Best of 2012: Soap Opera Edition

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TVSource Magazine presents its picks for the best of 2012 for daytime dramas. What did The Bold and the Beautiful, Days of our Lives, General Hospital and The Young and the Restless get right last year?

2012 was an interesting year to say the least. It began on a sour note, as daytime said goodbye to One Life to Live and the wonderful residents of Llanview. It seemed almost certain that General Hospital, ABC’s last remaining soap opera, would soon join All My Children and OLTL in the graveyard, but in a twist befitting a sweeps reveal, GH was saved!

There were also big regime changes at three of the soaps as General Hospital, Days of our Lives (no surprise) and The Young and the Restless ousted executive producers and head writers to make room for new (yet familiar) regimes to come in and take control.

In honor of the year that was, TVSource Magazine staff has compiled a list of what we felt was the best in 2012.

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  • Kim

    ‘This is a female driven storyline – Liam isn’t the one “choosing” between the women, it’s the women who are choosing him.’

    Really? I cannot fathom finding this storyline anything but completely offensive to women. You’re absolutely right that Liam isn’t “choosing” between the women, because he wants to have it both ways AND THE WOMEN LET HIM. Both of those women should want and demand better for themselves, and yet it’s a torturous, never-ending merry-go-round that is wildly demeaning to the characters of both Hope and Steffy. I wish they’d both kick him to the curb that he deserves to be dropped on and then go out and find someone worth their trouble.

  • Samantha

    If they’re bores you, then why you’re watching them?

  • Wayne Patterson

    Will and Sonny are good together as friends…only. As a couple they are boring.

  • Debora

    Your choice of Melissa Claire Egan as best supporting makes me realize why I agree completely with the naming of Y&R as most disappointing soap. I’ve been a major fan of hers since forever, and love her work. I only wish the show’s writing was worthy of her. It managed to make me despise her character, and that is so frustrating! I wish I could’ve seen Chelsea and Adam’s chemistry and instantly forgotten how she came on the scene, but I needed a whole lot more than that to forget everything she did. The writers constantly opted to take the easy way out with her, and her redemption and entry into respected GC circles happened overnight – totally unbelievable, and now it’s too late to rectify that in my eyes. MCE’s acting is fantastic as always, but the character is a fail for me, and the writers are entirely to blame.

  • Kay

    Totally agree with one of the choices for Best Couple: Will Horton and Sonny Kiriakas of Days of our Lives (Chandler Massey, Freddie Smith). In my opinion, these two actors are simply amazing in their portrayal of a young couple who start out as friends and end up in love. They portray Will and Sonny as a real couple with real problems and struggles, just like any other couple. This is a true love story between these two characters, and Chandler and Freddie are both talented actors who make this relationship seem real.