GH's Tony Geary on Why Soaps Are Declining: "We're Still Walking Around in Gloria's Footsteps"

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While he admits he doesn't presume to know the answer of how to fix daytime, the man who had a front and center role in its first major renaissance believes the genre's failure to change with the times is what's killing it. In an interview with ABC Soaps in Depth, Tony Geary reveals what he believes the late Gloria Monty (who famously saved General Hospital in the late 70's) would say about soap operas today.

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"I believe Gloria would look at the medium and say that the reason it's in a bit of decline—to put it mildly—is because it's not changing," he continues. "It's not challenging its audience. The excuse you hear all the time is that we're losing audience because of other mediums and there are so many other places people can put their time and attention. I'm sure a lot of that is true. At the same time, if you look at the medium, truthfully, we're still walking around in Gloria's footsteps."




Somebody pass the collection plate, because Luke Spencer is preachin' the gospel! For more of Geary's interview, where he discusses his new play Into The Woods, pick up the new issue of ABC Soaps in Depth, on stands now.

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