Best of 2012: Soap Opera Edition

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Melissa Claire Egan as Chelsea Newman, The Young and the Restless

Melissa Claire Egan came into the role of Chelsea Newman, and fans initially hated her. Not because of Egan’s performance, but because Chelsea’s arrival was so plot driven, raping Billy to conceive his child and then proceed to sell that child to Billy and Victoria wasn’t exactly a “leading heroine” type move. But atlas Egan continued on, and once the character of Chelsea bumped into Adam, the chemistry the two have instantly made us forget about all of Chelsea’s misgivings as we fell for “Chadam” pairing. Chelsea continued to break out near the end of 2012 as she embarked on a business venture with Chloe, and we here at TV Source look forward to seeing what Egan will bring to the table as she continues to develop and flesh Chelsea out.

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Arianne Zucker is by far one of the key reasons to watch Days of Our Lives. Zucker has the ability to sell just about any storyline the writers toss at her. For example Zucker was able to transform the horrific traumatizing loss of yet another child, which viewers all sighed at, into phenomenal scenes as it appeared she was carrying the weight of the world on her shoulders. No matter who Zucker is acting opposite she knocks it consistently out of the park, not afraid to break down and cry, or stand up and fight Zucker MADE us tune in to Days in 2012, and we couldn’t be happier to see her on our screens.

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

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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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