“Dirty Soap” A Hit on Twitter
E!’s new reality show about soap stars, “Dirty Soap,” premiered Sunday night. Though the ratings are not available yet, based on the tremendous amount of positive buzz the show generated on Twitter, it looks like a hit. During the show’s East Coast telecast, it trended worldwide. Those singing its praises included Snooki (“I enjoyed #DirtySoap!) and “Vampire Diaries” and “Secret Circle” executive producer Kevin Williamson, (“Loving Dirty Soap on E produced by the amazing @ABTVHD@MarkConsuelos@KellyRipa Congrats guys!”) along with a plethora of daytime insiders, soap fans, and people who just decided to watch, perhaps drawn in by E!’s extensive promotional campaign which included radio ads on seemingly every station in Los Angeles as well as cable TV ads. Maybe soaps aren’t dead after all. I wonder what would happen if daytime received that level of promotion.
Watch The “Dirty Soap” Premiere Below:
I saw the first episode before I interviewed cast members Nadia Bjorlin, Brandon Beemer, Kelly Monaco, and Galen Gering. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it, but wasn’t sure that people who aren’t hardcore soap fans would be interested. Though parts are clearly staged, the show does capture the big fish in a small pond quality of soap stardom. Everyone does know everyone. The stars have legions of fans but are unknown within the larger entertainment industry. Executive producers, and former “All My Children” stars Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos knowledge of the world shined though.
I hope it’s a huge hit and inspires people to watch the soaps. It is baffling that SoapNET never attempted a series like this. Yes, the network’s president Brian Frons, the man responsible for the cancellation of AMC and “One Life to Live,” seems to have contempt for the soap genre. But he loves reality shows so much that he’s replacing OLTL with one. However, I’m glad “Dirty Soap” is airing on a network with a larger audience so it will be a bigger hit.
Another Actor Signs Deal to Stay With “One Life to Live” Online
Good news for fans of “One Life to Live’s” big man Sean Ringgold. According to Soap Opera Network, the actor, who plays kindhearted bodyguard Shaun Evans has signed a deal with production company Prospect Park to continue with the show when it moves online. Ringgold told the website he was offered a contract on Friday, September 23rd. He also offered this tantalizing thought about how the internet version of the show will be different: “There’s going to be more of a free reign to do more things on the internet than you could normally do on network. It could get quite interesting. I’ll leave that open for the imagination.” Could he be referring to writers and producers being allowed to tell stories without constant micromanaging from network executives, allowing for a return to the classic style of story telling of soaps golden era? Or is he talking about OLTL:TV-MA? Bring on the swearing, the gay sex, and the nudity!
“Saturday Night Live”-“All My Children” Sketch A Missed Opportunity
“Saturday Night Live” attempted to address “All My Children’s” cancellation in a sketch that aired during the season premiere. There are so many aspects of the cancellation that were ripe for parodying: the very concept of ending a show that is never supposed to end, Susan Lucci calling out Frons in her memoir, the show’s move to the internet, all of the celebrities who came back to the show in its final weeks, the specific characters on the show, several of whom are well enough known to be recognizable by a mainstream audience. Apparently, none of the show’s writers have even a passing familiarity with the show, or bothered to read any of the articles about its cancellation. Nor did they go into their own archives and watch the episode from the 1990s that Lucci hosted. The opening sketch of that episode was a great AMC parody entitled “All My Luggage,” featuring Erica Kane getting very upset about her lost suitcases, with the late, great Phil Hartman doing a terrific impression of Walt Willey.
Instead, the show crafted a sketch that was ostensibly about the show’s wrap party, in which the crew of the show turned out to be a collection of soap cliches — a man with an evil twin, someone who came back from the dead, etc. I found it painfully unfunny and just plain weird. The actual AMC had a lot more intentionally funny lines in its final episodes.