Guiding Light to get younger, hipper, hand-held camera-ish
I think I just threw up a little bit in my mouth.
If you watch Guiding Light, take note of this. The show is going to change in early 2008, according to the show's producers. Say goodbye to the ordinary camera locations and the sets. The show is going for a more cinema verite'/MTV-style show, with hand-held cameras and edgier editing. They want the show to have the look of a reality show. Or something. Ugh.
Supposedly the show got the idea after seeing the results of a one-year study that showed that fans didn't think the show felt "real." Maybe because it's a soap opera? Producer Ellen Wheeler says "When I watch ER, Grey's Anatomy, or even Desperate Housewives, those shows feel real to me."
Um...OK. I can't speak about Grey's, but since when is an over the top soap like Housewives "real?" I'd also like to point out that none of these shows are filmed with hand-held cameras. Also, they're weekly shows. A daily, 70 year-old soap opera that is suddenly goes to hand-held cameras and quick editing? Gah.
I understand that daytime dramas have been falling in the ratings a lot in the last 5-10 years, and might even go the way of the daytime game show. But I really don't see this as saving them. I predict that this will either kill the show for good, or if it does survive, they'll give it up after a year-long experiment.
I watched the show every single day from the early '80s to the mid-'90s or so. I'm probably not the demographic they're shooting for and since I'm no longer a regular viewer I probably shouldn't care, but it's hard to see something that has lasted so long be changed this drastically.
(Note: can someone explain to me what Wheeler is talking about when she talks about viewers wanting to know what kind of flowers characters on the show are planting and what kind of car they are driving?)