Saying Goodbye To Soaps

   By drodriguez  Apr 23, 2011

For those of us that grew up watching daytime dramas, the recent cancellation of ABC’s “All My Children” and “One Life To Live” came as a shock. Many fans were feeling a sense of sadness and nostalgia after the announcement, even if they no longer watch the shows.  Could the recent cancellations of these long running soaps mean that TV may not have room for the daytime drama anymore?  

A recent report from Today discusses the ways in which daytime TV is changing and what this means for soap fans.  Over the last couple of decades reality TV and talk shows have become more popular and are far cheaper to make than scripted programs.  

Editorial director of Soap Opera Digest, Lynn Leahey, explains to Today why daytime soaps may be a dying genre. Leahey says, “Once, soaps were like this cash cow, and their revenue paid for prime time and all the pilots getting made. When that changed in the 1990’s, the industry never regained its footing.”  

Though most cancelled soaps are being replaced with talk shows, cooking shows, and game shows, not everyone is convinced that we will be saying goodbye to daytime drama forever.  “The Bold And The Beautiful” showrunner, Ecward Scott says, “Networks may find they’re not really going to make any money on these new shows.  You can still go to the Food Network and watch what they’re doing there...done better.”

What do you think of the recent cancellation of ABC’s “All My Children” and “One Life To Live”?

What do you like to watch during the day?

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mitbrooks by mitbrooks | HICKORY, NC
Jun 01, 2011

I have memories of watching each of these shows during the summers with my grandmothers. It is heartbreaking to think that after all these years they will no longer be a part of our lives.

grannymaupin by grannymaupin | belvidere, NC
May 07, 2011

I wiill miss AMC also I grew up watching this one so sad its leaveing

Beaniesmom by Beaniesmom | Brandon, FL
May 07, 2011

I think the reality shows are becoming the new "soaps". It's all about ratings.

Lusadi by Lusadi | Wasilla, AK
Apr 26, 2011

In with the internet out with soaps!

fire911gal by fire911gal | Pataskala, OH
Apr 26, 2011

No big loss. I haven't watched soaps in years. They had become totally predictable and were becoming a joke.

basilandcatnip by basilandcatnip | GARLAND, TX
Apr 26, 2011

I will miss AMC, I remember watching with my mom when I was little and taping it as an adult to watch when I got home at night. Most of the people I have spoken with over the past few years basically stopped watching right after the change in filming style because of the annoying moving camera work. Also mentioned was the constant change in actors/actressses. We still want to watch.

BMDsMommy by BMDsMommy | Montgomery, TX
Apr 25, 2011

I feel like Soap Operas were for my mom's generation & her mom'a before that. Women work, either out of the home, or in the home with their kids. There is no time for it anymore. Times are different and the soaps became so unbelievable that my mom even stopped watching. I say good riddance and let's move on.

eldapc11 by eldapc11 | SANTA ANA, CA
Apr 25, 2011

I have never really watched any of the daytime dramas, I have only seen clips here and there. They just don't seem appealing to me. I feel like it is all too fake and unnatural from the lighting to the acting.

nlorko by nlorko | hamburg, NY
Apr 25, 2011

I enjoy both of these shows simply because they give me a reprieve from my own problems. Soaps are outrageous and make me laugh at a time when I need to laugh. Watching these shows have given me a way to pass the time during my cancer treatments & dialysis. They have given me an opportunity to take my mind off my own much more serious problems that cannot be solved in few days like Soap problems are. These shows have helped me recover from 4 surgeries and a total of a full year in bed. The last thing I want to do while laying there is watch a show about food or our health. I already know about my health and there is nothing they can tell me on any of those shows that will cure me from cancer!!! There are channels dedicated to food & health and if I want to watch that I'll just change the channel. Very sad and disappointed.

narcissa by narcissa | JACKSON HTS, NY
Apr 25, 2011

The soaps have been dying out for years. I think the audience has change from housewives - today's stay at home moms are on the go - to the unemployed and college students, neither of which are attractive to the traditional daytime advertisers. Quality of writing and acting has also decreased over the years, and with so many choices - from cable to netflix to hulu and more - people aren't tuning in as new viewers to subpar entertainment. I stopped watching them when Another World was canceled. I DVR competition shows like Top Chef to watch while I'm feeding the baby or when he's napping. We also enjoy TPIR and the children's cable channels.

wvmommyX by wvmommyX | Huntington, WV
Apr 25, 2011

I used to watch both these soaps, but haven't watched them in a long time. Since having my kids I normally don't have the tv on in the middle of the day, so I haven't watched any soaps in about 4-5 years. I think it is a little sad though that all these soaps are being cancelled. Soaps used to be a big part of a lot of people's lives and now everything is so viral that they are just being lost.

msfriendly by msfriendly | MONROE, WI
Apr 24, 2011

My parents love the Young & the Restless! I used to watch it with a group of friends when we were in college in the 80's! I think soaps are better than the violence that's constantly on primetime TV and WAY better than reality shows.

CheapCheat by CheapCheat | Kyle, TX
Apr 24, 2011

I didn't watch those either but watch Young & The Restless everyday and I hope they don't get rid of that! To me, "Reality TV" is almost as fake as soaps!

ksb38020 by ksb38020 | CANNON, KY
Apr 23, 2011

I hate soap operas really It is just a bunch of tv drama who needs drama?

loho67 by loho67 | Davenport, IA
Apr 23, 2011

I don't watch either of these soaps, but it makes me nervous about the future of my soap; Days of our Lives. I watch this one religiously! I would be SO disappointed if they were to ever cancel. It's such a nice break from all the other daytime TV ... there's only so many talk shows a person can handle in a day!