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Tomorrow I'm flying to San Francisco to spend the weekend with a couple of friends I first met in a poetry workshop at UCLA about a zillion almost thirty years ago. I'm delighted to be escaping the Los Angeles summer, but I can't quite wrap my mind around the fact that I need to pack for a high of 63 degrees F.

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One Life To Live continues to be entirely amazing. Today's episode was devoted to the Story of the Two Todds. Much as I love Trevor St. John (Todd of the Past Eight Years), I have to admit that Roger Howarth (Original Todd) has been magical in this storyline, especially now that he's begun to interact with Kassie DePaiva, Florencia Lozano, Kristen Alderson, and Erika Slezak. One of the great pleasures of soap opera (when done right) is how it draws on decades of history, so it's been a delight that the show has begun peppering Original Todd's reunion scenes with scenes from the 1990s (and early 2000s) of him and the same actors. There have been so many less-than-stellar returns of beloved soap actors in recent years (notably Vanessa Marcil's botched return to General Hospital, which may well have cost Bob Guza his job), but Roger Howarth's return has vastly exceeded my expectations.
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For [community profile] ljs (and other soap fans on my FL): a great audio interview with Lynn Herring on the We Love Soaps podcast. She talks at length about Lucy Coe, Kevin Collins, General Hospital, Port Charles and more!

In honor of Herring, here's a 1995 clip from GH in which Lucy strips for charity at the Nurses' Ball, back when Claire Labine was writing the show and utilizing the entire cast to perfection! I particularly enjoy Lucy's cavorting ex-husbands Tony and Alan...

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For [livejournal.com profile] ljs (and other soap fans on my FL): a great audio interview with Lynn Herring on the We Love Soaps podcast. She talks at length about Lucy Coe, Kevin Collins, General Hospital, Port Charles and more!

In honor of Herring, here's a 1995 clip from GH in which Lucy strips for charity at the Nurses' Ball, back when Claire Labine was writing the show and utilizing the entire cast to perfection! I particularly enjoy Lucy's cavorting ex-husbands Tony and Alan...

gwynnega: (Teresa Hallucination)
Weather: Colder than I'd expected. Even though it was in the forecast, I didn't believe it.

Chapter 13 of the Jo book: Still not done, though it won't be long now.

The Garage Kitty: was thrown for a loop yesterday when another cat started meowing from the nearby hillside.

Ryan's Hope: awesome.

OLTL: mostly awesome.

Y&R: ditto.

GH: Incredibly bad. Plus they've changed the lighting, and yesterday Sonny was as orange as his sofa. Also Ric managed to grow a goatee in one day. (Also, why has no one noticed that Lisa LoCicero looks just like Jackie Zeman? They missed a bet not making her a Spencer.) Why am I still watching this show? Well, I was happy to see Helena Cassadine, anyway.

soapy

Mar. 20th, 2009 12:36 pm
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Hilarious clip of a little girl discussing Delia's sneaky ways on Ryan's Hope:



Weirdly, during today's RH, Soapnet had an "up next, Ryan's Hope" graphic that featured James Wclek as Ben Shelley, a character who doesn't show up until long after the eps that Soapnet airs!

RH continues to be awesome, and I ship Jack/Siobhan madly.

I am very close to voting with my remote where GH is concerned... )
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Right now I'm watching The Young and the Restless marathon on Soapnet. Y&R's arguably the best soap in production right now, thanks to stellar writing and a mostly magnificent cast (though One Life To Live gives it a run for its money on both counts). One of the many things to recommend it: septuagenarian Michael Fairman (who played the vicious yet lovable bookie Nick Szabo on Ryan's Hope, aging mobster Harry Silver on GH, and sadist Niska on Firefly) playing opposite the amazing Jeanne Cooper.

Meanwhile, GH continues to mostly suck, as good actors languish under craptacular writing.
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noveling: The Jo book is officially freaking me out (in a good way, I think). Occasionally I'll wonder whether I should really just be writing the political/violent/anti-Vietnam story set in 1971, without all the 1975 soap opera stuff...and then (like today) I realize that the soap stuff is the necessary fun sugar-coating that makes the horrific 1971 story palatable.

energy level: zzzzzzz

weather: not too hot, but muggy, and thus not as pleasant as I'd like.

Ryan's Hope: awesome... )

GH: Boring boring f'ing boring. They're actually gonna have Vincent Pastore on the show for a bit, which should be fun--but my god, Guza, GH isn't The Sopranos! Stop it already with the non-stop mob!

OLTL: Unadulterated awesome. Like these hilarious scenes from Friday's show, featuring David Vickers (man) and David Vickers (dog):



How I will miss Tuc Watkins when he leaves the series again. And the doggie's "reaction shots" are priceless...
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Worked on the Jo book revisions last night, and during lunch just now. Time to break out the trusty word-o-meter!

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
19,349 / 90,000
(21.5%)


# of revised pages: 69

Meanwhile I'm trying to think of a new title for the book (previously Failing). I'm thinking a good title must be lurking somewhere in the lyrics of a Phil Ochs song.

today's Ryan's Hope )

GH Night Shift, season two, episode one )
gwynnega: (Jack Fenelli)
Cons: I really wish I were going to Readercon. But the Dark Shadows con is this weekend in Burbank, so clearly I am meant to be in LA this weekend!

Writing: I know I keep saying this, but the chapter five revisions are really nearly done. I had fun working on 'em at lunchtime today. I've been feeling frustrated about lack of writing time lately, but then when I have a good writing day, I feel a lot better in general...

Lunch: Vegetable curry with tofu from the cafeteria. Pretty good.

Evil Idiocy: HHS Moves to Define Contraception as Abortion. Which proves, if it ever needed proving, that the agenda here is about controlling women, not "saving lives."

I wish I had a good segue between Evil Idiocy and soap operas. (Something about Guza, maybe?)

Soaps:

Ryan's Hope )

GH )

GH Nightshift S2 (upcoming): This, from Serial Drama, made me giggle uncontrollably, especially "Tristan Rogers is not, as I recall from his five minutes of screentime a year or more ago, a reanimated corpse."

GH PSA

Oct. 13th, 2007 10:52 pm
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On Sunday nights from 10-12 pm, Soapnet will be airing old episodes of General Hospital. Some of their choices aren't particularly great, but tomorrow's should be pretty good. From the commercial I saw, I'm nearly certain the first ep is the famous "clink boom" episode, in which Brenda marries Jax and Sonny's wife Lily dies in a car bomb explosion. (The second ep is from Brenda's return to the show a few years back, which wasn't that great.)

Also, the weekend before Halloween, Soapnet is showing three of the infamous Marlena Possessed by Satan episodes from Days of Our Lives! Wheeee!
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This clip (from late 1993 I believe) is the first appearance of Lois Cerullo of Bensonhurst: rock'n'roll manager, math whiz, future wife of Ned Ashton, and one of my favorite GH characters (but only when played by Rena Sofer), not to mention one of my very favorite characters created by Claire Labine. (Why do I not have a Lois icon?)

gwynnega: (Luke/Laura sugarpromises)
According to TV Guide, GH fired Stuart Damon this week, and Alan Quartermaine will be written off the show in February. Granted, they haven't given Alan Q. much to do for ages, but the better solution would've been to give the soap veteran something to work with. ::fumes::

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