The drama in Washington, DC continued on Thursday, as network coverage of the impeachment trial of President Donald J. Trump put a crimp in our soap opera schedule. While we understand the importance and historical significance of this trial, we feel soaps should still go on using 21st-century ways.
Days of Our Lives
One soap taking advantage of technology is Days of Our Lives. NBC has a regular policy of putting the soap online at night on NBC.com. Soap Hub already saw today’s episode and you can read a recap here. You will need to grab your tissues during some stunning moments.
The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful
The Young and the Restless fans on the East Coast saw about 30-40 minutes of a new episode today. But by 5 pm the network made YR available on CBS.com and CBS All Access. The Bold and the Beautiful was interrupted in its entirety and there has been no announcement on it going online.
According to ABC executive Nathan Varni, ABC has made a decision about whether it will keep delaying General Hospital through the length of the impeachment trial, and at this point, it will. This means you may not see your Port Charles pals for quite a while. We saw the episode that would have aired on Tuesday, so when you next see GH, it will be a doozy with a double shooting.
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!