Leave it to Y&R stalwart Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki Newman) to talk about her appreciation, and that of her colleagues for the dedicated soap fans in a new piece in the Washington Post from journalist Lonnae O’Neal. The writers also cops to being a soap addict herself, like so many of us throughout our lives.
While detailing how she would watch soaps growing up and with her mother, and how daytime dramas have been multi-generational, O’Neal discusses General Hospital’s Luke (Tony Geary) and Laura (Genie Francis) and Tony Geary’s major end of an era on-screen departure from the ABC soap opera this week. However, the columnist reveals her favorite soap opera since college has been The Young and the Restless!
Lonnae spoke to Melody Thomas Scott about how soap operas have helped her through the birth of her babies, divorce, and making some of her hardest work less lonely. Scott replied: “People feel like we’re their dearest friends or their closest cousins. People like Meryl Streep or the biggest stars in the world — they don’t enjoy the fans we have.” Ain’t that the truth, Mel!
What do you think about Melody’s comment that soap fans are the most loyal and dedicated in the entertainment genre? Have soap operas helped you through some of the toughest times in your life? Share your comments below!