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Supreme Court Boosts Investors, Not Humanitarians

Argentina, the Obama Administration and a host of international financial and humanitarian organizations got a load of bad news Monday from the U.S. Supreme...

Can the Internet Save Soap Operas?

As production begins for web versions of 'One Life to Live' and 'All My Children,' fans say the answer is "yes"

All My Children and One Life to Live

Soap operas are an all-or-nothing affair: if you don't watch them, they may as well not exist. But if you do, they're like no other commitment on television...

Thalia: Cinderella Story

Those in the U.S. who have heard of the Mexican singer and actress Thalia probably know her best as the third wife of Tommy Mottola, chairman of Sony Music...

Postcard: Oakdale.

The town of Oakdale has seen its share of drama. Kidnappings are common. So is infidelity. Try to find a person who hasn't fallen into a coma, drugged an...

Why Mexico's Drug War May Become Its Iraq

The no-nonsense government ads flash onto prime-time Mexican TV between soccer games and steamy soap operas. Bullet-filled corpses are shown sprawled on the...

Love, Indian Style

Taken separately, the two stories on the front page of the Times of India last Monday at first seem like so much fluff. There was the long-anticipated news that...

Rain: The Magic Feet from Korea

Rain is big--big!--in Japan. The South Korean king of pop also fills seats in Beijing, Pusan and Bangkok. In Hong Kong his concerts sell out in 10 minutes, and...

Olympic-Size Controversies

What would the winter Olympics be without skating, sledding—and soap operas? The 2006 Games in Torino, Italy, are a month away, but the controversies are already...

Asian Heroes: Chin Chin Gutierrez

So many Filipinos dream of technicolor glory. Growing up in an average family in Bicol, outside Manila, Chin Chin Gutierrez had those dreams, too. She has made...

It's Ron Sommer Calling--Again

It's one of Europe's longest-running business soap operas: Will German phone giant Deutsche Telekom finally take the plunge in the U.S. market? Ron Sommer, who...

TELEVISION: The Young and the Senseless

When last we dropped by Melrose Place, in the summer of 1992, the show was brand new but already looked tarnished: it was a craven spin-off of Beverly Hills,...

CINEMA: A Masterwork Suppressed

WHEN BAD THINGS HAPPEN TO good people: this is a dominant theme of literature and drama through the ages, from the Book of Job to Dostoyevsky novels to most soap...