The Rise and Fall of the Soap Opera

The Rise and Fall of the Soap Opera

There are 10 comments on the findingDulcinea story from Apr 19, 2009, titled The Rise and Fall of the Soap Opera. In it, findingDulcinea reports that:

CBS's decision to cancel "Guiding Light" significantly furthered the decline of soap operas.

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Rosemary Hughes

Hopkins, MN

#1 Apr 20, 2009
I love guiding light and have watch the show for years. my grandmother is the one who got me hooked on watching general hospital and guiding light.I am sadden by the cancalation of guiding light and i am going to miss everyone on guiding light. best of luck to all of you at guiding light.
sarah

Monson, MA

#2 Apr 20, 2009
Soaps can no longer claim ownership on controversial storylines, but what they do have is the grand canvas of 5 epis per week, no reruns. It is grand. Budgets will be cut, but the format will survive, whether on cable or the internet. Proctor & Gamble are currently shopping GL & ATWT to cable networks. TV is dying (in lue of internet viewing), but a show like GL with its beginnings on radio surely can find a way to transition. We'll be watching.
BettyB

Laramie, WY

#3 Apr 20, 2009
My mom still talks about the Luke and Laura wedding from General Hospital. I wonder how often TV creates a "moment to remember?"
Mike

New York, NY

#4 Apr 20, 2009
This news story sounds like a soap.
Ohio

Pickerington, OH

#5 Apr 20, 2009
Love the Guiding Light--been watching it for 40 years!
sarah

Monson, MA

#6 Apr 21, 2009
BettyB wrote:
My mom still talks about the Luke and Laura wedding from General Hospital. I wonder how often TV creates a "moment to remember?"
With as many options as we have for entertainment now, there will never be the same unity of audience viewing the same program as there was at the time of Luke/Laura wedding (30 million viewers!). Prime time can't even hit those numbers with the hundreds of channels available. Its more likely today that we all respond to a viral video on youtube that you can't avoid watching on the web or being discussed on the "tv news"
Amy

United States

#7 Apr 21, 2009
I am truly upset by the loss of Guiding Light. I have been watching this show since I was a kid. When I worked I taped it. Now as a stay at home mom I DVR it just in case I don't have time to watch. It is the "great escape" from reality that you can't get from reality shows. I will truly miss it.
Janet

Oregon City, OR

#8 Apr 22, 2009
I grew up watching Guiding Light. RIP.
jesse collins

Mason, OH

#10 Jun 10, 2009
Rosemary Hughes wrote:
I love guiding light and have watch the show for years. my grandmother is the one who got me hooked on watching general hospital and guiding light.I am sadden by the cancalation of guiding light and i am going to miss everyone on guiding light. best of luck to all of you at guiding light.
I used to love the show, even the clone storyline was beginning to get interesting(with the question of whether or not clones have souls, and are they individual or an extension of the original) when they abruptly ended it. A true soap fan can find the up side to almost any misguided storyline, even if it's just the acting. What finally made me quit watching was the absolute disregard for the veteran actors and their fans. Specifically the refusal to use Holly in a storyline. I missed the characters of Jenna, Selena, India, Amanda, even Claire and Roxanne. But for me Holly was always the one character that was the epitomy of what the show was when I first started watching it. Her self-destructive attraction to Roger, attempts at salvation with Ed and Fletcher, conflicted relationship with Blake. She was constantly evolving but stayed true to her characters wounded vulnerability. When the writers couldn't come up with a storyline for her, inspite of her chemistry with Alan(why even bother testing that when it was clear they weren't going to pursue it?) or the other multiple storylines her history lent itself to, I was done. Does anyone get that soaps are handed down from generation to generation? I watched with my mom, who watched with her mom, etc. They worked because 3 generations of viewers were attached to the same characters that they all grew up with. New characters were organic, not plot devices forced onto the canvas. Why bother getting attached to characters that eventually get "aged" out"? Why commit to a show that caters to the 18-24 crowd, as if the rest of us don't spend money? I won't miss Guiding Light anymore now then I have since they wrote out Holly. To me the "Light" has been off for years.
I Remember

Opelousas, LA

#11 Jun 21, 2009
The best and only thing Guiding Light has had in eons is the Otalia story line, and they have screwed that up so badly it might as well end.
Will miss Crystal Chappel and Jessica Leccia!

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