Thursday, April 2, 2009

GL: 72-Year-Old Serial To End In September

With how the show’s been handled in the last year with the new production model, you have no idea how much I wish I could say I did not see this coming. Though still, it breaks my heart. And of course this has to happen when the show starts to improve. Grady is gone, Phillip and Edmund are back. There are still things that make no sense (e.g. how can Reva Shayne be pregnant?) but at least I have some desire to watch these days.

This should be a big wake-up call for As The World Turns. To the heads up at this show, you need to get on the ball. Do something to improve this show and make sure said improvement is consistent. Guiding Light’s cancellation proves that the occasional good day with plenty of other bad days in between just does not cut it anymore. Goutman needs to stop with this “I don’t listen to the fans” garbage. If it weren’t for us, you wouldn’t have a job. And after how fast the show reacted after Luke and Noah were not kissing for months and the response of them getting more airtime last fall during the election storyline after fans campaigned for it, there’s no way in hell he could convince me all that was nothing but sheer coincidence.

Give Luke and Noah more airtime. End this Paul/Meg/Dusty insanity. Do something about this Parker/Liberty mess. Write in ways that respect not only women on the show, but in ways that respect all of the characters. Go back to writing character-driven stories. It’s been proven that plot-driven storylines on this show just do not work. History is an important thing to consider; it’s there for a reason. Use it; it’s your friend. Reunite Jack and Carly and end this break-up nonsense, a couple should not be apart for this long. Use more veteran characters and use them often; give a couple their OWN storylines for a change. Where is Lisa Grimaldi? Susan Stewart? Nancy Hughes? Bring Martha Byrne back. Even with mostly undesirable days, in the several months before her departure, the show’s ratings were still pretty strong at #3. Do SOMETHING, ANYTHING to keep the consistency. Make fans like me want to watch every day. I shouldn’t want to skip an entire episode because of what’s going on one particular day. I guarantee that if the show was good every single day, more people would watch like before.

As for Guiding Light, Brian Cahill of Procter & Gamble/Telenext is saying they're trying to shop the show elsewhere. If this is not just lip service, SOAPnet, this is something that needs to get your attention. It's about time in the past two years that you picked something up that was either a soap opera or related to one.

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