- Title Pages
- Daytime Budget Cuts
- Agnes Nixon and Soap Opera “Chemistry Tests”
- Giving Soaps a Good Scrub
- The Way We Were
- Growing Old Together
- Of Soap Operas, Space Operas, and Television’s Rocky Romance with the Feminine Form
- The Ironic and Convoluted Relationship Between Daytime and Primetime Soap Operas
- Preserving Soap History
- Did the 2007 Writers Strike Save Daytime’s Highest-Rated Drama?
- “The Rhetoric of the Camera in Television Soap Opera” Revisited
- It’s Not All Talk
- Guiding Light
- The Evolution of the Production Process of Soap Operas Today
- From Daytime to <i>Night Shift</i>
- “What the Hell Does TIIC Mean?”
- The Evolution of the Fan Video and the Influence of YouTube on the Creative Decision-Making Process for Fans
- Soaps for Tomorrow
- Soap Opera Critics and Criticism
- Hanging on by a Common Thread
- The Role of “The Audience” in the Writing Process
- The “Missing Years”
- <i>As the World Turns’</i> Luke and Noah and Fan Activism
- Constructing the Older Audience
Actor Tristan Rogers on Changes in Soaps’ Industry, Audiences, and Texts
- (p.34) Perspective
- The Survival of Soap Opera
Abigail De Kosnik
- University Press of Mississippi
This chapter presents Rogers’ views about the many changes in soap operas during his stints on ABC’s General Hospital, in a role that has spanned almost three decades. Topics discussed include the impact of the current economic crisis; the 1980s as the golden age of soaps; the advent of the Internet; and age as both the strength and the weakness of the daytime drama genre.
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