ABC announced two of its three remaining soap operas, All My Children and One Life to Live a few years ago. They were being replaced with food-centric chat show The Chew and makeover-themed reality show The Revolution now cancelled. ABC already cancelled two more shows in the former time slot of One Life to Live in 5 years!!
1. Networks are cheap (and cruel)It's no coincidence that The Chew"much less expensive, unscripted programs," says Marshall University's The Parthenon in an editorial. The networks are all ditching daytime dramas with "costly actors, directors, and writers... talented enough to create gripping story lines" week in and week out, claiming the public prefers disposable TV trash. "That's just cold," says Jaime Weinman in Maclean's. Soaps are "among the most immersive and personally involving forms of broadcasting," with lifelong, hardcore fans.
Don't forget why they're called soap operas, says Phil Villarreal in The Consumerist.