Wednesday, February 4, 2009
How to Lose Friends and Alienate People
Today the Diva would like to give a shout-out to a fellow Days blogger, Head Writer Dena Higley. Longtime fans of Days who are lamenting the the loss of their favorite actors, the inability to string a decent storyline together, a complete disregard for history and the woeful use of talent must truly be riveted by the daily goings-on in the Higley household. Yes Dena, we're thrilled that your son is handsome, sweet, clever and oh-so-popular. By the way, did you know that your show is going completely down the tubes ?
BUT HANG ON A MINUTE – the blog seems to have disappeared !
In the most gutless move in the history of the World Wide Web (I may need a citation on that one), Higley the Hack’s blog has mysteriously vanished in the wake of the firings of Stephen Nichols and Mary Beth Evans. What’s the matter Dena, can’t take the heat ? You wimp.
Speaking of the aforementioned actors: Once upon a time in Salem USA, there was a "fairly" popular couple. Legend has it that their wedding was the highest rating Days episode ever, and the second highest ever for any soap. When they returned after a long absence it was obvious that none of their chemistry had been lost, they still looked gorgeous and they could even act. Really well. Really, really well.
Since their return sent the Steve and Kayla fans into a frenzy in 2006, the lack of imagination displayed when writing for these guys has been mind-boggling - and I'm not just talking about Dena now. 16 years of missing time was pretty well glossed over, and hey, listen up guys - I think Lawrence Alamain was responsible for Steve's "death" and disappearance, not Stefano ! It’s a bit late to address that little slip-up I suppose but it does irk me.
Thankfully the Steve and Kayla Dorks (that's Skorks to you) were finally treated to a thrilling insight into Steve's lost years with the very in-character and well-written Ava storyline. Detect a slight note of sarcasm there ? Don't even get me started on that debacle. And were we really supposed to believe that a fabulous successful woman like Kayla didn't have even a hint of a relationship that whole time ? (Yes, I know about Shane but that's a whole 'nother blog). There was just so much story there to tell, even my poodle could have come up with something. What about right now ? Stephanie and Phillip are getting together - Victor used to be Steve and Kayla's freaking nemesis. Couldn’t you have done something with THAT ?
Anyway, back to the situation we currently find ourselves in. Here you have a couple of actors who clearly love working together, are supportive of their fans, have chemistry with just about every other actor on the show, look great together and here's the rub.....THEY ACTUALLY CARE ABOUT THEIR CHARACTERS. The horror ! They care so much that when Kayla caught Steve in bed with Ava (**eye starts to twitch**) resulting in virtually NO REACTION OR DISCUSSION, Nichols and Evans along with their vocal fanbase had to practically beg TIIC for weeks on end for some resolution. Although they finally received their single solitary scene, the "fallout" they got was a bit more than anyone bargained for as they then proceeded to stay virtually offscreen for EIGHT MONTHS, and ending up where we are today.
And are they going to get a proper send-off ? This is one of soap’s all-time iconic couples don’t forget. If you thought John and Marlena’s exit was crap, then you ain’t seen nothing yet. Well actually I tell a lie – that’s just what you are going to see…NOTHING. As mentioned here yesterday it is believed they will just disappear off our screens with no explanation – they’re still around but they’re not. “Hey, Hope, where’s your best friend Kayla?”…”Oh, she’s just changing Baby Joe’s diaper in the bathroom”. You know, cool stuff like that. Maybe they’ll go out to mail a letter or something.
The lesson to be learned from this is that you tell Dena what to write (or politely suggest an idea) at your own peril. She’s going to do it her way and by gum she will write crap if she sees fit. No doubt there are other villains at work here - Dena is not running the show (officially). She does however seem to have an inordinate amount of power to match her apparent ability to hold a grudge. Or has she been instructed to purposely run this show into the ground ? What if Kenny has some kind of payout clause if the show gets cancelled ? Yes, unfortunately Dena’s writing is bad enough to consider these questions. I mean, surely nobody could unintentionally write this badly.
Anyway Dena, if you’re looking for something to do with all your free time (cos you don’t have to write the blog anymore), go check out SOD's Hot Off The Net poll which SN & MBE have just won in all categories for about the squillionth time in a row. Ask around about who has been getting a heap of incoming fan mail, faxes, emails and hotline calls, begging for a storyline. Watch the "Where The Hell Are Steve and Kayla?” video. Oh, and go watch some tapes of these two actors in their current run, making lemonade out of the lemons they've been getting for nearly 3 years.
Phew. Gotta go, I’m off to watch the tortured love story that is Daniel and Chloe. A lot of people are done with this show Dena.