Quote Lizzytish: I think one of the biggest problems is that these soap writers haven't mastered the art of transient characters. You can't keep writing for the same 10 people for 40 years and not run out of original ideas.
The key is to add temporary characters, from time to time, to interact with the existing characters to create new plots and SLs that have a conclusion. Some of the soaps use ARCS that have a beginning, middle and end all within a 13-week time frame. And when it's over, the temp characters exit and the show moves on. IMHO that's the only way to keep things fresh and exiciting.
All these people do -- regardless of who the EP and HW are -- is repeat the same old plots with the same old characters.
Yes, I totally agree with this! You need new faces to keep it interesting and fresh but you can bring them in for a temporary story and have them interact with the old favourites and then move on.
I hate the fact that it seems that every new stranger who shows up in GC has to have some tie or relationship to someone already there.
Why did they make Chelsea be Jeff's daughter? Makes no sense and seriously looking at statistics how likely is it that some con in Myanmar would happen to be Jeff's daughter?
Why did Dylan have to be Phyllis old childhood neighbour? Wasn't it enough that he was Avery's old lover? Why do we need all these stupid background connections ?
The same with Gene when she was on turning out to be Tucker's old first love. Really? Not needed and ridiculously unlikely.