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February 22, 2013
Okay, we watch soap operas.
In fact, we’re awash in suds.
Now for those who say, “I never watch the soaps,” keep in mind that most of you are lying to yourself (getting into the lingo) since soap operas today are shown in prime time (even on cable), so you can feel they’re important.
In other words, they’re just packaged differently.
Still, some people find it too embarrassing to tell other people they watch them so they invent ways to make them sound worthy.
“Yes, it’s an essential drama about polygamy. Very educational.”
"50's advertising was a fascinating period. But do they really need all those sex scenes?"
The reason I got on my little soapbox is, while I have many odd facts at my disposal, I didn't know “As the World Turns” made its debut on this date in 1956.
It's still turning, so someone must be watching.
In fact, it's in the Guinness Book of World Records for the longest uninterrupted performance in a single role. Eileen Fulton has been on the show since 1960 and has been married eight times, divorced three times and widowed four times.
Just thought you'd want to know.
Generally, General Hospital that premiered on national television this week in 1963, is credited for starting the trend of the 'supercouple.'
Think Luke and Laura.
(In case you missed it, 30 million viewers watched them exchange vows November 16, 1981, making the episode the highest-rated hour in American soap opera history.)
“Guiding Light,” which started as a radio drama in 1937 and landed on television in 1952, has just been cancelled.
If you’d like to submit an idea for a replacement, you’ll need at least 25 main characters, mixing in evil twins, a good and bad sister, the town “man eater,” the innocent virgin, a couple of hunks with great hair, many doctors, a crazed, alcoholic aunt, an estranged father, some earnest teenagers, and well, you’re on your way to creating your own.
So how did they get to be called "soap operas,” in the first place?
Turns out that the original radio broadcasts all had soap sponsors like Procter and Gamble, Colgate-Palmolive and Lever Brothers.
Okay, now that we can all own up to watching them, we can discuss our favorites. "Big Love?" "Grey's Anatomy?" "Mad Men?" Favorite characters? Or are you just brave enough to admit to some of the daytime dramas that started it all?