I so LOVED the Soap Classics and all that Roger and everyone there did to bring as much as they did to us! I'm surprised that P&G gave them the rights, only to take them away a year later. They clearly have no plans to release all of the material themselves so why not let others do the work? It's clear that they hate their old soap opera properties but why not let the people who enjoy them be able to do so?
I'm sure P&G will never let their show air on a TV station or on the internet anymore. They seem to have just washed their hands clean of the entire thing.
Making a list of the most requested storylines I don't think would be a help to them. I remember when Soap Classics was looking into streaming episodes online and they asked people what era they wanted to see '79-'85, '85-'90, 2000 and beyond, etc. If I remember correctly, the answers were split evenly. Each era of the show has its fans and they want their era to be streamed. I'm not sure if there is enough of a fan base to make it financially viable?
Knowing how P&G and PGP ran their TV production company, I cannot say that it surprises me. They began to disregard their TV properties in the 90s and beyond. Instead of seeing their soaps as assets, they regarded them as former "cash cows" that needed to be put out to pasture.
I keep hoping that someone at that company would sprout some vision and find a way to 'make good' on the treasure trove of classic soaps in their library but so far, PGP has shown themselves to be lacking vision.
I know that at one time Roger Newcomb, site owner of the We Love Soaps blog used to post here and he was involved in assisting with the short-lived Soap Classics effort and he mentioned how much of a challenge it was in finding and digitizing the Master reels of episodes of the surviving episodes (1979 and beyond).
This would be labor-intensive, for sure, but considering they've already done some episodes and all episodes beyond 2002 are probably already digital-ready, it's not completely impossible.
At the very least, they could stream and/or work with a substation (like Get TV, Decades or RetroTV, even though less people get RetroTV these days) to show some episodes just to test the waters.
Even if PGP made a list of the most requested storylines and considered streaming them, that could be possible. You Tube, Yahoo Screen!, AOL, all have streaming platforms and they could even run ads but PGP hasn't had that type of dedication for the soaps since the 80s when soaps were bringing in buckets of $$ and PGP has long since stopped caring about respecting the loyalty of soap fans.
Actually, Maura West had potential as Diane- her first week was delicious! Her encounters with Victor, Nikki, and Ashley- all on point! Then they did literally NOTHING with her for weeks on end. When they brought in that creepy kid to play her son- GENIUS! They could have gotten miles out of that! Instead they threw her at Nick and kept her in all of the wrong characters' orbits. By the end, they had gotten so desperate that they threw her in story with Adam. Adam Newman was beneath the character of Diane Jenkins.
HOWEVER, the best, most complex, interesting version of Diane will always belong to Alex Donnelly. Talk about an actress that had chemistry with everyone! She was such a different beast of a Y&R character too- hardened features, husky voice, masculine mannerisms- there was just something about her that drew you in and made you want to watch, even if you hated her character.