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Spinoffs of Y&R and OLTL Possible?
Topic Started: Sep 22 2007, 07:19 PM (529 Views)
Steve Frame
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This is an excerpt from a Variety article about original series on Cable stations. The full article can be found at: http://www.variety.com/article/VR111797247...oryid=2522&cs=1

Another small-sized cabler, SoapNet, is drawing a number of young women new to the network with its first scripted series, "General Hospital: Night Shift." It has started producing original series because its stock in trade -- repeats of same-day broadcast soaps in primetime -- is becoming less relevant in the age of the DVR.

As a result, more original spinoffs are in development at SoapNet, says Brian Frons, president of daytime for the Disney-ABC TV Group, citing "One Life to Live" and "The Young & the Restless" as eager candidates for cloning.

Frons acknowledges that "reruns of off-network shows are far kinder to SoapNet's bottom line." The network will have to develop "the stomach to deal with failure," which comes with greenlighting expensive scripted originals, he says.

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The line about the repeats of same-day broadcasts being less relevant is just another indication that evidently the same day broadcasts are not doing that well on Soapnet anymore. I doubt that we will see anymore picked up. And notice he says that "reruns of off-network shows are far kinder to SoapNet's bottom line" and not same day broadcasts. If the show picks up any more shows I don't look for it to be daytime soaps either.

Interesting that he picked OLTL and Y&R as the shows eager to have a spinoff and doesn't even mention his own network's AMC.
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Mason


I don't even see how SoapNet could do a Y&R spin-off. I can understand OLTL, because it's ABC-owned, but Y&R isn't.

However, this could be good news for DAYS, if SN's looking to produce more original series. Perhaps it could pick up DAYS in '09, albeit with a greatly reduced budget.
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Y&RWorldTurner
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Sharongate, bitches!

Hmm, I'm surprised at Frons using Y&R as an example, since he obviously had a bias against the show and its ratings dominance a few years back. However, Frons knows Y&R is the probably the only soap that could possibly emulate the success of GH:NS, since Y&R is a strong performer on both daytime and on SoapNet. However, Y&R isn't Disney/ABC owned, but I'm sure they'd have to strike up some deal with Sony, if this were to happen. Sony does have a history of cooperation with Disney/Buena Vista Television though.

Latham is a primetime writer and she specializes in episodic structure, so this could possibly work. However, Y&R in its current state doesn't deserve a spin-off.

OLTL is another iffy situation, given that the show is a NYC based production and its much more expensive to produce a show in NYC, than it is in say LA or Canada.
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Would NOT surprise me if SOAPnet decided eventually to scale back the airings of daytime soaps to two times a day or even once a day.
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Nubia
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God, a primetime spinnoff of Y&R would be scary at this point. It would probably be an update of Three's Company, featuring Daniel, Kevin, April, and all their crazy antics.


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I'm surprised that OLTL was chosen over AMC. OLTL is usually referred to as ABC's 'red-headed stepchild.' And perhaps LML would do better with if Y&R was a primetime show. Let her run with it, but can we please get a writer that knows how to write daytime in for the regular showing of the soap?
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I definitely think an AMC spinoff would do better than a OLTL would. Then again I'm sure a Y&R would do even better than both combined.
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Steve Frame
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I have not watch GH: Night Shift because I don't watch SoapNet anymore right now. If they did a Y&R spinoff they might lure me back - just don't know.

I think they should really spice up the show if they are going to do a primetime cable version. TNT has really spiced up their new series esp. Saving Grace. I don't know how many times we have seen actual humping and seen Holly Hunter's behind. The show has a more real feel to it.

I really think stuff like that could lure viewers too. Y&R has really gotten very boring with their sex scenes and they used to be really good at them. They lack any romance to them and any sex appeal to them. But most all the shows are that way now. Primetime would give them a chance to spice it up some. A Y&R or OLTL spinoff either one would be ripe for that.
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SteveFrame
Sep 23 2007, 01:08 AM
I have not watch GH: Night Shift because I don't watch SoapNet anymore right now. If they did a Y&R spinoff they might lure me back - just don't know.

I think they should really spice up the show if they are going to do a primetime cable version. TNT has really spiced up their new series esp. Saving Grace. I don't know how many times we have seen actual humping and seen Holly Hunter's behind. The show has a more real feel to it.

I really think stuff like that could lure viewers too. Y&R has really gotten very boring with their sex scenes and they used to be really good at them. They lack any romance to them and any sex appeal to them. But most all the shows are that way now. Primetime would give them a chance to spice it up some. A Y&R or OLTL spinoff either one would be ripe for that.

I would've agreed if it hadn't been for the Sharon/Jack romp last week. Goodness gracious those two were about to fall off the bed!
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Steve Frame
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Wow I missed that one. I am surprised - the love scenes have been so boring for so long. I have been watching live while working and not taping Y&R and occassionally I'll be on the phone. Can't believe I missed that.
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I think I'll pass!

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