Oprah Can’t Save Axed Soaps

Oprah Can’t Save Axed Soaps

The talk queen explains why her OWN channel won’t pick up daytime dramas.

Published April 26, 2011

Oprah Winfrey has finally answered the mini soap revival revolution that has been quietly bubbling over for weeks.

Ever since it was announced on April 14 that ABC would be canceling longtime soap operas—40-year-old All My Children and 43-year-old One Life To Live—the daytime queen’s message boards have been inundated with pleas from fans begging her to pick up the serial dramas on her OWN channel.

Winfrey, a self-proclaimed fan of both All My Children and One Life To Live, recently took to YouTube to respond to the shows' loyal fan base by “thanking” them for believing that she could save their shows. But citing the genre’s low ratings and lack of overall viewership she issued “the bone marrow truth” on why she can’t be the one to resuscitate them.

“Because all good things must come to an end, all things have their time… as do the soaps. I will not be taking on the responsibility of trying to revive an institution that for all intent and all purpose indicates that the time has come for it to be over,” Winfrey said in her video post.

The OWN channel launched in January 2011 and while Winfrey has enjoyed the success of the hit program, Season 25: Oprah Behind The Scenes, many of the network’s shows and series have struggled with ratings and viewership.

(Photo: George Burns/Harpo Productions)

Written by Ronke Idowu Reeves


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