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    Plans to Ensure the Safety of Two CBS Soaps!

    Wednesday, October 24 2007


    Courtesy of CBS
    Next year marks an important time for CBS soaps As the World Turns and Guiding Light. In fact, their contract renewals, set to come up in July 2008, have put the networks to work readying a plan to ensue their safety by cutting costs and revising the production methods of the longest-running pair of soaps on television today!

    With a clear agenda in mind, one major change by CBS could include shifting up the production sets and the amount of hours taken to shoot the scenes. Currently, the shows use a traditional soap opera set for filming, consisting of three cameras constantly capturing shots within a three wall set. However, one way to minimize costs – and to give the viewer a true feel for a ‘real’ room - would be to film in a four-wall set and employ smaller crews and the use of quick digital cameras to capture the scenes! Another idea would be to shoot all outside scenes on location – the show’s own private location – in a small town on the outskirts of New York City, containing permanent sets! Applying ‘real’ nature to the scenes is a plus and will make for a more natural feel! Guiding Light has already shown an interest in adopting this new method, which promises to cut not only costs but production hours as well.

    After a recent meeting between the network and the producers of both soaps, in order to benefit CBS, the network gave As the World Turns and Guiding Light the go ahead to come up with a sure way to cut each shows’ one million dollar a week production cost, which is the norm for any daytime soap, resulting from such factors as year-round shooting.

    However, fans, don’t worry… The network and shows have no plans of cutting any cast members to compensate for the change or to lessen the quality of which your beloved show is viewed when the new production model launches in January 2008! Hopefully this revamp will spike the shows out of their normal last three ratings positions and up toward the top of the CBS daytime line-up as well!

    Soaps.com is routing for this new plan and we commend the network’s attempt to save these vintage soaps!



    Amy Mistretta
    Assistant to the Editor-In-Chief
    Editor: One Life to Live


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    USER COMMENTS

    Posted by mintagrace at Wednesday, October 24 2007 08:51 AM

    The camera man is already making me dizzy and sick!!! Almost ready to quit watching ATWT

    Posted by Chrissi_Soaps.com at Thursday, October 25 2007 12:23 PM

    Hmm that's odd, because they've not yet begun these changes. Remember, this is still in the planning stages. The show has told us that January is the launch. I'm hoping to have a set visit to check it out on fans behalf.

    Best,
    Christine

    Posted by bugsabear at Friday, October 26 2007 01:30 PM

    I have watched As The World Turns since I was a little girl and watched with my mom. I am now 58 years old and I love it. Please keep this show going as some of the people have become family.

    Posted by Chrissi_Soaps.com at Monday, October 29 2007 05:29 AM

    As long as everyone continues to watch the shows, they'll be fine! There is no change with the times that you watch the show at. Just the information you read in the article is going to change.

    Posted by sarasecret007 at Monday, October 29 2007 10:17 PM

    If anything has to be cut it should be B&B. That's a waist anyhow. I would think if they were going to do away with a soap B&B should just go away.

    Posted by iowahawkeye at Thursday, November 01 2007 02:30 PM

    i had a feeling the digital scenes were for cost-cutting...glad to know i was on the money on that. but i am really enjoying the outdoor scenes w/all the characters, very much. it's obvious they're all shot at the same spot (except for Sophie's scenes), but it's still refreshing.

    Posted by iowahawkeye at Thursday, November 01 2007 02:33 PM

    and thank you for this article, Amy, very much! keep up the good work.

    Posted by Chrissi_Soaps.com at Friday, November 02 2007 12:32 PM

    I agree lukesboy. On location shots are fun!!


    I'm just happy we get to view these shows for many years to come as a result of this.

    Each year the shows are up for renewal, so we just never know what'll happen "thankgod" best we can do is keep watching!!!

    Chrissi

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