Cleveland Plain Dealer on the End of "The World", Soaps
Mark Dawidziak interviewed TV Guide's Michael Logan and TV historian/author Robert J. Thompson for the Cleveland Plain Dealer about As The World Turns going off the air this coming Friday after 54 years. The article dove into what the end of the "world" means for serialized drama.
"It was the show that invented so much of the soap form -- the pregnant pauses, sitting around having coffee while talking about your problems, the big dramatic freeze before a commercial," Logan said. "Even people who didn't know anything about soap operas knew this title. And if you didn't watch it, this seems to be the one your mom or your grandmother watched. "
"Serialization has become our chosen storytelling form, and we owe that to the soap opera. So really, when you look across the TV landscape, it really is the ultimate success story."