In the News: Soap Operas

When ABC announced in April that it would end its long-running daytime soap operas All My Children and One Life to Live, it seemed to be one more indication that the soap opera genre was dead.  Yet in July came the announcement that two long running soaps, All My Children and One Life to Live, would continue in an online format.  Then another announcement was made: one of the most famous prime time serials will return to television when Dallas airs on TNT in Summer 2012.

Did the soap opera really die?  Or will it come back to life in the digital age?  Stay tuned.

New resources that will be added to the ipl2 are noted NEW! All other resources are already listed in the ipl2 collections.

Daytime Programming: Recorded Sound Section–Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division (find it on ipl2)

Daytime radio programming, including soap operas, began in the 1930s.  This site provides a brief overview of the soap opera’s beginnings in the United States.  Soap operas were influenced by the women who helped to create them and whose materials are now in the Library of Congress.  This site is part of American Women: A Gateway to Library of Congress Resources for the Study of Women’s History and Culture in the United States

Daytime/Prime Time Serials – Archive of American Television (find it on ipl2: Entertainment and Leisure – Television)

The Archive of American Television presents an extensive collection of archival video interviews with notable figures in television history, including actors/actresses, writers, directors, and news legends.   The section on Daytime/Prime Time Serials includes interviews with participants in soap operas and prime time serials like Dallas.  Related resources, such as content from the Museum of Broadcast Communications’ Encyclopedia of Television and the Internet Archive, are linked to interviews.

Soap Opera News – The New York Times (find it on ipl2: Reference – News and Current Events)

This Times Topics listing contains “News about soap operas, including commentary and archival articles published in The New York Times”.

Encyclopedia of Television (find it on ipl2: Entertainment and Leisure – Television)

Soap Opera and Telenovela are just some of the over 1,000 essays in this encyclopedia.  This website is a free online version of the first edition of the encyclopedia produced by the Museum of Broadcast Communications in 1997.  Despite its age, this resource should not be overlooked, since its essays are substantial and include bibliographic information.  Unfortunately, the encyclopedia can only be browsed by alphabetical letter, rather than searched.

Thanks for your continued support of ipl2. We hope these resources help satisfy any questions you may have about soap operas.

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7 Responses to “In the News: Soap Operas”

  1. Susan Verre. Says:


  2. Sarah Says:

    Unique topic! Thanks!

  3. Joyce Says:

    Very informative links. Thanks for the resources and the news update on soap operas!

  4. Nick Says:

    I agree guys, it’s a very useful topic.

  5. Laura Says:

    From Cynopsis 7/29/1 – “This fall, E! launches a new one-hour docu-series Dirty Soap featuring the real lives of current daytime soap stars….”

  6. Rohan Says:

    Quite an informative link. Thanks for sharing

  7. Andrei Says:

    It’s a very useful topic.

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