The article included in Parade Magazine today about the return of nighttime soaps is a hit with me. I’ve been a fan of Revenge since it started, and I remember all those other soaps including Dallas and Falcon Crest. A funky new version of Dallas airs with new episodes this summer. Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray all return.
My history with soaps goes way back to when my mom watched Love of Life and Search for Tomorrow (which started as 15 minutes and increased to an hour by the time I was in college). I was a fan of Dark Shadows, too. (The 2012 Dark Shadows movie is coming out in May with Johnny Depp and Michelle Pfeiffer.) Then Young and the Restless was born, followed by Bold and the Beautiful, which I still watch and I am even a recapper for the show.
The appeal of soaps is that simple feeling that you can watch someone else’s troubles and escape into their world for a few minutes a day, or week. Whether it’s s ridiculous romance or a madcap murder plot, it’s all interesting because it’s happening to someone else. And if you haven’t seen Downton Abbey on PBS, catch up either online at PBS or get your fix through Netflix. Everyone is talking about it — it’s soap and history at its finest.
Some of the nighttime soap stars have crossed over into daytime including Susan Flannery and Patrick Duffy. So after this season of Revenge concludes in May, Dark Shadows the movie will be out and Dallas returns with Bobby and JR Ewing. Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble!