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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