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Old 03-20-2020, 11:07 PM
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Will any of the network's (CBS, NBC and ABC) four daytime soap operas be adding the Corona virus to their story lines?
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Old 03-21-2020, 04:14 AM
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It might depend on where things stand by the time they get back to filming. A corona virus story line after this has all shaken out might not be in the best taste.

Another week or three of this and we might simply want an escape from all things virus related.
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Old 03-21-2020, 02:10 PM
Location: Philaburbia
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General Hospital already has had several story arcs about epidemics. Perhaps they'll do another - depends on how many characters the writers want to kill off.

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Old 03-21-2020, 02:56 PM
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It would be kind of limiting to do a coronavirus storyline. Difficult to have drama when people can't go around town and interact.
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Old 03-21-2020, 05:16 PM
Location: Sunny South Florida
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We have to assume any such story would make it to air well after things have blown over. Soaps try to make us think they're happening in "real time" (they celebrate holidays when we do, for instance), so it might run counter to that illusion if the citizens of soapland are going into seclusion weeks after the viewer has emerged.

I think the soaps would be wise just to pretend covid-19 never happened. So many real-world events get ignored by soaps since the writers want their show's 'world' to be "realistic, but not real". Soaps prefer their viruses and epidemics to have a villain behind them, someone to be 'defeated' or thwarted, with the disease easily cured in the nick of time by our show's hero. This is a situation with no villain to be thwarted, and if someone on the show 'saves the day' by coming up with the cure, it would be ridiculous since we sat through the "real" situation where a miracle cure was not forthcoming.

So yeah, they'd be smart to ignore this little slice of life. In a year or so they can refer to it in passing like everyone else, pretending they lived through it just like everyone else, even though they obviously did not do it onscreen. Enough distance will have been established by then that people won't care that they're retconning the situation somewhat.
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