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A Whole New Life: OLTL

So I took the last couple of days to catch up on OLTL on Hulu. Just a reminder Hulu is free if you watch on your computer. Anyway I watched every episode, then read through viewer comments to see what the feedback was. The reaction was pretty much what I expected, even before the first episode ever aired. I knew enough about what the plans were for the show to know what viewers would most likely like or dislike, but this is what I observed. The production quality is much better than what I expected, not at all comparable to most online shows. The cast is much smaller than it was on ABC, which is to be expected. I'm sure this bothers a lot of viewers, but I sort of like it this way. It brings all the focus to three or four storylines instead of splitting that focus in a dozen different directions (I'm looking at you GH). I've seen a lot of complaints about the cussing. There's definitely more cussing than the original OLTL. The Internet doesn't carry the same types of restrictions that network tv does. Honestly though, I didn't find the cussing to be as bad as it could have been. I've definitely heard much worse in movies. Could I do without it? Absolutely. That's not exactly the kind of thing you miss when it's not there. They are definitely trying to cater to the younger crowd with this reboot. That is blatantly obvious. In doing this, just as I expected, they are alienating some of the longtime viewers. This was apparent in the comments I've read. And in my opinion the things they have added to the show to bring in the younger crowd (it won't work by the way) is taking away from the show. I could do without Blair's sleazy night club with the MTV rejects and Cutter running the place (he's kind of a sleaze too). I could also do without seeing Dani and Matthew (they are set to become a couple). They are both unlikable. Dani is just a few bad choices away from becoming a prostitute or porn star and Matthew is a dead beat dad. I do like the addition of Corbin Bleu a Jeffrey King though. He is actually rooming with Matthew and Dani and in my opinion he has more sense than either one of them put together. Of course  that's excluding the time he was baby-sitting Destiny and Matthew's child and all three of the roommates got sloppy drunk and played strip truth or dare. This is the type of thing they're hoping will bring in the younger viewers. Having said all of this though the show has only been back for about three weeks and just cut their weekly show count in half. In addition this is a new format for the soap genre; and overall online programming is relatively new anyway so I expect it will take some time for these shows to find their niche. I hope they have the time to do this and I hope viewers will give them that chance.


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