Soap Operas Have Changed TV:
Television Viewers Watch In the Millions
By Maggie Christian
I’m sure that they are not even close to estimating the number of people who watch the Soap Operas and the people who do not even realize that they are watching Soaps. The many ways one is able to watch TV programs in our techno era would make it impossible to come close to any accurate count. Brian Frons doesn’t care about the numbers. I feel he has been trying to bring about the demise of AMC for years when he hired Megan McTavish and messed with the Bianca Montgomery storyline but that is my opinion. There are millions more people out there that watch Soaps in all forms. If I had the time I would watch more than I do. I presently watch the Daytime Soap Operas: AMC (All My Children), OLTL (One Life To Live)(the two Soap Operas that Brian Frons put on the chopping block and has cancelled) and Y&R (The Young and the Restless), but I have watched on and off DOOL (Days of Our Lives) (if Brian Frons has his way it will open up the time to return to watching it), Passions (watched from the first day – loved James E. Reilly’s wackiness and Tabitha’s magical relationship with Timmy in the New England hamlet of Harmony), General Hospital (time factor again but love the actors and characters), Guiding Light (loved Otalia but now they are gone and the Soap is gone), As the World Turns (watched the last years and watched as a child and they killed that one off – I did get to see the final episode), and the ever so many that have long since been removed from our TV screens: Search For Tomorrow, Another World, Santa Barbara, Texas, The Secret Storm, The Doctors, Edge of Night, Dark Shadows, Port Charles, Ryan’s Hope, (and these are just American Soap Operas), and my two favorite nighttime Soap Operas Peyton Place and Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman. These last two shows led to the creation of the Primetime Soap Operas: Dallas, Dynasty, Knots Landing, and Falcon Crest. From there the genre found its presence in so many other programs from Hill Street Blues, Cagney & Lacey and St. Elsewhere. From their success Beverly Hills, 90210, Melrose Place, Dawson’s Creek and Ally McBeal sprung forth which lead us to today’s popular Soap Opera Style Programming: Castle, Desperate Housewives, Grey’s Anatomy, Brothers & Sisters, Lost, Private Practice, Heroes and do not forget the situation comedies (Modern Family – a great example) which all feature many elements borrowed from Soap Operas such as the ensemble cast, multi-episode storylines, and extensive character development over the course of each series story lines. Somehow the programmers have forgotten their roots and if you chop off the roots you kill the tree. There is plenty of room on our multiple choice of television channels for Daytime Soap Operas to co-exist with the rest of the great entertainment and the questionable garbage that is out there. WE NEED TO SAVE THE SOAP OPERA. There are millions who still want that choice of the Soap Operas’ continued entertainment with its multiple story lines, characters and continuity and for the continuation of employment for the great many in this world of magic and dreams.