I read this thoroughly enjoyable interview with Jane Elliot yesterday and thought it was worth sharing here.
Aside from always enjoying Elliot’s stories about her work at GH, her career and her friendship with Deidre Hall, I thought there were a few great points made that could be really applicable to soaps now. Michael Logan mentions at the top that there aren’t really any more grand dames on the soaps anymore, with Tracy Quartermaine being the closest we have to that (which, since the death of Jeanne Cooper and retirement of Susan Flannery, certainly seems true). I’d love to see one or more soaps institute a contemporary take on this sort of thing, or hell, just the same old take from before.
The other thing that really resonated with me was JE’s point about soaps doing things that, for the most part, they really don’t have the resources to do as well as is done on primetime and streaming shows, like shootouts, etc. For the most part, the soaps seem to have forsaken the advantages that can come from being a daily show in favor of trying to emulate what’s done in other formats. I remember times when I was dreading a storyline coming to its climax because I was enjoying it so much and didn’t want it to end, but now most stories are about passing the time until the next thing that’s supposed to happen happens. Maybe they feel they have to do that because people just aren’t that taken with this form of storytelling, though things like Twitter and Instagram prove that the masses will follow someone’s every waking move if it’s a person they care about.
Anyway, it’s a really fun interview! I also think it’s a great example of being candid without being a jerk.
Thanks so much for sharing this amazing interview! Wow, she was (almost) cast as Stephanie Forrester! If Douglas Marland hadn’t passed away she would have been on my favorite show at that time As The World Turns! Loved this interview!!!! (:
Soaps aren’t what they used to be, but I am grateful that they still exist.
i would love to read a biography of Jane (or an autobiography)