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29 December 13th, 2013 TVGN Premiere’s: Who Shot The Daytime Soap? Watch The Preview!

We watched so many of our favorite daytime soap operas be sent to soap opera heaven one after the other in the last five years! From Guiding Light, to As the World Turns, to All My Children, to One Life to Live, these iconic shows took their last breathes on network television (although AMC and OLTL were revived for a time this year online by Prospect Park). With those cancellations,  everyone said the fate of the soap opera genre was sealed.  But this year, we have seen the resilience of the genre with higher ratings for the four remaining soap operas!

Premiering this coming Monday, December 16th on TVGN,  the special Who Shot the Daytime Soap? from executive producer, Jim Romanovich president of worldwide media at Associated Television International,  along with the special’s producer, Rob Corsini,  gathered together quite the group of daytime personnel from in front of the camera, and behind the scenes!  They tell the story of the rise and fall, and rise, of what happened to our beloved stories and why they were snuffed out and more!  The show will premiere Monday at 8PMEST/7PMCST, with a sneak preview earlier the same day at 2PMEST/1CST!

Some of the soap favorites that appear in the special include:  Susan Lucci and Alicia Minshew (All My Children), Tristan Rogers, Jacklyn Zeman, William deVry, Sean Kanan and Robin Mattson (General Hospital), Linda Dano (Another World), Judi Evans and Wally Kurth (Days of Our Lives), Crystal Chappell (Venice), Kristoff St. John (The Young and the Restless) and Kathryn Leigh Scott (Dark Shadows), Colleen Zenk (As the World Turns) and Grant Alexsander (Guiding Light).  In addition,  former Daytime EP’s Wendy Riche (GH), Julie Carruthers (AMC) and Maria Arena Bell (Y&R) make appearances.

Romanovich spoke to TV Guide Magazine’s Michael Logan about why he chose to call the special, Who Shot the Daytime Soap? when the soaps are having a comeback: “To be honest, the title is sexy and sizzling and it will get people to gravitate to the show — plus it’s also reminiscent of  ‘Who Shot J.R.?’ which was the ultimate soap whodunit. But, as it turns out, this is also the very best timing, because I can now give this program a happy ending. You will see the full arc of the soaps — the rise, the fall, and now the rise again, not only with the four current network shows but all the great web serials that are being produced by people like Crystal Chappell and Gregori Martin and Sonia Blangiardo. This success allows us to put an exclamation mark on our documentary, but we also ask the question: Why would anyone want to kill such an incredible and popular and lucrative genre? It’s ludicrous! It was sad for me, as a fan of these shows, to not only watch them crumble but to watch them be annihilated from all angles, including from within.”

Watch a preview clip of Who Shot the Daytime Soap? below!  Then, let us know your thoughts on the content, the subject matter, and if you will be tuning-in?

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  1. Joanne says:

    I can’t wait to see this….I’m setting my DVR

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  2. David J. says:

    I’m surprised by the decisions to include MAB, Julie Carruthers, and the actor that plays Fen.

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  3. jimh(leave it to beaver) says:

    Why not an appearance by Brian Frons? Where has he disappeared to…and does Anna and Robert have anything to do with it?…lol

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    ricardo replied

    sheila carter kidnapped brian frons, i told sheila too torture him. lol

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    jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    That would still be too good for him…lol

  4. Mary SF says:

    Looks great, unfortunately I don’t have that channel to watch. I believe the death really started in 1999 when NBC cancelled Another World. Dano Plato said at the time, if they can cancel Another World they can cancel anything. Her words rang true. Again I don’t think daytime serial on network television is making a comeback, until I see networks invest in new ones— but soap fans are supporting the last four we got knowing, if we don’t watch, they can and will cancel them and none of us want that.

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    Mary SF replied

    * that should have read Linda Dano, not Dano Plato– no more eggnog for me. LOL.

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    jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    At first i thought you meant the late Dana Plato from Different Strokes, and i was going to say i never knew she was a fan of the show!

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    Mary SF replied

    Thank you— I was searching my brain trying to figure out why I connecting Dano with Plato, sometimes our minds are worse than auto correct and things just get cross connected from the time we have a thought to the time we type— well that and the eggnog. Happy Holidays fellow soap fan.

    jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    Happy Holidays to you too…

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  5. su0000 says:

    I would love to see it, but my Comcast does not carry TVGN..
    I spent 20 minutes on the phone with Comcast, nada.. :(

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  6. Sue says:

    DVr set hoping they may pick up our reboots

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  7. Sue says:

    I heard Oprah was interviewing actors from reboots any details as to air dates please I will watch that and only that on her network

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  8. Rodd says:

    Looking forward to seeing it. Now…if I can just locate TVGN on my cable provider…

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    TVGN replied

    Hi Rodd: To find your TVGN channel go to http://www.TVGN.tv and type in your zip code in the Channel Finder located on the top right corner of the page.

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    su0000 replied

    I put my zip code in, and Comcast does not carry it;
    here is the two that did come up;
    Dish Network
    DirecTV

    Rodd replied

    Thank you.

    Robert C replied

    I have Comcast Cable here in Sacramento Ca and TVGN is on channel 111 here

    Robert C replied

    su0000 don’t trust TVGN.tv as Dish Network and DirecTV were the only ones listed in my zip code but the truth is Comcast does carry TVGN so you may have to channel surf until you find the station in your area.

    KM replied

    You are my new best friend, OP! I scanned thru all my 600 channels trying to spot TVGN with no luck but this did the trick. Thanks so much. Looking forward to watching.

  9. Lou Piikes says:

    I don’t have the TVGN in my cable package. I hope someone can post this special on that video site for fans that don’t have the channel.

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  10. Tom Welles says:

    Darn, I don’t get the TV Guide Channel, wish I did for I would enjoy watching this. Maybe Hulu Plus will show it, since I still pay for that and don’t even get to see ALL MY CHILDREN which is why I first got Hulu Plus.
    Maybe this is off topic a bit but since I can’t stand what happened with AMC on line, being on again, off again, countless legal problems, unbelievable really and I wonder
    if this will be mentioned at all on this TV Guide special.

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  11. k/kay says:

    Who killed daytime well how about OJ Simpson his trial went on forever and people lost interest a lot never came back! We have not had good stories in a long time it is ok to blame networks etc. but if you write crap sooner or later people turn out. Gh has had a great run but I for one am tired of the campy storytelling. And B&B teenyboppers who roll their eyes and pose for the camera throw up time. Y&R totally taken over by golden boy who never saw a cue card he did not love. Days can not comment have not watched in 15 years.

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    jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    imo…Days is really good right now, especially since it isnt as campy as it used to be for years! I dont mind a little campiness in soaps myself but several posts ago i did say camp can wear thin after awhile and some viewers will get tired of it…i miss the 70s era when most soaps were character driven and more down to earth! Y&R is more like the old soap days and perhaps thats the reason it stays in the no. 1 position?

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  12. Kate says:

    The resurgence of the soaps is just the refugees of the cancelled soaps trying to get interested in another soap. I have tried but none of them can capture my interest like AMC. The fans are doing what the networks want. The networks want to increase the ratings of soaps by canceling other soaps and forcing the fans of the canceled soaps to watch the remaining soaps. I will occasionally watch Y&R. I really don’t watch daytime TV anymore. I come back to this site looking for updates concerning AMC. I hope the remaining soaps survive. I will never watch ABC. Sorry, just won’t.

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  13. Eric Buchanan says:

    I wish I could watch, but my Charter cable does not have TVGN, nor does my sister’s Cablevision n CT.

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  14. betty says:

    what happen to erica cain ,sunny,brenda,jason,and other soap will they return

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  15. Sue says:

    very disappointed Canada left out of watching AMC after watching since inception. Perhaps with those viewers added the show would not have been cancelled!

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  16. Ann says:

    I have ATT-UVERSE \ how can I get TVGN????????

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