[quote]Quote PurrrrrrrKitty: Too many garbage years of writing. It has hurt the show immeasurably.[/quote]
Wow, I could not agree more.. But that happens to all soaps when the creator leaves..it slowly goes down hill.. I watched ATWT since the 50's.. and I watched it in the ditch more times than I want to remember.. The ONLY writer that was good was Douglas McFarland and he suddenly died when he had it almost back on track.
I think Agnes Nixon created ATWT and Guiding Light.. when she died.. and many writers took over.. they changed both of those soaps until they were written off.
I don't know if thuis will happen to Y&R or not.. time will tell... it is also a different time.. Soaps are not as popular as they once were..
I was young when I started watching soaps.. but young people today.. don't give a fig about Soaps.. they are into "reality" and "Crime" shows.. My two children HAVE NEVER watched Soaps.. they think they are beyond stupid., where as I do not relate to their "science fiction" world.
I get the feeling that the new regime is "trying" to capture the younger set.. but I don't know if they can do that.. I really doubt it.. it is almost impossible to get a whole new set of "new" viewers..
The real fans of Y&R are older people or people who started watching with their grand mothers.. etc..
I have loved and enjoyed them since the 50's, but I see them coming to an end, no matter who writes them.[/quote]
I think you nailed it. For some reason, it seems Sony is mainly interested in the 18-49 year olds. I am in my late 50s and have a lot more free cash than my kids and grand-kids. I don't know why Sony doesn't get that. I don't know how the online soaps are doing, but I would never sit and watch a soap or any other show day after day on a computer. I'm also not into what is on my computer showing up on my TV, so I think the fantasy world of the soap is going to end in my house in the not too distant future. Y&R is the only soap I've watched in years, and I am not sure how much longer that is going to last whether it is still aired or not. (Not necessarily in order of demise) Atari, Commodore Computers, Woolworth's, Montgomery Wards, Spiegel, Circuit City, Borders Books, Eastern Airlines, PanAm, Studebaker, Packard, Edge of Night, Search for Tomorrow, Guiding Light, As the World Turns. Names most people in my age group in the U.S. are very familiar with. Is Y&R far behind?