Two soap operas that have been on the air for over forty years--All My Children and One Life to Live--have just been cancelled.
Now ABC has only one soap opera left: General Hospital. This brings the number of soap operas on TV down to four.
Why are all the soap operas dying? And more importantly, is my soap opera next? Clearly, Days of our Lives can't use the "we've been on the air for 45 years" as a defense against cancellation.
ABC is replacing its soap operas with talk shows. NBC, who runs Days, tried the daytime talk show thing for a while, but it must not have done so well, because the new talk shows were all cancelled. (As the whole Tonight Show fiasco last year proved, NBC has no idea what they're doing when it comes to talk shows). So it's unlikely that Days will get the boot just so the network can try out a new talk show.
Some people say no one watches soap operas anymore, due to the Feminist Revolution of the 1970's. I might not have a PhD in Gender Studies, but unless I'm mistaken...that was 40 years ago. Why did the 70's wait before cancelling TV shows?
Other people have blamed Facebook or the Internet. Facebook, so help me, if you get my favorite soap opera kicked off the air, I'll never use you again.
The good news about the other soap operas being cancelled, I guess, is that now more people will watch Days of our Lives, so its ratings will improve, and they won't have to cancel the show. Also, Days can hire some actors from the cancelled soap operas, which actually happens somewhat often in Soap Opera Land. Actors will switch from one soap opera to another, if their contracts don't get renewed.