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Oct.20.2008
Tom Casiello recently posted Viewing Habits of a Soap Writer, which got me thinking that I should talk about my own viewing habits. I started watching the CBS lineup with my mother in the mid-50s. I could catch all of Search for Tomorrow and half of GL before I had to go back to school after lunch...
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Oct.06.2008
It's not as though I've been going out of my way to find analogies between the 2008 election and soaps. But some have been hard to miss. Peggy Noonan let one loose on Meet the Press: While discussing the operatives of both campaigns she said, "I have the sense sometimes lately that these guys...
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Sep.29.2008
Like my Red Room colleague, Jennifer Gibbons, I've been in a bit of a funk of late and haven't felt much like writing. Like Jennifer, the election and the economy are sapping my energy. Then my 92-year old uncle died and two days later Paul Newman. So... But that's real life. Then there are the...
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Sep.15.2008
I generally resist, indeed reject, the term soap opera when it's used as shorthand for those cheap and melodramatic plot twists that define soap opera as an adjective (discussed here ). Of course, if I had a dollar for every time the 2008 election has been described as a soap opera, I'd have a nice...
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Sep.08.2008
You have to hand it to the Republicans. They really do understand soap opera - the short story arc, the long story arc, the need for characters with compelling back stories. And boy, do they know how to weave all those structural elements together into a cohesive narrative to engage viewers - sorry...
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Sep.03.2008
to Helen Wagner, who celebrated her 90th yesterday. Thanks to Roger Newcomb at welovesoaps.blogspot.com (having technical problems and can't insert live links), who shared his memories of meeting Helen a few years ago, which, in turn, prompted me to share the first time I met her. It was maybe...
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Sep.03.2008
Like Nelson Branco, I'd been holding off critiquing One Life to Live's recently-wrapped visit to 1968. But, while I've been distracted by the unfolding political drama of the past week, Nelson beat me to the punch, saying pretty much everything I had planned to here - you know what they say about...
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Sep.01.2008
if a soap headwriter dared try to pull this one off. but the 17 year-old daughter of republican vp candidate, sarah palin, is pregnant and planning to marry the father. while there is absolutely nothing funny about this situation, i must confess i had to supress a giggle when i realized that my...
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Sep.01.2008
Deep as I was in the unfolding drama of last week's Democratic National Convention, I kept my appointed, if eclectic, rounds, and not surprisingly, found a few connections between soap opera fans and the election. First, this posting on We Love Soaps:  When it comes to their TV viewing preferences...
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Aug.18.2008
Now that the dust seems to have settled in l'affair Hinsey (see my previous two posts), I took a couple of days to decompress ( I know I just took a short vacation; but even on the Cape, a house filled with nine adults and four children is a lot of fun, but not really what you'd call restful). So,...
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Aug.14.2008
I just packed away my hazmet gear after what I can only hope is my last visit to the cesspool into which l'affair Hinsey has descended. It looks as though the numbers have topped out at 1800+. Mostly dreck towards the end (I think a lot of people were hoping to round things up to 2000). But...
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Aug.11.2008
I had planned to ease my way back into the habit of writing after a bit of time off. Maybe start off by acknowledging (I hope not too belatedly) my second place showing in Red Room’s Housewarming Party; when I left for vacation, I was in third place, but by the time I returned, it was two women...
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Jul.30.2008
Well, I was right, Rick Decker is no James Stenbeck. On the heels of yesterday’s announcement that Jon Prescott will be leaving As the World Turns at the end of August, comes casting news that has enormous potential for the show. The boards have been buzzing all day about the returns of Anthony...
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Jul.30.2008
I’m heading off for a short vacation. While I’m gone, here’s another of my plays, six of them actually, things left unsaid... six short stories. As in the previously posted Settling In, the characters in things also “talk themselves in and out of happiness and misery,” however, unlike the...
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Jul.29.2008
When I read about Colleen Zenk Pinter evoking Douglas Marland earlier this month, I was reminded of a comment I made almost exactly a year ago in the midst of a very long exchange sprawled over four blogs, "...although, dare I say that ATWT seems to be back on track. Let's hope I haven't...
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