Sunday, May 26, 2024

The Soaps Are Back, Susan Lucci is AWOL and Now There’s Bad Language


Lawsuits aside, the ABC soaps are back today on and other web outlets. “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” have returned in 30 minute form via Prospect Park Productions. For the most part they are the same. The biggest difference: the language. A couple of characters say “shit” and one said the word “asshole.” Nice. Did we need that? I don’t think so.

Of the two shows, “One Life to Live” is in better shape. But that’s no surprise. They weren’t decimated by ABC the way “AMC” was in its last couple of years. But Susan Lucci is still AWOL and you do feel it. Though it’s very rewarding to see David Canary, Julia Barr, and Jill Larson, Erica Kane is the white elephant in the room. It was a nice touch though to see the old All My Children scrapbook from the show’s original opening credits in the first scene. “AMC” may take some to build up steam.

“One Life” has a big reveal in its opening episode– the return of a character everyone thought was killed off before the original show ended. So there’s already a mystery and a sense of purpose.  “One Life” also had a more even pace to it. And as soaps go, the pudgy little girl who was Destiny, a teen mom, is now a slinky model type. Life is good in soaps, although I miss that original girl. She had a lot of charm.

Snoop Dogg “wrote” the music that’s the new theme for “One Life.” It’s not very good, but the dancing was cute. And all the older actorrs look refreshed and ready to go. Now it’s just a matter of all the old fans finding them on Hulu and iTunes.

By the way, so far in the half hour format you get 25 minutes of show–that’s a lot. In the hour format, “General Hospital” is sometimes as short as 35 minutes. And you know what? That’s plenty.

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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