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Old 07-15-2018, 04:30 PM   #46
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There's no need to "commit to 250 episodes of 'garbage' a year" in order to watch soaps. Just like most other shows, soaps can be watched online or on demand at the viewer's convenience. One man's trash is another man's treasure. Quite often for every viewer complaining about how awful a particular story line is, there is a viewer who loves that particular story line.

A lot of people grew up watching soaps with their Mom or Grandma or babysitter during the summer months, and the characters from those days are still on the remaining shows today. There's a nostalgia and comfort factor in watching these remaining soaps. And the great thing is that you can skip the story lines that don't interest you, and you have access to information to know when to tune in to watch the characters you want to see.
Watching soaps has always in theory been a generational thing. Women were always the main target audience and their daughters would always watch their mothers' shows. But once cable came about and there were more viewing options, you had a generation of people who likely grew up instead on talk shows or judge shows like Jenny Jones, Oprah and Judge Judy. Thus, soaps in some respects lost a part of their reverence (and their long, complex histories) if the daughters no longer watched their mothers' "stories".
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I do think that when Reality TV came along it destroyed the soap opera genre. I think all the executives etc. liked Reality TV "drama" as opposed to soap opera genre. It's like soap operas used to sit at the main table, now there at the kids table.
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As long as they still generate enough profit they will. However, I think their days are numbered to some extent. Most prime-time and streaming shows now have continuing story arcs available in many cases to binge watch. I grew up with the soaps (mainly Edge of Night) and I can appreciate the anticipation of a cliff-hanger or plot resolution. My wife also watched soaps but she want the next episode available right now to see what happens next now that she has grown accustomed to binge watching. I often DVR a bunch of episodes of a new season of shows I like before I start watching and binge in an orderly manner because I like to watch plots play out.
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