Oh, I watch The Americans and enjoy it very much, and I understand Breaking Bad is very good, though I've not gotten around to it. I enjoy a great many primetime dramas. The difference is the best of those shows, at their individual best, know what they are, know their own rules and know what they can and can't do. I don't think Breaking Bad ever attempted to show its drug kingpin as Not So Bad. I know The Americans understands the weight of the violence its characters do.
It's not that there is not, sometimes, an on-off symbiotic relationship between primetime drama and daytime drama; there has been for many years. Each has influenced the other, and I'm okay with that. I think soaps can learn a lot from some of those dramas and I think many of those dramas have learned a lot from soaps. But today, the best primetime dramas are honest with themselves, they have their own scale of what's right and wrong in their universe, their own internal laws and logic they can't violate. GH is constantly trying to have it both ways or move the goalposts - it wants to be superficially 'edgy' like those dramas most of these writers wish they were working on, but still coast by on antiquated soap rules. Oh, Sonny/Luke/Franco/etc. just did this horrible thing - but it's okay because look who did something even worse! They're still heroes! This is still just a soap opera, let it go, don't bug us, it's just a soap! But we're also edgy and mature like cable! It's wanting it both ways.
Soaps like GH have little moral compass anymore - no stakes, no internal laws, very little depth. I say little morality because today's GH still has more than Guza's. But with both Guza and Ron, often they're just mimicking what they see on primetime and cable and then trying to skate by on the old soap rules of the road to cover the rest. They mimic but they don't understand, they don't do the character work, they don't follow things to the honest conclusion that a Breaking Bad or an Americans would. They don't present sincere, alternative counterpart characters to most of their antiheroes. And nobody has to pay, nobody has to come to terms with the truth of what they've done. That's why they never learn the lessons of cable or primetime and that's why they never get jobs in cable or primetime.
I don't think Logan or RC hate or resent soaps, though I think plenty of other people still working in soaps do. I just think Logan's a very glib, superficial guy who is easily dazzled by the parallels he makes in his head or others make for him, or the idea of soaps getting the same 'glitz' as a cable show, any cable show - why else mention Dexter, a terrible show - and RC is very lazy. Unlike Guza, I think Ron is happiest in soaps and would be miserable in primetime. I just think Ron's understanding of how to write good soap opera is very limited, or at least beyond his limited abilities.
Edited by jase-bot, Today, 12:03 AM.