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As the World Turns’ Luke and Noah and Fan Activism

As the World Turns’ Luke and Noah and Fan Activism

Chapter:
(p.293) As the World Turns’ Luke and Noah and Fan Activism
Source:
The Survival of Soap Opera
Author(s):
Roger Newcomb
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781604737165.003.0034

This chapter focuses on fans of the popular As the World Turns’ gay couple Luke and Noah (known to fans as “Nuke”). Luke’s coming out and the development of Noah and Luke as a couple attracted a particularly intense fan response. The influx of new fans, including large numbers of gay men, constituted a surplus audience that As the World Turns had not seen before. The majority of these new viewers began keeping up with the story through online clips relating solely to the Nuke story.

Keywords:   soap operas, daytime television, gay couples, surplus audience

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