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Dec 15 2008, 05:22 PM
- June 14, 2007
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Oh, I'm not saying her first run was good. I'm just saying it had direction and there was no random, out of the blue pairings. You could tell there was a consistent vision. Not necessarily a good one but there was one. I still think they had an idea that JER was coming back when she got going in her stories and that is why so much seemed to be like "threading water." There was alot of stuff being tossed around about ideas she had that never come to fruition. I think she became merely a placeholder.
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- Dec 15 2008, 12:46 PM
Well, no matter who the writer, that's often how new characters start. After all, wasn't Marlena brought in for Mickey?
Can't remember but you made a good point.
If fans acted like this, we wouldn't have Marlena. We wouldn't have Roman and, therefore, the Brady's. Marlena was a just a mere psychiatrist then. Roman was just a cop protecting Marlena (hmm...sound familiar...hello Rafe). Characters have to start somewhere and new blood is needed because some of the characters are beyond tired story-wise and that isn't just because of the writing either. New characters are needed to mix things up. Higley has actually brought in some good ones but they have left, some because of her and on their own volition or because of backstage BS. It's not like most of them are still left. We only have Daniel, Rafe, and Melanie left really. Brady is an established character. Any other new characters like Charlotte and Dr. Baker aren't really character that seem to have legs yet but they may at some point so I don't lump them in just yet.
I wouldn't assume Higley wants
these characters to catch on. Look at how she's screwed over/ignored the two pairings (Lumi/Kaman) she created in '03. The woman doesn't invest in any story, character or couple on a long-term basis. She's addicted to short-term gimmicks, "events" and general randomness.
That isn't her fault.
Alot of the randomness was because of the Ed Scott debacle. Look at the direction the show was going in around May. We had Sami caught between Lucas and EJ. Philip and Chloe were an item and perhaps there was going to be a triangle with Morgan. Ava was involved with Steve and Kayla and then BOOM! Ava gets lumped in with J&M. Lucas and Chloe come out of nowhere. Sami is all over the place. That was not Higley and, when Ed left, she had to go with new plans because her old ones were trashed. Those plans were not all put into play either because of Tomlin and Whitesell.
Not saying Higley is blameless in terms of the writing but the stories and direction have taken a hit because of all the other BS. As for Kaman. she actually showed signs of going there during the strike last winter but that got dropped too. Just think back to her first run. Maybe she brought in alot of new characters like Vin, Maya, etc but she never did random pairings like this and the show never lacked direction like this
. Not at all.
I couldn't disagree more on that point. Higley rapidly and completely drained the show of all momentum built up during B&C's tenure. The loss of direction was apparent from virtually the first episode she replaced them in the credits. And the same excuses were made for her then: "NBC are interfering", "Corday has vetoed her long-term stories", "She has to keep the show in a holding pattern for JER", blah blah blah. I was inclined to give her the benefit of the doubt then but not this time. When a writer displays the same trait under no less than four
executive producers (and is called on it by a 6-time Emmy winner), it's hard to swallow that the producers are the main problem.
And I agree with Goldy. Erika Slezak didn't bitch until she was backburnered so her comments don't hold water with me. Also, Frons was all over Higley at OLTL like he is so many others. She couldn't write what she wanted if she tried and she still managed to do some decent stuff, especially early on, over there.
The main problem is Corday. He gets most of the blame. The rest of them fall into place well below him accordingly.