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The Best of 2007
Posted by Tommy Garrett on Dec 23, 2007 - 11:15:09 PM

I'd like to start off by wishing a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to our troops fighting in Iraq, Afghanistan and across the globe for our freedom and liberty.  The holidays for them won't be filled with great food or time with their families.  So wish them and their families the best.  We owe a debt of gratitude to these brave and strong men and women who are fighting for liberty itself.
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The year is almost over, and what a year it has been.  Primetime hits are on hiatus because of the writers strike.  Grey's Anatomy, CSI, and Desperate Housewives are off the radar.  But our daytime stars, the hardest working actors in entertainment are still pouring excellent performances through our Television screens and soon the Academy will be nominating those who deserve to be noticed.   I'll give you my choices for Best Show, Best Lead Actor and Actress, and Supporting Actor and Actress.

Best show this year should have the following three nominations: The Young & the Restless, The Bold & the Beautiful, and As The World Turns.  In a nutshell — it's a CBS year.  "Y&R" has lost its bearing ever since the October surprise of the Clear Springs disaster.   Having the show’s top actors crying for weeks on end for the character of Victoria Newman in a coma has not only been a snoozer but depressing.  All through Thanksgiving we had to endure this, but with a cast of excellent actors it's still a great show compared to many others.  Then there is "B&B," always on the mark.  Characters that are now two decades in our homes and hearts that have done some shocking things this year.  Ridge shot and then got rid of Shane McGrath's body, Eric started an affair with Logan, but not Brooke.  This time her younger sleazier sister Donna and Queen Stephanie took a bullet.  Then there's As The World Turns that has really been on key.  The love affair between the gay couple Luke and Noah came to a shocking point, when the homophobe daddy of Noah shot Luke on a fishing trip.  Dusty and Lilly's romanced rekindled, while her marriage to Holden ended.  All in all, it's a tough choice between "B&B" and "ATWT."  But I think "ATWT" comes out the winner.

There have been some consistent actors and actresses doing their best work but also a few surprises this year as well.   Best Actress nominees should include Melody Thomas Scott "Y&R," Susan Flannery "B&B," Katherine Kelly Lang "B&B," Maura West "ATWT," and Michelle Stafford "Y&R."  I love all of these ladies' work and Flannery is my all time favorite daytime actress.  But even though she just won last year, my vote goes to Maura West of "ATWT" for the Best Leading Actress of 2007.  The lady is on a marathon of emotions on the best show on the air.  Leading men should include, Peter Bergman "Y&R," Christian LeBlanc "Y&R," Robert Newman "GL," Ricky Paul Goldin "GL," and “ATWT's" Michael Park.  Surely this is Park's year.  Michael has become such a wonderful performer and deserves a win. 

The supporting category was also amazing this year: Bobbie Eakes "AMC," Jennifer Landon "ATWT" (surely some will say, she's not for this category, but I say throw caution to the wind and put her in it), Sharon Case "Y&R," and Judith Chapman also for "Y&R."  I love Landon, the two-time Emmy winner, and she's grown even more as an actress.  But my vote has to go to Judith Chapman of "Y&R."  Her portrayal of Gloria Fisher Abbott Bardwell (all three husbands dead within a two year period) and her awesome performance sends her over the top in this category.  Yes, in more ways than one, but she deserves a nod.  Supporting actors are all over the place.  But the best of the best this year are: Joshua Morrow "Y&R," Don Diamont "Y&R," Jacob Young "AMC," and none other than the most surprising superb performance in daytime this year — Austin Peck as Brad Snyder on CBS's hit show As The World Turns.   Austin has always been a lovely person, but on "Days" he was mediocre as an actor.  Not putting him down, the show did not give him anything to work with either.  But since joining "ATWT" the guy is the brightest star in daytime Television.  For such an incredible improvement, I would have to vote for Austin as best supporting actor, but if he lost to any of these mentioned, it would not be a tragedy.

Daytime viewers are asking, Where is "ATWT's" Lisa and "GH's" Helena?  If 2007 could have had any improvement, it would have been these two characters on our favorite shows.  They were sorely missing this year.  Eileen Fulton has been Lisa on "ATWT" since 1960.  She's the heart of the show.  Lisa is the most beloved character in daytime and it's great seeing Kathy, Don, and Helen on the show.  But Lisa is the one character on daytime that was so popular that primetime tried to create a series around the character.  Eileen Fulton is a staple on the show.  Here's to seeing more of her in 2008.  And where is wicked evil Helena now that her beloved grandson Nikolas needs her?  Helena should be helping her grandson not take the tumble on the dark side.  Constance Towers the classiest lady in television and in Hollywood is missed by her fans and the viewers of General Hospital.

Some say he has the mellowest tones since Mel Torme. Others say not since Sinatra’s hey day have they heard a voice like his. Then there are those who make vocal comparisons to such recording icons from the past as Dean Martin, Perry Como, and Dick Haymes. All very complimentary I would agree, but I think David Johnson, one of this century’s most romantic crooners, sounds most like...David Johnson! He’s the singing discovery of multi-media luminary Constance Towers. Not only is Johnson’s voice deep and sexy, but his phrasing of the lyrics to standards like "Stardust" and "Moonlight Becomes You" is one of the sweetest sounds you’ll ever hear. In fact, you can listen to Johnson sing those kinds of tunes every Sunday night with pianist/entertainer extraordinaire John Osnes at The Piano Bar (very charming, decorated like an English pub) in the heart of Hollywood. The glamour capital of the world, by the way, is really going through an amazing renaissance these days. New, exciting night clubs and restaurants are opening there all the time!

 



 

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