Lastly, "One Life to Live" had what can only be described as a transformative year.
But this just seems another hollow trick by headwriter Charles Pratt, master manipulator of nonsensical plots.
"B&B" had a strong year of material with strong story lines that placed leading lady Susan Flannery front and center and could earn the show a top bid for best series: one in which Stephanie (Flannery) admits her role in the rape of arch-rival Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang) and another in which Stephanie confronts her childhood abuse.
In the past CBS' best chance at winning was "The Young and the Restless," but this year that show was nearly ruined by show runner Lynn Marie Latham and was harshly criticized by both fans and critics for being off-focus and losing sight of its history and characters.
So I have a favor to ask of you, my faithful thinking readers. And while we’re at it, who is this Marisa (Sofia Pernas) and how did she get mixed up in this two Jacks debacle?
The only problem is, I took a short hiatus from watching soaps during my down time. It’s amazing how much soaps can change in just a few short months.
Instead, the series kicks off with parallel plots involving Loren (Brittany Underwood), a fresh-faced teenager with a mad crush on pop star Eddie (Cody Longo), whose own seemingly idyllic life actually has signs of trouble in paradise.
The premiere (which, smartly, Nick at Nite will repeat every night for a week) centers on Loren landing tickets to see Eddie perform, with the help of her friend Melissa (Ashley Holliday).
It’s in the execution, alas, where the formula breaks down, less for being bad than uneventful, with breathy kissing about as intense as the opening installments get.For a show with a pop undercurrent that proclaims itself “sizzling,” “Heights” is pretty tepid and lacks a hit song’s most basic element: A catchy hook.Soaps are traditionally defined by their villains, and in the first two hours “Heights” doesn’t really develop much of one. Hamilton Finn (Michael Easton) was seen shooting up what appeared to be heroin. Marlena was ill for a while, but I’m recovering and happy to report for duty.But please don’t get me started on Pratt until a future column. Why did so many good, brainy characters get written off or killed off in the time I was gone?