Tuesday, October 6, 2009
If any of you readers watch Y&R, you’ve probably heard the shocking news that 30-year-long vet Eric Braeden (Victor Newman) has been written off of the show after contract negotiations with SONY did not pan out. For any of you who are pissed about the treatment of the fired DAYS vets, this is an interview worth reading…woefully all too familiar to what we saw surpass earlier this year on DAYS.
I can’t help but respect veteran actors like Eric Braeden who speak out about the unfairness of their position and how the soap genre is deteriorating from the inside and out. Just like how Tony Dimera was rewritten into a villainous corner before SONY, NBC and DAYS gave Thaao Penghlis his walking papers, Braeden’s Victor Newman has been written into seemingly an irredeemable corner, in spite of past character history. Seems like that this strategy is business as usual for SONY these days. The other strategy used is to try to backburn characters into oblivion, hoping that the viewers will be senile and stupid enough to forget why they liked said characters in the first place (see Marlena, John, Kayla, Steve and Anna).
Often, I get comments from indignant DAYS fans, wondering why I’m blasting the show so much all of the time. Do I want the show canceled? Do I want it to fail? Of course not. But I also want the show to be recognizable and not just some lower-tier ratings-sucking robotic clone with the same title. All of those praising Crystal Chappell and Louise Sorel to the skies in hopes of the Second Coming of DAYS, beware. Once these ladies have served their purpose for short-term ratings spikes, they are just as likely to be rewritten or backburnered into oblivion as so many of the other vets have been, particularly since they’re not part of that revered youth demographic (another point Eric Braeden makes in the interview). That is why I feel so compelled to speak out when I see the hypocrisy and the injustice of what is going on with the soaps right now. What is the point in becoming invested in any of these characters, actors or stories when the rug can be pulled out so easily from under them by a disgruntled headwriter or a greedy youth-obsessed network?
I do not feel that Eric Braeden and his ilk are spoiled soap actors that have to suck it up and get with these times of the recession…that they should shut up and take their lumps and like it. These soap veteran actors have given years of their lives to entertain us in an industry that has shown them no respect or mercy.
A clue to SONY as to why the soap genre is dying: Your shows are becoming unrecognizable and your viewers are becoming fed up of losing their favorite actors and characters because of your greed.