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Jun.02.2008
Twenty-five years after Hill Street Blues led to "TV's second golden age" (Steven Stark: Glue to the Set), a new incarnation of primetime soaps were introduced in the fall of 2006. In addition to Brothers and Sisters, ABC had Ugly Betty; NBC, the critics' darling, Friday Night Lights; all...
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May.16.2008
For a long time now, I been arguing all over cyberspace that primetime soaps are doing a much better job of what daytime soaps used to: telling character-driven stories with intimacy, depth and complexity. But primetime isn’t daytime, and crime procedurals like Law & Order, CSI and Cold Case...
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May.15.2008
One of the better-know soap opera columnists refuses to call herself a fan, and takes issue when others refer to her publicly as a soap fan for fear that her words won’t been taken seriously. Yet her affection for and knowledge of soaps is implicit in every word she writes. So, why not a fan? And...
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May.11.2008
This question being, “why are you wasting your time watching (or writing about) those stupid soap operas?” The underlying premise: that the questioner is justified in passionately denigrating an activity that harms no one. As I’ve mentioned in several of my posts, I’ve been watching soap operas...
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May.01.2008
I don't know why 1981 proved to be such a pivotal year for television. But the premiere of Hill Street Blues in January 1981 and the wedding of Luke and Laura on General Hospital that November marked the beginning of a profound shift for television programming, day and night. For primetime, the...
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May.01.2008
Everyone loves to talk about the successful actors who got their start on soaps, especially the mainstream media. When they deign to write about soaps, this is often the first, and only positive thing they have to say. And just what does that say about actors who spend their entire career on soaps...
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May.01.2008
In her essay, The Siren Call of the Super Couple: Soap Operas’ Destructive Slide Toward Closure, ( published in Contemporary Soap Opera Criticism, ed. Suzanne Frentz, 1992), Diana Reep talks about how the super couple phenomenon, beginning with General Hospital's Luke and Laura in the late 1970s...
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