For me, soaps weren't ruined by one or two bad stories. Hell, I lived through freezing the world, the underground world on OLTL, Casey the Alien, the old west on OLTL, prison break outs and identical twins burying one another alive on AMC--more nonsense than I can even remember right now. I stuck, watched for decades, taped all ABC soaps every single day to watch after work.
So why did I leave?
I just stopped caring about what would happen to the people on the shows. With OLTL (for example) it was the Rappaports. They were in every *()&"%(%
scene, every $(*O&)( %
story, all the &)P*")(*&"
time. The characters I actually cared about were contorted into whatever positions needed to showcase the Rappaports. Hey, I understand bringing in new blood and new stories or families, but Jill Phelps' handling of the R's on OLTL is text-book "how not to introduce a new family on a soap."
I still tried to watch, hung in there much longer than I should have (because it never did improve) and then stopped watching OLTL.
On GH? Hell, everyone knows what's wrong with that soap, everyone except Guza.
1. Daytime is not the medium for "Sopranos Light." Maurice is a fine actor who has a great comedic touch, wonderful emoting, and gets a bit too full of himself at times. He reminds me of Dustin Hoffman in Tootsie. He cares, he is talented, but he cannot carry an entire show, at least not in this role. Together, Guza and Bernard chemically explode into a mess of hubris. If either had any self control, Sonny could still be one of the great soap characters.
2. They threw away the Q's. One of the greatest daytime families anywhere, and they tossed them out, except for one of the worst actresses to even be propped up by a blind producer/director/showrunner. The talentless Emily can not hold a candle to original Emily, and the writing to tell, not show, what a precious jewel new-Emily is? Just made it worse. The Q's had everything it took to be the stable force (ala the Newmans) on this show. Generations to work with, rich history, and even racial diversity, Justus anyone? This is the family that should have been the core, the thing that held the rest together, instead? We get the mob, and the Q's are tossed. Just dumb.
3. They bleed actors. They seem to hire the best, but can't hold on to them, (or they come and go too much) and the recasts have been lame. Brenda, Amber, Laura, Lucky, Emily, Lois, Duke, Anna, Robert, Marco, Felicia, Frisco, Lucy, (2) fine AJ's, Kevin, Heather Webber, Holly, Blackie, just to name a few of the big hits. True, some went on to bigger and better careers (Amber Tamblyn, Demi, etc.) but the show just doesn't have that feeling of "I know these people" any more. And for a show that is just brilliant at casting unknowns in new roles, they completely suck at re-casting roles. SUCK.
So, I stopped watching. One year of Nu-Emily was too much. When Sonny seduced her, I stopped watching completely. I had been joking about that for years, since Sonny got all the women, and then? It actually happened. Oh, ick. Remember the promo with Maurice and the teens? Oh dear.
So, two shows down, and AMC to go. What did it there? The stories actually held fairly well, I didn't even really mind Babe (I know, one of the few.) I guess Leo was the last really compelling actor for me on AMC. Then original flavor Dixie left again, Bianca left, and Erica is not enough to keep me there. I loved Anna Devane (because I love Anna Devane) and I watched her on AMC, but she didn't belong there. Around the time she left, so did I.
I stopped taping all 3 shows.
I guess it's that the beauty of soaps is long term character development. When the soaps shifted away from that, and to mostly plot-driven stuff, it just didn't work. They lost continuity, and re-wrote history a few times too many. The actors were doing things out of character. The foundations of history and family were gone, and they just (for me) collapsed in a heap of garbage that at some point wasn't worth digging through anymore. Yeah, I know, there were some sparkling gems hidden in the mess, but the smell was overwhelming, and I walked away.
Edited by Lady V, Oct 29, 2007 @ 7:17 PM.