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?