In his TV Guide Canada feature “The Worthy and the Worthless,” Nelson Branco deemed 2010 “one of the kookiest years on record” for soaps, and One Life to Live was no exception to the rule.
Branco named Michael Fairman’s “On Air On Soaps” the best soap podcast in 2010. Michael Fairman also revealed his picks for the “Best and Worst” of daytime in 2010.
General consensus handed the best storyline of the year honors to The Bold and the Beautiful for a story that depicted Stephanie (Susan Flannery) being diagnosed with stage four lung cancer and delving into a mutually respectful friendship with her nemesis, Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang). In the story, Stephanie was introduced to the struggles faced by the homeless, and decided to do something to try to help them. For this, TV Guide Canada named executive producer and head writer Bradley Bell, Susan Flannery and Katherine Kelly Lang its 2010 Entertainers of the Year in soaps “for authentically wowing the soap world while enlightening and educating us in the process.”
However, in his “Worthy and Worthless” list, Branco gave General Hospital credit for having the best story when it featured a plot in which teenager Kristina (Lexi Ainsworth) was abused by her boyfriend.
The closest One Life to Live came to such an educational and potentially moving storyline this year was in revealing that Destiny Evans’ parents are actually her grandparents, and that a man she believed to be her brother was actually her father. This family scenario is actually more common than many people realize, and the plot has the potential to become very emotionally engaging. Destiny (Shenell Edmonds) took honors in the article for being the “Most Realistic Teen” in soaps this year.
In Branco’s list, General Hospital had the “Best Sweeps/Most Perfect Soap Period” for their storyline in February, which included events after Sonny shot Dante and learned that Dante was his son. During that time, One Life to Live was plagued with a blizzard, the end of Stacy Morasco, and Mitch Laurence. Dorian was stirring up trouble for Viki by convincing Charlie to help her off Mitch, who was threatening her girls. Jessica had been kidnapped by Mitch, who disgusted viewers by wanting to make a baby with his biological daughter. Marty and John were developing problems because of Natalie’s involvement in John’s plans. This timeframe also introduced Hannah O’Connor, regressed teenage-minded Jessica, and the blossoming of Blair and Elijah’s romance. Congratulations to General Hospital!
“Jess Brennan is 17 again” was named the “Worst Breakdown” in soaps this year by Nelson Branco. Michael Fairman felt that “Teenage Jessica” was the “Worst Plot.”
Natalie was the year’s “Worst Grieving Widow.”
Elijah Clarke and Marty Saybrooke were the “Most Ruined Characters” on daytime, and Elijah was also the “Worst Psycho” according to Branco.
Clint and Kim took the title for “Best Marriage of Convenience” in soaps this year, in another plot that spun from events that happened in February. Nelson Branco claimed that Kim and David from One Life to Live were the “most missed characters.” Did we ever find out what David knew about Kim that drove her out of Llanview?
Clint Buchanan took honors as 2010’s “Best Villain” in Nelson Branco’s article and in Michael Fairman’s list Jerry verDorn is credited with giving the “Best Overall Performance by an Actor” for his portrayal of Clint.
Florencia Lozano is given the “Best Overall Performance by an Actress” honor for her portrayal of Tea Delgado.
In the “Worthy and Worthless” article, Todd and Tea took credit for having the “Best Reunion” on soaps this year. Their story included Todd coming to terms with his biological daughter, Danielle, losing Tea to a brain tumor and trying to be a single father, and an anticipated and dramatic reunion after it was revealed that Tea was not dead. However, the plot twist in which it was revealed that Tea was alive was called the “Least Shocking Plot Twist” in soaps this year by Branco. (“Faux deaths/faux firings” were soaps’ “Worst Trend” this year.) Michael Fairman’s “Favorite Storyline of the Year” was “Tea’s bucket list and dealing with her ‘impending’ death and the twists and turns.”
Tea and Blair were named “Best Frenemies,” in the “Worthy and Worthless” article by Nelson Branco. In Fairman’s list, Tea and Blair were not the “Best Odd Couple,” but were runners-up to The Bold and the Beautiful‘s Brooke and Stephanie.
In Branco’s list, One Life to Live had both the best and worst re-imaginings of characters in 2010. The “Best Reimagining” was Matthew Buchanan while the worst was Ross Rayburn. Fairman and Branco were in agreement on the year’s “Strangest Recast” — Billy Warlock replacing Michael Lowry as Ross Rayburn.
Brett Claywell, who played Kyle Lewis, and Scott Evans, who played Oliver Fish, were the choice for two of the “Worst Firings” in soaps in 2010. The “immediate dumping of the Kish [Kyle Lewis and Oliver Fish] storyline as they were front in center of the story [on One Life to Live] and ABC blaming the same-sex story for its rating woes,” was Fairman’s “Most Shocking Moment in Soaps” in 2010.
Branco’s list named Kim Zimmer’s return to One Life to Live as the year’s “Best Comeback.” In Fairman’s list, Kim Zimmer is also credited with having 2010’s “Best Return” for reprising her role as Echo DiSavoy. The story of “Rex is actually Clint and Echo’s son” was 2010’s “Best History Twist.”
Despite a media campaign and growing affection from fans, The Fords were named “Worst New Family” in the TV Guide Canada article. Fairman also named the Ford Family as the “Worst New Family Integrated into a Soap.” Likewise, TV Guide Canada said the Ford mother, Inez, was the “Worst New Female Character.” However, their father, Eddie Ford, was the “Most Interesting Scumbag” in soaps for 2010, and Michael Fairman said that John Wesley Shipp as Eddie Ford delivered the “Most Creepy Performance.” Nic Robuck, who plays James, was both Branco and Fairman’s pick for “Best Male Newcomer.”
“Kelly Cramer’s flaccid comeback” was the “Biggest Save” on soaps this year.
Michael Fairman’s choice for daytime’s “Best Wedding” was that of “Bo and Nora with David Vickeroshi presiding over the ceremony.”
Robin Strasser, in a mixed honor, took the title for “Ugliest Performance” as Dorian being dumped by David.
One Life to Live was counted as the “most violent soap.”
Nelson Branco named One Life to Live the most disappointing soap opera for 2010 but gave the show credit for being the “best looking show.” The show’s opening was named the worst in Branco’s list.
Michael Fairman, however, chose One Life to Live as the “Best Soap” in general. Despite the strange plot twists, apparent failure of February sweeps, and disappointment in new characters, Fairman named One Life to Live head writer Ron Carlivati in a three way tie for “Best Writing.” Bob Guza of General Hospital and Brad Bell of The Bold and the Beautiful were also named.
Michael Fairman also has photo lists of the best and worst daytime moments of 2010, which include Dorian being jilted at the alter by David (again!), Cole saying goodbye to Starr and Hope, Kish winning custody of Sierra Rose, Tea saying goodbye for (what she thought was) the last time, Gigi saving Sierra Rose from a freezing pond, Mitch Laurence’s “reign of terror,” Hannah O’Connor, “Rick and Lili,” the firing of Kish, and teen Jessica.
- “The Worthy and the Worthless” by Nelson Branco, TV Guide Canada
- “On-Air On-Soaps Michael Fairman’s Best & Worst List of 2010!” at Michael Fairman On-Air On-Soaps
- “Michael Fairman’s Soap Opera Year-in-Review” on BlazinRy Radio at Blog Talk Radio
- “On-Air On-Soaps names Best Soap Moments of 2010!” at Michael Fairman On-Air On-Soaps
- “On-Air On-Soaps names Worst Soap Moments of 2010!” at Michael Fairman On-Air On-Soaps
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- “Carmen LoPorto given the ax by One Life to Live!” at Michael Fairman On-Air On-Soaps
- “2010 Entertainers of the Year” by Nelson Branco, TV Guide Canada