Why TeenNick Needs To Make A Soap!
To recap, we know that teens like ongoing storylines, and there are no teen soaps on the air right now. So the next step is looking at a brand new (relaunched) network for teens.
TeenNick (formerly The N) has recently rebranded itself with the help of Nick Cannon. This new network is aimed at teenagers and attracting that young, Degrassi loving demographic.
But what is actually on TeenNick? Well a lot of old comedies, a few teen dramas such as The Best Years, and a whole lot of Degrassi: The Next Generation.
Considering the network is aimed at teens, and is showing teen dramas, I really wonder why they don't greenlight a new, teen-oriented soap.
Teen-oriented soaps are very popular in other parts of the world, such as Australia's Home and Away, and Hollyoaks in the U.K. so why is there not a teen soap here in the States? TeenNick would be the perfect place for the soap to launch and air, seeing as they have a mainly teen demographic and their viewers are already used to to the soap opera format, thanks to Degrassi.
If the network were smart, they would air a teen soap thirty minutes before primetime, thus allowing the show to essentially 'kick off' the night every weeknight without conflicting with established primetime dramas. Meanwhile, on the weekends, they could air a 'catch up' marathon to keep gaining new viewers.
So should TeenNick greenlight a new teen soap opera or pick up an international one already being produced? What are your opinions? I know this is not likely. I know that Nick Cannon might just burst out laughing at the suggestion. Nonetheless, I think this would be a really good move, and possibly a way to prove that the soap opera industry is not dead.