Thursday, October 02, 2014

We're continually amazed at who pops up on daytime soaps

Don't sound the death knell just yet. Daytime soaps aren't dead. Actually, they're not only still kicking around, they're providing some new life to the careers of some .... seasoned actors, shall we say?

Here we are, minding our own business today, doing our usual work, when up pops Fred Willard on CBS' "The Bold and the Beautiful." Geez-Louise, there's a guy with a resume. As the brother of one of the lead characters, Willard was as boisterous as ever, playing to his strengths, for sure.

Just the opposite was Donna Mills in a stint on ABC's "General Hospital" a few weeks ago. Cold, calculating, still lovely -- yup, that was her. She was also of the sibling vein, providing sisterly venom to Britt Westbourne's just-as-calculating mom. The whole thing dropped a bombshell on poor Nathan West, who discovered the mom he thought he had wasn't the one he had. Then he went and discovered the dad he had was even worse -- Victor Cassadine (our "Santa Barbara" veteran Thaao Penglis). Or so it seemed. Good ole mom still has a big reveal up her sleeve.

Then Meredith Baxter showing up as Stitch's mom on CBS' "The Young and the Restless"? Seems she's got a thought or two about undermining mainstay Nikki Newman.

Not that we're watching these things, mind you. Just background noise. Really.

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