kari_izumi: (OMG)
Me a few months ago:

"As The World Turns is getting saddled with one of the writers being blamed for stories that helped kill Guiding Light...and I suspect I'll be lamenting over that show's demise on Sept 17th, 2010."

O joy, I was right. :|

It's pretty telling when most of the fans online have reactions along the lines of "Well that's sucks, but we saw it coming" instead of being really upset. Even after the cancellation of the last Trek series, you had pages of fans and long-time bashers alike coming out the woodwork with some passion about this.

Admittedly, I can't say I'm that torn up about it's demise either. Aside from only following for four years. I don't have much sympathy for the head writers and producers whose talents would be better served wasting bandwidth at FF.net. I do wish all the best for the cast, many of who have some great acting chops that didn't get used nearly as well as they could have been.

Le sigh. 54 years is a hell of a run, and there are countless familes that grew up on this show and watched it with their mothers and grandmothers. Not even Star Trek with its legion of obsessive passionate fans have united generations of families like soaps have with women.

*Is off to visit the ATWT comm*
I'm not sure how man of you on my Flist watch soaps, but I'm sure just about everyone has a mother or grandmother that followed the classic "stories", like As The World Turns, The Young and the Restless, Days of our Lives or Guilding Light.

The last of that list is ending it's run after 72 years today. The finale has already aired as I typed this. While I never got the chance to watch that show since it didn't air in the Sacramento market, that the mother of soaps is ending is pretty damning to the genre that's been in slow decline over the last decade. I hear stories of head writers that don't give a shit, fan favorite pairings being shoved off to the side because of race or sexual orientation, and a lack of continuity that would make the idiots that ran Star Trek into the ground feel shame.

I did have a rant to plan out, but as it would use too many fandom specific examples to site out, I'll just say that if you haven't watch a soap in about...say five years, I doubt you'll even recognize most of the characters personality wise or casting wise. As The World Turns is getting saddled with one of the writers being blamed for stories that helped kill Guiding Light. That, along with another headwritwer that ran an NBC soap into the ground 9 years ago and was fired from All My Children for sagging ratings spell nothing good for that show, and I suspect I'll be lamenting over that show's demise on Sept 17th, 2010.

Ugh. It's such a shame that the genre passes headwriters around like Swine Flu--some, who even admit they have a love-hate relationship with what they write about. That's just...what are the words for that? Even the bad fanfic writers have some enjoyment about what they write about. And these guys get paid for this? Once the last of the soaps is over and done with, who else in Hollywood will have them? Talk about cutting your nose to spite your face.

Hopefully, ATWT's inevitable cancellation with pave the way for The Bold and the Beautiful becoming an hour-long show. For all it's flaws, there's at least attempts at romance, and I don't have to watch SL's involving gaslighting a pregnant woman to stab her husband and brother in the back, only pseudo-incest and women sleeping their way through whole families.*

*It's a fandom thing. :/



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