need her?

Had to chime in too about how fabulous OLTL has been lately. I have watched all the ABC soaps for years and years. Lately when I tune into GH and AMC I want to gouge my eyes out. Since Asa's funeral, One Life has totally been on fire. So good!!!

Basically I just glance at any soap minus OLTL unless Jerry is onscreen with Alexis on GH. I'm reading this as a substitute for intelligence on soaps :)
Basically OLTL pissed me off with offing ASA but its the best soap out there I think as a total. Thank goodness they off'ed bad Marty.
I know they want to put John with someone but put him and Natalie back together for the love of krimee. Give them a way back to one another. Bring back RJ more. Antonio and Talia together is a great pairing. Todd and Marcie's storyline is genius but who is fake Michael? AMC and GH really bite. So if they want to cancel soaps as a unit go ahead but keep OLTL and Y&R on and if I or someone reasonable can write for GH and rescue them then ok lol.

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