Prime Time Soap Operas on Indian Television

My arguments will continue to draw on interdisciplinary strands. My analysis of
prime time soaps will show how the chief women protagonists are represented
not only as strong, but indeed, at times superhuman in their strength and fortitude

Author: Shoma Munshi

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 1000052249

Category: Social Science

Page: 284

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This book examines the phenomenon of prime time soap operas on Indian television. An anthropological insight into social issues and practices of contemporary India through the television, this volume analyzes the production of soaps within India’s cultural fabric. It deconstructs themes and issues surrounding the "everyday" and the "middle class" through the fiction of the "popular". In its second edition, this still remains the only book to examine prime time soap operas on Indian television. Without in any way changing the central arguments of the first edition, it adds an essential introductory chapter tracking the tectonic shifts in the Indian "mediascape" over the past decade – including how the explosion of regional language channels and an era of multiple screens have changed soap viewing forever. Meticulously researched and persuasively argued, the book traces how prime time soaps in India still grab the maximum eyeballs and remain the biggest earners for TV channels. The book will be of interest to students of anthropology and sociology, media and cultural studies, visual culture studies, gender and family studies, and also Asian studies in general. It is also an important resource for media producers, both in content production and television channels, as well as for the general reader.

Prime Time Soap Operas

Early ratings for 90210 have been shaky, but as with most of their new youth-
oriented soaps, the CW has taken a wait-and-see approach to the show. In
February 2009, 90210 renewed for a second season. Prime time soap operas
have come ...

Author: Douglas M. Snauffer

Publisher: Praeger

ISBN: 1567207332

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 234

View: 825

Prime time soaps are often revered long after their runs on television have ended, as Dallas, Twin Peaks, and Beverly Hills 90210 readily demonstrate. Due to their profound impact, it's easy to forget how recently the genre itself was born. Dallas premiered in 1978, and was originally intended to air solely as a five-part mini-series. Then, in 1981, producer Aaron Spelling stepped in and introduced his own ultra-glitzy entry Dynasty. Between these two mega-hits, the era of the nighttime soap was born. Soaps soon spun off into non-traditional avenues as well, in sitcoms like Filthy Rich and the supernatural drama Twin Peaks. Then, with the arrival of the more youth-oriented Fox Network, producers were able to hook an entirely new generation on programs such as Beverly Hills, 90210, Melrose Place, and Party of Five. Pay-cable channels have also stepped into the picture and now act as trendsetters with hits like Sex and the City, Six Feet Under, The Sopranos, and The L Word. Now, from the spiritually themed 7th Heaven to the naughty neighbors of ABC's Desperate Housewives, soaps dominate prime time. Prime Time Soaps covers all the major shows within the soap-opera genre, and also investigates all the ways that soaps have contributed to the development of more general television trends. Interviews with producers, actors, and other artistic collaborators also supplement this revealing and entertaining account. Even outside of their genre, these shows continue to influence current programming. Few series on TV today are purely episodic, instead containing on-going storylines involving the personal dilemmas of their characters. Another very recognizable contribution from soaps occurred on the evening of March 21, 1980, when Dallas finished out its third year with J.R. Ewing being shot by an unknown assailant, leaving fans to wait until the fall for the resolution. This was the beginning of the cliffhanger endings that are now implemented by just about every series on television. Prime Time Soaps covers all the major shows, and also investigates all the ways that soaps have contributed to the development of more general television trends. Interviews with producers, actors, and other artistic collaborators supplement this revealing and entertaining account.

Women and Soap Opera

This is the first major study of the roles of women in prime time soap operas.

Author: Christine Geraghty

Publisher: Blackwell Publishing

ISBN: 9780745605685

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 211

View: 185

This is the first major study of the roles of women in prime time soap operas. In a comparative analysis of British and North American television soaps, Christine Geraghty examines the relationship between the narratives on the screen and the women viewers who make up the traditional soap audience. Within the structure of many of the most popular soaps, such as Dallas, Dynasty, Coronation Street and EastEnders, the split between public and personal life, reason and emotion, work and leisure is turned into a lynchpin of the plot. The author argues that these themes are also linked to broader social divisions between men and women, divisions which soap operas both question and develop as a source of pleasure. Geraghty analyses the critical role of women characters in the families and communities of soaps and suggests that the utopian possibilities of soaps can be used not just to maintain the status quo, but to promote change and influence attitudes and prejudices. She examines the way in which soaps have been transformed in the last decade, looking at how issues of class, race, sexual orientation and feminism have been handled in the programmes. She argues that in pursuing new audiences more recent soaps such as Brookside may have put at risk the pleasures they have traditionally offered their women viewers. Women and Soap Opera is a detailed, thoughtful and wide-ranging analysis which will become a central work in women’s studies and media and cultural studies courses.

The Dynasty Years

They are still recognizable as soap operas, just as prime-time soaps are. The
reasons for this can be seen from the criteria listed by Allen above. Primetime
soaps are marked by 'absolute resistance' to narrative closure; they still
concentrate ...

Author: Jostein Gripsrud

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134884907

Category: Social Science

Page: 336

View: 310

The Dynasty Years documents and analyses in detail 'the Dynasty phenomenon', the hotly debated success of the Hollywood-made 'Rolls Royce of a primetime soap' which heralded a profound transformation of European television. From the operatic camp of Krystle and Alexis' fight in the lilypond or the Moldavian wedding massacre to the unprecedented gay sub-plot, Dynasty represented, in the words of co-producer Esther Shapiro, "the ultimate dollhouse fantasy for middle-aged women". Using evidence from audience survey results, newspaper and magazine clippings and letters to broadcasters and drawing on semiotics, psychoanalysis, feminism and critical social theories, Jostein Gripsrud examines every aspect of Dynasty's production, reception and context. The result is a groundbreaking critical study. Jostein Gripsrud offers a theoretical but empirically grounded critique of many central positions in media studies, including notions of 'audience resistance' and the 'sovereign' audience and its freedom in meaning-making, arguing against what he perceives as the uncritical celebrations of the soap-opera genre in much contemporary media criticism.

Complex TV

Although Mary Hartman received great buzz and cultural validation, it did not
spawn imitators in incorporating its soap opera scheduling, production style, and
creative pedigree into prime time, marking it as the last time a daily scripted serial

Author: Jason Mittell

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 0814738850

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 416

View: 710

Over the past two decades, new technologies, changing viewer practices, and the proliferation of genres and channels has transformed American television. One of the most notable impacts of these shifts is the emergence of highly complex and elaborate forms of serial narrative, resulting in a robust period of formal experimentation and risky programming rarely seen in a medium that is typically viewed as formulaic and convention bound. Complex TV offers a sustained analysis of the poetics of television narrative, focusing on how storytelling has changed in recent years and how viewers make sense of these innovations. Through close analyses of key programs, including The Wire, Lost, Breaking Bad, The Sopranos, Veronica Mars, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and Mad Men the book traces the emergence of this narrative mode, focusing on issues such as viewer comprehension, transmedia storytelling, serial authorship, character change, and cultural evaluation. Developing a television-specific set of narrative theories, Complex TV argues that television is the most vital and important storytelling medium of our time.

The Survival of Soap Opera

and. PrimEtimE. SErialS. baSEd on an intErviEw by Sam Ford Jason Mittell is
associate professor of American studies and film and media culture at Middlebury
College. He has written on issues of television genres, including the soap opera,

Author: Sam Ford

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 9781604737172

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 344

View: 306

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 home and to an intensifying competition for viewers’ attention from cable and the Internet. Yet, soaps’ influence has expanded, with serial narratives becoming commonplace on most prime time TV programs. The Survival of Soap Opera investigates the causes of their dwindling popularity, describes their impact on TV and new media culture, and gleans lessons from their complex history for twenty-first-century media industries. The book contains contributions from established soap scholars such as Robert C. Allen, Louise Spence, Nancy Baym, and Horace Newcomb, along with essays and interviews by emerging scholars, fans and Web site moderators, and soap opera producers, writers, and actors from ABC’s General Hospital, CBS’s The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful, and other shows. This diverse group of voices seeks to intervene in the discussion about the fate of soap operas at a critical juncture, and speaks to longtime soap viewers, television studies scholars, and media professionals alike.

Prime time Television

... retro escapism of Happy Days and Laverne and Shirley, innuendo-laden "
jiggle" programs such as Charlie's Angels and Three's Company, and prime-time
soap operas that followed the rich and super-rich through the early Reagan years

Author: Barbara Moore

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780275981426

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 305

View: 833

The history of prime-time television in the United States.

To Be Continued

Soap Operas Around the World Robert C. Allen. 37 Bob Knight ... The first prime-
time soap ofthe 1970s was Beacon Hill in 1975; a lavish adaption of Upstairs,
Downstairs, it is most notable for its immediate failure in the ratings. Special ...

Author: Robert C. Allen

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134837038

Category: Social Science

Page: 408

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To Be Continued... explores the world's most popular form of television drama; the soap opera. From Denver to Delhi, Moscow to Manchester, audiences eagerly await the next episode of As the World Turns, The Rich Also Weep or Eastenders. But the popularity of soap operas in Britain and the US pales in comparison to the role that they play in media cultures in other parts of the world. To Be Continued... investigates both the cultural specificity of television soap operas and their reception in other cultures, covering soap production and soap watching in the U.S., Asia, Europe, Australia and Latin America. The contributors consider the nature of soap as a media text, the history of the serial narrative as a form, and the role of the soap opera in the development of feminist media criticism. To Be Continued... presents the first scholarly examination of soap opera as global media phenomenon.

Cultural Theory and Popular Culture

23 SOAP OPERA AND UTOPIA Christine Geraghty Placing prime time soap
opera within the complex discourse of women ' s ... In addition prime time soaps ,
unlike their daytime equivalents , have never been conceived of as entirely or
even ...

Author: John Storey

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

ISBN: 9780820328492

Category: Social Science

Page: 657

View: 723

Whether used on its own or in conjunction with Cultural Theory and Popular Culture: An Introduction, this reader is a theoretical, analytical, and historical introduction to the study of popular culture within cultural studies. The readings cover the culture and civilization tradition, culturalism, structuralism and poststructuralism, Marxism, feminism, and postmodernism, as well as current debates in the study of popular culture. New to this edition: Four new readings by Stuart Hall, Ernesto Laclau and Chantal Mouffe, Judith Butler, and Savoj Žižek Fully revised general and section introductions that contextualize and link the readings with key issues in Cultural Theory and Popular Culture: An Introduction Fully updated bibliography Ideal for courses in: cultural studies media studies communication studies sociology of culture popular culture visual studies cultural criticism

Beyond Prime Time

The daytime television soap opera has long been a staple ofAmerican broadcast
network programming, making a significant impact both economically and cul-
turally. In the soaps' network-era heyday of the 1970s and early 1980s, the day- ...

Author: Amanda Lotz

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135842612

Category: Social Science

Page: 224

View: 577

Daytime soap operas. Evening news. Late-night talk shows. Television has long been defined by its daily schedule, and the viewing habits that develop around it. Technologies like DVRs, iPods, and online video have freed audiences from rigid time constraints—we no longer have to wait for a program to be "on" to watch it—but scheduling still plays a major role in the production of television. Prime-time series programming between 8:00 and 11:00 p.m. has dominated most critical discussion about television since its beginnings, but Beyond Prime Time brings together leading television scholars to explore how shifts in television’s industrial practices and new media convergence have affected the other 80% of the viewing day. The contributors explore a broad range of non-prime-time forms including talk shows, soap operas, news, syndication, and children’s programs, non-series forms such as sports and made-for-television movies, as well as entities such as local affiliate stations and public television. Importantly, all of these forms rely on norms of production, financing, and viewer habits that distinguish them from the practices common among prime-time series and often from each other. Each of the chapters examines how the production practices and textual strategies of a particular programming form have shifted in response to sweeping industry changes, together telling the story of a medium in transition at the beginning of the twenty-first century. Contributors: Sarah Banet-Weiser, Victoria E. Johnson, Jeffrey P. Jones, Derek Kompare, Elana Levine, Amanda D. Lotz, Jonathan Nichols-Pethick, Laurie Ouellette, Erin Copple Smith

The Soap Opera

The impact of soap opera on its audience, the different varieties of soap operas, and the differences in structure, content, and commercial purpose between soap operas and prime time television are also discussed. `Cantor and Pingree have ...

Author: Muriel B. Cantor

Publisher: SAGE Publications, Incorporated


Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 167

View: 905

A comprehensive survey of the history, the means of production, the content and the impact on audiences of soap operas. A sociologist and a specialist in women's studies combine to review the content of soap operas, and the way in which they are produced. How have the themes of soap operas changed with social convention? How do these massively popular serials aimed at a female audience portray women at work and at home? The impact of soap opera on its audience, the different varieties of soap operas, and the differences in structure, content, and commercial purpose between soap operas and prime time television are also discussed. `Cantor and Pingree have performed an important service by bringing together and analyzing a va

Staying Tuned

Contemporary Soap Opera Criticism Suzanne Frentz ... Still , though soap operas
have " cooled down ” a bit , and look less " steamy ” by contemporary prime time
standards , concern remains as to the impact daytime dramas have on their ...

Author: Suzanne Frentz

Publisher: Popular Press

ISBN: 9780879725372

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 136

View: 232

Staying Tuned: Contemporary Soap Opera Criticism examines serials. Broadcast first in 1926 on radio and since 1956 on television Monday through Friday 52 weeks a year, soap operas provide a clear promise to continue for as long as mass medicated entertainment exists. Over the last sixty years, billions have happily suffered along with the gallant men and women of the afternoon. A growing body of scholarly literature exists now to provide insights and suggest answers to the question of why so many continually return to the routine tragedies of daytime drama. Each of our chapters explores an aspect of soap opera which contributes to the endurance of the genre.

The Encyclopedia of Guilty Pleasures

Such were the questions that ate at fans of this granddaddy of all prime - time
soap operas , which ran from 1978 to 1991 . Though it wasn't the DAIRY QUEEN
The local ice cream shop first evening soap ( or shoppe ) is an American icon , a

Author: Sam Stall

Publisher: Quirk Books

ISBN: 9781931686549

Category: Humor

Page: 320

View: 479

Alphabetical listing of things like TV programmes you don't admit to watching, convenience foods, music etc.

Remote Control

soaps, it is just the opposite—people fantasize about the men and idolize the
women, especially Parvati and Tulsi.51 The story of prime time soap operas in
India was started by Ekta Kapoor and her 'K soaps'. In the years of their existence
, ...

Author: Shoma Munshi

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 8184757557

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 392

View: 981

What do the TV shows we’re watching tell us about ourselves? Television is the single most powerful and dynamic agent of change in India today. It is also the country’s most popular and accessible form of entertainment. Remote Control examines three kinds of programming—24x7 news, soap operas and reality shows—that have changed Indian television forever, and analyzes how these three genres, while drawing on different sources, are hybridized, indigenized and manage to ultimately project a distinctively Indian identity. Shoma Munshi’s book shows us how everyday reality in India in the twenty-first century shapes television; and how television, in turn, shapes us.

The Soap Opera Evolution

Thus , it comes as no surprise that prime - time serial drama may be losing its grip
in the ratings race . ... sometimes daytime actors are confronted with a totally
different problem - shedding their “ soap opera ” image after they ' ve left the
show .

Author: Marilyn J. Matelski

Publisher: McFarland & Company Incorporated Pub


Category: Performing Arts

Page: 212

View: 495

Looks at how soap operas have changed, discusses plots, characters, and audience makeup, and suggests trends on individual television series

Prime Time Law

This shift in the composition of the audience correlates with drastic changes in
the content of soap operas . Conceived as a cost - efficient media vehicle to
deliver 18 - to - 49 - year - old housewives to household product advertisers ,
soap ...

Author: Robert M. Jarvis



Category: Law

Page: 323

View: 578

Presents an in-depth survey of how lawyers are portrayed in television dramas and comedies. Spanning five decades, 18 contributions refer to about 350 shows (both the famous and the obscure) as well as to more general topics such as science fiction, situation comedies, soap operas, westerns, and lawyers who are female and/or young. The volume features a foreword by the legal advisor to the shows L.A. Law and Paper Chase. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Demographic Vistas

... or even much of what appears on American television. The made-for-TV movie,
and its extended cousin, the miniseries, both of which take up so much prime-
time network air and investment, are not discussed. The prime-time soap opera, ...

Author: David Marc

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN: 9780812215601

Category: Travel

Page: 240

View: 526

"Quite simply, a tour de force--a wonderful synthesis of history and criticism."--Daniel Czitrom, author of

The Soap Opera Encyclopedia

The eruption of dramatic serials on prime - time has also affected the way people
think about soap operas . In 1978 , CBS launched Dallas , the most popular
prime - time soap since Peyton Place : Focusing on a rich Texas family , it
spawned ...

Author: Christopher Schemering



Category: Soap operas

Page: 370

View: 458

Post Object Fandom

The remaining time left for this series is so precious, and I sincerely don't want [
soap opera] “Days of our Lives”' (Post #180, 'The Cold'). Although these fans
devalue the soap genre, the possibility of The West Wing as a 'prime-time soap ...

Author: Rebecca Williams

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1623562104

Category: Social Science

Page: 248

View: 787

Fandom is generally viewed as an integral part of everyday life which impacts upon how we form emotional bonds with ourselves and others in a modern, mediated world. Whilst it is inevitable for television series to draw to a close, the reactions of fans have rarely been considered. Williams explores this everyday occurence through close analysis of television fans to examine how they respond to, discuss, and work through their feelings when shows finish airing. Through a range of case studies, including The West Wing (NBC, 2000-2006), Lost (ABC 2004 -2010), Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003), Doctor Who (BBC 1963-1989; 2005-), The X-Files (FOX, 1993-2002), Firefly (FOX, 2002) and Sex and the City (HBO, 1998-2004), Williams considers how fans prepare for the final episodes of shows, how they talk about this experience with fellow fans, and how, through re-viewing, discussion and other fan practices, they seek to maintain their fandom after the show's cessation.

Prime Time Prime Movers

From dominant performers such as Jackie Gleason and Carol Burnett to powerhouse producers such as Norman Lear and Steven Bocho, Prime Time, Prime Movers reviews the stories and styles of the most important architects of the airwaves.

Author: David Marc

Publisher: Syracuse University Press

ISBN: 9780815603115

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 348

View: 290

From dominant performers such as Jackie Gleason and Carol Burnett to powerhouse producers such as Norman Lear and Steven Bocho, Prime Time, Prime Movers reviews the stories and styles of the most important architects of the airwaves.