As promised during last week's special "Best of 2009" episode of WE LOVE SOAPS TV featuring Roger Newcomb, Damon L. Jacobs and Soap Opera Weekly news editor Mala Bhattacharjee, here are the picks in the categories that aired along with some additional categories that didn't make the show.
Favorite Individual Episode
Roger Newcomb: Frank and Natalia's wedding on GL (okay, it was a whole week)
Damon L. Jacobs: Gay Weddingathon on OLTL
Mala Bhattacharjee: Ann’s death on B&B
Best Inanimate Object
RN: Y&R's Mr. Kitty
DLJ: Pam's lemon bars on B&B
MB: Y&R’s Mr. Kitty, with an honorable mention for Nash’s corpse on OLTL
Best Guest Star
RN: Beth Maitland (Traci, Y&R)
DLJ: Betty White (Ann, B&B)
MB: Betty White (Ann, B&B)
Best Use of Music
RN: GH's "Mad World"
DLJ: GH's "Mad World" [the ONLY thing that's working in this story]
MB: The Karaoke nights at GH’s Jake’s. They really brighten the show.
Most inspiring story
RN: Traci's human kindness in giving Victor Colleen's heart on Y&R
DLJ: Jack’s Never Surrender Tour on ATWT
MB: OLTL’s Oliver coming out, Jack’s Never Surrender Tour on ATWT, and B&B’s Sandy
Best Location Shoot
RN: ATWT's trip to Greenville, SC
DLJ: GH's parking lot (for the Carnival)
MB: GL’s jaunt to Universal Studios in Orlando
RN: Grant Aleksander as Phillip on GL
DLJ: Crystal Chappell as Carly on DAYS
MB: Don Diamont going from Y&R’s Brad to B&B’s Bill
RN: Y&R’s John Abbott (Jerry Douglas)
DLJ: ATWT's Brad Snyder (Austin Peck)
MB: Y&R’s John Abbott (Jerry Douglas)
Favorite Male Character
RN: OLTL's Oliver Fish
DLJ: ATWT’s Jack
MB: ATWT’s Simon and B&B’s Bill
Favorite Female Character
RN: DAYS' Maggie
DLJ: GL’s Olivia
MB: GL’s Olivia
Least Favorite Character
RN: Taylor, AMC
DLJ: ATWT'S Meg
MB: GH’s Ethan. No offense to Nathan Parsons, but Ethan’s entire existence rankles me!
Best Behind the Scenes Video
RN: Y&R’s True Soap Story of Mr. Kitty
DLJ: Susan Lucci's, "My Emmy is F-----g Gone" on THE VIEW
MB: Y&R’s True Soap Story of Mr. Kitty
Most Missed Character
RN: Brooke English on AMC
DLJ: Heart on GH personified by Bobbie Spencer (Jackie Zeman)
MB: Blackie Parrish on GH!
RN: Web soaps!
DLJ: Same sex smooching
MB: Babies in hats!
Least Favorite Trend
RN: Soaps getting cancelled and the continuing lack of diversity
DLJ: Public homophobia off camera
MB: Soaps getting cancelled!
Biggest Waste of Talent
RN: ATWT's Elizabeth Hubbard (Lucinda). She had to join a Dutch soap and web soap to actually work.
DLJ: Kathy Brier fired from OLTL
MB: Um...everybody? LOL.
RN: Lindsay Hartley as DAYS' Arianna
DLJ: Adam Mayfield as AMC's Scott
MB: Sarah Glendening as ATWT’s Lucy
Most Ruined Character
RN: AMC’s Aidan
DLJ: Y&R's Phillip III
MB: AMC’s Aidan
RN: GL's Josh
DLJ: Y&R's Paul
MB: DAYS’ Rafe
RN: Brandon Beemer's many photoshoots as Owen on B&B
DLJ: Oliver Fish's shirtless drunken romps on OLTL
MB: OLTL’s Ford and the bucket
RN: Haley Alexis Pullos as GH's Molly
DLJ: Aaron Refvem as GH's Morgan
MB: Dominic Zamprogna as GH’s Dominic/Dante
Best Action Sequence
RN: GH's carnival conclusion
DLJ: Colleen's drowning on Y&R
MB: Not really action per se, but B&B’s Brooke riding the horse to Ridge and Taylor’s wedding and interrupting it was hilarious!
RN: OLTL's Bo and Nora before Nora's wedding
DLJ: OLTL’s Kyle and Oliver in Kyle's room on their first official date
MB: OLTL’s Kyle and Oliver behind the Buenas Dias Cafe
Best Comedic Performance
RN: Alley Mills (Pam, B&B)
DLJ: Lynn Herring and Colleen Zenk Pinter (Audrey/Barbara, ATWT)
MB: Tuc Watkins (David, OLTL) and Trent Dawson (Henry, ATWT)
Best Female Performance
RN: Crystal Chappell (Olivia, GL)
DLJ: Crystal Chappell (on GL, DAYS, and VENICE)
MB: Crystal Chappell (Olivia, GL)
Best Male Performance
RN: Grant Aleksander (Phillip, GL)
DLJ: Don Hastings (Bob, ATWT) Ice Cream + Dr. Bob = tears
MB: Jon Lindstrom (Craig, ATWT)
RN: Y&R's Adam
DLJ: DAYS' Nicole
MB: OLTL’s Mitch
RN: Sami confronts Nicole on DAYS
DLJ: GL's Phillip and Grady on the cliff
MB: ATWT’s Meg and Lily’s catfight at Fashions
Most Disappointing Show
RN: ATWT. Ignored history for too long.
MB: Y&R. Dude, what happened?
MB: B&B, with an honorable mention for OLTL