Saving Soaps

What will it take to save soaps.

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Mala Bhattacharjee had a very interesting “Soapbox Column” in the July 21, 2009 issue of Soap Opera Weekly. Going off of Guiding Light’s finale she speculates the stories other soaps would tell if they too faced a death sentence. She speculates “Personally, I think we’d see a marked change in the writing – and viewers would actually start seeing the stories that should be told, instead of the-powers-that-be’s grandiose pieces of soap fan fiction.” After running through the stories she’d like them to see, she explains it’s “because at the end of the day, soaps should be about family, about love, about returning to those basic values….And here’s the thing: these are all stories we could see without cancellation actually looming. How about we just pretend soaps are under the gun? Much like Scheherazade staving off her own execution by weaving gorgeous tales, daytime can earn a reprieve…

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