Viewing Single Post From: Michael Fairman summary of Peter Reckell SOD Interview
Jan 18 2013, 11:23 AM
- December 20, 2007
If you think that bringing in new characters and backburning vets is a new thing, I suggest checking out the episode counts for the early-mid 1980's.
- Jan 18 2013, 12:50 AM
- Jan 17 2013, 03:28 PM
I so agree with what Peter Reckell said in the interview excerpts. If soaps are going to survive, they have to find a way to keep familiar characters relevant while adding interesting new characters to the canvas. If you take away all the vets, you destroy the history of the show and the familiarity that keeps viewers tuning in for years. I had an emotional connection to Bo Brady that I have never come close to feeling for new characters the writers have thrown at us over the last few years. The writers don't do a proper introduction and character development any more, just throw someone like Daniel or Rafe onscreen four days a week, in front burner story, and demand we become invested in them....it doesn't work that way.
What an excellent post! I too fell in love with the Bo/Hope pairing in the 80's. They captured the hearts of so many and still do to this day. So many have said that there is no balance to this show and is so true. You must be able to feature the vets with the newbies and the writers don't know how to do this, or only care about what they want to feature. But little do they realize, if they don't have viewers, they don't wont have a show. They ratings are declining and numbers don't lie. Get rid of the current regime and hire good quality writing. If you have that, you'll improve in the ratings.
There was a ton of new people then. The difference is that the stories were better.