Radio Times

Are the daytime soaps all washed up?

April 21, 2011


Hour 2

ABC announced last week that it was cancelling two of its mainstays of daytime television — the soap operas All My Children and One Life to Live — citing declining ratings and rising costs as the causes of their demise.  Coincidentally, both shows were set in fictional Philadelphia suburbs and were created by Main Line resident Agnes Nixon.  We’ll talk about the influence of “soaps” in American culture and what will fill their void in the daytime lineup.  Our guests include Daniel Kroll, founder of Soapcentral.com, and Philadelphia Inquirer writer David Hiltbrand, who wrote soap opera scripts early in his career.

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