soap opera

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a serialized program usually dealing with sentimentalized family matters that is broadcast on radio or television (frequently sponsored by a company advertising soap products)

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Drawing sophisticated parallels between reality and fiction, Margreiter examines the way daily life reflects the influence of Hollywood, especially the television industry with its soap-opera and sitcom formats, particularly in two biographical works.
That's why I loved watching the Olympics--not for the soap-opera coverage, but for the sheer joy of seeing those wonderful, powerful women in action.