"O" My Goodness: Legendary Soap Stars Reunite
Watching yesterday's Oprah has gotten me excited about Ms. Winfrey's eventual takeover of the entire universe because I figure that if she's in charge of everything, that would include daytime television programming. And judging by her soap enthusiam, she would be awesome at that; she showed more genuine interest in daytime during her introduction of Susan Lucci than Brian Frons has exhibited, ever.
In case you missed the show, here are some things that I learned (and re-learned) about some big-name soap stars.
1. Susan Lucci is, seriously, the most adorable person ever.
I am always hesitant to talk about soaps with people I know; what if they--how can I phrase this? What if they have terrible soap taste? How could I look someone in the eye if they admitted to, say, 'shipping Spinelli and Epiphany? Or not liking Susan Lucci?!
2. Susan Lucci's New York estate? There are no words.
Well, there are three words: real estate porn. The house from Home Alone finally has some competition for my dream home (I LOVE that house!). I was feverishly trying to screencap every single minute to fully commemorate the pretty, but the shots were so quick! But we got to see...
The library where she reads her scripts
And, um, this.
3. Watching her reaction to her Emmy win will always give me goosebumps.
I love that she displays her Emmy front and center on her mantle.
La Lucci was--say it with me--adorably shocked when Oprah announced that all of Erica Kane's ex-husbands were waiting for her onstage and she sprinted over to hug them while Oprah introduced them in chronological order*. The audience cheered the loudest for Adam (OBVIOUSLY and OMG, it was so good to see David Canary!), Travis and Jackson. And then, frankly, went nuts for Michael Nader.
He was a gentleman and kept it quiet, but she mentioned it in an interview, so it's out in the open. And also, kind of off-putting.
6. Genie Francis looks beautiful.
7. Genie Francis is as tired with Bob Guza's shtick as the rest of us are.
When asked if she'd ever consider a return to Port Charles, she had some interesting things to say.
Genie: If there were ways to go forward with Laura and make her into what I would like her to be now, then perhaps I would do it.
Oprah: What would you like her to be?
Genie: I would like her to be funny and to have a little bit of an agenda that might look a little bit vengeful, but really isn't. I think she'd have a plan. There's nothing in me that is willing to play a victim anymore. I'm sort of done with the wounded dove in my life.
Audience who is obviously as fed up with Bob Guza's portrayal of women in Port Charles as we are: [Breaks into wild applause]
So, um, the moral of the story is that Genie Francis is never going to be back on General Hospital.
8. Darnell Williams gave Debbi Morgan away at her wedding and I was overwhelmed by how sweet that was.
I was overwhelmed in a different way by this oh-so 80s clip of them winning their respective Emmys.
9. Michael E. Knight is incredibly charming.
Like the Cameron Mathison situation, I find myself wishing that the AMC writers would pretty much just let MEK play himself. Because he himself is funny and wonderful, and if he just got to ad-lib, or even break the fourth wall and tell viewers about what he had for lunch, or who he is rooting for on Top Chef: All Stars, I'd always look forward to Tad's scenes. It's just that the writers have a tendency to go the smug and self-righteous route and nobody likes that.
10. Jeanne Cooper is basically awesome.
She got all choked up when Oprah asked her what about Katherine she's most proud of, but I think my favorite part of that segment was when she referred to Darnell Williams as "the young man Darnell". It was adorably grandmotherly.
As you can see, it's not like the episode broke new ground or anything, but it was fun. And there were flashbacks. And it was produced by someone who can actually speak about soap operas without sneering or choking on their words with disgust! So that was a nice change.