The drama in DC continued today with the Impeachment Trial of Donald J. Trump, but surprisingly, some daytime dramas went on. Yes, whole soap operas aired live.
Days of Our Lives
Days of Our Lives was fully preempted and as always, today’s episode can be seen tonight on NBC.com and the DAYS app. Your Salem friends are the only ones not behind in schedule.
The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless
Once again, the East Coast got in more than half of The Young and the Restless, but the entire episode was seen on the West Coast. East Coasters can see the entire episode on CBS.com or CBS All Access tonight. YR used Jason Thompson today to tell you that in a tweet.
Surprisingly, The Bold and the Beautiful was seen in full as CBS decided to stop broadcasting the trial. So, the show finally went on today.
ABC decided to go the route of CBS today and stopped airing this historic and consequential trial and air General Hospital in full, so it looks like GH is back on track — for now at least.
— Young and Restless (@YandR_CBS) January 31, 2020
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, 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!