Before I start.... I'm really excited about the online version of AMC and OLTL and I believe this could be the start of something great, a new era for the genre.
I believe the internet format is exciting and allows the writers to have a different forum in which to tell their stories.
Although I believe there are some fundamentals of soap opera that will remain true whether or not the soap airs on tv or the internet.
I'm a huge OLTL fan, but I'm starting to get nervous over the vibe I'm getting its going to be geared towards the younger characters. We've heard they hired a bimbo from Jersey Shore, some rapper is making an appearance and Snoop is back and unlike the last time, his version of the opening theme won't be for one episode but the theme of the show.
This doesn't seem like the OLTL I love. I'm certainly keeping an open mind, although we've seen how this has played out on the tv soaps that only wanted to appeal to the younger demos. They all failed. Will internet OLTL make the same mistake?
I can't say I've been following the AMC buzz that much, but from what I can tell, OLTL is going all out to be the hip youth-obsesed soap and AMC is going down a more traditional road. And I say good for AMC!
Hooking new viewers should be the goal of OLTL and AMC, but that should be a long term goal, they need to keep the faithful tv fans returning to watch on these internet versions. I'm excited for the premiere, but I'm getting nervous over what I fear the new OLTL looks like.