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Mar.22.2012
Truth is, hearing the news that Soap Opera Weekly was shutting down, I felt much as I did when I heard that As the World Turns was canceled; I called a friend and said that if the show had been our family pet, we would have long-since taken it to the vet to be put out of its misery. As I wrote...
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Mar.21.2012
doesn’t mean I haven’t been working... But, while I’m excited to be collecting some of my Red Room essays on As the World Turns into an e-book, the truth is that I’ve been having difficult time writing about the current state of serialized storytelling, though certainly not for lack of available...
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Feb.05.2012
or two... Actually, make that three... 2011 was a bad year for the kind of serialized storytelling I like: The failure of Prospect Park to move canceled ABC soaps, All My Children and One Life to Live, online; the parade of shows leaving the air on the broadcast networks, (Friday Night Lights,...
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Dec.05.2011
Last Friday, 2 December, the Disney/ABC Television Group announced the following: The formation of Times Square Studios, an integrated current entertainment programming and development division TSS will be headed by Vicki Dummer, previously senior vice president, Alternative...
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Nov.28.2011
two -- yup, two -- Thanksgiving dinners, the news that Prospect Park has shelved plans to move the ABC soaps online, and, OLTL's fake out about Matthew's death (really pushing their luck with a 5-day cliffhanger, over Thanksgiving, no less), please have a look at my FoE5 panel, "The Futures of...
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Nov.10.2011
On Saturday, I'll be speaking on "The Futures of Serialized Storytelling" at "The Futures of Entertainment" conference at MIT. The panel is more focused on discussion than formal presentation. But I was asked to prepared a brief introduction, posted belong. I'll be addressing the impact the move of...
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Oct.23.2011
since As the World Turns’ final episode aired? Actually, it’s been a bit longer. I’ve had a lot going on – and this has been a difficult piece for me to write. In 1995, after contributing several pieces to Soap Opera Weekly, I began pitching an idea to Smithsonian Magazine for a long article on the...
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Oct.20.2011
and feeling like a spoilsport, but...   I wish I could share in the excitement over the newly-issued As the World Turns DVD set. I really do. But, as I read through the list of selected episodes, I felt much as I do when a schoolchild asks me to buy mediocre chocolate I won’t eat (now, Girl...
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Oct.06.2011
Last month, We Love Soaps compiled their list of the 25 Biggest Blunders in Daytime Soap Opera History. I posted my initial thoughts a couple of weeks ago. Here are the rest (well, except for the long piece in progress examining the colossal blunder not on the WLS list – the 1995 shuffling of the...
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Sep.24.2011
  Last year it was As the World Turns, the year before, Guiding Light, and yesterday, All My Children. I can’t remember how long it’s been since I watched AMC on a regular basis. But since a modicum of masochism is damn near a prerequisite for soap fans, I watched the last few episodes and...