Classic Soaps (I'm Still) Watching Another World

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  1. Canon

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    Oh dear! Looks like Jenna has inadvertently become a porn star. She's come a long way from that convent!
     
  2. Daniel Avery

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    Don't ya just hate it when that happens? If I had a nickel for every time I accidentally became a porn star....:innocent: Ah, the pitfalls of dubious fame.

    Keep an eye on that sleazy Rick Madison and his dingbat sister.
     
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  3. Canon

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    I have to admit I wasn't paying too much attention when they first appeared. I think Lucas got them involved in helping him find Jenna's father. At the moment Lucas thinks Cass is her father, which seems unlikely.
     
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    Sorry to hijack the thread, but I've just been watching and blogging about Christmas 1991.

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    Beautiful pictures! I confess I was looking at some clips from Christmas 1992 just last night. And the Christmas episodes of the Mac/Rachel era were always enjoyable. It's a shame that modern soaps don't really try to make special Christmas episodes any more.

    @Canon Is it fairly obvious who they are pointing to as Jenna's father in the eps you're watching?
     
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  6. Canon

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    I've got Another World picture quality envy! Looks too good to be from YouTube.
     
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    Ah...Carl? They were definitely implying it was Carl at one stage. Now, Lucas thinks it's someone who worked with Gloria at Cory Publishing.
     
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    Gloria Norris, who was touted as Felicia's "longtime editor", had never been mentioned prior to this situation with Jenna. Felicia had been one of Cory Publishing's cash cows (for lack of a better term) long before we met her, but Gloria was never mentioned by Felicia or Mac, Rachel, or any of the others involved with Felicia and her publisher. But that's soaps for you. At any rate, it would make sense for them to ret-con Carl Hutchins as Jenna's father, since he was involved with Felicia at one time (and could have met her editor), and it would jive with this stuff Gloria said about Jenna's father being a "dangerous man". It would also explain why Gloria felt the need to keep Jenna a secret, since it would reveal that Gloria slept with Felicia's boyfriend. On the minus side, however, is the age issue. Felicia and Carl were involved when she arrived in town--in 1983--and it was implied that they were a "new item". Jenna was what--16?--when introduced in 1990-91 (seven years later).

    I don't think we ever did learn the identity of the mother of Perry Hutchins, Carl's son who was on the show in the early-mid-1980s. He was Marley and Vicky's age, and ended up dying in that most soapy of ways--falling from the hayloft in the stables of the Love estate.
     
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    Let's just say it may have been on YouTube at one point...but now it's on my laptop. My usual capture program wouldn't allow me to make caps of a video file so I had to pause and make them individually. Easier said than done...:eek:

    Agreed. It's like they've lost either the know-how, or the motivation, or both. Apparently they figure decorating lavishly will make up for the lack of feeling.
     
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    Available in all good video stores...

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    I thought Aunt Liz would have been thrilled with the news that Dennis is the real father of Olivia's baby, the Matthews and the Corys coming together - isn't that what she wanted when she thought Olivia was seeing Matt Cory? And Dennis is more of a Cory than Matt is. Instead she's all like...

     
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    This new iteration of Dennis Wheeler (as opposed to Dennis Carrington, as he was known back in the early days) is just the sort of womanizer that sends Aunt Liz into histrionics. Until about 1980 we thought he was Dennis Carrington (son of Eliot Carrington, one of Iris's ill-fated husbands) but was in fact the son of her lover, some guy with the last name Wheeler (we met him on Texas, the AW spin-off I never got to see; I forget his first name). I think Aunt Liz had come to dislike Iris even as she loved the Corys, and perhaps she saw Dennis as being as flaky as Iris had been back in the day. Aunt Liz knows that Dennis is one-half Iris, a woman with her own history of going from one ill-fated marriage to another, all the while destroying her own happiness by being so selfish and needy.

    This baby will become Mac's first great-grandchild, and by marriage, it makes Rachel a great-grandmother. And yes, it unites the Corys and Matthewses. And if it makes any difference, Liz does tend to fly off the handle, then soften her stance later on. I used to love how she would go all 'mama bear' for Sally, her niece who fell hard for Catlin Ewing, the town drifter back in 1984-5. Later on, Liz was willing to go to bat for Catlin/Sally on numerous occasions. I just realized: Matthews women keep falling for Ewings and Carringtons. I wonder if any Channings are mixed in there....
     
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    That show began its demise when they canned Bill Wolff.
     
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    Actually, I found the nasally way Wolff said "world" (it came out as "werld") kind of annoying.


    Of all the old announcers, I think the most effective was Hal Simms of The Edge of Night, who could take a simple intro and make it dramatic!!:


    Still, the era of having an announcer went away quietly, much like the eventual disappearance of "opening credits" of primetime shows. To the networks, it was viewed as "just another unnecessary expense".


     
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    It may have little to do with what @Canon is watching from circa 1992, but I ran across this great clip from two July, 1977 episodes. They're sort of self-explanatory, and great examples of how the writing (from the Harding Lemay era) was just amazing. Mac/Rachel fights were always a treat, and of course Rachel/Ada is always pure gold.

     
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    I definitely miss the era of someone telling me to tune in tomorrow for another full hour of something. Y&R still does those sorts of announcements, but they rotate the voiceovers amongst the actors.
     
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    The very best example of this has to be that exchange between Blanche and Dorothy on The Golden Girls. The ladies were home, sick with the flu. Blanche noted the time and said it was time to watch Another World. Dorothy (apparently not a fan) objected--"You watched Another World yesterday." "Well of course, Dorothy," Blanche replied, "Why else do they always say 'Tune in tomorrow for the continuing story of Another World'?"

    Golden Girls was an NBC show just like AW, and it probably didn't hurt that Rue McClanahan had played a role on AW in the early 1970s. All I know is that this exchange is my favorite AW shout-out EVER.
     
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    Sadly, Rue wasn't as keen as Blanche when it came to the soaps...

     
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    Yeah...well, she was playing a fairly stereotypical role of the unbalanced housekeeper/nanny. Caroline's employers (John and Pat Randolph) were unaware that Caroline wanted Pat out of the way in order to be the "new" Mrs. Randolph and mother to little Michael and Marianne. I'm sure it didn't play any better in 1970 than it would today....since J&P were their shiny, popular couple and Caroline was threatening their happiness.
     
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    That entire clip was absolutely engrossing. Thanks @Canon !
     

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