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Steve Frame
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Kenny, It is the responsibility of the show to make them interesting, but even back in the day when some of the shows were at their worst - viewers tuned in each day just to see what would happen. Because we didn't know what was going to happen.

We loved it that way. I love back on some of the soaps I watched and they were bad and boring now that I think about it, but then it didn't seem that way. You didn't know what was going to happen and you couldn't wait for them to come on to see who was on and see what they were doing.

And when big surprises like the toward the ending of Somerset when we all found out that the big boss behind all the mob stuff was Julian's best friend and editor of the paper. That was earth shattering - as there was no hint.

Or when in 1979 when John Randolph on Another World was killed - you had no clue it was going to happen. Or when Eileen Perrinni really died.

Or even on The Doctors when Missy Dancy pushed Maggie out of the way to keep her from getting shot and got killed herself. You didn't know that was coming. That story in particular was God awful. But day to day you didn't know who was going to come out of that hostage crisis. And people tuned in each day to see.

Daily soap operas are built on suspense and getting people to come back the next day. To me spoilers and previews are going against that. Why let people know how boring the day is going to be - make them tune to find out it is going to be boring.
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