Today in Soap Opera History (July 30)

1984: Guiding Light's Reva Shayne declared herself "The
Slut of Springfield" in the country cub fountain after getting
 fed up with Josh's mistreatment of her.
"History is a gallery of pictures in which there are few originals and many copies."
- Alexis de Tocqueville

"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...

1957: NBC Radio aired the final episode of Hilltop House. The show had run on and off since November 1, 1937.

1968: On Dark Shadows, after trying and failing to kill Barnabas (Jonathan Frid), Cassandra (Lara Parker) continued to age rapidly, thanks to Nicholas.

1984: Daytime soap opera Santa Barbara premiered on NBC.
1984: Daytime soap opera Santa Barbara, created by Bridget and Jerome Dobson, premiered on NBC. In the first episode, Joe Perkins (Dane Witherspoon), who had always claimed his innocence, was released from prison after spending five years in jail for the murder of Channing Capwell, Jr.; Joe headed toward Santa Barbara with the intention of clearing his name; Kelly (Robin Wright), Joe's former girlfriend, celebrated her engagement to Peter (Stephen Meadows); a mystery woman tried to keep Joe from reaching his home town; Minx Lockridge (Dame Judith Anderson) attempted to have C.C. Capwell (Peter Mark Richman) arrested on bogus charges; Ted (Todd McKee) brought Laken (Julie Ronnie) to his sister's party; and Santana (Ava Lazar) wanted revenge against Joe.

'Under The Dome' & 'Extant' Score Big Live+7-Day Playback Lift for the Week of July 7

The premiere episode of Extant was the week's most-watched program, while the second episode of Under The Dome was the week’s highest-rated program in adults 18-49 and adult 25-54, according to Nielsen Live +7-day ratings for the week of July 7.

Extant (P) added +2.99m viewers (12.57m from 9.58m, +31%), +0.8 rating points in adults 18-49 (2.4 from 1.6, +50%) and +1.0 rating points in adults 25-54 (3.4 from 2.4, +42%) live plus 7-day lift from live plus same day on Wednesday, July 9. Extant was the week's top program in viewers.

Under The Dome added +4.38m viewers (12.08m from 7.70m, +57%), and +1.2 in adults 18-49 (2.9 from 1.7, +71%) and +1.6 rating points in adults 25-54 (3.9 from 2.3, +70%) live plus7-day lift from live plus same day on Monday, July 7. Under The Dome was the week's top program in adults 25-54 and adults 18-49 and posted the week's top lift in viewers, adults 25-54 and adults 18-49.

Syfy's '12 Monkeys' to Commence Series Production in Toronto, Tom Noonan & Emily Hampshire Will Recur

Syfy's adventure thriller, 12 Monkeys will commence series production August 6 in Toronto, Canada. The season, consisting of 13 episodes, stars Aaron Stanford (as time-traveler Cole), Amanda Schull (Dr. Cassandra Railly), Kirk Acevedo (Ramse) and Noah Bean (Aaron Marker).

Syfy also confirms additional casting, inking Tom Noonan (Damages, Hell on Wheels) and Emily Hampshire (Rookie Blue) for recurring roles.

Noonan portrays a mysterious villain who is the face of the enigmatic Army of the 12 Monkeys. Imposing and intelligent, Noonan's character will be at the center of the conspiracy. A Yale alumnus and former professor, Noonan is known for his edgy roles, most notably as the "Tooth Fairy" serial killer in the popular Michael Mann film, Manhunter. Noonan is represented by Vanguard Management and AKA Talent Agency.

Today in Soap Opera History (July 29)

1966: Days of our Lives' Susan was unhappy to be pregnant.
1994: All My Children's Brooke slapped Adam. 2008: Passions'
"Gertrude" was on Ethan's mind at his wedding.  2011: Hollyoaks'
Brendan confessed his love for Ste.
"History is a gallery of pictures in which there are few originals and many copies."
- Alexis de Tocqueville

"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 Days of our Lives, Dr. Tom Horton (Macdonald Carey) confirmed to Susan (Denise Alexander) that she was pregnant. A distraught Susan told Tom she was going to give the baby up for adoption the day it was born.

'Fix It & Finish It' Premieres September 8, Stars Antonio Sabato Jr.


Bellum Entertainment and Raycom Media have partnered on the production of Fix It & Finish It with Antonio Sabato Jr., which will be executive produced by Scott Sternberg. Sabato has starred on General Hospital, The Bold and the Beautiful and recently appeared on Castle. The companies also partnered on Flip My Food with Chef Jeff Henderson.

'Switched at Birth' Preview: It Isn't What You Think

Photo Credit: ABC Family.
Rattled by surprising news, Bay makes an effort to be friends with Tank in an all-new episode of Switched at Birth, airing Monday, July 28 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC Family.

When Bay offers to be moral support for Tank (guest star Max Adler, Glee) as he meets his father (guest star Jim O'Heir, Parks and Recreation) for dinner, she finds that she may have bitten off more than she can chew. Toby continues to stir things up with Lily (guest star Rachel Shenton, Hollyoaks), yet a conflict regarding a make-up test for Sharee raises unwanted confrontation between the two.

Meanwhile, Daphne and Travis make life-changing decisions when they find out their admission results from Gallaudet University.

Watch a sneak peek video below:

Today in Soap Opera History (July 28)

1975: Another World's Iris took a bottle of pills. 1995: Days
of our Lives' Sami fainted at Austin and Carrie's wedding.
1997: An ultrasound couldn't find Kevin and Lucy's baby's
heartbeat on Port Charles. 2010: As the World Turns'
Barbara had a clown vision of James.
"History is a gallery of pictures in which there are few originals and many copies."
- Alexis de Tocqueville

"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...

1975: On Another World, Iris (Beverlee McKinsey) downed a bottle of sleeping pills. After taking the pills Iris said to herself, "Daddy... oh, Daddy... everything is going to be all right now... Daddy."

1986: On Ryan's Hope, Rick (Grant Show) revealed to Ryan (Yasmine Bleeth) he had been working undercover after Frank was shot.

Indie Series of the Week Poll (July 20-26, 2014)

In last week's "Indie Series of the Week" poll, Proper Manors was voted favorite web series for second week in a row. It's now time to catch up on all the new episodes and vote for your favorite series in this week's poll.

You can also cast a vote for your favorite actor, actress and web series couple/duo. Voting ends Wednesday, July 29 at 4 p.m. ET (one vote per person per day).



Web series that aired one or more new episodes from July 20-26, 2014 are eligible. If an indie series aired this week and is not on the list, cast your vote as "Other" and write in your choice.

Watch this week's indie series below:
- It Could Be Worse Season 2 Episode 2 "Straight Offer"
- Lungs Episode 20 "The Fall" (season finale)
- Misdirected Season 2 Episode 9 "A is for...."
- Pairings Season 2 Episode 5 "Searing"
- Pride Episode 7 (season finale)
- Re-Casting Kyle Episode 7 "Fat Chicks and Crazy Chicks"
- The Room Episode 3
- Somewhere in Palm Springs Episode 5 "Twenty Questions"
- Til Lease Do Us Part Episode 5
- We Are Angels Episode 15 "Miranda's Poem"
- The White Folks Episode 7