Today in Soap Opera History (January 13)

1989: The Ryan's Hope finale aired on ABC. 2013: The
broadcast TV finale of One Life to Live aired on ABC.
"The present contains nothing more than the past, and what is found in the effect is already in the cause."
― Henri Louis Bergson

"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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1958: On The Edge of Night, Capt. Bill Marceau (Mandel Kramer) took McGinnis and Lowrey in for questioning.

1969: Joel Crothers aired for the final time on Dark Shadows. He played Joe Haskell and Nathan Forbes on the show.

1975: On Another World, after Rachel (Victoria Wyndham) accepted Mac's (Douglass Watson) marriage proposal at Iris' (Beverlee McKinsey) party, Liz broke away sobbing. Mac asked the guests to toast the future Mrs. Cory but Iris took the glass out of his hand and said, "No, Daddy... not in my house."

1978: One Life to Live and General Hospital each aired their final 45 minute episodes before expanding from 45 to 60 minutes per day on January 16.

1986: On Santa Barbara, C.C. Capwell (Jed Allan) stopped Gina DeMott (Robin Mattson) from injecting him.

1988: On The Young and the Restless, Cricket (Lauralee Bell) introduced Phillip Chancellor (Thom Bierdz) to her mother, Jessica Blair (Rebecca Street).

1989: ABC aired the final episode of daytime soap opera Ryan's Hope. Maeve Ryan (Helen Gallagher) sang "Danny Boy" with the cast as the series ended.

1992: NBC aired the 7,000th episode of Another World.

1992: On Santa Barbara, Mason Capwell (Gordon Thomson) proposed to Julia Wainwright (Nancy Lee Grahn).

1997: On Another World, Ghost Ryan (Pual Michael Valley) desperately tried to tell Jake (Tom Eplin) that Cindy (Kim Rhodes) was attempting to steal his coat.

Thanks to Jennifer for sending in the item above.

2009: Hollyoaks began a story about bisexuality as Kris Fisher (Gerard McCarthy) and Ravi Roy (Stephen Uppal) started their affair. This development would lead first to a secret love triangle, then later an open relationship, with Nancy Hayton (Jessica Fox), the woman each man was also falling in love with.

Thanks to FoxCrane for sending in the item above.

2012: The broadcast television finale of One Life to Live aired on ABC.

One Life to Live returned for one season as a web series in 2013 on Prospect Park's The OnLine Network via Hulu, HuluPlus and iTunes.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Sharon Gabet
Jon Cypher (ex-Arthur, Santa Barbara; ex-Jeff, Knots Landing; ex-Driscoll, Our Five Daughters) - 84
Rip Taylor (ex-Sydney, Santa Barbara) - 81
Helen Carey (ex-Eva, One Life to Live) - 72
James Carroll Jordan (ex-Steve, Days of our Lives) - 66
Sharon Gabet (ex-Raven, The Edge of Night; ex-Brittany, Another World; ex-Melinda, One Life to Live) - 64
Sonia Petrovna (ex-Renatta, Search for Tomorrow; ex-Martine, The Edge of Night) - 64
Janet Hubert (ex-Alice, All My Children; ex-Mrs. Williamson) - 60
Trace Adkins (Guest Star, The Young and the Restless) - 54
Penelope Ann Miller (Elizabeth, Mistresses) - 52
Patrick Dempsey (Derek, Grey's Anatomy) - 50
Shonda Rhimes (Creator, Grey's Anatomy; Private Practice; Scandal; Executive Producer, How to Get Away with Murder) - 46
Terry Stone (ex-Mick, EastEnders) - 45
Brianne Moncrief (ex-Samantha, Gotham; ex-Colby, All My Children) - 33
Julian Morris (Prince Phillip, Once Upon A Time; Wren, Pretty Little Liars) - 33
Beau Mirchoff (Matty, Awkward; ex-Danny, Desperate Housewives) - 27
Liam Hemsworth (ex-Josh, Neighbours) - 26

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1 comment:

  1. Jon was also on GH as Max during the ice princess story