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Is OLTL going to be a youth soap and AMC a more traditional soap?


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#1 CCCapwell

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Posted 13 April 2013 - 05:17 PM

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.


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#2 rhinohide

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Posted 13 April 2013 - 05:59 PM

First of all, I have the same concerns about my favorite soap. That it won't be the soap I loved. I hated summer because I knew OLTL would start leveraging the teens and they just don't interest me. But I've given up worrying about it for the reboot and I've accepted that its not going to be a seamless continuation of mt OLTL. It will be very different. Maybe I will enjoy it and maybe I won't. Remains to be seen. On the other hand, I have a 19 year old daughter who loves all the Disney Primetime soaps like Secret Life and Lying Game and Switched at Birth etc. I enjoy those too. So ima take a wait and see attitude. And it would make good business sense for PP to test alternative concepts w/AMC and OLTL. its a new venture. They're testing.
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#3 dragonflies

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Posted 13 April 2013 - 06:04 PM

actually I thought this more about AMC than OLTL. Especially given the recasts of younger characters and that most of the new characters on AMC are young.

 

We'll all have to wait and see


Edited by dragonflies, 13 April 2013 - 06:04 PM.

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#4 John

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Posted 13 April 2013 - 06:06 PM

Yeah OLTL doesnt really have teens even Jack is about to enter college. AMC Is more teen focused but at least we know them AJ & Miranda. I think Both will do multi-generational stories well.


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#5 LeClerc

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Posted 13 April 2013 - 06:19 PM

I'm pretty sure in the next few weeks we'll be hearing about similar youth-targeting guest stars for AMC. I believe Sonia Blangiardo indicated in a tweet a couple of weeks ago that there were musical guests coming.


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Posted 13 April 2013 - 06:36 PM

actually I thought this more about AMC than OLTL. Especially given the recasts of younger characters and that most of the new characters on AMC are young.

 

We'll all have to wait and see

Same here ... I feel like AMC is the show that has tons of young characters.


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#7 marceline

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Posted 13 April 2013 - 06:40 PM

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!  

 

I understand why some people think this but I don't really get that impression. I think the difference in the two shows is more about the fact that OLTL is picking up in real time and AMC has a time jump. A lot of the OLTL stuff seems to be focused around Shelter and whatever is happening at that club when the show kicks off. They're hitting the ground running. AMC appears to be using the time jump as an attempt to reset and re-orient the characters and given the fuckery of AMC's last few years, I think that's very, very necessary.

 

Like it or not, OLTL's stunt casting is completely consistent with RC's version. Reality stars, youth-oriented musicians, Snoop, etc...nothing's changed there but OLTL is also supposedly giving plenty of play to the Viki/Dorian feud, the Todd/Blair clusterfuck, Tea/Victor and Bo/Nora so it looks like a decent mix from where I stand. I suspect that we'll get a round of AMC stunt casting once they start taping again as well as a story preview video

 

If I had to point out a difference between the two it seems like OLTL is going to be focused more on couple-oriented stories while AMC is leaning toward family-based drama. But obviously that can change in a moment.


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#8 vote4llama

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Posted 13 April 2013 - 06:53 PM

It's too early to tell.  I think saying OLTL will be a "youth soap" is an exaggeration.  The teens were focused on heavily in the video, but it's not enough to go on.  With that said, I'd be disappointed if the teens were the main focus. 

 

I'm not sure about AMC because OLTL has been getting all the attention lately.  That should change in these coming weeks now that it's their turn to film.


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#9 EricMontreal22

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Posted 13 April 2013 - 06:56 PM

I am sure we'll get a video of some cast member sucking peanut butter from her fingers for AMC too.  Weren't fans worrying just like last week that OLTL had too heavy a young cast?


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#10 MontyB

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Posted 13 April 2013 - 07:46 PM

It's too early to tell.  I think saying OLTL will be a "youth soap" is an exaggeration.

This! 


Edited by MontyB, 14 April 2013 - 10:21 AM.

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#11 Khan

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Posted 13 April 2013 - 08:40 PM

AMC appears to be using the time jump as an attempt to reset and re-orient the characters and given the fuckery of AMC's last few years, I think that's very, very necessary.

 

About that five-year time jump: is AMC now taking place in 2016, or must we assume the events from the show's last episode on ABC occurred in 2008 (and not in 2011)?


Edited by Khan, 13 April 2013 - 08:51 PM.

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#12 Vee

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Posted 13 April 2013 - 08:51 PM

I'm pretty sure most of the Shelter footage is from the first week, possibly the premiere,

Spoiler

 

I don't think the promo is indicative of anything other than the usual soap staples - romance, drama, heartache, and sex. We know they're opening with a major popular umbrella storyline the show left on a cliffhanger, as well as the Viki/Dorian media feud. It's obviously a more "edgy" show because it had so much going on plot-wise at the end, whereas AMC had been in fairly weak shape before Lorraine returned to help put it back together and thus, IMO wrapped a lot cleaner save JR's gunfire. So I do think the launch is probably more plot-oriented on their end, but I think that's a good thing for the show in this particular case.

 

The celebrities don't bother me. Soaps have been doing those since Sammy Davis, Jr., Liz Taylor and Carol Burnett, not to mention countless musical guests well pre-dating FV and RC. I just am in no rush to pigeonhole either show.


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Posted 13 April 2013 - 08:57 PM

About that five-year time jump: is AMC now taking place in 2016, or must we assume the events from the show's last episode on ABC occurred in 2008 (and not in 2011)?

Itll be 5 years later but Im sure they wont say the year. So if they want crossovers it can happen


Edited by John, 13 April 2013 - 11:06 PM.

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#14 Khan

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Posted 13 April 2013 - 09:01 PM

Ah, okay.  Thanks, John.


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#15 marceline

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Posted 13 April 2013 - 09:08 PM

 
About that five-year time jump: is AMC now taking place in 2016, or must we assume the events from the show's last episode on ABC occurred in 2008 (and not in 2011)?

Neither. There will be no reference to concrete dates. IMO, there will only be "now" and "then."

Edited by marceline, 13 April 2013 - 09:10 PM.

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Posted 13 April 2013 - 09:49 PM

yep no concrete dates will be given is how I see it


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#17 ReddFoxx

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Posted 13 April 2013 - 11:04 PM

I don't see anything that indicates it will be a youth soup, the promo featured all the characters and the producers knows that the audience wants to see older characters as well. I would imagine the writers and producers are smart enough to create balance.


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#18 Chris B

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Posted 14 April 2013 - 12:31 AM

What I'm happy about is that these shows will have a distinct tone. I was worried with them sharing space and some staff members we'd get two similar shows, which is pointless. I'm glad their unique identities are intact, I just hope both are good!


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Posted 14 April 2013 - 04:49 AM

If the writing and acting were good, I would not mind a new youth-oriented cast. Quite frankly, I have had a gutful of rapist Todd and the whining Blair. They have been front and center for 20 years with the same basic plot repeated ad nauseum. This is one reason I stopped watching (and caring) long before ABC axed it. The rebooted OLTL would probably do well to concentrate on the younger characters rather than trot out the same tired storylines that have been done to death with the vets already.


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Posted 14 April 2013 - 06:45 AM

About that five-year time jump: is AMC now taking place in 2016, or must we assume the events from the show's last episode on ABC occurred in 2008 (and not in 2011)?

 

Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but soap operas have long stayed away from referencing years when referring to events. The understanding is that because a day can last a week and a holiday can be skipped, fans can essentially jump in without being totally lost or something like that.


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