I used to think not working in an office meant lounging on the couch at home in fuzzy slippers, clutching a box of bonbons (although I still don’t know what they are, exactly) and watching soap operas. Fast-forward to my actual work-at-home life and the only TV that I ever get is Dora, Caillou and the assorted Disney princesses.
Yes, there are DVRs and TiVo, but that would assume that I have the time, energy or inclination at the end of the day to watch TV. My days usually end with me in bed with my remote in hand scrolling over my recorded shows before falling asleep. It’s such a lovely idea to watch TV during the day or at night, but that was before children (and at then I was working out of the home, so never mind).
The long-running ABC soap opera All My Children is facing the possibility of cancellation, and I wonder if that’s because parents at home have so little time for themselves these days.
I’m not saying our mothers and grandmothers didn’t have their hands full with us. But I’m not so sure that too many of them also worked from home (yes, tending to the house and kids was work, but I’m talking about that plus another full or part time job). And I don’t think we were as scheduled (or over-scheduled) when we were young as our kids are these days.
While it’s a shame that a show with a 41-year history might be coming to an end — particularly for those who enjoy it on a regular basis — I wonder if it’s just a sign of the times that the days of daily, serial TV are coming to an end since most of us are starring in our very own reality shows. Or rather, we’re playing a supporting role to our kids, the real stars.
Will you miss All My Children if it’s canceled?