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Sep.14.2011
On Monday, We Love Soaps finished counting down The 25 Biggest Blunders in Daytime Soap Opera History. It’s a fascinating combination of decisions specific to an individual show and those that had a far-reaching impact on the genre. I was less interested in where each item was ranked than how they...
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Sep.14.2010
From the “Latin: Illegitimi non carborundum. In any language, easier said then done, especially when someone’s been at it a long time. In all forms of serialized storytelling, be it daytime, primetime, or even comic books, there’s an inherent, and necessary, tension between those who create the...
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Sep.21.2009
Lights up.   NEWBIE and OLDTIMER are discussing the final days of Guiding Light. NEWBIE Okay. First question: who was that guy with the hat who came to see Alex? OLDTIMER That was Fletcher Reade. He used to be married to Holly. NEWBIE Holly? The same  Holly who went off with Dr. Ed? OLDTIMER...
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Apr.19.2009
who's been taking some hits on the blogsphere for his comments to Soap Opera Digest regarding the cancellation of Guiding Light. In particular: It's a damn shame that this show is gone, as it's still a damn shame that ANOTHER WORLD is gone. The flip side of it is that you cannot reinvent the wheel...
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Apr.01.2009
If you're reading this, you've probably already heard the bad news. and, no, sad to say, it's not an April Fool's Day joke; but neither is the good news: NBC and DIRECTV announced a two-year pick-up for Friday Night Lights. This is particularly good news for me:  the pick-up of FNL and cancellation...
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Mar.31.2009
                This morning I was writing when I noticed I received an e-mail. Taking a look at it, I noticed it was a forward e-mail. At first I thought oh geez, don’t be an e-mail where I have to forward it to ten friends and I’ll get lucky. No, it was Entertainment Weekly confirming a story...
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Feb.16.2009
I keep looking for the logic. How is it that Guiding Light ended up with a new production model and As the World Turns with a new narrative structure? Did TPTB figure that GL was so far down the shit chute that as long as Executive Producer, Ellen Wheeler, stayed within her paltry allowance they...
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Feb.15.2009
If you asked me a month ago - hell, a week ago - which of the two P&G soaps, As the World Turns or Guiding Light, had the better chance of survival, I, and astute soap observers going back more than ten years, would have said without hesitation, ATWT. GL has never fully recovered from the...
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Nov.23.2008
There is certainly a lot to be said for the power of a subpoena. Last week, Congress sent the heads of the big three auto companies packing after they failed to explain how they would use the $25 billion of taxpayer's money they say they need to save their failing companies. Actually, what...