Leave it to The Young and the Restless’ Eric Braeden, who plays the iconic Victor Newman of Genoa City, to fire back at network suits and programming executives who over the past few years have canceled beloved daytime dramas and taken them away from its huge fan base and audience, only to replace them with game shows, cooking shows, or failed lifestyle/makeover shows. (Yes, The Revolution, we are talking about YOU!)
In a piece this weekend from The Hollywood Exclusive with noted Tinseltown columnist Marilyn Beck, she asked the Daytime Emmy winning actor how it feels being on one of the four remaining soaps, and his thoughts on the decisions made to replace them with alternative forms of programming. Braeden replied, “Not very good, to be honest. They’re replacing the soaps with bull#$@!, with crap. It’s what happens when huge corporations take over, and things are reduced to the lowest common denominator. You cannot tell me that all of a sudden, people who have been used to the novelistic form of entertainment, soap operas have suddenly lost interest. This form of serialized storytelling goes back to radio, to serialized novels. Dickens was essentially a soap opera writer. The desire to see, to be part of that has not died suddenly. I think it has died in the minds of some executives.”
Braeden is currently being seen on the big screen in the Oscar-winning Titanic as John Jacob Astor, which is currently been re-released in 3-D in honor of the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the real-life Titanic.
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