Friday, April 15, 2011

Times, They Sure Are A Changin'

It seems the carnage continues at ABC. Since the Queen of Daytime Television, Oprah, announced the ending of her television program, many have wondered what will take its place. Now, the top brass at the network have cancelled two long-running soap operas, One Live To Live and All My Children.

What's next? GMA? You wouldn't think they would cancel such an important part of American society, but who would have thunk they would let the beautiful and glamorous, Erica Kane, ride off into the sunset. I know the story lines can get a bit out there sometimes, but millions of everyday citizens have spent many an hour with these programs whether they admit it or not. Trust me on this, it isn't just housewives or stay-at-home moms that tune in daily.

Admittedly, I stopped watching soap operas. I usually leave the television off during the day. But when I was in college, everyday at 1:00 PM, the girls that lived in Sanford Hall gathered around the boob tube to watch Days Of Our Lives. Bo and Hope. The Hortons. John and Marlena. It's amazing how I still can recall their names.

Soaps were a large part of a different time. Growing up, in the house on Cherry Fork Road, we had 3 channels. That's it! ABC, CBS and NBC. If you didn't like what was on those channels, you went outside or read a book.

I try to keep up with the latest and the greatest, the new gadgets and gizmos. I have over a 100 channels on my cable system but I can still only watch one program at a time. Sadly, if I did want to catch up on a soap again, I won't have that choice.

Maybe, instead, I'll just go outside or read a book...


f82bfat said...

I also quit soaps 100 yrs ago, but I can't stand the thought of another reality show or a talk show with some person I have never heard of. Maybe Susan Lucci can host a show in what used to be her hour of tv time. But, I's time to read another book.

Don E. Chute said...

I hate to admit, but in college we all gathered in the quad to watch GH, General Hospital.

Luke & Laura...

As far as Susan Lucci, and Erica Kane, remember you heard it here first.

Erica moves into Wisteria Lane, and becomes the newest, Desperate Housewife.


meleah rebeccah said...

I haven't watched AMC in years, but I did grow up watching it with my mom. And I am very sad to hear it's going off the air. It's truly the end of an Era.

Stacy said...

I haven't watched soaps since my daughter was born almost 19 years ago and I never got into the ABC soaps. It was all about Days of Our Lives (loved me some Bo and Hope), Another World and Texas (during it's brief run) for me. My dad was hooked on General Hospital as it came on just as he got home from work. Even though I don't watch them, it will seem strange to have a soap-less world.

Nicole Taylor said...

I grew up watching AMC with my mother. Now, as I approach 30 and struggle with this new milestone, it feels as if one last part of my childhood has been taken away from me. It is sad that a show that has been on the air for 41 years has been done such an injustice. "Boo" to you, ABC, and shame. Good bye Erica Kane and thank you for the bit of flair, drama, and and touch of romance that we could always find in your life.



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