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2006-09-01 02:27:14

By Carly Mayberry and Chris Marlowe LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Many people would have a hard time reconciling soap operas with cutting-edge interactivity, but those within the daytime drama world know the networks have tested many innovative concepts on the genre's loyal followers. Most recently, CBS is using its venerated "As the World Turns" to try an initiative that blends broadcast and broadband. InTurn is a competition for actors vying for an actual role on the show,...

2006-07-26 12:32:31

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (Reuters) - A gun-toting Brazilian actor clad only in swimming trunks stormed a television studio and took a hostage during the filming of the "Snakes and Lizards" soap opera where he was once an extra. Out-of-work actor Ricardo Dualibi, who was sacked from the series in April, fired two shots in the air from a pistol and took one employee hostage in the incident Tuesday, a Globo television spokeswoman said on Wednesday. He told police he did not intend to hurt...

2006-07-19 17:55:52

By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Inspired by the success of serialized hits like "Lost" and "Desperate Housewives," the major U.S. TV networks are launching a new wave of shows this fall designed to lure viewers with week-to-week cliff-hangers. Some critics, however, are questioning the networks' strategy, given that millions of TV fans who got hooked on such shows last season were left hanging when several of those programs were canceled or failed to win renewal. A spirited...

2006-07-19 15:14:17

By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Inspired by the success of serialized hits like "Lost" and "Desperate Housewives," the major U.S. TV networks are launching a new wave of shows this fall designed to lure viewers with week-to-week cliff-hangers. Some critics, however, are questioning the networks' strategy, given that millions of TV fans who got hooked on such shows last season were left hanging when several of those programs got canceled or failed to win renewal. A spirited...

2006-05-16 20:06:41

By Sayed Salahuddin KABUL (Reuters) - Don't telephone an Afghan at 8.30 in the evening. Chances are, he or she will be settled down in front of the television for a daily fix of an Indian soap opera. And they won't want to be disturbed. The series "The mother-in-law was a daughter-in-law once too," or "Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi" in its original Hindi, has transfixed the country. Men, women, young and old -- anyone, it seems, with access to a television -- is enthralled by the family...

2006-03-30 08:15:30

By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - While actors young enough to be her grandchildren come and go on television, soap opera veteran Helen Wagner has earned a place in the Guinness World Records by playing one role for 50 years. The 87-year-old actress says the secret to her longevity as matriarch Nancy Hughes on the CBS daytime drama "As the World Turns" is simple. "They kept offering me a contract, so I kept doing it. And they kept writing things for me, so I kept saying them,"...

2006-03-30 08:18:14

By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - While actors young enough to be her grandchildren come and go on television, soap opera veteran Helen Wagner has earned a place in the Guinness World Records by playing one role for 50 years. The 87-year-old actress says the secret to her longevity as matriarch Nancy Hughes on the CBS daytime drama "As the World Turns" is simple. "They kept offering me a contract, so I kept doing it. And they kept writing things for me, so I kept saying them,"...

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2006-03-20 10:40:00

By Amy Norton NEW YORK -- Older women who say talk shows and soap operas are their favorite TV programs tend to score more poorly on tests of memory, attention and other cognitive skills, researchers reported Monday. That doesn't mean that daytime television is a brain drain, they say, since it's not clear that there's a direct relationship between the two. But the findings do point to some association between TV choices and intellectual function, and that could prove useful in evaluating...

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2005-12-24 09:50:00

Researcher says viewers could gain unrealistic expectations of condition When is a coma nothing like a coma? When it's a fictional coma, as depicted on the wildly popular daytime dramas warming the electronic hearths of America's living rooms. A new study suggests, perhaps unsurprisingly, that soaped-up comas are fanciful constructs that have little to do with the real thing -- leading the public to draw false conclusions about the true and serious nature of an actual coma. "It's unnerving...

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2005-06-15 07:05:00

'Glamorous' lifestyles offer kids a warped reality, experts say HealthDay News -- Desperate Housewives and other TV soap operas may help make adolescent girls desperate for a thinness few can healthily achieve, new Australian research suggests. The study of nearly 1,500 8th-to-11th graders also found that boys who watched music videos were at higher risk of developing the emerging male version of body-obsession -- a drive toward lean, hyper-muscular physiques. The findings break new ground...