John Conboy Dead at 83

John Conboy, an executive producer known for his work on soap operas The Young and the Restless, Santa Barbara, Guiding Light and Capitol, died Friday in Palm Desert, California. He was 83.

Conboy won four Daytime Emmy Awards for his work on the soap operas: his first for The ABC Afternoon Playbreak, two for The Young and the Restless and one for Santa Barbara.

After beginning his television career as an actor, he made the switch to producing in 1970 on Love is a Many Splendored Thing. He then moved to The Young and the Restless in 1973, winning Emmys in 1975 and 1983 for outstanding daytime drama. In 1982, he left the show to executive produce Capitol, which ran for five years.

Conboy went on to executive produce Santa Barbara, winning his fourth Emmy in 1990 for daytime drama. He returned to CBS to produce Guiding Light.

Today in Soap Opera History (January 23)

1970: The Doctors' Julie stirred up trouble at Hope Memorial.
1976: Ryan's Hope's Faith realized what Kenneth was up to.
1981: Another World's Mac pleaded with Mitch for help.
2006: General Hospital's Bobbie threatened Tracy.
"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.

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1939: Time magazine published a story about radio soap creators, Frank and Anne Hummert, explaining their prolific serial production operation (Blackett-Sample-Hummert Inc.). "By hiring dialogue writers, and not creators, the Hummerts save lots of money. Most serial writers in radio command $200 to $400 a week. For The Goldbergs, Gertrude Berg gets about $2,000. The Hummerts pay a minimum $25 per 15-minute script. Since most Hummert ghosts are glad to add caviar to bread-&-butter from other jobs, they have seldom squawked." Read the entire article here.

1968: On Another World, Mitchell Dru (Geoffrey Lumb, who also played the character on both As the World Turns and The Brighter Day) advised Alice Matthews (Jacqueline Courtney) not to conjure up trouble between her brother, Russ (Sam Groom), and his new wife, Rachel (Robin Strasser).

1970: On The Doctors, when Julie Forrest (Ginger Gerlach) helped nurse Amanda Buckley (Esther Benson) break into a lock box at the hospital, they found a coded list of illegal abortions.

Genie Francis Taken Off Contract at 'General Hospital'

ABC daytime soap opera General Hospital has decided not to renew the contract of actress Genie Francis, according to Daytime Confidential.

Francis debuted on General Hospital as Laura back in 1977. After creating the most famous couple in soap opera history, opposite Anthony Geary's Luke, she exited in 1982. She reprised the role in 1983 and 1984 before returning full-time in 1993. She left again in 2002 and visited in 2006, 2008 and 2013, then went back on contract in 2015.

Francis will only make her way back to Port Charles if the story and timing were ideal, her agent Arthur Toretzky tells EW.

"She did not want to leave the show as a series regular," Toretzky added. "It was not her choice to leave."

Francis tweeted a thank you message after receiving an outpouring of fan support.

"I would like to thank all my wonderful fans for their support," she wrote. "It has made me feel so much better."


Today in Soap Opera History (January 22)

1980: ATWT''s Jay tried to calm Carol outside the Wade Bookstore
fire.  1986: Dynasty's Krystle battled her look-a-like. 1986: GH's
Frisco worked on the Brownstone murder. 1993: Alison
Sweeney debuted as Sami on Days of our Lives.
"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...

1958: On The Edge of Night, Toni Fescina was kidnapped by one of Sgt. Fitzsimmons' (Frank Sutton) goons.

1975: On The Doctors, Dr. Karen Werner (Laryssa Lauret) fantasized about living with Erich (Keith Blanchard) in Germany.

Today in Soap Opera History (January 21)

1980: As the World Turns' Wade Bookstore caught on fire.
1988: Another World's Mary and Jason were caught in an explosion.
1988: General Hospital's Anna was held hostage.
1997: Sunset Beach's Annie held a gun on Ben.
"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, an argument between John and Lee led to a devastating car crash.

1967: Actress Ann Sheridan died at age 51. She played Kathryn Corning in Another World.

Today in Soap Opera History (January 20)

1976: Pat wanted to stop seeing Faith on Ryan's Hope.
1981: Guiding Light's Jennifer made a courtroom confession.
1986: Santa Barbara's Mason was shocked his father was well.
1995: General Hospital's Monica met 11-year-old Emily.
"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...

1936: Radio soap opera Dan Harding's Wife premiered. It ran until on NBC Radio until February 10, 1939. Isabel Randolph starred as Rhoda Harding.

1958: On The Edge of Night, Roy Benson called Fitzsimmons to tell him trouble was brewing.

1967: On Another World, Liz (Audra Lindley) encouraged Danny to take Missy and split, even though she couldn't get Fred to help her unlock the trust fund.