TV Guide Canada'sNelson Brancochats it up with General Hospital: Night Shift'sTristan Rogers (Robert) about his alter ego's phenomenal storyline dealing with colon caner. This is a must read for all you Robert/Tristan fans. The actor opens up about the status of soaps today:
TVG: You were a part of the 1980's glory era of soaps. Is it depressing to be a part of the new realities of the genre? What's your take on the health of soaps?
TR: It's in a lot of trouble. The networks are aware of this. The good news is ABC doesn't want to cancel their soaps. Soaps have had a question mark attached to them in the past twelve months. What's happening now, however, is the economic crisis the country is facing. I always see opportunity in chaos and there's an incredible opportunity in reviving soaps by simply using storylines that have a foundation in hope. By re-adjusting our stories to focus on the dramatic situation America finds itself in written for adults in a respectful, entertaining, and enlightening manner is what the audience needs right now. People are going to be stressed and depressed, and if history is any indication, soaps have always flourished in hard times.