The Soaps are Washing Away

By Ralph Hipp

ABC announced last week that "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" are soon to join landmark daytime soapers like "As the World Turns" and "Guiding Light" in that great television resting place in the sky where daytime dramas are being sent in increasing numbers.  There's never been a trend like this in television.  Just think of all those soap operas that went on, and on, and on, from the 50s, into the 60s, 70s getting hip in the 80s and 90s, and done for good now.

I actually got a bit part in AMC in a one-minute cameo appearance during February of 1985, sparked by some interest from a very wonderful woman named Candice Earley, a native of Lawton, Oklahoma, who played Donna Cortlandt on the show.  I interviewed her along with the late James Mitchell, who played Palmer Cortlandt on the soap during that time.  (Remember Cliff and Nina Cortlandt and how he tried to keep them apart?)  Of course, Cliff did leave town and wound up on "Young and the Restless" which is still going strong on CBS -- along with the "Bold and the Beautiful."

Anyway, my part was actually a weatherman at the TV station where Brooke worked.  (Rewind again, remember Brooke and Tom Cudahy?)  I did not have a scene with Brooke, or Erica Kane, even though Susan Lucci did stop by and say hello.  I will never forget that!  I did a few lines with the anchorman of the fictitious station, and a camera guy.  Then I walked off never to return to Pine Valley.

I'm only mentioning this because those wonderful memories came flooding back when I heard about "All My Kids" cancellation.  Share your memories of the shows, and just drop me a line or two on what you think about this latest move on television to get away from the drama, and go more for the reality and talk on afternoon TV.   Ralph

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