Well, they are not forgotten – I just don't consider them typical "daily soaps".
ARD labels "Sturm der Liebe" and "Rote Rosen" as telenovelas. Even though they have been running continously since 2005 and 2006, respectively, they are produced in "cycles", i. e. the main couple is replaced after ~ 200 episodes. In addition, both shows clearly attract an older audience (there was a running gag that everytime "Sturm der Liebe" is pre-empted, there are riots in every nursing home across the country). Both shows are rumored to be cancelled after the next season because ARD wants to restructure their afternoon line-up and both shows are quite expensive to produce.
"Dahoam is Dahoam" only runs on ARD's Bavarian station BR and is very popular in the Southern states – but it does indeed have a strong local color and represents many clichés that people in other regions expect of Bavaria. (I'm from the Northwest and don't like the Bavarian dialect at all ) I think they have a market share of 2 or 3 percent.
FRANK M. BENARD
DYNASTY Count Pierre 1982
FALCON CREST Phillippe Hubert 1985-86
THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS Marc Mergeron 1984-85; 1987
SCRUPLES Edouard 1980
BARE ESSENCE Armand Habib 1982
FLAMINGO ROAD Man being Interviewed 1981
FALCON CREST Jack Steubling 1985
GENERAL HOSPITAL Sergeant/ Chief Guy Lewis 1985-90
BEVERLY HILLS, 90210 Cop 1993
PICKET FENCES Prospective Juror 1994
BARE ESSENCE Unknown Role 1982
Billy is the most recast Y&R character and suffers for it.
David Tom (twice) Ryan Brown,Billy Miller,Burgess Jenkins and Jason Thompson all played Billy and this in addition to all the writer changes have contributed to the destruction of the character.
In that time only Phyllis has been recast and is back to Stafford. And Victoria (and that character changed with Heinle))
So all the other actors are the same faces and that helps a lot with going along with some of their characters 180's.