"Impressively, this week stood as the series’ most-watched week in over 3 years in Women 18-34 and in over 2 years in Women 18-49 – since weeks of 9/27/10 and 9/26/11, respectively."
My comments on this quote about these ratings for the week of October 7, 2013, are focused on one of the high-water mark dates mentioned – 9/26/11 – and they are comments I could make, for the most part, in either Lante thread on this board. However, I respect the wish for some to talk about the present, and these comments reflect on Lante in GH’s past and, therefore, have more of a link to this Vintage thread.
The Lante link is that a Dante/Lulu story was one of the featured ones for this very well-rated 9/26/11 week (and the last week in a VERY long time to receive a consecutive string of 2's for daily ratings). On the preceding Friday, Dante had been shot in the coffee warehouse while Lulu waited, dressed in her opera regalia, to accept Dante’s proposal. The ensuing week saw Dante near death and struggling for breath and Lulu, still in her operatic finery, dealing with the shocking aftermath of his shooting.
Those who know me understand how much I enjoy serious, dramatic scenes … and how important good acting is to me. Well, this week stands out as one my favorite ones for both dramatic tension and performance quality … making me happy to once again hear it mentioned among GH’s more successful weeks. Because he was the gravely injured person undergoing surgery, Dom’s screen time was limited; however, what he gave us was powerful and incredibly real!
As she reacted to the news and then waited for the outcome of his surgery, the focus understandably was on Lulu – and Julie delivered compelling performances throughout the week. My one wish for this week was that her scenes from each day had been longer and, therefore, good candidates for Emmy submission because, for me, this week in total was one of her best in a very good 2011.
And the magazines agreed, with SOD choosing her as “Performer of the Week” and SID awarding her the “Gold Star” for her cumulative work for the week.
But, back to Lante history overall, this reminded me of how often Dante and Lulu featured in well-rated periods – with Sonny shooting Dante and the complex stories surrounding Brenda and Sonny’s wedding being two of the most significant examples. I’m happy remembering all the stories with which they wowed both us and the larger viewing audience … and want to take this opportunity to show continued respect and affection for Lante and for Julie and Dom’s past work … wherever we stand in the present.