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11 Longest-running Daytime Soap Operas

For more than 50 years, soaps have entertained daytime audiences with captivating story lines. Soap operas got their name from the sponsors, such as Proctor & Gamble, who produced the shows. See our list of the 11 longest-running daytime soap operas.

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  • How Getting Your Show on TV Works

    How Getting Your Show on TV Works

    You've read How TV Writing Works and now it's time for step two -- pitching your new show to the television networks. We'll tell you how to get a meeting, how to prepare your pitch, and how to sell it to the executives who make the final decision. See more »

  • How Reality TV Works

    How Reality TV Works

    The term "reality tv" may be new but the concept dates back for decades. Where did it begin and how did it come to captivate so many viewers? Get the history and low down on this incredibly popular television phenomenon. See more »

  • How Sitcoms Work

    How Sitcoms Work

    We've all seen sitcoms, laughed with them and probably even sung along to their theme songs. But why are we so partial to these half-hour television shows and what is their history? See more »

  • How the DHARMA Initiative Works

    How the DHARMA Initiative Works

    If you're a big fan of "LOST," you're probably full of theories about the DHARMA Initiative and its relationship to other elements of the show. Learn about the DHARMA Initiative, its history and what might be going on at its island research center. Warning: Spoilers within. See more »

  • How the Emmy Awards Work

    How the Emmy Awards Work

    The Emmys -- from the glitz and glamour of red-carpet fashions to too-long award speeches, this award show is not to be missed. But what does it take to get the Emmys off the ground? See more »

  • How TV Production Works

    How TV Production Works

    Jackpot! A network has bought the TV show script we've been following. Now it needs producers, directors, writers, actors and a production crew ... and to actually make it into the fall lineup. See more »

  • How Unsolved History Works

    How Unsolved History Works

    What really happened at the Boston Massacre? Are the conspiracy theories about JFK's death even possible? See how the crew of "Unsolved History" gets to the bottom of some the lingering mysteries of our past. See more »

  • How Writing a TV Show Works

    How Writing a TV Show Works

    TV and film writers may be on strike, but there's no reason you can't go ahead and prepare your great idea for production. Learn all about how to write a TV show, including understanding characters, treatments, and loglines. See more »

  • If Only 'Lost' Were Real -- Wait, Is It?

    If Only 'Lost' Were Real -- Wait, Is It?

    Is the line between fiction and reality getting fuzzier? During commercial breaks in episodes of the science-fiction drama "LOST," ABC ran advertisements for the Hanso Foundation, a fictional (or is it?) organization tied to the show’s plotline. See more »

  • Inside "Drive"

    Inside "Drive"

    In Hollywood shorthand, what "Lost" is to "Survivor," "Drive" is to the "Amazing Race," but with much higher stakes. Learn about this new series that follows a diverse group of people coerced into competing in a secret, illegal cross-country road race. See more »

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