They’ve been dropping like flies. Call them soap operas, call them daytime dramas. Soon, you’ll be calling them extinct.
ABC dropped a bomb on the genre, when it announced Thursday that “All My Children” (AMC) and “One Life to Live” (OLTL), will go off the air in September and January respectively.
That leaves only ABC’s “General Hospital” (GH), NBC’s “Days of Our Lives” (DOOL), and CBS’s “The Young and the Restless” (TYATR) and “The Bold and the Beautiful” (TBATB).
I feel bad for those of you who may still watch what my grandmother called her “stories.” They are addictive. My guilty pleasures were the early 80’s primetime soaps, “Dallas,” “Falcon Crest,” and “Dynasty.”
But I did get sucked into watching one daytime soap in 1974, my first year as a radio reporter in New Haven. It was on as I had a bite to eat before going to work on the night shift.
“Somerset.” (S). ((Can there be a one-letter acronym?))
All I remember about “Somerset” is that it was the only thing that appealed to me in its afternoon time slot in my three-channel universe. And there was this guy I thought was a pretty good young actor.
AMC and OLTL are going to be replaced by new lifestyle shows.
Just what we need. More perky people telling us how to live our lives.