Soap Operas- These low budget drama series were once used as an early springboard to launch the careers of some big stars. That was before the pornography film industry was deregulated.
Now, soap operas are receptacles for washed up has-beens and sex partners of the show's producers. The contemporary soap operas do not enjoy the popularity that their early predecessors once did because the sheer glut of competing programs makes it hard to attract an audience to such a banal show.
Most of the current crop of TV drama series are a more sophisticated brand of soap opera. The production quality seems to be better, but that's only because the overall standards of industry programming has improved. It's relatively the same old shit.