Friday, April 19, 2024

The Soaps Are Safe: CBS Renews Entire Daytime Slate


CBS has renewed its whole daytime schedule, ensuring more “Young and the Restless” and “Bold and the Beautiful,” as well as “The Talk” and “The Price is Right.” CBS killed two soaps — “As the World Turns” and “Guiding Light”– after owner Procter and Gamble strangled them like villains on…a soap! “B&B” is unwatchable, and “Y&R” is glaringly missing Jess Walton, but life goes on. The soaps are safe. At NBC, “Days of Our Lives” continues to be the Karen Ann Quinlan of soaps. On ABC, “General Hospital” is a miracle reborn. The two ABC soaps that were snuffed during a moment of madness– “All My Children” and “One Life to Live”– will return in April online, on Hulu, and other places in reconstituted form. So far still no word on Susan Lucci. In the end, the lesson learned here is that audiences are loyal to soaps, and that there are only so many discussions of rutabaga to be had before even shut ins lose their minds.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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