History was in the making in Washington, DC today and network coverage of the impeachment trial of President Donald J. Trump interrupted our soap operas, but that doesn’t mean you’ll never see today’s episode.
Days of Our Lives
As always when preempted, NBC will put today’s Days of Our Lives online tonight on NBC.com. Soap Hub already saw today’s episode and you can read a recap here. But, if you can get online tonight, watch it because it’s a show that you do not want to miss.
The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful
CBS has decided that it will NOT put its soaps online or stream it on CBS All Access tonight. Instead, it tells Soap Hub current plans are to air today’s The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful tomorrow but the soaps may be preempted again so the network is making decisions day by day.
ABC has not made a final decision about whether it will keep delaying General Hospital through the length of the impeachment trial, but it is delaying today’s episode to tomorrow at the very least and confirmed this in a tweet, saying:
“Update: today’s episode will instead air tomorrow. We want to make sure you’re able to see it in its entirety and appreciate your patience with the situation. Thank you.”
Soap Hub also already saw today’s regularly scheduled GH episode despite impeachment and you can read a detailed spoiler here, but as the show tweeted, you DO need to see today’s show in full because it is a doozy.
More on Soap Opera History
Soap operas 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 opera.
Spanning more than nine decades, American soap operas 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 broadcast. However, over the years, the number has declined. Currently, there are only four American soap operas on the air. They include Days of our Lives, The Young and the Restless (YR), The Bold and the Beautiful (BB), and GH. For more facts about soap opera history, head over to our archives and relive the glory days of daytime!