It’s easy to get caught up in the lives of those we see in our favorite television shows. The characters, the storylines, and even the score can add up to amazing shows that we all come to love. With drama shows in particular there seems to be a bit of confusion when it comes to soap operas and prime time dramas. If you aren’t sure, there IS a difference between the two regardless of them both being drama, and not just the time of day in which they’re shown. These distinctions can be made clear by looking at the facts.
Prime Time Dramas:
A prime time drama is aired only once a week. We get into the story, and everything that is going on within that story, and then boom…..you have to wait until the next week to see what’s going to happen next. Keeps everyone on their toes, I must say. Prime time shows also have season premieres and finales. During this time, usually during the summer, the show is on a type of hiatus, while the cast and crew begin shooting episodes for a new season with fresh storylines and sometimes new characters, and that’s only if the show is popular enough to get picked up for a new season. This doesn’t actually apply to a mini-series, however.
As far as the storylines, the focus is mainly on one or two at best, so it doesn’t become confusing if you have to miss some of the season. You can easily get caught up in this case, especially if you have access to On Demand, or the internet where reruns of shows are generally shown. When it comes to the audience connecting to the story and characters, it’s a bit different than the connection to soap operas. You get caught up, sure, but not with as much intensity.
Another thing with prime time dramas, like sitcoms, they only run for a certain amount of seasons/years before finally ending. The amount of time it takes would depend on the popularity of the show and the ratings it has received.
Soap operas aire everyday, and there are no season finales/premieres. This is where the actors and actresses work even harder because it takes a lot more effort into remembering lines, and always staying in character. Try doing that everyday without burning out. Instead of actors taking a break to relax or film new episodes, sometimes a story is written to allow the character they’re playing to exit for awhile, giving the actor or actress an opportunity to take a break, or even do new things. And if the actress/actor decides to leave the show they will either be killed off (to only come back years later) or a different actor/actress will take their place. Not always a popular thing when you’ve gotten used to the person playing the role.
Soap operas also have more storylines than your average prime time drama. With their storylines, there are plots and subplots, and storylines within storylines. Soaps are notorious for stories interconnecting with each other all the time. That’s one thing that makes them so interesting. So if you’re not a dedicated watcher, you’re, no doubt, going to be confused for awhile until you find a way to catch up.
With the audience, the connection to each story and characters is dramatically (no pun intended) more intense than with a prime time drama. Sometimes it can get so intense to the point where you’re almost feeling the emotions of the characters involved, depending on what’s going on. This is what makes it very easy to become addicted. Don’t think women are the only ones into soaps. Storylines in soaps cause men to get into them as well.
Many soap operas run for years and years, gaining more popularity as time goes on. The Young and the Restless is perhaps the most popular one to date, recently celebrating 40 years on aire. If you watch the show, you’ll see why there’s no doubt it’s the most preferred show.
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