By Lynda Hirsch

September 26, 2020 3 min read

Patience is not my strong suit. I stand in front of the microwave and scream, "Faster!" I jump in the swimming pool before checking to see if there is water in the pool. You can imagine what the last six months have been like in my world. It is also the same in everyone's world, and TV has not been spared.

Several primetime shows, such as "The Rookie" and "New Amsterdam," are not starting production until next year. The good news is that "This Is Us" will debut Oct. 29, two weeks than earlier announced.

Daytime is plodding along, "General Hospital" and "Days of Our Lives" have interesting, fast-paced storylines. It really is, "Miss a day, miss a lot."

Though that's not true for "The Young and the Restless." Are you unable to fall asleep? Just switch it on and you can toss out your sleeping pills. At least the show is doing no harm. The same cannot be said for "The Bold and the Beautiful." In two weeks, Steffy became addicted to opioids. A doctor consulted at the fabled Cleveland Clinic pretty much says that is balderdash and troubling misinformation: "No doctor wants a patient to use pain medication when it is not needed. At times, they are essential for a patient's recovery. A three-month course, with a strict regimen, is fine. If the patient has a history of substance abuse, that is a game changer."

Jacqueline MacInnes Wood, who plays Steffy, is amazing. She should be getting her second Daytime Emmy Award for this. Steffy is crumbling before everyone's eyes. Scott Clifton (Liam) has won three Emmys and has been a great scene partner. Clifton is not afraid to show what a tool Liam can be. Steffy calling him on how his behavior is now fueling her behavior — brilliant!

The virus is still playing havoc with the lensing of the soaps. "General Hospital's" Finola Hughes (Anna) is reassuring how safe the set is: "The protocol is amazing. Masks on unless you are acting. Temperatures being taken and every one social distancing. We all feel very safe." Not everyone. The reason Laura has been MIA is that Genie Francis is not convinced it is safe to go back to work. So, for now, Laura's daughter, Lulu, will just be getting off-screen telephone calls from mom.

Things will be getting glorious at "Young and Restless." Judith Chapman (Gloria) will be returning to the show next month.

Susan Lucci (Erica, "All My Children") is mad as hell at medical billing and is mad as hell with the system. Last year, she had two stents placed in her heart. She got a bill. Then another and another and another. While she admittedly can afford it, she knows many cannot. She is also aware people have had to go bankrupt because of those bills.

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