April 9, 2008By Mala Bhattacharjee Posted: Apr 9, 2008
Hi, I'm Mala, Weekly's news, AS THE WORLD TURNS, and BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL editor (and unofficial GENERAL HOSPITAL aficionado). It’s my turn to join the bevy of bloggers here at Weekly/Digest HQ and I must kick it off with a confession: I have just started up a fling with DAYS OF OUR LIVES.
See, I'm something of a timeslot trollop. My finger is always on the "last channel recall" button (it's a channel surfer's best friend) and if I can manage it, I try to watch at least two soaps at a time. At the one o'clock hour, I basically watch YOUNG AND RESTLESS, ALL MY CHILDREN, and B&B simultaneously (Gasp! I'm such a hussy!). At 2, I mostly stay with WORLD TURNS but sometimes sneak over to ONE LIFE. However, here in New York, at 10 there's just GUIDING LIGHT to contend with...unless you want to catch the previous day's DAYS on SOAPnet.
Well, that's just what I've begun doing.
I had to let DAYS go when it moved to 2 PM here, because a second hour of three-soap flipping was too much for even my multi-soap stamina. I sat it down, I said "it's not you, it's me," and bid Salem a bittersweet farewell. Now, I've done the same to Springfield. At least for a while. I can't help it. 10 AM is just too early to be depressed, and in the wake of Jonathan absconding with Lizzie's baby again and Gus dying, I was really starting to turn into a grump. Not so with my return to DAYS! It's like I never left! Our first day back together, I don't think I stopped laughing once. Between Nicole accidentally dousing Philip with juice during a food fight with Chloe and Hope pretending to be Kayla and sniping at Steve like a fishwife, I couldn't get the grin off my face.
I'm not saying that I've stopped loving GL. I still care. We can still be friends. I'll visit several times a week. I'm really good with keeping in touch with my exes. (Hey, I still watch SANTA BARBARA clips on YouTube.) But it's spring and the light, snappy, pace of DAYS is definitely a spring fling that I'm enjoying. Thanks for taking me back, Salem...even though I can't promise to be faithful.