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April 29, 2013

Our Shows Are BACK And Our Excitement Level Is At (At Least) 11

Our afternoons have felt undeniably sadder ever since ALL MY CHILDREN and ONE LIFE TO LIVE aired their finales. There are still times that we'll look at the clock during the 1 and 2PM hours and sigh wistfully. "What sort of nefarious plots would David Hayward be hatching right now, with that smug smile of his?" We ask. “In what regal and well-intentioned manner would Dorian Lord screw up the lives of everyone she loves this week and, most importantly, which hat would she be wearing while doing it?” We wonder. Our lives were a little emptier without the Chandlers and the Hubbards and Ryan Lavery (just kidding--we wanted to inject a little levity here before the schmaltz police arrested us.) The days seemed a little longer and lonelier without the Buchanans and the Hubbards and Robert Ford (okay, kidding again on that last one).

But--and it's actually impossible for us to overstate our excitement about this. It's like our birthdays and a year's worth of holidays, plus our teams winning the Super Bowl and World Series all at once. And even that comparison is a little subdued compared to how we're actually feeling--we are finally going to be reunited with our friends in Llanview and Pine Valley, because All My Children and One Life to Live are officially returning to our lives on April 29th. Can we all join hands and squeal excitedly right now? Just think about some of the characters we'll get to see again!

Pine Valley was never quite the same after Adam Chandler left town, so when it was announced that David Canary would be returning to the role (roles? Dare we hope that we’ll see Stuart, too? Preferably a lot. We could all use some of his sweetness) that made him a daytime icon, we couldn’t contain our glee. He’s the PERFECT character to bring to the new AMC, because he has a special relationship (and usually a feud) with almost every character on All My Children . The Chandler family and their assorted loved ones all had, shall we say…complicated feelings towards him (“complicated” is an understatement, but “his entire family spends most of their time hating him and simultaneously striving for his approval” takes too long to type). He’s been married at some point to basically every woman in town, so romantic tension follows him wherever he goes. He’s made business enemies thanks to his cutthroat tactics and he’s made enemies of neighbors just for…well, just for existing. Is he still with Brooke (we hope so)? What's his relationship with JR like (probably frought with tension, considering that is their default state and there's, you know, the whole matter of JR shooting a gun during a crowded party. A parent would frown on that, we think)? Does David Hayward still have dramatic and strangely loud monologues about his evil plans and schemes for those who have wronged him? How many times has he been arrested since we last saw him? It's got to be at least a dozen. We're sure that Zach has spent his time offscreen doing all sorts of soapy and dramatic things that, yeah, sure, we can't wait to hear about--as soon as he tells us where Kendall is. Do Angie and Jesse still set the gold standard for most wonderful television couple? We have a feeling we know the answer to that question, but we can't wait to see it onscreen.

Todd Manning will be back among his fellow Llanview-ites and the anticipation level cannot be exaggerated. It’s not that we didn’t have any fun watching him over on General Hospital, but he is most fascinating opposite those with which he has decades of history. Sure, it’s fun to watch him snark on every stranger he sees in some other town, but after a while it started to feel like he wasn’t much more than just another law-evading criminal and jerk with an unusually good sense of humor. How much is everyone looking forward to Todd getting a classic berating-but-loving talking-to from his big sister Viki? Almost as psyched as we are to see Todd get in some time with his adorable little nephew and Spiderman-bonding buddy Sam. (Oh yeah, and there’s that small issue of Blair, the love of his life. Some of us are KIND OF INTO THAT.)

 

And look out, men of Llanview, because local trouble-making hot redhead Natalie Banks appears to be single again. Has motherhood tamed her? We’ve all seen those previews: doesn’t look like it, and for that we are supremely grateful. The ads are teasing a possible connection with Cutter, a union that definitely has potential. For those of us who loved her with Jared, it’s always great to see her with a bad boy (with a heart of gold!) who can fully appreciate both her good and her more mischievous side. We can’t wait to see if Clint and Viki tied the knot and how Bo and Nora are doing as grandparents and how one Téa Francesca Delgado is coping with her myriad of losses. Have Rama and Vimal managed to stick together, and what the heck happened to Dorian’s congressional career? (We bet her outfits were just too awesome for the Senate floor.) And what of David Vickers? Has he been able to match the cinematic success of Vickerman, The David Vickers Story or is he having a string of failures like The Boy with the Chipmunk Tattoo? We’re coming to all of these people with a huge new appreciation: we get spoiled by seeing our soaps every day for decades on end and we kick and scream when our characters aren’t doing exactly what we want them to be doing. But now we’ve learned what life is like without them and we’re ready to welcome them back with open arms, even when they’re picking the wrong mate or taking the worst side in a battle or acting wildly out of character. (And we’ll totally keep that attitude for at least a week. Probably.)

AMC and OLTL will be airing half-hour long episodes every weekday and thanks to Hulu, you can watch on your computer screen (and then immediately run over to Serial Drama to leave exclamation filled comments to convey your excitement. We're still not overstating our happiness) two ways: Hulu.com and Hulu Plus. Hulu.com is completely free and allows you to watch the latest episode right from your computer screen. Hulu Plus is a subscription service: for $7.99 a month, you get to watch ALL episodes through mobile devices and have access to the Hulu library (want to try it for a week? Click here!)

 

To continue the theme of Things That Are Exciting and Awesome, we also want to announce a sweepstakes! One lucky Serial Drama winner will win a yearlong subscription to Hulu Plus and a chance to win the Grand Prize, a Roku. All you have to do is show your soap love: tell us which Pine Valley or Llanview character you're most excited to see!

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Comments

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I hadn't really thought about it much, but I'm actually pretty stoked to see David Hayward. Vincent Irizarry is freaking awesome and I love watching the good doctor figure out how to mess over his enemies. And friends, for that matter.

Oh, I tweeted, too.

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— Nancy Doublin (@FanceeNanceeD) April 30, 2013

Natalie is aces in my book!

I am most excited to see Victor Lord Jr. and have him explain what's been up for the past year. Full disclosure my favourite character is RH as Todd Manning.

How fabulous were the first 2 episodes of OLTL? Its like they picked right up without missing a beat.

By the way its Tea Marissa Delgado, not sure where Francesca came from!

love to see Adam Chandler, tracietrump@yahoo.com

I am most excited to see Todd and Blair. You cannot separate one from the other.I missed my TnB. Bring back Victor Jr. just so everyone will get off Todd's case. Loved the actor who played Victor but need to have a Todd/Blair/Tea/Victor spouse swaps since both men have been married to both women and it would be so interesting seeing Blair and Tea have to deal with loving both men and the guys deal with the same.

I have two so I hope this doesn't ruin my entry: Viki! VIKI!!! is always first in my heart, so if only one applies, please ignore what's next.

But also: Victor Jr! OMG!

Which character am I most excited to see back on the air? The inseparable Viki-Dorian duo. The interactions of the two characters, which go back decades, are the best part of the show--and the two actresses are able to convey so much of these characters' histories in every line they say. Definitely, the Viki-Dorian duo.

katiya, honestly I've seen both Marisa and Francesca as Tea's middle names so I just googled and went with the one that got the most internet hits! Who knows. Maybe they changed it.

I'm really looking forward to Todd Manning being back. Seems so exciting with him.

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Dorian and Blair and so many others!

Definitely Natalie.

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Todd Freaking Manning.

Because, that guy played by Roger Howarth on GH? That was NOT Todd Freaking Manning.

So, yeah. Todd.

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I would love to see Todd.

Natalie

Victor. Without a doubt.

I haven't seen a soap in a long time, but we can't afford a cable bill, so this would be an awesome way to catch up on shows I've missed!

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I'd like to see natalie

I am so glad Victor is back. And boy were they sneaky, there was NO spoiler, no clue that he was coming back. I was happy to see two of my favorite soaps back (I have watched all the ABC soaps for years) but that last second of day one made it so much better.

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