Exactly. The tried-and-true remark about there being 19 soaps in 1970 holds no weight. Hell, GL was only 15 minutes until 1968! From 1975 through 1980, starting with AW, then DAYS, then ATWT.... all the way up to Y&R's expansion in February 1980 at the expense of fellow half-hour sudser Love of Life, was when all the long-running shows expanded.
For a time there (1989-1991), we had 10.5 hours, with each network providing three hour-long shows and one half-hour.
I noticed that they had one scene about 15 minutes in which lasted the entire segment which I think helped make it more powerful. Now, so many scenes are so brief and jump around so much to the detriment of the drama.
Didn’t Traci and Brad have any friends? That was a fancy wedding for 8 guests (most of which was immediate family). The background murmuring during the reception made it sound like a lot more people were there. When we first saw Ashley at the wedding, I thought she was still getting ready and wearing a bathrobe. Lol at Jill’s hat almost attacking John- he had to bob and weave!