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8 hours ago, Franko said:

It sounds to me like The Doctors received one of NBC's patented 11th hour cancellations. I'm not sure TPTB would have gone to the trouble of SORASing Erich and Stephanie, introducing the Langleys, writing out Nola and killing off Mona and Billy if they knew the finish line was so close. 

 

That was probably the case with both The Doctors and Texas which both left the air on December 31, 1982.  The following Monday, NBC seriously revamped its daytime lineup:

 

10:00 AM reruns of The Facts of Life debuts

10:30 AM Sale of the Century debuts with Jim Perry

11:00 AM Wheel of Fortune returns to this timeslot 

11:30 AM Hit Man debuts with Peter Tomarken

12:00 PM Just Men starring Betty White debuts

12:30 PM Search for Tomorrow 

1:00 PM Days of our Lives was heavily featuring Roman and Marlena and the DiMeras

2:00 PM Another World had the character of Felicia Gallant premiere the first week in January and would again kill off Steve Frame within a month and start to reconcile Mac and Rachel

3:00 PM Fantasy with Peter Marshall and Leslie Uggums

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9 hours ago, Franko said:

It sounds to me like The Doctors received one of NBC's patented 11th hour cancellations. I'm not sure TPTB would have gone to the trouble of SORASing Erich and Stephanie, introducing the Langleys, writing out Nola and killing off Mona and Billy if they knew the finish line was so close. 

Not from what I've read. One of the last head writers, Barbara Morgenroth, indicated on social media that she knew the show's days were numbered.

 

Throughout 1982, there were rumors that NBC was cancelling The Doctors, Texas, and later Search for Tomorrow (which moved to NBC in March 1982). I even recall Entertainment Tonight announcing in early 1982 (around March/April) that NBC had cancelled Texas.. The next day, they announced that Texas would continue but move to the 11:00 a.m. time slot.

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10 hours ago, Franko said:

It sounds to me like The Doctors received one of NBC's patented 11th hour cancellations. I'm not sure TPTB would have gone to the trouble of SORASing Erich and Stephanie, introducing the Langleys, writing out Nola and killing off Mona and Billy if they knew the finish line was so close. 

 

It's probably just the opposite. That cancellation was on the horizon for some time and they were pulling out all the stops to re-set the show to give NBC a reason to renew it for another season. Usually when headwriters start killing legacy characters it's because they know the writing is on the wall and they are trying to do shocking stuff at the end to reignite interest in the program. They also bring in "exciting" new characters to try and boost things. There is the hope they might get picked up by another network, since that happened with Edge and Search. But most of these last-minute "solutions" do not work and the shows barely go off the air with a shred of dignity intact. If they would just write true to the history of the stories that worked during the soap's heyday and avoid the stunt casting and shocking deaths, they would probably retain more consistent viewership or at least bow out gracefully.

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14 hours ago, Franko said:

It sounds to me like The Doctors received one of NBC's patented 11th hour cancellations. I'm not sure TPTB would have gone to the trouble of SORASing Erich and Stephanie, introducing the Langleys, writing out Nola and killing off Mona and Billy if they knew the finish line was so close. 

 

Kim Zimmer (who played Nola) said that for most of her three year stint on the show.. the show was always in danger of being cancelled... in fact, she described the situation in the same manner as to an actors contract (13 week option) basically saying the show was extended every 13 weeks... which could explain why things never seemed plotted long term because the writers never knew for sure if that 13 week pick up would be the last one.

 

The timeslot changes, plus moving the focus from the hospital to a traditional family structure killed the show long term.

 

Right now, the reruns are in April 1976... and sorry @vetsoapfan I'm actually liking Depriest's stint thus far.  I know you mentioned not liking Anne Bailey Howard as head-writer.. but the scripts that Howard has written have been pretty good (perhaps she should have been a script writer and not a head-writer?).

 

The show taken on a generational vibe as of late with the conflicts between the establishment and the youth (i.e. Althea/Penny, Matt/Mike, Steve/Billy, Mama Dancy/Jerry, and Eleanor/Wendy).  I like the idea of a clash between the establishment and the newbies... and wished that idea had not been shown to reflect just parent/child... but established doctors and nurses vs interns and nursing students (sort of what the show did briefly in 1970 with Carolee as head of nursing clashing with Julie the manipulative nursing student).  

 

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