April 16, 1991 |
They're the kind of scenes that are staples of daytime soap operas: Travis is furious with Erica because she's still involved in her ex-husband's life; Gina is angry because the rich Capwells can give her son Brandon more than she can; Bianca is ticked because Courtney keeps answering for her before she can get a word in edgewise. Granted, these aren't real people in real situations.
February 18, 1990 |
Out of the early morning fog that lingers on the still waters by the lumber mill, the town's blonde, teen-age beauty queen, meticulously shrouded in a white plastic tarp, her cherubic face washed deathly white, her full lips drained of color, floats gently ashore--her youthful sexuality more alluring in death than in life.
August 15, 2010 |
As Egyptian TV channels wage a fierce fight to win audiences and advertising money during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, some imams worry that the bombardment of soap operas and historical dramas will distract Muslims from performing their religious traditions. Ramadan began Wednesday, and Egyptian TV and independent satellite channels promptly began showing 48 new soap operas and nearly the same number of other programs produced specially for the holy month. Millions of Egyptians watch soap operas after breaking their fast following sunset and before beginning it again after morning prayers.
January 3, 1997 |
This is not a soap opera town, but it plays one on TV. NBC's upcoming daytime drama, "Sunset Beach," which is shot on location here, is all trysts and tricks in a hip small town. The show, which premieres Monday and runs every weekday, is expected to bring a flood of curious tourists here in search of the real "Sunset Beach" (Motto: "This is the land romance built") or the real lifeguard Michael ("Nowhere in the world is safer than in this man's arms," NBC proclaims).
June 19, 1992 |
In the United States, soap operas are generally thought of strictly as entertainment. But a New York-based advocacy group has convinced networks and producers in more than a dozen other countries to use daily serials to promote its pet cause: population control. "We're in the business of conditioning attitudes," said Sonny Fox, a longtime producer of children's television in the United States and a member of the board of the organization, Population Communications International.
April 4, 1991 |
"Dallas," the long-running soap opera about a Texas oil family that helped define television in the 1980s and provoked an international guessing game over who shot J.R. Ewing, was canceled Wednesday. CBS said that it will have its final broadcast with a two-hour episode May 3. Larry Hagman, who starred as the dastardly tycoon J.R.
January 4, 1992 |
In a marriage of technology and tragedy, afternoon television viewers were switched away from soap operas and reruns Friday to watch police chase a suspected murderer along the freeways of Los Angeles and Orange counties, finally shooting him to death in a showdown that was broadcast live.
June 15, 2008 |
Ellen Wheeler knows a thing or two about reinvention and survival. In the 1980s, the Emmy-winning actress portrayed twins Marley and Vicky Love Hudson on the soap opera "Another World." She moved to "All My Children" as one of the first characters on TV with AIDS. In the late 1990s, she reprised her role as Marley Hudson on "Another World."
August 15, 1995 |
Television's 10 major daytime soap operas may go on forever but the 11th, the O.J. Simpson murder trial, will inevitably come to an end. And perhaps no one is awaiting its conclusion as anxiously as the three broadcast networks, whose daytime dramas--traditionally cash cows--have lost 10% of their audience in the past year. The biggest cliffhanger in daytime programming these days is, post-O.J., can soap opera ratings be resuscitated?
September 1, 1992 |
When she's not in the kitchen cooking for her extended family of seven, Valentina Pozdnyakova can usually be found working in the large garden behind her house outside Moscow, making sure there will be enough vegetables on the table next winter. But three nights a week, at 6:55, the 69-year-old retired pastry cook changes from potato farmer into couch potato.