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How to Save Soaps; Annual SOD Article
Topic Started: Sep 12 2007, 06:08 PM (450 Views)
ljacks13
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Interesting Article on to save the soaps from cancellation from the new SOD.

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Steve Frame
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Maybe they should quit focusing on how to get more avenues for people to watch the shows (DVR, etc.) and just focus on fixing the shows.

They can blame it on whatever they want but the truth is that the people behind the soaps is what is killing soaps - not technology, not OJ, no women's lib. I used to buy into some of that, but it is not what is making me quit watching and not what I hear from so many others.

The shows have shitty stories now and no balance.

Why not work on making the shows better themselves.
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King
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Yep.

The people in charge just don't get it.


They haven't in the last decade, and they never will.
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PhoenixRising05
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GET EM STEPH!!

I agree. While some of those outside influences began the downward spiral, the past 5-7 years has all been bad writing and poor decision making on the part of TPTB. Sure, the changing viewer climate is a reason but the blame mostly falls on the shows themselves. If they put out a better product, fans would feel more inclined not to tune out, even if they lead busies lives and have more choices now.
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bellcurve
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I find it interesting that SOD, a magazine that pretty much supports coddling and asskissing the nets to get their scoops and interviews, is asking how the soaps can be saved. According to the networks, nothing's wrong with them.
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SteveFrame
Sep 12 2007, 06:44 PM
Maybe they should quit focusing on how to get more avenues for people to watch the shows (DVR, etc.) and just focus on fixing the shows.

They can blame it on whatever they want but the truth is that the people behind the soaps is what is killing soaps - not technology, not OJ, no women's lib. I used to buy into some of that, but it is not what is making me quit watching and not what I hear from so many others.

The shows have shitty stories now and no balance.

Why not work on making the shows better themselves.

Damn straight! If only they could just get over their egos, and admit that what they're doing right now is just not working...
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px780
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Shitty stories and lack of balance aside, I think they also need to focus on finding (and properly integrating) fresh, young, charismatic actors.

I just scrolled through the entertainment section of Yahoo! news, and there was Susan Lucci's face next to an article about the storyline with Kendall's son, with Lucci's character name in the headline. The story was discussed but she was the lure.

Quality only has so much value in terms of increasing the audience. They need to find more Lucci's- likable actors who understand that they probably don't have enough talent to be as big a star outside of daytime as they can be staying in the genre. And they can either look for new people or try to leverage what they've got (like what Days/NBC seems to be doing with Sweeney).

With all their focus on new ways to reach the audience, and with Disney's experience at creating stars, I'm honestly a bit surprised they haven't done more in this area.
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Q Steph
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Put your hands up for Obama

I've all but given hope that the genre can be saved. Too much lack of balance, cultural integration, tepid stories and waning interest.
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