Remember when the Sopranos took, what, a year and half before airing their final season? The network honchos must think we, the viewing public, are really gullible and that their shows are sooooooo important that we will put up with this. Well, okay, we do. As much as I'd like to boycott shows that do this long-extended waiting period, I will be right there watching one of my favorites, The Closer when it resumes this summer.
That's why I'm here defending the serial soap opera. Soap operas, a mainstay of daytime television for decades, are on the verge of extinction. Guiding Light went off the air for good recently, after an incredible, impressive 70-plus year run. I think Another World is on the chopping block now. I've never watched those shows. Back in the seventies when I lived with my aunt I got hooked on The Young and the Restless.
When I resumed my college education I tried to continue watching the soaps. By this time my girls were all grown up and they would berate me for watching "that crap." As I was getting more and more intelligent from the learning I was doing, I had to agree with them. I stopped watching Y & R for years.
Whether it was out of boredom and a longing for old "friends" I started recording the soap again. I just wanted to see what was new, which is an oxymoron in the world of soaps as the same story line get redone over and over; they just use different people and tweak it slightly. Still, after a few weeks I found myself hooked all over again.
Sometimes the storylines are so ridiculous that I find myself jumping ahead in the show. Maybe my education has had some influence. Yet, when a really good plot is being laid out I find I can't wait to watch the next day's episode. And THAT is the beauty of soaps. I don't have to wait a whole week for satisfaction; I only have to wait a day. Sure, sometimes they draaaaaaaaaaaaaaggggggggggg the plotline out for weeks and months, making me, and others if the online chatrooms are indication, want to jump out of my skin. But because the shows air daily, it isn't too long of a wait for the cliffhangers to be resolved.
So here's my plea to the producers of soaps - keep them on the air. The Young and the Restless is my particular soap, so hopefully that's not ending soon. For the sake of others who like General Hospital, Days of Our Lives, and what other ones are out there, leave 'em alone! We need our daily fix while we wait for Flash Forward and LOST to return.