Thanks to Jamey Giddens at Daytime Confidential for posting an interview with me talking about "Soap Opera 451: A Time Capsule of Daytime Drama's Greatest Moments."
We chatted about the book, and also about what, in light of my experience with Another World Today, I think All My Children and One Life to Live could do when Prospect Park takes them to the Internet this January 2012:
Got a character you want to keep on the canvas but the actor is leaving? Keep them alive through a personal blog or e-mails sent right to fans that could also tease their return story and allow fans to write back, interact and even become a part of the story.
New technology makes getting input from the fans easier and quicker than ever. Another World Today ended every episode with a poll so that fans could actually drive story the way they wanted. Well, majority rules... Some science fiction shows have set up fan chats that appear on the screen right as the show is going on. You could even have characters interacting with the posters as the action is happening!
It wouldn't be a matter of changing the shows, which, as I pointed out in Soap Opera 451: A Time Capsule of Daytime Drama's Greatest Moments, have a great deal of things going for them still, but a matter of expanding how the stories we've loved for 70 years are presented and distributed, and thus how they're received and embraced by the next generation.