Today in Soap Opera History (March 27)

1953: Search for Tomorrow's Jo tried to help a mystery patient.
1979: Ryan's Hope's Rae wanted to make Frank jealous.
1989: Daytime soap opera Generations premiered on NBC.
2001: Passions aired a Jerry Springer parody.
"All true histories contain instruction; though, in some, the treasure may be hard to find, and when found, so trivial in quantity that the dry, shrivelled kernel scarcely compensates for the trouble of cracking the nut."
― Anne Brontë in "Agnes Grey"

"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: Primetime radio soap opera Those We Love was canceled and taken off the air by NBC's Blue Network. It was the story of the Marshall family of Westbridge, Connecticut, and featured Universal starlet Nan Grey. It was canceled so abruptly the story was left in limbo which outraged fans. They responded with a flood of vitriolic mail to NBC, to Ponds Cream, and to such trade journals as Radio Guide. Some suggested boycotting the sponsor; interest was aroused by a "code of rights," to force networks and sponsors to keep faith with the audience; some listeners proposed to appeal to the Federal Communications Commission.

'General Hospital' Spoilers (March 27-31, 2017)

"I have waited long enough, and I really can't wait another minute," Lucy
tells Sonny and Carly.
What's happening on ABC soap opera General Hospital during the week of March 27-31, 2017? Check out the day-to-day spoilers and a sneak peek video below to find out.

Monday, March 27
Laura pumps Sonny for information; Jason questions the welfare of his child; Lucy goes on the attack.

'Days of our Lives' Spoilers (March 27-31, 2017)

Steve gives Tripp a warm welcome to the family, but how much
will he reveal about Ava's death?
What's happening on NBC soap opera Days of our Lives during the week of March 27-31, 2017? Check out the day-to-day spoilers and a sneak peek video below to find out.

Monday, March 27
Jade's manipulation of Joey takes a bad turn; Brady seeks out Marlena's professional advice regarding the situation with Nicole; Steve and Tripp have a paternity test to see if Steve is indeed his father; Dario makes a big confession to Abigail.

'The Young and the Restless' Spoilers (March 27-31, 2017)

A startling discovery reveals that Adam's death may not have been an accident.
What's happening on CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless during the week of March 27-31, 2017? Check out the day-to-day spoilers and a sneak peek video below to find out.

Monday, March 27
Nick and Chelsea question Chloe about the night Adam died; Victor has an assignment for Scott; Victoria challenges Abby.

Today in Soap Opera History (March 26)

1973: Barbara looked for her husband on the first episode of
The Young and the Restless. 1982: Capitol premiered in a
primetime special. 1990: General Hospital's Casey met Robin.
1997: The City's Ally learned truth about Carla's baby.
"All true histories contain instruction; though, in some, the treasure may be hard to find, and when found, so trivial in quantity that the dry, shrivelled kernel scarcely compensates for the trouble of cracking the nut."
― Anne Brontë in "Agnes Grey"

"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 Another World, Ada (Constance Ford) mentioned having been married to “Lou”, which was probably the original name for the character of Gerald Davis, Rachel's father.

1968: The first episode of Dark Shadows that was directed by Dan Curtis aired. Nathan told Naomi that Barnabas was the Strangler.

1973: The Young and the Restless, created by William J. Bell and Lee Phillip Bell, premiered on CBS.

Jean Rouverol Dead at 100

Jean Rouverol wrote for daytime soap operas Bright Promise, Guiding Light,
As the World Turns and Search for Tomorrow during her career.
Jean Rouverol, an actress and former soap opera writer blacklisted in Hollywood during the 1950s, died Friday, March 24 in a nursing home in Wingdale, New York. She was 100.

Rouverol and her husband, screenwriter Hugo Butler, fled to Mexico during the 1950s following a subpoena to appear before the House Committee on Un-American Activities. The couple had joined the American Communist Party during the 1940s.

While living in exile with their four children, the couple collaborated on screenplays using pseudonyms and fronts that were then sold to Hollywood studios. Films they wrote together included the 1956 Joan Crawford drama Autumn Leaves, credited to colleague Jack Jevne, and the 1963 film, Face in the Rain, directed by Irvin Kershner. While in Mexico the couple had two more children.

They returned to the U.S. in 1964. Following Butler’s death in 1968, Rouverol wrote for television.