Former Days of our Lives head writer Sheri Anderson, who is credited with creating some of the most memorable storylines and supercouples on American daytime television, including Luke and Laura, Bo and Hope, John and Marlena, and Patch and Kayla, says soap operas are about pure entertainment, not voyeurism.
"The fact that reality TV is largely staged makes it even sadder,” Anderson said. “Like watching a 'snuff' film and knowing that someone is going to truly be ridiculed, injured or even die -- yet viewers still watch -- is heartbreaking."
Anderson will comment on why she believes reality TV is to blame for the demise of soap operas, the future of soap operas and what daytime dramas need to do to survive, and what keeps Days of our Lives successful and her thoughts on the soap’s Sept. 26th relaunch.
Anderson is the author of the Salem’s Secrets, Scandals, and Lies fiction book series, which provides alternative and extended stories featuring beloved characters from Days of our Lives.