The House of Representatives is gearing up for another hearing on Monday, December 9, 2019, in the impeachment inquiry into President Donald J. Trump, which means the three broadcast networks likely won’t show soaps at all, or at least not in their entirety.
On Monday, the House Judiciary Committee will present the findings of the House Intelligence Committee and word is it will be a full day of testimony. Depending on recesses and how long they last, the networks might cut back to regular programming in the afternoon.
Days of Our Lives typically does not delay an episode and will show that day’s scheduled episode on NBC.com, while some affiliates might opt to air DAYS in the middle of the night.
General Hospital, The Young and the Restless, and The Bold and the Beautiful will usually decide as ABC and CBS monitors the news how to handle programming. If all of YR and BB are preempted, it may show a rerun on the West Coast and delay.
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ABC may decide to do the same with GH, although a few weeks ago it did make use of ABC.com in order to not fall any more behind.
Soap Hub will be monitoring the soap situation throughout the day tomorrow and will update you on how to see your soap operas.
More on Soap 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 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!