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ConcomitanceDawn didn't like Passions. Feigning an interest was just an excuse to see Spike. The beauty of her plan gave her uninterrupted time to curl up beside him while they watched the programme.

How was Dawn to know it was also her mother's favourite programme?

That little secret had been well kept, until a chance encounter threw them together during the show's timeslot. It made it tough to surreptitiously snuggle hot vampires when your mother was sitting beside you, so Dawn was forced to watch the show. To her horror she found herself joining in their debate over the plot.


spikedawnchallenge #7: beauty
open_on_sundaychallenge #109: guilty pleasures


26th Apr, 2005 05:46 (UTC)
I won't go into the horror of Australian soaps, but the US daytime soaps are bizarre. You can go back to watching them years later and they're still on the same plotline, although some times the actors are different.

The formatting of US daytime soaps is also strange. It's carefully broken down into small fragments, so absolutely nothing can progress. I was once told there was some science based on attention span behind this, which may be true as some of the trash pseudo-documentaries do the same thing, but I just find it annoying.
26th Apr, 2005 07:00 (UTC)
Yeah, it borders on the absurd. It's like the writers wonder to themselves, "Which character do we kill off? And how many different ways can we kill them off? Have we killed them off this way before?" Ugh. I do respect how the actors are able to memorize a new script nearly every day. Other than that, just...euhgghgh.

As for Australian soaps, I dare not wonder. Sounds like they're dreadful, too, hehe. But if they're airing ours where you live, then I apologize on behalf of all my fellow American soap-haters. :D

Yeah, I noticed that lack of progression thing the last time the Dish was turned off and I couldn't find anything else. It really surprised me, because I somehow ended up actually paying attention to the whole episode, and when it ended, I was left with this feeling of utter pointlessness. I'm thinking of what that says about the attention span/apparent intelligence of the average adult American (another good test of this is how many of us know our own national anthem), and it makes me glad I'm not average. Also makes me a little more disgusted with this country, but that's beside the point.
26th Apr, 2005 09:02 (UTC)
For some reason the Brits go nuts for Australian soaps. This still strikes me as insane considering some of the quality stuff they send our way, but they took Kylie Minogue away, so yay.

Neighbours is an appallingly bad local soap. I heard recently that the scripts had been sold to a US company to be remade with a US cast. I'm struggling to think of a good US remake that involves studio monkeys. So imagine any tiny fragment of goodness that exists in those scripts, dumbed down to where some studio exec thinks the US audience will get it. I don't expect it to survive beyond pilot.

But saying that, the morons at Warner Bros passed on Global Frequency, so they'd probably love Neighbours.

On the US production front, I'd like to see the end of continual clones of the same law and crime programmes and all reality shows killed. How about some originality? Think outside the box for a change.
26th Apr, 2005 20:54 (UTC)
Yeah, a lot of stuff doesn't make it past the pilot stage around here. Thank goodness.

I actually like 'Law & Order' and its first two spinoffs; haven't seen 'Trial By Jury' yet. But there has been a disgusting increase of reality shows over the past few years that seriously needs to call it quits.

~~How about some originality?~~
I agree; I've often said the same thing. It's suddenly become a sin in the TV universe to be creative. Enough with the voyeurism, screw making people face their worst fears, leave the I'm-recovering-from-the-hell-life-put-me-through garbage to the psychiatrist and the patient-doctor confidentiality. It doesn't need to be on the air.