I guess I'll start with the bad/the ugly, which, as usual these days, is General Hospital
. Recently I ranted about the show's execrable misuse of Robin Scorpio's HIV storyline
. Unsurprisingly, Kimberly McCullough, who has played Robin on and off since the mid-1980s
, is opting to leave the show. She has a burgeoning directing career, but Jason Thompson, who plays Robin's husband Patrick, revealed recently in an interview that he and McCullough were deeply unhappy about the recent storyline, and that McCullough nearly chose to walk rather than play it--so I'm assuming the crappy writing is a factor in her departure. With Jonathan Jackson leaving too, I have a palpable sense of what was left of GH's soul leaving the building. (Michele Val Jean, the member of GH's writing team who should have been made head writer instead of the floundering Garin Wolf, has also jumped ship, and is now writing for The Bold and the Beautiful
Also in the realm of the bad: last week One Life To Live
finished taping its shows for ABC. OLTL, which is in excellent creative shape, goes off the air in January. Now there are rumors that Prospect Park, which is supposed to continue the show online, is having budget problems, and that there will be a delay in getting the new OLTL off the ground. I really hope it's only a delay.
The good: Days of Our Lives
, which was craptastic until recently, has been improving by leaps and bounds, and now they've kicked the show into high gear by reigniting the love/hate pairing of Sami/EJ
. I can only compare them (and their sex scenes yesterday
) to season six Buffy/Spike. The scenes also gave a nice nod to show history, in that Sami's son Will (who is about to have a major coming-out story) walks in on his mother cheating with EJ, just as, almost twenty years ago, teenage Sami walked in on her mother cheating on her dad
(resulting in years of Sami mayhem).
Also good: I know I have some As the World Turns
fans on my FL, so for those of you who may not know about this: there is now an ATWT five-DVD boxed set and a Christmas in Oakdale single DVD
for sale. I'm hoping this will be a trend, and that more classic soap stuff (besides Dark Shadows
, which is already available in its entirety!) will be released on DVD.