This morning TIME.com posted an item on All My Children and One Life to Live rebounding from extinction thanks to Prospect Park’s efforts, the undying passion and support from soap fans, and the emergence of the Internet to watch new forms of programming, new shows, and how soaps led the way from radio to television, and now are doing much the same with the television genre art form into an online format.
Noted columnist, Carolyn Hinsey was interviewed for the piece and weighed-in on just how the new AMC and OLTL will sit with the fans stating, “How can you not be positive? If you could bring someone back from the dead and they might be a little sick for a while, wouldn’t you still rather have them back? And then they’ll get better and better, and hopefully they’ll be totally healthy and you’ll get to go hang out with them again.”
Hinsey also discussed the new online model of soaps: “There’s an audience out there looking for a different way to consume soaps. In some ways, this could be going back to the early days of radio, when you had 15-minute installments. And even compared to five years ago, the Internet is very accessible to soap fans, who already populate and contribute to a wide array of message boards and forums.”
Soap activist, Y.B. better known as “Screw The Chew” also took part in The TIME feature revealed as fans; “We’re definitely going to watch online. Even if it’s not exactly the way we wanted it, we’re still going to support it and watch. We proved to everyone else that we wanted them back and they came back. It does feel good to prove them wrong.”
So soapers, what do you think of Hinsey’s and Y.B.’s comments? Do you agree? Are you prepared for OLTL and AMC to have some initial growing pains as you have seen many times with new head writer and executive producer changes and regime changes on your current favorite network soaps? Let us know your thoughts!