Daytime Confidential #244: Mimi Torchin Interview


On today’s episode of the Daytime Confidential podcast Mimi Torchin, the founding editor of Soap Opera Weekly visits with Luke and Jamey about her trailblazing career.

We visit about what it was like to found Soap Opera Weekly, compete with "the Digest", how she coined the term "SORAS" and the difficulties the magazine encountered when they provided honest criticism of the daytime industry.

Mimi tells of her time at Soapnet and how it was difficult at first to get stars from the other networks to appear because the networks were worried about losing viewers.

We ask for her thoughts on the current state of the daytime industry and what can be done to stop the genre’s decline.

Known for her honest appraisal of the industry, we discuss All My Children’s rewriting to Erica’s abortion and when exactly the show lost its way along with which shows she still watches today.

Since "leaving" the industry Torchin has pursued her passion for photography and you can visit her website Mimi Torchin Photography to see her work.

We know you’re going to enjoy this wonderful and insightful interview so tune in today!

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    DaytimeFan0001

    Wonderful interview…what a wealth of information. Jay, Luke or someone can you please let me know more about the ABC/CBS daytime writing program. I couldn’t help but sit here and think of what she said about finding a young soap viewer who grew up on it and who has a passion for it. It’s always been my dream as I’ve mentioned so please let me know about the program!

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    DS9Sisko

    Mimi Torchin is the gold standard in soap journalism as far as I’m concerned. She is the real deal, who I have long admired and respected as one of the pioneers in helping elevate the reputation of soap operas from the entertainment gutter to increasingly respected art form. Most importantly she has consistently approached covering the industry as a journalist first and a fan second which, unfortunately, is a position too many soap journalists (*cough*Carolyn Hinsey*cough*) have flipped on its ear.

    This is one of the few interviews I have ever heard or read in which I agree 100% with EVERYTHING Ms. Torchin said, including but not limited that fans should be part of yet by no means the whole equation of voices in the soap world, that the internet has hurt as much as it has helped soaps, that advertisers’ 18-49 holy grail has been detrimental to the genre, and that the over reliance of spoilers have swamped the medium and detracted from the overall viewing experience for which soaps were originally intended.

    I understand that many of these issues are an implicit criticism of a few of the features of Daytime Confidential, but it is also an implicit criticism of me as a fan and one I gladly accept because I know — or at least I try to keep in mind — that the needs, issues, and challenges faced by the soaps and those who act, write and run them goes beyond my opinions.

    Luke and Jay, this was one of your best interviews ever, right up there with the one you did with Tristan Rogers, whose insights into the status of daytime were right on the money. Fantastic, gentlemen.

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    siomonstuart2003

    I am a fan of Mimi Torchin writing and I glad that she fought to make soaps a respectable art form instead of a joke. I do believe that soaps need to listen to criticism to learn from the fans what is working or not working. We are what is keeping this genre alive by watching it good and bad and we should, the fans, should be getting great s/ls and good acting on our shows.

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    DaytimeFan0001

    Hey guys I’m dying to here about your take on the latest GL cuts in the upcoming CBS Days edition podcast. What do you think? How do you think it will further effect the show and who do you think complained from the cast?

    Is there a better place for me to write this?

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    daisyclover1938

    Awesome!!! This is by far my favorite DC show – in fact it’s one of my favorite shows of Any podcast I listen to!!

    For years, SOW was my fave magazine. I remember being a little kid and running to the store after school on the days the new issue was coming out – I could hardly wait to read it. The magazine really gave me an appreciation of soaps as an art form, worthy of discussion and analysis. And I remember the Rating The Replacement section and I LOVED that!!

    I still read SOW, but mostly out of habit. It just isn’t as good as it used to be. Which, come to think about it, is the same way I feel about watching soaps. I still do it because I always have, but it’s just not the same…

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    DolFan

    What a great podcast! One of my favorites from DC, I wish it would have lasted longer. Too bad DC cannot pay her to be a blogger, she would be a great addition to the site with her opinions. I will absolutely be keeping this podcast in my iPod to listen to over and over again. Great job Luke and Jamey!

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    DolFan

    What a great podcast! One of my favorites from DC, I wish it would have lasted longer. Too bad DC cannot pay her to be a blogger, she would be a great addition to the site with her opinions. I will absolutely be keeping this podcast in my iPod to listen to over and over again. Great job Luke and Jamey!

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