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Per the long discussion about daytime in the forums. I thought we could generate a list of ideas of contemporary socially relevant tales that would fit into the scope of the current 4 daytime dramas on network television and the 2 web soaps. So pull out your New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post Bloomberg Business Week, Frobes, Essence, Ebony, Latina, Ponder, GQ, Vogue, WWD etc. And Let's get down to business.

So far these are what some of the soaps have been doing.

AMC: The fallout from Cassandra Foster being a victim of sex trafficking. Miranda Montgomery is dealing with suffering the quality from other teens in her high school because she is not a product of a "traditional family." Each of these tales is relevant and things that really do happen, but have not been addressed in daytime before now. The other story is how Pete entered as a Silcoln tech businessman who is now trying to save his father's company.

OLTL: Jack's teacher is engaging in Miranda Montgomery. This comes up in the news almost week if not every few days there is a case of a woman being caught sleeping with an underage boy.

Days: The whole Will/Sonny gay saga is still playing out more beats and part of driving story for the show.

Y&R: Business has returned as a common thread on this show. From The Newmans interpersonal battles, Cane running Chancellor and his dealings with Jill, to Neil/Lily/Tyler/Devon/Chelsea working on things at Jabot. The corporate aspect of Y&R is back and in full effect.

So what socially relevant tales do you think would make good on any of the soaps? Think outside the box of what has already been done to death before. And keep it grounded in reality. We're not talking about Dark Shadows, GH of the 80s, Days of the 90s/mid 00s, Sunset Beach, Port Charles or Passions. Stay away from that! Steve

So I have started.

The last time we had a serious Abortion tale was when Erica had one on screen. So what if Lauren turned out to be pregnant with Carmine's child and decided to secretly have an abortion without telling Michael because she believed it might be the final nail in the coffin on their marriage and that crime might discover the truth and want to exert his rights if she tried to pass it off as Michael (which would make Michael suspicious in the first place). Fen would notice his mother acting suspiciously as planned the ordeal and would ask Paul if he could figure out what was up with his mom. Paul would track or run-interference believing that Lauren might be sleeping with Carmine again. So that there would be a series of missed appointments at the family planning clinic. Eventually Carmine would stumble on something as his obsession with Lauren continued. This would lead to Paul catching Lauren and Carmine outside the clinic arguing over what she was about to do.

Carmine would leave at the behest of Paul and Paul would talk Lauren out of the abortion for the time-being. Carmine worried and angry that Lauren would destroy the life they made together would blot over to see Michael and reveal the truth. An argument ensues and just as the two were about to come to blows Paul and Lauren would enter. Paul breaks up the fight and Lauren admits the truth. Then reveals that she plans on going through with the abortion as it is her right to choose.

Will she or won't she go through with the abortion?

If she did, I would use it to set Carmine down the path to full on villain and seeking revenge against Lauren.

If she didn't then I move forward with other socially relevant tales of mothers who want nothing to do with their children or hating them.

Now why this tale? Abortion has been in the media for the last 2 years as a big topic of discussion with ideas about the "war on women." This could be a tale that woud divide some of the men and women in town on the issue.

And so the twist in this tale is that we would fully explore the males point-of-view in this through Carmine who felt powerless. What are the ramifications if Lauren had an abortion? How do these decisions effect friends, loved ones and especially the would-be father?


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Yeah, that would be divisive

Yeah, that would be divisive David, as I am pro-life.

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@hey mon: And that is exactly

@hey mon: And that is exactly what you need. Not only does it bring in the press, but it causes the audience to debate over the topic. That is what Agnes would do. I'm pro-life too. But I would explore both sides equally.

And think about it Y&R has all these fathers on the show. Adam is being duped by Chelsea and Jack just found out about his son. Imagine the two of them teaming up to help Carmine by using their power to influence the state governor to have the clinic shut-down due to a un-announced routine inspection from regulators that "found something wrong." Heck even Billy and Victor could be involved. It would be one thing that brought these men together. And then see that revert to problems within their own lives.

Nikki, Jill, Chloe and Chelsea being pro-choice. Legal eagle partners Leslie and Avery being split on it as Leslie is pro-life and Avery pro-choice.

And since there is limit of 22 weeks before you are no longer able to have an abortion then that would work well.

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I guess David, but maybe The

I guess David, but maybe The Powers should just stick with dopplegangers, psychos, and switch DNA tests.

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@hey mon: No they should not.

@hey mon: No they should not. Agnes Nixon rocked the world with the first on-air Abortion via Erica Kane. That was controversial at the time. She also rocked the scene when she delved into black men being falsely accused of rape with having Jesse accused of raping Liza. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E8EZOuIcALI

When Bianca came out Agnes made that story a real gem. And the idea that Erica's daughter would be a lesbian sparked out rage from the fans. But the end result was something of a ratings bonanza and full fan engagement. That is what these type of stories can do. And that is what sticks through the times. Y&R was very good at this and still can be. So i'm taking the story to great depth. Making it relevant. We saw what did not work for 5 years on Y&R. Dopplegangers, psychos, etc. tanked the show and now it is time to get back into what does work.

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All My Children beat me to

All My Children beat me to it. Cassandra is pregnant after having been raped while being sextracfficked. Okay Agnes is doing her finest work here. Meaning she knows how to interweave a tale that is entertaining and socially relevant. This is what daytime does best when it does it! I'm in awe.