Soap Moments

 

July 22, 2011:

For those of you who have been paying attention, you will know by now that All My Children and One Life to Live are still slated for the axe.

But there is scuttlebutt that the shows will be appearing online.

I guess time will tell.  I still keep hoping that someone will reach out and grab them.  Now that the fans have expressed themselves right and left.

Over on Carolyn Hinsey’s page, there is ongoing dialogue, as there is on Soap Savers, Inc.

Also, check out my review of Hinsey’s new book, Afternoon Delight.  It tells all about the soap genre, and why soaps still matter.

I like Carolyn’s comment earlier about Taylor (from B & B):  She says:  “If only Taylor knew a good shrink…”

For those of you in the know, this earns a chuckle, since Taylor is supposedly this “well-known LA shrink.”  As if.

What are your thoughts about the soap genre, or about the shows being cancelled?

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SOAP DEATHS:


When you see the title of this snippet, you might possibly be thinking that I’m referencing the deaths that happen on soap operas.  You know the kind…when someone dies on soaps, but then is miraculously resurrected awhile later.

But no, that’s not the kind of soap death I’m talking about.  I’m describing the actual death of a show, and ultimately, the possible death of the genre.

Soap Savers, Inc., is a Facebook page dedicated to conversation about what is happening in the genre.

Over the years, we’ve seen one or another soap disappear from the canvas.  But since 2009, there has been a rash (and I mean this in the sense of an epidemic!) of dying soaps.  First there was Guiding Light, September 2009.  Followed just a year later by As the World Turns.  Both of these soaps had been with us for many decades, so maybe you’re thinking…oh, well!  It was time.

I have many memories associated with those shows.  Perhaps some of you do, as well.  Judging from the outcry that arose after the cancellations, I think there are a few of us out there.

I first started watching soaps when I was in college.  In between classes, and as a break from homework, I would turn on TV and find these little dramas that sparked my curiosity and amused me.  When I first watched, they were in black and white.  By the time I had color TV, I was thoroughly addicted.  I loved the interior decorating of the sets; the actors’ clothes; and the locations the characters sometimes went on.

I shared these soap moments with friends when my kids were little.  While they napped, we had lunch and watched ATWT or Days of Our Lives.

So it was like ripping away a part of my history to see these shows disappear.  I was happy we did have a few left, and held my breath.  Nothing more could happen, I told myself.  Right?

Just when we thought it was safe to go back in the water, ABC announced cancellations of All My Children and One Life to Live.

Such an outcry was heard!  One advertiser even pulled its ads for awhile.

Ironically, I had only recently become “hooked” on these two shows.  I’d watched OLTL back in the day, but had digressed when the soaps went to one hour each.  But after cancellations of GL and ATWT, I added these two to my daily lineup.

Now my thoughts turn regularly to any hint that the sadistic broadcasters who control the fates of the soap world might kill still another one.  Or all of them!

Why?  Is there some kind of conspiracy against fantasy?  Because, yes, you could certainly describe these daily dramas as fantasies.  Or has all the magic gone from the world, and thus there must be a corresponding loss of magic on TV?

Will we only have Reality TV to turn to in the daytime? 

I’m really curious about this.  Surely those who conduct ratings are missing a big piece of the information pool if they think nobody watches soaps anymore.  Or maybe they don’t care.

What do you think?  Is the genre dead?  And, if so, why?

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Brady Black — Off to the Dark Side

On Soap Central, I found a brief story that summed up some recent happenings on Days of Our Lives.

Remember that sweet man called Brady Black, portrayed by Eric Martsof?  Well, he’s gone to the dark side!  But it couldn’t have happened at a better time!

For that evil Vivian (Louise Sorel) has been plotting one of her typical punishments—think coffins!—and she’s literally licking her chops.

But Brady stops her in her tracks!  I can’t wait to see what happens next.

There’s that other great story, too; the one about E. J. and Sami. Can this possibly have a happy ending?

I hope you’ll stop on by and share your thoughts.

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Sept. 27, 2010:

Today, on Soap Central, there’s a blurb about B & B, and about the latest storyline about Stephanie. As Stephanie waits in the hospital for test results to come in, we see that recurring connection between Brooke and Stephanie.  That bond that seemingly rises up during the troubled times and transcends the bitter rivalries.

I also enjoyed the tidbits about characters Oliver and Liam, and why Steffy only goes after Hope’s men.  So true!  And I’m getting a little sick of this particular twist in this character; plus, Taylor, who is supposed to be a shrink, has so little insight into what is going on.

I’d even call her clueless, and she’s definitely defensive.  It’s not that shrinks can’t be human with their own rivalries and issues, but she doesn’t ever seem to even try to suppress them.

I actually haven’t liked the Oliver character from the beginning.  He seemed to only feebly fight off Steffy’s advances; somehow, I think Liam will do a better job of it.

What do you think?  Any thoughts about the characters, the plots, or about soap moments in general?

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