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    • I feel like there are some sparks here and there in the late 90's and early 00's of soaps trying to tell ground-breaking storylines. You had a lot of landmark firsts with Bianca (AMC) and Luke (ATWT) as long-running LGBTQ+ characters on their soaps. I also think Guiding Light also tried to tell a story about incest with Tammy and Jonathan. But I think after those landmark experiences in the mid oughts you end up seeing less progressive story elements and social concepts being brought into soaps for more traditional and lower stakes television. I think in this way similar to BetterForgotten's post you just tend to look at what characters seem to have a positive reaction, and just create storylines that "work" for those segments and portions of audiences. You stop trying to tell stories and you end up just hitting plot points. I think soaps also fall into the trap of trying to integrate plot points with character driven stories. Everyone needs to be related or connected to the show, or else it doesn't have the meaning or impact that it needs to have on the canvas. But then you wind up shoe-horning reactions in order to fit the "plot-based" story you need to tell.    Somewhere down the line I do think soaps just stopped trying, but I also think they feel there's too much character background and history to try to tell a meaningfully well thought out story and loop everyone in based on the heavily episodic nature of story-telling on soaps. 
    • The rest of the movie/TV/theatre scene is filled to the brim with stories that the daily soap format would knock out of the park. Even if the ratings are low and continue to sink, they could still go out telling stories that are beyond the same old crap. What distinguishes soap opera from everything else is that they have the time to hit every single beat of every single emotion of every single story. It's time these people owned that and took it to real stories about real people again.   Budget concerns shouldn't even be an issue - they could tell great stories on the shtty sets they have. Soaps in the 50s and 60s made it work on even smaller budgets.
    • I mean, was that supposed to be anything significant? Madonna, Whitney, Janet, Paula, and Mariah has all gotten multiple #1 singles off an album prior - and 3 of those women did it with their debut albums. 
    • I have enjoyed this season, but the cast needs a touch up for the following season to work. They need to cast a friend of Garcelle and I would dump Erika and Teddi. I would say Kyle, but that’s not gonna happen. I’d finally bring back Camille and keep Sutton. That would be a great cast. 

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