The era of the Soap Opera may soon be over!
Iconic tv shows One Life to Live and All My Children moved from network television to online-only viewing earlier this year in an attempt to combat cancellation…
But it seems the plan is not working out too well, as both shows' parent company Prospect Park is cutting down new episodes
aired posted per week from 4 to 2!
Could this mean the death of both beloved Soap Operas is right around the corner? Well, perhaps not!
The reasoning behind the episode elimination is actually quite clever, as Prospect Park heads Rich Frank and Jeff Kwatinetz revealed in a statement:
"In the past these shows had their vast majority of views within the first 24 hours. Instead, our shows are primarily consumed on different days then when they originally air. Primarily, fans have been binge-viewing or watching on demand, and as a result, we feel we have been expecting our audience to dedicate what has turned out to be an excessive amount of time to viewing these shows. … We are finding that asking most people to regularly watch more than a half hour per day online seems to be too much.
We know our most dedicated viewers will be upset as they would probably prefer more shows to less (we personally wish there were more episodes of our favorite shows; we would love 50 episodes a year of Homeland, Mad Men or The Simpsons). We apologize to these viewers and ask them to please understand we are trying to ensure our shows succeed and not meet the fate they experienced previously. We need to devise a model that works for all viewers. When it comes to online, as with all new technology, it's adapt or fail."
Oooo makes sense!
In the new age of binge viewing, people have the freedom to be VERY selective with their content selection, and providing too much NEW stuff could be overwhelming… hopefully this new plan works!
We wonder if this will affect Susan Lucci's decision to (maybe) return to All My Children?
Nooo, we need some devious Erica Kane action in our lives!
[Image via ABC.]
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