The Prime Time Soaps That Never Happened

Discussion in 'Sundry Prime Time Soaps' started by Willie Oleson, Apr 19, 2019.

  1. Carrie Fairchild

    Carrie Fairchild Soap Chat Well-Known Member

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    I remember reading reports about this pilot around the same time that Charmed launched. It does sound quite Lost-ish.

    There's an ABC series from 1969 called The New People that I've seen Lost being compared to before. Rod Serling was involved in it. I've seen promos for it on YouTube (running alongside promos for Harold Robbins The Survivors that premiered the same season).
     
  2. Alexis

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    But then again you love Frankie Colby.... So no accounting for taste Willie.
     
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  3. Alexis

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    ABC does seem to be a network that redoes ideas for past shows, successful or not.
     
  4. Willie Oleson

    Willie Oleson drilling for soap

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    "Love" is a big word, it's more about a different perception, but let's not do this discussion all over again:)
    Absolutely. And my comments only reflect my personal thoughts on the movie, not the people who like it.
    Maybe I should watch it again, maybe I just dreamt it. Surely it's not humanly possible to produce such godawful dreck? No...no...it can't be!
     
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  5. Michael Torrance

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    I am perplexed when people like awful, dreadful things, but I accept it because there is such a bizarre process through which we end up with our preferences. Like, the current absolute piece of s$it that puzzles me is a show (I won't name) that I am not sure is the worst I have ever seen (it may be), but the way its followers treat it if as if each episode is the equivalent of Veda texts, Confucius, Aristotle, Kant, Nietzsche, and Sartre all at once (and as coherent as such a mix would imply) is what amazes me. Then again, I am sure that many of my colleagues would freak out if they ever found out how much typing and thinking I have done on a decades-dead soap opera.
     
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  6. tommie

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    I dunno
    I know Games of Thrones isn't a very good show, but there's no need to be so harsh on it.
     
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  7. Michael Torrance

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    I challenge you to an Obsidian-sword duel!
     
  8. Alexis

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    Oh Game of Thrones is a FABULOUS soap opera! On a par with the finest of Knots Landing. :)
     
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  9. Willie Oleson

    Willie Oleson drilling for soap

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    But is it GoT, or something else?
     
  10. Michael Torrance

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    No it is not--I have yet to see a forum where its fans discuss it the way I mentioned makes my skin crawl, i.e. as deep meaningful philosophy and ultra-meta narrative. Maybe there are and I am lucky to have not stumbled upon them. GoT is very obviously a fantasy show: it is part escapist adventure, part political intrigue, but overall I don't see its fans take it as more than that. It is a hell of a story, but the discussion about it is as a story. I think even @tommie knew I was not describing that.
     
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  11. Alexis

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    Oh tell us what it is?
     
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  12. Willie Oleson

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    Yeah! Stop teasing us!
     
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    Surely you can't be talking about Breaking Bad??? (gasp!)

    EDIT: Oh wait, you said current....ok....forget I said anything.
     
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    Could it be NuDynasty? It's quite similar to the Veda texts.
     
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  15. Willie Oleson

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    Michael Torrance has fleed the forum! Unleash the dogs!
     
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  16. Michael Torrance

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    But do you really want me to stop?

    Peach Dynasty is often awful, but its fans don't treat it as philosophy (except the occasional wily or two :D).

    This is becoming a Rorschach test--how can I stop the fun by revealing my own choice?
     
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  17. Willie Oleson

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    Do you hate it and other people love it, or do you hate it because other people love it?
     
  18. Michael Torrance

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    When I started watching it, it looked like plot garbage posing as high concept TV. But one of the two creators had written some films I really liked alongside some utter gimmicky nonsense that people went gaga over. The other creator I didn't know (though I think she has written a TV show you liked). And then reading weekly analysis both in print reviews and online forums, I thought "I should give it another week, I must be missing something." What I found out I was missing, was a propensity for self-delusion. So if I hate anything, is that I didn't trust my instinct right away and suffered through a season of it. Now I want someone to erase it from my memory.
     
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  19. Willie Oleson

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    Yes, I know the feeling. Sometimes you desperately want to like something, but it's difficult to outsmart yourself.
    I used to watch all the mini-series shown on television but for "reasons unknown" (or so I thought!) I never watched Shogun and War & Remembrance.

    I blamed it on my ignorance and a few years ago I decided to rectify my misjudgment.
    Foolish, foolish me - and I'll never get those many hours back. Or my money, for that matter.
     
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  20. Michael Torrance

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    War and Remembrance I did not like as much as Winds of War. But I enjoyed both very much as books. To be honest, though I have a memory of Shogun as good in my head, I saw it when I was a kid, so I really have no idea if I would like it as an adult. I used to idolize the original Star Trek series as a kid, and when I watched it as an adult I was alternating between crying from laughing at its ridiculousness and crying for my former ridiculous taste.
     

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