When people hear the words “soap opera” or “telenovela” themes of love, loss, deception and lust tend to come to mind. Sometimes, less flattering words like “melodramatic” and “campy” come up as well. However, more of the one-hour dramas on Spanish networks are slowly but surely veering away from the over-the-top acting, stagey sets and storylines for which they have historically been known. Some of my favorite telenovelas over the years were built on seemingly outrageous premises and performances that were over the top yet somehow fit in these hyperbolic television worlds.
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