The Bold and the Beautiful
THE 38th ANNUAL DAYTIME EMMY AWARDS
soapcentral.com panelists predict the Emmy winners: Dan J Kroll
Posted Tuesday, May 24, 2011 12:10:08 PM
DAN J KROLL
Dan is the founder of soapcentral.com and the host of the weekly soap opera entertainment radio show, Soap Central Live. His "must see" soap is All My Children, but his work on soapcentral.com has given him an appreciation for all of the soaps -- and he watches each soap on a regular basis. Dan started soapcentral.com as part of his personal home page in 1995. Dan has appeared as an extra on As the World Turns and as a soap expert on the SOAPnet reality-ish program, Relative Madness.
2010: 2 for 8
2009: 3 for 8
2008: 5 for 8
2007: 2 for 8
2006: 5 for 8
2005: 3 for 8
2004: 0 for 8
2003: 2 for 8
2002: 2 for 8
2001: 1 for 8
OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES
I find it interesting that three of the four nominees this year submitted episodes that included scenes that were shot outside of a studio. The Bold and the Beautiful filmed on Skid Row, General Hospital filmed at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, and The Young and the Restless visited New Orleans.
I'll start with the one that didn't have remote scenes: All My Children. This was an episode that screamed soapiness: David Hayward walked into the courtroom just as his wife, Greenlee, had been found guilty of his murder. I was a bit distracted by the over-the-top shenanigans in the first half of the episode -- people were jumping up and down in the courtroom, and it was pretty much a parody of a trial. However, there were three notable confrontation scenes that really worked. Marissa slapped the heck out of her father, David, for making her believe that she'd lost another parent. Kendall stormed in and blamed David's fake death for Zach's real plane crash. David telling Greenlee that he'd heard her heartfelt declaration of love when he was "dead" added great sentiment, and the use of flashbacks was very helpful in giving viewers backstory.
The Young and the Restless' video quality on the remote scenes didn't look quite the same as those taped in the studio. However, the underlying story was movie-like. The bluesy background music, the camerawork, the creepy way Adam followed Sharon... even the weather cooperated. I'm sure the cast and crew would have preferred sunshine, but the rain added a layer of drama. I'll overlook the fact that it was raining one moment and then sunny as Sharon rounded the corner. It was clever to have Christian LeBlanc mention that the weather needed to decide what it wanted to be. I really liked the tarot card reading. There's something about a fortune-teller that is fascinating. The Jack and Diane scenes didn't seem to fit in, and they were a bit distracting. I wanted more New Orleans. Since voters also can only judge by what they see in this one episode, folks who don't follow Y&R would have no idea what its final scene meant.
General Hospital also had the movie feel going in its scenes. Some have called the hospital shooting a ripoff of Grey's Anatomy, but there was more to the episode than just the hospital drama. It also had a whole lot of James Franco, and I can't help but wonder if ABC is hoping that some folks cast their vote for GH just because of the star factor. The location scenes looked very much like they were filmed in the same place as the studio scenes. There was no jarring quality difference. Some of the extras were a bit distracting because their acting wasn't up to par with the professionals. The ending featured Adam Lambert's haunting rendition of "Mad World" as Franco tumbled from the roof and fell to his death in the middle of the museum.
The Bold and the Beautiful also featured a memorable musical ending. The two episodes submitted by B&B feature no shootings, no kidnapped babies, and no special guest stars. If there is any reason for voters to vote against B&B, it's because the episodes may seem too much like a Public Service Announcement. I don't think the show came off too preachy, even if the message could be seen as heavy-handed. What I liked was the realistic response from characters who are quite well-off when they encountered characters that were nowhere near as fortunate. Stephanie assumed that Dayzee must have a drug issue -- or that she was a teen mom. That's what people do -- they make assumptions. Couple that with Stephanie's nothing-to-lose attitude due to her Stage Four lung cancer, and there was some amazing contrast.
Who I'd like to win
: All My Children or The Bold and the Beautiful
Who will win
: The Bold and the Beautiful or General Hospital (Possible tie)
The final rankings
: The Bold and the Beautiful, General Hospital, The Young and the Restless, All My Children.
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR