As some of my readers may remember, I went on a blogging hiatus last summer as Guiding Light neared the end of its run. I eventually changed my mind and came back to discuss the final days of GL and other topics.
But come this September, I really will be out of things to say. When As The World Turns is gone, my entire soap lineup will be no more.
I know the remaining six shows and there are aspects of each that I like. None of them have ever been “my” show, however, and I’m not sure if one will capture my attention in these next few months.
Meanwhile, it got me thinking about the collateral damage that these cancellations will do.
For example, my reaction is probably somewhat typical of others. I wasn’t exactly a dedicated viewer of any other programs in the daypart, but I DVR’d two hours of shows (and commercials). Now that two hours will be down to zero – meaning less opportunities for advertisers to reach me (and others like me).
I don’t say this in a spoiled-brat, I’ll-show-you way. But I say this very seriously: I am considering simply dropping CBS from my viewing lineup. That’s one less potential audience member. That affects nighttime shows as well as the remaining daytime ones. I simply have too many other options to consider investing time and attention in programming by a network who has given a big chunk of fans the middle finger.
It makes me sad that the traditional soaps are disappearing, but as I’ve mentioned before, there’s been a fatal error repeated over and over by various shows: they stopped creating, writing and crafting the program for the people who actually watch it, and did everything under the sun to attract everyone BUT that audience. Thus far, it has made for EPIC FAIL.