For fans of...: SANTA BARBARA, ANOTHER WORLD, GENERAL HOSPITAL, DYNASTY
What it is: The Garretts are beautiful and wealthy; and yet, happiness eludes them.
What's good: Filmed on location and written by a fan of soaps, THE BAY manages to look better than most daytime serials while honoring the genre's structure and history. And there's a brand new opening.
What's great: With ALL MY CHILDREN on hiatus, THE BAY may be the closest thing to a "sixth soap" this fall. Story lines and production values have matured significantly since the first season. Meanwhile, the talented parade of fan favorites, in all sorts of roles, continues to impress. For example, the Season 2 premiere maintains focus on our matriarch, played by Mary Beth Evans--but also spoils the audience with additional fascinating and dramatic moments, courtesy of her former GENERAL HOSPITAL co-star Jacklyn Zeman (wedding planner Sophia Madison and ANOTHER WORLD's Sandra Dee Robinson (the delicious Christine Nelson). Plus, casting SANTA BARBARA's Jed Allan as Harold Johnson, the father of Lane Davies' Mackenzie? Brilliant.
What could be better: THE BAY has improved significantly. If the story holds together, and the quality is maintained, our only complaint is bound to be that this series really needs television-sized (40+ minute) episodes.
Addictive like...: your favorite daytime soap opera.
Review based on: Season 2, Episode 1
See for yourself when THE BAY premieres on Thursday, October 27 at 3:15 p.m. ET at thebaytheseries.com
- THE BAY Fan Event - November 5, 2011
- Mary Beth Evans: It's like a real group effort
- WE LOVE SOAPS TV 3.16 Jacklyn Zeman Talks THE BAY, Character Driven Drama & Zestra!
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