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Passions is dead...for real this time

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 1st 2008 10:20AM
PassionsUsually when you talk about death on soap operas, you have to know that like science fiction, death doesn't mean the end of the story. After all, many characters have come back from the dead thanks to mistaken identity, bizarre abductions, switched coffins, et. al. But when I tell you now that the NBC soap opera Passions is dead, I really mean it. Really.

There is no chance that Passions is coming back to NBC. The soap was yanked from the daytime lineup last year, but in a deal with DirecTV, Passions has remained in production. The satellite provider has been showing episodes of the bizarrely-plotted show for months. However, in a recent development, DirecTV has decided to pull the plug. Universal Media Studios, which produces the one-hours, has been trying to find a new place on the dial for Passions without any luck.

There was a wrap party for the cast and crew last week, and there was some scuttlebutt that Passions would survive as an Internet soap, but that's a pipe dream. It costs too much to be sustained on the net. Then came this nail in the coffin: on Monday, UMS and Premiere Props announced a two-day blowout sale this weekend of props and costumes from the show.

It's not really surprising that Passions has bit the dust. NBC has been systematically destroying the soap opera genre since it canceled Santa Barbara -- an Emmy-winning, classy romantic drama that starred A Martinez and Marcy Walker -- in 1993, then did the same to Another World in 1999. Another World had been on the air for 34 years and was a beloved daytime drama with a loyal, huge following. Tepid alternatives on the network, like the youth-oriented Sunset Beach (1997-99) were never destined to survive, and Passions was a long-shot at best. It was a latter-day Dark Shadows, a twisted comedy-horror soap that was too outlandish to last. Some viewers embraced the goofiness, like evil spells, witches, elves, etc., but most soap fans simply tuned out.

And now that it's gone for good and all, NBC has just one soap opera left on the air, Days of Our Lives. If it survives the decade, I'll be shocked. My feeling is that Jeff Zucker believes the future of daytime is all about cheap, unscripted entertainment and syndicated fare. Or maybe he'll just opt for Today all day -- it takes up four hours of the daypart now. Perhaps he can get Kathie Lee, who just signed to co-host the fourth hour of Today, to stay on all afternoon. Yeah, that's the ticket. That's entertainment.

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lisa

passions sucks...its like the same old story over and over again....nothing that happens in that show cud neva happen in real life...and it sucks even more that I alwayz know wats gonna happen next even before I see the episode...cause its the same old storyline over and over...eg I know that theresa never gets happy...so if they r shpwing her with ethan I kno its a dream...talk about people rising from the dead...Ohmen this show drives me nuts......it used to b a great show but now it sucks big time...it wud help if they switched the happiness between theresa and gwen so that both of them wud get happy at some time...since it moved to direcTV all we`ve seen is theresa`s cries...and by the way y is the new miguel asian.....werent there any latino guyz oditioning...cause he doesnt match his familly members he ruined the perfect family of latinos.

May 20 2008 at 12:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mj green

I've been a Passions fan since day 1. Yes, it is weird, but there were so many moments of sheer genius. Followed, sadly, by JER (the creator/writer), having characters repeat the same lines every day, having the same plot lines for different characters, and for not listening to the fans who loved the show. There are a lot of us out there, and we are all miserable at losing Passions. I am really going to miss it. I don't watch any other soaps, because none came close to Passions.

April 01 2008 at 7:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jennifer

Awww. That totally sucks. Passions was hilarious. Makes me wanna cry....:((

April 01 2008 at 3:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
TVSeriesFinale.com

A real shame for fans of the show. Based on DirecTV's short-lived commitment to the soap, it'll be interesting to see how long the Friday Night Lights deal will last (assuming it actually goes through).

April 01 2008 at 11:45 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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