In the Bubble with Dan J Kroll: Making just one little change
by, 08-02-2009 at 06:58 PM (16865 Views)
There isn't a soap fan alive that hasn't at least once wanted show executives to change something about their favorite show. Maybe you wish that two characters never got married… or that a role wasn't recast… or that a particular character wasn't on your television screen every episode… or that a storyline would just end already… or that the opening credits would finally be updated.
It's a natural sentiment. When you care about something, you always want it to be the best that it can be. It's sort of how your mother would put spit on her fingers and wipe dirt off your face when you were a little kid. Okay, maybe not quite like that.
The point is, we all have things that we'd like to see changed about our favorite soaps. So this week, I am asking you what one thing you want to see changed about your favorite soap or soaps. I'm looking for the one adjustment that would make your soap soar and make lapsed viewers want to tune in again.
For me, it's simple. I think that most shows feature the same characters far too prominently. I get that these roles tend to be the "money characters," but eventually viewers will get tired of seeing even their most favorite faves. If shows were to go back to the days of telling four or five storylines at a time, I think we'd see more people tuning back in.
Many General Hospital fans have griped that they are over the mob. One Life to Live fans are tired of seeing Stacy in every scene. B&B viewers express their unhappiness over the same characters making up and breaking up over and over.
When I first started watching soaps regularly back in the early 1990s, a storyline might end as a cliffhanger on a Monday show and not be shown again until Wednesday or Thursday. On Tuesday, a few new storylines might be added to some of the others that were seen on Monday. When that was done, if you didn't care about a particular storyline, there might be one or more the next day that might grab your attention. Plus, it allowed for more of the cast to be seen on-screen.
So what is your one change? I look forward to reading your thoughts - and don't forget that this is also the topic this week on soapcentral.com radio, which airs every Monday live on the Internet. Click here for more details on how to listen and be a part of the show!