The impeachment hearings in Washington DC continue today as the House of Representatives decides whether to bring up Articles of Impeachment against President Donald J. Trump. But does that mean you won’t see your soaps?
Impeachment And Soaps
At the moment, that may depend on what market and time zone you live in. Morning testimony is scheduled to begin at 9:00 am, which would not affect your soaps. But afternoon witnesses are scheduled for more testimony at 2:30 pm, which could affect General Hospital in some markets.
However, we do not know when the morning testimony may end. If it runs past noon, it could affect Days of Our Lives in some areas, as well as The Young and the Restless. However, there will be a recess between both morning and afternoon testimony and we expect the networks to show as much of soaps as they can.
If your shows are only partially pre-empted, then odds are the networks will make the soaps available on their websites by evening and shutting off their firewalls so all can see.
NBC affiliates may choose to air DAYS late at night, while General Hospital will likely be available on Hulu if it is only partially pre-empted.
This testimony schedule will continue on both Wednesday, November 20 and Thursday, November 21. When Soap Hub learns what the networks definitely plan to do, we will let you know so watch this space.
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 opera.
Spanning more than nine 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 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 (DAYS), General Hospital (GH), The Young and the Restless (YR), The Bold and the Beautiful (BB). For more facts about soap opera history, head over to our archives and relive the glory days of daytime!
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