Saying Goodbye To Soaps

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Saying Goodbye To Soaps
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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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  • wvmommyX By wvmommyX
    04.25.11  

    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
    04.24.11  

    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
    04.24.11  

    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
    04.23.11  

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

  • loho67 By loho67
    04.23.11  

    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!

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