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The first daytime TV soap opera in the United States was ... had aired in the evenings as once-a-week programs.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guiding_Light

Guiding Light is an American television soap opera. It is listed in Guinness World Records as ..... Also, Guiding Light celebrated its 50th Anniversary as a television show on June 30, 2002. .... This twin bill of expansions also caused the dislocation of The Secret Storm and the beloved Art Linkletter's House Party, as well as ...

www.nytimes.com/2009/04/02/arts/television/02ligh.html

Apr 1, 2009 ... The shows were eventually called soap operas because soap ... started as a 15- minute radio show, and then it was a half-hour television show, ...

www.britannica.com/art/soap-opera

Soap opera, broadcast dramatic serial program, so called in the United States ... and early afternoon weekday television programming as they had dominated a ...

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TV Show Image Gallery The hour glass is symbolic with the soap opera Days of Our Lives. Did it make the list of long-running daytime soap operas? Read on to ...

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Dashan, China's favorite Westerner Television programs are usually .... 6+1 , both game shows, as well as the celebrity interview program Art Life . .... Chinese cooking show Soap operas are the most watched television programs in China.

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Jan 25, 2017 ... “The shows were...called soap operas because soap companies sponsored them .” To get people to keep tuning in, and hearing the soap ads ...

articles.latimes.com/2013/mar/29/entertainment/la-et-ct-abc-general-hospital-50-years-20130328

Mar 29, 2013 ... ABC's 'General Hospital' to celebrate 50 years of soap opera drama ... 1 show on television. ... PHOTOS: 10 long-running soap operas ... of American Television, part of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation.

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Aug 28, 2018 ... Procter & Gamble "P and G" soap, early to mid 20th century packaging ... While soap operas—episodic daytime television shows that follow the ...