Soap Opera Digest Special Issues : the results by year

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  1. GillesDenver

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    1985 (season 6) :
    Best Wedding - Ben & Val
    Most Romantic Scene - Greg's Dinner For Laura
    Most Intriguing Character - Joshua Rush
    Best Performance By A Celebrity - Ava Gardner

    1987 (season 8) :
    Best Prime-Time Casting - Nicollette Sheridan

    1988 (season 9) :
    Best Wacko on Primetime - Jill
    Biggest Waste of Talent - William Devane

    1989 (season 10) :
    Most Shocking Twist (Prime Time) - Greg Marries Abby
    Best Show (Prime Time) - Knots Landing

    1990 (season 11) :
    Best Villain (Primetime) - Danny Waleska
    Best Hidden Pregnancy - Lar Park Lincoln
    Best Widower - Frank Williams

    1991 (season 12) :
    Best Villainess - Claudia Whittaker
    Most Disappointing Show

    Source : https://soapoperaworld.com/soap-opera-digest-c-21.html
     
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  2. James from London

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    Ha ha! Please tell me those were/are annual categories.
     
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    From what I remember from that period, Soap Opera Digest's "Best and Worst" issues often had "recipients in search of awards". That is, the editors would see something they liked/hated (or simply had favorite actors/shows) and wanted recognized in some way, so they'd create an "award" (recognition) for them. Also, there was the perception that they played favorites with certain shows (they did :re:), so they would go out of their way to create "good" and "bad" awards for all shows in equal numbers--leading to some silly choices for 'awards'. It wasn't like there was a trophy or anything involved--it was just an annual photo essay accompanied by a paragraph or two explaining the reason for the honor (or, in some cases, the criticism). This is a sampling of their Best/Worst issue "categories":
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    No but the very same year you've got "Worst Hidden Pregnancy" (Jacklyn Zeman in "General Hospital) and "Worst Widower" (Ridge Forrester in "The Bold and the Beautiful") !
     
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  5. Mel O'Drama

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    From "Best Show" to "Most Disappointing Show" in two seasons. The tragedy.

    Still - it's quite an achievement to win the latter when it was up against the final season of Dallas.
     
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    These decisions (I won't even call them 'awards') were simply the editors of the magazine sitting around and reviewing/giving their personal opinions of the events of the year. They held no weight like an opinion poll of the readers would have, and in some cases they published purposefully controversial opinions just to get people fired up. The yearly feature was known more for its humor and gentle prodding of producers, though. The 'Disappointing' label is certainly nicer than 'Worst Show'.
     
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    I still think it was quite an achievement to be labelled as the best prime time show in it's 10th season!
    I agree that the show did keep a very high quality for a long time. :)
     
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