The Second Impeachment of Donald J. Trump, now the former president of the United States, is on Day 4, and we are on Day 4 of missing our favorite soap operas. And with it comes pre-emptions with soap operas left in the lurch.
Pre-Empted Soap Operas
All four soaps did not air at their regular times on Friday, February 12, 2021. However, NBC does not like to delay any episodes of its lone daytime drama, so when pre-empted it can typically be seen on NBC.com by tonight. If you subscribe to the Peacock streaming network, check there, as well. Also, your local NBC stations may air DAYS in the middle of the night, so check with your network affiliate as they often put the news on social media.
And you don’t want to miss today’s Friday episode in which Ciara managed to get her hands on a phone and call Ben.
At the time of this publication, the trial was still airing and General Hospitalofficially tweeted that today’s regularly scheduled episode will be seen on Monday. However, GH says they are “cautiously optimistic” the trial might end this weekend and give us soaps on Monday.
The Young and the Restless and the Bold and the Beautiful had not tweeted their plans yet, but a full pre-emption on both coasts usually means yet another delayed episode. Soap Hub will keep you informed each day about what the networks plan to do.
— General Hospital (@GeneralHospital) February 12, 2021
More on Soap Opera History
Soap opera began in the early 1900s, as radio broadcasts. Soap companies were behind the conception of the daytime dramas because they wanted to sell soaps to stay-at-home-moms. They did their job and also launched a lifelong programming format, the soap operas.
Spanning more than five decades, American sudsers have seen the rise and fall of daytime soaps. In the heyday of soaps in the early 1980s, there were up to 13 different soap operas broadcasted. However, over the years, the number has declined. Currently, there are only four American soap operas on the air.
Bringing the Drama
The four remaining soap operas currently on the air include Days of our Lives, The Young and the Restless (YR), General Hospital (GH), and The Bold and the Beautiful (BB). Check your local listings for air times.