2007 The Year That Was
THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY

MOST LIKELY TO SUCCEED MALE:
Josh Duhon (Logan, GH). Equally believable as the tough guy, the romantic hero, and the boy longing for his fatherís love. Add in a handsome face and youíve got a name destined to be in lights.

MOST LIKELY TO SUCCEED FEMALE:
Sabine Singh (Greenlee, AMC) While fans were busy with their heads stuck in the past, and the writers had their heads stuck somewhere else, Sabine created a three-dimensional character full of flaws and heart. The kind of character Amanda Seyfried whipped up from thankless scripts a few years ago only to be fired as Joanie and move on to Mean Girls, Veronica Mars, Big Love and a movie with Meryl Streep.

WORST BUSINESS SENSE:
The slumber parties/Mean Girl conventions at Fusion come to mind, but no, actually NBC wins the prize for announcing that DAYS is unlikely to go on past 2009. Gee, wonder why fans have left in droves, why should we show loyalty when their network isnít even trying to?

WORST ACTING BY AN ALLEGED PRO:
Finola Hughes (Anna, GH). Since when is Anna a ditz? Yeah, I wouldíve said never too until her brief stint this summer gushing over Noahís rock star look-alike. Are we seriously supposed to believe that was the one time police commish? Either create a new character or be the smart strong woman fans admire.

COUPLE YOU SHOULDNíT ROOT FOR, BUT KINDA CANíT HELP IT:
In the ugly tradition of Luke and Laura, we have DAYSí E.J. and Sami. You know you should cringe at a rapist romancing his victim and yet their chemistry is by far the best reason to keep watching this soap. Itís a shame thereís a very dark shadow over the couple.

BEST AND WORST EXPERIMENT:
General Hospital Nightshift. Nicely paced, well-acted summer entertainment but at the start producers claimed it was separate from the daytime show only at the end to throw all those storylines onto GH without properly explaining them to non-Soapnet subscribers or releasing the DVD in time to get them up to speed.

SO INSANE ITíS FUNNY:
Passionsí Vincent (a hermaphrodite?) pregnant with his fatherís child. How can that get cancelled twice in one year? Could a soap opera get any soapier than that? Or any sicker. Ah, maybe thatís the problem.

THE GLUE:
Peter Bergman (Jack, Y&R) One aimless murder mystery after the next and sizzle free couples have turned reliable old Y&R into a snore. The always pitch perfect Bergman feels like the only thing that hasnít taken a turn for the worst.

A TURN FOR THE BETTER:
Any show looking to get back on track should follow One Life to Liveís plan. From complicated new May romances (Natalie and "Uncle" Jared, cops Antonio and Talia) to sparkling Decembers (Charlie & Viki, Dorian & Clint). From belly laughs (David, Rex, Todd) to tears (orphan Langston, País passing). OLTL has returned to heart, home and family, the essence of good soap opera.

TOUR DE FORCE:
Gina Tognoni (Dinah, GL). Weíve seen the brain trauma plot device a million times yet never has it felt remotely real until this actress tackled every second of frustration and confusion such a person certainly must feel.

UGLINESS WITH A SILVER LINING:
As usual, rape was popular this year (Days, PSSN, BB) and as usual, it was a serious topic handled irresponsibly and likely soon to be forgotten by these characters when it should stay with them always. Worst offender, B&Bís Stephanie handed Brooke to her rapist on a silver platter - heinous - but at least the scenes reminded us that Katherine Kelly Lang is more than just a beautiful face.

LOWLIGHTS:
AMC: Kendall and Aidan have grief sex.
ATWT: Emily the prostitute, Alison the porn star.
BB: Earbleeding sing off between Constantine and Rick.
DAYS: The airline, serial date rapist.
GH: Sweet, lovable Georgie strangled to death.
GL: Harley drooling over her nieceís boyfriend.
OLTL: Evangeline tossed in a coma.
PS: No resolution for fans without DIRECTV. The usual senseless violence against women.
Y&R: Danielís porn addiction. Nickís coming and going amnesia.

HIGHLIGHTS:
AMC: Sending up Valentines to loved ones.
ATWT: The Snyder kids.
BB: Stephanieís one-liners at Donna.
DAYS: Johnís deathbed.
GH: Logan and Lulu, Logan & Scotty, Nikís grieving over Em.
GL: Building real life homes. Cyrus torn between saving gunshot victim Marina or himself.
OLTL: Paris, Texas. Taliaís refusal to play games with Antonio.
PS: Witchling Endorra goes to school, Whitneyís goodbye to Theresa.
Y&R: Jackís relationship with Noah. Caneís reluctant attraction to younger gal, Lily.

NEW YEARíS WISHES:
AMC: Brooke mows down Ryan, Annie, Jonathan, and Ava on her way back to town.
ATWT: Holden and Lily have eyes only for each other.
BB: Katie gets a story.
DAYS: Hope, Kayla, Marlena and Adrienne go back to school & join the sorority so they can finally hog all the screen time.
GH: Quit killing core family members.
GL: Gus and Natalia, Josh &Cassie, Cyrus & Harley, never share another allegedly romantic scene.
OLTL: Charlie and Viki stay on the front burner.
PS: The final week or more airs on NBC so we all can see it.
Y&R: Not one more murder mystery or trial thatís about a character no one cares about.

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