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  • Boidiva02
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    Which cancelled soap opera do you miss the most? Do you find yourself wishing was still on TV?

    My answer is One Life To Live. I constantly wish it were still on and fondly recall the characters and storylines. AMC is a close second followed by ATWT and GL.

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    robbalto
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    I definitely miss the east coast soaps. It’s difficult to rank the order in which I miss them, because I like different shows during various eras of writing. But if I go by how I felt about them when they were cancelled, then One Life to Live is definitely the one I miss the most. Second for me would be As the World Turns. I did not care much for the final years of Guiding Light, but I certainly enjoyed the show during the 80s and 90s. Also Ryan’s Hope.

    In general, I miss the east coast soaps. They had a different vibe than the west coast shows. There were so many good ones: The Doctors, Another World, The Edge of Night, Love of Life, Search for Tomorrow, The Secret Storm.

    I also miss the 30-minute format, because I feel that they tended to focus more on core characters and families, and were less likely to become train wrecks like the soaps today.

    If I could bring back any soaps, it would be some of the east coast shows, but in a 30-minute format.

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    Boidiva02
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    I definitely miss the east coast soaps. It’s difficult to rank the order in which I miss them, because I like different shows during various eras of writing. But if I go by how I felt about them when they were cancelled, then One Life to Live is definitely the one I miss the most. Second for me would be As the World Turns. I did not care much for the final years of Guiding Light, but I certainly enjoyed the show during the 80s and 90s. Also Ryan’s Hope.

    In general, I miss the east coast soaps. They had a different vibe than the west coast shows. There were so many good ones: The Doctors, Another World, The Edge of Night, Love of Life, Search for Tomorrow, The Secret Storm.

    I also miss the 30-minute format, because I feel that they tended to focus more on core characters and families, and were less likely to become train wrecks like the soaps today.

    If I could bring back any soaps, it would be some of the east coast shows, but in a 30-minute format.

    You bring up a good point; the East Coast shows had a different vibe to them; a different style of writing. And usually attracted a higher calibre of actor as well, oftentimes New York theater actors.

    I really miss that about soaps; it wasn’t until the early 1990’s that theater actors were starting to be replaced with models who couldn’t act.

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    I miss Passions just for its sheer balls to the walls lunacy. Yeah the plots went on FOREVER and it made way way way too much use of characters making rather detailed admissions of their secrets which are almost overheard by the wrong people, but come on who could resist the witch and her doll? Tabitha & Timmy 4eva!

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    I was always an NBC guy before any other network, so my options are Another World and Passions. Passions is certainly the one I talk about the most, but I’d say I miss AW more. The show had a lot of heart and such great actors. There are characters and moments that just stick with me and that my mom and I still talk about, 20ish years later, like Lisa Peluso’s generally hilarious stint as Lila Roberts and Paulina’s drunkenly insisting that she wasn’t drunk. “What? Wanna see me touch my nose!?” It still surprises me that Judi Evans wasn’t even nominated for an Emmy for that role. And that’s just some of the later phase stuff when the show had begun to fall apart.

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    FreemanGriffin
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    All of the east coast soaps. ATWT was the one that hurt the most, followed by OLTL and GL. But those are the more recent ones: Another World, Ryan’s Hope and The Edge of Night for older soaps (but I have been watching TEON and The Doctors (which I never saw in its original run) on YouTube lately, so I don’t miss them in the same way). Loving was wonderful too. I have only seen a few episodes of Love of Life (on YouTube) and I wish more of the episodes were available. I wish they hadn’t wiped so many episodes esp. early AMC and OLTL episodes ):

    I feel the same as robbalto: shows were strong and weak at different times.

    I miss them all, though. Capitol was a west coast soap I enjoyed.

    Does anybody else remember Rituals? I think it was syndicated and I remember Philece Sampler was in it.

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    I have a vague recollection of Rituals, but I did not watch it.

    I really miss ATWT and GL from the 80s & 90s. They were especially good when written by all-stars like Doug Marland and Pam Long. I especially remember looking forward to ATWT every day starting in 1985 through the early 90s.

    Love of Life ended with a cliffhanger and it would be so cool if it were revived in order to resolve the mystery almost 40 years later. They could use actual clips from the old show and piece together a nifty story.

    This topic leads me to another question: which former soap do you think would make the most successful reboot? Here is my list:

    1. The Edge of Night: mysteries never go out of style. With good stories, this could be a hit once again.

    2. The Doctors: if they did a good hospital drama, they could probably clobber GH in the ratings.

    3. The Secret Storm: with a title like that, how can you go wrong?

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