Not many people know it, but Glee star Jane Lynch loves soap operas. Not only has the actress admitted she was a huge fan of All My Children and used to watch every single episode of General Hospital, her new web series, Dropping the Soap, revolves around the sacred daytime genre.
Starring Lynch, Paul Witten, Mandy Fabian, and Kate Mines, the series centers around the cast of a fledgling soap opera that hires a tough-as-nails executive producer (Lynch) to try to save the show.
"It's about a really interesting subject; soap operas have lost their glow and their shine," Lynch told Out.com. "It's definitely a form that is no longer as relevant as it was [in the past]. It's almost as if stay-at-home moms don't exist anymore. It's really hard to keep them on the air, so this is about a bunch of people who are fighting for their lives to stay relevant."
The premise will no doubt hit close to home for both soap opera viewers and those who work in the struggling industry. After all, most soap operas that aired in the 80s and 90s -- considered the golden age of soaps -- have been canceled, and the remaining four are bringing in a fraction of the audiences they did a decade ago. But they're fighting to remain on the scene, much like the characters in Dropping the Soap.
"I'm fascinated by people who are ego-driven... and have such thin skin that they need to be mean and competitive. That's definitely the character I'm playing," Lynch teases. "She wants everybody to be afraid of her. She wants to take this thing over; she does not want to be opposed -- and doesn't that sound a lot like [Glee's] Sue Sylvester?!"
Interested viewers can catch all ten six-minute episodes of Dropping the Soap on the gay streaming service Dekkoo, which is now available on Roku, iTunes, and Google Play.
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