It’s (not) so hard to say good-bye…
I’m not afraid to admit it, I’m uncomfortably familiar with the tragedy, trauma and sometimes triumph of the life of one Miss Erica Kane. Through her 10 marriages, threats of suicide, murder accusations, infidelities, prison-bid, near fatal car accident, overcoming drugs and alcohol and much much more, Kane was more like a family member than a character on television. She and the insanely tumultuous lives of her fellow cast mates held me and my unwilling siblings and cousins captive for the 4 hour block of television they consumed along with other sopa operas like, One Life to Live, The Guiding Light, The Young and the Restless, As the World Turns etc.
Like most of you, the adults in my family were all completely engrossed in “the stories” and as such, the kids (like us) lost any rights to the television between noon and 4pm on Mondays through Fridays. Holidays or natuaral disasters could not even spare us our voyeuristic peek into the lives of these people. One of my greatest joys of leaving home and starting out on my own was knowing I would no longer be forced to watch battles between Stuart and Adam Chandler or feel strangely compelled to care about the whereabouts of a missing and presumed dead, Reva Shayne.
The stories were outlandish and elaborate. But they made for good television and surely the millions of fans they garnered over the years are shocked and saddened to hear that longtime running soaps like All My Children and One Life to Live have both announced cancellations. Awwwwwwwwwwwww
I’m broken up about it myself (not). But I can’t imagine that whatever ABC has planned to replace them with will be just as good. However, we all know the soaps have a hard time at letting characters die. So maybe in good ol’ sopa opera tradition, these shows will miraculously return to the air in a few months after have been discovered barely alive and living in a cave in the Galapagos Islands.
Till then AMC, OLTL, GL and the countless others… This one’s for you: