Tristan Talks Night Shift and The Future of Daytime

Tristan Rogers (Robert Scorpio, General Hospital: Night Shift) has taken to his blog once again. Tristan is giving fans the lowdown on the differences between Night Shift and your typical Daytime Drama while suggesting that the Night Shift format may work for other soaps such as All My Children and One Life to Live as a way to sustain the genre.

Here’s a glimpse:

This means that any of the ABC soaps, AMC, OLTL and GH could foster new offspring by using the same formula and format that created NS. By reaching into to the rich historical vaults all of these shows have, and bringing in a familiar face or two to anchor them, a whole new generation of soaps could evolve. NS, although an offspring of GH hasn’t paid it any attention at all. And it doesn’t need to. GH is the parent but its child can do its own thing. It’s not bound by the weight of history created by its parent. Because the most important asset a daytime soap has ……….is its history.

With what NS has demonstrated so far, we maybe looking at a whole new way to save daytime without actually "saving the show".

2 Responses

  1. Profile photo of THEBEST

    When you think about it, it’s kinda sad that GH had to create a spin off because it doesn’t want to mind it’s own fans & history…

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

  2. Profile photo of mrsnoahdrake

    While I wholeheartedly agree with Tristan, this scenario can only work when the writer(s) are committed to telling stories that fans can be invested in (i.e. Robin’s HIV) and with characters that fans have grown up with (i.e. Robin, Robert, Jagger). This won’t work when writers don’t watch the show, don’t care what the fans think, want to focus on the “teen scene”, glorify violence and mobsters and show every form of violence against women.
    Sri Rao made NS2 work because he is a true fan of GH and he knows and appreciates the history of the show and its characters.
    Maybe he’ll have the opportunity to take his talents to GH and turn the show around.

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