Best of 2012: Soap Opera Edition

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Finola Hughes as Anna Scorpio, General Hospital

It’s difficult to name one actress who did it better than Finola Hughes in 2012. Her return rejuvenated General Hospital in a way that hasn’t been done in years. It’s one thing to play a character that’s on all of the time, it’s another to be the driving force behind a story. In Finola’s case, it was multiple stories she drove. Whether it was dealing with the devastating loss of Anna’s daughter, taking over the PCPD, getting embroiled in a love triangle with Luke and Tracy, learning her thought-to-be-dead husband was alive or investigating, Anna was the definition of a leading character, and Finola is the definition of a leading actress.

Her performances varied – from the comic lightness of falling in love with Luke, to the emotional heartbreak of a mother losing her child – Finola excelled.

Honorable Mentions: Sharon Case as Sharon Newman, The Young and the Restless; Alison Sweeney as Sami Brady, Days of our Lives; Heather Tom as Katie Logan Spencer, The Bold and the Beautiful



  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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