Thinking Fans weigh in on the Nuke “surprise”: Aprioriguy avers “This is about ATWT deliberately not promoting this couple” … while keie loved the surprise so much, he “literally jumped out of my chair and screamed!” … and Michael thinks “The show is trying to have it both ways — being progressive while trying to appease conservatives.” See Comments below.
By Marlena De Lacroix
I was out of town yesterday and I missed the As the World Turns episode in which Luke and Noah made love for the first time. Why? ATWT‘s production company, Telenext chose not to publicize it, in other words, give the viewers any advance notice of the event. What were they afraid of? Protestors walking the streets of Brooklyn, where the show is taped? Or equally abhorrent (to a production company which is starved for soap viewers right now), that advance word of the sex would discourage viewers from watching the show at all?
What cowards! Every soap viewer knows that advance story information in the form of spoilers is regularly ladled all over the soap magazines and on many, many websites. It’s the network publicists and, in ATWT‘s case, the production company, Telenext, who give out highly detailed advance notice of what they want to publicize. So it’s mighty, mighty telling that Luke and Noah’s lovemaking was left a “surprise” to viewers.
Of course it’s the mission of public relations to do anything to spin their product (here, a soap story) any way they want. But the Luke and Noah love story means a lot to a lot of viewers and is in fact soap opera history. To discourage viewership by leaving it as a “surprise” is scurrilous.
In a medium where straight couples normally have sex after a day or at most a week, Luke and Noah’s lovemaking was a year and a half in the making. Last year, ATWT did not even let Luke and Noah kiss for months. And now, with the lack of advance publicity for the lovemaking, Telenext and ATWT are being unfair to their viewers. The way in which this story has been told is beyond curious. The Telenext publicists have been so manipulative in spinning their world, they almost have it going backward!