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The Survival of Soap OperaTransformations for a New Media Era$
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Sam Ford, Abigail De Kosnik, and C. Lee Harrington

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781604737165

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604737165.001.0001

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Scholar Jason Mittell on the Ties Between Daytime and Primetime Serials

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The Survival of Soap Opera

Sam Ford

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter presents Mittell’s views on whether soap operas have influenced primetime television. Mittell says that contemporary primetime narrative complexity has little in common with or influence from soap operas, except through their common connections to 1970s and 1980s primetime serials. They are distinctly different in production method, scheduling, acting style, pacing, and formal structure. There is also almost no crossover of creative personnel between daytime and primetime drama.

Keywords:   soap operas, primetime television, daytime television, television narratives, television serials

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