As you may suspect, I have no interest in soaps - but I'm not beyond recognising that other people do care. In much the same way as people evidently care what colour their supermarket is, I can imagine the distraught faces of despairing friends and family as they learn that Shortland Street is being canned. In a rare show of generosity, I would even be willing to allow such a story to share the front page with actual news. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on your viewpoint) this isn't the case today.
I see. I guess that's not quite what I expected from a front page story. But do tell me more about this upcoming fan revolt:
Like sands through the hourglass, time is running out for two of New Zealand's longest-running soaps.
But plans by Television New Zealand to pull the plug on afternoon dramas Days of Our Lives and Young and the Restless are not going down well with fans.
How unreasonable of them.
Dannevirke retail manager Lorraine Scott-Wilson [...] is trying to drum up support on community forums on Trade Me, and has been seeking advice from fans who campaigned to keep Coronation Street when it was threatened.
She has also contacted Sky Television to see if it would be interested in picking up the shows.
Other fans have also started Facebook campaigns to save the serials.I did a brief search on Facebook to verify this. I found one group with 104 members, and one with 40; another, possibly a militant extremist faction, had three. Of course, I suspect that the target demographics for Days of our Lives and Facebook are separated by, oh, 40-odd years, so TVNZ chiefs ought to be wary of reading too much into my research.
After appealing in vain to a TVNZ spokesperson, the reporter returns to Mrs Scott-Wilson's valiant but doomed rear-guard action. What should people, hungry for news and reading the front page of New Zealand's premier newspaper, know about the shows?
I can't tell if the journalist has tongue firmly in cheek here, but it probably doesn't matter either way: if she's taking the piss, that probably doesn't belong on the front page either. Meanwhile, stories about perk-busting, cost-cutting ACT MP Roger Douglas publishing a book on the public purse and the Government allegedly planning to use the army as scabs if disputes with the prison officers' union aren't resolved get buried in the middle of the section.
"Some of the characters irritate me ... but they pick up on topical subjects - at the moment it's drink driving."
They also added a touch of glamour to lunchtimes and offered a little eye candy to boot, she said.
"You sit there and think 'I'd love that dress.' There's some real dishes there too. Bobby Marsino - from Young and the Restless - is very attractive.
"Bobby's a bit tangled up with the Mafia. He's trying to go straight, though, with his new wife, who's pregnant. Who wants to miss that?"
Maybe I should start a Facebook group.