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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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Historian William J. Reynolds on Memories of The Edge of Night

(p.29) Perspective
The Survival of Soap Opera

Sam Ford

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter presents Reynolds’s views on how today’s soaps pale in comparison to the shows of yesteryear, such as CBS/ABC’s The Edge of Night (1956–1984). Reynolds says that soaps in the past, which were just thirty minutes long, told more in-depth stories than today’s hour-long shows. Today’s soap producers also feel compelled to outdo themselves and their competition with large-scale special effects and exotic remote-location shoots.

Keywords:   soap operas, daytime television, Edge of Night

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