This morning at the ABC Summer Press Tour Television Critics Association Panel, ABC President of Entertainment Paul Lee fielded a few questions about the state of soaps on ABC in which he stated, “I started my life (producing) on Brazilian and British soap operas. I don’t want to overclaim it, but I feel like Revenge, for instance, has really made soaps cool again. There’s nothing wrong with serialized drama,” he says.
So that begs the question is ABC reconsidering daytime soaps? The Entertainment President says ABC is not looking to revive All My Children or One Life to Live, and they’re not looking at picking up new scripted daytime shows. Lee stated, “I think those decisions were made. Our focus is on General Hospital, and I think Frank Valentini is doing a great job with that, and a lot of his crossovers. So we like that and are great supporters of it.”
Lee also wanted the audience of journalists to give The Chew some push! “I think we are very pleased with The Chew. I don’t know if you are watching that, but it’s got such energy, that show.. And we saw a presentation the other day, and that’s just going to get better and better. It’s also a huge asset for us as you get into the holiday season and beyond.”
So this fall, its Revenge, General Hospital, and the primetime new series 666 Park Avenue, that will provide the soapy drama from ABC. What do you think of Lee’s comments? Weigh-in!