Soap Opera Writers, Viewers Featured in New York Times

by at . Comments
soap190.jpg As the writers’ strike approaches the three-month mark, it has conveyed new cachet, such as it is, on soap operas.

Shows like General Hospital and As the World Turns have become virtually the only reliable option for viewers interested in watching rerun-free, serialized drama on broadcast television.

None of the eight daytime dramas on network television have gone into reruns, and none have plans to do so. But in a genre that thrives on drawn-out cliffhangers, the most sensational mystery in daytime may be how these shows are being written at all, considering that nearly all of their writers are guild members on strike.

A handful of writers, for All My Children, One Life to Live and General Hospital on ABC and The Young and the Restless on CBS, have officially crossed picket lines to return to work in recent weeks, invoking a guild designation known as “financial core,” or financial need. But they are the exception.

Read the full article in The New York Times now.

Matt Richenthal is the Editor in Chief of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter and on Google+.

Tags:
Like Us On Facebook

Want more Soap Operas?

Sign up for our daily newsletter and receive the latest tv news delivered to your inbox for free!

From Around the Web

    More From TV Fanatic

    Days-of-our-lives-round-table

    Days of Our Lives Round Table: Eve vs. Jennifer

    Our Days of Our Lives round table with MyHourglass debates Eve vs. Jennifer, Sami's master plan and who was their favortie shirtless Salemite.
    Ejs-behind-bars

    Days of Our Lives Recap: A Shirtless 4th of July!

    Evil sisters, a Dimera behind bars, and a shirtless 4th of July picnic capped off this week of Days of Our Lives.
    Ejs-behind-bars

    Days of Our Lives Photo Gallery: EJ's Behind Bars!

    Check out these photos from Days of Our Lives airing the week of 6/30/2014. Take a look ahead at what's on tape.
    Days-of-our-lives-round-table

    Days of Our Lives Round Table: Eve Storms Back to Salem

    Our Days of Our Lives round table team discusses Eve being recast, Eric's futrue as a priest and their favorite scenes from last week's Days of Our Lives.