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DUMBEST MALE AXING


DANIEL MARKEL (DAVID), AS THE WORLD TURNS


We like to think of ourselves as pretty savvy when it comes to the inner workings of the soap world, but we must admit that ATWT's decision to drop Daniel Markel threw us for a loop.

Not only was Markel an experienced actor who was well-liked by his co-stars, he was one of ATWT's most ardent supporters - a team player if ever there was one. And David had so much potential: He was in a hot romance with Molly; his father, James, was back in Oakdale; he just sank a boat with the whole town on-board and then saved his archenemy, Holden, before being presumed dead. The perfect set-up for redemption, right? Not according to the show's writers. Instead, David went insane, and then Holden killed him.

It's so hard to create an entertaining villain who viewers care about. ATWT did it - and then threw him away. Now that's a crime.
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