In the 80s I was hooked on Dallas and Falcon Crest. If I didn’t get my weekly fix, I went nuts. They were both addicting, and I didn’t know how I was going to cope after they were canceled. A few weeks ago, another soap opera announced it was ending its run. The daily drama had characters crazier than JR ever could be.
You know what show I’m talking about
We watched in horror and disbelief as the series finale came to its climax. An angry band of “anarchists” stormed the Capital, desecrated its grounds, broke windows, ransacked offices, and even brought a Confederate flag into the rotunda. Some of the disgraceful rioters peed on the building. A man dressed as a Viking danced on the Senate dais.
Who could have possibly written this script?
If someone in Hollywood had submitted this idea to producers it would have been rejected because it was way over the top. Somehow, it made it to prime time and has become a hit true life soap opera for the last 4 years. As glutens for scandal, we have watched with our mouths hung open, drooling at the suspense and outrage.
The star still wants the series renewed
He got banned from Twitter, Facebook & Instagram for inciting the insurrection. I’m surprised he didn’t get banned a long time ago.
One of my own accounts got suspended last week because I dumbly responded to a tweet by the star’s loathsome progeny. It was supposed to be a joke, but Twitter didn’t see it that way.
The soap opera PR team deserves dishonorable mention
A soap opera stays on the air because their PR campaigns tempt their audience with the latest scandalous act. They promise suspense, outrage, criminality, and even comedy to keep us glued to our TV screens wanting more. We don’t get any work done, get distracted, vent our anger, and, frankly, get off on it.
In the case of this soap opera, it was hard to resist when the characters were dripping hair-dye lawyers, headline seeking broadcasters, incompetent staff members, convicted felons, deranged dictators, robots, and ambition-dazed sycophants hoping to star in a spin-off series.
Soaps also show us who the heroes are
They’re often full of surprises. Occasionally, the creepiest characters come through in the end even after we’ve given up hope. We cheer when right wins over wrong and the insane villain gets kicked to the curb.
It doesn’t matter who you cheered on this soap opera, almost all of us watched it. It may take a while to break ourselves from our addiction. We all need a long hiatus so we can get back to enjoying life and our friends again.