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    Hey everyone. With people spending so much time now at home, do you guys think it’s an opportunity for soaps to improve their ratings? The problem is I’m guessing most of the shows (except for Days) don’t have more than 2-3 weeks of show and have stopped taping.

    What do you guys think will be the impact of the pandemic upon soaps?

    By the way: the real world now seems like one of those outbreaks on GH.

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    When I was watching GH yesterday, there was some dialogue about Josslyn not going to school and not interacting with people because of the brewing mob war, but it was surreal because of how applicable it felt to COVID-19 and what’s happening now. They’re certainly better primed than most to handle something like that.

    I was under the impression that most of the soaps are actually a few months ahead in taping, and so could go on a hiatus for at least a month/six weeks without running out of new episodes. When GH announced their hiatus, they said it would last until April 10, and didn’t anticipate an interruption of new episodes. My guess is that if the need for this level of restriction continues past the time when they have episodes filmed, they’ll figure out a way to produce and film the shows with minimal crews and taking lots of precautions.

    While it would be a silver lining if people being at home meant the ratings for soaps went up, I doubt it’ll happen. People are tuning into news stations or streaming things, and there’s not really anything juicy enough happening to draw people in. Is there anything happening on a soap currently that isn’t more or less just tried and true soap stuff (baby switches, fighting over companies, etc.) or the stuff that people make fun of soaps for? I’d love to be wrong about that, though.

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    TVLine correcting my bit of misinformation up there. I thought Y&R/B&B were further ahead.

    If the shows can’t resume production anytime soon, DAYS has a bazillion episodes waiting to go, but sadly for them, the show is not that great right now, and more eyeballs won’t do them a lot of favors.

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    I have been watching old soaps online. I watched some Ryan’s Hope episodes and especially some 1989 Another World episodes. Luckily there is a treasure trove of old soap episodes, mostly from beyond 1979 though – not enough earlier than that but I have seen every available episode of The Doctors from December 1967 through November 1979 (so far), which has been great.

    My biggest wish would be if they could put up All My Children and One Life to Live in the 1970’s. There is hardly anything up online from before 1979 and some of it is audio only ):

    How I wish there was a soaps only online source where you could click on a show and find episodes in sequential order – whatever is available. I would gladly spend $10 a month for such a service!

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