I was milling around on Twitter this morning because who doesn’t obsess over Twitter like I do… I mean, seriously.
ANYway, I was milling around on Twitter this morning looking at some updates, and I found a very interesting feed that talked about the sudden, or not-so-sudden, downturn of the Soap Opera.
Sure, channels like Soap Network are trying to keep the genre alive by broadcasting them 24/7 so those who work during the day can keep up with all the things going on in these fictional worlds. I will admit that I once found myself obsessed with such things, and scheduled my college class schedule around All My Children.
But as far as the major networks are concerned, are our formerly favorite soap operas still as cost-efficient and popular as they once were? Apparently not. According to Showbiz 411, things are not looking good for the long-running shows.
With All My Children, for one, it has been announced that the current/former NYC show will be transferred to LA, where it would be more cost-effective to film. But does that really mean ANYTHING? Will ABC really be gaining that much by moving the show? Don’t know. And what’s more is that the entire cast and crew LIVE IN NYC. Casting tends to be easier there than in LA, and once they move to the town of PLasticA, what will happen to the integrity of the show?
I know, I know. Soap Operas are kind of lame, and the time lapse thing has always been an issue for me. But that doesn’t mean they weren’t cult favorites.
And believe it or not, there are a ton, and I mean a TON of actors who got their start on one soap or another. Just google any of them, and you’ll see.
A while back, I posted a list – because I LOVE lists – on the 11 longest running soap operas in history. I’m looking back at that post now in awe. Just seeing that a lot of them started in the 50’s and 60’s and are still running today is incredible.
But the real question is: does it make sense? And the answer is a little complicated. On the one hand, yes. Soap Operas are definitely on their way out, and the reason is because there is so much on TV right now, and viewers have enough difficulty trying to decide what to watch.
On the other hand, again, I feel the need to mention that a lot of actors got their start starring on soaps.
So, I leave it to you, gentle readers. Love them, or leave them.
Either way, when anything ends, it’s always interesting to find out why.