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 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...

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.

Soap of the Week Poll Results (July 21-25, 2014)

B&B was voted favorite soap of the week.
The results are in from the We Love Soaps "Soap of the Week" poll for July 21-25, 2014. CBS' The Bold and the Beautiful was voted favorite soap opera of our readers for the week.

NBC's Days of our Lives was second followed by ABC's General Hospital.

The Favorite Couple this week was The Bold and the Beautiful's Brooke & Bill. B&B's Don Diamont and Days' Alison Sweeney were voted Favorite Actor and Favorite Actress.

Check out the complete list of shows below as well as the favorite couples, actors and actresses.

RANKSHOWLAST WEEKTOP 3
1The Bold and the Beautiful (CBS)163
2Days of our Lives (NBC)2226
3General Hospital (ABC)3147
4The Young and the Restless (CBS)499

'The Bold and the Beautiful' Announces Live Stage Show in the Netherlands

Actors from The Bold and the Beautiful will appear in a live stage show in the Netherlands on October 3rd and 4th, it was announced today. This special meeting between fans and cast members will be the Official 2014 B&B Fan Show and will take place in a community just outside the Dutch capital of Amsterdam (Utrecht) at Theater Vredenburg Leidsche Rijn.

Participating actors include Scott Clifton (Liam Spencer), Thorsten Kaye (Ridge Forrester), Kim Matula (Hope Logan) and Heather Tom (Katie Logan). Fans will get a unique peek into the behind-the-scenes world of the three-time Emmy® award-winning daytime drama, and a deep dive into the turbulent lives of the characters. The show will feature interaction between fans and the cast, including the chance to ask questions as well as revelations about the actors’ private lives and projects outside of the series.

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.