Today in Soap Opera History (July 31)

1984: Charles Shaughnessy debuted as Shane Donovan on Days 
of our Lives.   1990: Another World's Frankie and Cass married.
2003: Guiding Light's Ben Reade died.  2008: Molly Burnett made
her first appearance as Melanie on Days.
"History never looks like history when you are living through it."
― John W. Gardner

"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.

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1967: On Another World, Pat (Susan Trustman) admitted to Mary (Virginia Dwyer) that she had kissed Mike Bauer (Gary Pillar) in the park before he left Bay City.

1967: On Dark Shadows, Willie admitted to Barnabas (Jonathan Frid) he was trying to tell Victoria the truth about him.

'One Life to Live' Alum Brandon Buddy: "I Have Been Blessed With a Fresh Start"

Brandon Buddy
Former One Life to Live actor Brandon Buddy took to Twitter on Thursday to give an update about his life.

Buddy, who was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated in Texas in January and covered in scratches, wrote, "About 7 months ago I was breaths away from death and now I'm stronger than I've ever been!!!… I want to thank you all for your prayers!!!… Words cannot describe how sorry I am for all the broken promises, for letting you down and for the hurt that I might have caused!!!!… I have been blessed with a fresh start and understand the importance of it!!!....I was rescued from the pit of my hell not to better my life but to help others! Thank you all for your love and support. Talk to you soon!!”

Buddy plyaed Cole Thornhart on One Life to Live from 2006-2010.

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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 never looks like history when you are living through it."
― John W. Gardner

"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.

E! Picks Up 'Hollywood Teen Medium,' Produced by 'The Young and the Restless' Alum Michael Corbett

Michael Corbett
E! is bridging the gap from this realm to the next with the new series Hollywood Teen Medium (working title), and one of the executive producers is former soap opera star Michael Corbett (ex-David Kimble, The Young and the Restless; ex-Warren Carter, Search for Tomorrow; et al).

Following the life of 19-year old Tyler Henry, the series explores the world of this self-proclaimed clairvoyant medium as he balances his unique abilities with trying to be a regular teenager. Formerly of a small-town and now living in the big city, Tyler has quickly become one of Hollywood's top mediums, bringing messages from the heavens and profound visions to today's hottest stars. Hollywood Teen Medium (working title) is an eight-episode, hour-long series.

Lexi Ainsworth Returning to 'General Hospital' as Kristina

Lexi Ainsworth
Emmy-nominated actress Lexi Ainsworth is returning to ABC soap opera General Hospital as Kristina, Alexis and Sonny's daughter, according to Soap Opera Digest.

Ainsworth played Kristina from 2009-2011. Lindsey Morgan most recently played the role, last airing in early 2013. Kristina has been off-camera ever since, studying at Wesleyan.

Since leaving GH, Ainsworth has made appearances in series such as iZombie, Criminal Minds and Chosen.

Ainsworth will make her comeback at the end of August or early September.