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The Survival of Soap Opera: Transformations for a New Media Era

Sam Ford, Abigail De Kosnik, and C. Lee Harrington (eds)

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604737165
eISBN:
9781621037767
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604737165.001.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Television

The soap opera, one of U.S. television’s longest-running and most influential formats, is on the brink. Declining ratings have been attributed to an increasing number of women working outside the ... More


Of Soap Operas, Space Operas, and Television’s Rocky Romance with the Feminine Form

Christine Scodari

in The Survival of Soap Opera: Transformations for a New Media Era

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604737165
eISBN:
9781621037767
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604737165.003.0015
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Television

This chapter examines how the gendered narrative elements of soaps have been absorbed into, handled cautiously in, or cast out of primetime genres such as science fiction “space operas” and reworked ... More


The Ironic and Convoluted Relationship Between Daytime and Primetime Soap Operas

Lynn Liccardo

in The Survival of Soap Opera: Transformations for a New Media Era

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604737165
eISBN:
9781621037767
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604737165.003.0016
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Television

This chapter focuses on the soap opera genre’s increasing incorporation of over-the-top and campy elements alongside the development of many classic storytelling traits in primetime. It argues that ... More


Perspective: Scholar Jason Mittell on the Ties Between Daytime and Primetime Serials

Sam Ford

in The Survival of Soap Opera: Transformations for a New Media Era

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604737165
eISBN:
9781621037767
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604737165.003.0018
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Television

This chapter presents Mittell’s views on whether soap operas have influenced primetime television. Mittell says that contemporary primetime narrative complexity has little in common with or influence ... More


Countering the Jack Bauer Effect: An Examination of How to Limit the Influence of Tv’S Most Popular, and Most Brutal, Hero

David Danzig

in Screening Torture: Media Representations of State Terror and Political Domination

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231153591
eISBN:
9780231526975
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231153591.003.0002
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter focuses on Jack Bauer, the hero of the FOX television program 24, and his torture techniques, which are admired and sometimes emulated by American soldiers. To some, Bauer is just the ... More


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