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June 11, 2010

The Dish on Soap Opera Magazines

soapoperadigest.jpgIf watching afternoon soaps is your favorite guilty pleasure, you know
that keeping track of each show’s complicated plot twists and story
lines can be a real headache. Lucky for daytime drama addicts, there are
three in-depth soap opera magazines that will give you your fill (and
then some) on all things related to daytime television:
 

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Soap Opera Digest
Launched in 1975, this weekly magazine has more than three decades’ experience helping readers keep tabs on popular daytime television shows like As the World Turns, One Life to Live, Days of Our Lives, The Bold and the Beautiful, All My Children and more. Saluting the best daytime television has to offer, Soap Opera Digest Magazine draws approximately 1.5 million readers each week.
 
Some of the most helpful sections in Soap Opera Digest magazine are strictly devoted to straightening out story lines. Here is an outline of the best sections for getting your stories straight:


  • Comings and Goings–This section lists character changes on the most popular soaps, keeping readers updated on new additions, characters who have been killed off, actors and actresses leaving the show or guest stars making upcoming appearances.
  •  Late-Breaking News–Here, editors summarize major happenings across the board on all daytime television, so you’re not left out of the loop if a lunchtime errand keeps you from watching your favorite show.
  • Scorecard–Easy to skim, this section gives a brief overview of everything from who was admitted into a mental hospital to new babies on board to marriages and murders that will alter a soap’s plotline dramatically.

 
While a large portion of the magazine is reserved for recapping recent episodes, Soap Opera Digest magazine also runs a features section in each issue that gives readers a glimpse of their favorite soap stars’ lives away from the set.
 
abc.jpgSoaps In Depth
Designed to give the dish on major daytime dramas, ABC Soaps in Depth magazine and CBS Soaps in Depth magazine cover the daytime dramas on ABC and CBS. For ABC Soaps in Depth magazine, that means All My Children, One Life to Live and General Hospital, while CBS Soaps in Depth magazine covers As the World Turns, The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young & the Restless. Both magazines devote more than 100 pages to the most popular soap operas on television. With color-coded sections to differentiate between the shows, the magazines cover news, previews, stand-out scenes and plot points in a navigable manner.
 
Readers can get insider’s info on how major character changes will affect their favorite daytime dramas, as well as interpretations of the latest crazy plot twists. Aside from keeping up with the latest episodes with the “News,” “Ins and Outs,” “In Depth Preview” and “Hottest Stories” sections, readers can get the behind-the-scenes news on their favorite ABC and CBS daytime celebs.
 


Giving readers top priority, both Soaps in Depth magazines have sections
that broadcast what readers have to say. The Reader’s Poll gathers data
about what readers think of recent happenings on each show, as well as
their favorite couples, and top five actors and actresses. In the
“Message Boards,” section, readers can sound off about what they love
and hate about their favorite–and least favorite–CBS and ABC dramas.
Finally, through “In Depth Answers,” readers can ask editors their
burning questions and get the answers they’ve been searching for about
everything from guest appearances to soap stars’ previous acting gigs to
upcoming soap weddings.

For true daytime television fans, Soap
Opera Digest magazine, ABC Soaps in Depth magazine and CBS Soaps in
Depth magazine are the perfect handbooks to following your favorite
dramas.



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Megan Pacella