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Romanovich: "As One World Ends a New World Begins in Daytime Soaps"

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Associated Television International’s Jim Romanovich, who has become a big friend to the soap industry with his help in saving the Daytime Emmy Telecast from extinction, as well as consistently writing his thoughts on the ailing industry, and offering up some food for thought, has done it again.

In his new blog for Baseline Intelligence titled, As One World Ends a New World Begins in Daytime Soaps, Romanovich brings up some valid points about daytime’s past and it’s future.   Here is an excerpt:

Romanovich: “Currently, all six remaining daytime soaps can be seen on each show’s respective network site or Hulu.  The ads you see are extensions of the overall media buy so there’s nothing financially to support the production of the soaps specifically as we know it.  But it is coming and the soaps just have to hang on to reap that benefit.  The networks, I hope, realize the gold in the river that Monty found that is in these devoted viewers who will follow their shows wherever they go.  Story, Characters, and Execution.  That’s all it takes.  In this case the execution is not just with the actors, directors, and crew, but in the platform itself in which they can see it with a simple click.  Technology has to make it easy for everyone and not turn us into a bunch of Magellans navigating through layers of menus to get through the strait and into the open sea.  As I said, the viewers will follow the shows and advertisers will follow the viewers.  So make it easy for them.  If you build it, they will come.  These last six soaps owe a debt of gratitude to Guiding Light and As The World Turns.  It’s all very Christian in a way.  Both soaps created the disciple soaps and then were crucified when their mission interfered in their rulers’ justice system.  In death, they took the sins of the soap world upon their shoulders.  In doing so, it only magnified the strength of the soaps and their followers as well as many other new soaps now on the Internet- The Bay, Gotham, Venice, and so on.  They have been reborn from within.

I know that the six soaps can survive on the Internet or as a hybrid television/Internet vehicle if network programmers can see them as valuable commodities.  But I really can’t say as to whether they do.  Although the broadcast soap era may come to an end in 10 years, who’s to say a cable/Internet run isn’t in the cards? It doesn’t have to be the end.  A new beginning is coming”

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Lisa
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Lisa

I am not interested in web soaps. He is always so negative. I have been watching soaps since 1977 and I do not want to hear they will be extinct on television in less than 10 years.

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LUMI

I been a soap fan sence the 60’s,I loved Another World and I did love Days,I still watch Days but all the charecters are gone that I liked the most, Lucas John Tony Marlena are all gone. and Im mad as hell about BRD/Lucas Horton is no longer on the show,it was no reson for him to go just because the writers coulden and woulden write for him,what sorry writers that cant and want write for a charecter thats been with this soap for 17 years… bring Bryan Dattilo back and the fans will watch and the rating will be… Read more »

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I’m still missing ATWT and as a really long time viewer I guess I always will.This show had heart and soul and a core of decency that i can’t seem to find anywhere else.I really feel like a big chunk died in me.My husband looks at me like i’m nuts and maybe I am.but I miss it …it was “my time ” and I loved most of the characters….especially Dr. Bob, and my beloved Reid and Luke!

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ATWT was the best soap opera on tv, period. I can’t believe P & G did not try to shop it out so it could have survived. They had the BEST storyline ever going with Luke and Reid and the fans were so emotionally invested in that show. Months after it had ended I am still grieving over the loss.

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Michael Park Joins the Cast of HBO’s ‘The Time Traveler’s Wife’

Two-time Daytime Emmy winner and former star of As the World Turns Michael Park (Ex-Jack Snyder), has been added to the cast of HBO’s upcoming time travel drama, The Time Traveler’s Wife.

According to Deadline, the series is adapted by former Dr. Who head writer and Sherlock co-creator Steven Moffat, The Time Traveler’s Wife tells the intricate love story of Clare (Leslie) and Henry (James), and a marriage with a problem… time travel.

In it, Park will play the role of “Philip Abshire” – Clare’s father, who is said to be a high-powered Chicago lawyer, he is brisk and orderly, and expects all his children to fall into line.

The series also will star former General Hospital and Oscar winner, Jaimie Ray Newman (Ex-Kristina).  She won an Academy Award for her Live-Action Short, Skin.

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So, looking forward to seeing Michael and Jaimie in their new TV roles? Comment below.

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ATWT and OLTL Alum Mary Linda Rapelye Passes Away at 76

She got her soap start as Faith Kipling, the wife of the evil Dr. Ivan Kipling on One Life to Live (1979-1980) and later came to Oakdale and As the World Turns as lawyer, Maggie Crawford (1980-1985), and now comes sad news that actress Mary Linda Rapelye has died from a battle with cancer.

Mary Linda actually passed away last month on April 5th, and according to The Booth Bay Register she was surrounded by her her brother Gardiner Rapelye Jr. and dear friends Julianna and Will Anderson by her side.  She was 76 years old at the time of her death.

Mary Linda started a long career of acting when she was only 5.  After her part in an outdoor production at The Starlight Theater in her home town, Kansas City, Missouri, she climbed off the stage and sat in her father’s lap. This was to be the beginning of her work spanning nearly eight decades on stage, screen and television. She is best known for her roles in Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood, and of course, OLTL and ATWT.  She also made a memorable appearance in the role of Irina Galliulin in the Star Trek: The Original Series third season episode “The Way to Eden”.

A Memorial and Celebration of Life is being planned this July for MaryLinda in Booth Bay.

Below is a tribute video featuring clips and moments from Rapelye’s career.

Share your remembrances and condolences for Mary Linda in the comment section.

 

 

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‘The Doctors’ Panel Participants Announced for ‘Soap Con Live’ Event

The upcoming Soap Con Live virtual event has announced that former The Doctors stars: Nancy Stafford (Felicia/Adrienne Hunt), Anna Stuart (Toni Ferra-Powers), Frank Telfer (Luke Dancy) and Marie Thomas-Foster (Lauri James-Iverson) will be on the panel representing the series on May 1 at 2:30 p.m. ET/11:30 a.m. PT.

“Classic television has been a great comfort during this challenging year,” said Joel Wertman, president of Retro TV and It’s Real Good TV parent company, Get After It Media, Inc. “Our team is honored that Retro TV has been a place audiences have turned to. We’re excited to be a part of Soap Con Live and are grateful to these stars from “The Doctors” for being a part of the event.”

Panels for other daytime soaps As the World Turns, One Life to Live and General Hospital will continue throughout the day during this free, inaugural virtual event.

The free live event will be simulcast on The Locher Room YouTube Channel, the It’s Real Good TV app, and SoapOperaDigest.com.

There will be a Q&A during the livestream events giving fans opportunities to interact with their favorite daytime stars.

Go to Soap Con Live.com for more information on the main event and virtual meet and greets and more.

So, what do you think about The Doctors panel participants? Comment below.

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