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March 11, 1994 | JEFF SCHNAUFER
Can soap operas save the world? Stay tuned. "I think it's a medium to reach people deeply and emotionally," Gloria Carlin, an actress who played Charity Gatlin on "General Hospital," said at a forum in North Hollywood on the power of daytime drama. The forum--held at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences theater on Lankershim Boulevard Wednesday night and titled "Can Soaps Save the World?"
October 29, 1985 | LEE MARGULIES, Times Staff Writer
Leo Lester is ruthless, corrupt and rich. Maxwell DuKane once worked for him but was betrayed and now is running his own rival business. DuKane and Lester's scheming daughter, Jazzmyn, were once in love but had a falling out. She wants him back but he's interested in Michelle Watson, daughter of Clarence Watson, the community's hard-working minister. Sound like just another soap opera? Yes and no. These are indeed the characters for a proposed new television serial, "Heart and Soul."
At its annual affiliates convention this morning in Century City, ABC hauled out its glittery array of news stars--Peter Jennings, David Brinkley, Barbara Walters, Ted Koppel and Sam Donaldson, with Diane Sawyer live by remote from New York. They talked about freedom around the world, flag-burning, poverty and other big issues. But then they invited questions from the audience of about 1,200 station executives in the Century Plaza ballroom.
May 6, 1987 | JAY SHARBUTT, Times Staff Writer
While CBS and ABC stayed with soap operas and then the hearings on the Iran- contra affair, NBC scored something of a coup Tuesday with live coverage of Gary Hart's denial of another affair-- with actress-model Donna Rice. NBC broke into its regular daytime schedule at about 1:50 p.m.
On May 28, the world's most-watched daytime drama, "The Bold and The Beautiful," will target new viewers in the United States by introducing a regular Latino character (a handsome fashion designer) as well as a long-awaited Spanish-language audio feed that will be available to nearly half the Latino homes in the country. This will mark the first time a network uses Secondary Audio Program, which provides Spanish translations, for a daytime drama.
December 12, 2004 | T.J. Simers
I'm going to write two words here, and while they might disgust you, I'm going to ask you not to immediately crumple your newspaper and throw it across the room. OK, here goes: Kobe Bryant. There's almost nothing you can say these days as it relates to the Lakers without drawing a line in the stands between the Kobe lovers and the Kobe haters, and now here's more fodder to ponder.
August 13, 2001 | LISA DILLMAN
This sport has had trouble generating decent movies. Actually, if you think about the recent embarrassing Billie Jean King-Bobby Riggs movie, decent would be a significant upgrade. Fortunately, those difficulties do not extend to the book world. At least every half decade or so, there is one insightful, readable tome about the tennis circuit. As with other sports, the framework of the season best serves as the guiding device. The latest offering, "Venus Envy," by L.
May 27, 1990 | ALLAN PARACHINI
This week begins much like a commercial break in the latest episode of a long-running soap opera. Only it isn't a TV melodrama. It's the Perils-of-Pauline struggle of the National Endowment for the Arts being played out in both houses of Congress. Fourteen months after it began, the central issue remains unchanged. There is no resolution to the political disagreement over whether the fight is about sponsorship or censorship of publicly funded art.
June 11, 2000 | Edward P. Lazarus, Edward P. Lazarus is the legal correspondent for Talk magazine and author of "Closed Chambers: The Rise, Fall and Future of the Modern Supreme Court."
In the post-O.J. Simpson world, it seems all law has become soap opera. The truth-seeking function of a trial is reduced to a clash of characters, heroes and villains whose fortunes wax and wane daily: Marcia Clark vs. Johnnie L. Cochran; independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr vs. President Bill Clinton; Monica S. Lewinsky vs. Linda R. Tripp.
June 16, 1990
"Tribes," a 3-month-old TV soap opera aimed at teen-agers and young adults, has been canceled by Fox Television Stations Productions. It will have its final broadcast July 13 on KTTV Channel 11. The serial, also running on other Fox-owned stations, was developed with the intention of syndicating it nationally.
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