Recently Pam was jilted by lover Stephen on The Bold and the Beautiful. She told older sister Stephanie that "he had business in Texas," which was funny (Stephen was played by Patrick Duffy who recently started work on the reboot of Dallas) but for me as a viewer totally unsatisfying. His dating her at all was mystifying, frankly, being that a few years ago Pam kidnapped Stephen's adult daughter Donna (who at the time was married to Stephanie's ex-husband Eric), tied her to a chair in a cabin, covered her with honey and then aimed a bear at her. It was high drama, I tell you. Apparently the writing team over at B&B is far more progressive than I am because I don't think that I could become seriously romantically attached to anyone who tried to kill another human being, let alone one of my own children.
B&B is one of two soaps left on the CBS schedule these days. Its sister show, The Young and the Restless, is still there, too, but in the past few years both Guiding Light (the longest running broadcast show in history, it ran for seventy-two years starting on NBC radio in 1937) and As the World Turns (which started on CBS television in 1956 and was on for 54 years) have been cancelled. Just a few months ago ABC cancelled All My Children leaving One Life to Live and General Hospital. NBC has been limited to Days of Our Lives for a couple of years now.
So why is all of this a big deal? B&B is the highest rated soap opera in the world; according to Guiness World Records it's shown in 110 countries. According to World Atlas there are only 196 countries in the world to begin with. So some where between half and three quarters of the world are watching this particular soap and I have to wonder what people in other countries think if this is the best we can do. Most of the time *I* think the writers are smoking crack and at least I get the cultural references. Today (SPOILER IF YOU WATCH) Jackie was convinced by the image of Sally Spectra (RIP Darlene Conley) to continue ripping off Forrester Creations, when about six months ago Forrester humiliated them when one of their designers did just that. Or was it a year ago? When Sally said recycle she apparently meant storylines. Jackie, by the way, is played by Leslie Anne Down and her son Nick is played by Jack Wagner; in real life, Down is five years older than Wagner. I've heard of Soap Opera Rapid Aging Syndrome (SORAS) but really?
Jack Wagner was on General Hospital for eight years on and off in the 80s and 90s. Don't worry, I'm not subjecting you to "All I Need." GH spawned it's own hit in the 80s. Enjoy!