Wednesday, February 04, 2015


The hottest soap opera of 2015 isn’t on daytime television. It’s Empire, and ratings have been going up steadily for each week it’s aired so far.

Naturally, this isn’t the first time suds have ruled the prime-time airways (“Who Shot JR?” or the Moldavian massacre, anyone?), but it does go a long way toward suggesting that the reason daytime soaps have been falling like dominoes in this century is because family melodrama fans can now get their fix elsewhere.

Primetime TV is just the tip of the iceberg. There is also the Internet, where independent web soaps have been slowly and steadily building audiences for over a decade. They already have their own awards show, the Indie Series Awards (2015 nominations to be announced this Wednesday, Feb. 4, at 3 p.m.). Plus, in acknowledgement of this brave new world, the Daytime Emmys added a new category, Outstanding Special Class Format—Daytime, in 2011, which morphed in 2014 into Outstanding New Approaches—Drama Series.

Go to Entertainment Weekly right now to read our list of the best web-soaps you should be watching, including all the GH, DOOL, ATWT, GL, SB and more stars that appear on them, and if you have a favorite you want to add to the list, make sure you tell us in the EW Comments!

1 comment:

PietroDAlessio said...

We love Proper Manors, which has been airing since 2012. Available at, and The show stars Anne Sward from @ATWT who was Lyla Montgomery Peretti.