On the Stands: Have Soaps Gone To Far?

Have soaps gone too far? That is the question that Soap Opera Weekly is asking on this week’s cover. I think As the World Turns’ Nuke (Luke & Noah) fans would argue that their show hasn’t gone far enough by allowing the characters to kiss once again. Instead As the World Turns has resorted to 3-year-old antics.

Then there is One Life to Live’s pregnancy storyline involving fan favorite Kristen Alderson’s Starr who we’ve watched grow up on screen. We discussed this topic on this week’s ABC edition of Daytime Confidential and here on the blog. Obviously the age of the actress and character is a mitigating factor that has caused more than one raised eyebrow amongst fans.  The jury is still out on how this will all play out.

Now we have Guiding Light’s latest attempt at telling a socially relevant storyline. Telling the story of an individual who is insecure with being overweight and needing the assistance of a weight loss surgery has the potential to be one of the most gripping and socially relevant storylines to come out of Guiding Light , possibly daytime, in some time. Anyone who has watched the show knows that Caitlin Van Zandt is a gem of an actress and more than up to the challenge of story. If told right this story has the potential of garnering Van Zandt an Emmy nomination next year.

The question is, is Guiding Light up to the challenge or will they go to far?


6 Responses

  1. Profile photo of blackjack21

    i appreciate the show’s desire to address this issue, but one of the things that made ashley great when she first came on the scene, was that she was happy with who she was as she was. this kind of compromises that charm.

  2. Profile photo of miajere

    GL can do it!!If they can change the cameras, they can change the way stories are told and give us something real.
    Half the cast is dead, dying, or moving out of town…. this actress deserves a great story, and I hope she’s given more than emmy material, I hope she becomes the next heroine of GL. She can bring in some new viewers, and if they put their super couples back, this show can do the impossible.

  3. Profile photo of THEBEST

    GL needs Jesus to walk through Sprngfield in order to get them back to where they were in the past.

    ***///Living In The World Of Soaps Since 1985\\\***

  4. Profile photo of Jamey Giddens
    Jamey Giddens

    It could be a health issue. It is awesome for an overweight person to be comfortable in their own skin, but more and more studies are attributing obesity to metabolic problems, cancer, heart disease, etc. If they write it from that angle it could be both moving and educational. Wait, these are the people who had Reva hide her breast cancer from her husband, nevermind!

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