The soap opera paradigm : television programming and corporate priorities

Wittebols, James H
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  • Creator James H. Wittebols
  • Format Books
  • Publication Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, [2004] ©2004
  • Physical Details
    • viii, 231 pages ; 24 cm
  • ISBNs 0742520013, 9780742520011, 0742520021, 9780742520028, 074252003X, 9780742520035
  • OCLC ocm54446382


  • 'The Soap Opera Paradigm' is an engaging look at the pervasive use of daytime soap opera storytelling techniques in most programme genres, from prime time soap operas to reality shows to the nightly news, coverage of political campaigns, & sports programming.


  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 217-222) and index.


  • The Soap Opera Paradigm and the Television Industry -- The Evolution of the Television Industry -- The Soap Opera as Commodity Form -- The WWE: Machismo, Melodrama and Money -- Soap Opera Storytelling in News -- The Evolution of the ABC and CBS News Divisions -- TV News: The Show's the Thing -- Floods of Tears: Natural Disasters in the News -- All My Primaries: Political Campaigns and Television News -- Soap Opera: The Godzilla Genre -- Prime Time Storytelling -- Reality TV: 'This is Just Like a Soap' -- A Little Soap with Your Sports?
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