Perhaps I’m just being way too logical here, but I have to ask this hypothetical question.
If CBS truly gave As The World Turns one final renewal, for one year only, and intends to obliterate more than 125 years of broadcasting history AND the last two standing pillars of Irna Phillips’ rich legacy, why wouldn’t they have renewed both Guiding Light and As The World Turns for one more year?
Shopping both shows together to a new home make for a far more attractive property, don’t you think? One soap is an island. Two soaps are a lineup. It makes so much more sense to offer a package deal to any potential new home for the shows.*
If CBS wants to move on to a new day in daytime, fine. I can respect that. But I don’t buy the old conventional wisdom – e.g., that networks will only cancel one soap at a time because of some old algorithm (or fear of pissing off too many fans).
It seems increasingly likely to me that CBS is being malicious about these shows that have made them so much money. It’s almost like a very twisted ex-boyfriend: I don’t want you, but I don’t want anyone else to have you, either…..
Maybe, in the light of not-incredibly-encouraging-news about GL’s future, I’m just wishing aloud for the impossible – that CBS decides to change its mind, says, “April Fools!” and gives GL a few more months of life.
It makes sense to me – but sadly, doesn’t seem to be logical to CBS programmers.
*Edited to add: Duh, I answered my own question here (with a little help from MarkH): This IS a business, and CBS isn’t in the business of putting these two shows in a position of strength so they can go off and find a new home. They don’t want to do Telenext any favors. It’s a business decision – I get it, but it sucks for the fans. (And the people who work so hard behind the scenes.)