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    2012 Best & Worst Soap Opera Characters.

    Wednesday, December 26 2012


    (CBS)
    Soaps.com writers share their thoughts on how some characters were misused, underused or those who were overall pretty likable.

    Bold And The Beautiful:
    Deacon Sharpe’s too-brief return to "B&B" brought us snappy dialogue and excitement the likes of which viewers hadn’t seen in many months. Deacon stirred things up and left us wanting more of him and Bill, more of him and his daughter, Hope, and even more of him and Alison. Awesome. Worst use of a character - Amber Moore brought much-needed flavor to the line-up on "B&B," but her comeback was ultimately a disappointment. The character had evolved during her time on sister soap, "Y&R," yet the "B&B" writers brought her back and to viewers’ immense frustration, undid all of the positive growth the character had undergone. For those who love Amber, it seemed she was misused, then underused, and finally just dropped after a tease at what could have been an intriguing and passionate partnership with Rick.

    Days Of Our Lives:
    Ian came to town with plenty of promise. He was completely odd and rapidly ensnared in everything on one level or another. The character was clearly being groomed for a long life as the town's new arch villain, something it's been in dire need of since the DiMeras were reduced to little more than paper weights. In spite of that, they completely bungled him and wrote him out fast. Carrie, Austin and Jennifer were probably the most annoying. Once Carrie had ceased heaving her cleavage at Rafe, she'd been reduced to another pretext for Sami to have a snit fit. Most underused were Johnny, Brian, Kate and Abby. Johnny's hair makes him a more interesting character than either of his brothers. Brian actually had the potential to make Will and Sonny a more scintillating couple and Kate literally seemed to be dumped into the waste basket on a regular basis in the most shameful manner. Abby demonstrated her Deveraux range from the sweet to the manic, but has been left floundering to the point that she seems to just experiment with her hair all day. The most underused couple was EJ and Will, who managed to have better chemistry together than either of them do with anyone else. Kristen's return was a welcome one, but in spite of how enjoyable she is, she's mostly served as a reminder of how much better the show used to be. Nick's return has probably been even more disappointing. Rather than either his wacky or sweet former selves, he's come back as some kind of zombie.


    (NBC)
    General Hospital:
    "GH’s" best character, says Hollie was Heather Webber. Love her or hate her, she kept storylines rolling while keeping up witty banter with all of her scene partners – even a dead Anthony Zacchara. Her "Crazy Calling" ringtone alone on Todd’s phone was enough to propel her to the top of the list. The worst character on "GH" this year, Hollie says was Kristina Davis. While her "Mob Princess" director Trey was hard to like at first, he somehow managed to grow on us. Sadly, Kristina never made it past coming off as an over-privileged brat.

    The Young And The Restless:
    Best – Paul Williams. He doesn’t have the biggest front-burner storylines, yet he always proves to be a character that gets viewers talking. This year was no exception. Whether dealing with Patty, in shock and anguish over shooting his own son, or reuniting with a past love, Paul can be counted on to bring a one-two punch of genuine emotion to each and every scene he is in – it’s astounding how Doug Davidson never fails to deliver. Perhaps not the choice one would expect for best use of a character, given that he’s not a lead, but he deserves to be recognized. On the contrary, we’ve a tie for worst characters between Angelo and Angelina. These characters never fit the "Y&R" canvas and seemed like over-the-top cartoon characters compared to those they interacted with in their storylines. Angelina grew on some viewers a tad by the time she left, but on the whole, they just didn’t work and haven’t been missed.

    Please feel free to join us in dishing on who wins your votes for best and worst in characters for 2012 below.

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    - Hollie Deese, Christine Fix, Matthew Purvis, Candace Young.


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    USER COMMENTS

    Posted by french102 at Wednesday, December 26 2012 07:02 AM

    Best soap oprea charactes this year: Ricky, Paul, Pyllis, Sharon ,Kevin and Chelsea. Worst soap opera characters: Sophia, Dasiy, Daniel, Eden, Yolanda, and Rafe.

    Posted by IheartWilSon at Wednesday, December 26 2012 08:31 AM

    The best characters from Days: Sonny, Will, Marlena (with Will), EJ (with Will but not for romantic reasons), Victor, Maggie, Kristen, Chad and Kate.

    The worst characters from Days: Jennifer, Daniel, Nick, Gabi, Rafe, Carrie, Austin, Madison, Ian, Bo, Hope, John, Brady and Theo (He doesn't act autistic.)

    Posted by mg1729 at Thursday, December 27 2012 02:16 AM

    Worst in B&B is hands down Hope Logan she is pathetic I have been watching through two generations before me and Hope Logan is the worst character in soap history the only way that character can be redeemed is to be sent away to college and be brought back at a later time so people can forget all the things that have happened and rewrite the character.

    Posted by mg1729 at Thursday, December 27 2012 02:21 AM

    Best Character Steffy Forrestor is awesome on her own she is so versatile.
    As a couple the characters of steffy and Liam are the best couple ever.

    Posted by tariro at Thursday, December 27 2012 04:40 AM

    The best characters in Days this year for me were definitely ; EJ, Will , Kristen , Marlena and Chad and Lexie (her death was heartbreaking). In Yand R it was Adam, Sharon , Phyllis, the new Noah and Billy.

    the worst in Days were Gabi,Carrie, Austin, Jen, Daniel, Hope and Rafe and in Y andR it was Nick , Eden, Chloe, Chelsea and Summer!

    Posted by Soapstef at Thursday, December 27 2012 08:20 AM

    Worst Character B&B: Steffy Forrester
    She's jumped on more men in three years than Brooke has ever persued! She's burned through more story and ruined more characters than any character on daytime ever. She's done. She's evil and pointless. Time to cut her loose.

    Posted by Stubby at Thursday, December 27 2012 08:25 AM

    Worst- Hope

    Posted by FL senior fan at Friday, December 28 2012 02:45 AM

    Totally agree with comments about "Paul"...Doug Davidson ALWAYS DELIVERS EXCITEMENT on Y&R...fabulous actor who deserves more storylines! 2012 Y&R was brought to life with the Ricky/Paul storyline. Actor playing Ricky was fabulous too.

    Posted by FL senior fan at Friday, December 28 2012 02:47 AM

    I hated Ashley leaving Y&R. A beautiful and talented actress. I don't watch Days and am wondering what the opinion if from those viewers on how she'd doing there?

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