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The End of the Line and a New Beginning

The End of the Line and a New Beginning

(p.226) Chapter 13 The End of the Line and a New Beginning
Inside the Hollywood Fan Magazine
Anthony Slide
University Press of Mississippi

This chapter focuses on the reinvention of fan magazines in the last decades of the twentieth century. The growing popularity of television soap operas spawned magazines that targeted female viewers who wanted to learn more of the series and the stars involved. In 1967, Paul Denis, a former radio columnist for the New York Post and gossip columnist for Screen Stars and Movie World, founded what was the first modern soap opera publication, the annual Who’s Who in Daytime TV. In the late 1980s and 1990s, three entertainment journals exemplified the “new” fan magazines—glossy, literate, and aimed at a far more intelligent and affluent audience than their ancestors: Premiere, Movieline, and Entertainment Weekly.

Keywords:   fan magazines, soap operas, entertainment journals, Premiere, Movieline, Entertainment Weekly

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