Best of 2012: Soap Opera Edition

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BEST DUOS

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Roger Howarth (Todd) and Laura Wright (Carly), General Hospital

When you’ve got actors who can make magic, you should use every opportunity to feature it. Howarth and Wright’s chemistry was a pleasant surprise for us and one of the best aspects of the One Life to Live crossover. The decision to have Todd and Carly strike up a friendship presented the opportunity to feature the actors in various situations that became more dramatic and emotional as the months grew. It’s clear they enjoy working together and we hope it continues in 2013.

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Arianne Zucker (Nicole) and Alison Sweeney (Sami), Days of our Lives

Watching these trade barbs never gets old. Sweeney and Zucker project Sami and Nicole’s loathing and disgust with very little effort. Whether they’re rolling eyes or throwing glares from across the Horton Square, it’s magic when they share scenes. Underneath all of the disdain they feel for one another is a common bond – loving Sydney and having loved (and been hurt) by EJ. It’s rare to see Sami and Nicole on the same page, but when they are, it makes us want a friendship between the two.

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5 comments

  1. ‘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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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