Then the producers switched and it was decided that a young good looking man would never be interested in an older woman. So Matt/Donna ended, and I mourned.
That's JFP, through and through. We're talking about the same woman who once told Jackie Zeman that Bobbie Spencer and Scott Baldwin from GH shouldn't be seen kissing onscreen in their 40s because "no one wants to see old people kissing."
I also liked Michael and Julia on Santa Barbara (ducking wildly for cover) even though I enjoyed all of the Mason/Julia sparring and saw the chemistry, it made me think less of Julia for sticking with him after awhile.
Frank Runyeon was HOT, and that didn't hurt. Had there not been a Mason & Julia supercouple already firmly in place, I think people would have loved Michael & Julia. I would have, anyway. It doesn't hurt that NLG can create chemistry with a fencepost, if needed. That woman can seriously spark with ANY onscreen partner.
As a diehard Rachel/Mac fan, I was surprised by how much I loved Rachel/Carl. To me, the thing that made it work was that Rachel, by accepting that Carl had changed, and standing up for his redemption, was passing forward Mac's greatest gift to her - he had loved her and championed her when no one else in Bay City would, and got her to see herself differently. And then she did it for the man who had once been their worst enemy. And it worked for me.
I love this. I wish my grandmother still had her memory (she has Alzheimer's) so I could discuss this with her. I think she would have been receptive to this theory, too.