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The Next Soap Opera To Die Is…

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As the World Turns.

It’s actually kind of a horror-movie plot about soap operas: the shows are being taken out one by one by mysterious outside forces. Which show will be the next to go?

And of course, by “mysterious outside forces” I mean “the demise of the business model that created soap operas in the first place.” Plus the usual problems: changing demographics, the fact that soap operas can no longer make back the cost of maintaining a large cast, and the rise of cable, which has displaced the daytime soap as the place to go for racy/controversial storylines they won’t do in prime time.

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