Should Traditional Daytime Soaps Be Afraid of The All My Children and One Life to Live Reboots?






Will the new digital versions of All My Children and One Life to Live have traditional network soaps running scared? Not according to Sony Pictures Television boss Steve Kent and Days of Our Lives executive producer Greg Meng.

The daytime television movers and shakers were interviewed for a new piece in Variety, along with Prospect Park's Rich Frank. While Kent and Meng seemed supportive of The Online Network's reboots of the classic ABC sudsers, I did detect a bit of healthy, competitive shade-throwing in the article, especially when discussing reports that the new AMC and OLTL will provide racier content. Here's what Frank had to say about the saucy scuttlebutt.

“We are going to be a little hotter and sexier,” Rich says. “That doesn’t mean we’ll be doing anything that’s offensive. We’re trying to be contemporary and have storylines that are relevant to people’s lives.”

Both Meng and Kent pooh-poohed the use of "bells and whistles", or overly scintillating content on soaps. Said Kent:

“If they turn ‘All My Children’ into porn — and I’m sure they won’t — then nobody is going to watch. Soap audiences are more traditional.”

Meng remained supportive of the new ventures, but apparently doesn't view the returning soaps as a threat to his sudser. Said the Salem, U.S.A. showrunner:

“We all have our fingers crossed that this is successful,” says Meng. “(But) these shows won’t be competitive with us.”

I'm sure many a radio executive thought the same thing about that new-fangled doohickey, the television set back in the 50's. 

Photo credit: TOLN


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Yeah but I said "level of storytelling", not "kind" or "genre" of storytelling. EON had the most intense stories even though they were crime/mystery.

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What we really need is a soap devoted to lesbians about women loving women and vacuuming the carpet. That's what people want to see!

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You're absolutely right, J Bernard. Although we're often seen as the Gloomy Guses for looking at things from a business view, I've read the same sorts of comments from fans who--as they always do--say they won't watch if it isn't exactly what they want. I've been guilty of that, too. I quit AMC after they killed Stuart, and I didn't come back until the end was near (and got to see Stuart come back from the dead). I also considered the fact that Dixie will be part of the new show as a strike against returning. She ruins Pine Valley for me.

This all seems to be moot for me, though, being in Canada. The closer the date comes, the likelier it seems we won't get to see AMC or OLTL here. Hulu doesn't stream outside the U.S., and I posted a question on iTunes Canada's Facebook page about whether the shows would be offered, and they haven't answered. So, until they say the shows will be on iTunes, I guess we Canadians (and others around the world) may be out of luck.

Speaking of Canada, I'm glad to see so many people have found Coronation Street. It and Eastenders are two excellent British soaps that we've been watching here forever! If any of you new fans get a chance to see the big train (tram) crash into Coronation Street that marked the show's 50th anniversary in 2010, try to find it. It was spectacular (even my non-soap watching TV-buddy said, "Whoa!" when I showed him the sequence), but the emotional impact of the crash was not about the spectacle, it was about how it affected the characters, who are so down-to-earth. It was as though we were watching family go through a tragedy, or friends who live on the next block. I'm not a regular Corrie viewer, but it affected me, as well. It was such a big deal here, there were news stories (even though the 50th anniversary shows were aired quite a while after they aired in the U.K.).

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tampon tammy wrote:
What we really need is a soap devoted to lesbians about women loving women and vacuuming the carpet. That's what people want to see!

LOL! I'd watch. :-]

By the way, The Edge of Night was my first soap dependency. I used to rush home after school to watch it every day (back when watching it live was the only option). I still curse my schooling that it made me miss Elly Jo Jameson's death scene (the great Dorothy Lyman). She was my first TV crush (even though she was evil).

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Jamey Giddens wrote:
Chris Goutman was going around Hollywood pitching a primetime version of Edge of Night a few years back, according to my sources.

I wish someone would remake the Edge of Night for daytime or anytime viewing. EON was ahead of its time. Law and Order can't top EON.

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Jamey Giddens wrote:

Chris Goutman was going around Hollywood pitching a primetime version of Edge of Night a few years back, according to my sources.

MIND! BLOWN!

He was really good as "Matt Sharkey" on Edge, before he moved on to "Texas."

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tampon tammy wrote:

Yeah but I said "level of storytelling", not "kind" or "genre" of storytelling. EON had the most intense stories even though they were crime/mystery.

Point taken!

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I have grown to liking clicking on what I want to watch. I do not record at this point and I don't miss it. ABC/NBC have a lot on hulu plus. CBS shows not so much.

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I have grown to like clicking on what I want to watch. I do not record at this point and I don't miss it. ABC/NBC have a lot on hulu plus. CBS shows not so much.

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what the hell is with some fans on the AMC/OLTL FB pages. They are taking shots at the looks of OLTL's Rob Gorrie (Matthew, Laura Harrier (Destiny) & AMC's Eric Nelsen (AJ) going as far to call him a DOG & Redneck. WTF the actors read those pages. SMDH at this foolishness.

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Two different media types, maybe not in the beginning but mostly certain if successful could be a pain in the future. If this is successful we will see the networks especially CBS investing heavily in their website with new content as in shows as on network but separate...which could mean the future of Y&R & B&B.

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Why isnt anyone discussing the fact that OLTL was a HOT MESS before RC started writing? I loved loved his version of Llanview, but really never was that excited about it before that. I do look forward to seeing the reboot and have my fingers crossed. I hope they do make it a bit sexier!
2 words--CUTTER NAKED!! : )

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@J Bernard Jones: We 100% on the same page about the reboots. But you know what? I believe that these people saying they are not gonna watch were never going to watch in the first place. It is the direct reason they find the slightest thing as the end game.

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gato1 wrote:
I hope they do make it a bit sexier! 2 words--CUTTER NAKED!! : )

Let's start a Kickstarter account to make that happen!

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I think we should all buy the shows if we are truly fans. Hulu+ is like $8 a month? If thats too expensive to shell out like 40 cents per episode then don't.

I don't have itunes or an ipod and never have. Thought it was just music.
What do you buy tv shows now on itune and what it airs on your small ipod?

Would it work on a kindle?

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This, J, I am supporting this because they put their heart and soul into it and will support it regardless what people think. PP bought it back when I thought they was in soap heaven, that was a shock, even to me. I think that they did all of this for the power of the fans and they don't want to watch because their favorites won't be on? smdh. They did it for us and now we have to do this for the actors and people that made this happen.

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Lets do it mfarris!!!