Who/What Killed the Soaps? 7 Reasons
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|Thu, 05-05-2011 - 10:04am|
Soap opera fans — and Hoover — can go ahead and blame ABC's head of daytime Brian Frons for the death of All My Children and One Life to Live. Two weeks ago, he pulled the trigger, ending 40 years worth of storytelling, and further enraging fans by announcing in the same breath that both series would be replaced by cheaper-to-produce talk shows.
It's true that soaps don't make as much money as they used to, but why? Are there culprits to blame beyond network executives needing to cut costs? We point a finger at several other guilty parties in the death of the serial:
1. Reality TV: From Lauren vs. Heidi to Teresa Giudice's angry table-flip to Jason Mesnick's Bachelor switcheroo, reality TV has made the melodramatic histrionics once dominated by daytime commonplace. Turns out the truth is stranger than fiction — stronger too. Could any writer come up with a creation as bizarre and addictive as Phaedra Parks? Or Spencer Pratt? Plus, the real-life crazies are all willing to work for a fraction of the cost it takes to keep soap operas' big ensembles employed.