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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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Perspective

Perspective

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

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(p.29) Perspective
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The Survival of Soap Opera
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Sam Ford

Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781604737165.003.0003

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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