danfling's Cancelled Soap Opera Messageboard (includes The Edge of Night)
Proposed serials
Sat Jun 24, 2017 1:25pm

"Pacific Lovers" (or may have been called "Manhattan Lovers"--not sure)--spin off of "Days" proposed in the mid 80's. Would have focused on the Kayla character.

"Scruples"--based on the Judith Krantz novel. Around the time SFT was leaving CBS and "Capitol" took its place.

CBN, the Christian cable channel was proposing a new soap opera after "Another Life" ended.

Rumors of a daytime soap opera based on a rock band.

"Texas" was originally was proposed as "Reunion"-- a period daytime soap that would have focused on the Antebellum South.

  • somedanfling, Sat Jun 24 12:15pm
    Henry Slesar wrote a Bible for a spy-based soap opera. It was not bought, but, later, he was asked to write Somerset. (He was already writing The Edge of Night.) There was a proposed spin-off serial... more
    • Proposed Soap operasO'neill, Sat Jun 24 11:24pm
      I think a period soap opera would be interesting. Look at how well "Mad Men" was done. Any time period could be dramatic and contain soap opera elements. What say you, Soap Historians? Thanks in... more
      • period soap Jose Ruiz, Sun Jul 9 12:30am
        I have three period soap ideas that I think would work. My hope is to produce one episode on public access TV. I want it to look like one of those episodes that were filmed (kinescope). But I haven't ... more
        • Period soapO'neill, Tue Sep 12 1:03am
          Jose Ruiz, That sounds fascinating and something I would watch. Can you whet our appetite a little? What time periods? Give us a little synopsis! Thanks in advance, O
    • Proposed serials — Tyler77, Sat Jun 24 1:25pm
      • Re: Proposed serialsIan, Sun Jun 25 5:23pm
        I'd heard of "Pacific Lovers" and "Manhattan Lovers" as "Pacific Lives" and "Manhattan Lives", but featuring Marlena instead of Kayla. Frankly, Kayla might've been more interesting. In a similar... more
        • Proposed SoapsRob, Thu Jun 29 8:17pm
          "Pacific Lives" was set in Hawaii and was slated to focus on members of the Horton and Brady families. Tommy Horton and his daughter Sandy were supposed to be featured. "Manhattan Lives" was around... more
        • Proposed serialsO'Neill , Mon Jun 26 6:37pm
          I agree "Scruples" would've been decadent fun! In 2012 a prime time pilot version of "Scruples" was filmed and but was never picked up. It was to star Claire Forlani as Billy, Chad Michael Murray as... more
        • ..one more...Tyler77, Mon Jun 26 5:55pm
          Douglas Marland was in the process of writing "Soul Survivors" in mid 1986. Because rumors of "Capitol" being canceled were starting, I don't think it would have made it to TV since "Y&R" had just... more
          • Soul SurvivorsRob, Thu Jun 29 8:21pm
            I think "Soul Survivors" was later than 1986. Marland has already been at "World Turns" for a few years when CBS approached him about creating a new soap. SS would have featured a small cast of... more
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