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Books about TV: The Soap Opera Slaughters

In another addition to my entertainment book collection, I purchased a used copy of "The Soap Opera Slaughters", by Marvin Kaye. T...

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Sayonara SoapNet by 2012

The big news in the world of soaps in the last 48 hours is the announced end of SoapNet. The channel which will cease broadcasting in about 18 months will be replaced by Disney Jr. This headline is such a big deal it was a trending topic on Twitter the evening of the American Idol Finale. To read TVGuide's take click here. My thoughts on this are jumbled so I am using this entry to explore them.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

The Changing Face of CBS Daytime

With the latest rumblings that As the World Turns will most likely be replaced by another version of the game show Pyramid or Password, a talk show, or a reality game show hybrid with a cooking element, one wonders what CBS is thinking beyond the bottom line. I do not know why we have yet to hear what the replacement show will be or its length. Will CBS give back 30 minutes to their local stations or air an hour show in its place.

Monday, May 24, 2010

OLTL: The Musical

On Friday, Monday and Tuesday, (May 14, 17 & 18) One Life to Live presented three musical episodes. These particular days had original tunes alongside covers of songs by famous artists. Starr X’ed Lovers was the name of Langston’s musical, and I figure we are to assume that the original songs used throughout the episodes were from the fictional show. The reactions to the musical have been mixed with some enjoying it and others not so much. This entry includes general impressions and is not a full summation of the episodes.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Thoughts on Daytime Emmy Nominations 2010

The list for the Daytime Emmy nominees came out yesterday morning. For a full list visit the Emmys website here. Here are my thoughts as a long time soap viewer who doesn’t claim any sort of authority beyond watching soaps for years. The Daytime Emmys are a celebration of all the programs that air in the daylight hours. For the sake of this blog entry I am just writing about the major soap opera categories.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

AMC: Seeing vs. Believing Reality show with Ricky Paull Goldin

Earlier this month, TLC aired a special with Ricky Paull Goldin who currently plays Dr. Jake Martin on All My Children. It was a paranormal reality show and called Seeing vs. Believing.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

GH: Michael Killing Claudia

This past fall Michael killed his stepmother Claudia. Everyone in his life is supposedly doing what is best for Michael, whether it is his parents, Carly and Sonny, stepfather Jax, siblings Dante, Kristina, and Morgan or godfather Jason. What these people think is the correct course of action is what is unclear and is causing the conflict.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

ATWT: Helen Wagner's Death

Daytime legend Helen Wagner passed away this past weekend at the age of 91. For 54 years, she played Nancy on As the World Turns.