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302 December 31st, 2015 On-Air On-Soaps Names The Best and Worst In Soaps 2015!

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As 2015 comes to a close, we took a look back with our annual list of the Best and Worst in Soaps!

As it does every year, On-Air On-Soaps take this opportunity to pay tribute to the tremendous work of the talented men and women in front of the camera and behind the scenes, whose tireless efforts in the grind of producing and acting in this genre’s format is always astounding, and to be admired for its sheer volume of material that is churned out in such shorter order, and the caliber of it!  But of course, in addition to naming the best moments and performances of the year, there were several not so stellar moments, characters, storylines, and more that get the dubious honor of some of the “Worst’s”!

So with that said; we give you our Best and Worst in Soaps 2015! As you will read, we try to dissect it all in our look back at the year through our various categories.   Now, while we know many of you have your own picks and choices, and may disagree or agree with our picks, we encourage you to let us know your thoughts as well.  And most of all, respect everyone’s opinions, as you wish them to respect yours.

Finally, we want to wish our wonderful community of site visitors and fans, a healthy, prosperous, and festive New Year!  It is all of you with your unbridled passion and devotion to the soaps genre itself, who root for the characters and performers you love, that make this such a special and unique medium.   So here we go …  we reveal the list of the Best and Worst in Soaps 2015!

SOAPMAKER OF THE YEAR 

Brad Bell – The Bold and the Beautiful

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When you bring in a social issue of our time, ethnic diversity, classic soapy tales, and numerous unexpected twists and surprises, it’s a good year.  This executive producer and head writer continued to weave the story of Maya Avant (Karla Mosley) throughout 2015, and this story was more than just a one-note wonder.  Interview with the honoree here!

BEST SOAP

Days of our Lives – (Aug through Dec)

Prior to August, DAYS was mostly unwatchable, but a much needed behind the scenes shake-up in the writing and producing departments, and a long term initiative that began to be executed to take viewers into the series golden anniversary and beyond, hit the right mark!  With cant-miss-an-episode TV returning for the long-running NBC series, big returns, and some dark and heavy duty story turns, that made for many a controversial water cooler moment, Salem was on the map again from August till the end of this year and hopefully well into 2016.  

The Bold and the Beautiful – (Jan through August)

Learning Maya was born as “Myron” in the soap bombshell of 2015 back in May, and her emotional nuptials with Rick (Jacob Young), where her father Julius (Obba Babatunde) confronts her, made this show powerful soap at its best.  Late summer we had another shocker: a psychotic Aly (Ashlyn Pearce) in a battle with a crowbar with Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) hit her head and died!  Earlier in the year, Brooke’s (Katherine Kelly Lang) battle with the bottle also made for an interesting beat.

MOST IMPROVED SOAP

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Days of our Lives

This show had a total and badly needed re-haul, and it knew that it could not fail to deliver for its 50th anniversary.  Measures were taken, and it paid-off.

BEST SOAP PRODUCTION VALUES

The Bold and the Beautiful

Still the soap that delivers montages, remotes, well-designed sets, and those fashion shows … while making everybody look bold and beautiful is at the top of their game.

MOST DISAPPOINTING SOAP

The Young and the Restless

Y&R boasts the biggest A-list cast in daytime.  The performances continue to astound day to day, and when the show is good it’s daytime’s finest, but when it misses it leaves us bewildered at the choices in stories.  Their disaster storylines while a signature of head writer and EP Chuck Pratt Jr. give us breathtaking sets, graphics and moments, the day to day can sometimes leave us desiring more.

MOST INCONSISTENT SOAP

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General Hospital

You know we love our GH, but 2015 delivered both creative and engrossing episodes, or meandered about where it was very lacklusterBehind-the-scenes changes were part of the challenges the series faced.

BEST PRIMETIME SOAP 

Empire

It was the biggest ratings success story in primetime in years for its first season, while taking a dip in its second go-round.  Still, the Fox hip-hop music sudser has so much soapalicious drama going down each episode you need a scorecard to keep up.  Take note daytime soaps!

BEST OVERALL PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR

Justin Hartley – The Young and the Restless

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This was the year we finally got our long-awaited Adam reveal.  Throughout 2015, navigating all the complexities of the black sheep of the Newman clan, trying not to be discovered of his true identity, while ultimately being found-out, and ultimately trying to bring down his father and his company, and rationalizing doing it for the love of his wife and son, showed why Hartley is at the top of his game.

Runner-ups:

Billy Flynn – Days of our Lives

Eric Braeden – The Young and the Restless

Anthony Geary – General Hospital

BEST OVERALL PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LIMITED RUN

Peter Reckell – Days of our Lives

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The work by Peter Reckell in his short, but powerful return to Days of our Lives left us all heartbroken. and wanting more.  It was the finest work of his career.  Peter’s ability to show raw emotion, simple and sweet, left America with a puddle of tears on the floor when Bo died.

BEST SINGLE PERFORMANCE MALE IN A STORYLINE

Anthony Geary – General Hospital

There was not a more masterful performance than the brilliant Geary in GH’s 52nd anniversary episode.  It is there we learn the secret that caused Luke to be Fluke, who accidentally killed his mother, and murdered his father.  Geary not only played Luke, but his father Tim in a performance that will be remembered in the annals of soaps.

Runner up:

Tyler Christopher – General Hospital

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After his young son, Spencer, is badly burned in a fire at Wyndemere, Nikolas is overcome with emotion as he learns of his son’s condition, and later anguishes over Spencer when he is allowed to see him.  Tyler reminded us all he is one of the finest actors on the soaps when given the material to shine.

BEST OVERALL PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS

Laura Wright  – General Hospital

Wright wowed us continually through 2015.  Whether it be her emotional turn a s Carly pleads with Jake to accept the evidence that he is her beloved friend Jason Morgan back from the dead, or playing Luke’s mother, Lena in the 52nd anniversary episode, and reprising it again in farewell scenes with Tony Geary … and not to mention the love story of CarSon and Carly being tough and loving mom to her kids … Laura was definitely an MVP.

Runners -ups

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Karla Mosley    – The Bold and the Beautiful

Finola Hughes   – General Hospital

Linsey Godfrey – The Bold and the Beautiful

BEST SINGLE PERFORMANCE FEMALE IN A STORYLINE

Finola Hughes – General Hospital

Anna is planning on heading to Glasgow, Scotland to give her beloved late Duke Lavery (Ian Buchanan) the send off he would have wanted, and that she wants to give him with his ashes in tow.  Her old friend Luke stops by to see her, and as she grieves over Duke, the two commiserate and say farewell.   It was Hughes at her exquisite best.

Runner-up:

Kimberly McCullough – General Hospital

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In story, Robin sees Jason for the first time since his most recent brain injury and amensia, and with his newly reconstructed face. Their encounter happens on the same bridge that meant so much to their past and Robin’s future.  McCullough captured the essence of their relationship, and Robin’s past in a simple, understated, and emotional way.  It reminded viewers why she is a daytime treasure.

MOST RIVETING PERFORMANCE BY A DUO

Karla Mosley and Obba Babatunde – The Bold and the Beautiful – The Wedding showdown

This year it’s a father/daughter duo with a complicated past, and future at the top of our list.  On Maya’s wedding day to Rick, her father Julius cannot accept who she has become, and what she is doing by marrying a Forrester.  The performances by Mosley, and Babatunde were exceptional.

Runner-Up:

Franco and Kiki’s goodbye scene: Roger Howarth and Kristen Alderson – General Hospital

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Kristen Alderson made the decision to exit GH as Kiki.  Former GH scribe Ron Carlivati and his team wanted to pay homage to Alderson, and long time OLTL on-screen dad, Roger Howarth, who were now both on GH.  In a touching a speech as Franco is in the hospital, and as Kiki said her goodbyes, Franco says to his almost bio-daughter: “You’ll find something that you love to do, and do it.  And don’t ever marry a man unless you trust him.  Most importantly, believe in yourself.  I want you to have an OK life.  I think you deserve that.”  Alderson’s Kiki then says, “You don’t have to do this.  I’m not saying goodbye forever.”   To which Roger replies: “Maybe you are.   So just in case … goodbye.  You’ve been a gift to me.  I won’t forget you.”   Hankies!

BEST OVERALL PERFORMANCE BY A SUPPORTING ACTOR

Obba Babatunde’ – The Bold and the Beautiful

Acclaimed TV and Broadway star, Babatunde was the breakout star of B&B.  His opinionated, and imperfect father to the Avant clan deserves an Emmy.  He had to be the naysayer and speak for those in our country who cannot easily accept Maya’s difficult past and present.

Runners-Up:

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Freddie Smith – Days of our Lives

Rob Scott Wilson – Days of our Lives

BEST OVERALL PERFORMANCE BY A SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Amelia Heinle – The Young and the Restless

As Victoria Newman, this two-time Daytime Emmy winner continued to show that no matter how central she is to the scene, or even if she is not the focus, it’s hard to keep your eyes off of her.  Amelia’s gutsy and realistic, and not over-played performances continue to draw us in, whether it’s going toe-to-toe with her father, Victor, her half-brother Adam, or dealing with her messy relationship with Billy.  We can’t wait to see Amelia work with Jason Thompson as the new Billy in 2016.

BEST PERFORMANCE IN A PRIMETIME SOAP — FEMALE

Taraji P. Henson – Empire

Cookie, Cookie, Cookie – what else can we say ya’ll?  Oh, except take that Boo Boo Kitty!  Ah, these character names!

BEST PERFORMANCE IN A PRIMETIME SOAP — MALE

Jonathan Jackson – Nashville

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Jonathan Jackson’s Avery Barclay, as a confused single dad to a newborn, was touching, heartbreaking, and complex.  Estranged from baby Cadence’s mother (played by Hayden Panettiere) his scenes were fraught with drama.  And let’s not forget, we get to hear the guy sing, too!

WORST DECISION 

Killing off Will Horton – Days of our Lives

To kill the legacy character of Will Horton by having him brutally murdered by the Necktie Serial Killer, instead of sending the character off the canvas if they wanted to reboot the character (that under the previous writing regime became an unrecognizable character in his actions), would have been the way to go.  This sent a message to the LGBT community, and the viewers that caused a major negative backlash.

Runner-up:

Will’s Funeral – Sonny sitting in the second row – Days of our Lives

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You can’t fool a soap fan!  During Sonny’s funeral, Will’s husband Sonny was relegated to the second row, while Will’s immediately family was in the front.  Not cool!

MOST DISAPPOINTING DECISION

Michael Easton is killed off General Hospital

We knew Dr. Silas Clay never really caught fire when fan favorite Michael Easton was put into the position of having to play another character on GH, other than the unforgettable John McBain (due to the legal issues with Prospect Park and ABC).  Still the analogy of seeing Easton’s Silas get a knife in the back spoke volumes.  GH decided it was time to let Easton go.  While you can argue that he was completely back-burnered with little to no story, and boxed into a corner, the fan outcry was palpable.

BEST PERFORMANCE IN A GUEST ARC FEMALE

Dee Wallace as Patricia Spencer – General Hospital

When GH announced Dee Wallace would play the role of Luke’s older sister, Patricia, it was a big get for the series.  Dee delivered poignant performances in her part of keeping Luke’s long held secret that destroyed his life, until he was set free by remembering what he blocked out.

BEST PERFORMANCE INA GUEST ARC MALE

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Jonathan Jackson – Lucky Spencer – General Hospital

The orders were strong: Get Lucky!  As Tony Geary finished up his run, he wanted to work with his most favorite scene partner, five-time Daytime Emmy winner, Jonathan Jackson.  The father and son scenes the two shared one last time had us all reaching for the hankies, and then some.

WORST PERFORMANCE IN A GUEST ROLE

Frank Runyeon – Angel – The Young and the Restless

While we loved Frank Runyeon on As the World Turns as Steve Andropoulos, his return to soaps as an angel/therapist after Nikki’s accident fell flat.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A YOUNGER ACTOR IN GUEST APPEARANCE

Joey Luthman – Young Luke Spencer – 52nd Anniversary episode – General Hospital

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You know you have done something right, when everyone is asking, “Who was that kid? He was so good!”  Well, that young man is Joey Luthman, and he emulated and played a young Luke Spencer to the tee in the episode.

BEST CHILD PERFORMER

Brooklyn Rae Silzer (Emma) – General Hospital

When Patrick and Emma were on the screen in 2015, or Emma in scenes by herself, GH fans go gaga for the young girl.  She nailed this honor though her recent star turn when she cries for her mommy, after Patrick and Sam’s relationship implodes.

BEST NEWCOMER MALE

Robert Palmer Watkins – General Hospital

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It has been years since Dillon Quartermaine had been on the GH canvas, but Watkins has retained, in a more adult manner, the same charm that Scott Clifton brought to the role.  Watkins is likeable on screen and off and someone to watch in the years to come.

BEST NEWCOMER FEMALE

Hira Ambrosino – Days of our Lives

Where is Tori Narita, anyway?  When we first met her earlier in the year, she struggled to accept her son Paul being gay, although as it turns out, she knew deep down all of the time.  Then we learn she had a past with John Black, and it turns out Paul is their son.  Ambrosino is a talented actress we would like to see more of.

BEST RECAST

Pierson Fode – The Bold and the Beautiful

Fode replaces Adam Gregory in the role, and while maintaining Thomas’ lothario ways; he also brings some fire, and depth into the role and made this Forrester offspring interesting!

WORST RECAST

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Vivian Jovanni – Days of our Lives

When DAYS decided to SORAS all of the main characters’ children, it forced little Lauren Boles, who was a Hope Williams in the making, off the canvas for teen Vivian Jovanni.   Thus far, it’s not working for us.

BEST ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE BY A CAST:

Salem finds out Will has been murdered!

After Will’s horrific demise at the hands of the Necktie Serial Killer, one by one the Hortons, Kiriakis, and Will’s friends learn of his death from: Bryan Dattilo (Lucas), Freddie Smith (Sonny), Deidre Hall (Marlena), Alison Sweeney (Sami), Galen Gering (Rafe), John Aniston (Victor) and the list goes on.  It provided riveting performances and DAYS fans watched in shock and despair.

BEST VILLAIN

James Read – Clyde Weston – Days of our Lives

Clyde went from a character we despised to digging him in his final scene.  It showed how good James Read is when Clyde learned that his son Ben is the Necktie Serial Killer, and vowed to take that information to the grave him as he was extradited from Salem to Florida for his crimes.

BEST VILLAINESS

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Constance Towers – General Hospital

She’s alive, she’s dead.  She’s alive, she’s dead.  Whether you can’t remember just what state Helena Cassadine is in, every time Constance Towers popped up through 2015 she spewed her venom on the poor citizens of Port Charles.  How about that curse on Sam?

WORST VILLAIN

Ian Ward, The Young and the Restless

Make it stop!  While Ray Wise is such an exceptional actor, we would like some of the villainess activities in Genoa City to turn out to be from the machinations of someone other than Ian Ward, who is revealed to be behind it.

FAVORITE GOODBYE

Luke and Bobbie Spencer – General Hospital

Thank goodness they gave Jackie Zeman a farewell scene with Tony Geary, and it was well worth it.  Played exceptionally by both actors, we were left in a puddle of tears, once again.

BEST SPEECH

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Caroline’s toast to the late Bo at Thanksgiving – Days of our Lives

How sad.  The Bradys just days after their beloved Bo passes away try to have Thanksgiving.  It’s a somber moment.  Caroline tries her best to hold it together missing her son, and delivering a touching speech about her son as everyone toasts to Bo.  McCay was splendid.

MOST FRUSTRATING EXIT

Anthony Geary as Luke Spencer – General Hospital

After all the hype, all the goodbyes, it was Tony Geary’s last episode.  In it, Luke bonds with Sonny on the pier of Port Charles, and basically passes the torch to Maurice Benard (Sonny), and walks into the fog with a nod to the camera.  Problem was: viewers were anticipating a montage of clips, a moment between Luke and Laura, or something else entirely.  But as was revealed, must of that was scratched via Geary.  We wanted to have a good cry seeing the most iconic actor and character leave our genre, but instead many fans were left scratching their heads!

BEST TEARJERKER EPISODE

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Bo Dies after he recalls his life with Hope – Days of our Lives

Bo and Hope reminisce on their ionic love story complete with vintage clips, shortly before Bo dies in Hope’s arm.  Brilliantly produced, scripted, and performed by Peter Reckell, and Kristian Alfonso.

BEST STANDALONE EPISODE

52nd Anniversary Episode – General Hospital

The acting, the production, the writing, the editing – all of the values of this show should be acknowledged come Emmy time.  The use of black and white to color to tell the story, the use of GH history of weaving in April 1st as the key day in Luke’s life, the use of Laura Wright as Luke’s mother, and Tony Geary’s brilliant performance make this one exquisite piece of television. 

BEST EPISODE AND BEST REVEAL

The Adam Reveal – The Young and the Restless

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Y&R was firing on all cylinders the day Adam’s identity was exposed, and the aftermath.  The episode, where different people confront the guy for his duplicity including Adam’s father Victor, and his archrival Billy, among others characters was executed perfectly.  GH should take note on how this reveal worked far greater than the Jason reveal.  Jason needs to remember who he is, and connect with people to make it more dramatic and effective.  Kudos to the writing, producing and top notch cast here led by Justin Hartley, Eric Braeden and Peter Bergman!

BEST STORYLINE:

The story of Maya Avant after being revealed as transgender – The Bold and the Beautiful

Karla Mosley (Maya) was given material to shine – she took it and ran with it, B&B took us on a journey of acceptance in a story that became so impeccably timed with Catilyn Jenner’s real life announcement as the transgender community gained attention worldwide.

WORST STORYLINE

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Serena and the elephant statue – Days of our Lives

Watching OLTL favorite Melissa Archer as Serena stand there in a room holding, or searching for an elephant statute for months on end, was absolutely a snoozer.  When the plot revealed to be about blood diamonds hidden in one of two elephant statues, and one that Eric Brady might have, this once viable option for a love interest for the former priest had no where to go, but with a necktie strangling her neck!

Runner –up:

Scooby-Doo Murders Continued – The Young and the Restless

This muddled tale started with no key characters being killed; for it was Austin and Courtney who were murdered. T he story continued into May, when Fen returned to say he spiked everyone’s punch at the Valentine’s party.  Later this all turns out to be tied in with Faux Jack (Marco), and Detective Harding who is revealed as the murderer.  And we liked Chris McKenna (Harding) and wanted him around Genoa City for much longer.

MOST EMOTIONAL STORYLINE

Bo is dying – Days of our Lives

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The riveting performances of Stephen Nichols, Mary Beth Evans, Peter Reckell, Kristian Alfonso, and Peggy McCay drove this centerpiece of the DAYS 50th anniversary.  It was a story told with such heart in short order.  The final scenes of the iconic Reckell with each of them, left the cast noticeably touched, as they not only bid farewell to their longtime time castmate, but grieved the loss of Bo.   Interview with actors for honors here!

MOST SHOCKING STORYLINE

The Necktie Serial Killer- Days of our Lives

Ben, being the Necktie Serial Killer was one thing, but the grizzly murders and the darkness that enveloped this story was filled with shocking unsettling moments including: the murder of Will Horton, kidnapping a pregnant Abby and tying her up, and including that bloody fight between Ben and Chad.  However, it made it “You can’t look away TV”.  It also made Billy Flynn, the younger leading man of DAYS, capable of great depth and emotion whether it be Chad fighting for the woman he loves, Abby or whatever comes his way.

BEST WRITING

 (TIE)

Days of our Lives – Josh Griffith and Dena Higley

The Bold and the Beautiful – Brad Bell

Griffith and Higley rejuvenated DAYS, even though some decisions may have been unpopular, it opened up the show and made it the series a you-need-to-watch-every-day, not just once a  month soap viewing, or you will miss up.  As for Bell, the transgender storyline spoke volumes to his writing team’s commitment to tackle a hot button social issue of our time.

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BEST DECLARATION:

Lucas tells Brad he loves him at Nurses station – General Hospital

Sweet! Lucas, who would not say his feelings out loud to Brad, jumps on the 7th floor nurses station desk, and tells Brad he loves him in front of the hospital staff and patients who happened by.  It was a hankie-filled moment fans were waiting for.  Now the question is: what is the pick up of the story since the declaration? What ever happened to Rosalie, Brad’s wife?

MOST PREPOSTEROUS PLOT TWISTS

(TIE)

Sage’s baby being stolen and given to Sharon, who is confused if she has given birth, thanks to the machinations of Dr. Anderson drugging her – The Young and the Restless

Marco and Jack doppelganger story – The Young and the Restless

We have seen stolen babies permeate daytime soaps in the past – where one mother grieves the loss of a child, only to have had it sold, or kidnapped, and given to someone else. This tale involving Sage and Nick, and Sharon and Dylan, is one of our least favorite stories of the year.

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The issue with the Jack and Marco doppelganger story is that one was the rich and spoiled Jack Abbott, and the other was supposed to be a Peruvian drug lord.  Peter Bergman was fantastic, as usual, but the rest of this plot twist left us confused and wanting it to be over.

MOST UNEXPLAINED STORY

Little Jake returns alive and is reunited with Elizabeth! – General Hospital

So, did we fully understand how Helena switched kids in the hospital, and the kidney transplants, etc?  Or, How Jake was alive all these years on Cassadine Island?

MOST SHOCKING TWIST

Maya is “Myron” – The Bold and the Beautiful

One of the greatest soap twists in history!  Maya Avant was born a man.  Her sister Nicole came to town and mentioned Maya’s past as her brother named Myron! Mainstream and LGBT media went Cray Cray for this one!

Runner-up:

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Aly’s Death –The Bold and the Beautiful

We did not see this one coming!  We thought an unhinged Aly had some more time left on the planet, but she ends up killed in a fight with her nemesis, accidental serial killer. Steffy!

BEST RETURN

Stephen Nichols – Days of our Lives

Patch is back, and it wasn’t for sure a short visit, but he’s here to stay!  Engrossed in major story with Kayla, Ava, and his son Joey, Nichols delivered performances that continue to be heartfelt and memorable, starting with Bo’s death and the aftermath.

BEST RETURN TO DAYTIME

Michael E. Knight – Simon Neville – The Young and the Restless

Yes, Knight’s role as Dr. Simon Neville may be a bit unusual and quirky, but who cares?  Seeing Michael Knight on our daytime screens again is worth it after decades of the Tad the Cad on AMC.

WORST RETURN

(Tie)

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Eileen Davidson as  Kristen DiMera – Days of our Lives

Stacy Haiduk as Patty Williams – The Young and the Restless

The rushed story of Theresa getting her baby back from a vengeful Kristen, and Patty making ‘nice-nice’ with Sharon and then ultimately Ian, just weren’t what we hoped would be served up by these dynamic ladies.  They deserved better!

MOST REVIVED CHARACTER:

Ben Weston – Days of our Lives

After being a nice guy with a temper, Ben Weston was turned into a deeply troubled young man with deep issues stemming from his childhood, and his jealousy.  Thus a serial killer was born.  Rob Scott Wilson demanded our attention, and got it in his eerie performances.

MOST RUINED CHARACTER MALE

Aiden Jennings – Days of our Lives

DAYS fans were outraged that after investing in the love story of Haiden!   Aiden, being the most viable love interest for Hope since Bo left the canvas, turned out to be a wannabe bride killer! Thus, setting the stage for Cosgrove to be written off the show.

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MOST RUINED CHARACTER FEMALE

Avery Clark – The Young and the Restless

Poor Jessica Collins!  The mighty actress’ character was written all over the place, and after Avery was raped, Collins tried to sell this story as well as she could. Ultimately, fans were not happy, and Collins left the show.

BEST COUPLE

Rick and Maya, The Bold and the Beautiful

A good tale to tell on daytime:  Even after disclosing that she was a born a man, Rick did not throw her out the front door.  In fact, they worked through it and it solidified their love. Rick accepted Maya for who she is today … the woman she has always wanted to be.

MOST BORING COUPLE

Sharon and Dylan, Nick and Sage & Stitch and Abby – The Young and the Restless

Take your pick: These three couples all feel forced and somewhat temporary.   We are not sure if that is the intent, but their love stories are not making us root for them.  Not good.

BIGGEST WASTE OF TALENT – FEMALE

Melissa Archer – Days of our Lives

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The fiery redhead, who wowed us Natalie Buchanan on One Life to Live, was set to do it again on DAYS.  Only the writers painted her into a corner in the ‘elephant statue’ storyline.  It wasn’t until some final moments in scenes with Billy Flynn that she was able to create spark, and then they killed her off.

BIGGEST WASTE OF TALENT – MALE

Jason Thompson – General Hospital

With the writers not being able to find a viable story sans Robin for five-time Daytime Emmy nominee Thompson, who was relegated to the back-burner for most of the year, and it was noticeable to the fans.  Upshot: He is now on Y&R.

WORST LOVE TRIANGLE

Devon/Hilary/Neil – The Young and the Restless

When will this end?  We were rooting for Hevon!

MOST ILL-TIMED MEDIA QUOTE:

After his farewell Luke Spencer tour, and letting it be known he had no intent of ever coming back to GH after his final episode airs, a quote circulates from mainstream outlet’s that Anthony Geary said on a possible return:  “If the story is interesting to me and it works out, I may come to the show for six weeks, or so.”  Say what?   Now that former head writer Ron Carlivati has been displaced, a person Geary slammed in the media, will this quote might actually come to fruition?

BIGGEST SOCIAL MEDIA FIRESTORM

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GH’s Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis) tweets her disagreement in real-time of the sentiments shared by Viola Davis on her Emmy-winning speech for her performance on How to Get Away with Murder.  Nancy and the soaps certainly got a lot of coverage for this one.

WORST PROP

The black wig used by Ava Jerome to fool everyone into believing she is Denice DeMuccio – General Hospital

A thick black wig!   Tri-state area accent did not fool anyone that Denice was actually Ava Jerome.  Maura West played it to the hilt, but the wig overstayed its welcome. We just wanted our magnificent Ava back!

So, after reviewing our picks, which do you agree with?  Which do you disagree with? What are your thoughts on the Best and Worst in Soaps of 2015?  Were you happy to see some of your favorites and favorites shows receiving our year-end honors?  Share your thoughts below!

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  1. Kim says:

    Just wanted to say – biggest waste of talent = losing KASSIE DEPAIVA from #DAYS….and what they did with her while there.

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    Shelle Dale replied

    I 100 percent agree you get a talent and put her with teens sleeping with Jennifer son all for nothing her past should been explored not angst for jj and Paige
    Her Paige death scene awesome but then damage was done. She should never been let go. She should been used better. Her and Eddie would been magical. Her scenes are Emmy worthy even when given. I never understand why they wasted her talent.

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    Llanviewer717 replied

    I agree. Days truly missed the mark with Kassie DePaiva and Melissa Archer. Both are excellent actors who could have made terrific contributions to Days for years to come.

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    conniemac replied

    amen!

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    Jeremy replied

    totally big mistake letting Kassie Deprive go from DAYS. She is total gem, and I hope someday soon DAYS will bring Kassie back as Eve. There’s been some great scenes with Justin and Eve, I want to see where that goes, but now DAYS let Kassie go, REALLY? bad move.

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    Elizabeth replied

    Kassie DePaiva was totally miscast as Eve Donovan from the beginning. Although, that was almost (almost) nothing compared to the abominable casting that her former partner Roger Horwath was given at General Hospital….

    mike replied

    I agree, Days made 2 big mistakes. Killing Will and firing their best actress Kassie.

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    Patrick replied

    here, here

    I’m glad you are front and center with this; no matter how any one spins the resurgeance of DAYS; and i’m truly ecstatic

    what always surfaces… and will not let up

    how could they fire this smorgasbord of TALENT ? ! ? !

    LOL i’ve already used ever superlative … of this megaSTAR

    Days could bring her back as a new character… and we’d never even flinch, knowing she was recently REELED as Eve

    Justin, Eduardo, and Rafe… are waiting in the wings

    as is the audience favorite

    Ken Corday : you had to have known… what a serious error

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    Harry replied

    YES, Kim–I totally concur.

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    Mary Lou DeVriendt replied

    I agree! Kassie is magnificent! Eve’s grieving for Paige tore my heart out. I think DAYS is throwing away a goldmine.

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    Jamesj75 replied

    I agree, Kim. And I am disappointed that this year-end wrap-up didn’t even mention this terrific actress…

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    CeeCee replied

    No, they did not, did they, James? Kassie’s pain and sorrow was so real, I felt my own heart ache. Instead, Amelie Heinle was given the honors. Don’t get me wrong, I do appreciate this actress, but the accolades were not as deserving as demonstrated. I, personally, think Kassie blew me away; and, Kate Mansi was also sensational. I thought that Kelly Sullivan, and to a degree, Sharon Case outdid Amelia….by far. So, I don’t get it.
    Moreover, a repetition of femme fatale seducing another teen is in the works. TPTB ruined Kassie with that repulsive storyline; wansn’t once enough? Must we see the reel again? Beside the fact that I do not get this Ava Vitale and her story, at all. I am at a complete loss how this woman suddenly appeared and insinuated herself in people’s lives. I must have missed a major episode.
    The fake blood work killed all interest for me. As I said before, no medical professional would have been that easily fooled. It is very irritating to think the audience could be fooled thus. Are we stupid? But, it’s a soap…poetic license? Lol.
    Stay well, James….

    Jamesj75 replied

    @ CeeCee

    You are absolutely correct, Friend! With all you’ve written. For instance, I’ve never understood why Heinle gets all the accolades, at the detriment of other terrific actresses, such as Sharon Case.

    The DePaiva was mesmerizing throughout. It was a huge mistake to let her go.

    Have a Wonderful and Happy New Year!

    dinah replied

    Agree big time

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    dinah replied

    the Kassie part

    robert replied

    yep. Days dropped the ball with her

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    Rj replied

    I agree. She is terrific, and I would have liked to see her in a different role. Very talented actor.

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    Boca Scott replied

    I 100 percent believe James Reed as Clyde was a huge reason to watch Days every day. With Stefano weakened to a wheelchair and Victors softening. Andre is not enough. Especially after Clydes well rounded villain performance. Bring him back along with Ben could easily win any court case do to insanity. I hope we see the Weston men back on days before end of the year. Great review. Thanks

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  2. Mary Campbell says:

    Agree so much about Laura Wright (Carly) she’s the best daytime offers and also Robert Palmer W. (Dillon) is also totally awesome!! Some of the choices made were unbelievable (some in my opinion are a waste of airtime and some I think are the greatest!!) I too love Ava-glad Denise is history along with the wig!! Some of the choices I have no opinion since I usually just watch GH. Thanks for all your hard work and respected insights into my daytime dream world. You’re the best!!

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    Newmanwins replied

    Yes! Laura Wright was the best leading actress out of the four soaps in 2015 and MF selecting her as the top female performer was the right call. She is the MVP of General Hospital and brings everything together in the pivotal scenes like nobody else in daytime. GH has far and away the best leading actresses in daytime and that will be proven again when the emmy noms come out. Finola Hughes and Maura West will be nominated with Laura Wright so GH will have 3/5 in the category.

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  3. Lia says:

    I disagree with a lot of this. Will being killed of DAYS was the best move of the year, and he died after September 1st, so he won’t be back. I couldn’t care less if Sonny was seated on the second row at the funeral. I despise both. Good riddance. Rob Wilson and James Read had the best performances on Days this year. Billy is good too, but theirs far surpassed his. James, Rob and Daniel Cosgrove should still be on that show. Karla Mosely gave the best performance by an actress all year, and she was named. What a slap in her face that is. If she does win the best leading female Emmy, something is awfully wrong. Days needs to get rid of teen Ciara.

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    4ever DAYS replied

    Some people are saying Maya ruins…whatever that means. LOL!

    I don’t think she’ll be strangled though. She’ll just crossover to Y&R…she has experience in crossing over.

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    Lia replied

    Some people are just prejudiced against blacks, and don’t want Rick married to one. Some people don’t think a black woman is good enough to be a Forrester, and hope Maya is sent to Y&R to mix with the Winters. Lol Maya hasn’t ruined a thing on this show. No more than white Caroline, Brooke, Ivy and Steffy. If anything Maya has brought awesome high ratings to what had become a tiresome show.

    4ever DAYS replied

    I wish DAYS would have a larger African American representation and I’m hopeful for Theo and Lani to have big stories.

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    Lia replied

    Beautiful Lani let it be known to Rafe that she’s interested in dating him, and he told her it couldn’t happen because they can’t mix business with pleasure, yet he’s all in Hope’s face every day hoping she’ll notice him. Now what is that all about? I guarantee you, the producers on that show don’t want Rafe involved with a black woman because as a prominent character dating Lani, they would become popular, and that’s saved for the white couples like Chabby, Ejami etc.
    It’s a shame that in this day and age the entertainment industry continues to be one of the biggest machines for racism.

    Reagan replied

    I’ve wondered for years why they don’t bring back more of Abe’s family… like his brother Jonah. I’m sure Jonah should have a teen son or daughter by now. Darnell Williams from AMC could also make a good Marcus recast since the original actor is deceased.

    4ever DAYS replied

    I think Rafe is just hung up on Hope and there’s still a chance for “Rani.”

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    CeeCee replied

    Hi, Lia,
    I am soooo with you about Rafe and Hope. I think Lani is perfect for him. Hope has now turned into something to ridicule worse than our Miss Jenny. Before being called an ageist for the umpteenth time….why, oh, why can Hope be given a mature storyline, befitting her persona, if not age. Aiden and she made sense, albeit her emotions fluctuated left and right. Understandable when one settles. I hope and pray, Lia, that a Rafe-Hope connection does not happen. This woman saddens me. She really makes me miserable watching her. Bring the real Hope back sans Rafe in tow.
    Lani and Rafe would make such a stunning couple, but the beautiful, newcomer isn’t good enough to walk in Hope’s shoes. She gets the crumbs and Maid Hopian gets the loaf. You are so right….it is obvious to me that Hope and Rafe are being thrown together. And, ‘they’ are using Bo’s words to Rafe to look after Hope. Of all the male relatives and friends Hope has, Bo chose Rafe for the job? Golly Gee, what is a body to do? Bo asked him, how could he refuse?!?!?!?! Rafe has only known Bo for a whole minute, comparatively speaking. Yet, they had become sooooo close in that minute to entrust his ex’s well-being/life to him? Not a relative? Oh, yes; Rafe is bound by that friendship, that promise. He needs to keep Bo’s dying wish/request! Right!!

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    CeeCee replied

    @Timmm.
    Hi, Timmm,
    I support your statement about T. Geary, through and through, Timmm. I never hid the fact that he was not a favorite of mine. I did not like him, as Fluke; and, I suppose, sometimes that rubs off on the actor.
    But, as I said, I always respected his outstanding acting and professionalism. I am sure TPTB had good reason to accommodate him. THEY needed him….and, even though Tony was probably still not feeling up to par, he did what was asked of him.
    By the time his departure came around, I, too, came around…..he completely won me over with his ingenious performance from A to Z. Whatever fallout he had with Genie ( whom I love from here to the stars) is a separate issue….nothing to do with what he gave his audience. And, it should not be a deterrent. I agree, Timmm. I cannot think of any other lead actor more deserving in that category. Then again, I don’t watch B&B, soooo……later, luv-ya.

    Lane replied

    James Read is a good actor. Too bad the writing was so inconsistent with him.

    Rob Wilson OTOH is a terrible and very limited actor. No chemistry with Kate Mansi. Kate was kind enough to stay an extra year and they wasted her on a 4th rate actor. Ben had nothing going for him.

    Billy Flynn, however, was exceptional along with Kate Mansi. That is what they should have focused on instead of a crappy triangle. The serial killer storyline was terrible except for the fact Ben is no longer on canvas. That’s its only bright spot.

    It’s terrible that Kate has left Days. Best of luck to her.

    The writing on Days did improve only to get worse. There’s not much that is interesting right now. They never follow up on anything. It’s just plot devices and not enough character development.

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    Lia replied

    I don’t agree with you about Rob Wilson. He has grown tremendously as an actor. His work as Ben will hopefully get him an Emmy nom, and win. I don’t have anything against Billy. He’s wonderful as Chad, so I’m happy he staying for awhile, but Rob was great as the serial killer, and especially with Kate as Abi. She has become downright boring since Ben was sent to prison.

  4. Natalie says:

    I completely agree that Jason Thompson’s talent was wasted this year on GH! He has all the talent and ability to be a leading man! With Tony Geary gone, I would have liked to see another strong make lead besides Maurice Bernard. So heartbroken that he is leaving GH. With Patrick Drake marrying Robin Scorpio and then having Emma, they are an important legacy to GH history and should they be carrying the torch! To me Robin and Patrick are the Supercouple of the 2000s, right up there with Luke and Laura and Frisco and Felicia!

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    Newmanwins replied

    I really think that the Patrick character just ran his course on GH and there is a sliver lining to JT deciding to leave and that means it will open up a contract spot to bring back Wally Kurth as Ned and Greg Vaughn as Lucky. You can do more storyline wise with Ned and Lucky, given they are way more connected in PC than Patrick, and frankly they are needed more right now. JT is a great actor and a classy man but with KM deciding to leave daytime there wasn’t much for JT that ever clicked on GH. He was given storylines and three other pairings but none of it clicked. He had a good ten year run in the role and maybe it’s time for something new. I am glad that Patrick and Robin are getting a great sendoff as a couple cause if KM ever decides to return to daytime then JT may decide to return cause he is not a good fit for the role of Billy on Y&R. It is a big miscast and might be a short term job. We could have Patrick and Robin back in a few years but right now we need Ned/Lucky more than Patrick. The fact that Geary, Easton, and JT are all gone should open up plenty of room in the budget to bring back Kurth and Vaughn.

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  5. Michele says:

    The decision to kill off Duke Lavery and make Anna mourn him for the 3rd time was far more disappointing than the one to lose Silas, imo.

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    Jules replied

    YES!!!!!! Thank you!!! My thoughts too when I read that!

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    Reagan replied

    I think so too.

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  6. Elizabeth says:

    Rebecca Herbst was phenomenal on GH this year! Her story line with the return of Jason had incredible highs and lows and she took viewers with her on the journey. She’s an incredibly talented actress who deserves recognition for her work. GH has had it’s difficulties with writers and producers, but the actors always deliver!

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    Denise replied

    I agree! Rebecca was amazing this year with the Jake/Jason storyline

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    Reagan replied

    Agree. Rebecca always does great with what they give her, whether it is amazing or amazingly sh*tty. :)

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  7. carole says:

    the most ruined male character should have been franco from gh.

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    su0000 replied

    Franco is a fabulous character..
    He is true soap charter, a character that brings it home every time..
    Rogers version of his Franco, created for Roger is phenomenal.
    Nobody but Roger could play Franco, that role was made for Roger, he owns it!

    A Franco fan!!!

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    Elizabeth replied

    Obviously not someone who watched GH during the tenure of the original Franco. This recast is wrong from so many perspectives it is unfathomable.

    Harry replied

    Wait, I think you’re a bit mixed up, Carol. ( I am not talking to Su00 who seems to be always living in state of delusion).
    How can Francohave been ruined when he was presented to us as a sociopathic serial killer and played AND invented by James Franco, who was merely having fun with soap opera viewers? This character was a whim of James Franco’s and his creation was not meant to last and was certainly not meant for a recast.
    I suspect Carol meant to say that Roger Howarth was the most wasted actor in being forced to play James Franco’s huge practical joke which was meant to be temporary and which ultimately boxed in Roger into playing a wise cracking moron.
    I weep when I see what has become of Roger–he could have been a contender.
    Suoo, do you realize how you insane you sound when you say that that “nobody but Roger could play Franco”?
    Uhhhhh…James Franco is a real person and Roger being forced to play the manifestation of this actor’s play acting was the beginning of the end for him.
    Everyone, I mean, EVERYONE, gets this but you.

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    carole replied

    i meant exactly what i stated, franco was ruined when reinvented by rc having rh portray him. robert franco is/was and always will be the one and only franco. rh’s protrayal is a joke and an embarrassment for us long time viewers (no way did heather give birth while helping susan deliver jason nor was she involved with scott at that time). currently franco is only worthy the ff button.

    carole replied

    james franco not robert franco — lol senior moment

    CeeCee replied

    Happy New Year, Harry.
    The whole point of Franco having had a tumor extracted from his brain, Harry, was to create a completely different entity. Subsequently, new, improved Franco. At least, that’s what I think. The role may have been initiated by James Franco, and obviously the name remains….other than changing the name, not much else can be done about that. However, I thought the personality change was purposely done. I truly believe the comparison to Franco, as portrayed by James Franco is not fair. It’s a NEW character, with the same name. That’s how I look at it. Perhaps it is much easier for me because I did not watch when James was on. I do understand how hard it is, oftentimes, to separate the two for long-time fans. That’s how I feel about Gina Tognoni’s Phyllis.
    So, su is really not off the mark.
    Nonetheless, I am also confused about Carole’s comment. I suppose she means the character is not well portrayed by Roger? I actually think that Roger is doing Franco justice with what he has been given; it is TPTB that are doing Roger an injustice.

    Newmanwins replied

    Franco was actually one of the more improved characters and in one of the most improved couples of 2015. Roger Howarth and Michelle Stafford are great together onscreen. Very well acted scenes and a very strong chemistry between them.

    Neil Winters is by far the most ruined male of 2015.

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    carole replied

    only improvements that could be made to rh’s franco is by having james franco come back to kill the imposter or have franco and nina (another useless character now that silas is dead) marry and move far away from pc and then i’ll have no reason to ff thru anything more than commercials.

    Elizabeth replied

    The more airtime Franco gets the less I am interested in watching the show… or even keeping up with it. I liked Todd Manning on GH, I despise Franco. Period.

    Kim replied

    it’s definitely true, carole. Franco was original and definitely not a mainstream romantic lead.

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    CeeCee replied

    I really believe that Roger’s Franco is Franco in name only. Am I making any sense? LOL. It is a new creation?

  8. Shari says:

    I think overall female performance should be Finola Hughes. I have never seen an actress give more emotion to every storyline that they are in. While I don’t doubt that Laura was amazing-I just feel like Finola is the clear runaway winner.

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    Newmanwins replied

    I think they both should be nominated for emmys and there should be a tie in the lead actress category so they both can win.

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  9. Caroline says:

    Great to see Lucas made the Best Declaration. Unfortunately this story almost stops here . Now Engaged and deeply in love will 2016 bring happier times for the pair

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  10. robert says:

    I felt 2015 was a down year creatively for the soaps. Killing off Will was terrible. Justin Hartley deserves to win the emmy for lead actor at next years daytime emmy,what he has done with the role has been phenomenal. I don’t blame Jason Thompson for leaving GH,boy was he wasted this year. At Y&R he will play a leading character and will get a chance to showcase his acting abilities. I’m looking forward to seeing him with Bergman and Heinle. B&B was good earlier this year,now it’s bad. Days has gotten better. GH was the worst soap of the year,and their falling ratings showed it. While I like Pratt’s disaster stories,it’s the day to day stuff that turns me off. The doppleganger,Avery’s exit Neil hiding comotose Hillary,and the baby switch was bad. I want Pratt to focus more on character than lame plots. The Adam reveal episodes were amazing. I wanna see more of those type of shows

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    JUDY K replied

    AGREE!!!!!

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    Newmanwins replied

    Good luck to Jason Thompson. I feel like he’s gonna be the miscast of the decade in the role of Billy Abbot and won’t have a happy ending with Y&R. It doesn’t matter how good an actor is if the role is not right for them. Eden Riegel and Maura West have lots of emmy wins between them but they were fired by Y&R after a year cause they were badly miscast in the roles of Heather and Diane. This is the fourth different Billy Abbott in two years and some fans won’t accept anyone but Billy Miller so I predict a rocky road for Jason Thompson.

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    JUDY K replied

    I AGREE 100%,,,GOOD ACTOR BUT A HUGE MISTAKE FOR BILLY ABBOT….LOOK WHAT HAPPENED TO MAURA WEST…

    Mellisa replied

    Tony Geary delivered the best acting performances of the year. He sold a tough storyline and proved himself worthy of another Emmy for Lead Actor. I think Jacob Young’s Rick Forrester was also great acting in a complex storyline. As for Justin Hartley, all he did was take his shirt off. I never saw any depth at all.

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    CeeCee replied

    I do agree, Melissa. I detested Fluke, but I admired the acting. For Geary to draw that much venom from me, and I’m sure most viewers, only proves his greatness, as an actor. His personal life or his behavior should not matter when strictly speaking of his craft. I cannot deny this guy’s talent.
    Justin Hartley is definitely not en par with Geary. However, comparing them is apples and oranges. Geary has decades of acting experience in his corner. He is seasoned.
    I think Justin connects with the audience on a one-to-one basis. His face is very expressive, even when subdued.
    Nonetheless, for me? Rob, as Ben (DOOL) beats everyone, hands down, albeit in a supporting role.

    Timmm replied

    Tony should get the Emmy. He is a legend who was still relevant in 2015. He was ill and did not write the Fluke story. Yes, he did have a heavy say so in his character! [Covering my azz here!] But I thought his black and white performance was amazing! And speaking of that, how is that young actor who played young Luke not on a soap right now! He was so good. EVERYONE was so good!

  11. Rebecca Franklin says:

    On target Michael. Jason Thompson Kimberly McCullough Billy Miller and Brooklyn so right on. Losing Will Horton (Guy) heart breaking poor writing. Love your interviews and takes on the soap world. Thank you!

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  12. Matt says:

    Well done Michael. Agree with you completely on Melissa Archer and Michael Easton. Terrible roles for both of them. Miss their magic and would love to see them together again!

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    Maddie replied

    Αmen to this! LOVE Easton and Archer. I would watch faithfully if they were reunited.

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  13. Marie says:

    Amelia Heinle? Really? Where is Melissa Claire Egan?

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    su0000 replied

    Melissa Claire Egan/Chelsea ‘buries’ Amelia Heinle/Victoria, every scene, every time.

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    Newmanwins replied

    I would take Melissa Claire Egan over Amelia Heinle but imo the best three supporting actresses on soaps in 2015 were Rebecca Herbst, Linsey Godfrey, and Kassie D.

    Patrick replied

    @Newmanwins

    beautiful!

    I’d still add Amelia Heinle

    throw in MCE; Rebecca Herst, Linsey Godfrey; and My love… Kassie DePaiva

    argh! pains me… when the category is so… tough it out

    I’d almost have to go with most consistent… and I don’t even watch the show

    Linsey Godfrey ? no? ok?

    on equal footing; Liz, gh – Eve, Dool
    darkhorse : Amelia Heinle, Y&R
    and throw in… she’s so lauded? can never figure this out moreso than AE

    SZima replied

    Amen Marie!
    I can’t stand to watch AH. The ONLY time she was tolerable was with Billy Miller. Once he left, AH was unwatchable once again.
    I feel bad for Jason Thompson having to work with her, but maybe “Billy” will finally move on from “Victoria” and he’ll sizzle with someone else.

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    GH Fan replied

    I can’t imagine Jason Jackson as BillyAbbott. He should have been written as a new character. Its going to weird seeing Ex-Patrick not wearing scrubs. I wish him well.

  14. GH Fan says:

    General Hospital:
    These fine actors deserve an emmy…Rebecca Herbst Emme Rylan, Kelly Monaco, the girl who played young Patricia, Maurice Benard, Bryan Craig, Dom Z. and Nancy Lee Grahn.

    I agree GH 52nd Anniversary Show was the best and T. Geary, Laura Wright & Joey Luthman deserve an Emmy.

    I am wishing that Geary doesn’t win. My heart breaks for Ron Carlivanti. It’s obvious that Ron bent over backwards to please Geary at the expense of the cast and show. For almost 2 years GH was a one man show that revolved around Fluke. Of the 2 years there were only 2 shows worth watching. a) when Luke meets Fluke b) anniversary show

    I was furious to read that it was Geary not Ron’s idea a) to make an evil Luke b) Geary had the authority to change script (history of GH) with disregard to the fans or the writers. c) Geary choice not to have a farwell ending to Luke (Because he hated Luke/Laura) d) worst of all Geary blamed Ron for his actions
    Shaking my head at Geary Shame on you sir! I was one of your greatest fans, but if tptb decide to bring back Luke I will lead the boycott!!

    Young & Restless

    TPTB are turning Y&R into a Steve Burton One Man Show… is there one story Dillon doesn’t play major role????

    Bold and Beautiful

    Sorry I hated the Transgender story. It was not realistic. No straight man would easily accept a Transgender and its impossible to create an actual vagina but we are suppose to believe he didn’t notice that it was it was altered?? Seriously???

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    Newmanwins replied

    I hope that Tony doesn’t win again either but I remember him saying he plans to submit so it’s probably gonna happen. Maurice deserves the leading actor nomination from GH. Sonny was written more like the 90′s Sonny in 2015 and Maurice had one amazing year.

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    GH Fan replied

    I agree 10000%

    Elizabeth replied

    There is a lot of politics involved in Emmy awards. Hard to envision Tony Gearylwinning anything given the vitriolic interviews that he was giving in his last days. Talk about biting the hand that fed him. If he won again after all that I would have to wonder if anyone in this industry has any respect for the genre.

  15. Stacey says:

    Agree on Laura Wright. Always enjoy her acting. Have really enjoyed Days with the exception of the murders. Very sad to say goodbye to Bo. Love Melissa Archer our fiery redhead and LOVE her with Michael Easton. Can we see these two reunited in 2016. They are sooooo missed.

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    Maddie replied

    Seeing Michael and Melissa reunited would be great. They can work it and work it well.

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    maddiehayes replied

    Any soap that reunites Melissa and Michael will automatically have my viewership! :D

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    Steph replied

    Mine too! I would watch them on any medium.

    CeeCee replied

    Rock on, maddie. Natalie and John forever!! I mean Melissa and Michael. Lol.

    Annie replied

    Hell yes they are so missed. They were involved in awful storylines and not given opportunities to shine. I would LOVE to see Michael and Melissa paired again and working their magic. TPTB need to make this happen.

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  16. Emma says:

    Very meh to your choices.. Where is alison sweeney’s praise for her work when sami finally breaks down on her son’s murder, outstanding and subtle scene all by herself on will’s flat. ps : all in all these soaps sucked this year, they are tired.. Always the same story, except for the Maya story, the only bright spot in term of originality.

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  17. Scoma60 says:

    I agree with the vast majority of them.My biggest disagreement is that Kristian Alfonso should be on Best Actress and Becky Herbst for Best Supporting. Alfonso did the best work of her career as Hope in the last few months. Herbst had to literally rise above the destruction of her character and turn s%#@ into gold.

    I’d also make B&B the soap that took a huge turn for the worse. The show was fabulous during the Maya/Avant story and the Caridge love story. It’s now a mess with the weeks of this Liam/Steffy/Wyatt/Ivy mess. It’s vapid and they have written Ivy totally out of character.

    And it can not be stressed enough that Luke’s exit was the worst exit imaginable for such an iconic character.

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    GH Fan replied

    Rebecca Herbst is a Leading Actress not Supporting. She truly deserves the Emmy, but Laura Wright and Finona (Anna) may win. All 3 are deserving
    Victoria #YR didn’t have any memorable performances in 2015.

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  18. Jonboy says:

    Disagree on two points. I enjoyed the Jason reveal more than the Adam reveal. The various character’s reactions were as if they had been given a disappointing weather report, while the fallout from Jason is ongoing. In another category I think cuteness is being confused with talent. Emma Drake is as cute as they come but there are times her acting is awful. I think the little girl on YnR is more talented.

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  19. Beth says:

    IA with so much of what you said about DOOL this past year (both the good and the bad). Thank you for also having the guts to acknowledge that B&B had a good 8 months, and not a solid year, in large part due to the transgender story and the care given by both the writers and the actors to telling it right during those first 8 months. Since the last 4 months of the year were filled with triangles which we’d already seen before and 2 pregnancies which have slowed the storytelling pace to a crawl, that show has been mediocre at best. I also agree with your praise for Laura Wright. Whenever I’d watch GH in 2015, she was always interesting and invested in Carly, which made me interested and invested. I know she’s won an Emmy, but IMO she’s someone who doesn’t get enough credit for doing solid work on a consistent basis. IMO 2015 was the year of mostly good returns by veteran actors to the roles that made them famous and I loved it. May 2016 deliver more pleasant surprises like that for all fans of Daytime.

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  20. James R. Poissant says:

    I do agree with all of these choices. Good work!!!

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  21. kaffen says:

    Little Jake,could have stayed gone, .didn’t need for him to come back.

    I,agree about Mr.Avant that,was powerful g

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    robert replied

    I hate the children driving story

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    Ces replied

    Agree about the little robot!

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    CeeCee replied

    I do agree, Ces, albeit I love kids, period….but, I think Jake was brought back as a device to keep Jason tied to Liz. Does that make sense? Otherwise, Jason’s choice would have been much easier. He’s tied to both women…Leachy Liz and Sobby Sam. What a dilemma!! Who to pick? LOL.

  22. clh says:

    Scary that DAYS is most improved. I started watching it in 2015 and it the most depressing, plot driven soap I have ever watched. Most of the characters are sooo boring, with stupid story-lines. And why is that every new male character has to be related to Kate or sleeping with her?

    If it’s most improved I’m glad I wasn’t watching it previously.

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  23. Margaret says:

    IMO GH was a total waste most of the year and the Christmas and New Year’s episode even left us feeling cheated. I am very disappointed in this show and what was supposed to be an improvement in writing. This whole Jason’s return could have been handled so much better and so differently.

    As for Days, I just really don’t know why in the world they would kill off so many characters. I would have rather Bo stayed locked up than been killed off, Aiden, never liked him still think he’s responsible for the wife. Ciara and Chase, ugg! Hope and rafe,not to happy with. disappointed that Daniel was killed love Melissa Archer, too bad she’s gone. just really really wish Bo had stuck around or not even came back because Bo and Hope were meant to be together forever…

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    robert replied

    your right on about GH. It has to be the most disappointing soap of the year. the quality really went down. A majority of the year was filler. I hate GH only advances story during sweeps months. every month you should be putting on engaging tv. All that college football playoff stuff on the New Year’s show was stupid. GH could take a big ratings hit after Patrick and Robin leaves,because their is nothing else engaging

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    Steph replied

    There isn’t a normal progression and evolution in stories and couplings on GH. Are viewers’ attention spans that limited?

  24. Jimh(leave it to beaver) says:

    Soap with the most interlopers who have overstayed their welcome imo: GH-Sabrina, Rosalee-glad she hasnt been on, Jordan, Franco, Valerie, Nina, Alexis, Julian and Ava…best improvement-well, somewhat-the Corinthos family and only because there is less mob story and more focus on family-the whole family still can be annoying at times especially Carly who is too obsessed with Jason…Micheal seems to forget Sonny killed his real father AJ and Morgan acts more like a cry baby than someone with bipolor disorder which i have so i can comment on that…glad they showed more Monica-Leslie C. should wear her hair up more often-its very flattering on her that way…love more scenes with Tracy and Monica…dont give minor characters storylines like Milo and Epihany and then dont show them-waste of filler moment…they should only interact with regular characters in their front and center stories when needed…please dont make Mac and Anna a couple but i do enjoy more Mac…Laura should run Crimson…i did like her little confrontation scene with Hayden!

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    Harry replied

    Love this comment, Jim–as usual, you’re spot on.
    Well done, mate.

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    rose replied

    Besides having more Monica and Tracy, it would also be nice to see Monica with the Judge once in a while…like at the Nutcracker Gala.

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    Jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    I actually forgot about him…and i agree!

    Shay replied

    Exactly, jimh….you’ve done the heavy lifting here….so I don’t have to!!!! Happy New Year!

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    Jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    Happy New Year to you too…and it would be if we got our wish and GH at least dumped half those i had mentioned!!!

    Shay replied

    @jimh….Oh, I hear what you’re saying! A happy new year that would make for indeed! My only conundrum would be which one should be the first to go, okay, second, if the truth be told! I’m sure you already know who would be my “sap-orific” top pick, but believe you me, it would be a mighty difficult task to separate the second over my third choice, as they rate a virtual tie on my major annoyance scale—again, no huge surprises regarding which two characters would vie for that “distinction!” Let’s just say it would be a battle royale between a vulgar, oversexed exhibitionist/ litigator and a squirrely scenery-chewing psycho/dilettante, and leave it at that…..although one does “top” the other by a mere nip(ple)….or two! (Wink, wink…..)

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    GH Fan replied

    I love Roger H. “Franco but no love for the cartoonish Nina character. Nina acts like a 14 year old..Come on TPTB she went into a comma in her 30′s stop the “virginal act” insult to the fans.

    One thing I do enjoy is Crimson is back and Maxie and Dillon are perfect in their roles! I have to give a shout out to Kristen (Maxie) can’t be easy playing a ditzy blonde and make it believable for 10+ years but Kristen is a natural hope her peers will someday appreciate
    her skills and reward her with Emmy nom.

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  25. Jimh(leave it to beaver) says:

    Days is the most improved soap but too much gloominess is a bad thing…balance that out with some romance and adventure with some light comedy thrown in but not too much campiness…sorry but the teen scene needs an overhaul…some of the worse i have ever seen…so far Claire and Theo are ok but that isnt saying much…any chance they can reverse the ages and bring the kids back?…The British soap Coronation Street is a good realistic soap about working middle class people with close to real life stories…Children age more realistically and the dead stay dead…the show is known for its light comedy moments but in recent years the show has ratings trouble like our American Soaps…it has more gloom and doom over the last several years…one character was brutally murdered, a tragic fire killed off two characters, a bus accident and several fights…a child beats on his stepmother…the new producer plans to make changes-more focus on the older vets to hopefully draw back the older viewers who left in droves and less focus on violence-you cant eliminate all violence because killing off a character or two helps move some stories but you can tone it down some…she plans to add more light hearted moments the show was once known for…i believe all soaps should focus on all generations…you dont want to alienate the older loyal viewer but at the same time you need a younger audience too to help keep the show on after us older people die off-we were young once and as we aged we are responsible for help keeping these shows on the air for future generations!

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  26. Matthew Place says:

    Congrats B&B!!!

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    4ever DAYS replied

    Yes, congrats to B&B for the first 8 months of the year. It’s such a shame it went down the toilet and now DAYS has been on the throne for 4 months!

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    sarah replied

    you are way to insecure about B&B & the fact that it was good for almost 3 quarters of the year & days only managed to get it together in the last four months says something. I also didn’t buy the comment you already made that B&B was getting cancelled

    robert replied

    B&B has gone from sugar to garbage

    JUDY K replied

    THIS SHOW HAS BEEN IN THE TOLIET All year…no longer tune in….

  27. tim S says:

    A shot out to the actress who played Abbey.. She did a great job in her role this year. Very believable…

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  28. Joan Faist says:

    Jonathan Jackson and Anthony Geary are dynamite together. Best acting duo ever on any medium.
    The last scenes with them before Tony left were gut wrenching and awesome at the same time.
    For Jonathan to come back to a character he hadn’t played for several years and put that level of emotion into his portrayal well what is there to say! He is phenomenal .
    I also applaud Peter Reckell for stepping back into his role as Bo as if he had never left. Great performances from Peter.
    And there’s no better couple in the soaps than Sonny and Carly. Kudos to Maurice and Laura.

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    Newmanwins replied

    You said it!

    Sonny and Carly were the best couple of 2015. The chemistry and scenes between MB and LW has never been better. This was also the best reunion of the couple that’s ever been done by a mile.

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  29. Jimh(leave it to beaver) says:

    Days part 2: Sorry Kristen fans but that character has run its course…her last visit proves the character has run out of steam…maybe had Kristen been pregnant by Erik and had passed the child off as Bradys might have kept the story of Kristen somewhat fresh and exciting…Brady wouldve won custody while Kristen went to prison…after about a year Brady learns his son is Eriks and there is a battle between the two men over custody…oh well, instead we get a quickie wrap up on Theresa’s stolen baby that stagnate Kristen and made her stale…making Will Sammyish was a ploy to make fans hate the character so we wouldnt care if this legacy character was killed off but it backfired…Guy Wilson wasnt well liked by most fans didnt help but Will should never been killed off…i would have liked Sonny and Will reconcile and repeat their wedding vows as part of the shows 50th and have these characters leave town at least temporarily …i still have slight hope Will isnt dead…he has been in a coma and Sami is using some of that Dimera money for Wills medical care…meanwhile, i see Ava being propped as the “new Kristen” and will torment Patch, Kayla and Joey the same way Kristen has done to John. Marlena and Brady in the past…and if any story needs a quick wrap up its John’s search for his true identity once and for all…i see Chad and Belle as the next EJ and Sami…

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    Jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    Chad plus Belle=Bhad!…lol

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    CeeCee replied

    Good one, Jimmy. How clever and how true!! As Mo said, Chad is her nephew’s (Will) age. Anything goes? I hope Abby gets recast….I have finally come to accept Abby and Chad….took me a long while, but I surely prefer those two together than Bhad!!!!l. Lol. Later.

    Jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    Character in bad need of a makeover goes to Days Patch…drop the patch and Fonzie jacket stat…the 1980s are gone forever.

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    vinman replied

    THANK YOU!

    Paul replied

    And NEVER have Patch wear a handkerchief around his neck like a dog.

  30. Cynthia says:

    Billy Flynn is a keeper. Paul Telfer was a keeper but they let him go, Eileen Davidson…wonderful actress and James Scott (EJ) all good …bring back the last three and sign Billy Flynn for more…worth watching when the acting is good !

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  31. CJ says:

    Not agreeing with summations about Tony G. Watching him exit GH had the equivalent feeling of him giving me the one finger salute. The storyline was horrible. He was phoning it in, which made it worse. And, it was clear it was his way, or the highway, and he really couldn’t wait to hit the highway. So, I tuned out. His comments about RC, after the fact, just solidified for me the arrogance he chooses to rub in the faces of those that provided him the exact fame that provides him with the status to behave this way. I have returned to GH in brief spurts, only to find nothing but “Corinthos”, and fellow mobsters, on canvas. The gems of story/acting are buried in crap. Sorry. That’s how I see it. Happy New Year.

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    Les replied

    Agree with your comments here. The whole TG affair totally turned me off GH and haven’t watched since.

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    Kim replied

    I agree.

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    Paul replied

    I hope he never returns. His arrogance ruined his exit.

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    GH Fan replied

    I agree 100000% about TG arrogance. I was a loyal fan for years!! He needs to get over himself and remember it was Luke & Luara that made his career successful. Seven Emmies and not one offer for prime-time gig should have been a hint (one trick pony). Whose brilliant idea was it to give him the right to edit the writer’s work (GH History) and letting Ron & Emma take the blame?? My sympathy to the cast and crew who had to put up with this diva. Keep him in Amsterdam!!

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    Melissa replied

    Well said.

  32. Jenn says:

    Interesting review Michael. I especially agree with your assessment of former OLTL characters Melissa Archer and Michael Easton. They were completely misused as Serena and Silas. Ugh! Terrible waste of talent and chemistry. I would love to see them work together again in 2016.

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    Maddie replied

    Couldn’t agree more. Melissa Archer as Serena and Michael Easton as Silas were awful. Nothing felt right about those characters onscreen. It is a damn shame. They should be reunited on either television or online. They are missed.

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    CeeCee replied

    Hi, Jenn,
    The subject of Archer and Easton was discussed by those of us who truly appreciated them as a couple.
    Furthermore, their outstanding talent was used and abused without any given thought. How right you are. I am still bewildered by the pulverization of these two…..and others. Still talking about them and Kassie only proves how misdirected TPTB are by creating such ill-conceived roles for actors with finesse and colorful acting history. ‘They’ could have created such succulent roles for them……right there; ripe for the picking, but, the ‘Lords of Soapshire’ blew it. Egads!!

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    Steph replied

    Still holding out and hoping to see them again in some forum. Miss those two terribly. LOVE THEM.

    Annie replied

    Agreed! Michael and Melissa work so well together.

  33. Marni says:

    I agree with most of it. But I like Vivian Jovanni. She works for the character.

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    Jules replied

    She is a spitting image of a younger KA, it is scary! She COULD be her daughter. Her acting, however, is still VERY green and leaves A LOT to be desired. But then, I remember when Abby (KM) first came on and I could not take the grating, high pitched, LA inflection speak she subjected us to. Time will tell….

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    Paul replied

    I think the recasting of Ciara was one of the biggest mistakes of the year. Horrible decision.

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    CeeCee replied

    You bet, Paul.

  34. nancy says:

    Thank you for agreeing with a lot of us about GH letting Michael Easton go. And also Days letting Kassie DePaiva go. Both Crazy moves

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  35. Jimh(leave it to beaver) says:

    Is Dr. Simon Neville named after Dr. Robert Neville from ‘ I am Legend?’…the actor who played young Luke on GH shouldve been cast as Chase on Days or as Joey but the young actor playing a sullen Joey is ok-just not given good enough material to work with at the moment!

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  36. Fanny says:

    Anthony Geary and Jonathan Jackson in what seems to be yet again….
    award winning performances, as Father & Son. Not too be left out is
    Laura Wright, her portrayal of Luke’s Mother was PERFECTION.
    Sadly besides the black & white episode and those excellent scenes…
    Fluke was a Flop, and Luke’s final goodbye was a HUGE letdown.
    As good as RC could be and you have to give the devil his due, when
    he was on point he was great !!! But when he wasn’t he gave us NO
    Hospital or Dr.’s to speak of.. Lost was the great talent of Michael E,
    Kathleen G who is barely on, Jason T who choose to move on, who could
    blame him… Billy M and a FEW choice others may not be far behind …if
    TPTB don’t give them storylines they can be proud of. I’m going to play
    my Trump card and say…All I want is for “General Hospital” too be
    GREAT again, It can be… Insist the “WRITERS” read these posts so
    they can get a feel as too what US dedicated viewers want.

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    GH Fan replied

    Kudos!! Couldn’t have said it better!!

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  37. Jjc2011 says:

    The “trashing of Aiden”. Did not think it was the worst. To me the trashing of Hope to make him viable was much worse.
    He was gray all along and honestly Hope just looked stupid when she put faith and trust into a guy whose first wife died under mysterious circumstances, into a guy who needed money to pay off loan sharks, and a guy for whom others (neighbors of deceased wife) warned Hope. At the same time, Hope totally trashed the man she had known and loved since childhood, never investigated his sudden desire to be away from family. I understand it was the former regime who set it up, and I don’t care if they had not used him as a way to give Bo a last rescue (heck anyone would have done), but to me he was never a viable love interest for Hope….no one was as long as she was trashing Bo. That said, Aiden was at best and average leading man. But I suppose comparing anyone to Bo Brady is going to come out AVERAGE at best. 8) But the character of Hope, albeit always a bit selfish and self serving , came off the worse especially the way she was willing to trash Bo to HIS family, and her stupid drama queen act, incredibly silly for a grandmother, when Shawn did not immediately worship Aiden.

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  38. Lisa says:

    Great list Michael Fairman…no question that killing off Michael Easton on GH has been very disappointing. I still can’t believe it!!

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    CeeCee replied

    Yes, it was, Lisa. But, the worst move in soap history, as far as I can see, was the killing of Will Horton. This senseless action will go down as legendary. Seriously.

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  39. Geena says:

    Funny how the Adam reveal has no mention of the integral part and amazing performance of Melissa Claire Egan. -__-

    Also agree with Kim above. KDP was royally wasted!! I was actually interested in Eve and Justin but she’s probably leaving soon so that won’t go anywhere.

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    robert replied

    Melissa Claire Egan was the best part about the Adam reveal,why no mention

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    CeeCee replied

    Exactly, robert! I am still trying to figure out how Amelia Heinle is even a competitor. I like her, but, I don’t feel she’s so out-of-the-ordinary-good to out-run many of the other actresses.

    Geena replied

    She really was!! If it weren’t for the chemistry of Justin and Melissa and their work, the story would not have been as successful as it was. But so it goes. Melissa is often over looked :( Hope she does get a much deserved Emmy nom.

    Abruzzfan replied

    I agree 00%. What did Amelia H do to get the award as compared to the other actresses mentioned?? Strange.

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    Abruzzfan replied

    100%

    GH Fan replied

    She cried a bucket of tears. God help us she’s been crying all week.

    I just don’t get it Victoria and Summer get 2 Emmy for crying.

    #makeitstop

    Geena replied

    I can’t even remember what she did last year. Didley squat as far as I’m concerned. But I guess better Amelia than the abysmal, shoved down our throats, Kelly Sullivan.

  40. Terri says:

    I completely agree with the unwise decision to let Michael Easton go. Now that there is going to be no Patrick Drake it would be nice to have him at the hospital. Maybe getting close to Liz or Anna they had chemistry when he was John. Kiki could use a strong father protecting her from Morgan and Ava. It is a loss he is a talented, sexy actor. I am still watching old clips of he and Melissa Archer when I am missing my ME.

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    Jenn replied

    Terri,
    Archer and Easton rocked it! They were and are golden. Miss them tremendously.

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    Steph replied

    Hell yes! Melissa and Michael are awesome. Love them both!

  41. carol says:

    I don’t agree with the Robert Palmer pick. In my opinion Dillon is one of the most boring characters of the year.

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    Harry replied

    Yes, the new Dillon is about as exciting as mayo sandwich on Wonder Bread.

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    CeeCee replied

    Thank you, Harry. Dillon who?

    Trudy replied

    Yes. I loved Scott Clifton as Dillon way back when, but Robert Palmer is terrible in the role. Clifton had warmth, charm, and an energetic vibe on camera. Robert is cold, far from charming, and distinctly flat and even uncomfortable in his scenes. I don’t believe that his Dillon could ever have been involved with Lulu.

    Billy Miller also has warmth and charm that is at odds with the character of Jason, who is so “cool” that he’s called “Stone cold.” I think that’s a big part of why Miller just isn’t working as Jason, but I think Miller would have been a perfect Dillon.

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    Elizabeth replied

    No question about it, Billy Miller would have been light years better as a recast Lucky Spencer.

    Trudy replied

    Elizabeth,

    That would have worked, too.

    Melissa replied

    TPTB have to let Billy Miller finally figure out what kind of “Jason” he’s going to be so he can finally OWN the role. I personally am hoping he’ll be more Q than mobster so that the actor’s natural warmth can shine through the role.

    Trudy replied

    Melissa,

    That would work for me. I think Billy Miller needs to be Jason 3.0, a little Quartermaine, a little Jason Morgan, and a whole lot of Jake Doe who definitely has more warmth and charm than Jason Morgan.

  42. nancy dillingham says:

    Just wanted to say–how entertaining your picks are, Michael.
    However, you left out some categories category:
    MOST DISRESPECTED CHARACTER: Laura Spencer and
    MOST DISRESPECTED ACTOR: Genie Francis
    MOST DISAPPOINTING SWAN SONG: Tony Geary–left a bitter taste in this viewer’s mouth
    I DO agree with you re THE MOST FRUSTRATING EXIT–Yes, Tony Geary’s.
    And I CAN agree with you about the 52nd anniv. episode–best production values–BUT the episode totally dismantled the character/legacy of Luke Spencer and did a great disservice by making the Spencer siblings VICTIMS of their childhood and their father’s viiolence–and, ultimately, a disservice to the viewers/populace who believe that the legacy of Spencer siblings should have continued to be one of SURVIVORS rather than the victims they were portrayed to be in that devastatingly written 52nd anniv. show.
    And that show thumbed its nose at all the dedicated followers of the greatest love story of daytime TV–Laura and Luke. Dedicated viewers are the bread and butter of daytime TV and they are not stupid. Writng down and talking down to viewers is never cool!

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    Les replied

    Well said, Nancy!

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    Trudy replied

    Completely agree. Great analysis.

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    Paul replied

    Most of this should be blamed on Tony Geary himself. The man has an ego the size of the USA. Good riddance. Now let’s see a proper story for Genie.

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    GH Fan replied

    Love every word! Thank you!

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  43. Tracy says:

    I always appreciate your thoughtful opinion pieces, and this one was a great way to review the year in soaps. I like all your choices, although for me the most ruined female character would probably have been a toss-up between Avery and GH’s Elizabeth, primarily because her writers took the very long time character down such a dramatically different road from the one she had travelled for so many years previously. It may have given Becky Herbst an opportunity to shine (and shine she did), but it was really tough to watch Elizabeth make decisions that were so ridiculously out of character. Hopefully 2016 will hold some better writing for her. Thank you for recognizing the talent of Amelia Heinle. I love watching her natural, understated portrayal of Victoria. Happy New Year to you!

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    CeeCee replied

    Agree with your comment, Tracy. Another great actress who, in my opinion, was soooo disrespected as an accomplished thespian was Cady McClain. That entire storyline made me so miserable, I could barely watch….seeing what was done to her was unbearable. Poor Dixie. Lol.

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    CeeCee replied

    PS.
    I say, ‘Dixie’ because that’s how I want to remember Cady….I loved Dixie!!!!!! In my humble opinion, Cady did not deserve how crazy ‘they’ turned the Kelly character (Y&R) into. Pathetic. Shame on TPTB. Everyone forgot all about her.

    Rose replied

    Totally agree with you about Cady. She was always Dixie to me, too. She even had her spark when she started Y&R. Terrible what they turned her into. And shame on Jack.

  44. aria says:

    theres too many categories, it just seem pointless, jonathan jackson arc guest appearance was pointless since it basically ruined his character more for obvious reasons, i.e the actor couldn’t stick around so yeah, he finds little jake and bails, yeah that made sense. and i love becky herbts as liz but her character was the most ruined character and it proves that soap are still stuck in having to viliafie one character Liz to make another look good , sam. i would of been more impress if liz and sam wouldn’t both look so desperate to be “the chosen one” by a guy who was again chose to be bff with a busybody like carly, he’s clearly truly brain damage just for that alone.

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    Denise replied

    I am tired lf seeing Elizabeth trashed all the times as well to prop up another storyline. . What they did to Liz character by writing the lie was awful. All the while they are writing Sam as victim these days and newly sainted, and her dirty dealings from in the past erased. Becky can shine in any storyline she is given though and in any pairing. This year she finally got to show her acting chops because she was not on the back burner like usual

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    maddiehayes replied

    I’m with you. I don’t care who Jason is with, never really did (although I’ll admit I lean Elizabeth), but what I DON’T want to see is these women fighting over him. And him waffling back and forth. I’d rather see the man chasing the woman! Like Jake, pursuing Elizabeth, now THAT was romantic! He wanted her so much, and had eyes for no one but her. And that was BEFORE the lie happened. So this whole thing is very contrived, and now the writing is on the wall, Jason’s gonna start remembering Sam and a whole year of Liason/Lake down the drain. UNTIL he starts remembering Liz as well. Hey, I’ve got an idea, instead of fanbase war, why doesn’t GH give us a real love story for a change?

    Patti replied

    I completely agree! Rebecca Herbst is a great actress who shines with anyone they put her with! Her and billy lit up the screen! You felt how much he adored her everytime they had a scene! To use this amazing actress to prop up the lame jasam is so sad! Please gh wake up and realize this! !!

    Patrick replied

    @Denise: Rebecca Herbst.

    “…This year she finally got to show her acting chops ”

    I know, right? and the same goes, for… Tyler Christopher, Nicholas, GH

    their range and layers of acting… has to be better than “out of character”

    why should they continue to be Mr. Nice guy and sweet Liz ?

    these two actors… for me… have climbed the upper echelon and tiered themselves “at, or near the top of their game”

    I mean seriously…

    “Liz” simply fine tune your person… and lie in wait… take no guff .. take no prisoners.. when it comes to Carly and Sam… god! they irk me to no end

    GH production… show Liz amping up her person… she has all the requisite talent to shine… outfox… unhinge… and blast herself happy in love and romanced… and giving her man all the love he feels

    as for Nicholas! it looks promising… that he and Hayden are finally calling it a truce? she had better be… I’m a little impatient … especially if she’s still in cahoots with Traci. team up… ally with Liz… learn from Laura.. and take hold! ElQ… Port Charles ! power this up

    has to be better than watching the cumbersome… dire… Sonny, Carly, “Jason and Sam” pairing(s)

    CeeCee replied

    Hi, Denise,
    I sooo agree with you, Denise. Rebecca outshone everyone. I loved the character when I first started watching, last year. But, she performed such a credible lying, little B that I despised Liz. That is the crux of the matter. I am not so naive that I cannot separate actress from character. I love Rebecca, regardless of the fact she is portrayed as the ‘bitch in the manger’. I have criticized the character and this very fact ad nauseam, so I will relent. Why is she not in the running? Someone listed those thespians ( if most could even come close to deserving that lofty title) that Kelly Monaco should be nominated? For what? Her aSSets in skin-tight jeggings and low-cut shirts? Many of us girls look just as good; we do not get rewarded for it. Well, maybe from our better halves or the lascivious looks from the male population…LOL. Where is the heartfelt acting? Where are those oh-so-desperately-needed facial indications of any emotion except a wet face? The woman does not need Botox. Her face, albeit so pretty and sultry-looking, is already frozen into place.
    I definitely agree with Laura Wright’s fans. Again, I do not like Carly, but I must give credit where credit is due. Laura is magnificent in her trade. Her face is the perfect canvas for expression…..emotions that she can do as she wishes….so relatable. I could say the same for Stafford. Many have not taken to her because she is that good. She was able, from the onset, to have the viewer actually turn the other way because of her ‘insane’ acting/activities. This actress is so complex and multi-faceted; no one else could have pulled ‘Nina’ off. Perhaps Maura West could have. She is another actress who can kick the ball and have it land exactly where she aims it. Compare these women to Monaco? What do we get? For me, Michelle has it all…talent, beauty, woman-child personality, if need be, passion….and a body to die for. Another underscored actress is Jen Lilley. She could write a descriptive love, tragedy, suspense, treachery novel just with her expressive but unfathomable eyes. Those eyes can do anything….they can tell you one thing, while her mind is thinking something altogether different.
    Sorry for getting carried away, Denise. Lol. You can see how head-strong and passionate I am about my soaps and faves. Happy New Year.

  45. Scott (ATWT Fan) says:

    This is the first year, Michael, that you and I have the most to agree about. Yes, we differed on some of the categories, but overall, I am in agreement of your assessments.

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    code85 replied

    Me too, I agree with about 80% of this.

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  46. blake says:

    I agree with a lot on this list. I know Days isn’t perfect but it is the best soap out of all four. I think Robert Wilson (Ben) should be best supporting actor though, he was amazing and mesmerizing as a psycho killer. It took the actor to a whole other level as an actor. Hell, I would say it took him to MANY other levels.

    Definitely agree that they should not have recast the role of Ciara. I will always be mad about that. It wouldn’t be so bad if the recast was a good actor but we got yet another hair model. If Days is still on in a couple of years I say bring back L. Boyles as Ciara when she’s a teenager.

    I don’t like the Maya story on B&B. I liked Maya better before they made her transgender. It was good story making her like Erica Kane and fighting with Hope over Rick.

    I agree that Y&R and GH have been disappointing all year. I liked and watched Y&R until Chuck Pratt came on. I was looking forward to Neil confronting everyone and having it out with them for the Hevon affair but Pratt and Phelps dropped the ball and had the plane crash. That was my favorite story on Y&R in a long time and they ruined it. Then they had the Scooby Doo story mess. ugh.

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    Jeremy replied

    Blake, you are so on it with Robert Wilson as Ben, at least he’s sure to be nominated for Best Supporting or Younger Actor come spring for the Daytime Emmy awards. He was AMAZING on DAYS. He didn’t work for me when he resumed the role of Ben, however, when he was given great material, Robert took command of the role and did an amazing job, I’m so glad he actually resumed the role of Ben, he was very specific in his tone, movement, and delivery of his lines, he shocked me, he demanded us to watch him, I was glued to the screen when he was in his scenes, and he DELIVERED! I hope DAYS can manage to bring Ben back at some point, I’m not sure the character is just done and over, maybe in a year, they can figure out how to bring Ben back, or maybe Ben has a twin, but Jordan can stay away! Robert Wilson Scott, AMAZING ACTOR.

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    CeeCee replied

    Hi, Jeremy,
    Robert, as Ben was incomparable, as far as I’m concerned. I am assuming he will not be in the ‘lead actor’ category….out of the ordinary? But, he should be, albeit I know it is inconceivable at this stage. I honestly cannot think of any of his cohorts, at this time, en par with Robert’s display of talent. Where did it come from? Straight out of left field!! He came to us as such a shy, subdued guy. WOW and double WOW!! I was so overwhelmed and taken aback, I am rendered speechless…..impressive.
    Happy New Year, Jeremy.

    Jeremy replied

    @ CeeCee,

    Happy New Year, to you and your family, too.

    btw- Rob will make Supporting or Younger Actor, the show and the actor must think practically what category is best for him to submit, to make a wise decision, because the category is so important in him securing a well-deserving win. We may see Days and Billy (Chad) submit him for Supporting, then if that’s the case, it may be wise for Rob (Ben) to submit for Younger Actor, it also depends on his age, too.

    Looking forward to catching up your posts this new year! :)

  47. Elizabeth says:

    I hope that Tony Geary NEVER comes back to GH after the damage he single handedly did to the show in 2015…. refusing to allow any goodbye scenes with Genie Francis, insisting on no montages or anything real in his own last scenes (not even montages between him and Jackie Zeman), not cooperating with anything around his storyline even though Frank Valentini and given him what he wanted for his entire last year (that of playing a completely dark Luke). Now, I just hope in 2016 that we can see a COMPELLING story for Laura, as well as learning what was in the letter that Luke wrote to her.

    As for Tony, I hope he misses his GH life enough to be driven to WATCH the magic he and Genie Francis created in the early eighties, the mid-nineties, and even the late nineties into the oughts on the internet. And that he comes to realize how misguided he was to spit on it all and go out with such incredible vitriol toward anyone who loved and respected the characters and the couple of LnL.

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    Denise replied

    I am glad that Tony is gone. I grew tired of him eating up screen time and his egotistical attitude and thinking he was the star of the show.His interviews putting down Genie and other actors was so far over the line, not wanting to film with Genie was a big screw you to Luke and Laura fans ( which is what made him popular to begin with) . I hope they never invite him back to the show. At the end he was a total jerk and storys have moved on without him with barely anyone noticing he is not around

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    CeeCee replied

    Agreed, Denise. I started warming up toward Luke after he ‘removed’ the Fluke mask. I only knew Geary as Fluke. I do not know much about the actor nor Luke. So I could not give a true synopsis of my thoughts on him. But, Fluke made me want to vomit. Geary’s rheumy eyes were scary to me. But, he had been very ill and it is also possible that the ramifications of the illness were still upon him.
    I know that Laura can stand on her own. Genie is so talented. I adore the actress and the character. Given the right storyline, that she so well deserves, will make her shine. I would hope that the ‘hierarchy’ will give this true thespian; this vet, her due/respect by endowing her with a story without chains which tie her to her children and grandchildren. She will always have the bonds of family, that’s a given. Family is everything. But, Laura needs her own life, as well. She is such a ‘catch’, yes? At this time, I can’t think of anyone who is dignified enough to walk within her space. Perhaps Dr. Kevin? I wish Silas would be reincarnated/resuscitated/resurrected…. In my dreams? Lol.

    nancy dillingham replied

    Happy New Year, Elizabeth–I echo your sentiments re a compelling storyline for Laura–and cheer your comments on Tony Geary. Way to go!

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    Paul replied

    Absolutely!

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  48. Melissa says:

    Great choices. Couldn’t agree more. Would love to see you do these categories for each soap.

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  49. mike says:

    Eric Braeden a best actor runner up, no way. The guy is barely watchable.

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    CeeCee replied

    Ichy and yucky, mike. Agreed. He walks with Maurice Benard (sp) in mine eyes! Yessir.

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  50. Alan says:

    Best Actress should have gone to Maura West or Karla Mosley. Laura Wright is a good actress but sadly her role consists of nothing more than her endlessly running around Port Charles shrieking about Jason. Or Sonny. Or Morgan. Or Michael. (Basically anyone but Jocelyn.) She deserves better material and a new non-Sonny storyline.

    Best Show should’ve been B&B’s alone. DOOL has become a depressing mess of murder and death under Higley and Griffith.

    Worst Reveal: GH’s Jake is Jason. Everyone complained about Ron Carlivati’s slow build-up to the reveal but allowing Billy Miller’s Jason to build relationships with the residents of Port Charles before the truth came out was classic soap opera and made sense from a storytelling standpoint. Unfortunately Ron’s replacements served up a connect the dots reveal with no surprises, no suspense, and no ripples on the story canvas to drive future story.

    Agree with Biggest Waste of Talent “winners” but would’ve added Y&R’s Eileen Davidson to the list. Since her return to Genoa City, Ashley’s had a 20 minute aneurysm (and off-camera surgery to repair it) and lusted after her boring daughter’s equally boring fiancée while Steve Burton’s Dylan has been front and center. Unbelievable.

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    Patrick replied

    Great assessment of GH’ Carly

    it’s so overbearing to watch her mow over every one in Port Charles… at the end of the DAY… what does she really have left?

    Sonny must be toying with her
    her sons are sick of her

    ??? uninteresting

    TRUTHFULLY: Most underutilized character… Rick Hearst’ (Ric Lansing ) GH

    for the millionth billionth trillionth time… the only character… outside of Jax… (Ingo Rademacher) is the character of Ric Lansing… who can give Laura a personality

    let’s see more talent on that canvas… shine… share the spotlight

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    Harry replied

    Why would Maura West get best actress when all she does is scene chew and act over the top? Don’t get me wrong, the actress is capable of so much more but she has been handed down the worst friggen script and she cannot rise above it.
    All I know is that when Ava is on the screen, I am fast forwarding.
    The same holds true for Nina, Franco. Kiki, Valerie, Morgan Sabrina and Jordan.

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    Shay replied

    @Harry….We are obviously watching the same show, since all of your observations hold true for me, as well. In addition to the other aforementioned, I never welcomed Ava to Port Charles, but after she delivered Avery under such harrowing circumstances and fought illness to within an inch of her life, she did at least convey a few human emotions that gave her some depth. Alas, since her ludicrous cover as the deplorably ditzy Denise was blown, she’s reverted to her rotten, revolting routine, and so painted herself into yet another corrupt corner, that I again want nothing to do with this character. Given the deplorable, dangerous dealings in which she is now involved, it’s time for Ms. Jerome to leave town, if only for the sake of her daughter, since I wouldn’t wish an alternative upbringing at “Casa Corinthos” for that adorable crumpet, Avery

    nancy dillingham replied

    Agreed!

    Newmanwins replied

    Laura Wright was the most deserving choice for best actress. MF got this one right on the money. Maura West had some amazing moments in the beginning and ending of the year, but was offscreen all spring and wasted all summer, so I can’t give it to her. Karla Mosley is good but not even in the same league as Wright and West and frankly I’d go with Linsey Godfrey over her from B&B for 2015.

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    CeeCee replied

    You first paragraph, Alan, sent me into spontaneous giggles. Too funny and sooo true!

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  51. Rj says:

    I agree with the assessment of Days in that Billy Flynn is doing a great job as Chad Dimera. I had not watched since he first came on, and he has really developed in the role. His performances really draws you in as he is playing the character with the strength, intensity, focus, and the confidence you expect from a Dimera. He is great to watch and look forward to seeing him take on more and more of a lead role. I also agree that it is very disappointing that Will was killed off. He had been a main character, and sad to see they destroyed the gay storyline with his death. I did not watch those episodes because they were too sad. They could have just had him go away to leave the door open to come back. I also agree that it was too bad that Aiden ended the way he did since the chemistry had developed with Hope over time. Especially since the plan was to kill Bo off, they could have kept Aiden and Hope although maybe they want Hope to be with Rafe.

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    CeeCee replied

    Billy Flynn is one HOOOOOT Irishman! Those eyes alone are enough to melt me.

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    Rj replied

    I agree , CeeCee, those penetrating blue eyes do melt you! :)

  52. Patrick says:

    BEST OVERALL PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS – Laura Wright’ Carly

    ???? !!!!! loudly

    are you KIDDING me ?

    an inside joke ; to gall the audience, right

    I could have swore…

    this accolade would go to the likes, of; Kassie DePaiva, Alison Sweeney, and even Kristian Alfonso

    now if we’re getting technical… this “award” is supposed to be for year round front burner in your face loud mouth dull tired waste of time get over yourself

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    Newmanwins replied

    Laura had the best year and is a great actress. This is the last category anyone should be questioning.

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    Tracy replied

    Best actress should have been Rebecca Herbst. Liz was written out of character and in a way that seems to be designed to inspire hate and yet Becky still knocked it out of the park in every scene! Her performance was so nuanced and filled with emotion but never over the top and her chemistry with every man she is paired with is fantastic! I don’t know how this actress doesn’t get better accolades and better storylines!

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    CeeCee replied

    Agreed….Rebecca played an outstanding bad girl.

    Paul replied

    KA couldn’t muster up one tear following Wills death. I think she is one of Days’ most disappointing actresses.

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    CeeCee replied

    Hi, Patrick,
    Good choice, Patrick. But, in my opinion, Rebecca (Liz) tops the cake. Later.

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    CeeCee replied

    @Timmm.
    Right on, Timmm! I love Mariah and Kevin together. They both act so aloof toward each other, but there exists a fiery, smoldering passion slumbering just below the surface. So, this possible triangle of which you speak, will definitely add much needed spice to a non-moving Mariah-Kevin storyline…Happy New a Year. Still luv-ya!!!!

  53. Kaylie15 says:

    I wish the soap writers would stop talking out of both sides of their mouths. Homophobic writing such as the death of Will is not good writing and does not deserve accolades. Days was far better earlier in the year when Haiden and the Pillson triangle (before the Will is the new Sami garbage) than the unwatchable hate fest it has become. Fans are outraged – not just at the death of Will but also the retconning of Aiden, and the senseless end to Eric’s run and the killing of Daniel, who had his fans. Josh Griffith is writing pale imitations of what he did on his other soaps, and it shows.

    I know soap writers have a vested, almost desperate desire to see Days survive, but open your eyes. The reboot is a disaster, and fans are leaving in huge numbers.

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    4ever DAYS replied

    I didn’t mind Pillson, but Haiden was a snore. Most of DAYS was a snore until the new writers took over. Aiden and Ben became exciting as killers. Will was grabbed by the throat as a way to grab viewers by the throat. What you call homophobic writing is writing that had to be greenlit by several people…all of whom have gay relatives or who are gay themselves. DAYS knew people would be talking about this which could translate to bigger numbers. A misguided decision doesn’t spell homophobia. Serena, Paige and Will were murdered. Bo was brought back after being tortured and saved Hope from being murdered by a copycat who died in the struggle, but then died himself from a brain tumor. Now it looks like Daniel will die in the car crash and Stefano may be murdered.

    Serena wasn’t a well liked character, but Paige had more fans than Serena. However, Will was a representation of lgbt life and had more fans than both. The murders became more serious as they progressed. The death of the midwife was bad, but there wasn’t much of an attachment to her.

    Linked to the serial killings was Aiden as a copycat. He died to make Bo look good, but then Bo died and on and on and on. No one is safe is what the writing indicates to me.

    Ken Corday said that after a certain date people who die will stay dead, but later recanted when asked if a big name wanted to come back would he have them back. Yes he would. My belief is part of the reasoning behind the death of Will was to force Chandler Massey to resurrect him. KC said the character of Will was recast one time too many, which tells me KC thought alot of Chandler and little of Guy. I believe Will would come back if Chandler agreed.

    Freddie Smith chose to leave the role of Sonny and after they viewed the Will recast as a mistake, they didn’t want to repeat so soon. Without those characters, they wisely backburnered Paul until the dust settled.

    There is talk of a man entering Paul’s life, but the man may be bi. My guess is Rafe’s brother, Dario.

    Maybe DAYS did pander, but they want to live so they’ll try anything to survive. Maybe another message they’re sending is if fans wanted a certain character to die, then the carnage will not end there…if the viewers want less carnage…

    Greg Meng did say Will’s story isn’t over, but I don’t know if he meant Will would come back or gay relationships in general.

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  54. Rhonda Hughes says:

    I agree with pick’s.

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  55. Patrick says:

    3 things that immediately popped out

    1. Laura Wright… best Lead Actress ; I digress ; so one note… loud screechy and plain

    2. Amelia Heinle… best supporting acress; YES ! this came out of nowhere; totally support this… by came out of nowhere ( I don’t watch the show)… I wholeheartedly dog with the nonfan… and emphatically state… she more than deserved her 2nd emmy without Michael Muhney and Billy Miller… to see her recognized… 3 years plus… is a sweet dessert… toast

    3. Vivian Jovanni … (worst recast) admittedly so… as i’ve already posted several times… it’s an achingly huge let… a disservice to the fans of… the mother and daughter duo of all time.. at least in this 4 horse genre…. Kristian Alfonso/Lauren Boles reign

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  56. Patrick says:

    Most dissapointing show : Y&R

    I tuned in to the New Years Eve show: featuring…. at last!

    are we on the verge of ; a storyline for the ages! two powerhouses partnering up

    Eileen Davidson and Michael E. Knight !

    Ashley and Dr. Neville : have at it

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    Patrick replied

    Most boring couple : Y&R ( 3-way tie)

    Sharon and Dylan; Nick and Sage ; Stitch and Abby

    GOOD GOD… I watched this show for a good 20 years

    i’d add in everyone else

    Victor and Nikki; Jack and Phyllis ; Devon and Hilary; heck… much to my chagrin; let’s not forget Michael and Lauren !

    2 best of; Kevin and Mariah ; and I still adore the character of Abby… w/ (my) hottie Stitch…

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    su0000 replied

    hey Patrick .. happy new year!
    ALL couples, every couple is dull dull dull.
    The only drama couples get is their break up and seen those stories 1000000000000 times.
    Couples are no longer a good thing, they are simply scripts from decades past..

    I seen scenes of Luke & Laura,, Their coupleship was total adventure, not so much kissy face watch tv couple boring each other to near death along with the audience, the had a very adventurous journey, from Helicopters to waterfalls.

    CeeCee replied

    Hey, Patrick,
    All Y&R characters are boring. Bring back Carmine. He and Lauren had Vesuvius going everywhichway. Problem is, I don’t like the idea of cheating. But, man….were they on fire as a couple, or what?
    I would hate the idea of leaving Michael in the dust. There is no one else as sexy as Lauren to suit Carmine’s type. On second thought, leave Carmine out. Double LOL. I like Michael and Lauren together.

  57. K. K. says:

    Will people STFU about Will being “ruined”? They wrote him out of character for a few months. He was an insecure jerk and he cheated. He committed no crime, unlike most of the straight characters on the show. Scholars of queer images talk a lot about how audiences – even gay ones – like their onscreen gays either dead or perfect. The ridiculous anger toward Will for his mild scheming and infidelity – something that nearly all soap characters have done – is a perfect example of homophobia, internalized and externalized. And Will’s death was planned when the Will/Sonny/Paul triangle was the best thing on the show, except for maybe Hope and Aiden’s Hitchcock homage. It wasn’t done because of his scheming, it was done because of the sex scene between Will and Paul that caused a bunch of people to freak out, even though Buzzfeed has named it one of the sexiest scenes of the year.

    Will didn’t need to be rebooted off canvas. The reaction to his death shows that the audience wanted him to be redeemed, which would have been the plan had they not hired a couple of bigots to kill him off to please homophobes.

    The new writing is dark and mean, and no amount of pimping by soap writers is going to make the audience enjoy seeing their favorites slaughtered one by one so that the new writers’ pets can be center stage. And the stories are just lukewarm rip off of what both Higley and Griffith have done on other soaps.

    And Guy Wilson did wonderful with the material he was given. Because Chandler “phone it in” Massey was prettier and got screwed over, a bunch of bullies couldn’t handle the recast. Now, we have no Will and the show broadcast a message of gay hatred to its audience. It was awful, and Days is probably doomed because of it.

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    ron replied

    You know I’ve been very hesitant to pull the homophobic card but I’m agreeing with the gays being dead or perfect remark. They acted like Will was the scum of the earth and Paul could do no wrong. Paul tried to get with Sonny even when S told him he was married. Sure Paul didn’t know Will was Sonny’s husband when they slept together but Paul tried to get him in bed again after Will told him he was in a relationship. People acted like Will was the interloper in his own marriage but they made Paul and Sonny look perfect when they made mistakes too.

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    Trudy replied

    Yes to the new writing being “dark and mean.”

    I came back to Days because of all of the hoopla over the 50th anniversary and to see old favorites return, like Stephen Nichols and Peter Reckell. I was shocked by how violent the show was and even more shocked by how graphic the violence was, from the murders, to the seemingly endless torture of Bo, to the ugly kidnap and imprisonment of pregnant Abby. The day Hope went after Bo’s captor and the captor turned the tables on her and started torturing her was it for me. I turned the show off and haven’t tuned back in.

    I was particularly distressed by the way the murder of Will was filmed, with long shots of Will’s face as he was being strangled and with long shots of Ben’s face and upper body as he was strangling Will. I really don’t want that kind of stuff in my head, because it sticks around and haunts me.

    I can avoid evening tv shows with this kind of stuff by relying on the capsule descriptions, which tell me if the show has graphic violence, but there’s no such info for daytime. And let’s face it: it’s daytime, so I wasn’t expecting it.

    So I’d create an additional category: “Extreme Graphic Violence that Drove Viewers Away:” Days.

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    su0000 replied

    hi Trudy..
    there is no “Extreme Graphic Violence ” on daytime TV, it is not allowed in PG rating or in daytime.
    We don’t get a ”damn you”, ”go to hell” or a ”holy crap” yet to get ” “Extreme Graphic Violence ” , not gonna happen .. lol

    4ever DAYS replied

    Trudy, DAYS is showing it’s fans Hope is a big, badass, girl. She can handle what’s dished out and I think it’s delicious!

    Elizabeth replied

    Much as I think Days has been better than GH lately, and I love Steve Nichols, I think the vastly better character role is Stephan Casadine over Patch Johnson. Just can’t help it, it’s my truth.

    Trudy replied

    Elizabeth,

    I loved Nichols as Stephan Cassadine, and I would have been happy to see him back on GH. Nik’s turn to his Cassadine side would be so much richer with Stephan in the mix. And of course Laura and Stephan would be great.

    Trudy replied

    su0000
    I was using “extreme graphic violence” as a descriptive term of how I was seeing what was on the screen. My comment was my opinion. I was not using “extreme graphic violence” as a term of art, as in an actual TV rating.

    It is axiomatic that American tv, including daytime tv, is filled with violence, even though the criminals can’t swear on screen or have sexy sex scenes. Do you remember the 80s in the soaps, with lots of very sexy sex scenes. Anna and Robert’s bondage scene was so not daytime appropriate, but oh so hot. But then that was true of many of the sex scenes.

    I’d rather have sexy sex back on daytime than the constant violence. Again, that’s just my opinion.

  58. Patrick says:

    worst firings : I had hoped this would be mentioned

    Days of OUR Lives : Kassie DePaiva’ Eve
    Y&R : Chris McKenna’ Mark Harding

    honorable mention: Daniel Cosgrove’ Aiden

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    Nikki replied

    You are so right Patrick, letting Chris McKenna (Mark Harding) go was one bad move. They had so many story-lines for him. One was when he kissed Abby at New Year’s Eve party and he seemed to have a crush on the female cop that Noah was married to. They should have kept him and Noah girlfriend and let go the least popular actors that aren’t popular (Summer & Kyle) sorry I call them Bummer & Bile.

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    Timmm replied

    Bummer and Bile is great! They both bring ANY scene they are in to a crashing halt! Losing Harding was brutal. The kid who played Fen was great in “Under the Doom!” Next up, Greg Riekert! He is talented and I see him walking away within the year if they dont nail him down. Great talent. They are bringing in a female computer geek to form a triangle with him and Mariah. I cannot wait. Hope she is a good actress because Kevin and Mariah are great together!

    Nikki replied

    Hi Timmm I agree. I hope there is more of Mariah/Kevin & this new girl. I don’t know her acting but I did see a picture of her and she would have been a shoe-in for Nick & Phyllis’s daughter. She’s tiny like Phyllis with very dainty features & slim like both Nick & Phyllis. A triangle with Mariah’s temper would be great. I’d also like to see her & her Mom (Sharon) bonding more, It boggles my mind how Sharon gave her money, bailed her out of trouble, had her move in with them and now it’s so seldom we see them together. Another question I have is who is Sharon’s make-up artist? Every time I see her (even in a picture) her face is red and looks swollen. I hope she’s not ill. She is such a beautiful person. Has anyone else noticed?

    CeeCee replied

    Hi, Nikki.
    Yup, Sharon is beautiful….inside and out, it seems. She takes a lot of flack and picks up the slack….unfairly. She deserves so much more, considering her lengthy tenure.

  59. Scott H says:

    Agree with most of the choices here, but cannot understand at all how Y&R and B&B are still the top rated shows…..must be loyal viewership…cause both of the shows have some of the worst actors/actresses and the absolute worst storylines….Victor still mumbles his lines….Sharon’s been involved in like 3 baby switching/kidnapped/didn’t know i gave birth to twins storylines….Phyllis way to young for Jack….and then you have the endless triangles of Steffy/Liam/Wyatt/Ivy and Brooke/Katie/Eric/Bill over and over and over again, year after year….I love DAYs but with the recent serial killer storyline and the “lets brainwash Chad into loving Belle to get to Sami to get our fortune back” and Bo’s death…the show has gone way to dark and is in need of some humor and fun to go with all the drab storylines…..and definitely get rid of Hope’s daughter, horrible actress….maybe Ben can escape and take out a couple more people before he’s gone for good….lol, kidding, no I’m not……have to say though that GH in the last couple weeks has gotten back on track with their stories….I loved the family Corinthos xmas with the selfie stick and loved Chrissy’s and Sonny’s social media chat when he mentioned the pic could go viral…classic…I hope they restore Tracy to her nasty Bitch self in 2016….and would love to see a good cat fight between Ava and Tracy or Ava and Carly….starting to like Kiki and Nina even…i’m thinking that 2016 will be the Year for GH….

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  60. Harry says:

    Well done, Mr, Fairman. In fact, it’s so well done I have nothing to add to it.

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  61. Joe says:

    Please somebody from CBS, read this story, and figure out how you are going to fix Y&R without Chuck Pratt Jr., Tracey Thompson and Jill Farren Phelps. Why not bring Ed Scott back, bring him back from across the hall at B&B?? Or coax Kay Alden back. This show could be so much better. Now all it’s known for is it’s failures. This isn’t the Y&R we all knew and loved, it’s just another train wreck, and CBS is letting this happen.

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    su0000 replied

    hey Joe..
    I have an idea..
    GH should send Shelly & Jean back to Y&R, ok?

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  62. Patrick says:

    here, here – gavel – Most Rejuvinated Character ; without doubt

    Ben Weston; Days of OUR Lives

    he stunned me… he outshone… he took the gauntlet, as it were, and ran… he has Talent

    this is coming from a model on the Price is Right… and his role on nuAMC … hint hint… his escapade in the bedroom .. being a first

    what a magna cum laude treat… I agree with @Ray… they could have delved in to and… treated us to an evenmore TREAT… as to what triggered Ben … his psychological twists and ramifications… to his person… triggered

    ———— the one other actor ———– BEST REJUVINATED

    Tyler Christopher, GH; Nicholas Cassadine

    I am completed smitten, awed, by his calm manner in which he drives Nicholas… it’s a man swag that takes you

    his command with Hayden; with Liz; with Laura

    this trio have all the ammunition to ride out… thee, what seems like forever, propped 2 couple show… Carly and Sonny; and Jason and Sam . just not interested in these two

    the new years eve show… with Billy Miller and Kimberly McCullough… astounds!

    drama ensued… drama let out… drama reached

    it was a treat watching Billy Miller… (per his words; living out a life with no life to speak off ) responding or reacting to every one elses opinion…. you could clearly justify the anger welling up in BM’ Character… there was a resonating treat, in caring, of two people who were understanding each other… plus a big well up of history…

    KM’ Robin… telling Jason… he “left” her… for Sonny… and that she just couldn’t share his life in the mob

    IS THIS TELLING ??? that he will return to Liz ? giddy time… I’m waiting

    for me … this was my send off… of my care of Robin… her white picket fence… intact once again

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    Tracy replied

    Hate Nikolas with Hayden who has to be the most pointless character on GH’s canvas right now! Love the chemistry between Nikolas and Elizabeth – it’s the best on GH and the show is crazy to waste it! Nikolas and Laura are always great to see together!

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  63. Mary SF says:

    Well overall I think 2015 was one of the worst years for soap watching I’ve ever seen. I have watched soaps a long time, and I know some stories are duds, and that there is an ebb and flow to soap writing. As a viewer I am investing my time, so like investing money in the stock market you need patience to wait out the low days to cash in on the high days. But in 2015 there were very few high days that made my investment worth it.

    Chuck Pratt has been at the realm at Y&R for almost a year now and most of his stuff has been forgettable. The disasters of the sweeps seemed were almost comical because they were so lame. The whole story about Paragon was silly considering my home computer probably has better anti virus software than Newman and Jabot combined. All the characters are being ruin and other than the Adam reveal I don’t recall a story that I was excited to watch.

    Days lost me when instead of weaving a great murder mystery, where we could spend months guessing who the killer is– they reveal the Necktie killer to be Ben, and the murder mystery become a disturbing physiological thriller that was too graphic and violent for daytime television. I do not watch this type of story in prime time, so I’ve been tuning out more and more. So I have to humbly disagree with idea the Days has the best writing team, because in my mind they destroyed the show for me. It used to fun, like GH was under Ron, but now it lost it’s sense of humor as well as me as a viewer.

    GH– I wished there was a way to blend the style of Ron and the present writers. Ron had a wicked sense of humor and his twists were great and fun, but he relied on them so much, there was no real stories or characters to empathize with. The present writers have heart, the solid writing, but it is like eating vanilla ice cream everyday– I miss the hot fudge or the unexpected candy piece that would shake things up just a bit. But out of the all the shows GH had the best stories in 2015 for my tastes.

    B&B is solid. I was never a fan of Brad Bell’s love of all things triangle. And I do think sometimes he does just rewrite his old scripts changing the names in them, but it is all so familiar. Yet, there is something comforting in it, knowing when I watch B&B I know what to expect and I get actually what I know is going be there.

    Now we have to see if any network cancels any soap this year. I don’t want them to be cancelled but honestly if they are to be as bad as they been for most of 2015, then I don’t think I would miss them too much when they do go.

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    Melissa replied

    Thank you for your comments on GH writing. I think you’ve provided the best prescription for what could make the writing spot on. I hope the writers read your comments!

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  64. Nikki says:

    All I can say is WOW!! Someone out there really has it in for Y & R. I wont be wasting my time with the awards this year. I love Laura Wright (Carly) but Karla Avant (Maya) coming out was amazing and Caroline Spencer Forrester (Linsey Godfrey) from her break-up with Rick to her getting drunk & making out with Thomas was fantastic and Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea Newman) finding out her friend Gabriel Binghem was really her dead husband back from the dead Adam Newman. I realize they all can’t win awards but to say the worst villain was Ian Ward and the best supporting actress was Amelia Heinle ( Victoria Newman) is a joke. What exactly did she do? And Eric Bredan(Victor Newman) a runner up really? He’s been playing the same roll forever and most people write in complaining that he never gets caught.

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    CeeCee replied

    Say it again, Nikki!!

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    Nikki replied

    Happy New Year CeeCee.

    CeeCee replied

    Thank you, Nikki. Likewise.

  65. Ray says:

    This is an excellent recap of the best and worst in soaps. Although I do not watch the CBS soaps, I agree with so many of your choices on DOOL and GH. I think the return of Dillion Q is great casting. I hope the Daytime Emmys pay attention to some of your choices and stop nominating the same actors EVERY year. It would be more interesting to see actors that have carried a show be rewarded (Billy Flynn, Chad and Kate Mansi, Abigail, DOOL). I was blown away with Robert Scott Wilson (Ben, DOOL). Lastly, Kristian Alfonso as Hope has had her strongest year since Zack died and Princess Gina.

    Peter Reckell was great as Bo, but I still have a bad taste in my mouth about how so much time was wasted seeing him being held captive instead of time with Hope, Steve, Kayla and Caroline.

    I agree with Kim (above comment) that Kassie D was a huge waste of talent. She is a powerhouse, but by the time Paige died, Eve was such a miserable character, I had a hard time feeling sympathy that she had just lost her daughter.

    I know most GH fans will not agree, but Luke’s departure and Anthony Geary’s bitchy comments left me saying “good riddance.” Geary is arguably one of the Top 5 legacy characters in the history of daytime. Why take a chance on offending fans that have followed your character and you as an actor for more than 35+ years? Simply retire, live your life in Amsterdam and remain a legend.

    I hope 2016 is a great year for all of the soaps. I love reading features on the actors in this column. My New Year’s wish is that the higher powers of each soap would tell some of the actors/actresses to tone down the botox and lip injections. As good as a few of the actresses are, I find myself staring at them and questioning what has happened to their face. Acting is about emotion. Actresses (and some actors) having a botoxed, paralyzed face makes them appear as having no feeling or reaction.

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  66. Mary Lou DeVriendt says:

    I agree with just about everything. Rob Scott Wilson certainly turned out to be a powerful actor. He sent chills up my spine. Even before I read this, my first thought was that the return of Michael E Knight to our screens was the best thing to happen all year. Not ON a soap, but soap related, the worst thing was the death of David Canary. I just loved him, and this made me so very sad.

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  67. Timmm says:

    These awards or declarations are fun. I agree wit a lot of them but I will come to Ray Wise’s defense on “Worst Villain.” NO WAY! The guy was so animated. He ran with the outrageous story that was written for him! His Chelsea 2.0 song is a classic! He teamed with Adam, got under Victor’s skin and picked up a girlfriend on the way! I’ll never forget him in the devil costume standing in Newman Towers with the fire blazing behind him as a back drop. An excellent actor and a great story. Yes, kind of wacky and GHish, but great!

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    Rose replied

    I’m just finishing up watching the original Twin Peaks to be ready for the new reboot. If you “like” Ray Wise as wacky/devil himself on Y&R, you’ve got to see him as Leland on Twin Peaks. Unforgettable. Plus (spoiler alert) he can sing and dance. And as an added bonus, Ian Buchanan/ Duke Lavery is showing up as a bit of a sleazy/dandy character for several episodes. He really looks handsome.

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    Tani Sterling replied

    Ray Wise was wonderful! It was the plot and storyline that left us all wanting.

    Timmm replied

    TWIN reasons to watch TWIN Peaks! Thanks Rose.

  68. Lillian says:

    BEST CHRISTMAS SOAP MEMORIES: General Hospital’s Christmases with Steve Hardy telling the Christmas story. And turning on OLTL to see Dorian’s Christmas tree. Every year the tree was decorated differently and was so beautiful!

    WORST DECISION/MOST DISAPPOINTING DECISION: When I was a young Y&R viewer, it was “anything” and “everything” Victor Newman! Victor may not have been born with a golden spoon in his mouth, but the character’s actions now remind me of the “affluenza” teen who feels that he should not be held to the same standards as the average Joe. A powerful character, at some point in time, has to do the right thing to be redeemed in the viewers eyes.

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  69. JustSaying says:

    Another WTF moment – YR
    Chloe runs over Adam and then disappears. Does she have another child back home? Did she have a melt down and think Delia is still alive? Give her a real story if they’re going to bring her back.

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    Mellisa M replied

    Chloe should be in prison. This is why Y&R has become a total joke. These WTF? moments have no follow up. It’s insulting to the viewers, but Pratt & Phelps could care less about putting on a show with any level of intelligence. Ridiculous & pathetic.

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  70. Jen says:

    Biggest WTF end-of-the-year soap article. #Days deserves to be canceled if Griffith and Higley are not fired.

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    su0000 replied

    Hi Jen..
    Days should bring in Jean & Shelly from GH..
    Then GH could bring RC back, he is rested up now, and Guza as partner,, OK?

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  71. JANET says:

    FERGETABOUTIT. T.HIS IS A BIG JOKE

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  72. Patrick says:

    FAVORITE GOODBYE

    Luke and Bobbie Spencer – General Hospital

    Thank goodness they gave Jackie Zeman a farewell scene with Tony Geary, and it was well worth it. Played exceptionally by both actors, we were left in a puddle of tears, once again.

    Bam!

    ’nuff said

    when GH is on

    “we were left in a puddle of tears…”

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    CeeCee replied

    I agree, Patrick. Too bad, very significant ‘others’ never got the chance to say a proper good-bye, thanks to the soap gods. (Silas Clay; Will Horton; Kelly {Y&R} etc.) …..and, oh; tomorrow, Daniel (Days) won’t get that chance either……hope against hope, maybe he will?

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  73. Denise says:

    I am really disappointed that Rebecca Herbst was not mentioned for outstanding actress this year. She finally had a lead story and she rocked it. Becky knocked it out of the ballpark and deserves a daytime Emmy nod for lead actress. Though I am sure it will be Laura Wright again or Kelly Monaco like it is year after year, whether they actually had a story worth mentioning or not. I am tired of Becky’s talents being over looked

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    Denise replied

    I will admit that Laura Wright was great in the role of young Luke’s mother. It felt like this year Carly was growing as a person and I liked her better. Then there was the Jason reveal and she turned back into the same shrill, hateful and selfish person that I remembered before. Over all though I still feel like this was Beckys year

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    su0000 replied

    GH..
    When Ava was taking Nina’s baby after drugging her.. that scene of them on floor and later Ava on the couch drugged, Nina giving birth, you know which scenes I’m talking about, it was unforgettable! ..
    Was absolute powerful, suspenseful, on the edge ripping drama..
    Both Mura and Michelle were phenomenal in that scene! it was retching !

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    su0000 replied

    forgot..
    that scene/story was by RC ..

    Harry replied

    The scene of Nina trying to take Ava’s baby was unforgettable, SUOO?
    I’d like to debate your point but I forgot that entire scene.
    Two rabid scene chewers in the same frame tend to negate my memory resources.

    CeeCee replied

    What, su? When did Nina give birth? You do mean Ava, don’t you? Joshin with you, babes.
    Actually, I had a hard time watching that scene…..Covered my face with my hands and peeked between my fingers, intermittently.

    rose replied

    su…that was one of the RC stories and scenes I think many of us want to forget.

    Abruzzfan replied

    I agree Su. Both actresses – Michelle S and Maura West were amazing. It was an unforgettable performance by both actresses. The awards are a joke.

    Michael Fairman replied

    Hi Abruzzfan and su000:
    Maura and Michelle were launded for these scenes and their work in On-Air On-Soaps Best and Worst Of 2014. You have your years mixed-up. Just wanted you to have the correct information, before telling me that I did not award them. Maura was overall best actress and their scene together best duo. You can find it here. http://michaelfairmansoaps.com/news/on-air-on-soaps-names-best-and-worst-in-soaps-2014/2014/12/30/

    I don’t appreciate the comments when they aren’t based on facts.

    Hope this information helps you. Happy New Year.
    Best,
    Michael

    su0000 replied

    Hi Michael..
    I did an oopsie, thanks for the correction..
    2014 whoa time flies, but yes it was, sorry..
    But- it was a great eppi !!
    Wishing you the best of 2016 and looking forward to your upcoming interviews!
    You are the best, yah know… :)

  74. Patti lauro says:

    I find it amazing that rebecca Herbst was not mentioned for her amazing acting! Also jake and Elizabeth were amazing on screen together! And franco and nina great new coupke. And morgan ,bryan is doing an amazing job with the bi polar storyline!

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    Denise replied

    Jake and Elizabeth brought true romance back to GH

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    maddiehayes replied

    ICAM, they were the best couple this year .. he loved her with such purity .. he just gave her his heart and soul and laid it all out there .. I like Maxie & Nathan, too. He is also a “one-woman man”. Not like Dante, my gosh, he and Lulu are RUINED. I don’t care how hard the writers might try, I will never root for him again, what a scumbag! But Jake and Nathan .. such romantic heroes! I swooned at the things they said to their lady loves <3

  75. Dan says:

    Inconsistent is the perfect word to describe General Hospital in 2015, and I certainly agree with it. They had some truly great episodes in 2015, but also some long stretches where the show was almost unwatchable. They have the best ensemble cast in daytime, in my opinion, so it’s always been a matter of them being given quality stories to play.

    I was a fan of a lot of things Ron Carlivati had done for the show, but there was no question in my mind it had reached a point where they needed to make a change. I know everyone has their opinions, but I personally feel like the show is slowly starting to get back on track under the new writers Jean Passanante & Shelly Altman.

    Another thing I would say, deciding to get rid of Michael Easton and kill off Silas wasn’t really disappointing to me, because as talented an actor as I think he is, I personally never got invested in the character, which is an indictment on the awful way they wrote the character more than anything else.

    More disappointing for me was the decision to get rid of the incomparable Ian Buchanan’s beloved character Duke Lavery. I don’t know what the real behind the scenes story was, if Ian asked to leave the show or not, which is something I’ve heard although have never seen confirmed by any credible source, or whether he was fired. But either way, there was no reason to kill off a 30 year legacy character like Duke. Send him out of town on mob business, they could have come up with literally anything to leave the door open for his return.

    His death didn’t even result in a good follow up storyline, either. Which is what we’re told so often as soap fans when a fan favorite gets killed off. “The story resulting from their death will be worth it.” That definitely wasn’t the case here. It ended up as just a way for them to try and disgustingly force Anna and Sloane together as a couple, which thankfully they realized was a total failure. Worse than that, it resulted in Duke’s killer Carlos returning after we thought he was dead, and fathering a baby with Sabrina. The whole thing disgusts me as a 20+ year loyal fan of the show.

    I think it was a hugely poor decision by the powers that at GH, and don’t think it’s coincidental that the ratings really began to nosedive right after they killed off Duke, which is what ultimately cost RC his job. Hopefully it’s a terrible wrong that the show can right one of these days. I’ve had my fill of back from the dead stories, but seeing Ian Buchanan’s smiling face back in Port Charles again is one I would gladly welcome.

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    nancy dillingham replied

    I agree re Duke!

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    Rose replied

    I miss Duke, too. Especially upset on how the writers killed him off. Mentioned in another reply that I was watching the original Twin Peaks from around 1990. Ian is in it…I forgot how handsome he was (and still is).

    Patrick replied

    Wow

    great! last line…. of Duke

    all that love and romance… between Duke and Anna

    how can we not love

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  76. PJ says:

    How about Becky Herbst getting some much deserved recognition? She has been awesome all year. BH took all material, good & bad & rocked it, 160% . Even w/ ooc Liz dialog and and the awful lie s/l, BH came thru again and again. Can’t say that for others on GH who are totally in sleepwalking mode.
    Enjoying Tyler Christopher and his dark prince Nic. Nic is now interesting.
    Jason Thompson deserved a story line and got nothing from GH. Nothing. Wishing him success at Y&R.
    Amelia Heinle best supporting? Are you even watching Y&R, because AH as Vicky is coma inducing. Yawnnnnn

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    Denise replied

    I agree about Becky. This was her year for sure. Watching her relationship grow with Jake to true love, the fall out from Ric’s deceit and Nik revealing who Jason really was, the return of Jake. The many layers of all these things and emotions. The writers ruined it all with the Lie, but Becky gave it her all and she was fantastic!

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  77. Rose says:

    The Fluke story was the biggest, hugest disappointment. It went on way too long to accommodate Tony Geary, and the story was so depressing and depraved. Plus, as others have said…as far as his acting, he just “phoned it in.” Was really impressed with the 52 anniversary b/w segment though. Wonder what ever happened to the walk-in clinic Michael was going to put where the old Spencer house was. Seems they’ve dropped the ball on that project which helped start the whole mess.

    Not a Liz fan, but I have to admit Rebecca has done a great job from taking Sweet, St. Liz to the Scarlett Woman. I do like it when an actor can really have a role that allows them to show their range.

    Was amused at props and production categories. Ava’s black wig was such a convincing “disguise!” And GH could really use a set redo. They are realllllly old and boring. Maybe Crimson could have a decorating special where a well known interior designer comes into Port Charles to add “fashion” to the Q’s and Cassadine mansions (there’s got to be more than their dreary libraries), freshen up GH, and even throw in Kelly’s as a freebee.

    Think Maya’s parents as actors have been exceptional, even though, in general, I’m not into issue oriented storylines of any kind. But as a fairly new B&B viewer (not fan), it’s seems its just the same old, same old revolving door relationships. Don’t know how long I will hang in.

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    Melissa replied

    Agree about GH sets needing a shake up. Have just started watching Y&R and am really impressed by how “home” so many of the sets are. By comparasin the GH sets seem so sterile.

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  78. Newmanwins says:

    The Young and the Restless should no longer be considered a drama series based on the entire year of 2015. Phelps and Pratt have turned this once great soap into a cross between science fiction theater, an outlandish convoluted cartoon, with elements of a horror movie. I am going to predict their next sweeps stunt for Feb will involve the Paragon Virus making a return and luring the Gremlins back to life to takeover the town. The horrid farce they call storylines was one bad plot gimmick after another. The majority of the characters were turned into zombies and very few acted anything like themselves. The majority of the couples were just flat out boring and forced as MF pointed out in his selections. The one and only triangle they really tried to push just happened to be the worst on any soap by a mile with Neil/Hillary/Devon. The two big disaster storylines for a cheap ratings pop had no dramatic fallout as things were back to normal the following week. I have no doubt they will continue these monthly stunts where someone passes out, and the power goes out or lights flickers in various buildings, more god awful plot gimmicks. The bottom line is they were a one trick pony all year long, and had nothing going for them in terms of watchable storylines outside of the Adam stuff, and since that was basically wrapped up two months ago they are back to having nothing going for them in the writing room.

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    Tani Sterling replied

    Thank you. You saved me the time of writing. It seemed the writers had little regard for their viewers.

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  79. Linda says:

    Loved the list and agree with most of it. Cannot comment on Days for I don’t watch it. I did years ago when it was all Hardy. Does anyone else think that Adam on Y&R did not kill Delia? I have always thought that it was Kelly who did. Is it possible that Kelly is still alive somewhere and Victor knows where?

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    4ever DAYS replied

    I think Kelly is alive and Victor can bring back any of her 18 lookalikes!

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    CeeCee replied

    How true, 4ever. I never thought about it since Cady left. But, the doors are always left open on soaps. If Cady does come back, I do hope she will be given the respect due this beautiful person.
    Jack was always such a baddie, so, why is he now so holier-than-thou? I do not like forever-young Jack.

    Timmm replied

    Wouldnt it be great if Cady did come back as Michael E. Knight’s ex-wife!

    Rose replied

    Timmm…I love your idea of bringing Cady back as someone from MEK/Dr. Neville’s past life. Michael and Dixie have been one of my favorite soap couples. You know writers could make it work…there was always a bit of a mystery about her, and being dead doesn’t necessarily mean really dead.

    Tani Sterling replied

    The trial didn’t resolve the “who hit Delia” issue. Hope your question will be answered; gone on too long.

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    CeeCee replied

    Right you are, Tani. I am still waiting. The fact is, I don’t think TPTB have figured out whom to blame, yet. Eventually, I am assuming, Delia’s death will be blamed on one of the characters who’s no longer on the show.

  80. Monica. says:

    “Accidental Serial Killer Steffy” on B&B? How is Steffy a serial killer? Her own cousin, mentally ill no less, abandoned by her father and grandfather and pretty much her whole family was being bullied by her uncle and B&Bs worst charater, Maya, came at her with a tireiron. Steffy was defending herself! She is not a serial killer. I was disgusted by the Maya storyline this year, but not because she is transgender. Maya was willing to step on anyone to gain her goal, she willingly participated in bullying Rick´s niece. B&B send the message that just because Maya is tramnsgender, she should not be held accountable for her actions. Becaue lo and behold, she can not be a bully because of the fact she had a sex change! What crocks. Steffy Forrester is the only Younger female character on BOLD Worth watching. She is no hair flipping, brainless moron like Hope, Caroline or Maya. And B&B did strick gold with new Thomas. Pierson Fode´ is a Little gem on his own. The only thing missing from the equation is more Ridge/ Thorsten Kaye. Perhaps B&B should snap Kassie DepIava up? We already know her and TK have chemistry.

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    Mel replied

    I agree with you about Steffy and Thomas. I’m so glad that Jacqueline MacInnes Wood is back; and Pierson Fode is a fantastic addition to the cast…awesome recast. I hope we see some great storylines for the Tridge siblings in 2016!

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  81. Tracy says:

    How could you forget Rebecca Herbst on General Hospital? Liz was written horribly this year; completely out of character and in a way that seems designed to inspire hate and yet Becky still gave it her all! Becky’s portrayal of Liz was powerful, nuanced and heartbreaking all year and she deserves to be recognized for it! Becky has incredible chemistry with Billy Miller and her chemistry with Tyler Christopher is the best of any pairing on GH! Liz should be front and center on GH and Becky should have earned a spot on your list! The bias against this wonderful actress/legacy character and disrespect for her fan base is ridiculous!

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  82. Liam says:

    I agree with the assessments of Becky on GH. I think she has had a fabulous year. FH continues to shine as usual as does LW; although, Carly has continued to annoy me.

    Overall, I’ve been a rather disappointed with the direction of GH. We certainly do not need more Corinthos and Co. I’d like to see more for Liz and Laura in the new year. First off, despite Ava’s character flaws, she recognized that Liz was there to help her, so I do not see why Liz cannot be involved somehow in Ava’s art gallery being that she is an artist. Secondly, I would like to see Monica finally realize that Liz is about the only one who seemed to care whether or not Jason returned to the mob life and that is something that they should have in common. Why can’t the writers tap into their history? After all, Monica used to be married to Liz’s father Jeff before Liz was born. I’d still love to see Monica in cahoots with Liz and file a civil lawsuit against Sonny for the death of AJ in order to cripple his organization so that should Jason decide to return to that life, it is already dissolved. Also, Monica and Laura have a history as well. I’d like for Laura to admit to Monica that she knew that Jason was alive so that we can get past that pink elephant in the room.

    Wake up writers!!

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  83. trini12180 says:

    To me the worst actress in GH is Kelly Monaco she can’t act, it’s like she is trying to hard and it comes out like she doesn’t know what she is saying. She is not a lead actress,
    Rebecca Herbst deserved to be recognize for her fabulous work, she is so believable in her craft and has chemistry with everyone, but TPTB has their favorite and has not treated her like a lead actress.

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  84. Jen says:

    I want to see Rebecca Herbst recognized for her outstanding work this year as best overall actress or supporting. She has been amazing in a very difficult story that took Elizabeth out of character and she rocked the material with a nuanced, emotional performance episode after episode. She’s a talented actress and it’s her time to be acknowledged with awards. The return of Elizabeth and Jason’s son Jake was something I wanted to see for a long time.

    I agree General Hospital has been inconsistent. I also feel that Jason Thompson was terribly underused and I’m very sad to see him leave the show. Michael Easton was underused as well, which never made sense to me and I was disappointed that they got rid of his character. It’s nuts that two such talented actors have left when there should have been ample stories for them. I always love Kimberly McCullough and Constance Towers. Tyler Christopher has been fascinating with Nikolas’ odd turn toward going all out Cassadine.

    I loved Bo’s return to Days of Our Lives. Peter Reckell was fantastic. I’m disappointed, though because I want Bo to be on Days. The return was too short, as was Bo’s time with his family. Reckell and Kristian Alfonso were amazing. I agree that Melissa Archer is a powerful actress and should have been used differently. I love Stephen Nichols being back. Billy Flynn is wonderful.

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  85. Sandy J. says:

    While I agree with most of Michael’s choices, many of which are the same as what ABC Soaps In Depth chose, I’m going to disagree with many posters when I say that, for me, Justin Hartley is NOT Adam Newman. He’s more like a nameless character who showed up two years ago pretending to be Adam Newman.

    That’s not to say that Justin isn’t a terrific actor; he just isn’t believable as this particular character, mostly because of his own physical attributes (height, hair colour, etc.), although Adam’s mother is not Nikki. Yeah, I still believe that Michael Muhney is the ultimate A.N. and no one will believably take his place. But that’s only one person’s opinion, and many will disagree.

    I’ve also been disappointed in many of the Y&R’s stories this year. The Neil/Hillary/Devon mess is still ongoing, unfortunately. And where are Lauren and Jill? Have they jetted off to Europe to look for new fashions for their stores? Their portrayers, both very talented actresses, are rarely seen any more and are missed.

    And one last item: will Victor EVER get his comeuppance?!? I keep hoping that each new writing regime will finally give the Abbott Family some justice when it comes to Victor, but decades later we’re all still waiting. Apparently, Phyllis and Billy are the only ones with backbone in that family who want Victor to pay for all his crimes and misdeeds. Not Jack though, not any more. How disappointing.

    And would someone please tell Peter Bergman to stop using the same facial expression at the end of every scene! He’s acting more like a robot than the fantastic actor I always used to see on my TV screen. I’m surprised his wife or the show’s acting coach hasn’t noticed it or, if they had, mentioned it to him. Sorry, Peter, but it’s gone on far too long, and it’s time you showed other emotions besides consternation and frustration, with your upper teeth biting your lower lip, or just plain pursing of the lips. Hundreds of times.

    Will end with, as Soap Opera Digest’s Carolyn Hinsey used to say, “It’s only my opinion!”

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    Patrick replied

    I no longer… for some time now

    see two goliaths
    two megawatt power RANGERS bursting
    two Shakespearean effort
    two stalwart LEADS leading the pack

    it’s gone… and has been

    dim, barely present, and out of muster

    Salute nevertheless; pains me; with the oh so formidable one… VICTOR vs. Jack

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  86. Ash says:

    I feel that Rebecca Herbst should have been recognized for her stellar work during this whole Jake is Jason storyline. No matter what u feel for Elizabeth, Becky killed it on every scene.

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    Abruzzfan replied

    @Ash – I totally agree.

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  87. 4ever DAYS says:

    Y&R could have a February flood! If so, Niki can have a wet bar. LOL!

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    Patrick replied

    wouldn’t that be wild…

    to see Nikki… treating us to flirtatious indulge and bucking up … transgressions beware

    come on Nikki !

    seriously! seeing her sip water with lemon wedgies with Neil…

    Morgan going all bi-polar…

    I lose interest in these characters… where is all the imagination stalled for?

    I certainly no longer care for all the abiding “virtue” Nikki seems to be shellacked… at his disposal, “over” dead Victor

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  88. B&B_Fan78 says:

    Rick and Maya are a horrible couple with no chemistry. It was truly laughable that these two horrible people were suddenly bathed in heavenly light all because one of them is transgender. Give me a break! They deserved to suffer for the way they treated those around them, and we the audience wanted to see that. Instead, we got Maya with wings and a halo, and her rageaholic, gun toting fiancé was suddenly a kind, accepting, open-minded guy who didn’t care at all that she’d been lying to him for literally years. Caroline lied to him about a couple of kisses and he went kookoo, but Maya’s lies? No biggie!! Laughable that they’d be named best couple.

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  89. Mo says:

    Justin Hartley has been fantastic since he arrived.

    Glad to see others are not loving nuCiara.

    Elephant Story was so boring.

    I’m really enjoying Michael Knight on Y&R.

    So many things to comment on.

    There’s been good and there’s been bad on soaps. Hope 2016 has mainly good.

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  90. madluv4ya says:

    I think Jason Thompson is gonna knock the role of Billy abbott out of the park!!! Look at the Adam recast and how much people wailed against that. Fans were like only Jesus could play Adam and along came Justin. Also the role of Phyllis and Gina Tognoni has made the role her own. It’s ok sometimes to just wait and see. We know that he is an exceptionally competent actor, so give him a chance. It’s time for Billy to mature and show some growth. I think Jason will surprise a lot of people and I, for one, am rooting for him!

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    Tani Sterling replied

    I am one who appreciated Billy; he was a cool down. However, admittedly, he wasn’t a replacement for the previous Billy. It is a bit tiresome to see only replacements that fall into the same category as Adam. Too long to explain. Adam did indeed carry the entire year. However, there was a lack of storyline for the rest of the crew. I don’t know this new person, but from looking at reviews, he looks tall enough to be a new kind of competition for Justin. To all those actors who reach this level, they deserve praise and a Happy New Year!

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    madluvya replied

    Well, it’s awesome that you are at least willing to give Jason a chance to prove himself in the role.

    Tani Sterling replied

    Of course, always willing.

  91. bre says:

    Do not agree about GH Dillon being the best newcomer. I find him boring.

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  92. Raleigh says:

    I actually found the Maya transgender storyline to be the most frustrating thing. For months we watched Maya and Rick treat everyone around them horribly and got zero payoff. Maya and Rick were awful, and yet, I couldn’t wait to see what they were going to do next. Shoot up Forrestor Creations? Replace Stephanie’s portrait with Maya’s? And Jacob Young was amazing after years of being on the back burner. Maya and Rick were perfect as soap characters you love to hate. As a viewer, I expected to see their comeuppance. I couldn’t wait for it. Then it’s as if the past few months hadn’t happened and bam – Maya’s transgender and she and Rick are angels. What?? I could have appreciated the transgender storyline if it happened later down the road but nothing is worse than investing in a storyline for months and getting no payoff.

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