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Deidre Hall's last air date; 1/23 -- DE-TIVO AS OF 1/24!
Topic Started: Nov 26 2008, 09:00 AM (4,945 Views)
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JustJo
Nov 28 2008, 10:16 AM
Ellie
Nov 28 2008, 02:16 AM
PhoenixRising05
Nov 28 2008, 02:04 AM
I think the sendoff will be fine.

It's everything before it that concerns me, especially with what we have been getting lately.
I hope you're right, but I can't think of a reason that it will be. Both the current writing for J&M and the fact that Drake and Deidre were fired tell me that the show considers J&M basically irrelevant at this point. The only reason I think the show might try to give them a suitable finale is to get a ratings bump, but the show's current ratings strategy seems to involve Melanie. If those are the type of stories that Tomlin and Higley value, then I really don't have any expectation that J&M's final episodes will be done well.

As for their story now - I think it's terrible, but I think that also proves my point. Will these same writers all of a sudden be able to shift from "Ava part II" to a few once-in-a-lifetime John and Marlena episodes? I don't have high hopes for that.
I have very low expectations for their finale for exactly the same reasons.
So do I. You don't just change style at the end. If they didn't get John and especially Marlena (since she did not lose her memory) all year, why should it change now. The only way it would be half ways decent would be to let Deidre and Drake ad lib a bit, and we know that is not going to happen, so I'm kind of dreading it in a way. And they don't have time to write a real ending to this story. It's going to be everything I didn't want it to be. A quick ending so they can just get it over with. It will be just like all the other so called 'payoffs' that never materialized or happened off screen for the past 5 years. And they wonder why fans tune out.
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jules
Nov 29 2008, 09:07 AM
I have such low expectations for their finale, but I'm sure Corday and co will even go lower lol. I just remember the Bope vow renewal last summer and how almost the whole week was devoted to that...I don't expect to get anything even close to that.
A whole week devoted to J&M, a couple that have been so much a part of this show for the past 23 years and Deidre even longer? Only in my dreams.
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I won't miss Days, but I'll miss John and Marlena. They could have had a great story this year, character driven. And no, I won't miss John's snark, lol. It's okay once in awhile, but not as the main attraction. I wanted to watch him acquire a heart. Someone I know who is a general viewer, had no clue what was going on and I told her J&M were fired (she knows everyone by their character's names) and she couldn't believe it, she said their story was the only interesting one on right now, that it was better then Sami/EJ/Nicole (and she does like Sami).
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Jiggs
Dec 2 2008, 05:02 PM
I've seen this coming for a long long time. Pretty much since Tom Langan.
I know what you mean Jiggs. Some of us have only stayed around for the characters, waiting and hoping something would happen and things would improve. I am realistic. I think you have to have good writing for the right characters. It's a delicate balance. I only speak for myself, but my reason for watching and hanging in there, one more time, will be gone in January.
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