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3rd May '16 10:02:36 PM MsChibi
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A genre of storytelling that began on radio in the United States in the early 1930's, so named because its [[{{Melodrama}} high drama]] was often interspersed with adverts for soap (Procter & Gamble, manufacturer of such products, was the sole sponsor and producer for many of them). But there's [[AntiHumor no soap radio]] anymore; with one exception, it has moved on to television. A soap opera is a drama with a large cast experiencing dramatic events in their day-to-day lives, usually broadcast five days a week. Designed to be viewed intermittently, so that a single event may be stretched over three or more days.

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A genre of storytelling that began on radio [[RadioDrama radio]] in the United States in the early 1930's, so named because its [[{{Melodrama}} high drama]] was often interspersed with adverts for soap (Procter & Gamble, manufacturer of such products, was the sole sponsor and producer for many of them). But there's [[AntiHumor no soap radio]] anymore; with one exception, it has moved on to television. A soap opera is a drama with a large cast experiencing dramatic events in their day-to-day lives, usually broadcast five days a week. Designed to be viewed intermittently, so that a single event may be stretched over three or more days.
28th Apr '16 7:11:14 PM lizaphile
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* Then there's the rise of cable networks and streaming options. In the past, the lower-tier of scripted television, which included soaps and [[MadeForTVMovie Made-for-TV Movies]], was still pretty limited with only a few networks; even in the 90s when cable was just getting into the originals game, the roles were still limited and you'd be happy to take a soap role to get in the door. Now when you have 450-some primetime and streaming shows looking to cast, taking a three-week role as a nurse on ''General Hospital'' to break in or sticking daytime around for years looping through the same plot points doesn't look as good when you can easily get better pay and attention as a recurring character on a Creator/{{Netflix}} series, not to mention you don't get as much Website/{{Twitter}} and fanmail anguish due to a soap writer's creative choice you had no say in nixing (it's often thought the writers can easily scorn and get back at the talent who hates them much more than for actors in primetime series).
2nd Apr '16 8:41:28 PM nombretomado
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The main difference ''within'' the Anglo school is class American soaps often feature filthy rich characters with big houses and glamorous clothing (think ''Series/{{Dallas}}'' or ''Series/{{Dynasty}}''); Australian ones usually feature [[MonochromeCasting middle class suburban white people]], often young and healthy (''Series/{{Neighbours}}'', ''Sons and Daughters'', ''Series/HomeAndAway''); while the British soaps are either lower-middle class (''Series/{{Brookside}}'') or [[KitchenSinkDrama grimly and grimily working class]] (''Series/{{Eastenders}}'', ''Series/CoronationStreet''). These class divides are not 100% certain but tend to dominate: see, for example, Creator/TheBBC's aspirationally luxurious ''Howard's Way'', which lasted for several years but never achieved the public love that the "kitchen sink" soaps did. The feature common to all three flavours is that there is no one main character; rather, characters drift in and out of [[CharacterFocus focus]] as the storylines go on. Some characters may be more memorable or have more influence on TheVerse than others, but [[EnsembleCast nobody can be said to be the protagonist]]. (See also: SoapWheel.)

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The main difference ''within'' the Anglo school is class American soaps often feature filthy rich characters with big houses and glamorous clothing (think ''Series/{{Dallas}}'' or ''Series/{{Dynasty}}''); Australian ones usually feature [[MonochromeCasting middle class suburban white people]], often young and healthy (''Series/{{Neighbours}}'', ''Sons and Daughters'', ''Series/HomeAndAway''); while the British soaps are either lower-middle class (''Series/{{Brookside}}'') or [[KitchenSinkDrama grimly and grimily working class]] (''Series/{{Eastenders}}'', (''Series/EastEnders'', ''Series/CoronationStreet''). These class divides are not 100% certain but tend to dominate: see, for example, Creator/TheBBC's aspirationally luxurious ''Howard's Way'', which lasted for several years but never achieved the public love that the "kitchen sink" soaps did. The feature common to all three flavours is that there is no one main character; rather, characters drift in and out of [[CharacterFocus focus]] as the storylines go on. Some characters may be more memorable or have more influence on TheVerse than others, but [[EnsembleCast nobody can be said to be the protagonist]]. (See also: SoapWheel.)



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* ''{{Eastenders}}''''Series/EastEnders''
11th Mar '16 7:36:07 AM FoxBluereaver
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* ''Series/ATodoCorazon''
5th Jan '16 9:44:31 AM Redmane
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* ''Rebelde Way'' (from Argentina) and its Mexican remake ''Rebelde'' ("Rebel"), a TeenDrama in soap opera clothing, each one spawning musical groups.

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* ''Rebelde Way'' ''Series/RebeldeWay'' (from Argentina) and its Mexican remake ''Rebelde'' ("Rebel"), a TeenDrama in soap opera clothing, each one spawning musical groups.
16th Dec '15 1:16:35 AM Soufriere
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First there was the radio soap opera, so named because the [[{{Melodrama}} high drama]] was interspersed with adverts for soap (and in the case of Procter & Gamble, the sole sponsor and producer for many of them). But there's [[AntiHumor no soap radio]] anymore; it has moved on to television. A soap opera is a drama with a large cast experiencing dramatic events in their day-to-day lives, broadcast five days a week. Designed to be viewed intermittently, so that a single event may be stretched over three or more days.

Death is [[FirstLawOfResurrection not a big concern]] in the world of soaps (to the point that ''Series/{{Friends}},'' after Joey's brain was crushed on ''Series/DaysOfOurLives'', joked that he could yet return, and he did), though most shows enjoy ''[[TonightSomeoneDies pretending]]'' that anybody can be snuffed out at any moment--particularly during a commerical or episode break. The truth is that [[McLeaned contract re-negotiations]] are the leading cause of permanent death. Story progression often takes a backseat to what people actually want to see: {{cat fight}}s and [[TheMasochismTango screaming matches]] and [[LoveDodecahedron every imaginable configuration]] of characters sleeping with each other. These habits are rightly mocked in other works whenever a soap appears or is mentioned.

There are two mains schools of Soap Opera, the "Anglo" School, common to the USA, United Kingdom, and Australia; and the "Latin" School a.k.a. "Telenovela" or "Culebrón" (from "culebra", a word for "snake", which alludes to their length), which is the standard in every Latin nation from Mexico southwards. The principal difference between both schools is how long their continuous production runs: "Anglo" soaps are typically LongRunners, easily extending themselves for years and even ''decades'' when successful (the record-holder being ''(The) Series/GuidingLight'', 1937-2009), while the longest "Latin" soap lasted four years, with the average time being six to ten months. This difference holds globally: for instance, Arabic soaps are quite obviously of the "Latin" School, running for short periods of time (sometimes even just one month: Ramadan, when their viewers are frequently too tired during the day to do anything other than watch TV). Japanese, Korean, and other Asian dramas also resemble this school. On the other hand, German and other continental European soaps are typically of the "Anglo" school, lasting for years and years, although "Latin" format is not unheard of.

The main difference ''within'' the Anglo school is that US soaps often feature filthy rich characters with big houses and glamorous clothing (think ''Series/{{Dallas}}'' or ''Series/{{Dynasty}}''), Australian ones usually feature [[MonochromeCasting middle class suburban white people]], often young and healthy (''Series/{{Neighbours}}'', ''Sons and Daughters'', ''Series/HomeAndAway''), while the British soaps are either lower-middle class (''Series/{{Brookside}}'') or [[KitchenSinkDrama grimly and grimily working class]] (''{{Eastenders}}'', ''Series/CoronationStreet''). These class divides are not 100% certain but tend to dominate: see, for example, Creator/TheBBC's aspirationally luxurious ''Howard's Way'', which lasted for several years but never achieved the public love that the "kitchen sink" soaps did. The feature common to all three flavours is that there is no one main character; rather, characters drift in and out of [[CharacterFocus focus]] as the storylines go on. Some characters may be more memorable or have more influence on TheVerse than others, but [[EnsembleCast nobody can be said to be the protagonist]]. (See also: SoapWheel.)

The Latin Soap Opera (AKA the ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telenovela telenovela]]'') has two main styles: the classical, or "pink", and the "modern". The first style centers on classic and melodramatic pure love stories with poor, NaiveEverygirl heroines that are often TooDumbToLive, while the second tries to [[GenreBusting use resources from other genres]] and explore modern social issues without neglecting the love story side. Stereotypically, the pink ''telenovela'' is a Mexican and Venezuelan staple, the modern style is predominant in Colombia and Brazil (though Mexicans and Venezuelans occasionally try their hand at it), and Chilean ''telenovelas'' are a mix of both. Curiously, a variant of the Latin school is also predominant in the Philippines that's partly influenced by Japanese, Taiwanese and Korean dramas. [[note]] Telenovelas are very notorious for their [[LatinLover passionate declarations of love and steamy sex scenes]], which are reduced or removed in the Asian dramas[[/note]] These historically tend to be similar to the pink style, though the current batch of series has experimented more towards the modern style, with emphasis towards class conflict, topics normally taboo to Philippine society, and an emphasis of teaching Christian values to the audience.

You can see the level of respect that schools have for their productions by the timeslot they put them in. Spanish and Portuguese speakers often run their soaps in Prime Time, as do the Brits with their best soaps and favourite Aussie imports, and as do Australians themselves. By contrast, US stations traditionally quarantine soaps in an early morning or early afternoon timeslot. That said, daytime soaps were reliable moneyspinners for the American networks from the days of {{radio}} all the way into TheNineties, and served as a career springboard for many actors and actresses who went on to great success in more "legit" film and TV productions.

Nowadays, however, that is becoming increasingly less the case. It would seem that in America, daytime soap operas are at the beginning of their end. Four of the longest running and most successful soaps in history have recently reached their finale: ''Series/GuidingLight'' was cancelled in 2009, ''Series/AsTheWorldTurns'' in 2010, ''Series/AllMyChildren'' in 2011 and ''Series/OneLifeToLive'' in 2012, and many are saying that they are the first, but definitely not the last casualties. There are several popular theories as to why this is happening:
* The first is the feminist movement and the rise of women in the workforce. When soaps began, women were still primarily {{housewi|fe}}ves who would be home during daytime, which is the domain of soaps in America (meaning they had a potential audience of almost half the American population.) However, as more and more families became two-income families, there simply weren't as many people home to watch. One potential sign of this is that the most successful current daytime soap is ''The Young and the Restless,'' which runs most often in a 12:30 timeslot, when people who work a typical 9-to-5 job will be able to tune in during their lunch break.

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First there was the A genre of storytelling that began on radio soap opera, in the United States in the early 1930's, so named because the its [[{{Melodrama}} high drama]] was often interspersed with adverts for soap (and in the case of Procter (Procter & Gamble, manufacturer of such products, was the sole sponsor and producer for many of them). But there's [[AntiHumor no soap radio]] anymore; with one exception, it has moved on to television. A soap opera is a drama with a large cast experiencing dramatic events in their day-to-day lives, usually broadcast five days a week. Designed to be viewed intermittently, so that a single event may be stretched over three or more days.

Death is [[FirstLawOfResurrection not a big concern]] in the world of soaps (to the point that ''Series/{{Friends}},'' after Joey's brain was crushed on ''Series/DaysOfOurLives'', joked that he could yet return, and he did), though most shows enjoy ''[[TonightSomeoneDies pretending]]'' that anybody can be snuffed out at any moment--particularly moment particularly during a commerical commercial or episode break. The truth is that [[McLeaned contract re-negotiations]] are the leading cause of permanent death. Story progression often takes a backseat to what people actually want to see: {{cat fight}}s and [[TheMasochismTango screaming matches]] and [[LoveDodecahedron every imaginable configuration]] of characters sleeping with each other. These habits are rightly mocked in other works whenever a soap appears or is mentioned.

There are two mains schools of Soap Opera, the "Anglo" School, common to the USA, United Kingdom, and Australia; and the "Latin" School a.k.a. "Telenovela" or "Culebrón" (from "culebra", a word for "snake", which alludes to their length), which is the standard in almost every Latin nation from Mexico southwards. The principal difference between both the two schools is how long their continuous production runs: "Anglo" soaps are typically LongRunners, easily extending themselves for years and even ''decades'' when successful (the record-holder being ''(The) Series/GuidingLight'', 1937-2009), while the longest "Latin" soap lasted four years, with the average time being six to ten months. This difference holds globally: for instance, Arabic soaps are quite obviously of the "Latin" School, running for short periods of time (sometimes even just one month: Ramadan, when their the fasting requirement means viewers are frequently too tired during the day to do anything other than watch TV). Japanese, Korean, and other Asian dramas also resemble this school. On the other hand, German and other continental European soaps are typically of the "Anglo" school, lasting for years and years, although "Latin" format is not unheard of.

The main difference ''within'' the Anglo school is that US class American soaps often feature filthy rich characters with big houses and glamorous clothing (think ''Series/{{Dallas}}'' or ''Series/{{Dynasty}}''), ''Series/{{Dynasty}}''); Australian ones usually feature [[MonochromeCasting middle class suburban white people]], often young and healthy (''Series/{{Neighbours}}'', ''Sons and Daughters'', ''Series/HomeAndAway''), ''Series/HomeAndAway''); while the British soaps are either lower-middle class (''Series/{{Brookside}}'') or [[KitchenSinkDrama grimly and grimily working class]] (''{{Eastenders}}'', (''Series/{{Eastenders}}'', ''Series/CoronationStreet''). These class divides are not 100% certain but tend to dominate: see, for example, Creator/TheBBC's aspirationally luxurious ''Howard's Way'', which lasted for several years but never achieved the public love that the "kitchen sink" soaps did. The feature common to all three flavours is that there is no one main character; rather, characters drift in and out of [[CharacterFocus focus]] as the storylines go on. Some characters may be more memorable or have more influence on TheVerse than others, but [[EnsembleCast nobody can be said to be the protagonist]]. (See also: SoapWheel.)

The Latin Soap Opera (AKA (a.k.a. the ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telenovela telenovela]]'') has two main styles: the classical, or "pink", and the "modern". The first style centers on classic and melodramatic pure love stories with poor, NaiveEverygirl heroines that are often TooDumbToLive, while the second tries to [[GenreBusting use resources from other genres]] and explore modern social issues without neglecting the love story side. Stereotypically, the pink ''telenovela'' is a Mexican and Venezuelan staple, the modern style is predominant in Colombia and Brazil (though Mexicans and Venezuelans occasionally try their hand at it), and Chilean ''telenovelas'' are a mix of both. In the United States, the ''telenovelas'' brought over to cater to the large (and growing) Spanish-speaking minority tend to be almost entirely of the "pink" variety. Curiously, a variant of the Latin school is also predominant in the Philippines that's partly influenced by Japanese, Taiwanese and Korean dramas. [[note]] Telenovelas are very notorious for their [[LatinLover passionate declarations of love and steamy sex scenes]], which are reduced or removed in the Asian dramas[[/note]] dramas.[[/note]] These historically tend to be similar to the pink style, though the current batch of series has experimented more towards the modern style, with emphasis towards class conflict, topics normally taboo to Philippine society, and an emphasis of teaching Christian values to the audience.

You can see the level of respect that schools countries have for their productions these types of shows by the timeslot they put them in. Spanish and Portuguese speakers Spanish-speaking countries (and Brazil) often run their soaps in Prime Time, as do the Brits with their best soaps and favourite Aussie imports, and as do Australians themselves. By contrast, US American stations traditionally quarantine soaps in an early morning into a late-morning or early afternoon early-afternoon timeslot. That said, daytime soaps were reliable moneyspinners for the American networks from the days of {{radio}} all the way into TheNineties, and served as a career springboard for many actors and actresses who went on to great success in more "legit" film and TV productions.

Nowadays, however, that It is becoming increasingly less the case. It would seem that in America, daytime worth noting that, although classic soap operas are at originated in the beginning United States, the genre there has of their end. Four late undergone a severe decline to the point that many media watchers have declared it effectively though not quite actually dead. During the transition to TheNewTens, four of the longest running and most successful soaps in history have recently reached their finale: finales ''Series/GuidingLight'' (the longest continuous narrative in human history) was cancelled in 2009, 2009 after 72 years; ''Series/AsTheWorldTurns'' ended in 2010, 2010 after 54 years; ''Series/AllMyChildren'' ended in 2011 and ''Series/OneLifeToLive'' ended in 2012, and many are saying that they are both having run for over 40 years. Those were the first, but definitely not the last last, casualties. There are several popular popular, somewhat interconnecting, theories as to why this is happening:
soaps have declined in America:
* The first is the rise of women in the workforce, brought on by a combination of the feminist movement and the rise of women in the workforce. massive economic upheaval. When soaps began, women were still primarily {{housewi|fe}}ves who would be home during daytime, which is has long been the domain of soaps in America (meaning they had a potential audience of almost nearly half the American population.) adult population). However, as more and more families households became two-income families, dual-income or woman-primary[[labelnote:]] (that means a female is the main breadwinner, either because she's single or she earns a higher income than her partner)[[/labelnote]], there simply weren't as many people home to watch. One potential sign of this is that the most successful current daytime soap is ''The Young and the Restless,'' ''Series/TheYoungAndTheRestless'', which runs most often in a 12:30 timeslot, when people who work a typical 9-to-5 job will be able to tune in during their lunch break.



* The second is that the TV landscape in general has inverted in America. Originally, soaps were allowed to be edgy while UsefulNotes/{{prime time}} was more conservative. (Back in the '50s, ''Series/ILoveLucy''[='=]s Lucy and Ricky Ricardo weren't allowed to say the word "pregnant", and ''Series/TheDickVanDykeShow''[='=]s Laura Petrie was criticized for wearing pants.) As primetime TV has gotten edgier, daytime TV has, conversely, gotten somewhat stodgier. They seem to have intersected during the mid-1970's, when [[Series/AllMyChildren Erica Kane]] and [[Series/{{Maude}} Maude Finlay]] both got landmark abortions within a few months of each other. Soaps had a surge during the Eighties with the likes of Supercouple [[Series/GeneralHospital Luke and Laura]], but at that point, Prime Time was creating edgy shows with topical themes such as ''Series/{{Roseanne}}'' and ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'', (which were ''sitcoms'' and were still dealing with issues such as HIV and domestic violence, to say nothing of dramas of the time,) and soaps began to decline. In addition, the soap opera has become part of the genetics of television drama -- it no longer needs to be contained in just daytime serials (shows such as ''Revenge'' and the ''Dallas'' revival show that people still have a fondness for soaps, it's just that the mechanics of a heavily serialized daily show in primetime can't keep up with modern audiences.)
** This could be related to the above in that, with more women going into the workforce rather than becoming stay-at-home housewives, the women who still take the latter route are more likely to do so out of choice rather than due to pressure from their husbands and society. As such, they're likely to hold more conservative views ''vis a vis'' gender roles, gay rights and other social issues, causing the people running the soaps to make their own programming more conservative in order to hold their viewers. It also explains why prime time has taken on the soaps' old edginess -- the liberal-leaning housewives who watched soaps before the rise of feminism have changed into liberal-leaning working women who watch prime time shows like the men do.

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* The second is that the TV landscape in general has inverted in America. Originally, soaps were allowed to be edgy while UsefulNotes/{{prime time}} was more conservative. (Back conservative back in [[TheFifties the '50s, '50s]] and [[TheSixties early '60s]], ''Series/ILoveLucy''[='=]s Lucy and Ricky Ricardo weren't allowed to say the word "pregnant", and ''Series/TheDickVanDykeShow''[='=]s Laura Petrie was criticized by MoralGuardians for wearing pants.) pants. As primetime TV has gotten edgier, daytime TV has, conversely, gotten has conversely become somewhat stodgier. They seem to have intersected during the mid-1970's, when [[Series/AllMyChildren Erica Kane]] and [[Series/{{Maude}} Maude Finlay]] both got landmark abortions within a few months of each other. Soaps had a surge during the Eighties TheEighties with the likes of Supercouple [[Series/GeneralHospital Luke and Laura]], but at that point, Prime Time was creating edgy shows with topical themes such as ''Series/{{Roseanne}}'' and ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'', (which were ''sitcoms'' and were still dealing with issues such as HIV and domestic violence, to say nothing of dramas of the time,) time), and soaps began to decline. In addition, the soap opera has become part of the genetics of television drama -- it no longer needs to be contained in just daytime serials (shows shows such as ''Revenge'' and the ''Dallas'' revival show that people still have a fondness for soaps, it's just that the mechanics of a heavily serialized daily show in primetime can't keep up with modern audiences.)
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** This could be related to the above in that, with more women going into the workforce rather than becoming stay-at-home housewives, the women who ''do'' still take the latter route stay home are more likely to do so out of choice rather than due to pressure from their husbands and society. As such, they're likely to hold more conservative views ''vis a vis'' gender roles, gay rights rights, and other social issues, causing the people running the soaps to make their own programming more conservative in order to hold their viewers. It also explains why prime time has taken on the soaps' old edginess -- the liberal-leaning housewives who watched soaps before the rise of feminism have changed into liberal-leaning working women who watch prime time shows like the men do.



** Taking this theory further, the fact that shortly before the first of the legacy soaps was cancelled there was ''another'' WGA strike (in 2007-8), might be more than just coincidence.



Many in the industry predict that while the soap opera will live on in American TV, the last of the American daytime serials will be off the air by 2015. [=SOAPNet=], the one cable network dedicated to the genre and where most of the programs repeat, was removed from many cable systems in early 2012 to be replaced by Disney Junior, and its end was used as an excuse by ABC's daytime chief to kill ''All My Children'' and ''One Life to Live''.[[note]] Although many soap fans feel that the truth is that then-ABC daytime chief Brian Frons, who had a history of cancelling soaps dating back to the series "Santa Barbara", had a vendetta against fans for rejecting his vision of what the ABC soaps should be, namely an emphasis on gratuitous sex and violence over storytelling, as well as firing veteran cast members without warning.[[/note]]

Practically every nation on earth has soap operas (radio and TV), and loads of soaps are one thing you can ''always'' count on an expatriate/tourist station for any given country carrying. The U.S. military's Armed Forces Network also carries [[RealMenWearPink all four current U.S. soaps.]]

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Many in the industry predict predicted that while the soap opera will live on in American TV, the last of the American classic daytime serials will would be off the air by 2015.2015 a prophecy that did not come to pass. However, it is true that by then, only four traditional soaps remained ''Series/GeneralHospital'', ''Series/DaysOfOurLives'', ''Series/TheYoungAndTheRestless'', and ''Series/TheBoldAndTheBeautiful'' down from 19 in 1969 and 12 as recently as 1990. [=SOAPNet=], the one cable network dedicated to the genre and where most of the programs repeat, was removed from many cable systems in early 2012 to be replaced by Disney Junior, and its end was used as an excuse by ABC's daytime chief to kill ''All My Children'' and ''One Life to Live''.[[note]] Although many soap fans feel that the truth is that then-ABC daytime chief Brian Frons, who had a history of cancelling soaps dating back to the series "Santa Barbara", had a vendetta against fans for rejecting his vision of what the ABC soaps should be, namely an emphasis on gratuitous sex and violence over storytelling, as well as firing veteran cast members without warning.[[/note]]

Practically every nation on earth has soap operas (radio and TV), and loads of soaps are one thing you can ''always'' count on an expatriate/tourist station for any given country carrying. The U.S. military's Armed Forces Network also carries [[RealMenWearPink all four current U.S. soaps]].[[note]] This isn't as ridiculous as it seems. In addition to AFN needing to also cater to wives of service members who live on-base, being on active duty in a combat zone paradoxically means one has a '''''lot''''' of downtime in between operations, but when that downtime is isn't always predictable. The drawn-out meandering plotlines of classic soaps are ideal for that situation. For similar reasons, farmers have long been a significant PeripheryDemographic for soaps.]]
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8th Nov '15 6:41:30 PM karstovich2
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The Latin Soap Opera (AKA the ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telenovela telenovela]]'') has two main styles: the classical, or "pink", and the "modern". The first style centers on classic and melodramatic pure love stories with poor, NaiveEverygirl heroines that are often TooDumbToLive, while the second tries to [[GenreBusting use resources from other genres]] and explore modern social issues without neglecting the love story side. Stereotypically, the pink ''telenovela'' is a Mexican and Venezuelan staple, the modern style is predominant in Colombia and Brazil (though Mexicans and Venezuelans occasionally try their hand at it), and Chilean ''telenovelas'' are a mix of both. Curiously, a variant of the Latin school is also predominant in the Philippines that's partly influenced by Japanese, Taiwanese and Korean dramas. [[note]] Telenovelas are very notorious for their passionate declarations of love and steamy sex scenes, which are reduced or removed in the Asian dramas[[/note]] These historically tend to be similar to the pink style, though the current batch of series has experimented more towards the modern style, with emphasis towards class conflict, topics normally taboo to Philippine society, and an emphasis of teaching Christian values to the audience.

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The Latin Soap Opera (AKA the ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telenovela telenovela]]'') has two main styles: the classical, or "pink", and the "modern". The first style centers on classic and melodramatic pure love stories with poor, NaiveEverygirl heroines that are often TooDumbToLive, while the second tries to [[GenreBusting use resources from other genres]] and explore modern social issues without neglecting the love story side. Stereotypically, the pink ''telenovela'' is a Mexican and Venezuelan staple, the modern style is predominant in Colombia and Brazil (though Mexicans and Venezuelans occasionally try their hand at it), and Chilean ''telenovelas'' are a mix of both. Curiously, a variant of the Latin school is also predominant in the Philippines that's partly influenced by Japanese, Taiwanese and Korean dramas. [[note]] Telenovelas are very notorious for their [[LatinLover passionate declarations of love and steamy sex scenes, scenes]], which are reduced or removed in the Asian dramas[[/note]] These historically tend to be similar to the pink style, though the current batch of series has experimented more towards the modern style, with emphasis towards class conflict, topics normally taboo to Philippine society, and an emphasis of teaching Christian values to the audience.
24th Oct '15 5:32:52 PM nombretomado
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* The second is that the TV landscape in general has inverted in America. Originally, soaps were allowed to be edgy while {{prime time}} was more conservative. (Back in the '50s, ''Series/ILoveLucy''[='=]s Lucy and Ricky Ricardo weren't allowed to say the word "pregnant", and ''Series/TheDickVanDykeShow''[='=]s Laura Petrie was criticized for wearing pants.) As primetime TV has gotten edgier, daytime TV has, conversely, gotten somewhat stodgier. They seem to have intersected during the mid-1970's, when [[Series/AllMyChildren Erica Kane]] and [[Series/{{Maude}} Maude Finlay]] both got landmark abortions within a few months of each other. Soaps had a surge during the Eighties with the likes of Supercouple [[Series/GeneralHospital Luke and Laura]], but at that point, Prime Time was creating edgy shows with topical themes such as ''Series/{{Roseanne}}'' and ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'', (which were ''sitcoms'' and were still dealing with issues such as HIV and domestic violence, to say nothing of dramas of the time,) and soaps began to decline. In addition, the soap opera has become part of the genetics of television drama -- it no longer needs to be contained in just daytime serials (shows such as ''Revenge'' and the ''Dallas'' revival show that people still have a fondness for soaps, it's just that the mechanics of a heavily serialized daily show in primetime can't keep up with modern audiences.)

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* The second is that the TV landscape in general has inverted in America. Originally, soaps were allowed to be edgy while {{prime UsefulNotes/{{prime time}} was more conservative. (Back in the '50s, ''Series/ILoveLucy''[='=]s Lucy and Ricky Ricardo weren't allowed to say the word "pregnant", and ''Series/TheDickVanDykeShow''[='=]s Laura Petrie was criticized for wearing pants.) As primetime TV has gotten edgier, daytime TV has, conversely, gotten somewhat stodgier. They seem to have intersected during the mid-1970's, when [[Series/AllMyChildren Erica Kane]] and [[Series/{{Maude}} Maude Finlay]] both got landmark abortions within a few months of each other. Soaps had a surge during the Eighties with the likes of Supercouple [[Series/GeneralHospital Luke and Laura]], but at that point, Prime Time was creating edgy shows with topical themes such as ''Series/{{Roseanne}}'' and ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'', (which were ''sitcoms'' and were still dealing with issues such as HIV and domestic violence, to say nothing of dramas of the time,) and soaps began to decline. In addition, the soap opera has become part of the genetics of television drama -- it no longer needs to be contained in just daytime serials (shows such as ''Revenge'' and the ''Dallas'' revival show that people still have a fondness for soaps, it's just that the mechanics of a heavily serialized daily show in primetime can't keep up with modern audiences.)
26th Sep '15 3:25:37 PM cosmo359
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