tel·​e·​no·​vela | \ ˌte-lə-nō-ˈve-lə How to pronounce telenovela (audio) \

Definition of telenovela

: a soap opera produced in and televised in or from many Latin American countries

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Through a quick series of only-in-a-telenovela events, Jane is accidentally inseminated with the sperm of Rafael Solano (Justin Baldoni), the handsome hotel mogul who was also Jane’s first crush. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Why ‘Jane the Virgin’ is the TV show you need right now," 5 Aug. 2019 Writing a 21-page episode a day for telenovelas constituted an on-the-job platform to hone her narrative aptitude. Carlos Aguilar, Los Angeles Times, "How Mexican filmmaker Issa López defied expectations with ‘Tigers Are Not Afraid’," 23 Aug. 2019 The country has a rich cinematic tradition, but television has often been dominated by series from the United States, telenovelas from Latin America and programming from Nollywood, in Nigeria. Julie Turkewitz, New York Times, "Brazen Women. Scandalized Viewers. It’s ‘Sex and the City,’ Senegal Style.," 22 Aug. 2019 Brazil’s massive telenovela industry, however, has been ahead of Mexico on LGBTQ representation. Samantha Schmidt, Washington Post, "In a first, a new telenovela features a gay couple as leading characters," 14 Aug. 2019 That's in part because of its telenovela underpinnings and the younger audience skew of the CW network, which isn't a particularly good fit with the award-voter demographic. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'Jane the Virgin' closes the book with pitch-perfect finale," 31 July 2019 The episode supplies zany obstacles and telenovela jokes but also tears, hugs and declarations of love. Hal Boedeker,, "‘Will & Grace,’ ‘Jane the Virgin,’ ‘Elementary’ say farewell," 26 July 2019 Honestly, reigning summer whodunit Big Little Lies might get a little bit jealous of the telenovela adaptation. Ariana Romero,, "A Guide To Grand Hotel's Many Wild, Sexy, Muder-y Mysteries," 18 June 2019 José Contreras grew up infatuated with the drama and steamy romance of telenovelas. Samantha Schmidt,, "In a first, a new telenovela features a gay couple as leading characters," 15 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of telenovela

1961, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for telenovela

Spanish, from tele- tele- + novela novel, serial drama

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