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All My Children (B&E) - D

B&E constructed what seems to be a good story with the Crash story but damn it has been so depressing. Where is the happiness in Pine Valley. I know I have not been watching full episodes. The first full one I have watched in a year was Monday's episode as part of my October challenge. But geesh no one is ever happy anymore. I love that they have made Annie more likeable and love her and Ryan now. They are the first rootable couple that AMC has given me in quite some time after they killed off Dixie. I love Greenlee and Aiden but hate this Greenlee but that has nothing to do with B&E. And so far they are doing nothing to make me like Kendall again or love the pairing of Zach & Kendall. If their goal is to make me hate them more, then they are succeeding. B&E might end up being good for AMC but right now they are still too heavily influenced by McTavish and what I am seeing has not made the show seem like there has been a transition. Balance is still a big problem on the show.

As The World Turns (Passanante) - B-

Oh how that grade made my hands hurt typing it. ATWT has been such a big discouragement to me for so long now. But lately Pissant has been constructing stories that full of cliches but are so soap opera. She is greatly helped by great breakdown and script writers. The additions of Peter Brash & the other former Days writers (sorry forgot her name) have been great. ATWT has 3 of the best script writers on TV right now. The balance still sucks to a point, but it is getting better. She is making me like Gwen again who I had gotten so sick of due to overload. She is not succeeding in doing that with Katie though. Still way too much of her. And at times there is still way too much of Carly and that comes from someone who loves her. I am so loving Paul/Craig/Meg/Rosanna but at times she falls back into the old habit of rinse, wash, repeat with them. She needs to watch that. Luke & Noah has been such an Island story until recently and that is making it much more enjoyable. It was so filled with cliches already but she added another one, but at least tied it to another story on the show and involves more people now. If she could get rid of Vienna, Cole and Sofie, less Katie's role on the show, restore and use the vets, and fix Henry she could easily move up to an A.

Bold & the Beautiful (Bell) - D-

Bell has wrote some good stuff lately, but I still can't give him above a C. His great rape story has turned into another effort to put Brooke & Ridge back together. And so far has had no lasting impacts on Brooke. The addition of Alden has been great, but he needs to give her more influence on the writing. He has a bad habit too of constructing these big stories for characters and they end up back at the same level they were before. Cheif examples are the rape of Brooke and the exploration of Stephanie's past. What influence did they have on the characters. So far none.

Days of Our Lives (Sheffer) - F

Days has made great improvements but writing is not one of them. Sheffer has been with the show for a year now, and to me has done nothing for the writing except for bring on better script writing. The scripts are wonderful but the stories that Sheffer constructs are terrible. And he destroyed 3 of my favorite characters. For so long now Days has been in a shuffle of headwriters who come on, construct stories, and even after they are gone characters and couples seem back at square one even after the things they have been through. Higley did it. JER did it and now Sheffer. Sheffer has been here a year and where are we at with characters. Pretty much where we were when he took over. John & Marlena are back together but where is the growth in their relationship. Bo & Hope are together but we as fans don't feel them being closer as we never see them bonding or together. He put Chelsea & Nick together - a great new couple but has destroyed it all. Months and months later they are at a standstill and back to square one. Sheffer has been here a year and we have been through all kinds of stuff with Steve but we still don't know anything about his missing years. We don't really know why the DiMera's took him. We don't even really know why EJ brainwashed him. John was shot and almost 10 months later we still know why or even if EJ really did it. Shawn/Belle/Philip are still in the same boat they were that they have been for years now. I don't see any real growth in that triangle at all. And even after months and months of reading letters, and the so called reason for the vendetta I still don't feel like I understand what the vendetta was all about. And don't understand who I am supposed to feel for in this. I mean the way Hogan talked we would be angry with the Bradys and not see them as such goody goody's by the end of summer. Well finding out that a young innocent girl was taken advantage of by a horny old man who lied to her about being married, and the innocent girls brother told the truth about it to protect his sister - sure didn't make me feel bad for the DiMera's. It made me hate them even more. I mean all this hurt and all the pain that Stefano has wracked on John, Marlena, Bo, Hope, Steve, Kayla and so on is because a horny old man lied about being married so he could fuck a young virgin. yeah right. To me it is the same problem with Bradley Bell. Stories should change people or at least move from one level to another one. I am just not seeing that anywhere with Hogan. A year ago Hogan started at Days and many of us said to watch for certain things to happen. Sad but every one of them did. Vets have been backburnered. The under 30 set was put front burner. Stories have had very limited or no payoff. Sorry Sheffie but a big fat F is what you deserve.

GH (Guza) - D

Guza has the same problems that he has always had - balance and consistency. He gives us way too much of the same people all the time. And he evidently has a hard on for Lulu. He brings in all these young men and every one of them develops something for Lulu. he also has these great brilliant moments like Laura's return last year, the hostage crisis in February, but he never follows up or keeps the brilliance going. Guza is not a bad writer which is proven by his good spots, but he needs to work on evening that out and giving the show more consistency. And he needs to remember what Marland said about putting on the characters that everyone wants to see and forget about his own favorites.

GL (Kriezman) - C-

The only thing that gets Kreizman a C is the fact that he uses balance. His stories are not that bad, but he definitely needs a co-headwriter to help him punch them up and tweak them. He changes characters around to fit his needs, and for a soap that is a big problem. Soaps are about characters, and those characters need to be consistent with their history on the show. I believe in the old Marland addage that if fans say a character would never do that, then the writer has done something wrong.

OLTL (Carlivati) - A-

I have to give Ron credit. He has done somethign that I felt was unthinkable. He is turning OLTL around. If he can continue on the trend that he is on now, I see him staying at OLTL for a long time - unless he ticks off Frons. He needs to work on the balance a little more. I am loving seeing some old characters back and he is making the show about characters we care about, but please decrease John. He has been so overused for so long. I just need a break from him for awhile.

I won't rate Passions since I am not able to watch it on Direct now.

Y&R (Latham) - C

I won't go into it completely here since I just wrote a column about it. A month ago I would have given Latham an F, but she has made me love the show again and those few months still put her grade down, but if she keeps tweaking and continues to do some things right. She might even move up.
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