At the Emmys, Soap stars talk about how to save daytime dramas
LAS VEGAS - From the stage of the 38th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, “All My Children” star Susan Lucci announced, “Daytime television is alive and well!” Though her voice rang with conviction, it was an ironic statement coming from an actress whose longtime soap acting gig was downsized after “AMC” got the ax earlier this year. While she wasn’t the only soap star to smile bravely in the face of bad news, more than a few stars I spoke with on the red carpet expressed sadness, hope and their own ideas on how to save the troubled daytime drama genre.
”Bold” star Ron Moss thinks there may be ways to save the soap – ways that the networks have yet to exploit. “For me it’s sad a network would negate that many fans,” he said of ABC. “How many shows do we actually pass down from generation to generation? Those two shows have so many fans that would and could watch on TiVo, on the Internet, or in some other medium. They need other ways to watch them.”