I must admit that I haven’t been watching a whole lot of soaps during the past month.
For various reasons … some personal, some caused by the busy holiday season and some related to my substantial disappointment in my favorite daytime dramas recently … my tube watching has consisted mostly of Momma’s Boys and college football.
And I’ve been reading a lot of news.
Well, guess what I’ve discovered? Our world is just one, big soap opera.
Check out this Reuters story I stumbled across. Turns out a man in Poland walked into a brothel … and came face-to-face with his wife of 14 years.
And, no, she wasn’t just in there asking for change for a dollar. (Here’s the link if you want to read it yourself.)
Anyway, the story kind of reminded me of 1979 One Life to Live, when Karen Wolek (played to perfection by the amazing Judith Light) was forced to admit in court that she was a prostitute. Much to the shock of her fine, upstanding doctor husband, Larry.
Man, that was good soap. (Watch it below.)

So what happened? Where are those nail-biting, build-up moments now?
To give OLTL credit, though, I still think it’s one heck of a show. Probably the best on ABC. They at least can take a story and stick with it, developing their characters (old and new) and even using their vets.
And they give their viewers actual payoffs. A novel concept nowadays, to be sure.
I don’t know. Maybe 2009 will bring me fully back into the fold.
It all really depends on whether the shows will invest in their fans as much as we invest in them.

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3 thoughts on “Will new year bring back soaps of old?

  1. Michele
    January 3, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    How True! Life IS just one big soap opera.
    The Karen Wolek court scene is truly one of the great soap opera moments of all time. It’s one that I’ll never forget.

  2. SallyV
    January 4, 2009 at 8:49 am

    Kara…I think a big part of the problem these days is the Internet. Everyone is “spoiled” these days, so there is no suspense anymore. Would that Karen scene have been as gripping if we had known weeks in advance that it was happening? I’m seriously thinking of not reading spoilers for a few months and see if that makes a difference in my viewing enjoyment.

  3. Michele
    January 5, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    Hi Sally, I totally agree with you! I don’t seek out spoilers and only see them through previews at the end of the shows. I try to stay away from internet spoilers, but it’s so hard because there’s so many out there that I inadvertently stumble upon them.
    But, oh how I long for the good ole’ days of soap watching – spoiler free!