April 2, 2010By Marc Wilkofsky Posted: Apr 2, 2010
It's time again to look at just a few of the many positive sides of the daytime world (I'll note one reason why I'm doing that later on). So far, it's turning out to be a strong year for ABC.
ONE LIFE TO LIVE consistently offers thoroughly entertaining episodes, with plotting that does what a soap is supposed to: pull the viewer in on a daily basis. One engrossing subplot featured Schuyler battling Mitch and Allison for "his" child, Sierra Rose, and presented one of the standout scenes of the baby's storyline: her true dad, Oliver, anxiously and painfully waiting outside the prison infirmary, hoping his little daughter would survive. That's the kind of emotional moment soap viewers love, and after countless viewing hours, deserve.
Longtime fans of GENERAL HOSPITAL have watched something that rarely happens: Sonny getting taken down a notch or three. Yes, despite his being an intriguing character (the epitome of an antihero), and one struggling with several crises at once, it was good to see someone tell Sonny to shut up, and for him to obey. First Alexis gave him a memorable shouting-to outside Kristina's hospital room, and then the enraged judge implored him (and, okay, everyone in the chaotic courtroom) to be quiet, making for an engaging, and amusing, scene. And who did Sonny think would hear his ravings about Claudia amid the din? The court reporter? It's also a plus that several Port Charles residents, including Jason, Lucky and Dante, didn't fully believe Kristina's story that Ethan was her attacker.
ALL MY CHILDREN has brought back several fan favorites — including Jack, Brooke and Greenlee — and enmeshed them in major storylines, which they've all enhanced. Jack and Erica are increasingly charming as their paths, which are laden with romantic history and chemistry, continue to cross. It's enjoyable that Annie has a brand-new foe in Brooke, whose wanting to check on Adam this week proved she still is highly concerned for her ex and has no qualms about taking on his new wife. For me, it's personally pleasing to see Greenlee (Rebecca Budig; ex-Michelle, GUIDING LIGHT) work with Madison (Stephanie Gatschet; ex-Tammy, GL) at Fusion and show her devotion to the imprisoned David (Vincent Irizarry; ex-Lujack/Nick, GL).
So ABC's apparently in a good place these days, and starting in mid-September, the network will have the most soaps on daytime. At that time, it will be weird to only have the two Bell shows on CBS — and, of course, beyond sad to no longer enjoy Oakdale's events every weekday on AS THE WORLD TURNS.
On that note, here's another not-so-cheery one that inspired me to attempt a positive outlook: While we learned of GL's final fate a year ago yesterday, today marks the last time GL's fellow beloved but canceled soap, ATWT, officially celebrates its anniversary (having launched on April 2, 1956). So it's been a tough 48 hours for many daytime viewers. But any hour now, someone looking for quality writing and acting, powerful moments and a little escapist fun will try a new soap, helping to keep that show — and daytime — alive.