Today in Soap Opera History (February 16)

1968: Dark Shadows' Josette shocked Barnabas.
1981: GH's Heather escaped from the sanitarium.
2009: ATWT aired a special fairy tales episode.
2009: AMC's Reese and Bianca were officially married,
"Whoever wishes to foresee the future must consult the past; for human events ever resemble those of preceding times. This arises from the fact that they are produced by men who ever have been, and ever shall be, animated by the same passions, and thus they necessarily have the same results."
― Machiavelli

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

On this date in...

1966: On Another World, John Randolph (Michael M. Ryan) tried to convince his doubtful wife, Pat (Susan Trustman), that Mike Bauer (Gary Pillar) was the type of person he needed in his firm.

1968: On The Doctors, a sympathetic social worker (Margaret DePriest, who went on to a soap opera writing career, including The Doctors in 1974) offered a desolate Ruth Winters (Ann Whiteside) support. Later, an alcoholic Ruth buckled under pressure and came close to drinking.

Thanks to Scott for sending in the item above.

1968: On Dark Shadows, Barnabas (Jonathan Frid) went to Josette's (Kathryn Leigh Scott) grave and commanded her to listen to him. He told Josette he wanted her to return to him and then heard her sobbing voice. Josette told him that the dead must rest. Barnabas went to the Old House to wait for Josette in her room and continued to call for her to come to him. A figure in a white gown walked slowly through the cemetery, into the Old House, and upstairs into the bedroom where Barnabas was waiting. Barnabas was pleased to see her but Josette wanted to return to her grave. He refused to let her go back so she lifted her veil to show him what she had become in death. Barnabas was frightened and repulsed by her horribly disfigured face.

Today in Soap Opera History (February 15)

1967: Peyton Place's Allison famously cut her hair.
1980: AMC's Palmer toasted Nina on her 19th birthday.
1985: Santa Barbara's Kelly blew up a car.
2010: AMC's Greenlee revealed herself to be alive at her wedding.
"Whoever wishes to foresee the future must consult the past; for human events ever resemble those of preceding times. This arises from the fact that they are produced by men who ever have been, and ever shall be, animated by the same passions, and thus they necessarily have the same results."
― Machiavelli

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

On this date in...

1952: On Search for Tomorrow, Jim and Sam received photos of Keith kissing another woman. Louise told Joanne (Mary Stuart) that Irene (Bess Johnson) planned to destroy Joanne's reputation by leaking information of her affairs and shady business activities. Irene told Jim that she wanted to initiate divorce proceedings between Keith and Joanne, without either of them knowing.

1966: On Peyton Place, Mia Farrow shocked the nation, as well as the show's cast and crew when her charactter, Allison Mackenzie, cut her hair after emotional conversation with Russ Gehring (David Canary).

Today in Soap Opera History (February 14)

1986: AW's Felicia married Zane. 1991: GL's Beth and Phillip
were finally married. 2002: ATWT's Nancy felt her late
husband's presence in a special Valentine's Day episode.
2008: Singer Pat Benatar visited Y&R.
"Whoever wishes to foresee the future must consult the past; for human events ever resemble those of preceding times. This arises from the fact that they are produced by men who ever have been, and ever shall be, animated by the same passions, and thus they necessarily have the same results."
― Machiavelli

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

On this date in...

1967: On Peyton Place, Chris began a new journey, gunfire brought police to the Webber house, and Constance made plans with Edward.

1975: On Another World, Mackenzie Cory (Douglass Watson) married Rachel Davis Matthews Clark Frame (Victoria Wyndham) at Mac's New York City townhouse.

1977: Eric Roberts debuted in the role of Ted Bancroft on Another World. Ted was Brian's son and his first scene was with Brian and Mackenzie Cory. "You haven't changed a bit, sir," Ted said to Mac in his first line on the soap.

Today in Soap Opera History (February 13)

1981: General Hospital's Lesley had no shortage of admirers.
1985: Daniel confessed his love for Krystle on Dynasty.
1989: GL's Reva and Sonni walked across a suspension bridge.
2009: The wedding of All My Children's Reese and Bianca began.
"Whoever wishes to foresee the future must consult the past; for human events ever resemble those of preceding times. This arises from the fact that they are produced by men who ever have been, and ever shall be, animated by the same passions, and thus they necessarily have the same results."
― Machiavelli

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

On this date in...

1939: Virgina Payne joined the cast of radio soap opera The Carters of Elm Street as Ms. Carter. Payne was best known for her 27-year run as "Ma Perkins".

1974: Joseph Gallison debuted as Neil Curtis in Days of our Lives, a role he would play until 1991.

1976: On Another World, Robert Delaney (Nicolas Coster) marreid Iris Carrington (Beverlee McKinsey).

Today in Soap Opera History (February 12)

1968: Dark Shadows' Victoria arrived in the year 1795.
1986: Days of our Lives' Bo had a Britta flashback.
1993: General Hospital's Dominique fainted before her wedding.
1998: Port Charles' Serena bit Rex.
"Whoever wishes to foresee the future must consult the past; for human events ever resemble those of preceding times. This arises from the fact that they are produced by men who ever have been, and ever shall be, animated by the same passions, and thus they necessarily have the same results."
― Machiavelli

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

On this date in...

1965: On Another World, Pat Matthews (Susan Trustman) was found not guilty of murdering Tom Baxter (Nicholas Pryor) by reason of temporary insanity.

1968: On Dark Shadows, in the wake of a seance gone awry, Victoria Winters awoke in the year 1795, a time where each of the Collins ancestors resembled a present-day member of the Collins family, though the names and relationships had changed. A despondent Barnabas (Jonathan Frid) told Ben about Josette's death and questioned how he could face eternity without her. He vowed to end Angelique's curse -- that everyone Barnabas loved would die -- by admitting to his father Joshua and mother Naomi what he had become and letting them decide his fate. Going to Jeremiah's grave, Barnabas told his brother's spirit that he forgave him for marrying Josette and bemoaned their deaths. Cousin Millicent saw Barnabas in the cemetery and mistakenly thought he was back from England. Millicent told a shocked Joshua and Naomi that she wanted Barnabas to kill Lt. Nathan Forbes in a duel, finally admitting that Nathan deceived her about his marital status. As the episode ended, Joshua told Naomi that Abigail would represent the Collins family and testify against the imprisoned Vicky at her witchcraft trial. Naomi promised a fight.

'General Hopsital' Wins 2018 Writers Guild Award

ABC soap opera General Hospital beat out fellow Daytime Drama nominee, NBC's Days of our Lives, at the Writers Guild Awards on February 11.

Here's the winning GH team.

Head Writers: Shelly Altman, Jean Passanante; Writers: Anna Theresa Cascio, Suzanne Flynn, Charlotte Gibson, Lucky Gold, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Daniel James O'Connor, Dave Rupel, Katherine Schock, Scott Sickles, Christopher Van Etten, Christopher Whitesell

Check out the complete list of nominees and winners here.