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updated 10/22/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/22/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Generations, the fledgling racially mixed soap opera, has already been dropped by several NBC affiliates. In essence this means that despite network protestations to the contrary, the cancellation guillotine is probably at the ready. Shame. The show, of late, has proved to be one of the few daytime programs that (a) gives any sense of purpose or realism and (b) is responsive to the large minority audience that watches afternoon TV. On the other hand, there's the highly rated ABC soap One Life to Live (which has had, among other plots, characters going back in time, to heaven and to an underground city). One Life has long been mostly lily-white but recently announced the hiring of several black actors for a new story line. Then, however, that story line turned out to be one involving rap music. Talk about typical, And stereotypical.

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