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Julian Fellowes

From 'Dynasty' to 'Empire,' the prime-time soap has bubbled up again

From 'Dynasty' to 'Empire,' the prime-time soap has bubbled up again

Although every television format and genre has been declared dead only to be triumphantly revived several times over, the prime-time soap opera is experiencing a resurgence like no other, particularly on network TV. From PBS' historical costume drama "Downton Abbey" to ABC's "Nashville" to Fox's newest hit "Empire" to every series Shonda Rhimes has created ("Grey's Anatomy," "Scandal," "How to Get Away With Murder"), melodrama, intrigue and romance are back. Unlike the '80s glory days of such ratings-grabbing series as CBS' "Dallas" and ABC's "Dynasty" and the '90s...

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