December 24, 2009By Marc Wilkofsky Posted: Dec 24, 2009
A holiday tale...
In the cozy, green-carpeted corner of the television section of an electronics store, seven people sit on white folding chairs positioned in a circle.
Cheryl: All right, let's call this meeting to order. Welcome, everyone, to the latest gathering of the Daytime Club. Since I see a new face here, I'll just note that this is a monthly forum for fans of daytime soap operas and general supporters of the industry. Our one rule: We focus on the positive sides of the soap world, especially when we discuss its past.
Jay: So that means I won't discuss the unsettling history of YOUNG AND RESTLESS' Sharon/Adam romance. Oh, wait, that's still going on.
Cheryl: (sighs) Right. Let's begin with ONE LIFE TO LIVE, which I know Rick can't wait to...
Rick: It's the best. The writers absolutely know what they're doing, making each story compelling while connecting several of them. Bo and Nora's bonding over Matt's plight ruined her marriage to Clint. I love how Clint's using Kim to get back at Nora, while Kim's friend Stacy connects to my favorite triangle, Rex/Gigi/Schuyler; I absolutely can't choose a side. Plus, there's bonus entertainment every time the show features a musical guest. Who doesn't love that?
Sara: I'm personally fine with GENERAL HOSPITAL delving into the music world now and then, with those wild and wacky karaoke nights. Any time the writers go from gun to fun, I'm with them. On that note, the charming Johnny and Olivia rock, but secret lovers Nikolas and Liz...
Jay: ...do not.
Sara: Definitely do not. (looking at Cheryl) To be positive, the best aspects of their affair have been Steve trying to help a distracted Liz, and Luke desperately trying to open Lucky's eyes.
Sid: Bill's eyes haven't been working too well on BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL. His guts tell him the Dare line is more mess than masterpiece, but he's still giving Eric and his crew the thumbs-up. It's such a breath of fresh storyline air compared to all of Forrester's battles with other companies; now they're purposely sabotaging themselves to save the company. Pretty cool, and just different. Plus, Don Diamont is keeping Bill fiery and menacing, although he lets Mr. Sensitive visit Katie now and then.
Jay: He was rarely given this kind of explosive material in his last few years as Y&R's Brad. As well as he's doing on B&B, I miss the guy on my show.
Sid: Too bad. (chuckles) Kidding, Jay.
Frances: Well, it's a blessing that Diamont went somewhere he was treated well. Unlike Aiden Turner on ALL MY CHILDREN...speaking of self-sabotage... Can I talk about AMC, Cheryl?
Cheryl: Certainly; just so you know, we don't go in any particular order here. Just stay positive, please.
Frances: Sure. I'll just say that bringing Madison a little closer to the good side has been one excellent choice. And I have faith that Greenlee will actually shake up the town in an exciting way. Maybe she'll become more of a villain, like David.
Judi: DAYS OF OUR LIVES has a few of the finest villains on soaps...and suddenly, a brand-new one! I cannot get enough of Anna and the kidnapping story, including Brady helping Nicole, which is true to his character.
Sara: Plus, more people are apparently watching the show, since they're using the veterans well while strengthening the teens with some solid storylines. I've been trying it, too — and I hope Hope stays with Bo.
Judi: Nope, Bo should go back to Carly; it will liven up the show even more, and Peter Reckell has excellent chemistry with Crystal Chappell. It's the only soap I watch, although this discussion has certainly piqued my interest in a show or two.
Cheryl: Great! Jay, do you have anything to say?
Jay: In order to stay positive about YOUNG AND RESTLESS, I'll just say each episode is well-written, I was quite pleased by Beth Maitland's recent holiday return as Traci, and it's wonderful to see Lauren and Michael's storyline pick up again.
Cheryl: Not to veer away from this positive path, but...unfortunately, we have all heard the news regarding the cancellation of AS THE WORLD TURNS, after 54...
Judi: What? No!
Cheryl: Apparently, we have not all heard this news.
Judi: I've been focused on my show.
Cheryl: Well, focus on it as much as you can...while you can. This move by CBS will bring us down to six daytime soaps in September.
Rick (singing): There's only us...there's only this...
Jay: Rick, this isn't Rent.
Sid: Should we have a moment of silence for ATWT?
Frances: Oh, good idea.
Sara: No, because Rick interrupted the one we had for GUIDING LIGHT by humming "Only Love."
Rick: Hey, that was a catchy theme song.
Jay: What you did was fitting, Rick.
Rick: Thanks...I miss that show.
Cheryl: And I will dearly miss ATWT, which is still absolutely worth watching. Well, aside from each of you telling a friend to try a daytime soap, this does mean I'll have to get more involved in watching one of your shows. I wonder which one I should try.
Rick: Choose wisely, because you only have one life to...
Jay: Don't say it, Rick.
Cheryl: Have the happiest of holidays, everyone, and a wonderful, peaceful, soapy new year.
All (to Cheryl): Happy holidays, Cheryl.
Rick (to himself, as the others stand up and pick up their chairs): ...no day but today...