April 29, 2013 marks another milestone in TV history as two legendary soap operas cancelled by ABC-TV are reborn online at Hulu: All My Children and One Life to Live. Their creator, 85 y/o Agnes Nixon said,
“Soap operas made history by being the first shows to move from radio to TV. Now they’re the first to move from TV to the Internet.”
I weaned myself from Erica Kane‘s world years ago, and btw, she’s not part of the online cast. I wish them well in their new medium. On the Internet, the dialogue, and maybe the love scenes, are sure to be racier than what network TV allowed. Will the women be more real, too?
I know there have been soap storylines featuring black women, lesbian women, physically challenged women, but…has there ever been a female on daytime soaps who was childless, or childfree, and didn’t eventually wind up with a child? I couldn’t think of one, and Google was no help.
It seems that one way or another – unexpectedly successful surgeries, unlikely adoptions, babies left on their doorstep, stolen infants, or God-found-a-way miracles – sudsy women usually have a child somewhere, even if they put it up for adoption before arriving at Pine Valley or Llanview. It can be frustrating to watch, because in Real Life, results like that are only magical thinking.
Except, life as depicted on a soap opera is supposed to be exaggeratedly over-the-top. And so, even in cyberspace, women who want babies will probably get them, and women who don’t want them will be rare indeed.
(Image Credit: ABC. Bree Williamson plays Jessica Buchanan on One Life to Live. Before the birth pictured here, Jessica had a stillborn delivery. Her split personality Bess kidnapped Jessica’s cousin’s baby, swapping it with the dead child’s body.)