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Who Shot the Daytime Soap?

By November 14, 2013

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Susan LucciIn a play on words taken from the most-watched Dallas episode of all time, entitled Who Shot J.R.?, TVGN will be airing a one-hour special named Who Shot the Daytime Soap?

In the special,  TVGN will look at the rise, fall and re-birth of the daytime soap. The special will feature some of daytime's greatest moments, as well as interviews with Devious Maids star Susan Lucci, Y&R's Michael Muhney, former Another World star Linda Dano, General Hospital alum Tristan Rogers, and many other great soap icons.

Who Shot the Daytime Soap? will air Monday, December 16 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on TVGN (TV Guide Network).

Photo courtesy: ABC Studios/Craig Sjodin


December 4, 2013 at 8:11 am
(1) Philip Chase says:

Got caught up in following my grandmother’s radio which were playing when I got home from school. Interesting stories for a child, providing insight into “real life”. So when we got a TV, it was logical to watch the TV soaps. For several decades all 3 networks offered soaps from noon ’til 4 pm, so if one show got boring, you simply watched another.

Then daytime got darker as gradually the networks started to kill their valued soaps with cancellation.

The truth is that our soaps are gone because of viewer demohraphics. Networks value young viewers.

Successful soaps were not written by a committee but were under the guidance of a good head writer who knew what type of stories the viewers wanted. We don’t have creative writers Irving Vendig, Irna Phillips, or Henry Slesar today. Irna’s protégée, Agnes Nixon is the very best of the surviving writers.

The weekday soap opera lives on, ironically with prime time shows such as Revenge, Betrayal, and Scandal by offering continued drama with interesting character and plot development, compelling viewers to watch every week to discover “what happened” to the characters they like. My personal favorites are The Vampire Diaries and The Originals which, face it folks, are pure melodramatic soap opera.

Seriously, I wish all networks would reawaken their interest in daytime drama and put on shows of the quality they used to air. Make it, and the audience will come to you!

December 4, 2013 at 8:17 am
(2) Philip Chase says:

Viewer demographics are at fault for the networks wanting to divest themselves of the soap opera format. Ironically, the eventual growth of the continued drama format from 15-minute to 60-minute segments increased the production costs and, unfortunately, the networks did not consider going back to the 30-minute format for all of its soap operas.

Successful soaps of the past were firmly controlled by the producer and head writer. In December 2013 we have but one “golden age” writer left, Agnes Nixon.

I’d like to see a rebirth of televised soaps. They’re fun, entertaining … and addictive! LOL

December 4, 2013 at 11:56 am
(3) Robynne says:

I would love to see this…but I don’t have cable. Can I watch it online here?

December 6, 2013 at 8:56 pm
(4) Stefanie says:

Maybe TVGN website’s will have it eventually.

December 6, 2013 at 8:58 pm
(5) WingsStef says:

I plan to watch though. Looks good. I am interesting what they say on the topic.

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