"Mankind are so much the same, in all times and places, that history informs us of nothing new or strange in this particular. Its chief use is only to discover the constant and universal principles of human nature."
― David Hume
"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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1951: HAWKINS FALLS, a primetime dramedy in 1950 returned as 15-minute five-days-a-week daytime soap opera titled HAWKINS FALLS: A TELEVISION NOVEL.
|Don MacLaughlin and Helen Wagner pose|
for a photo in March 1956 as CBS prepared
to launch ABC.
ATWT became the top-rated daytime soap for much of the first two decades and ran more more than 54 years. CBS aired the final episode on September 17, 2010. The final line was, fittingly, "Goodnight."
|EON original cast members John Larkin|
and Don Hastings shoot a scene in 1959.
THE EDGE OF NIGHT moved to ABC in December 1975, when CBS expanded ATWT to one hour. The show ended its run on December 28, 1984.
1968: On The Doctors, Dr. Althea Davis (Elizabeth Hubbard) tried to discuss medical treatment with patient Lila Anderson (Kathleen Maguire), but was refused. "I care very much", said Althea. "I know that I can help you."
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1971: ABC aired the final episode of gothic soap opera DARK SHADOWS, which had premiered in 1966. The show, created by Dan Curtis, became a cult favorite among young viewers. Watch the final scene below:
|DALLAS cast members celebrate at a|
party thrown for them in May 1978
Cast that appeared in the first episode included Jim Davis, Barbara Bel Geddes, Larry Hagman, Linda Gray, Steve Kanaly, Ken Kercheval and Charlene Tilton. Watch the first and last scene below:
1979: On GUIDING LIGHT, Ross asked Roger about his relationship with Rita Bauer.
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1985: Julianne Moore debuted as Frannie Hughes in AS THE WORLD TURNS.
1990: On ANOTHER WORLD, Sharly (Anna Holbrook) asked Grant (Dack Rambo) to spend the night with her.
1999: Former daytime director Robert Myhrum (RYAN'S HOPE; THE SECRET STORM; LOVE OF LIFE) died at age 72.
2002: Former daytime soap writer Henry Slesar (THE EDGE OF NIGHT; SOMERSET; CAPITOL; SEARCH FOR TOMORROW) died at age 74.
2009: On GUIDING LIGHT, Colin was born.
Celebrating a birthday today are:
Amelia Marshall (ex-Liz, PASSIONS; ex-Belinda, ALL MY CHILDREN; ex-Gilly, GUIDING LIGHT) - 57
Christopher Meloni (Roman, TRUE BLOOD; ex-Chris, OZ) - 54
Clark Gregg (ex-Michael, THE WEST WING) - 53
Billy Dean (ONE LIFE TO LIVE) - 53
Renée Estevez (ex-Nancy, THE WEST WING) - 48
Brian Ceponis (James, BREAKING POINT) - 43
Roselyn Sanchez (ex-Pilar, AS THE WORLD TURNS) - 42
Adam Rodriguez (ex-Bobby, UGLY BETTY) - 40
Aiden Turner (ex-Aidan, ALL MY CHILDREN; ex-Iris, CROSSROADS; ex-EASTENDERS; ex-UNDRESSED) - 38
Jaime Ray Newman (ex-Kristina, GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 37
Bethany Joy Lenz (ex-Haley, ONE TREE HILL; ex-Michelle, GUIDING LIGHT) - 34
Ashley Peldon (ex-Marah, GUIDING LIGHT) - 31
Shawn Roberts (ex-Dean, DEGRASSI: THE NEXT GENERATION) - 31
Jesse Plemons (ex-Landry, FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS) - 27
Amy Castle (ex-Viki, PASSIONS; ex-Tara, GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 25
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