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Spring is in the air and soaps lose viewers

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Spring is in the air and soaps lose viewers.
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Nanci Hughes
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April 23, 2014
With the news of the soaps all losing viewers ringing in the air and gloom and doom being the news on the soap front and many viewers add their feelings to the news I wonder why this time of year people are so negative about the soaps?

We all know soaps will be coming up with new and some exciting storylines with May sweeps approaching and this a natural phenomenon. With the season changing viewers may take a break to enjoy the “Spring” in the air.

Soaps rise and fall in the ratings, but the true viewers come back in force again as the action picks up and the steadfast viewers, like those of Y&R and GH, do not forsake their shows for some new gimmick the stations may come up with.

Action and stimulation are better seen on the night time shows where more money is thrown at the shows and guest stars are paid to brighten the landscape. Constant gratification is ordered and served up nightly. We need to remember we go through many highs and lows with the night time shows. Repeats throughout the season are frustrating and the season gets shorter every year, where soaps are a constant and we can rely on them everyday, all year long. How would prime time shows do if they had to perform for us the same way soaps do?

No genre gives you the promise of being there for you day after day year after year. No Prime Time show can deliver the goods 240 days a year. It is natural that there will be lulls in the ratings for “Daytime Drama’s”, but viewers know they will be there for them when they come back.

Shows lose viewers and gain them back, but here are the ratings to look at each week (from SON).

Day-To-Day Ratings – HH/Total Viewers
Monday: 2.6/3,485,000
Tuesday: 2.6/3,524,000
Wednesday: 2.5/3,411,000
Thursday: 2.5/3,353,000
Friday: 2.6/3,404,000
Monday: 2.0/2,685,000
Tuesday: 1.7/2,297,000
Wednesday: 1.6/2,262,000
Thursday: 1.6/2,039,000
Friday: 1.7/2,394,000
Monday: 2.3/2,914,000
Tuesday: 2.1/2,861,000
Wednesday: 2.2/2,874,000
Thursday: 2.0/2,636,000
Friday: 1.9/2,614,000
Monday: 3.5/4,652,000
Tuesday: 3.3/4,456,000
Wednesday: 3.2/4,313,000
Thursday: 3.4/4,593,000
Friday: 3.2/4,143,000

So sit back, turn on your favorite soap and know that luckily they are with us for a few more years and hopefully for many, many years to come. Remember the best is yet to be!

Peter Reckell would return to Days of Our Lives to tie up Bo’s storyline

Nanci Hughes
NY Soap Opera Examiner

April 10, 2014
What could be better than Bo coming home to Salem and Hope and Ciarra? Bo Brady, played by the much missed Peter Reckell has been missing for almost eighteen months, presumably on a top secret assignment.

In truth DOOL decided yo back burner Bo and Hope, the heart and soul of Days and after too much new generation Salemites Peter decided: “I took my place in the hierarchy of the show, in the storyline, moving others aside, in the [1980s]. Now others have moved into the place I once held,” Reckell said at the time. “I have been very fortunate to have had such a long, meaningful, run. But now, with a torn heart, I have to say goodbye to the people, family, the character, that I love.”

Now after much pleading from the fans for Bo to return je took to Twitter to respond.

“Going back to DAYS, I don’t think that will ever happen as a long term commitment,” Reckell wrote to fans. “Going back to close out Bo’s story in a respectful way??? I would do that for you. You deserve better then what they have done to Bo. You have been very faithful and dedicated for years, decades!”

Peter has not been keeping up with DAYS since he left and so has no idea how they would write him out..

“Not sure what kind of story line could happen, I haven’t watched the show. You would have better ideas,” Reckel added. “Time to contact the show.”

Would it hurt too much to see Peter Reckell back for a short time or would you just be happy to see him for whatever time he was given?

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Soap Opera’s blamed for Daytime Emmys declining audience

According to the reason for the low ratings for the Daytime Emmys is that it centers around soap opera’s. Because so little focus is given to talk shows and game shows and children;s programming.

“According to Gabriel Gornell, who exec produced the past two telecasts, audience apathy may be due to the ceremony’s strong focus on one genre: soap operas. “There’s a long history in building this special around daytime dramas,” says Gornell.”

“Daytime Emmys switched networks almost annually for four decades and has been beset by a 20-year ratings slide. Case in point: In 1993, the broadcast garnered 22 million viewers. Last year, viewers of the HLN telecast numbered 913,000.

They certainly do not see the real picture. If they go back to the older telecasts tey will see that the Daytime Emmys were so popular because they were about daytime dramas , the soap opera’s.

The beautiful women and gorgeous hunky men of soaps hosted the show, gave out the awards and entertained as well. Soap viewers were there in full force and the ratings were high.

The new telecasts have people outside of soap’s with TV newscasters handing them out and singing(?). So of course they have lost viewers the shows have become boring because of all of the lack of soap actors. Though we only had five soaps last year and now only four, the fans of the four soaps have moved mountains to keep their soaps and will show up for the show if and only if it is centered around the daytime dramas with soap actors honoring the talk shows and the game shows and the few children shows.

Make it a soap extravaganza people and you will see the fans come roaring back instead of losing interest and watching Prime Time soaps like Dallas, Devious Maids or Revenge instead.

Read the here.

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Book signing dates for Rick Springfield’s “Magnificent Vibrations”

”In a recent article I wrote about Rick Springfield’s new book “Magnificent Vibrations” which is coming out soon, you have a chance to meet Rick at a book signing near you.

Rick is the ultimate “Rocker” with 17 Top 40 hits. Everyone knows all of the words to his Grammy Award winning #1 smash hit, “Jessie’s Girl,”. He has sold more than 25 million records to date and performed for millions of fans worldwide. Rick plays at least 100 concerts a year and fans love to sail the seas with Rick on one of his cruises

His 2010 memoir, Late, Late at Night was a New York Times bestseller and was named one of the 25 best rock memoirs of all time by Rolling Stone.

“Rick recently starred in Dave Grohl’s 2013 “Sound City” documentary and on its Grammy Award winning soundtrack “Sound City: Real to Reel” with his hit single “The Man That Never Was.”

Rick has appeared on the third season of Showtimes’s “Californication” series and in CBS’s “Hawaii Five-0” series and Lifetime’s “Drop Dead Diva”.

All things Rick can be found on his official website

We soap fans also remember Rick as Doctor Noah Drake on “General Hospital”.

Meet Rick at his “Magnificent Vibration” Book Signings and Events:

April 9
513 Octavia Street
New Orleans, LA 70115
Lithograph Signing

May 5
Union Square
33 East 17th Street
New York, NY 10003

May 6
211 E Ridgewood Ave
Ridgewood, NJ 07450

May 7
123 W. Jefferson Ave.
Naperville, IL 60540

May 8
320 South Plymouth Court
Chicago, IL 60604

May 9
The Grove
189 The Grove Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90036

May 10
695 E Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91101

May 14
4326 University Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105

May 16
6428 S. McClintock Dr.
Tempe, AZ 85283

Soap fans join True Blue Soap Monday for AMC OLTL GH

Nanci Hughes
NY Soap Opera Examiner
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Here is something fans of All My Children, One Life To Live and General Hospital may want to be a part of.

On April 14 fans are asked “To Show their True Colors ”

Fans of All My Children, One Life to Live and General Hospital will unite nationwide to show their continued loyalty on April 14, 2014, the 3rd anniversary of the ABC cancellations. Fans will wear the color blue to show they are “true blue” fans on True Blue Soap Monday! Fans will post selfies on the Event Facebook Page and on twitter using the hashtags #AMC #OLTL #GH and #truebluesoapmonday. Event organizers are also planning Special Event Day activities for several U.S. cities.

The idea for the event was developed by the administrators of the Facebook Soap Group, ABC Bring Back “Love in the Afternoon”. Susan English, creator of the group, said “We wanted to show ABC and the actors of the two cancelled iconic soaps that there is still a tremendous fan base out there wanting these show to return to the network lineup. Fans want to restore “Love in the Afternoon” on ABC. What better way to prove this than by showing our “true blue colors”.

“Our fan base is truly diverse” continues English. ” The idea for commemorating the cancellation anniversary came from a devoted viewer from Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The idea for the “true blue” aspect of the event was suggested by a lesbian soap and music enthusiast from Seattle.” As for English herself, she started watching the soaps as a teen and then, followed them through college and her career thru newspaper synopses and later, Soapnet. “The importance of these shows hit home for me in the spring of 2008 when I was told I needed a life saving liver transplant,” said English. “My stories gave me a brief daily respite from dealing with the deterioration of my health.”

Of course, everyone knows what happened that dark day in April 2011 when All My Children and One Life to Live were cancelled by ABC. It was followed by the protests of many soap fans on Facebook and Twitter and eventually led to the attempt by Prospect Park to briefly bring the soaps to the Internet. However, since Prospect Park has shelved those plans and recently filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, fans’ focus returns to ABC. “The majority of the replacement programming ABC has implemented has dismally failed,” said English. “General Hospital, to the contrary, has experienced an amazing resurgence due to soap fans. We hope to demonstrate to Bob Iger, Anne Sweeney, Ben Sherwood and Vicki Dummer of Disney/ABC that there is a renewed demand for AMC, OLTL and GH on ABC Daytime! They can restore the network’s luster by bringing back “Love in the Afternoon”.

English says her Facebook group members are hopeful that ABC will see the error of its ways. True Blue Soap Monday is designed to do just that. English, herself, is optimistic. “A year ago, I was in a hospital struggling to recover from a ruptured spleen and then six months later, I received the gift of life-a liver transplant. If I could survive the odds, I think AMC, OLTL, and GH can too.”

This is a very positive idea without threats or dismal circumstances just fans showing their love for there soaps in a heartwarming way.

So join the true blue fan group and be there April 14th. Thanks Ms English!