October 27, 2008By Danielle McClure Posted: Oct 27, 2008
GL had a surprise for viewers last week when it debuted its new set: a convenience store. Formerly the revamped Main Street mall, this new Springfield locale boasts handy necessities like magazines, batteries, candy and apparently miniature stuffed bears (no word yet on a Slushie machine). So, what exactly does this hot spot bring to the canvas? Unfortunately, not much — at least in the eyes of this viewer. Sure, the Peapack locations and the swanky interiors that were part of the soap's revamped production model were a breath of fresh air, but it's been less than a year since their debut, so what's the point of one more? It's troubling that GL would take the time and effort to offer yet another new set instead of focusing on creating stellar dialogue and solid storylines (have you been watching the ridiculous Lizzie kidnapping story?), especially when they're not even using cool sets they already have. Remember Leading Lady Nail Salon? Whatever happened to that place anyway? At the very least, the convenience store addition will solve viewers' gripe that GL characters spend too much time outdoors (and will no doubt be a relief to the cast during cold winter months). Still, it's tough to outsmart most fans, who know that wrapping a beloved soap opera in more shiny new packaging can't conceal its bigger blemishes.