What does soap in soap opera mean? As for the ‘soap’ part
Although we British audiences tend to think of the biggest soap operas as being EastEnders, Coronation Street and Emmerdale, ‘Soap opera’ is actually an Americanism dating back to 1935-50 – so named, because radio dramas were sponsored by soap manufacturers.
Why did soap get Cancelled? Though the show’s ratings were still good in season four, ABC cancelled the series because of continued pressure from the so-called “moral majority.” By the end of the series, Vlasic pickles was the only advertiser interested in advertising on the series.
Is GREY’s Anatomy considered a soap opera? While at first glance, Grey’s Anatomy might not seem like a soap opera in the traditional sense — it’s not a daytime program and doesn’t have the lighting that’s become synonymous with the genre — upon further inspection, it’s got a lot of the same characteristics as General Hospital.
What is a soap opera vs sitcom? The essential differences are: longevity (classic soaps run to hundreds of linked episodes) and continuity of the storyline (soap storylines continue from one episode to the next, episodes of a series have separate storylines set in a shared context – like sitcom but without the humour).