By Michele Dargan

Okay, so I’m really behind on blogging…I know. I know!

But now, in one fell swoop, I will catch you up on some soap opera buzz….Let’s begin, shall we?

First of all, the return of Rebecca Herbst and her beloved character, Elizabeth Webber to General Hospital is HUGE!

Rebecca Herbst

And all of Herbst’s fans out there should be patting themselves on the back for the incredible outcry that I think helped put her back in Port Charles.

Below is a portion of the ABC network’s statement:
“The show is thrilled she will remain on the canvas to portray the beloved character in many more poignant and emotional stories. Fans will be pleased to see Rebecca continue the role she created.”

I don’t know if you’ve seen Paula’s blog – over at Paula’s Soapbox – about the power of the fans in bringing Herbst back onto the canvas. But it’s a good read.

Click here to read Paula’s Soapbox blog “Just When You Thought She Was Out.”

Speaking of Paula, she’s been quite prolific in her blogging recently (certainly putting me to shame).

And if you didn’t know it, Paula was the one who predicted that it was Suzanne who chopped up Brenda’s wedding dress AND that she was somehow connected to The Balkan – BOTH of which came true!

Kudos Paula!

Now, she takes it a step further in discussing the possibilities of what may or may not have happened to Brenda’s baby .

Click here to read “A Dish Best Served Cold: GH”

And while you’re on Paula’s site, she has two Days Of Our Lives blogs that you’ll want to read.

Taylor Made: DOOL discusses the switcheroo Days made with the role of Taylor, which was played by Natalia Livingston (Emily/GH) for about five minutes before the show announced recasting Tamara Braun (Carly/GH, Ava/DOOL, Reese/AMC) in the role.

Paula’s latest Days blog is Who Does #2 Work For? Not Me! : DOOL which describes her updated feelings about Rafe #2.

By Michele Dargan

So do you think Carly destroyed Brenda’s wedding dress?

Or is Carly just a red herring?

Laura Wright as Carly on GH

As always, the GH writers lure us down the path they want us to take in order to throw us off the track of the real perpetrator.

And, I have to admit, I’m at a loss on this one.

For me, Carly would be too obvious, but I’m just not sure who else it would be.

If it’s not Carly, then it’s someone who is setting her up and has an axe to grind with her….but, seriously, there’s so many people in THAT category, I don’t know where to begin!

The next choice for me would be The Balkan or one of his henchman….but I’m not feeling that either.

My buddy, Paula, over at Paula’s Soapbox has a veeeerrrrry interesting pick on who SHE thinks it is – and it’s someone who caught me totally by surprise.

Click here to read Paula’s take on who played paper doll cutouts with Brenda’s wedding dress.

And let me know if you’re as shocked as I am by Paula’s choice.

It would be an interesting twist, for sure!

By Michele Dargan

I don’t know about you, but I did a whole lot of fast forwarding during last week’s One Life To Live and General Hospital.

Quite frankly, I’m not even going to get into GH too much, because, really, what’s there to say?

It’s the Sonny and Brenda show!

Sonny (Maurice Benard) and Brenda (Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo) Photo: ABC

The eppys go like this….Brenda with Sonny, Brenda with Jason, Brenda with Sonny, Brenda with Dante, Brenda with Sonny, Brenda with Carly, Brenda with Sam, Brenda with Spinelli, Sonny with Claire, Sonny with Alexis, Sonny with Jason, Sonny with Michael…yada, yada, yada….

And the previous Brenda/Dante connection with a possible baby involved just feeds into this whole Brenda-centric show….Ugh!

Bringing back Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo for these storylines is SUCH a waste!

The only other thing going on is Crazy Dr. Niles (Brianna Brown) and her insane revenge against Robin, which really has gone on too long. It was interesting in the beginning, but the writers should have ended it when they shipped Lisa off to Shadybrook….That situation is getting boring too.

Dr. Lisa Niles (Brianna Brown) Photo: ABC

Oh, and I almost forgot the repetitive theme of Liz getting jealous when Lucky tries to move on…..Seen this before. She doesn’t want him, but doesn’t want anyone else to have him (yawwwn).

Ooooo-KAY. So much for GH!

Now on to OLTL…

What’s wrong is basically this: there’s a revolving door as far as characters in/characters out and just when you’re getting invested in a character or characters….Poof! They’re gone!

Case in point….Matt Walton as Eli was a HUGE missed opportunity.

Turning Eli from a well-respected attorney and good person into a crazy, psycho-killer was a serious error in judgement.

Matt Walton (Eli Clark). Photo: ABC/Steve Fenn

Walton and Kassie DePaiva as Blair had some really great chemistry going on.

And do you realize how long it’s been since Blair has had a serious love interest? There was so much potential for Eli and Blair.

But noooooo.

They had to kill Eli…not only KILL Eli….But they had Cole (Brandon Buddy) kill him. Thereby, writing off both Walton and Buddy in one fell swoop, which I’m not at all happy about.

Although I have to say, Buddy absolutely nailed it in his goodbye scenes with Kristin Alderson (Starr). (See my previous post on that).

Cole (Brandon Buddy) and Starr (Kristen Alderson)

Also, we had the triple whammy of having Eli blackmail Dr. Greg Evans (Terrell Tilford) into becoming part of his diabolical plot to kill Tea (Florencia Lozano).

Thus, Tilford was written off the show as Greg goes to jail for his part in the plot.

And I am REALLY NOT HAPPY about that!!

Terrell Tilford (Dr. Greg Evans) Photo: ABC

Dr. Greg is a character who has grown near and dear to my heart and Tilford really brought everything he had to each scene.

How stupid is that to write off Dr. Greg, just when Destiny (Shenell Edmonds) finds out that Greg is really her father and not her brother….That would have been a great opportunity to watch the growing pains of the new dynamics in the entire Evans family.

Let me say that I’m grateful that Tea is alive and that they didn’t kill her off.

And another character who I have become invested in….whom I really enjoyed watching because he was one of the truly good guys – was Jason Tam as Markko Rivera.

Jason Tam as Markko Rivera. Photo: ABC

And, yes, they’ve written him off the show….Not happy, not happy, not happy about that either!

As far as the remaining characters and the directions the writers are taking them….

Let’s see.

We have mean, cruel, evil Clint (Jerry Ver Dorn) and evil-in-training Matthew (Eddie Alderson).

The character of Clint, as far as I can remember, has never shown any of these dark traits that are coming out now.

You mean to tell me that Clint threw his nephew, David Vickers, into a Moroccan prison and now is going to any lengths to deny his new found son, Rex??

I don’t buy it. And I think a lot of longtime OLTL fans don’t either.

It’s not consistent with the Clint that has been on our screen for years.

As far as turning Matthew to the dark side….appalling!!! Hate it!

Marty Saybrook (Susan Haskell) exacting revenge by stealing medical records and threatening Natalie and Brody….Really???

Talk about uncharacteristic…..They pretty much ruined Marty’s character with this storyline.

And the “Who’s the Baby Daddy?” storylines with Natalie and Jessica’s babies and Rex’s paternity is so ho-hum…. having been done and overdone so much.

Quite frankly, Rex has been looking for his father for so long….that storyline jumped the shark a long time ago.

Having said all that, is there really ANY compelling storylines on OLTL at this point?

Not so much!