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Apr.16.2014
and the things we don't... Last month's announcement that Comcast/NBC Universal was shutting down Television Without Pity (TWoP) got me to thinking about what we save and what we don't (and why); what material holds sufficient importance and meaning to be saved, and what doesn't and isn't. And...
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Nov.23.2013
yes, I know, it's been a while... Several weeks ago, I was interviewed by Thomas Vinciguarra for his thoughtful piece marking the 50th anniversary of As the World Turn's iconic (an overused term, to be sure, but more than fitting in this context) place in President Kennedy's assassination that...
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Jul.24.2013
I recently came across a posting on Television without Pity's Guiding Light board that included links to some YouTube video that reminded me of just how good soap opera can be. That my find coincided with a piece in The New York Times extolling the virtures of nostalgia was, well, ironic, not to...
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Jul.18.2013
the havoc UPtv has wrought upon Judging Amy and other challenges facing serialized storytelling in the digital age... One of the things I miss most about soap opera is having a new episode to look forward to every day. With TOLN releasing two episodes on Mondays, the online version of One Life to...
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Jun.19.2013
In recent years, watching the Daytime Emmys has become an exercise in frustration. This year's ceremony was no exception. By any standards, the production was a mess, running 35 minutes over (a marked contrast to 2009, when the broadcast ended just as Bradley Bell was about to accept The Bold and...
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May.06.2013
During a recent interview, those crazy kids at over at Soap Opera Network threw Senior Vice President of CBS Daytime, Angelica McDaniel, a real curve ball, asking (hypothetically, of course) if she would have canceled Guiding Light and As the World Turns had she been in charge at the time....
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Apr.27.2013
the excerpt below is from an article in The Hollywood Reporter, and speaks volumes about the questions I raised in my piece considering why Prospect Park filed suit against ABC last week. ABC sources say the network was willing to accept ads within GH because of the licensing relationship, but on...
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Apr.26.2013
and the law firm of Lavely & Singer for distracting me with some much needed levity at the end of a difficult and frightening week ...  I live just outside Boston, and as I passed last Friday "sheltered in place" (my town wasn't one of those officially shut down, but since there was no...
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Apr.24.2013
and I don't have time to go into a lot of detail about my growing disappointment with Mad Men. But, of all the commentary on MM's sixth season thus far (and there's been plenty:), William Bradley's take at the Huffington Post pretty well sums up why I find myself oddly disengaged from storytelling...
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Apr.11.2013
to henry jenkins and sam ford... last week, in his introduction to my q&a with sam, "as the world stopped turning:  a conversation with lynn liccardo about soap operas," henry noted,   I have often acknowledged that fans are the true experts on popular culture: their passionate...
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Apr.08.2013
i'm sure their answer would be a resounding "no," but then i think back to what attorney general, john mitchell, said during the first nixon administration: "watch what we do, not what we say." when cbs moved "the good wife" to sunday night last year, my heart sank. sunday nights were already...
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Mar.31.2013
As the World Turns might never have existed if Procter & Gamble had allowed Irna Phillips to expand Guiding Light from 15 minutes to a half-hour in 1955. Irna didn't want a bigger cast or more story; what she believed was "that better story and characterization could be developed in the half-...
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Dec.20.2012
became a sin of commission... Back in 2009, I had just begun researching the life of Irna Phillps, soap opera's single mother, when I came across an article about her in the now-defunct publication, The Common Review, titled "Imperial Soap Opera," by Chicago writer, Les White. Six paragraphs into...
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Dec.15.2012
Officially, this short piece I wrote about Irna Phillips is part of the January-February issue of Harvard Magazine. But, since the issue went online yesterday, here an early look. http://harvardmagazine.com/2013/01/vita-irna-phillips The article is a compressed version of the preface I wrote for "...
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Oct.19.2012
but it was worth it... back in march, when i first mentioned that i was collecting some of my essays on "as the world turns" into an ebook, i thought i'd be done before now. but the resulting collection, "as the world stopped turning...the personal, idiosyncratic, often frustrated, sometimes angry...
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