By Silas Kain

Anyone who’s listened to my show knows that one of my greatest flaws is my failure to keep my tongue in my pocket. (Please hold the snarky retorts.)

That being said, I want to take a moment to set the record straight on a few things concerning today’s rallies or lack thereof for As the World Turns. So, without further adieu, here goes, it’s going to be a bumpy ride!

First of all, THANK YOU to all who listened in last week and participated in our Surge on Soaps. Unfortunately, the majority of those who lurked in the background agreeing to attend a rally failed to follow through.

That stinks – not so much for me but for Sue and Tami who have put their hearts and souls into this campaign. So with that said, here goes…

Suffice it to say I am disappointed and if those who claimed they were going to a rally did so to sabotage the movement, you are hereby served notice. There are those of us in this group who are fighting the good fight to save a genre.

We’re not interested in personal glorification, nor are we interested in sucking up to soap celebrities. As much as this is about soap actors, we understand that actors are human beings, too. They have personal lives, they do this because they love their craft and they don’t want deification — they want to work.

Too many people have been involved in this campaign only to promote personal agendas or serve as shills for a band of gutless “pundits” who would sell their own souls to gain a scoop or “one up” the competition.

As I said EVERY DAY last week on my show — leave your egos at the door.

This is more than just a show or two. This is about an art form which is in serious trouble.

And to all the Johnny-come-latelys who are coming out of the woodwork claiming that they’re concerned all of a sudden — where the heck have you been? We’ve been here all along willing to work with anyone who shared our view of the importance of keeping soap opera alive. Sure the times have changed. That means that the soap model has to adapt as well.

I’m sorry to sound so negative but to be honest I am mostly disappointed.

I’ve known Sue for 12 years. I know how strong her passion has been and I know she’s given herself time and time again — at her own expense and to the risk of her health. Let’s not forget just 6 days ago she had a pacemaker inserted under her breast. Yet she made the trip to NYC. She’s put a lot of her own money into this effort and never asked a single one of us for a dime. Yes, it was her choice, but where is the gratitude, folks?

This woman has given of herself, her heart and her well being because of her passion which she thought the rest of us shared. And tonight she may very well be in an emergency room in Connecticut because she just did too much in these last few days. Again, that was her choice; however, Sue can never wear the badge of shame which says she didn’t do her part. For her service, I salute her and thank her for never giving up especially when most around her were giving her nothing but lip service.

I predicted on Thursday that there would be many disappointments today. My prophecy has been fulfilled. And that’s OK, I’ve been through this before.

Eleven years ago, I remember reaching out to GL and ATWT fans about Another World. I remember begging those fans to hear our case. We were ridiculed. We were lambasted. We were treated like Barack Obama at a Tea Party Rally. And, you know what? We proved we were better than that.

When GL got cancelled, the same AW fans that were once shunned were sought out for advice and guidance. I didn’t get involved in that fight. Frankly, I didn’t want to waste my time. Then CBS announced the end of ATWT.

I don’t care what line of crap the soap media feeds you nor do I believe the “official” line of the studios. This is business. Whatever the motivations were for killing a show which has been enjoyed by 5 consecutive generations of viewers is of no concern to me.

What is most important is the shoring up of those shows that remain while encouraging another network to consider the development of one or two new shows.

That’s right, I said it – NEW soaps.

I believe today just as I did in 1999 in the simple premise that there is demand for quality soap opera.

I am a vociferous proponent of getting arts back into education. I think part of the problem with Daytime is that the last two generations of children have been robbed of the gift of exposure to the arts be it music, drama or literature. And that, my friends, creates students who have a diminished capacity to learn the basics.

Tomorrow is a new day.

The Rallies are over; the ATWT post mortem is at an end.

No more grieving, no more looking for excuses as to who to blame.

If you want to work to promote the genre and get these professionals back in circulation, then join us in this renewed cause. We are the FIRST group which presented a comprehensive, bold approach to reinventing Daytime. That is fact. We have an arsenal of professionals behind the scenes who share our passions and are waiting for the right time to do what they must to join this cause.

So, where to from here?

For me, the answer is simple.

We will continue to work on our proposal. We will fine tune it. We will seek input from people who are willing to place their own egos at the door.

And while I’ve slammed a lot of soap press I know that there are many out there who share my passion. I know that there are many actors, writers and crew who are amazed that we have been in this for them – each of them – because we recognize their value to their respective professions. We believe this initiative is the natural progression for the times in which we live.

Irna Phillips has been an incredible influence on American society for over 50 years. This initiative is dedicated to her in gratitude for her accomplishments. We’re not interested in fan club or studio fan events which take money from the same band of fans ad nauseum. We want to see our actors and writers out there executing their crafts in a forum where they will be most appreciated.

When an actor acts, an actor is most fulfilled. When a writer can weave a tale from the times in which we live without the fear of studio reprisals or “political incorrectness” he/she can spin a tale which captures and inspires. When a director can take their experience from Daytime and bring it to a community theatre for the benefit of up and coming actors and audience they are not only a gift, they are mentors to a new generation of accomplished, seasoned professionals.

Later this week we will be putting out our Irna Phillips Initiative in a boldly creative way. Last week’s Surge on Soaps convinced us that there is stirrings of a new movement so we’re going to do something about it.

If you’re in, drop me an email at soaps@delibernation.com.

We have a new website coming out and we have a completely revamped proposal in the works. The foundation of which is encompassed in the original proposal which you can find on this site. OwnUpOprah.com will become SurgeOnSoaps.com complete with tools for every soap fan to promote their own soap ideas and more.

As Michael Swan said the other night, “where there is life, there is soap.” We could not agree more.

And where there is soap, there is inspiration and opportunity.

Personally, I have been enriched by the experience of soap. I’m passionate about theatre and the arts as equally as I am passionate about the state of our political affairs today. I see the intrinsic value of arts being incorporated into academia in a resurgence not seen in 40 years.

That’s my mission.

If you’re with me, welcome. Join the cause. Help us convince a studio, network or theatre group to hop on board our train. Thanks for reading.

I’m sorry, in advance, if you’ve been offended. There are words that Senator Ted Kennedy once spoke which I feel apply to many a situation – be it politics, parenting, education and yes even soap opera. “”The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives and the dreams shall never die.” Without passion, we are robots, folks. Passion trumps.

And, as the great Helen Wagner said hundreds of times over the years, “Good night, dear.”

4 Responses to “And then the rallies were over….”

  1. :C Omg I feel so bad now, although I said I couldn’t make it cause at the time I was near the city but reading this and reading Tami message I feel so bad and disappointed at the fans that said they will attended and didn’t but we can only hope for another day and better outcome for all those including myself next time can be WAY better and more support for our soaps. I

  2. Well, Linna, there is no need for apologies. As we are learning, this is going to be an interesting process. There are many factors involved in trying to keep this genre viable. We’re the first to really look at the nitty gritty and view soap opera through the view of business. We’ve listened to pundits tell us that we’re off the mark and that network executives just won’t listen to the fan base because we’re such an inconvenience. I don’t believe that to be true. A soap press which commands less than 5% of the total soap viewer audience loses its own legitimacy in the discussion unless they themselves take a proactive, bold approach.

    This is about survival of a genre which includes actors, writers, crew members and the small businesses around each studio which serves the needs of those we’ve come to enjoy. We believe soap has a place in our culture and has served to be an integral part of family life and our collective societal evolution. Soap pundits and the network executives can shun the notion and even attempt to discredit the same. The fact of the matter is truth is just that – TRUTH. I’ve consistently urged soap fans to do the research for themselves. Connect the dots. Follow the money trails. And when they tell you not to look to the past for answers about how this genre arrived at this point — I say that’s where we start. They don’t want us digging and now they are getting vocal in an attempt to dismantle that which we have already accomplished.

  3. I would be lying if I said I been following soaps all this time. I used to watch it when I was younger and grown up and lost interest but 3 years ago I got back in it. I admit it was Luke story from ATWT I saw first but then I got to see the other characters and went looking up and watching the whole episodes and done some research and I’m back in love with soaps. I was so sad to hear that the show was being cancel and how other soaps were in jeopardy. When you find out the real reason behind it their decisions, it just makes me anger cause it’s all about money, business not what people want. I been asking people about the rally who watch ATWT but I dunno they say YE! but I don’t see them doing anything, I asked and posted stuff but it’s really hard to get people to come out and speak right for what they want, so yes I agree, this is going to be an interesting process.

  4. Wonder girl
    19:45, 02.12.2010

    Silas, I am wanting to know how soon the new website will be up and running and also how the proposal is coming? I can’t view it on here. Please advise of any and all news on this subject as I desperately want ASWT back and/or a new soap opera with the same stars!