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Reflections by Jill - A Weekly Commentary for OLTL for November 17, 2008

REFLECTIONS BY JILL - November 17, 2008

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Reflections by Jill - A Weekly Commentary for OLTL for November 17, 2008

Blair Manning

Copyright by ABC Daytime, 2008
FAN FEEDBACK AND QUESTIONS

Sheree writes: “Where is Blair? Where is Nora? Bo? These are veteran actors getting paid BIG bucks to stay home. If I were a writer they would be working their tushies off earning every dollar. In this economy wasting money is a no-no. Cut the deadwood and make OLTL a sleeker, more interesting show!”

Dear Sheree: I totally agree that the veterans don’t get nearly enough airtime on the show. Bo is one of my all time favorite characters and I never feel like we see enough of him. He has so many close relationships with others in Llanview and he is extremely underused. I think of all the veterans, we get to see the most of Blair. At least we’ve seen a lot of her lately with John and especially with Starr in the baby storyline. I’m going to enjoy Blair s reaction when she finds out what Todd has been up to since he’s been leaving her alone. As I’ve said before, I am most disappointed in what the writers have done with Nora because she is one of my favorite characters and her last several storylines have revolved around her being with men who aren’t worthy to be in the same room with her. The only time I enjoy Nora is when she is with her female friends, with Matthew or with Bo and we hardly ever see either of those situations any more.

Betsy writes: “I just can't agree with you that Jared and Natalie have no chemistry. It is just you thinking that way and I might say that you are in the minority there! All I seen is chemistry between the two of them. If I recall (and I'm not sure of this) you aren't such a big Natalie or big Jared fan even separately. Do you think that might be the reason you don't see chemistry with the two of them? The only time I see anything about no chemistry between Natalie and Jared it comes from people who don’t like either or both of them.”

Dear Betsy: Aside from the fact that it is definitely not JUST ME who is not that impressed with Jared and Natalie’s chemistry, you have the complete wrong idea about me. I have been a fan of Natalie’s since she made peace with Viki years ago and became a member of the family. I guess you don’t remember or haven’t been reading my column for very long, but when Jared came to Llanview, I was one of the people who didn’t think he was a bad guy. I felt that he had reason to hate Tess for sending him to jail and I never blamed him for wanting to get back at her for ruining his life and his chances for having a good career. I said from the beginning that I didn’t dislike Jared and thought he would turn out to be a decent guy and he did. I think I am unimpressed with Jared and Natalie in the chemistry department because I always thought Natalie and John sizzled together and I don’t see the same fire between Natalie and Jared. One think is clear to me though and that is that unlike John, Jared isn’t afraid to express his feelings and that is something that every woman craves from John. John expressed his feelings to Natalie more than to any other woman, but it sure isn’t what most women would call enough. However, John can show with his eyes more feeling than a lot of men can show with 1,000 words.

Andrea writes: “I really thought that the new writers would bring something new to the show; well they brought something new alright, unwatchable TV. Todd, one of my most favorite players is now a grotesque monster that is only thinking about one person, himself. I used to love the fact that no matter what, he had his children’s welfare first. I can’t believe we have to live through another tired story line about alters. Come ON people lets use our imaginations. I get more drama on Spongebob Squarepants than I do watching Tess on TV. The only good thing to come out of this storyline is that Bree Williamson is an AWESOME actress. I just love hating her. Where in the heck did John’s undying love of Marty come from? They were only together romantically for like a freaking week! Clint sickens me, Nora is a boob, and Dorian is Dorian. You can’t really say much more than that. I don’t trust Vanessa as far as I can throw her. I think she set up Ray and has brainwashed his own daughter against him. If they get Cristian involved with her I might puke. Well I guess I have vented on you long enough. LOL. We can only pray that someone comes along and smacks the writers in the heads with an idea stick.”

Dear Andrea: I think you have left me speechless, well almost. I couldn’t possibly add anything to you comments that would make the point any better. You hit on my two main thoughts; one is that YES, Todd is a grotesque monster (I love that description, thank you) and the other is that I love watching Bree Williamson, even though I am “altered-out.” Thanks for the great comments. As far as I’m concerned, you said it all.

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