By Michele Dargan

It’s sad to see the soaps dying – one-by-one.

Last year, Guiding Light.

This year, As The World Turns.

Ugh!

For someone like me, who’s been watching soaps for more than 40 years, It’s just plain sad….sad to see what soaps have become.

I look back on the old days of soap operas, when the writing was compelling and storylines revolved around core families…they were people we cared about and were invested in.

And there wasn’t this graphic and prevalent violence…don’t even get me started on that one!

Oh, how I miss the days when there were no revealing previews and no Internet spoilers…..actually, there was no Internet, which on many levels was a blessing.

You would turn on the TV each day and wonder what would happen next.

Quite frankly, what is the point of watching the show if you know what’s going to happen.

I don’t get the appeal of spoilers, but that’s just me.

At any rate, there are a plethora of reasons for the failure of soaps these days.

Author Kelly Wittmann lists the top 12 reasons for the demise of soap operas on her blog “Five Agents and A Funeral.”

Numbers 3, 4, 5 and 9 would be tops on my list.

I wholeheartedly agree with Kelly’s assessment and offer her blog entry for your perusal.

Click on the headline below. It’s a good read!

“One Writer’s Opinion of Why Soap Operas are Dying.”

So what do you think?

Agree or disagree?

Or do you have additional reasons to add?

By Joshua

Steamboat: Most Loved Soap.
“Today’s Episode of Steamboat is Brought To You By Lactene for milky hair. It’s Not Silky, It’s Milky, With Lactene.”

This is the phrase that ends episode one and begins every episode thereafter of the most talked about, new online soap “Steamboat”, which was created by Michael O’Leary (ex-Rick Bauer, GL) with help from Scott Bryce (ex-Craig Montgomery, ATWT and ex-Dr. Crosby, OLTL).

It’s described as a medium between All My Children and The Office, and it is great.

The show is about the behind-the-scenes of a failing soap called “Steamboat.”

It features popular soap actors like Kim Zimmer (ex-Reva Lewis, GL; Rhonda), Justin Deas (ex-Buzz Cooper, GL; Scott), Orlagh Cassidy (ex-Doris Wolfe, GL; Gwen), Michael Park (Jack Snyder, ATWT; Dirk), newcomer Jacquelina DeMarco (Candy), Kurt McKinney (ex-Matt Reardon, GL; Ellis, ATWT; Daniel), Beth Chamberlin (ex-Beth Spaulding, GL; Tabitha), and Michael O’Leary (Michael).

With this stellar cast, no wonder “Steamboat” has many fans and followers.

They already have five episodes online, but don’t fret – they’re only a few minutes each. It won’t take long to catch up.

We have everyone who is trying to get their Emmy, mixed in with the show failing miserably. This satirical web series is available on YouTube, and has finished taping the first season.

I don’t watch the other web series that are out there. Not because I don’t like the actors and actresses, or anything, but I just don’t get the appeal.

But “Steamboat” isn’t like the others.

It’s comedic, featuring great writing and great delivery by a top notch cast.

Take a look at episode one.

It’s a very entertaining series end everyone who loves soaps should watch it.

And remamber: It’s not silky, it’s milky. With Lactene.

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By Joshua

I know this was announced a few months ago, but it really took this long to hit me.

After 54 long years on the air – after marriages, divorces, deaths, births, baby switches, broken engagements, affairs, mental breakdowns, comas, and so much more – As the World Turns has been canceled. This is a fact that is made even more sad because it’s sister soap, Guiding Light, ended its historic 72-year run in September.

I started watching As the World Turns when I was 12. It was always close to me.

ATWT is one of the few soaps with so many vets and older characters – Dr. Bob (Don Hastings), Kim (Kathryn Hays), Nancy, Lucinda, Lisa and Barbara – and, especially in the last year, they have been utilized.

Bob’s health crisis mystery combined with Kim’s heart attack was so sweet.

Lisa didn’t get much airtime. But Barbara (Colleen Zenk Pinter) has been canoodling with three (or two, depending on how you look at it) men, two of which are young enough to be her son.

We even got a double dose of Nancy this year. The scenes where she gave Casey her engagement ring from Chris to give to Ali were wonderful.

Now, ATWT has also played a lot of young people: Mick, Ali, Casey, Liberty, Parker, Luke (Van Hansis), Noah (Jake Silbermann), the Pisces twins (ugh), Maddie, Hunter and Adam.

They intermingled the two generations (Ali/Bob/Kim during Bob’s health crisis; Mick and Barbara). They told stories about family, love, hate, and of course, returning from the dead.

Now, I’m not saying that ATWT is perfect. There have been many stories that they didn’t do very well. Heck, people went from the Nuke fanbase in droves to support One Life’s gay couple, Kish (which has even been called “Nuke done right”).

Luke (Van Hansis) and Noah (Jake Silbermann)

Luke (Van Hansis) and Noah (Jake Silbermann)

When Guiding Light went off the air, it felt like a family member died. But there was always ATWT to carry on the legacy.

When GL was cancelled on September 18, 2009 until September 17, 2010 when ATWT has its final air date, ATWT is the longest running soap opera currently on the air. And yes, 54 is not as long as 72, but the cancellation of ATWT has been felt just as hard, if not harder.

Soon, ATWT will join the ranks of GL, Passions and a horde of other canceled soaps, the third in the last few years. As the World Turns has been a staple of history. I will never forget watching the Walshes, the Snyders, the Hughes, the Stewarts, the Stenbecks, and every other family and character to blow through Oakdale.

Here’s to another nine months of wonderful storytelling and the history that will unfortunately be coming to an end. I am not quite happy with CBS for their decision, but what can you do? I will never forget the memories, no matter what.

Even after 9/17/10, you can help keep the world turning within yourself.