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Jul 31 2008, 01:41 PM
The most interesting part of the interview to me is JM saying Sheffer didn't get Stefano. It's funny, because while I ended up loathing almost every single thing Sheffer did, one of the few things I felt he did well was write good scenes for EJ and Stefano. All the vendetta stuff ultimately was nonsense, of course, but I did think the father-son relationship played out well, although I guess that's primarily due to the actors.
I feel like the brightest spot of Sheffer's reign was the dialogue. I don't know if he's the one responsible or if it was just that he assembled a really good team of dialogue writers, but whatever the case, I thought the dialogue for Stefano was great. For the first time in a long time, he felt like a real character rather than a cartoon villain so much, IMO.

Sheffer's weakness with Stefano is that he really didn't understand the way he should associate with other characters. I mean, at no time should we have actually seen Stefano having lunch with John and Marlena at the Brady Pub. Shit like that just didn't make sense.

It bugs me that Joe completely writes off Hogan as a terrible writer just because he didn't "get" Stefano. I mean, there's more to the show than just Stefano, y'know? Yes, Hogan had weaknesses, but he also had strengths.
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