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272 December 29th, 2012 On-Air On-Soaps Names The Best and Worst Of 2012!

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What a year 2012 was for soap fans! After trying to cope with the loss of another canceled soap, all types of new daytime programming other than soaps emerging on the daytime landscape, the bad rap that soaps are dying from the mainstream, it’s a wonder everyone did not need two Xanax before they sat down to watch the remaining soaps on the air for fear that at any given moment the networks might levy the boom and cancel those too!

However, what 2012 proved the most is that, say what you will, daytime soaps and the genre is surviving with renewed interest.  In the case of most of our hit list for the year, the performances and creative energy abound, has given the genre its own back-from-the-dead new lease on life!  Once again, On-Air On-Soaps pays 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 more than just respectable!  But of course, in addition to the best moments of the year, there were several not so stellar moments, characters, or storylines that get the dubious honor of some of the “Worst’s” of 2012.

So with that said, On-Air On-Soaps presents our fifth annual Best and Worst of the Year.  As you will read, we try to dissect it all in our annual look back at the year in review. In several categories, it was almost too tight a race to call, and so, we had to call it a “tie”.   In other cases, there were several runner-ups that deserved recognition and those are included, as well.

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, we want to wish all our soapers a healthy, prosperous, and fantastic New Year!  It is you, the fans, who have willed this daytime industry to continue!

So here we go … after the jump, we reveal the list of the Best and Worst in Soaps 2012!

SOAPMAKERS OF THE YEAR

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Frank Valentini and Ron Carlivati  - General Hospital and One Life to Live – For their achievements raising the bar in the daytime genre, Valentini and Carlivati receive our highest honors.  Cartini reinvigorated an ailing GH as the show to watch in 2012, and gave us the perfect goodbye under extraordinary difficult circumstances with One Life. Through their efforts daytime, as we come to the close of 2012, is on an upswing once again! To read our new interview with the honorees click here!

BEST SOAP  (TIE)

General HospitalStunning returns, a new regime with a fresh perspective on Port Charles, an entire canvas utilized,  fantastic performances and creative storytelling, where just a few of the reasons we are naming GH Best Soap Of 2012! Clearly and easily the best daytime soap to watch of the year!

One Life to Live – The best two weeks of daytime soap opera we have ever seen as OLTL said farewell to its 43-year run on ABC.  Think about it:  The entire town got shot, it involved a trip to heaven and hell, it paid homage to the fans and the soap itself with the cancellation and the final episode of  “Fraternity Row”, had heartbreaking family goodbyes, a baby was born, and an amazing cliffhanger.  In two weeks, One Life did what the remaining soaps on the air, except GH, could not do in one calendar year and made us cheer, cry, and care!

BEST EPISODE OF THE YEAR

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One Life to Live’s – Second to Last Episode- Airdate: January 12, 2012  – From Viki’s speech on soap operas, to Starr, Rex, Gigi and Shane saying goodbye to their families and moving out of Llanview, and the ending of  “Fraternity Row”, this show was the one that has us reaching, and reaching, and reaching for the hankies!

BEST PRIMETIME SOAP

Revenge -  Is there anyone in the Hamptons who doesn’t come with a twist on a twist?  And that what soap operas are all about … juicy scandal, dirty schemes, backstabbing and life and death!  Bring it on!

BEST REBOOT

DallasWho knew that you could take the most popular primetime soap of them all, Dallas and update it and make it even better the original? Well, TNT’s Dallas reboot had us screaming, “More please!”

WORST SOAP  

The Young and the Restless – The number one soap was a number one bummer throughout most of 2012, with lackluster stories, fan favorites thrown into the mix who were wasted, yes, Debbi Morgan, Darnell Williams, Genie Francis, what was the point?   Genoa City was a snoozy town in 2012.

MOST DISAPPOINTING SOAP 

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The Young and the Restless – The reason this is most disappointing because it has such A-list talent attached to it, that it was hard to watch the bad storytelling and the entire cast trying to make it work. They did their best, but Y&R was still hard to invest in it.

BEST OVERALL PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR

Jason Thompson as Patrick Drake – General Hospital  – Every episode that Jason Thompson has graced the daytime screen this year has been filled with raw emotion, and stunning performances.  Robin’s exit has provided this outstanding actor an opportunity to strut his stuff and in 2012 there was no one better and not a dry eye in the viewing audience, thanks to Mr. T!

BEST OVERALL PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS

Finola Hughes as Anna Devane – General Hospital  – Fans who may never been witness to the sheer acting brilliance of Finola Hughes, when she won her Daytime Emmy as Lead Actress in 1991, were treated to heartbreaking performances throughout the entire 2012 soap season as she played a mother grieving the loss of her daughter, and being duped by “Duke” brilliantly.  Welcome back to daytime, Fin!

Runner-Up:

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Kelly Sullivan as Kate Howard/Connie Falconeri – General Hospital  – The first part of the year was a marvel for Kelly Sullivan as we learned about Kate’s rape in stunning scenes and when she went back and forth between, Kate and alter Connie.  Now Connie has been to long at the party … we want Kate back!

BEST SINGLE PERFORMANCE MALE

Jason Thompson – Patrick gets ready to attend Robin’s Funeral – General HospitalIs there anything more memorable than Patrick seeing visions of Robin and trying to put on his tie to get ready to attend her funeral?  Hankies! Brilliant work.

Runner Up:

James Scott – Lexie tells EJ she is dying – Days of our Lives The dashing brit showed once again why he is also tops in the game for the scene in which his sister, Lexie informs him she is dying of an inoperable brain tumor.

BEST SINGLE PERFORMANCE FEMALE

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Laura Wright – Sonny tells Carly that Jason is dead – General HospitalSimple, heartbreaking and raw, no one on daytime does this better than Laura Wright.  In a scene with Maurice Benard (Sonny) informing Carly her best friend Jason, has been shot and assumed dead, Wright once again delivered a brilliant piece of work.

Runners- Up:

Katherine Kelly Lang - Brooke helps Stephanie die in her final moments - The Bold and the Beautiful - In her best work to date, Katherine Kelly Lang brought us to tears as she sang Stephanie to her final breaths, while she admitting she was ashamed at all that she had perpetrated on Steph throughout her lifetime.

Jane Elliot – Edward’s death, – General Hospital –Elliot was extraordinary as she had to come to grips that her beloved and often time adversarial relationship with her daddy, Edward has come to an end.  Her scenes in the Q crypt were hankie-worthy alone!

BEST PERFORMANCE IN A FINALE EPISODE

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Robert S. Woods as Bo Buchanan -One Life to Live – It was Woods, who in the final moments of OLTL, made us reach for the hankies!  Remember, when Matthew informed Bo that he was going to name his newborn son, Drew?  Or, when Bo tells Nora, “I love you, Red?”  Waterworks!

BEST OVERALL PERFORMANCE BY A SUPPORTING ACTOR

Doug Davidson as Paul Williams – The Young and the Restless – Veteran Davidson, received an opportunity to showcase what he does best, but this time there was a twist!  Paul shot his own son, Ricky!  Rot-ro.  It provided Davidson with a chance to break viewers’ heart and he did it well.

BEST OVERALL PERFORMANCE BY A SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Genie Francis as Genevieve Atkinson – The Young and the Restless – We were beginning to like Genie’s work on Y&R! Did she really have to be shown the front door?

Honorable Mention Ilene Kristen for her final appearances as Roxy Balsom on One Life to Live.

BEST OVERALL PERFORMANCE BY A  YOUNGER ACTOR

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Chandler Massey as Will Horton –  Days of our Lives – Will came out, and we suffered along with him wanting him to accept himself.   Massey proved he has the chops and is one of the finest young actors to ever appear on daytime.

BEST OVERALL PERFORMANCE BY A YOUNGER ACTRESS

(TIE)

Haley Pullos as Molly Lansing – General Hospital – As Bradford Anderson (Spinelli) has told On-Air On-Soaps; “Pullos is the Helen Mirren of GH!” Enough said!

Kristen Alderson as Starr Manning – One Life to Live – It was Alderson’s last series of shows that were most exceptional on OLTL this year.  As Starr dealt with almost losing Cole (which she ultimately did on GH) and saying goodbye to Llanview!

BEST CHILD PERFORMANCE

Brooklyn Rae Silzer as Emma Drake, General Hospital – Is there anything more precious than Emma?  Brooklyn scenes with Jason Thompson are always note-worthy!

MOST HEARTBREAKING EPISODE

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Stephanie’s Goodbye Party (Parts 1, 2,3) – The Bold and The Beautiful – With B&B being a half hour and minus the commercial time, the sum of these three episodes made an hour of a perfect tribute to the matriarch of the Forrester clan.  The family gathered to celebrate her life, trying to smile beneath their tears, Eric sang to his Irish lass, Celtic Woman’s beautiful voices, and Stephanie saying farewell to her family as she prepares to die, was … heartbreaking!

BEST CRAFTED EXIT

EP and head writer Brad Bell  for Susan Flannery’s exit and the final days of Stephanie Forrester – The Bold and the Beautiful –  Bell constructed and delivered what he promised … a true send-off to a legendary character and an iconic actress in Susan Flannery.

BEST CRAFTED EXIT FOR A SOAP OPERA

One Life to Live- See “Best Soap”!  No question, One Life to Live delivered a package with a bow on it to its fans and went off the air on a high note, even though we were all bawling our eyes out at home!

BEST TEARJERKER

Stephanie’s death – The Bold and the Beautiful – The big question was who would be with B&B’s Stephanie (Susan Flannery) when she died?  The answer was the one that made the most sense and provided heart-tugging drama at its finest as Brooke sang Stephanie to her death, and the two had one final dramatic heart to heart on their long and storied feuding relationship that evolved into love and respect.

Runners Up:

Robin’s funeral – General Hospital – While the characters of Port Charles were mourning the loss of Robin Scorpio, the fans at that point at home were too! The emotions on display from Patrick, Anna, Maxie, Mac, Sonny, and Jason made this most memorable.

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Lexie passes away – Days of our Lives – What was so great about this story was Days of our Lives for once, delivered a real human story about dying with dignity, while family and friends tried to cope with the loss.  Now if only the rest of 2012 on DAYS had a huge emotional heartbeat!

BEST MEMORIAL EPISODE

General Hospital pays homage to John Ingle, Edward Quartermaine passes away! – The performance of Jane Elliot, the returns of Ned and Skye, and the ending, “First we sing, then we eat!”  The famous Edward Q phrase was followed up with the images of Edward and Lila finally being reunited as they go up the Q staircase to heaven together.   GREAT!

MOST TOUCHING MOMENT IN A STORYLINE 

Edward tells Tracy to give the anti-toxin to Emma instead of him – General Hospital – In just a small scene that said so much, Jane Elliot, the late John Ingle in his final appearance, Jason Thompson and Brooklyn Rae Silzer, made this one for the record books!

BEST STORYLINE

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Robin’s believed to be dead, but really is alive! – General Hospital – After Kimberly McCullough’s decisive exit as the beloved Robin Scorpio Drake, leave it to Cartini, to get her to continue on!  And was this story filled with shockers and blasts from the past: Faison, Duke, Helena, and Robert … Yummy drama!

Runner Ups: 

Will’s Coming Out Storyline – Days of our Lives – Most realistic coming out story ever told.  Too bad, it had to get ruined when Will slept with Gabi.  But we will look at the bright side!

Stephanie Death – The Bold and the Beautiful – Once again, beautifully written and told from Stephanie delivering invitations to all her family and friends one by one, flashbacks of over 25 years of Susan Flannery as Stephanie, the goodbye party and Steph’s passing.  Bravo!

WORST STORYLINE   

The bizarre antics and character shift of Sharon Newman – The Young and the Restless – Talk about bi-polar! This storyline was up and down and all over the place!  Sharon Case had the task of trying to keep up with the writer’s decimating her character.  Thank God, she is a good enough actress to survive this nonsense!

Runners-Up:

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The Woman In White/Cassandra/Irina Helena’s Pawn – General Hospital – What a mess!

Franco rapes Sam and is Jason’s evil twin -General Hospital – James Franco’s return as psycho Franco and the re-writing of GH history that had Susan Moore giving birth to twins: Franco and Jason, was a EWWW moment.  So was Sam’s rape.  And after awhile, we didn’t care.  Not good.

BEST WRITING

Ron Carlivati – One Life to Live and General Hospital – Carlivati and his writing teams delivered high-stakes drama, human emotion, clever and humorous moments, and paid respect to the history of both OLTL and GH in episodes that aired in 2012!

WORST WRITING 

Maria Arena Bell – The Young and the Restless –   While we know Maria has written some great stories in the past, 2012 was not her best, nor her team!

BEST CLIFFHANGER

Victor is alive on One Life to Live - Alison Perkins had a tied up Victor Jr. who was indeed alive! Thrilling cliffhanger that made everyone at home happy that Trevor St. John’s Victor was still out there somewhere!

MOST BELOVED CHARACTER AND PERFORMER WE  MISS THE MOST

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Erika Slezak as Viki Banks One Life to Live – This was easy! Just look at the comments we received all year at On-Air On-Soaps!  Everyone misses six-time daytime Emmy winner Slezak.  Here’s hoping she is part of Prospect Park’s OLTL in 2013!

BEST RETURN

Finola Hughes as Anna Devane – General Hospital – From February of 2012 through to the end of the year, it was Finola whose return was a treat for long time fans of the series, and new ones!

Runner-Up:

Eileen Davidson as Kristen Blake DiMera – Days of our Lives – Y&R’s loss was DAYS gain, and who doesn’t love a snarky and spiteful, Kristen? We do!

WORST RETURN

Lisa Rinna as Billie Reed – Days of our Lives – What was the point of Rinna coming back if there was no story for Billie?  A DAYSaster in every way!

BEST RECAST  

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Jen Lilley as Maxie Jones – General Hospital – Lilley had the most difficult task of all in 2012. And she wowed the audiences at home, replacing fan favorite Kristen Storms while she was on leave from the series.  Lilley did a more than admirable job, in fact, she was incredible.

WORST RECAST

Linsey Morgan as Kristina Davis – General Hospital – While we understand GH’s decision to age Kristina a bit, we can’t help but miss Lexi Ainsworth who really took off in the role.

WORST BREAK-UP

B&B’s Ridge and Brooke over a text message!  – Ronn Moss’ sudden departure called for a quick out to break-up the just married Ridge and Brooke. But this was kind of ridiculous, don’t ya think?

BEST RECURRING PERFORMER

Jeff Branson as Ronan – The Young and the Restless – Everyone is clamoring for Branson to return to Genoa City, because this Daytime Emmy winner, is just that damn good!

BEST RUINATION OF A CHARACTER

(TIE)

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Jennifer Horton, Days of our Lives – What happened to her?  First, she has had every body part operated on, her heart and now appendix, and her mood swings and behavior towards, Jack, Daniel, Nicole and everyone else made her a shrew at time and that is not our Jennifer!

Neil Winters, The Young and the Restless – How many women can they throw this business man in one calendar year?  Did anyone of them work?  What is his storyline?

MOST TORTURED COUPLE

Jason and Sam Morgan, General Hospital  -  Jason and Sam survived it all only to have Jason shot and pushed into the Port Charles waters.  Ugh!

MOST OVERUSED PLOT DEVICE

Heather Webber, General Hospital – We love Robin Mattson’s return; however, Heather just kept popping up everywhere in almost every story!

WORST WAY TO WRITE OFF A MAJOR  SOAP CHARACTER

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Bo Brady just exits the Brady Pub never to be seen again!

SADDEST MOMENT OF THE YEAR

Soap Fans and the series stars, saying goodbye to ABC’s One Life to Live!

MOST INEXCUSABLE WAY TO HANDLE THE SOAPS AND ITS AUDIENCE

Replacing One Life to Live with The Revolution which ultimately got canceled signaling to ABC that “OOPS”, they made the wrong move!

WORST DECISION THAT IMPACTS SOAP FANS

Network executives continuing to believe that putting on talk shows, cooking shows, makeover shows, will make viewers tune-in back into daytime, while depriving its loyal and adoring audience of the shows they want to see, their soap operas!

WORST TRIANGLE

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Steffy/Liam/Hope – The Bold and the Beautiful – How long can this go on? How much air time can this triangle have? How indecisive can Liam be?

Runner-Up:

EJ/Sami/Rafe – Days of our Lives With so many DAYS writing regimes, it’s hard to care anymore about this triangle.  Everyone thought this was the year for Ejami, now Rafe is back in the picture.  Lucky Alison Sweeney, she has two hunks to act with, James Scott and Galen Gering!

MOST CRINGEWORTHY COUPLE    

Sharon and Victor, The Young and the Restless – Oh yes! Shiktor! Not only the fans rejected this, but the series star got into a heated debate over tweets on Twitter!

WORST COUPLE

Nick and Gabi, Days of our Lives – This was like, how fast can we get a guy into Gabi’s orbit, so we can build towards this storyline where she is pregnant by her gay best friend, and gets involved with the first new straight guy she sees!  And said guy exhibits … homophobia!

Runner-Up:

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Jennifer and Daniel, Days of our Lives – After getting this couple together, only to have them broken up by the next writing regime, Jennifer and Daniel are slowly, slowly, slowly inching their way back to each other.  Of course, Jennifer had to mourn the loss of Jack for a few minutes before this happened.

MOST IRRITATING CHARACTER

Sharon Newman – The Young and the Restless –  Even though Sharon Case did an amazing job with the material she was given, let’s look at this character:  Sharon marrying Victor, being with Adam, all the men, burning down the house of Newman, and on and on.  How could we like this once beloved heroine and character, without feeling irritated?

MOST OVERUSED  CHARACTER

Connie Falconeri From Bensonhurst, General Hospital – Connie’s got to have a rest! Even a third alter would be a pleasant departure. Who thought we would be begging for Kate?

BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT IN AN ABORTED STORYLINE

Caroline’s two moms story that never that got off the ground featuring Crystal Chappell and Joanna Johnson – The Bold and the Beautiful

MOST REVITALIZED CHARACTER

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Tracy Quartermaine, General Hospital - We love Jane Elliot! This year the uber-talented fan favorite, brought Tracy back to the forefront, thanks to Cartini!

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A RECURRING CHARACTER

Florencia Lozano as Tea Delgado – General Hospital – Got to give it to Florencia here; for a mother who has to come to terms with the gripping horror that her baby died in the baby switch concocted by Heather and Todd.

MOST CREEPY PERFORMANCE  

Anders Hove as Cesar Faison – General Hospital – The creepiest villain of all-time in soaps resurrected! And it was a blast watching. Anders Hove was deliciously sinister and scared the pants off all of us!

BEST NEWCOMER MALE

Robert Adamson as Noah Newman – The Young and the Restless – Noah’s come and Noah’s go, we think this one will stick! Handsome, charming and he can act

Runner-Up;

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Marco Dapper as Carmine Basco – The Young and the Restless – Dapper is great to look at and interesting to watch in his performances.

BEST NEWCOMER FEMALE

Teresa Castillo, General Hospital – “Ugly Betty” lives in Port Charles! Teresa Castillo is delightful as Sabrina Santiago and we can’t wait to see her decked out in a beautiful dress, sans glasses, and hair down!

WORST NEWCOMER FEMALE

Kelly Thiebaud General Hospital - Is it Kelly or is it the part she plays as GH’s Britt?

BEST NEW CHARACTER

Sabrina Santiago – General Hospital – She’s fun, quirky and she could be spoiler in the relationship between Patrick and Robin …. for a short while!

WORST NEW CHARACTER

Joe Scully Jr.  – General Hospital – This character fell flat to us!

BEST GUEST STAR PERFORMANCE

Jessica Tuck, One Life to Live – How great was it so see Megan interact with mom, Viki, one last time in heaven before One Life took its final bow?

MOST SHOCKING ANNOUCEMENT

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Ronn Moss decides to leave B&B after 25 years! – While Flannery, Burton and Reckell all left daytime and seemed like no surprise, Moss’ decision happened fast, without warning, and shocked us all!

WORST EXIT

Peter Reckell as Bo Brady, Days of our Lives – How could DAYS do something so lackluster for one of the most popular characters in the history of soaps?

THE WORST CHARACTER WHO KEEPS POPPING BACK UP

Daisy, The Young and the Restless – Just when you thought Daisy was done, she popped back in 2012!

HARDEST WORKING PERFORMER WHO ACTS AND DANCES!

Kelly Monaco, General Hospital – Chutzpah, talent, and beauty, Kelly wowed us doing double duty during Steve Burton’s exit story and Dancing with Val on the DWTS All-Stars.

BIGGEST WASTE OF TALENT THAT ALL FIZZLED IN STORIES

Sarah Brown, Ian Buchanan, Christie Clark, Patrick Muldoon, Matthew Ashford – Days of our Lives – Ill conceived stories sealed the fate of these favorite daytimers.

BEST PSYCHO:

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Peter Porte as Ricky Williams – The Young and the Restless – Porte changed our minds about him, as he delivered performances that were psychotic and scary. Great job!

Runner-Up:

Barbara Garrick – One Life to Live   – She shot Viki and Clint near the end of One Life to Live. And … had the distinction of tying up Trevor St. John

BEST SPEECH

Viki’s speech about Soap Operas – One Life to Live Jan 12, 2012 – The perfect monologue to what soaps mean to all of us as we prepared ourselves for the finale of the iconic soap the next day.

BEST MEMOIR

Jeanne Cooper, Not Young Still RestlessBombshells galore as told by the one and only Mrs. C!

OK soapers, after reading our list of the Best and Worst Of Soaps 2012, do you agree with our picks? If so, which ones? If not, who do you think deserved the honors in the categories above? Weigh-in!

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  1. Melissa says:

    I agree with all of them, but Julie Berman & Dominic Zamprogna should be up there too. They are amazing actors & I love have loved all their s/l’s for 2012. And GH been loving it!

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    Daniel replied

    Sharon Case showed she is the greatest actress. i love her :) and I love that the show is getting better but the worst story was attacking Sharon!!!!!!!!!!! I am so sick of Nikki and Victor and it was so time her lost the company! This man can not do these things to people and always win. I love the new Noah. I hate how Nick was so mean to Sharon but love Sharon with Adam. Chelsea has no chemistry with Adam it put me to sleep!

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    Diane replied

    Love Sharon Case. But, her storyline has been really bad. I think they’re finally letting her become “normal” again. Love Adam. Love Jack…..a fantastic actor. Phyllis is a great actress.

    Karen replied

    Love Sharon Newman HOT! I really want DRUCILLA back!!!!!!! Victoria Rowell is missed!

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    Diane replied

    Drucilla coming back would really help Neil’s storyline.

  2. stephanie says:

    Agree with most…But IMHO James Scott and Ali Sweeney AKA EJ & Sami on Days were the most overexposed in 2012, and I would give special honors to Days for bad business decision re: their filming schedule..Too much happens off camera, and they tape WAyyyyyy to far ahead

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    lisa replied

    i disagree and finally if this soap gave these actors a chance to make their characters a REAL couple it would be refreshing, enough with all the other spoilers involved in their stories for years NOW ! Majority want Ej and Sami, not some Rafe, Nicole ect..always here to destroy them, mos of us (the audience are fed up with predictable and boring agenda from writers of this soap).
    By the way Ej and Sami were not more overexposed in 2012 than many other characters (Jennifer, Daniel, Nicole, Rafe, Gaby, John, Marlena, Brady ect..)

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    stephanie replied

    We all have different views of this, I, for one, do NOT think that Marlena & John were overexposed….I will agree that Gabi, Rafe, etc, were along with EJ & Sami……That is just my opinion!

    Dmitri replied

    Actually, majority of fans want Lumi and EJole. Maybe majority on this board want EJami, but not the majority overall. SOD hosted a poll asking viewers which man Sami should be with, and Lucas won! In addition, SOD showed that Lucas is the most logical choice for an endgame with Sami, and the same article showed that EJ is the most logical choice for an endgame with Nicole.

    Patrick replied

    “it breaks my heart” about how far DAYS films in advance…. this is just food for thought… but, would it seem to you … that the reason DOOL is so lackluster… that the writers may not be inspired and/or motivated cause… 3 months filming in advance.. that trying to fix any thing… may seem too little too late? SONY/NBC/DOOL should be on the same time frame as all the soaps as to be procactive and streamlining with all the soaps… ie: i know it’s all about money and budgeting… just saying….

    sentiments….. ATWT was my true #1 soap…. 2nd and now #1 is DAYS… for me… and thankfully… I have GH to fill my soap world….

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    Kay replied

    Agreed

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  3. Margie says:

    Loved your list until you got to FL/Tea Delgado. :/ Can I take out the earplugs yet? ~ a question heard around the net.

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  4. Jenn says:

    Great list! I glad that you include Florencia Lozano on the list. While KDP’s appearances seemed to get the most hype, it was truly FL who won fans over. She should have an Emmy last year! If she’s not a part of OLTL 2.0, I would love to have return to Port Charles.

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    Margie replied

    There’s a very good reason that FL doesn’t have an emmy.

    There’s no category for *best scene chewer.

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    Patrick replied

    Florencia Lozano…. should definately be in cosideration for best supporting actress for Tea… Geez… Flood of Tears for her losing her son… i never watched OLTL… so watching her as a new fan… I loved her immediately…. She’s Sexy to boot as well…. i’ll say it again… if i could be a woman… for the va va voom factor… it’d be either Laura Wright or Flrencia Lozano….

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  5. Lynn says:

    Along with Missing Viki (Erica Slezak) under missed I’d like to add Natalie (Melissa Archer) I miss that firecracker character I don’t see it in other soap characters Natalie was one of a kind….which is to me what made her special whether you hated or loved her.

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    gloria replied

    Glad to see another Natalie fan! I love her & agree with you.

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    susan M. replied

    I Agree !!!!! TOTALLy with you on this !

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    Emily replied

    Ditto!!! Agree, ditto!!

    Michael replied

    Not only is Melissa Archer absolutely gorgeous, but she is a great actress!

    susan M. replied

    I saw a picture of Melissa Archer in abc soaps in depth. She looked fantastic! Wearing a tailored shorts alfit..Looks like she even lost some weight going by the picture…That beautiful long red hair! I miss seeing her on the soaps! She needs to get to get together w/John in Port Charles sometime soon…They should kiss and make-up like they have done before.

    terri replied

    Completely agree as well I miss Natalie’s character!!! I keep picturing what she woul be doing in Port Charles and how she would be reacting. Whether you love her or hate her she is never boring!

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    susan M. replied

    That’s for sure! That firery red hair!

    MBmomof3 replied

    Ditto. Erika Slezak is OLTL and Melissa Archer’s Natalie is one of my all-time faves.

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  6. Splum says:

    I’d swap Teresa with Emily (Ellie, GH). But I agree with many picks.

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    Rod replied

    EXACTLY

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  7. MEG says:

    so agreewith almost everythIing, please bring
    Victor /TREVOR ST JOHN TO GH.

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    Mark replied

    I have only watched the ABC soaps, so I can’t comment on Michael Fairman’s picks for the soaps on the other networks. Although, I do agree with almost every one of his picks for the ABC soaps. However, I feel that Kassie DePaiva should have been listed as a runner-up in the “BEST PERFORMANCE BY A RECURRING CHARACTER” category for her work on GH in 2012.

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    Mark replied

    I also agree with Meg that Trevor St. John should definitely be asked to return as Victor Lord Jr. in 2013! He could appear on either Prospect Park’s possible reboot of OLTL or on GH and finally bring closure to the cliffhanger that was left at the end of OLTL.

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    Margie replied

    Yes, bring Victor for one day to clear Todd. One day.

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    susan M. replied

    Yes I agree about Victor coming to Port Charles and resolve his issues with Todd!!!!

    MBmomof3 replied

    Agreed. The Todd/Victor cliffhanger needs resolution. I’m a TSJ fan. He and Roger Howarth are exceptional actors and I love the chatacters too.

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  8. Okiecarol says:

    I miss watching One Life To Live. I am hoping PP brings back All My Children and One LIfe to LIve . These days I don’t turn my TV on until Gerneral Hospital comes one. I am so tired of talk shows, cooking shows, selfhelp show and be our own doctors shows : (

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    susan M. replied

    I totally agree with everything you said!!!!! I am sick & tired of the talk/info/cooking shows & selfhelp, & be your own doctor also! Especially those talk show hosts tthat think they are professional advice givers to to every situation in life.I wouldn’t take advice from a talk show host. He or she could do more harm than good. These
    kind of shows for me are a waste of time. And boring and not very entertaining at all to me…I prefer the soaps hands down!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  9. Cheryl says:

    I agree with Doug Davidson. He turned in a great performance. However, the show/writers just ended the story without tying up all the ends. How did the knife get wiped clean? Who was the women in the shadow? We were excited that Isabella might be back to go after Paul for killing Ricky.

    We all got excited about seeing Doug on screen only to have him disappear again.

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    Mary SF replied

    I agree- I too was thinking the mystery woman was Isabella and that her and Ricky somehow found a way to fake Ricky’s death, because how else would she had access to the knife unless she knew he was going to go out the window? Also was looking forward to Cane’s twin sister being alive, which I think is where that story was going, but the new regime just dropped it- had some woman murdered and then never explained who killed her- However, sometimes when writing teams change, you have to expect some story lines to just disappear, accept it and move on.

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    Diane replied

    Paul is a great actor. Don’t know if he and Christine can recapture the past. The knife thing with Ricky’s death was not resolved.

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  10. Cathy says:

    Agree with most but NOT best newcomer for GH with Sabrina. RC told us we would love her end used Robin and Emma to get viewers to like the character . What happened to an actor making us like them on their own without the slanted writing like for the Sabrina character. Made me feel the opposite. I like who I like and do NOT want any writer to tell me who to like. Trying to make her another Robin won’t work since there is only ONE Robin played by Kimberly.

    FV got Kimberly to stay not RC and that’s was from FV in an interview recently.

    I just want to see Robin reunited with her husband and daughter. Emma has a mother and it is time or Robin to return. Story is about who has Robin not Parick dating. NO ONE can take Robin’s place EVER! Lets get back to Robin’s story and where is Robert.

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    Lisa replied

    Yes, I’d like to see Scrubs back together. This S/L has been going on too long. I want Robert and Holly back together, too. Tristan and Emma Samms always had great chemistry. It should be HARD…Anna and Duke, Robert and Holly! Then I’d be over the moon.

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  11. J.R. says:

    Actor that needs to return full time: Tristan Rogers as Robert Scorpio!

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    gloria replied

    Oh, definitely. I am crazy about him.

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    Margie replied

    I would love to see TR back full time!

    susan M. replied

    If robert makes it from being injected from that crazy associate of Faison.. I would like to see him full-time also………

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    Lisa replied

    Let me add an amen! He rocks every scene. His scene with Kimberly when he found Robin broke my heart. The bond between daddy and daughter is strong!

    emily replied

    I agree. Tristian rogers still has it!

    Joyce replied

    Bring back Tristan Rogers and Robert for good! All you have to do is take a look at Twitter, Facebook, Soap Boards etc to see how badly the Fans want him back!

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  12. samantha says:

    I agree with everything Jason was outstanding this year I cried like a baby every time he was on screen I could tell Jason really put actual feeling in to it….. but come on KeMo wasn’t best single performance or best actress performance. I love both Laura and Finola but I think she brought the house down this year with everything the writers put Sam through!

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  13. stef says:

    the worst for me is taken my favorite liz from gh & putting her on the back burner want more liz time please she’s the only reason why i watch thank you

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  14. Kelly says:

    I couldn’t agree more with you about Jason Thompson, but only in scenes having to do with Robin. I couldn’t DISagree with you more about Sabrina on GH. I can’t stand the character, and I think the actress is horrible. No way could I ever take Patrick seriously with her as his love interest. It is an awful storyline.

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  15. Patty says:

    Overall I think you did an excellent job!! I only watch ABC Soaps so I have no valid opinion on the other Soaps. I miss OLTL & AMC so much and you are so right…the last two weeks of OLTL were FABULOUS!! It was always my favorite show! GH has been wonderful!! The story lines move so much faster and there’s more than just mob stories! Sorry Steven Burton & Scott Reeves won’t be on GH anymore, but I’m getting used to not relying on anyone or anything being around too long…..after all, it IS Hollywood!!

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    Lisa replied

    I strongly believe that one reason Burton left was the terrible S/L they did for Jason. He would’ve accepted the baby as his own, no doubt. Adding John McBain to the mix just ticked off most fans. We wanted JaSam to finally be happy…not get tortured some more. They were together nine years and we loved how Sam brought out the smiles in Jason. Steve leaving was the one crummy thing that happened in 2012.

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    Patrick replied

    I have to agree… it was like Jason and even Sam… were like “zombie” mode… it was like their passion dissappeared…. ?!?! what were we rooting for…. and I was so caught up in these two… first and foremost… Patrick and Robin…. then Jason and Sam…. so go figure… playing a character with no life must be tiresome… and I want soap actors working…. I love this genre above all else.

  16. BRANDY says:

    It has been one heck of a year of soaps! I agree with all of this. I miss OLTL and am loving GH right now! It had been unbearable to watch until the OLTL writers came on board! My hope for 2013 is for Y&R to stop with all the foolishness and start taking cues from the other soaps. Give us the characters we care about and don’t drag out wack storylines.

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    Lisa replied

    My mom watches Y&R and has for years. She’s been ticked off with it for a year or two. So I don’t think that Phelps is the problem. But she, Guza and Frons certainly almost killed GH. I hope that unholy trio never gets together again. Phew!

    I have no interest in watching Burton on Y&R. I have tried to watch other soaps but only GH seems to hold my interest. I’m loving the return of the vets…Duke, Anna and Robert! If they would just bring Holly back, I’d be in seventh heaven. I hated the years when we were stuck with new characters b/c they refused to pay Stuart Damon and others for their experience. I’m loving the return of Monica and even A.J. I have really missed the Q’s! The show used to be about the Scorpios, the Spencers, the Q’s and the HOSPITAL staff. Three cheers for Valentini and Carlivati for knowing the history and giving fans what they’ve been yearning for.

    Burton liked to be on camera every darn day. Frankly, I got sick of Sonny, Jason, Carly…all the darn time. They are good actors but so are Nancy Lee Grahn, Jason Thompson, Kimberly M., Tristan Rogers, Finola Hughes…the list goes on! I started watching GH in the ’80s and it was very successful then. The S/Ls were silly adventures but it was funny and FUN. Give me that over the MOB any day.

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  17. linda says:

    All are very True and so far I have not seen anything on Y&R that tells me they are going to try and fix that HOT MESS of a soap that is and still is Y&R I really want to see better for this show But what they are pulling out on the air right now is not doing anything to make Y&R a better show that I know that it can be Just look at the turn around GH had and the greatness that is Dallas I hope soon Y&R can get back to being Good

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  18. LisaJ says:

    Best supporting female you think Genie Francis? Ridiculous. Worst. Actress. Ever .

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    Daniel replied

    She was great as Laura it was just that they had that really bad writer MAB!

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    Andy replied

    Sorry, but I can’t sit back and allow you to besmirch one of the most gifted performers in the history of this genre. I agree with Daniel that Genevieve was not a well defined, clearly written role, but Ms. Francis has turned in hundreds (if not thousands) of moving, brilliant performances on GH and elsewhere. You know what they say about opinions being like a**holes. Perhaps you should be more circumspect about airing yours out in public.

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    LisaJ replied

    What are you going to do–have me killed? LOL! This vote was about the BEST of 2012. Not the best of 1983. GENIE FRANCIS DOES NOT DESERVE any accolades for her performance as Genevieve Atkinson. NONE. NADA. Her performance on Y&R was NOT *moving and brilliant.” It was TRASH. Was it because of the writing? Sure. But what does that have to do with anything? A great actress can turn sh!t into gold, and GF couldn’t even do that on Y&R.

    Lisa replied

    Her character on Y&R was boring, frankly. I tried to watch a few times and just couldn’t like her. She was like Kate on GH…cold and only thinking about her career.

    Genie is an amazing actress. You need to watch the scenes around 1998-99, when everyone thought Lucky had died in an apartment fire. Jonathan Jackson was playing Lucky then. Genie brings it! She faints, she cries, you can feel her PAIN as a mother. She should’ve won an Emmy for those performances.

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    Lindsay replied

    I agree with MF!! Genie was awesome as Genevieve and it was a big mistake letting her go!! I loved the character of Genevieve and Genie was great in the role!!!

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    k/kay replied

    Stephen Nichols & Genie Francis were both on the chopping block the minute JFP came on as EP. No matter how ill conceived the character Genevieve was no way were they going to try to turn it around. GF would like to work in the industry again so she is going to keep mum about it which is what anyone would do the same with SN.

  19. Meg says:

    Connie is the most overused character, but Kelly Sullivan is also the most overused actress. She does not come close in any universe to being a runner-up. This is a soap newbie, who has not earned her place. She is widely disliked for her acting. No one who is that hated is a runner-up to Finola frickin’ Hughes. If she has to stick around, put her on the back burner, in a supporting role, like a newbie.

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    Rod replied

    REALLY!!!! Your totally wrong!!! KELLY SULLIVAN IS THE GREATEST!!! Old Kate snooze New Kate/Connie AMAZING

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    Mark replied

    I agree with Rod. Kelly Sullivan has been FANTASTIC as both Kate and Connie! I would also LOVE to see what KS would do with a second alter of Kate at some point in 2013.

    Patrick replied

    Rod – i agree… the New Kate/Connie… just came on like gangbusters… course i do agree… they need to bring back Kate full-time… she’s radiant… i already posted about her below… but… she is a very likeable character now.

    Lisa replied

    Kelly is good but sometimes she overacts, IMHO. I’m sick of the Connie personality. I’d rather see more of Finola, Tristan and Ian!

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  20. Erica says:

    Great list !!
    I also think Michael Easton bringing “John McBain” to Port Charles has been so exciting.
    Pairing him up with Kelly Monaco has been a real treat for ‘Caleb and Livvie “fans.
    He has done wonderful work all year and brought a real excitement to the show.
    It has been super seeing our favourites from Llanview pop up in Port Charles knowing that they are still with us has been fabulous…Quartermaine’s front and centre ,and the revelation that Caesar Faison was under a Duke mask was chilling and that real Duke is alive the show keeps getting better and better.Can’t wait to see what happens in 2013 !!

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    susan M. replied

    Can’t wait either! To see what the new year holds for GH…

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    mcbam replied

    Michael and Kelly would fantastic if RCand FV could make it

    work!

    Some people say she should be paired up with Roger Howarth
    I don’t think it will work, so let’s bring KELLY AND MICHAEL
    together…..It’s hard sell for the JASAMERS and myself, but
    I say give a try, Steve Burton is gone……

  21. Betsy says:

    BEST COUPLE: Dante Falconeri and Lulu Spencer from GH
    They are the only couple who have stayed loyal and true to one another which makes them very unique to soaps. Their love is SO REAL and Dominic Zamprogna and Julie Marie Berman have AMAZING chemistry! Best couple ever!

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    z.erica37 replied

    Dante & Lulu best couple. NOT! Lulu is the only Spencer that I dislike! She turned all holier-than-thou on Sonny – but now she has WILL accept his money? I like Dom/Dante, and WISH he falls for Maxie – his baby’s real mama… Then, the writers could pick up the dropped “wine for breakfast” story line and run with it…

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  22. Janeway says:

    I must agree with Melissa. If this is a Best & Worst list and you have a worst couple where is the best? I nominate Dante & Lulu on GH. DZ and JMB portray this sweet, sexy, fun, loving, committed couple so believably we can’t help but root for them in their quest to become parents. Their road to happiness is a rocky one filled with drama, but through it all they have always been steadfast in their love and worked through their problems together, something practically unheard of on a soap.

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  23. Michael says:

    Such a fantastic list! With only four soaps to choose from for the majority of the year, it’s amazing how many great story lines and performances we were treated to! I agree with everything on this list aside from two items. I preface this comment with the fact that I had taken a break from General Hospital for a few years until November 2011.

    I actually loved the twist that Franco and Jason were twins. I’d never actually seen the Franco storyline so maybe I’d feel differently if I had but a friend of mine who has never stopped watching felt that it tied the storyline together and explained a lot of Franco’s actions and behavior.

    The other item I take issue with is the recasting of Kristina Davis with Linsey Morgan. I’ve come to like her very much and actually wish she could have a real story. Granted, the only time I saw Lexi Ainsworth play her was on a Thanksgiving repeat on SoapNet. I know fans loved her but I missed out on her tenure. To me, Kristina was the little girl who stopped talking after she saw Sam shoot Diego. I’m sure Lexi was great but I’ve been enjoying Linsey – well, aside from “Mob Princess” of course!

    I cannot wait to see what 2013 brings for our soaps!

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    Lisa replied

    I hated the Franco rape, frankly. That was over the top. It seemed like way too much torture for JaSam to endure. Then, poof! Burton was gone. We only got to see them as a happy family for one damn day. The fans felt cheated. They should have let JaSam be happy this past year.

    As for Roger H., I love him with Laura. They have hot chemistry and did from the very start. I want to see what happens between Todd and Carly.

    If Sam could liven up John like she did Jason, I’d be on board with McBam. But he puts me to sleep sometimes. I did love him with Anna and Robert during the Faison unmasking.

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  24. Teri says:

    Disagree about Sharon Case…she’s not a “good enough” actress. She’s stellar and considering the crap writing she had unlike some of the other notable daytime actresses, I believe Sharon Case deserved higher honors.

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  25. Doe says:

    Wow! Michael, what a gallery of our soaps and the exceptional stars that really shone. You have presented a challenge to your fans to agree or disagree.I’m pretty much in sync with your choices. You must have really mulled over this.I also haven’t liked Y&R. The Sharon histronics really tried my patience. Why can’t the producers and writers of these soaps know how to bring an ending to a story line that keeps going on and on. I have to reboot my brain to know what happens. The writers have to bring these stories to a close sooner than later. You are losing your audience. I’m thrilled that Prospect Park will bring back OLTL. I hope that is for real! Michael, you have done a great job with your best and worst picks of 2012. Kudos to you>>>…

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  26. Tammy t says:

    I agree with everything you said about General Hopital. Jason Thompson and Finola Hughes ‘ scenes in dealing with Robin’s death were heartbreaking. Thank Valentini nd Cartini breathed new life into the show.

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  27. Kelly says:

    Bored of #1, sick of #2, so sick of #2 we want boredom of #1 back, hey let’s try #3..3rd times the charm, but, but, but, Ksu rocks!

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  28. Tracy says:

    Most overused character: Connie. Trust me Michael, no one’s begging to have Kate back. A third alter? Because the first two are a bust. Go for 3? Ksu needs to go. The masses don’t accept her characters. Truth.

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    Ces replied

    agree

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    Rod replied

    BULL CRAP!!!! The masses do not agree. Your probably the old Kate Howard fans. Love Kelly replacing who ever that last one was. BORING!!! Kelly has done an amazing job making that character way more interesting. The old Kate could never have pulled this off

    Tsuds replied

    I also agree with Tracy.. the masses do not agree.. Kate/Connie has to go!!! Also Sonney.. A third alter would be great. .she is a great actress.. just way overdone story.. maybe something is happening now and we will finally get the story going in a much better place since she has been caught by Star!

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    Scott (ATWT Fan) replied

    NOT TRUTH! I accept Kate, and I can accept Connie on a recurring basis. But a four-month takeover of the series is over kill. Kelly Sullivan is a phenomenal actress, it’s the horrific writing and horrific storyline right now that’s ruining the strong character of Kate Howard.

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  29. Anna says:

    This really has been Jason Thompson’s year. I was never really invested in General Hospital (I watched here and there), but his incredible performances this year not only got me watching the show on a regular basis, but also had me watching his storyline from the beginning with Robin unfold on YouTube. Kid is seriously talented.

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    Kat replied

    I generally read these comments entertainingly but I had to chime in with this comment because I had the exact same reaction. I created a Patrick and Robin playlist. Jason Thompson is truly talented and matching his chemistry with Kimberly McCullough is going to be a real challenge because their storyline was done so well. It will be a challenge to find a new actress that can make us believe she belongs with Patrick (which is a true testament to Kimberly’s skill because let’s be honest there hasn’t been a leading man she couldn’t shine with Stone, Jason etc.) – So assuming Robin does not come back- Good Luck, Sabrina Santiago…

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  30. Trisha says:

    You said Connie is overused, but it’s really the actress. No one cares about any characters she plays. Kate/Connie don’t resonate with the audience, only with Cartini.

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    susan M. replied

    Her character is worn out ! It’s getting old too!!!!!!!!!!

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  31. Staci says:

    I agree with Melissa above, the of Lulu & Dante( with Maxie) surrogacy storyline has been interesting. I also think the Ellie/Spinelli story has been super LAME! Had great potential when Spinelli put Maxie back in her place (not the center of the universe).
    I disagree with you about Connie though, she is terrific comic relief when the show seems to drag sometimes.
    Great choices sir!

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  32. Em says:

    While I agree with a lot of your picks, Laura Wright is bland, one note, and overrated, not to mention tacky. (Hell yeah!) There are many actresses in daytime who run circles around her, no matter what scenarios their scripts dictate.

    There is also no way in hell Kelly Sullivan deserves best overall performance in anything, runner up or not. She can’t act, and whatever she IS doing is about the only unwatchable part of GH right now. Oddly enough, I seem to remember her fawning all over you in a video from the Emmys posted here earlier this year, so your ridiculous comments about her and her cartoonish characters are anything but surprising. You’re certainly entitled to your opinion, but many disagree and are sick of ConKrap, Sullivan, and her storyline. They think Benard deserves better than being relegated to the role of acting coach for a wannabe who’s cheaper to hire than someone who can actually hold her own opposite veteran actors. Seasoned actresses at the very least know to “soap slap” a co-star rather than belting them for real, but it seems your little pet didn’t get the memo.

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    Aria replied

    Omg you took some hate pill today, while I also don’t like the character of Carly and I’m hating the Connie storyline neither Laura wright and Kelly Sullivan are bad actresses, in fact they are so good they make u hate their characters. The Connie storyline has been overplayed n Carly is always annoying but damn girl or dude whatever u are your email is overtly hateful and makes any point u make pointless cause u sound so ” crazy”. Learn to tone it down or take your med before you write something and hit send.

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    debbie replied

    while harsh everything she/he wrote is true. Kelly Sullivan and Laura Wright are terrible actresses as in they don’t know how to act. Honestly Jason Thompson is what has kept me tuned into GH this year, well and Brandon Brash but he has been stuck with the worst actresses on GH, however, he has been fantastic.
    To give Kelly Sullivan runner up to Finola is just a crime, and during the scene that was described for LW’s brilliant performance all I could think during that was man I wish Sara Joy Brown or Tamara Braun were playing this part so I could feel the emotion. This was 16+ years of history, it was Jason’s biggest (not to mention the love of Carly’s life/soulmate) and it fell flat and left me wondering about what other actresses would have done (both of whom I consider average soap actresses at best).

    The OP was harsh in her post but she was right too. Also I think Jane Elliot reading a phone book is more moving then anything LW has ever done.

    Em replied

    Aria,

    Try learning to write coherently before attempting to play quack therapist and dictate how others post. It might give your drivel a shred credibility. While you’re at it, have someone read you the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. It guarantees my freedom of expression. That means if I don’t like something or someone, I can say so, and don’t have to “learn to tone it down” just because others find my remarks harsh. It also means I can tell a would be censor like you to shove your unsolicited advice. :P

    Aria replied

    Oh em thanks for the “writing “advice, and for the suggested therapy classes, and I promise to get someone to read me the first amendment to the United States , but please still take a chill pill. Cause u sound crazier then Connie falconeri.

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    Em replied

    Aria,

    What suggested therapy classes? You’re the blithering idiot making mental health assessments you’re grossly unqualified to make, especially considering you can’t even read responses you elicit. Your reading comprehension is just as bad as Kelly Sullivan’s and Laura Wright’s sorry excuses for “acting,” which speaks volumes, so I really couldn’t care less how “crazy” you think I “sound.” I’ll “take a chill pill” when you pass remedial reading and understand that just because you like certain actors doesn’t mean others are obliged to do likewise, but I’m not holding my breath. LMAO!

  33. heidi says:

    Well done Michael!!! Agree with 99% of your choices! You really watch all of them and you get it so well! All of their powers to be should listen to ths and keep you on as a consultant!

    Thanks again Michael… Michael Fairman On Air On Soaps…the best site on this genre!!! The best content ever!!! The best interviews… may they be video, audio and print!!! The best podcasts… though they need to be more consistent and more often!!! The best champion of the genre… Michael Fairman!!!

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  34. Rodd says:

    Agreed.

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    mandy replied

    on bold & beautiful liam is so cute with hope i wish steffy leave hope & liam alone i wish steffy leave the show cant stand her she didnt give hope a chance to marry liam

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    Stephanie replied

    Mandy I do like Hope and Liam alot and wish they would get back together:) I wish they could bring someone new for steffy so she can actually have someone that she got on her own without him being involved (BF,husband and fiance) with someone else especially her enemies the Logans. all cuz shes still stuck on being a kid and losing her dad. Which Her mom stole ridge from brooke first. But anyway I dont agree with her leaving the show because JMW is a good actress if steffy wouldnt of turned into another brooke:(All I can handle is one brooke not 2 and I can barely handle even the one brooke.lol

    Dmitri replied

    I agree, Lope is the better couple, Steffy should reunite with Bill.

    mandy replied

    i agree with you i know she cant leave the show she is a good actrress wish steffy finds a new love or she can go gay what would you say to that i like bill with brooke katie can have steffy brooke can renite with bill they are so cute couple

    Diane replied

    The writing on Bold & Beautiful is horrible

  35. janet says:

    I think you pretty much covered it all.can’t think of anything I disagree about that much. Soaps have been saved by frankenRon,but lets give Kimberly Mc a big round of applause. She wanted to go on with her career,and she came back,worked hard to be there to keep the story going. GH has been saved by this story,and her parents return. We all sit with baited breath waiting for the reunion. Robin has been around for so long and remembering she has been for a long time the face of GH.
    The only thing you forgot was the face that ate the show and made us gag was Sonny on GH . his not being front and center has been great.Lets keep it that way. No more mob.No more Sonny wins or I will have to go back to the dvr so I can ff him.
    I guess I ff through LW as carley finding out Jason was dead.Thanks
    Give Faison a medal for killing Jason.that’s all.
    You are also doing a great job covering the soaps thanks.

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  36. mandy says:

    Rebecca Herbst was the bes6t Female preformer of the year. She blew laura Wright away. Sadly she’s barely been used except for a scene here and there just like many of the GH regulars. Between the OLTL characters and all the old character returning GH has barely used many of it’s long time cast members so giving them credit for using the whole canvas is a joke.

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  37. sandra says:

    RC/FV Destroyed Jason and Sam’s baby story with their writing. It was a horrible and dishonourable way to treat loyal fans! Talk about not being in touch with their audience. I really hate their writing of them! And the moments have passed and can we’ll NEVER get them back. Ugh!

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    mcbam replied

    Jason and Sam was the most toture couple.
    From the time they went on there Honeymoon
    To the time they kidnap Daniel Morgan, I
    love RC and FV, and how they brung back
    the spirit of GH, but Jasam was horrible

    Is that reason why Steve Burton left the show because of their

    writng?

    oh well …..Sam should have a baby with John in 2013

    I;m trying to get over ny favorite couple of all times

    J-A-S-A-M

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  38. Cathy says:

    Heather Webber should have been best psycho.

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  39. robbyrob says:

    Agreed with many of your choices and was excited how much GH has renergized itself! The only negative and I hate to say it, but I so agree wtih Michael on the recast of GH’s Kristina. Not one once of emotion OR acting ability comes across in her scenes. In fact, anyone in her scenes, I could care less about…she just drags everyone down with her! I’m not clamoring for a return of Lexi (but it would be nice!) but just an actress who can act. While I was sad ot read of Erik Valdez’s exit, was it wrong to be optimistic that Kristina would go with him?

    A rare but big casting misfire from GH. I just don’t see how Frank and Ron can’t fathom how lifeless Kristina is. Maybe they do as Kristina’s scenes are few and far between…and I couldn’t agree more!

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    robbyrob replied

    Oops…I meant to say, not one OUNCE of emotion!

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  40. Ces says:

    This is the first time I’ve read a run-down where I agreed with all the them! The ONLY good thing Days has done recently is Will’s coming out the storyline. The rest of it is pure fluff. Thanks Days for shoving Jenn & Daniel down our throats and firing Matt Ashford. Real smart choice there …

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    Mary SF replied

    Will’s coming out story line, the explosion before the Olympics and the return of Kristen are the only three things that stopped this show from being named the Worst of the Year. IMO without these three things, it was as you said fluff- lots of people talking about what they talked about yesterday. As for Daniel it wasn’t that long ago he was considered the man slut of Salem, sleeping with everyone and now we are suppose to think of him as the “hero” and Jen the heroine- ewwww. And I wish to God he would stop looking at Jennifer as if she was a pork chop and he hasn’t eaten in a month. It is creepy- not romantic. Maybe with Chloe coming back it will end this very strange romance.

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    Dmitri replied

    DAYS was awful this year! From EJ and Sami overexposure, to the crappy triangle and EJami, I hated them. Kristen is the only thing keeping people watching the show right now. I mean I can’t believe that the best storyline on the show (Will’s gay story) just had to be ruined by the writers for the baby bullshit!

  41. Tina says:

    Love the list and agree with all of it except Linsey as worst recast. It’s not her fault that Lexi left and though it took a while to get used to her, I like her now. Both Summer recasts on Y&R were awful but it may just be because her character is an insufferable brat. Not a fan of Fen either.

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    Tina replied

    I also still have that second to last OLTL on DVR. Loved it!

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  42. Jessica says:

    I think aging Kristina was necessary and Lindsey Morgan is doing a great job! Everything else I agree!!! Jason Thompson destroyed me in his scenes getting ready for the funeral. Wow.

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  43. Jenni says:

    loved Sharon Case this year. Best acting of her life :)

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    Mary SF replied

    Agree totally. Even with all the wacky and off the wall stuff they had her do, she found a way to play it. It is easier to act when half your job is done in the writing, it takes a whole other level of acting to make poor writing sound plausible. If there were an Emmy for best performance with the worst script ever- she would win hands down.

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    Cindy replied

    YES!!! Sharon Case has an AMAZING year. I want to see an Emmy nom :D

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  44. Sharon says:

    I agree with many of your picks especially Jason Thompson and Finola Hughes. While I dislike the character on GH I am a fan of Kelly Sullivan and think she did a nice job especially given the large volume of material she had this year. It is a lot given how fast soaps film these days. I also think it is a disgrace how Days wrote off Bo Brady and how JFP is already hurting Y&R. I disagree on recognizing Laura Wright and Kris A. (Starr) on GH. They are both overrated in my opinion.

    As for considering Ron C. A great writer, I can’t agree with that statement. He did a nice job with the final weeks of OLTL but he did a hack job with the writing for a long time before that. If he wrote at that level all the time perhaps the show would not have been so vulnerable for ABC to cancel it. He has given GH a badly needed boost and I appreciate his attempts to keep Robin alive and bring back legendary characters like Faision, the show still lacks heart and soul which it badly needs to woo back fans who are fed up waiting for the real GH to return. I also think they are doing Patrick Drake a disservice in the writing by pushing him into a story about trying to move on through dating when his wife has not been dead for even a year yet and he is disturbingly absent from the Anna/Robin/Robert/etc story. Jason Thompson deserves better and so do Scrubs fans.

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  45. shelly says:

    Completely agree Michael! Although I would say the return of Kristen on Days is note worthy as well. The demonic glare in her eyes as she subliminally provokes Marlena (great job Eileen Davidson, way to stick it to Y & R for dumping you) is creepy but very interesting. Days was greatly in need of this infusion.

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  46. Ces says:

    I want GH to not bring anymore characters to the show. It’s been like 6 days we last left Anna & Scorpio; that tells me there are too many characters/storylines going on at once. Hoping Kate/Connie bites the dust for good this time!

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    gloria replied

    Yes, I have been waiting every day to get back to Anna & Robert-He better be ok! That freaked me out when he got injected by that witch. And where is Robin? This past week was unbalanced. But still very good.

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    Ces replied

    Yes, the show has still been good this week because they DO have many good storylines going on at least; just too many. Anna, Luke, Robert .. they all need to come back to the canvas soon.

    susan M. replied

    That’s what I would like to know!! Is Robert going to make it and finding Robin once & for all! Now Jerry Jaxs has her! Need to get this storyline goin again & it should be resolved soon! Luke has been gone for a while!!!!

    Susan replied

    I agree with you wholeheartedly. I would like Kate Howard to return and go off looking for Trey her son, Michael to chose AJ as his father and become involved at ELQ, Todd and Carly to become a couple, and I would love to see a defeated Tracy depart PC, and get rid of Sabrina and the doctor so that Patrick and Robin can reunite. That’s 4 right there. One other thing, the storylines are drug out too long for me.
    Susan

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    Ces replied

    I’m with you on Kate Howard and I really don’t like the Brit/Patrick/Sabrina waste of time. If Kimberly McCullough is going to stay, stay, but if she’s not planning on sticking around then they need to wrap this story up for good so Patrick can really move on. Love Todd & Carly together. They have a great cast but so, so many without storylines. I hope Christina is really leaving but I haven’t heard anything about her departure.

    susan M. replied

    They need to move forward with her character now! That character is in a RUT right now!

  47. Rod says:

    Finola & Kelly should be switched the other way around!!! And NOOOOOO we don’t want BORING Kate back. After all Kate is the Alter NOT Connie. If Kate comes back it’s boring story and I hope Connie takes right back over

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  48. Rod says:

    Laura Wright IS THE GREATEST & BEST ACTRESS Daytime has EVER had!!! NO MATTER WHAT SOAP she has been on!!! LW is the BEST CARLY EVER!!!!

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    nicole replied

    I think Julianne Moore would disagree and so so so many others. Now if you LW is one of the greatest hair models in Daytime history I would agree but actress sorry that is not something LW is capable of doing.

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  49. Rod says:

    Wills story is great but he’s a lousy actor and so is that bf Freddie or whatever so it is to hard to watch!!
    DAYS should be canceled. Not OLTL

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    Dmitri replied

    WHAT??!! Chandler Massey is one of the finest actors on the show, and Freddie is great as well! No soap should be canceled!

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    Patrick replied

    I watch Chandler as if i’m his mother… Oye! ala Grandma Marlena…. prodding him along… hoping he makes the right decisions… he seems so indecisive… at times… probably a trait he got from mother Sammi… and/or I agonize that he makes the right choices….

    I salute DAYS for Lucas… telling his son and Sonny that he’s going to PFLAG Meetings… “Parents and Friends of Lesbian and Gay” children… A Support group for and Loving their Gay family….

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    Dmitri replied

    I agree, I think Lucas’ involvement in PFLAG is great, and I wish the show delved more into that storyline, rather than boring Dannifer or repeated RaJami triangle.

    Anna replied

    Freddie isn’t the greatest actor (he’s a bit one-note), but Chandler Massey is doing a phenomenal job.

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  50. Rod says:

    Best return was NOT Finola Hughes LOL. It’s Heather & Lucy Coe worst casting is the horrid me GH hospital staff. Get rid of all 3. Ellie is the only good new addition to that hospital

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    susan M. replied

    Lucy Coe looks great & stiill has her figure!!!

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    Patrick replied

    Ellie is a refreshing character… not so much as even different or “nerdy”… just well versed and the way the writers write for SpinElli… makes them a worthy couple that you’d want Spinelli with either Ellie or Maxie… and that’s a good thing… definately, one of the funnier, nicest, and “loving” couples… whomever Spinelli ends up with… its endearing to watch… talking and not jumping in the sack.

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  51. Saundra says:

    I am a Y&R fan I totally agree with your recap. It was a horrible year for my fav Phick. & it continues to be so. The biasness of the new writers for Saint Avery & Navery is sad. Writers help to change Sharon which is positive. But their hatred and the feeding frenzy of Phaters is the worst I have seen. Many fans feel insulted & disrespected. The bringing in of eye candy w/o substance also disappointing. And Phack- keep as friends. When will Sony & CBS step in.?

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  52. Susan says:

    My favorite soap storylines are the case of the canceled “One Life To Live” going over to “General Hospital,” the departure of Steve Burton as Jason, the revelation of Vicror Jr. being alive, and the biggie one- Cesar Faison being alive and kicking on GH holding Duke and Robin hostage and Faison parading around with a mask of Duke Lavery in Port Charles.
    I am not a fan of th two CBS soaps or the NBC soap, so I can’t elaborate there.
    My favorite characters on GH are Connie Falconeri, aka Kate Howard, and the diabolical Cesar Faison. Why them? The people who portray them are normal human beings diving into psychos…..down and dirty.
    Susan

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  53. Rod says:

    Best physco is Heather Webber and she’s not even a runner up. Not stupid Fasion BLAH!!!! UMMMMM that nurse needs to go she is not fun to watch. GET RID OF THE DR & Nurse. The best new comer should have been Ellie!!!! AMAZING!!!!

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  54. Rod says:

    Todd on GH is the best CASTING EVER!!! He’s even a much better actor on GH than any other soap he’s been on!!!!

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    susan M. replied

    Liked him on OLTL also!

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  55. Juju says:

    worst storyline : Nicole umptenth time ‘miracle baby’ story on Days..boring, old and over done !

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    Patrick replied

    the three stories… that had me bawling…. 1. Patrick and Robin
    2. Tea and Sam w/Daniel
    3. Nicole’s Loss for the 2nd time….

    Props to Tears of Joy and Happiness…. Will on DAYS

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  56. Susan says:

    On other thing is for Cole and Hope to alive in Faison’s hands. Todd finds out and goes to tell Johnny and the two of them go after Faison. That leaves Starr in a pickle because she’s in love with Michael.

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    Bruce replied

    Ooooooo, I love that story line

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    bonnie replied

    I hope Starr and Michael break up they are terible together and Michael is such a great actor he deserves to have somone who can act with him

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    susan M. replied

    I see nothing wrong with her acting.

    Waltina Harris replied

    I’m not a big fan of Kristen(Starr) acting style either. She looks an acts like a teenager. I wish they would bring on some one else for Michael because he seems more mature than her. I didn’t like the fact that she told Micheal about AJ, but fail to reveal to him her secret about Todd and the baby switch. And we all saw the day he admitted to Starr what he did. She will protect her Daddy at all cost. Wonder how she feel looking Sam in the face(tho i’m not a fan of Sam and could care less about that little cute baby she had, because Jake was a beautiful baby) she will feel no guilt for what daddy did to Sam and Tea.
    The mistake was made in by the writers writing Star having a baby and Cole should have still been in prison for murder. This is Sarr MO telling on others, but not the wrong in her own family namely her Sainted Father. I realize Todd fans think he should do whatever he wants and never pay for his crimes but everone else should. I also hope the writer don’t even think about trying to put her with johnny as some fans have suggested. He to sexy and more mature for her. Why can’t she find herself a job and stay out of Michael business.

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    Patrick replied

    I agree with you about Starr getting a job and/or filling her time with other things to flesh out her character…. i feel like we’re getting overload on Michael and Starr… it’s like they don’t act for themselves… The Parents are always pulling and tugging at them…. it’s time for them… Starr and Michael to act for themselves….

    Anna replied

    Agreed. I’m starting to get bored of Starr and Michael. Idk if it’s her or them together, but maybe it would be better if she found another way to occupy her time other than interfering in his life (like a Carly, Jr.).

  57. Saundra says:

    Disappointed that you didnt recognize Michelle Stafford for something. She has had to withstand the resurgence of Phaters, the biasness of the new writers regime, and in the story had to deal with a lot of loss and hate. Many feel Sharon has been the victim. No doubt. But they are giving her saint hood again. Pitiful that the Phyl & Phick fans can’t get the same respect. And despite what some may think. Phyl & Phick have ALOT of followers. Just look at the polls. We are just as entitled to our opinions as others. Despite what some may think.

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  58. callie says:

    sabrina is the worst new character, not the best. she is an annoying child. her fantasies get progressively worse. is she in her twenties or is she 13? there is no way this teenager should be a potential love interest for patrick. she fits as a playmate for emma but not as a lover for patrick.

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    Ces replied

    I also don’t like how GH brought both Britt & Sabrina on the same episode setting up this dumbness. I don’t like either one.

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    Patrick replied

    Callie… that’s SO Funny… “…her fantasies get progressively worse.”

    and Ces… i also 100% agree… it was just silly dumbness…. from the start…

    ie: this is Jason Thompson… a high calibur intelligent, sensitive Manned Up Actor… dag! he’s every woman’s dream…. and/or significant other…

    Ces replied

    Right, Patrick. They may as well had done an episode of Millionaire Matchmaker for him and see what they came up.

  59. k/kay says:

    Michael I would also have to add Michelle Stafford for over used yes she is a good actress but overkill on Y&R almost on 5 days a week is too much ! And of course the actors who portray that awful triangle on B&B you will never convince me SF & RM did not leave because even they had had enough.

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    Mary SF replied

    Well I had enough that’s for sure- I was watching today’s episode of B&B and just the sound of Hope’s voice telling Liam why they belonged together was enough to make my ears want to bleed. Today they had an intervention for Bill and his drinking, perhaps the cast and crew should stage a intervention for Brad Bell and his obsession for this triangle that he can’t give it up.

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  60. Powermouse says:

    You are right Michael. It is the year for safe to be re- united!

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    Patrick replied

    I’ll say this for the heck of it… and just because… i’ve said this in defense of and support of Rafe.

    Rafe on DAYS… he’s so easy on the eyes/the camera loves him/he’s a lovable goof/big lug/I get lost iin his eyes (this is how I choose to see him)… he’s a little slow… his mannerisms… and his eye contact with the person he’s acting with and/or the camera… perhaps if he wasn’t in a triangle with the ubber talented James Scott… he’d come off a little better…

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    Patrick replied

    one more thing…. Rafe was so much better with Carrie and Nicole… geez! i just realized if, they didn’t constantly have him in a triangle and/or fighting over Sammi with EJ… he’d have more focus.

    Anna replied

    Agreed! I love Safe!

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    Dmitri replied

    I do think Sami will eventually choose Rafe, sadly the writers keep putting these obstacles in the way, adn having Sami move towards EJ. But Sami has never loved EJ and certainly doesn’t now. THAT is why Sami & Rafe will be together, because they love each other. HOWEVER, I don’t think they belong together. Rafe was WAY better with Carrie, because he wasn’t trying to change her the way he tries to change Sami, and they had more chemistry. Also, Rafe deserves better than fickle Sami slut. He also has great chemistry with his BFF, Nicole, and since she has changed, they’d be a good couple as well. I’m not saying I don’t like Safe; I do. They have family dynamic, romance and chemistry. But I think that Lucas is Sami’s true soulmate.

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  61. blake says:

    Great list! And I forgot about the last few weeks of scenes of OLTL, makes me really miss it, it was the best!!!

    I agree about Kristen coming back to Days, that was the shot in the arm the show needs. I love seeing her torture Marlena lol.

    And agree about Will coming out on Days. Will coming out story, Lexie’s exit story and Kristen’s return were the best of Days in 2012.

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    Patrick replied

    it’s a treat to see some positive feedback on DAYS… I agree… it’s not up to par… and DOOL is Lackluster… like Y&R… just ubber talented…. the STARS/actors are mega watt popular….

    I’ve pressed enough about DAYS… 1. Kristen/John/Marlena/Brady
    2. Nick/Gabbi/Will
    3. Will and Sonny
    4. Maggie and Victor
    5. Kayla and Abe
    6. Hope doing anything…
    7. Justin and Adrienne… LOVE THESE TWO!
    8. Kate and Stefano.
    9. Nicole and Eric
    the pairings and potential is all there…. i’m sure i missed some…

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    blake replied

    I don’t get to see Days as much as I’d like to these days, most of the time it’s when I’m at the gym at lunchtime on one of the tvs. And what really gets my attention is when Kristen is on there. Not only is she still stunning as hell, but seeing her being bad, especially with Marlena is awesome! And I love seeing her with Brady, they are so hot together!

    I agree about the great couples and the great potential on Days! It’s too bad they can’t have a producer who can really make the show great again. I love Kate and Stefano, I was pissed when they broke up so she could go to that boring guy.

    And when the hell is Chloe going to be on there? I feel like it’s been forever since they announced she would be back. I’d like to see her shake things up also!

  62. Rae says:

    Thank you so much for naming Jason Thompson as best actor! He is extraordinarily talented and so deserves this award! And the scenes where he was preparing for Robin’s funeral – the tie scene had me in tears! One of the best performances EVER!

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    bonnie replied

    made me cry also great perrformance

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    Mary replied

    I agree…Jason Thompson is awesome and talented not to mention good looking….great actor…

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  63. Sophie says:

    I don’t agree with a lot of these but I can say yes, Jason and Sam Morgan, most tortured couple by far. It was so sad for me, as a fan of there’s for so long, to see them go through all that. I get it, they were getting thrown obstacles to see if they could overcome them–and they did, just a little too late. And perhaps had FV and RC had known Steve would be leaving at the end of his contract, they may have gone a different route–but all the same, I just felt a bit cheated. For having waited so long and not be able to see Jason (played by Burton) get to be there for Sam and his son, that’s been the most heartbreaking part. Maybe not today, or tomorrow, or even next year but someday–I hope Steve can come back and ride his character Jason, Sam, and Danny off into the sunset.

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  64. susan M. says:

    Where’s Luke??? He’s on the cover of soap opera in depth…Will Anna choose Duke or Luke?? I think it will be Luke because of what happened with Faison playing the fake Duke & that is a constant reminder for Anna. Everytime she looks at the real Duke she see’s Faison………..

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  65. Barb T says:

    Great List. Always enjoy reading your insights and comments.

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  66. EJ/JS fan says:

    As a new viewer to GH I must admit that I am thoroughly enjoying this soap. Stuff actually happens! Stories move and not at a snail’s pace. Not sure about Y&R being the worst. Days wins that hands down imo. As for triangles EJ/SB/RH is one of the worst but only because after all that has happened to her Sami should be alone, dealing with and figuring out why her life is such a mess. Maybe if she was alone workiing on her problems instead of focusing on her love life viewers might start to like her again. To expect viewers to ‘forget’ all the horrible things EJ/SB have done to each other is ridiculous imo. As well as the fact that EJ has to be neutered, emasculated, becoming a flippin’ lapdog in order to be part of this pair. TPTB made several mistakes- 12/29, kidnapping Sydney, shot to the head, Rafe2(and that’s a short list) to have everything ‘swept under the rug’. EJ should be a villain causing havoc for the good folk of Salem, with women falling at his feet and exiting his bedroom. He should be interesting not dull and boring like he has been for far too long. Days needs to take notes from GH and quit repeating the same tired stories over and over. KC’s comment about ‘not changing the face of the show’ is as dumb as MarDar ‘unsoaping the soap’. How did that work out?? Sadly Days hasn’t got a clue how to right this sinking ship.

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    Dmitri replied

    I agree with what you say! EJami is an awful couple! Sami has NEVER loved her rapist, so there is no reason for her to, yet again, be torn between EJ and Rafe. EJ has lost his personality around Sami, so I don’t understand why EJami fans say that they are this “badass” couple. That was EJole. Although I’d like to see Sami wind up with Lucas eventually, I think she needs to just settle down with Rafe for now and figure out her life. Plus, Sami lied to EJ about her child and shot him in the head, so why is he coming back to her? The show is terrible right now.

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  67. Eileen says:

    Worst new character Joe Scully, Jr???? No way. Richard Steinmetz had insane chemistry with Jane Elliott and it would have been great for Sonny to have someone from his past try to muscle in on his territory. I will take him over that simple Sabrina and bitchy Brit any day.

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    bonnie replied

    agree He did have chemistry with Jane and I was sorry his role was so limited

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    Patrick replied

    He was sexy… he enlivened Tracy. ’nuff said.

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    terri replied

    He was great wth Tracey I was so sorry to see him go.

  68. Cindy says:

    Stephanies sudden out of the blue Irishness, dying in Brookes arms and all the gag worthy Brooke worship that came with it ruined Stephanies goodbye for me. A swing and a definite miss.

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  69. Bruce says:

    One Life To Live always has deserved to still be on the air before ANY soap! Frank and Ron are daytime geniuses, an because of that I now faithfully (like I never said I would do) I reached out to a new family in Port Charles with them. I now love GH. Cartini makes me believe in the fact that some may not believe in soaps anymore, but we still can! I thank Ron Carlivati, and Frank Valentini with all my heart for keeping Llanview alive at GH, and giving me a new Soap Family to know, and love. GH has been amazing, and I enjoy it every single day. I’m so looking forward to what Prospect Park will come up with, and can’t wait to see My One Life family in Llanview once again. I watched OLTL my entire life, and will always support ALL soaps, because damn it, Brian Frons is an idiot! We want our soaps!! So congratulations soap fans. Looks like we proved our point in 2012! Long live daytime soap operas!! Oh, and just want to throw out there that I love that Sabrina wins over Britt! I can’t stand Britt, and I love Sabrina! Happy New Year all!

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  70. bonnie says:

    are you kidding Kristen Anderson performance on GH is the worst . She over acts and I know no one who thinks she can act except for her fans since child hood.She would not have the job if she didnt know people. I find it insulting that she would even get a mention.She has not made anyone shed a tear even when her family went over the cliff. Take an objective look and you will agree

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    susan M. replied

    I like her.. She isn’t one of my favorites but, I think she does an o.k. job.

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    blake replied

    I agree with Susan, I like her also.

  71. Jared says:

    I agree with most of the choices. Most are spot on. Personally, and I know I am in a very small minority here, but I believe EJ on DAYS is the worst, most annoying character in soaps these days. I just don’t “get it” I guess. One Life to Live was definitely the best show of the year with a revamped GH a close second. Long live ONE LIFE TO LIVE.

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    susan M. replied

    Yes , long live ONE LIFE TO LIVE!!!!!!

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    blake replied

    Yes OLTL was the best soap in 2012, even with only having two weeks, compared to the four shows with 50 more weeks!

  72. Christine says:

    I pretty much agree with everything except this:

    “BEST RECURRING PERFORMER

    Jeff Branson as Ronan – The Young and the Restless – Everyone is clamoring for Branson to return to Genoa City, because this Daytime Emmy winner, is just that damn good!”

    Maybe the second time he came back, but the last time, they absolutely ruined him in MY eyes. He was borderline pathetic the way he was panting after Phyllis and she seemed more than a little creeped out that he wanted to have a relationship with her.

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  73. Sunnee says:

    Most irritating character is Liz of GH. Worst soap GH,Best soap Y&R. RC and FV should have neve been hired for GH.

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    susan M. replied

    I disagree….GH is so much better now because of RC and FV..They reveived GH! And the storylines are much improved. If it weren’t for them GH could have been gone!

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    Aria replied

    Stop smoking crak!

    susan M. replied

    And GH isn’t by far the worst soap! I don’t agree at all on that one.

    susan M. replied

    In fact GH is 100% BETTER!!!!!! And it gets better & better each day!

    Scott (ATWT Fan) replied

    I have to agree; I’ve never been an Elizabeth Webber fan, and feel her character is vastly over-rated by a long shot.

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    susan M. replied

    I don’t find Liz irritating. Who I think is annoying is that female doctor who is trying to set her claws in Patrick..We need Robin back asap!

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  74. Phil says:

    I cannot say that I disagree with much here…I am a huge GH fan because of Ron and Mike, despite swearing never to watch after Guiding Light was canned. This dream team lured me into OLTL so I followed to GH. Dare I say at the risk of being bashed, I am actually enjoying GH more than I did OLTL which was so compelling at the end. , If they can find a way to bring in Beth Chamberlin(ex-Beth, GL) and/or Marj Dusay(ex-Alex, GL) and recast Jason with Jeff Branson(Ronan, Y&R, ex-Shane, GL) I’d be very excited.

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    susan M. replied

    I am enjoying watching Gh now. But I alway’s like OLTL more. That is and alway’s will be my #1 soap. Gh was my second favorite soap. I am a die-hard fan of OLTL!

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    blake replied

    I went to OLTL after GL was cancelled also, though I did watch OLTL here and there before then, especially when they were really good.

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  75. Jen says:

    Wow I disagree with the majority of this list

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  76. Tori says:

    Lindsey Morgan was not the worse recast that title belongs to Lindsey Bushman(ex Summer) who got canned from Y&R.

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  77. susan M. says:

    when is robin going to be reunited with Patrick and Emma? That’s what I would like to know.

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  78. Lauren says:

    orst recast was without a doubt Blake Hood as doucebag Kyle

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  79. monique says:

    You all fail if you don’t pick Jason as the on that would servive on the Island cause one he keeps his cool and every thing . and who I am talking about who all fail are the actors and actresses and I love both cats and dog actually <3 I LOVE ALL ANIMALS <3

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    monique replied

    its supost to say as the one that would servive

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    monique replied

    Who would servive would be Jason Morgan and the doc that plays Elizabths brother

    susan M. replied

    I read in abc soaps in depth that Elizabeth’s brother is not going to be on GH much longer ..The in& out article. It say’s he’s out.

  80. Cindy says:

    Sharon Case deserved some recognition in the female acting categories .. JMO. But good list overall

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  81. Patrick says:

    1 – Peter Reckell… “Bo” DOOL. Worst way to write off a major soap character & Worst Exit. Sad to agree on the truth… Peter Reckell, rocked DAYS for 30 plus years… The love he has for Hope and Ciara… and just gone from our screens with out any “closure”… or anything to remember, even if it was shock valued… ie: just leaving… his bucket list.. ie: for Billie and/or Carly… something to “move” Hope… This is my number #1.

    2 – Robin Mattson… “Heather Webber” GH. “most overused plot device”. I don’t think she was over-utilized… ie: in every scene… what’s important to note about GH’s resurgance… is, Heather made GH FUN to watch…. I don’t think they meant to say RM is bad… she’s one of those actors who adds to scenes without saying a word…

    3. worst couple? Nick & Gabbi…? I don’t think so… yeah, it’s farfetched IMO that any gay man, would father a child… but, due to Nicks’ acting… this story has some fire… and yeah it’s storyline dictated and overused.. but, along with most all the story lines, ie: lackluster DAYS… Nick Fallons’ helping Days find it’s energy… and i don’t mind that he’s homophobic… it’s because of Nick’s acting that i’m waiting to find all this out… more story…

    4. Kelly Sullivan – Connie/Kate, GH. runner up best overall performance by actress… and Most overused Character…. as kate… she’s radiant… and lovely to watch…. as Connie… she’s and i’m saying this… growing tired of her… playing these games and no one’s taking her to task… it’s wearing thin… and, what with Joe Scully, Jr. gone and Trey leaving for LA and finding any one good enough for Sonny… and i like Kate with Sonny… but, fans may not… so… it’s like… the writers need to write/right Kate now… to save this actress who I’ve found endearing… I miss Kate as well. Kate was a bright light and a woman with power… and that’s missing.

    5. Sabrina – ie: GH… Best Newcomer/Best New Character… ie: to be fair to this actress… I don’t like the writing… ie: with regard to Jason Thompson… he delivered tour de fource acting… ie: Patrick and Robin… with/Emma and Anna… and to be “let down” with finding him something to do… with this cinderella story… isn’t what i imagined… I will say… she’s funny with the new gay doctor…

    6. Finola Hughes – Anna – GH. Best Return…. CHEERS! I love this Lady… Her raw sensitive portrayal of a mothers loss of her too soon daughter… is staggering… I weep with her. I had to google her bio… and her last full time gig.. was on AMC from 1999 -2003… aside from guest visits… ????? doesn’t that blow you away…? (correct me if i’m wrong) but, she pulls out all the stops.. since her return to GH… THANK YOU. don’t ever leave us again…. take note AMC, RV… whomever…

    GENERAL HOSPITAL “Best Soap” – IMO all due to Robin/Patrick/Emma/Anna/Robert – The best love story i’ve had the pleasure of witnessing… I cry with these people…

    DAYS OF OUR LIVES – My allegiance to this Soap never wavers…. i’ve made my decision… it’s never boring…. lackuster? Yes… BRING BACK CHRISTIE CLARK… Carrie was a character who melded with the entire cast and is a true days heroine. This is my wish. she was SO GOOD, with Rafe, Marlena, and Sammi… and will bring some Brady memories to fill. it just struck me… would she be good with Brady?

    Runner-UP best return – Eileen Davidson… Kristen… I love her! she’s keeping DAYS afloat and afire.

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    AMC & OLTL…. I’ll believe it when i see it…. I sincerely and truly hope this happens…

    Soap Sentiments… I loved ATWT, Another World, and Guiding Light…

    Happy New Year fellow Soap Fans…. Thank you Michael Fairman… Take care.

    Worst Return – Billie Reed. Lisa Rinna… what more needs to be said… they didn’t know how to write for her… and she was simply the best with Robert Kelker-Kelly.

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    Dmitri replied

    I agree with you, Days was very disappointing this year, especially with the writing for EJami, which I don’t care for. If Sami ended up with Lucas or got back together with Rafe, and Nicole took back EJ, I think the show would be better off. I mean, you know the show is in trouble when the writers are making Dannifer out to be the new supercouple.

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    blake replied

    I agree that Carrie should come back. I love Carrie and I miss her on the show.

    Anna replied

    Nick and Gabi are boring. I actually really like Gabi, but I feel like she is drowning in Nick’s grossness. He was cool back in the day, but now he’s all controlling and rude. The possible destruction of Will and Sonny’s relationship and Will and Gabi’s friendship, as well as the impact this will have on the Brady clan (and how Sami will handle this sitch), is way more intriguing than some homophobe who will have no claims to the baby once the truth comes out.
    Also homophobia is a disgusting attribute, just like racism, anti-Semitism, and misogyny.

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    Patrick replied

    Homophobia is sinful. Period. mistreating people. it’s not what i’m watching the Nick/Gabi story for. Nick Fallons’ acting is helping keep DAYS interesting.

    Dmitri replied

    I actually like Nabi.The pairing has chemistry and they DO love each other. HOWEVER, the insta-love killed it. There was SO much potential. They were friends, worked together, and both were looking for a fresh start. But Gabi’s pregnancy unleashed the manipulative side to Nick, and his homophobia is disgusting. I don’t understand how Gabi can tolerate to be with such a man whose views conflict with her own. I think Gabi has been dumbed down recently. Both characters need to be alone, find themselves and mature. Then, I think that they can get married and have their own family. I actually don’t want Gabi to have this baby because neither she nor Will are ready to handle it yet.

  82. Patrick says:

    BEST RECAST

    Jen Lilley as Maxie Jones – General Hospital – Lilley had the most difficult task of all in 2012. And she wowed the audiences at home, replacing fan favorite Kristen Storms while she was on leave from the series. Lilley did a more than admirable job, in fact, she was incredible.

    “…had the most difficult task of ALL in 2012.” Period.

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  83. Ds295 says:

    Best child is Johnny DiMera on DOOL. Hands down. When he is with his Daddy, EJ (James Scott), the whole world sparkles.
    And runner up was definitely Sam on OLTL. another child who really broke through.

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    Spencer replied

    Johnny is cute and all, but Brooklyn is killing it as Emma Scorpio Drake. That little girl is just like her mom, sassy, intelligent, and adorable. She and Jason Thompson work perfectly together. And when she rolled her eyes the other day, I swear I just died.

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  84. Kay says:

    Kassie DePaiva definitely deserves recognition for her work as a recurring character on GH for 2012. Her scenes in March and July warrant that….truly great work.

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  85. susan M. says:

    I read in abc soaps in depth that Dixie(amc) & Kevin of (OLTL) are getting married in real life……….Lucy’s Doc is tieing the knot !

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  86. Jess says:

    I have been a loyal Days viewer since high school and I adore Alison Sweeney but like Sami, I’m finding myself in a messy relationship triangle. I love Days but I just couldn’t watch the horrible mess that it became this year and fell in love with General Hospital instead. Now that’s a great soap! It seems like the writers on other shows understand something the Days writers don’t: you can do a triangle but it is a story arc that comes to a close. It doesn’t go on ad nauseum. I want to see Sami find love with one of these guys (I like her with EJ personally) and then they can move on to the next story. Until Days is hip to that, we’re still broken up and I’m in a committed relationship with General Hospital.

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  87. Kathy says:

    I agree with you DAYS is the worst in everything these days…JS/EJ is overexposed he is in every story line whether is he needed or not. Especially the Sami, Rafe and Ej triangle, when I see SAFE I see unconditionally love, family and when I see Ej/Sami I see rape and hate and that is never going to chance for a lot of viewers out there. After watching DAYS from the first day I stopped watching the show with the “hate boink” and I’m enjoying GH in its place. Pimping EJ the way they do JS will be the ruination of DAYS because viewers are tired of him.

    Plus there story lines are twisted Ej rapes Sami years ago kidnaps her daughter put a fake Rafe in her bed to rape her again and again and they reward Ej by putting Ej/Sami together. Father and son are fighting because of a DiMera ho Kristen and Nick calls Will a “gay boy” how disgusting would they call a Jewish person a Jew boy probably knowing DAYS. The show has become disgusting and not worth wasting my time on! Little by little they are aliening a lot of viewers. And just because it’s a show doesn’t mean they can’t be descent and think of viewers feelings!

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    Dmitri replied

    I agree with you about Days of Our Lives. I hate EJami, when will Sami realize that she and EJ will never work? She has never loved him, but I guess she has no common sense, because she is just dumb around him. I like to see Sami with Lucas or Rafe, because they have the supercouple feel and family dynamic going on, and EJ with Nicole is also a supercouple in my opinion, the new Stefano and Kate. But EJ is just shown way too much, and so are Nicole and Rafe, and Sami, of course. I think the big mistake was overexposing these characters, as well as Will, Gabi and Nick, and underexposing Lucas, Kate and Billie. There could have been a great storyline with those three, maybe them working on a business rivalry involving those characters, but instead we get the same repetitive triangles!

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    Spencer replied

    Thank you!
    Everyone keeps talking about EJ and Sami, but all I see when they are in a room together is a rapist. You are so right – not only did he rape her himself, but he also had the fake Rafe raping her as well. Their “relationship” is appalling and so disrespectful to women. I really want her to get back together with Rafe.

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  88. Lou says:

    What about recognition for Kassie and Roger’s work in their July scenes, keeping the heartbreaking love story of T&B alive on another show. They have had some fantastic scenes together over the years, and the July scenes rank among their best.

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  89. Marisa says:

    I love Tracy and Joe Scully SR. They had great chemisty and a great LOVE potential. I hope he returns from the “dead”. I also thought he had great potential with Connie / Kate.

    We need more of Tracy and Joe SR. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  90. terri says:

    Ok I definitely agree that OLTL knocked it out of the park and I still am missing it like crazy and I have to say I agree with almost all the other choices BUT how can we forget Sam Manning he is as cute as Emma Drake on GH. I truly miss him wish they could have him visit as Todd’s only friend. :)

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    heidi replied

    Agree about Sam… that boy is adorable and I liked the Sam and Todd relationship… miss him. Emma is the cutest child actress there is and she would be adorable with Sam. I really hope they let Emma/Brooklyn stay on the soap for as long as it lasts like Kimberly did… she is just that cute and so perfect as their child.

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    blake replied

    I thought about Sam on OLTL also. I wish he could show up on GH also. I thought of him when I saw Best Child Actor. To me Sam is.

  91. Mary SF says:

    Although not an official category the soap character who needs a vacation in 2013 is Jack Abbott on Y&R. This poor guy had a tough year. He was stood up at the altar, got shot instead, paralyzed, found love but his bride left him the day after the wedding, had major surgery on his back, drove away his family taking over Newman and now is addicted to pain killers and his only friend is Adam– maybe– if this guy doesn’t deserve a few weeks at Club Med somewhere no one does. Also I would like some other character to get some screen time, because this was way too much story line to give one character. Also, there should be a category for best performance of soap husband who is never seen- Murphy ( Katherine’s husband) would win that one. No one has seen the poor guy since the fourth of July.

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    Diane replied

    Through Jack, Y&R is teaching us the dangers of addiction. He’s about to lose it all. I think he is a fantastic actor…deserves an award….again. Also, the newest Summer is a really good actress.

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    Diane replied

    Oh, and I love Murphy

    k/kay replied

    What did happen to Murphy did he fall down a rat hole?

  92. Dmitri says:

    I shudder thinking about Days’ fate if Eileen Davidson had not returned! The soap is terrible! The ratings have been in 4th place for a few months now because the writers do not know how to write a story! Billie came back for no reason, and she just randomly pops up everywhere! Bo leaves Salem, returns and is never seen? His goodbye was pathetic! I couldn’t believe we got a whole week of Nick parole and Melanie goodbye while Bo just left the pub never to be seen again! Hope barely got any screentime, and Caroline’s storyline was rushed. Will is overexposed, and his storyline was ruined with the baby drama. Gabi and Nick were cute, but Nick is being written as a homophobic jackass now, and both characters are on too much. We have seen enough of the “EJumi” and “RaJami” triangles, but this year they were shown again. I loathe EJami, and Sami has never loved him, there is just too much baggage. Both Sami and EJ are destroyed when they are together because EJ loses his badness and Sami is dumbed down! EJ, Nicole, Sami and Rafe were shown way too much this year with the same old boring storylines. EJ should just get back together with Nicole, and there should be an actual interesting triangle, like Sami/Lucas/Rafe, since Sami has actually loved both of these men. Stefano has barely been seen since his ‘death”, and that whole John and Hope storyline with the egg was very boring and stupid! Marlena and John barely had any screentime, and when they do, it is the same old Kristen as the interloper storyline! Ian really had no point on being here, and I hate that Jack and Madison were underdeveloped, lacked airtime, and were killed off. I’m not buying the “Krady” romance. Brady belonged with Madison. Victor and Maggie haven’t had much storyline, but these days it seems as if all of the fan favorites just prop Dannifer, and that is all they do! I can’t stand how Jennifer didn’t mourn the death of Jack and just started chasing Daniel, pretending that she had mourned Jack for so long. Daniel and Nicole were good at first, but the writing for them was terrible when TomSell took over, and the miscarriage that Nicole had was heartbreaking and poorly-written. We haven’t seen EJ, or even Nicole, properly mourn. Right now, Eric’s return was pretty boring, and I don’t find it worth watching, as his storyline was rushed. Lucas has barely had any airtime at all! It’s like his storyline just HAS to revolve around Sami, or he is useless! Chad and Abigail were poorly written this year, as was Melanie and Gabi, and, of course, Carrie and Austin. Nothing was really enjoyable about this show except for the gay storyline, but evne THAT turned to crap, and Kristen’s return storyline is boring me right now.

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    Dmitri replied

    DAYS should be rated the worst soap.

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    iloveDays replied

    Days has so much potential. We need new writers.

    Patrick replied

    Ditto! We need NEW Writers.

    blake replied

    Days totally needs new regime!

    Dmitri replied

    I agree. They need to give new writers to the show, or at least have the writers change storylines. Filming SO far ahead is killing the show’s ratings!

  93. debbieb says:

    Do not agree about Laura Wright and her performance about learning about Jason’s death. I did not feel her pain at the loss and she seemed to get over it in a hurry. Do not agree with Florencia Lozano as best recurring character, as I found she was ill used and her acting at times was over the top. Although I know FL is a wonderful actress when given the proper material.

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    mcbam replied

    The only way Steve Burton is gonna be successful on Y&R is
    if the writers put him with:

    African American actress

    Have Rebecca Herbst or Laura Wright come work with him, as a different
    character or have Kimbery McCough

    Make him a gay character(for ratings)

    That would ensure some of the Jizzrds of that wretch J-Carly fans will watch
    For me I love Kelly Monaco.. She’s not intrested in Y&R,

    Y&R has to make a splash with Steve Burton

    if JFP IS SMART, SHELL BRING 1 OF THE 4 ACTRESSES OVER THERE

    OR MAYBE SARAH BROWN….OR VANESSA MARCIL

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    Spencer replied

    I agree – while I normally don’t pay much attention to Carly, I think Laura Wright has been holding her own. But the scene where she finds out about Jason is yawn-worthy.

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  94. MBmomof3 says:

    I agree with the vast majority of your list, which is saying alot! You certainly know your soaps inside & out, Mr. Fairman.

    If you are goiing to include Revenge on the list then I suggest “Hollywood Heights” as THE WORST of 2012. It is even worse than Y&R’s slow, painful, decline. Degrassi & Pretty Little Liars prove there is not only a strong following for these dramas, but they can also be done EXTREMELY well and appeal to young, middle-aged and seniors alike. It is too bad… I REALLY WANTED TO LIKE HOLLYWOOD HEIGHTS, but my teen daughter and I found it literally laughable in HOW BAD it was :(

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    Dmitri replied

    OMG I love Degrassi and watch it with my 62 year old Granma, though she is far behind me! I agree with what you say!

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  95. susan M. says:

    HAPPY NEW YEAR TOO ALL SOAP FANS!!!!!

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  96. JaSamGH says:

    I love the article, but think more should be said about the death of Jason Quartermaine. The JaSam lovestory has been pivotal to General Hospital. They were/are the supercouple of the last 10+ years. We are all still grieving over Steve Burton’s decision to leave GH, and angry that we were robbed of any happy JaSam couple time by the writers. Too much time was wasted on their desire to turn GH into Llanview takes over Port Charles. Steve Burton and so many other General Hospital Actors have been replaced so that OLTL actors could have major storylines in GH.
    I hate that OLTL was cancelled. It wasn’t my soap. It was a terrible decision by ABC. (They can keep the Katie Couric show too…yuck) But, saying that, General Hospital has a loyal following of many that have watched since the beginning and changing it into another soap was NOT the right thing to do. Fight to bring on new soaps, but keep GH true by keeping and writing for core General Hospital characters!

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  97. Scott (ATWT Fan) says:

    Sorry, but majority of your choices Michael I cannot see why they were chosen. Seems like your choices were a bit biased based upon series and/or the actors portraying said-roles. Your favor of One Life to Live reads a bit strong on your choices for choosing anything OLTL and now GH over anything else.

    Peter Porte as Ricky Williams as best villain was HORRIFIC. Peter Porte could not act, and the character of Ricky Williams was an annoying mess. I cannot agree with about 95% of your choices. They’re definitely the wrong ones to make. Sorry Michael.

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    Scott (ATWT Fan) replied

    Also to add: the best recast WAS Jen Lilley as Maxie. Worst recast was bringing Kirsten Storms back as Maxie. Worst decision. She should have gone back to DAYS as Belle.

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  98. rusty says:

    Sorry, but I just can’t agree about Jen Lilly. She made the character of Maxie even more unlikeable than Kirsten Storms. She changed who Maxie was, turning her into a whining little brat. Maxie whines, but is also bitchy. Lilly just couldn’t pull the bitchy part off. I couldn’t stand the sound of her voice; I actually switched channels or fast forwarded through any scene she was in. However, she did make me miss Kirsten Storms, which I never thought would be possible. I am so glad to have Kirsten back as Maxie; I hope she remains in good health and never leaves the character to someone else again.

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  99. iloveDays says:

    Arianne Zucker should be in that list somewhere under ‘best actress’ or ‘best performance’. And Nicole losing her 2nd baby should be mentioned too. It has been a fantastic year for Ari, I’m pretty sure she’ll be nominated for an Emmy. Other than that, great list! :)

    And I agree that EJ/Sami/Rafe is such a shitty triangle. Enough is enough. Put Sami with Lucas or Rafe, and put EJ back with Nicole.

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    Dmitri replied

    I can’t agree more with what you said. EJole is the best, Lumi is meant to be, but Rafe is what Sami really needs right now.

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  100. A says:

    DAYS is awful. I was so excited for Matt Ashford’s return, and the show wasted it and tried to use Jack as the angst for the competition in his own love story. Then they killed Jack so we could travel at light speed back to dull Dan/Jen. So wrong. And nothing else they’re doing with the show is hooking me. Too many generic characters in insta-love. Hate it. Also, I used to care about Sami and EJ, but no more. I keep hearing General Hospital has figured out how to use history/vets while also using newer cast. I should check out GH, because whenever I try to watch DAYS, I meet with boredom, only infused occasionally with irritation.

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    Dmitri replied

    I agree. I used to like Daniel and Jennifer, but their pairing this time seems very forced, rushed, and overshown. They’re quite boring, and altough they have some chemistry, they are on EVERYDAY! Same with Sami’s love life! Been there, done that! I want to see something new! Days of Our Lives has been so boring that I have been reading the recaps rather than watching the soap everyday as I used to.

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  101. Kathy Hutchins says:

    Michael, you did an amazing job of summarizing the year. Your comments show insight, thought, and a love of the genre. Thank you!

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  102. JorgeAnn says:

    I think the most overused character is Rafe on Days. He is also the most intrusive..in every storyline dependent on the other characters. It seems as if TPTB are not confident that he is interesting enough to have an independent storyline.

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  103. Kate says:

    I agree with most of the stuff for Days. The EJ/Sami/Rafe triangle is horrid. Not only is it similar to what we saw in 2010, all the stuff with them these last few months has just been dumb. Daniel & Jennifer are also dreadful. Nick and Gabi had some potential, but they were put together too fast for this boring/insulting baby story and Nick is unrecognizable now (homophobic & rude to his cousin, Will, really?!). Basically, Days hasn’t been that great since Tomlin & Whitesell took over. The highlight is Kristen- thank God we have Eileen!
    I enjoyed more on Days under the previous writers. Not everything but I could watch whole episodes, was excited about the show, and there were some original stories & fresh dynamics. Lexie’s death was heartbreaking but well written and well acted; EJ & Sami’s renewed friendship and slow build to a romance was great; the Mayor campaign story was enjoyable as well as Stefano’s murder; I loved seeing Bo & Hope as a team and their grieving scenes about Zach were touching; the Abigail/Austin/Carrie/Rafe stuff was awesome; and I loved Will’s stories- the coming out, the blackmail and working relationship with EJ, and the drama with Sami. Chandler was phenomenal and it’s a shame & disappointing to see how Will is being written now. Days has many great actors, but just need better material. There needs to be more emotion, messy family dramas, slow builds, mystery (everything is so predictable now), romances and storylines that make sense. I hope we get new writers soon!!

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  104. Mrs. Rafferty says:

    LMAO @ “MOST OVERUSED PLOT DEVICE: Heather Webber, General Hospital” – I do love Robin Mattson, but she’s played that role on more soaps than I can think of at the moment!

    Thank you for underscoring the pathetic non-resolution of the Bo Brady character by listing it twice. Bo, Peter, and the fans deserve(d) better. I’m a bit too disgusted to say any more on the subject, except that Days has lost this viewer.

    Speaking of Days, James Scott is a good actor and I’ve liked him since AMC. However, he is simultaneously the most overexposed and underutilized on the show. EJ could do much better with half the quantity of screen-time and double the quality of storyline. As for Sami, I can only tolerate her with Lucas, so let’s please move on (and Rafe is a waste of space).

    Also, I totally agree about Jennifer – I’ve come to the conclusion that she’s been taken over by a pod person. Jack must be rolling in his grave at the Daniel thing. Speaking of Dr. Dan…please don’t let them pair him with Hope, EVER!!!! I’m glad Kristen is back, even though I’m not watching, because I’m hoping it’ll keep the show on air until Bo comes back from limbo, LOL.

    One last note re GH: I understand a lot of people are upset about Jason, but I was a Caleb/Livvie fan in the Port Charles days and will be keeping an eye on the John/Sam pairing. They just might entice me to start watching GH. If Kirsten Storms and Jason Cook were still on together (and the writers gave Dr. Matt Hunter something – anything – to work with), I’d probably be watching now. I never had any interest in Jen Lilley’s Maxie (though I respect the inherent difficulty of being a recast) and the whole Spixie thing is way too contrived. I’d love to see Kirsten and Jason come back to Days, but the Maxie character is so much better than the Belle character that I doubt it’ll ever happen.

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  105. Christy says:

    so glad to see One Life to Live get recognized — finally!! and it’s not surprising… we know Michael loved One Life as much as we did/DO!
    Seeing GH become as good as OLTL was, is great! but I knew the EP and head writer could do it. So great to see both getting the kudos they’ve deserved.

    it’s so ironic that the Worst Soap and Most Dissappointing Soap is still the soap that has the most viewers…. how it that possible? The Revulsion was the worst replacement for One Life and the number of viewers, or lack thereof, tanked the show!

    also ironic that worst storylines were both on GH, and I totally agree with both of them (women in white and Franco rape) and then it’s followed by best writer by our new GH writer, Ron! Amen! Out with the crappy writing, and in with the best… and he’s from the soap ABC cancelled.

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    Mary replied

    I agree about praise for Cartini they are great….yes why is Y&R the # 1 show,,,,,,I just dont get it…love GH…

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    daring sally replied

    When Y&R first aired in 1973, it had some of the most controversial topics that truly related to real everyday life. Everything from Hiv to Lesbianism. I loved the writing and the characters. It has slowed somewhat but the appeal is still there. You really have to be a diehard fan like myself and others like me to understand. It’s in our blood. We are loyal fans even though the writing has not been that good in the past. The table has turned now and it is picking up speed yet again. You just have to tune in and see. You will be hooked also, Mary. When the new writers bring it on like I know they will it will be a force for others soaps and some nighttime shows to be reckoned with. Try watching for a couple of weeks and see for yourself. You have to be in it to win it. That’s all I can say for now.

  106. Kathy says:

    The worst story line is the Sami, Rafe and Ej one…they are slowly killing the show with this. After 6 years of the same BS first with Sami, Lucas & EJ and now with Sami, Rafe & Ej, enough people take a hint and move on! And if Ej and Sami are so HOT they would have put them together a long time ago, they need someone to prop Ej up and Sami drew the short straw!

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    Dmitri replied

    I agree, I see nothing between EJami but a multitude of wrongdoings and loud breathing. I think Sami should end up with Lucas, but it is clear that Rafe is the better fit for her than EJ.

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  107. Smoochie says:

    I agree with most of your picks but especially about the actress who plays Brit on GH. I cannot stand watching her. I think it might help if she had her two front teeth fixed. She has no chemistry with JT whatsoever . Why would the writers want to bring another Lisa type doctor obsessed with non other than Patrick back on the canvas again. Wasn’t one Lisa enough? Or do they want to keep Heather Webber types around forever including the original.

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  108. cr says:

    My. Best and worst of soaps 2012 : Best show- General Hospital. Worst Show- The Young and the restless. Best Recast- Jennifer Landon ( Heather Stevens) Y&R. Worst Recast-Lindsey Morgan ( Kristina Davis). Best Episode: Dayaster ( Days of Our Lives). Best Exit- Susan Flannery ( Stephanie Forrester)B&B. Worst Exit: Steve Burton ( Jason Morgan) GH. Best Story- Sam & Tea babyswitch by Heather and Todd. GH. Worst Story- Liam behopping between Steffy and Hope B&B. And. Mystery letters and princess gina and pawn Days. Best cliffhanger: Dayaster episode, sami. Hanging over a railing. Days. Best Return: Kristien Blake (Elieen Davidsion) Days. Worst Return: Billie Reed ( Lisa Rinna) Days. Best Couple: Dante and Lulu GH. Worst Couple and. Cringeworthy: Victor and Sharon Y&R. Best Villian: Heather Webber( Robin Mattison) GH. Worst Villian: Tucker Mccall ( Stephen Nichlos). To be continue…………

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  109. Kay says:

    Totally agree with The Sharon crazy story… glad its over.
    Loving GH… way awesome and I tune in everyday…just got to see what’s happening.
    In total agreement on the Sami/RAfe/Ej triangle. Can’t the writers just quit this already. Sami was happy with Rafe then EJ came back to bug…and then she was happy with Lucas and here comes that nasty bug again. Also filming so far ahead and more spoilers of the tired Triangle from He!! doesn’t make me want to tune in. Days is really not entertaining anymore.

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  110. normadavis says:

    i get cbs soaps magazine because its all about my soaps. they waste pages talking about all the nbc and abc soaps. i dont read about them jus my cbs soaps and other thingsas far as i am concered its cbs so have only cbs stuff in it please.+ i have tried to sign up for the watch magazine .is it not sent to wi.?

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  111. jim says:

    MAXI PREGNANT BY SPINNELI BUT DOESNT TELL HIM BECAUSE HE’S WITH THE CRIPPLED ELLIE. LULU AND DANTE UNWARE SURROGATE MAXI LOST THEIR BABY AND BELIEVE THE SPINNELI BABY MAXI CARRIES NOW IS THEIRS. WHEN THE TRUTH COMES OUT, SPINNELI IS MARRIED TO THE STILL CRIPPLED ELLIE. LULU AND DANTE DISBELIEVE MAXI PREGNANT BY SPINNELI, AND ACCUSE HER OF USING ‘THEIR’ BABY TO STEAL SPINNELI FROM ELLIE. BIG CUSTODY FIGHT. DR. BRITT REVEALS MAXI DID LOOSE LULUS AND DANTES BABY, AND DNA REVEALS SPINNELI IS THE FATHER OF MAXIS BABY. MEANWHILE ELLIE REGAINS USE OF HER LEGS BUT PRETENDS TO STILL BE CRIPPLED TO HOLD ON TO SPINNELI. THEN A SHOCKER! ELLIE NOW PREGNANT BY SPINNELI. SPINNELI NOW THE FATHER OF TWO BABYS BY TWO DIFFERENT EOMEN.

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    jim replied

    i misspelled women.

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  112. jim says:

    ROBIN RETURNS TO PATRICK. BOTH DR. BRIT AND SABRINA DEVASTED BY ROBINS RETURN AND LOOSING PATRICK. DR. BRIT MURDERED! DID ROBIN OR SABRINA KILL HER? LITTLE EMMA, THE DRAKES DAUGHTER KILLED DR. BRIT WITH A HANDGUN. TO PROTECT EMMA, ROBIN SAYS SHE KILLED DR. BRIT AND IS SENTECNCED TO DIE BY ELECTRIC CHAIR. PATRICK DISCOVERS WEBCAM ON DRAKES HOME COMPUTER RECORDED EMMA SHOOTIND BRIT IN SELF DEFENSE DURING BRITS ATTEMPT TO KIDNAP THE CHILD. CAN PATRICK GET EVIDENCE TO PRISON BEFORE ROBIN IS EXECUTED.? A FRI. CLIFFHANGER SHOWS ROBIN STRAPPED TO THE ELECTRIC CHAIR.

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  113. jim says:

    DR.BILL HORTON AND WIFE LAURA RETURN TO SALEM AND LIVE IN OLD HORTON HOME WITH JEN AND ABIGAIL. LAURA CANT ACCEPT LUCAS AS BILLS SON AND WARNS KATE TO STAY AWAY FROM BILL. KATE WONDERS IF LAURA STILL HAS MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES AS RENEWED FEELINGS FOR BILL RETURNS. LAURA TELLS STEFANO KATE HAS FEELINGS FOR BILL. HOPE RECIEVES WORD BO MAY HAVE DIED IN BOAT ACCIDENT BUT NO BODY FOUND. HOPE SLOWY TURNS TO THE BOTTLE TO DROWN HER SORROWS. WILL REALIZES HE’S BISEXUAL AND ATTRACTED TO BOTH SONNY AND GABI. KRISTEN PREGNANT BY BRADY AND FALLS GENIUNELY IN LOVE WITH HIM BUT BRADY FINDS OUT IN KRISTENS DIARY THAT SHE WAS USING HIM TO GET JOHN. DANIEL MAKES PLANS TO MARRY JEN. ABIGAIL TORN BETWEEN CHAD AND CAM BUT HAS EROTIC DREAMS ABOUT DANIEL, HER OWN MOTHERS FIANCE’. STEFANO HAS NICOLES THOUHT DEAD BABY. STEFANO REVEALED TO BE DANIELS FATHER BUT THRE IS A SHOCKING TWIST: DANIEL HAS AND IDENTICAL TWIN BROTHER NAMED TREVOR DIMERA WHO STEFANO HAS KEPT IN HIDING IN EUROPE FOR YEARS!

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  114. jim says:

    MORE: MAGGIE UPSET WHEN VICTOR REVEALS STEFANO BLACKMAILED HIM YEARS AGO AND HAD HIM STEAL MAGGIES EMBRYO. VICTOR TELLS MAGGIE STEFANO DANIELS FATHER CAUSING HER TO HAVE A STROKE THAT LEAVES HER SPEECHLESS. JULIE TELLS JEN WHILE VISITING JULIES SON DAVID IN ROME SHE THOUGHT SHE SAW DANIEL, UNAWARE ITS TREVOR DIMERA , DANIELS TWIN BROTHER. NICOLE BELIEVES SHE HEARS BABY CRYING AND TELLS FATHER ERIC, UNAWARE HER BABY IS ALIVE AND WITH STEPHANO. ABE BEGINS DATING DR. VALERIE GRANT WHO RETURNED TO SALEM WITH SECRET: CAMERON IS HER SON WHO SHE GAVE UP FOR ADOPTION YEARS AGO, AND JULIES SON DAVID IS THE FATHER. ABIGAIL AND CAMERON ELOPE UNAWARE THE R RELATED. VALERIE IS FORCED TO TELL CAMERON SHE IS HIS MOTHER AND DAVID IS HIS FATHER. ABIGAIL HAS A BREAKDOWN REALIZING SHE MARRIED HER OWN COUSIN. CAROLINE REEALIZES KAYLA LOVES ABE AND JEALOUS OF VALERIE. NICK TELLS SONNY HE THINKS WILL LOVES GABI. SONNY IN SERIOUS ACCIDENT AND ADRIENNE BLAMES WILL. SAMI TORN BETWEEN EJ RAFE AND LUCAS AND DECIDES TO DUMP ALL FOR NOW. HOPE REVEALS SHE WAS DRUNK THE NIGHT OF SONNYS ACCIDENT AND MAY HAVE HIT HIM WITH HER CAR. KATE TRIES TO PROVE TO BILL THAT LAURA STILL UNBALANCE. JOHN AND MARLENA GO AWAY ON A ROMANTIC GETAWAY WHERE THEY SPOT STEPHANO WITH NICOLES BABY. BRADY FEELS GUILTY AFTER FIGHTING WITH KRISTEN WHO FALLS AND LOOSES THEIR BABY. FATHER ERIC CANT KEEP HIS MIND OFF NICOLE. NICOLE LEARNS FROM TAYLOR THAT NICOLE AND KATE HAD THE SAME FATHER WHICH MAKES NICOLE AND KATE HALF SISTERS.

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  115. daring sally says:

    You hit it on the money with this Noah Newman. I love the way he takes care of his mother. He was long overdue. I love his looks and this character is more like his father, Nick, also. Kudos to the writing team for this of Noah Newman. Worst trinagle is on the money as well. Hope had Liam first and Steffy only wanted him because he belonged to Hope. But to have these two women fighting over this man as though neither one of them has respect for themselves is ridiculous. Hope had an innocence about her and the writers just had to change her. Give us all a break! Please! I thought for awhile that they actually hated Sharon Case and wanted to destroy her career. No actor or actress should have to deal with such a dramatic turn of events. The actress deserves the best actress award. If she donot get it , something is definitely wrong. Sharon Case is uber talented. Adam Adamson deserves an emmy also. The guy is talented and gorgeous! I hope they donot mess up Steve Burton’s character, Dylan. Steve Burton is another natural. He is gorgeous and a delight to watch. He is soft-spoken and has a lot to offer. If the writers play their cards right, they can take the ratings through the roof with his character. Michael, you hit the nail on the head in all categories. What a year and what a difference an actor/actress makes. Put the right people in the right place and give them good writing and sit back and watch the ratings soar. The Nina and Ronan saga is still up in the air. I have just one more thing, Michael, as you may have guessed, Y&R is my soap of choice.

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  116. daring sally says:

    I agree with the majority of what you said. Yes, the new Noah on Y&R is what the doctor ordered. He is everything the viewers wanted to see in a son for Sharon Case after all she has been through. Doug Davidson should have won best Actor and I, for one, will never understand why he did not get it. I am glad they have given him a permanent job as Chief of Police of GC. I love this characer. I also will never understand how they started Genie Francis out as a strong character and tore her down to the ground in the end. Her fall was greater than Humpty Dumpty. There was definitely something going on with the writers that was not of this world. My only hope is that they donot do to Steve Burton what they did to Steven Nichols. If they play their cards write and think before they leap they have a gold mine in this character. He’s believable and they can come all the way back with this one. Also, I am loving the direction they are moving Cain in. This a very handsome, sexy, talented man. He can also go far. The show has some amazing talent. Michael Muhney is over-the-top. He is the perfect Adam. And he is gorgeous! It’s up to the writing team to make t work. Avery is a versatile actress. They can take this actess to the top of the mountain if they now what they are doing. I am loing Y&R but enough with Victor and NIkki’s wedding’s. Please spice it up and let’s see some action and drama that only Y&R can deliver. They have some serious talent on the show now. I love the guy that will Paul just put on GCPD team. They better not blow it with all of this talent they have on their set. I have never seen so many wonderful actors all in one place since Dallas in the 70′s. As you can see, I am all about The Young and the Restless. I am a diehard fan. I used to love Bold and the Beautiful but it fell down and has never gotten back up. The triangle between Liam, Hope and Steffi is not real and killed everything. It’s all in the writing. They should have let Hope remain just as she was. She was innocent and they had to go and turn her out. If you know how to write you donot have to dismantle a character or shall I say do character assassination in order to get ratings. B&B did just the opposite, they reaked havoc. I will never care for B&B again. It will take some doing to redeem this show.

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