There are six remaining serials on the air. I wish them all the success in the world, but I have to admit: None of them are “my” shows.

I will never be an everyday viewer of a network serial again. No offense to the remaining shows, but though I’ve watched them all and may catch them again in the future, none have ever spoken to me as these shows did. And none are consistent enough today with the kinds of stories I’d need to see to form a habit.

Serials are, sadly, still the bastard child in the narrative world. Put a bunch of male characters in a serialized story, give them costumes and supernatural powers, and you have a comic book. Those stories will be praised as realistic and as capturing the essence of man. A huge chunk of the movie business, and nearly every director, will want to make a movie in that vein, and billions of dollars in tickets will sell.

Put a mixture of characters in a story with emotion and heart and small moments and you’re labeled, at best, as programming for women. At worst, those programs are dismissed as insignificant and trifling. You will be relegated to specific cable channels and a few hours here and there on the networks.

And after decades of criticism, one by one, those shows will stop doing what they did best. Slowly, our onscreen shows continue to evolve into action-adventure hybrids.

That’s that.



I don’t have anything else to say, so this is it, folks. I made a big fuss when I took a hiatus before, having been overwhelmed with writing about the death of Guiding Light. No fuss this time. This is the last post. Thanks so much for reading.

You may see me pop up on other blogs in the comments, or as a guest blogger. And there are a few projects Web soap Web soap Web soap that I’m interested in pursuing.

A hat tip and a wave to everyone who came, who read my posts, who commented.

As the earth turns, we know the bleakness of winter, the promise of spring, the fullness of summer, and the harvest of autumn. As the earth turns the cycle of life is completed. But as long as there is a springtime and a harvest, as long as the earth turns, nothing is futile.

EDITED TO ADD: Please don’t forget to buy The Survival of Soap Opera. There are a lot of collective voices from the soap community in those essays. You can read more about it here.

My other blogs:

Elegy and Irony

Red Room blog

5 thoughts on “Outro

  1. So, this is goodbye?

    Well, thank you for sharing your insights and your memories. I have always enjoyed reading your posts. And I will miss stopping by this site in the future.

    A Bientot,

  2. Thanks, Patrick. I enjoyed it. But like you, there are no more of ‘my’ shows left (Capitol, Search, GL, and ATWT). Time to move on.

  3. Patrick, you are terrific and I have always enjoyed reading what you have to say. I’m a P&G guy as well and there was something special about those shows for me. I miss them. You have an open invitation at WLS to write for us any time you want.

  4. I only just got to this. Sorry to see you go, Patrick – I’ve enjoyed this so much. Glad we’ve crossed paths and will continue to do so via FB and Twitter. It’s a sad state they left this genre you and I love so much in. As the wonderful Maeve Kinkead said, “We won’t see this, again.” Yu and I were lucky enough to have grown up during the Golden Age.

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