Monday, April 18, 2011
My GH column will be up tomorrow, but there's something else I'd like to discuss. By now, I'm sure you all have heard the news...
ABC has canceled two out of its three daytime soaps. The cancelation of daytime staples One Life to Live and All My Children was announced late last week. This follows the announcement of the changeover of SOAPNet to Disney Junior early next year.
All My Children will end in the fall. One Life to Live will end in January of 2012, around the same time when SOAPNet will cease to exist. The shows will be replaced by "The Chew" and "The Revolution", crappy reality shows.
My heart goes out to the millions of fans who are losing these shows. No matter how much it may hurt to lose a primetime show, it is nothing compared to losing a daytime show. Soap operas air Mon-Fri all year round, whereas a primetime show will air one new episode each week for about 22 weeks. There is a big difference, as you can see.
Many GH fans are worried now. There are some who are aggrivated with head writer Robert Guza. And that is understandable. But we must not give up on our soap opera. Brian Fons, head of ABC Daytime, stated that GH will not be affected by this. But this is the same man who a short time ago stated that all of the ABC soaps were safe. Hopefully, people will turn to General Hospital after their soaps have ended for their daytime fix. Invite friends to watch, too.
In the meantime, I will be posting people to contact later this week to make your voices heard.
Let's hope the age of the soap opera is not about to end just yet...