Who says soap operas are dead? Well, almost everyone did two years ago, but with Deadline reporting that ABC's 'General Hospital' has been renewed for another season, it looks like daytime drama is thriving once again.
The announcement follows the recent news that CBS' soaps, 'The Young & The Restless,' and 'The Bold and the Beautiful' have also been renewed, as well as NBC's 'Days of Our Lives', meaning all four remaining soap operas are remaining intact.
The genre appears to be having some kind of comeback, with viewership up for all the soaps across the board. In fact, 'General Hospital' even overtook the soap opera king, 'Y&R,' as the most-watched telecast -- a first in over six years.
So why are soaps suddenly cool again? Well, soap observers don't actually know for sure. One theory is that since many of the other daytime dramas went off the air, soap fans are watching whatever is left. Another theory is that the soaps are all available online, so fans can keep up with the storylines regularly. Plus, romantic trysts and dramatic twists are always popular amongst viewers who are looking for an escape. Can't say I didn't watch a "whose baby is this?" plot that I didn't like.
Unfortunately, it's not roses and champagne for all existing soap operas. The future for 'All My Children' and 'One Life to Live,' which left the airwaves for online, looks pretty grim, thanks to a lengthy legal battle with ABC that's stalled production of the once-popular shows.