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NPR: 'As the World' Stops Turning, Are Soaps Dead?' Segment

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National Public Radio’s, All Things Considered this weekend had as it’s guest, former As the World Turns writer, Peter Brash, for a segment on:  if the end is near for soap operas, and what has caused it’s decline.  The audio interview was about 3 and half minutes, but on the NPR website, they also posted an accompanying story and excerpts from the interview including the following below!

“Hardly anyone these days admits to watching soap operas, but they once dominated the daytime TV schedules.  Forty years ago, there were 18 soaps airing on the major networks; today, there are only six. Next month there will be one fewer when As the World Turns signs off after more than five decades on the air.  Peter Brash, a staff writer for As the World Turns, tells NPR’s Audie Cornish that the soaps are really victims of their own success. “The serialized format has spread out just about everywhere you look,” he says. Four decades ago, most shows presented a self-contained story every week. But now, “it’s all branded to hook you in, to tune in tomorrow. “That means you can get your drama fix any time. You don’t have to sit at home all day and devote five hours a week to keeping up with all the illicit affairs, car wrecks, secret babies and evil twins with amnesia.  Brash says the soaps were all about women — but hardly any women are watching anymore.

Reality television isn’t helping either, Brash says. “They’re soap operas in themselves They’re just — real. So the audience is savvy enough to know they’re watching one that’s real — ‘Oh, she’s really pulling her hair,’ and ‘Oh my god, she might hurt her” — and one that’s staged. So which one becomes more compelling?”

Brash has written some compelling story lines of his own in 30 years of writing for soaps. “Once, I was responsible for having two naked people fall from a meteor shower. They seemed to be from another planet, and they ran around naked one summer in Salem. I probably should have told the audience right away that the mad scientist in town had just put them up in a rocket ship and they really weren’t aliens. It’s always better if the audience is in on the joke in that way.”

Traditional soaps — naked mystery aliens and all — may be on the wane, but Brash says their influence is felt all over the television dial.  “Soap operas are kind of lending their DNA to the rest of the entertainment media world, and that includes dramatic and reality [shows].  So I don’t think it’s a dead medium; it’s just morphing into different things.”

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Emma
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Emma

Sadly, I think daytime soaps are dead or at least will be completely in the next 3-5 years, because they have refused to evolve and change. The dialog is weak, the storylines are often confusing, repetitive, and sadly bad. But, most critically, daytime soaps have committed the ultimate sin. They’ve becoming boring. Their storytelling has not really evolved since the 80’s. And with the current crop of continually recycled headwriters (I mean typically when a person gets fired from the top post at a job, they are lucky if they get another shot at a similar job, they don’t tend… Read more »

Karen (limeybird2)
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Karen (limeybird2)

The main problem with the decline of soap operas is that the writers can’t or won’t come up with new stories. They keep recycling the same old stories that were on 30 years ago. Times have changed & the stories should change too. If the soaps that are still on the air after ATWT goes off on Sept. 17th want to stay on the air they need to take a good long look at what stories they are writing. People get tired of the ridiculous find out you have a twin 20 years later, or didn’t remember giving birth only… Read more »

Michael Bird
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Michael Bird

This is my newspaper column in our hometown this week … I thought I would share it with you guys. Elegy for the End of the “World” “Good morning, dear.” Those were the first words spoken by actress Helen Wagner, who portrayed matriarch Nancy Hughes until her death earlier this summer, on the afternoon of April 2, 1956 as CBS-TV premiered the first 30-minute daytime drama live from New York City – AS THE WORLD TURNS. A production of Cincinnati soap and cleaning products giant Procter and Gamble – the company that gave this genre its nickname – ATWT was… Read more »

Louise Stephens
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Louise Stephens

OK, I’m being biased here. My favorite soaps are One Life to Live and General Hospital. Following the thrilling GH episode of “the Balkin” situation, GH seems to have temporarily gone downhill, but OLTL is still kicking high, in my opinion !! On All My Children, I admire Susan Lucci for her longtime commitment , but I eventually grew tired of her main character not holding on to at least ONE husband, plus many of the storylines just centered around her. I’m glad ABC at least decided to not cancel OLTL until January 2012. Better yet, I hope they will… Read more »

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ATWT and GL Casting Directors To Talk Casting Some Of Your Favorites In Upcoming Virtual Chat

Here’s an intriguing virtual reunion from Alan Locher, and his Locher Room channel.  Coming up next week on Thursday, September 3rd at 2 p. m. EST/11 a. m. PST, the former casting directors of As the World Turns and Guiding Light will chat it up about their time casting some of your favorites from Oakdale and Spingfield.

Look for Mary Clay Boland, who was with As the World Turns till its conclusion in 2010 and Rob Decina who was with Guiding Light till it ended in 2009, to talk about the casting process, what they are up to today and so much more.

You can check it out next week live by clicking here.

So when you look at the last ten years or so of As the World Turns and Guiding Light, which characters and actors would you love to know about … and hear some back-story as to why they got their parts from Rob and Mary?  Let us know via the comment section below.

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‘As the World Turns’ Writers Virtual Reunion Planned

Coming up, four former writers of As the World Turns will share their favorite moments, storylines, or perhaps not-so-favorite storylines during the history of the beloved CBS soap opera on an upcoming edition of The Locher Room.

Look for Emmy-award winning writers: Tom Casiello, Susan Dansby, Charlotte Gibson, and Jean Passanante to go inside stories about the characters and stories they helped to create in Oakdale during their time with the series with host, Alan Locher.

Circle your calendars for next Friday, August 7th beginning at 2 p.m. EST/noon PST and follow the link here to view.

So, looking forward to the former writers chat of As the World Turns? Comment below.

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NEXT WEEK: As the World Turns Reunion with Lesli Kay & Kristina Romero

The Oakdale mother/daughter duo of Molly and Abigail is back for a virtual reunion coming up next week on Alan Locher’s The Locher Room via You Tube.

That is when Daytime Emmy-winner Lesli Kay (Ex-Molly) and Kristina Romero (Abigail) share stories and remembrances from their time on CBS’ iconic soap opera, As the World Turns.

Kay debuted on ATWT back in 1997 and her first run on the show lasted till 2004.  She later reprised the role on a recurring basis from 2009-2010.  She won a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series back in 2001.

Throughout her daytime career Lesli has also been on General Hospital and The Bold and the Beautiful in the parts of Lois and Felicia, respectively.

As for Romero, when she was on ATWT from 2000-2002, she earned two Daytime Emmy nominations for her role as Abigail, back then she went by the name “Kristina Sisco” before she was married.

You can watch the reunion live on Thursday, July 30th at 2 p,m. est/111 a.m. PST by clicking on the link here.

So, looking forward to this ATWT reunion with Lesli and Kristina? Comment below.

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