tel·​e·​no·​vela | \ˌte-lə-nō-ˈve-lə \

Definition of telenovela 

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

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Heavy on plot and light on character development, this is telenovela-style entertainment that rarely challenges or inspires viewers, especially the region’s massive youth population. Rachel Gandin Mark, The Hollywood Reporter, "Can Netflix Transform the Television Landscape in the Middle East?," 27 June 2018 Aside from sports, Telemundo has also attacked Univision’s undisputed dominance of soap operas — known as telenovelas — with a new class of edgier productions. James Wagner, New York Times, "Telemundo Has a Big Goal: Win the World Cup," 23 June 2018 Sandra Echeverría, a telenovela actress who has collaborated on songs with Marc Anthony, Enrique Iglesias and other artists, has also been signed to Casa Nacional. Judy Cantor-navas, Billboard, "Nacional Records Launches New Imprint to Spotlight Regional Mexican Artists," 9 June 2018 But throughout the adversity and the telenovela-esque storylines that have surfaced throughout this Guerrero saga, the biggest issue has been the lack of support for the other members of La Blanquirroja. Luis Miguel Echegaray,, "Peru's World Cup Hopes Not Dashed Despite Paolo Guerrero's Suspension," 28 May 2018 The newscast was pushed to 10:30 last spring, and Televisa started its main telenovela at 9:30. Santiago Pérez, WSJ, "Netflix Breaks Up Audience Romance With Telenovela," 23 Apr. 2018 Univision was reluctant to change and remained confident that their Mexican telenovelas would keep working. Rene Rodriguez, miamiherald, "Telemundo’s new headquarters embraces the future. It may transform this area, too | Miami Herald," 9 Apr. 2018 The Lodges' reinvention as a Latinx power family isn't lost on Mark, whose soap opera background lent itself well to the family's telenovela vibes. Ella Cerón, Teen Vogue, "Mark Consuelos on Working With Camila Mendes and KJ Apa, and Playing the Ultimate "Riverdale" Bad Guy," 16 May 2018 The City Beautiful is ensnared in a telenovela-like bureaucratic power struggle that has spilled into public view. Ana Navarro, miamiherald, "Gables Police Chief Hudak went to a pool party of bikini-clad officers — and did nothing wrong | Miami Herald," 23 Apr. 2018

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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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