The soap opera world has lost one of its greatest champions. Inside sources report that Soap Opera Weekly, a magazine that premiered in 1989 and covered Days of Our Lives strongly for over two decades, has been shut down.
Insiders say that several staff members were let go, while others will be reassigned to new positions at its sister publication Soap Opera Digest.
Soap Opera Weekly's premiere issue, dated November 21, 1989, featured a Days of Our Lives cover with actors Stephen Nichols (ex-Steve) and Hunter Tylo (ex-Marina). The headline read: Bye, Bye Marina! Tylo Ditched by Days. The issue also included a news story on all the real-life pregnancies behind the scenes at the soap; among them, actress Mary Beth Evans (Kayla), producer Shelley Curtis, writers Dena Higley and Anne Shoettle, and Susan Fallender, the wife of actor Charles Shaughnessy (ex-Shane).
As a member of the magazine's original staff, today marks a sad day for the daytime television industry. The publication began as a strong editorial force and was the first weekly magazine devoted to soap operas.