Friday, July 29, 2011
Daytime Dramas: "Soap Operas" Are they Dead? Can they be Fixed? Will Online Work?
The evolution of media and the connection with online viewing has changed the way people watch shows. More people are dvring, tvoing, watching things streaming on youtube, or hulu than ever before. There are more networks than ever before and their niche programming has taken away viewers. People can sit and watch the Food Network all day and watch people cook there more hosts more shows than ever before, and this is true with every niche channel. Niche programming and reality television have become cheaper ways to get success for networks, and have allowed them to make money, cut costs, but they also push us further away from scripted television.
Many shows have replaced talented older actors with younger prettier faces who can't act. Acting within this genre is melodramatic and over the top, but there have a been a lot of famous people who have become bigger stars, after soap operas, which proves there has been quality acting. There are also people who have stayed on shows for years and are some top notch actors/actresses: David Canary, Erika Slezak, Susan Flannery, Jeanne Cooper, Anthony Geary, and I could name so many more people.
The fans are the life blood of this genre. Am I happy AMC and OLTL are going online, possibly. Will this be the right solution, maybe. I could write on this topic forever, and there are so many directions I could go with this, but for now I am still glad that there is still a some sand left in the hour glass.