Today in Soap Opera History (May 28)

1974: The first Daytime Emmys ceremony was held in New York.
1980: All My Children's Benny tried to get Estelle help.
1990: General Hospital's Shep Casey looked familiar to Anna.
2013: The Young and the Restless aired a special Jeanne
Cooper episode.
"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...

1968: On The Doctors, Liz (Pamela Toll) reassured Penny (Jami Fields) when they talked about feeling different.

1970: On Dark Shadows, Maggie Collins was trying to preserve her marriage to Quentin (David Selby) unaware his first wife, Angelique, had been brought back from the dead, murdered her twin, Alexis, and assumed her identity in Collinwood to get Quentin back. After he found Maggie reading love letters he wrote to Angelique, Quentin became angry and told the family to cancel the following night's masquerade ball. Barnabas (Jonathan Frid) remained suspicious of "Alexis" when she feigned sympathy over Maggie and Quentin's strained union. After Liz convinced Quentin to continue with the party, "Alexis" and her scheming servant, Hoffman, helped Maggie choose a period dress. Maggie didn't realize that it was Angelique's favorite gown until Quentin saw it on her at the gala and stormed off as "Alexis" savored her moment of triumph.

Soap of the Week Poll Results (May 18-22, 2015)

Days of our Lives was voted favorite soap opera of the week.
The results are in from the We Love Soaps "Soap of the Week" poll for May 18-22, 2015. NBC's Days of our Lives was voted favorite soap opera by our readers for the 16th in a row.

ABC's General Hospital was second followed by CBS' The Bold and the Beautiful.

The Favorite Couple again this week was Days of our Lives' John & Marlena. Days' Drake Hogestyn (John) and Days of our Lives' Deidre Hall (Marlena) repeated as Favorite Actor and Favorite Actress.

Check out the complete show ranking below as well as the favorite couples, actors and actresses.

1Days of our Lives (NBC)1267
2General Hospital (NBC)2187
3The Bold and the Beautiful (CBS)477
4The Young and the Restless (CBS)3133

'Days of our Lives' Actress Patsy Pease Joins 'The Bay'

Soap veteran Patsy Pease has joined the cast of the Emmy-winning web series The Bay. Set to appear with her Days of our Lives on-screen sister Mary Beth Evans (The Bay's Sara Garrett), Pease makes her appearance in the upcoming fourth season. Widely recognized for her iconic role on Days as Kimberly Brady Donavan, Pease will take on the role of Lola. Viewers can expect an eye-opening revelation when Lola and Sara cross paths in a dangerously confining situation.

When asked about casting Pease for the edgy role, creator, writer and director Gregori J. Martin stated, “Patsy is a very strong actress and will fit in perfectly with our stellar cast.”

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'Twin Peaks' Will Return With 18 Episodes, Angelo Badalamenti Composing All New Music
During the Twin Peaks panel at Crypticon in Seattle, Sherilyn Fenn and Sheryl Lee revealed two big pieces of news: there will be eighteen new episodes of Twin Peaks, all directed by David Lynch, and his longtime collaborator Angelo Badalamenti would be composing all new music. Yep, we'll take a slice of cherry pie to go with that. This effectively doubles the nine episodes that were announced when the Showtime deal was first revealed, and suggests this will be more than just your standard waltz through the past.

Dylan Bruce Joins NBC’s 'Heroes Reborn'
On the heels of the shocker involving his character on Orphan Black, Dylan Bruce (ex-Chris, As the World Turns) has been tapped for a recurring role in NBC’s upcoming event series Heroes Reborn.

Randy Mantooth of 'Emergency!' and 'Loving' Looks Back and Forges Ahead
"I'm in the middle of a normal routine of being on the road talking to firefighters and paramedics. I have also been writing screenplays and I will probably be doing a play at Jeff Daniels' Purple Rose Theater here in New York sometime next year."

Oprah Winfrey, BeyoncĂ©, Ellen DeGeneres Join List of World’s Most Powerful Women
Eleven entertainers made Forbes’ 2015 list of The World’s Most Powerful Women, with Oprah Winfrey leading the pack at #12. The television titan is this year’s “top ranking billionaire,” with a net worth of $3 billion.

Trailing behind is Beyoncé at #21, while Conde Nast artistic director Anna Wintour ranked highest in the media sector at No. 28.

'As the World Turns' alum Trent Dawson set to star in Harold Pinter's 'The Homecoming'
"The Homecoming" comes to Los Angeles for the first time in over a decade from May 30 - July 26.

Set in 1960's North London, Teddy (Dawson, who played Henry on ATWT) returns home to introduce his wife of six years to the family: his father Max, a retired butcher; his Uncle Sam, a chauffeur; his younger brother Lenny, who appears to be a pimp; and his youngest brother Joey, a boxer who works in demolition. But things don't go exactly as planned...

Bradley Cooper was ‘nervous’ for early on-screen kiss
About his beginning days, he told Page Six: “My earliest screen test was for All My Children or One Life To Live or whatever they called Kelly Ripa’s soap opera.

“Who knows what they tried to turn me into? I remember most they kept blow-drying my hair. I was maybe 25. My action was kissing a girl. Ohhh, I was so nervous.”

Sen. Bernie Sanders officially launches campaign for President of the United States
"Politics in a Democratic society should not be treated as if it were a baseball game, a game show or a soap opera," Sanders said.

Jennifer Aniston: Shut Your Trap, Dad!
Jennifer Aniston's father John Aniston (Victor, Days of our Lives) told a family dinner, including Jen: “If it wasn’t for me, Jenny wouldn’t have a movie career today!”

Confides my Aniston insider: “Jen exploded, screaming, ‘You think I owe you my career because you did a favor to someone and gave me one lousy script? Let it go – stop taking credit!’ Then she stormed out as John hung his head!”

For the record, the story’s TRUE – John did give Jen a script written in the mid-’90s by a fellow Days actress, which got made into big-screen rom-com Picture Perfect, Jen’s breakout movie role.

“John’s proud he helped her to movie stardom,” said the source, “but she’s had it with him throwing it in her face. She called Daddy next day and made him vow to NEVER take credit again. John reluctantly agreed.”

Jean Slater returning to 'EastEnders'
Gillian Wright, who played Stacey Slater's mother Jean for eight years before quitting the BBC One soap in 2013, is set to reprise her role for her character's upcoming wedding to boyfriend Ollie Walters.

The 'Coronation Street' script for Deirdre Barlow's funeral is 'really magnificent'
Writer and producer Stuart Blackburn said that he has seen the scripts for the upcoming episodes and was very pleased with what he saw.

“The scripts are magnificent, really magnificent and yes, it’s kind of upsetting experience for all of us for obvious reasons but I think it’s a really fitting tribute to Deirdre,” Stuart said at a recent Coronation Street press conference.

Actress Anne Kirkbride, who played the long-standing character for 42 years, died in January from cancer. Stuart said that her family had been consulted closely on the storyline.

It was revealed earlier this week that Dierdre will be haunt the Rovers Return pub and other Coronation Street residents after they learn of her sudden death.

Newlyweds Steven and Michelle will get a fright when the doors of the Rover Return bust open suddenly as they are talking about her.

Did your favorite TV show get canceled? Here are 7 reasons it might have.
There are a bunch of reasons your show might have been canceled, but these seven are the most likely. No. 1: It was a flop.

Former 'One Life to Live' and 'Days of our Lives' actress Farah Fath joins cast of 'Murder She Baked'
On Instagram, newlywed Farah Fath (ex-Mimi, Days; ex-Gigi, OLTL) who just married Phil Galfond on May 15, revealed that she is heading north to work with Alison Sweeney (ex-Sami, Days). "Last night at our beautiful new house in vegas, then i gotta head to vancouver for a lil job with @alisweeney woo woo,” she posted, along with this photo. Sweeney is toiling on the second installment of Murder She Baked for Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, which will air in December.

Today in Soap Opera History (May 27)

1968: Dark Shadows' Carolyn fainted in the woods.  1993: Tad's
family was confused that he seemed to be in two places at once
on All My Children. 1994: B.J.'s memorial service on General
 1999: Another World's Joe made a stunning revelation.
"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...

1940: Radio soap opera Lone Journey, sometimes billed as "the distinguished American radio novel," debuted on NBC radio. Sandra Michael wrote the show in collaboration with her brother, Peter. The Montana setting was a place she had lived and the show was based on real people and incidents.

1968: On Dark Shadows, Carolyn Stoddard (Nancy Barrett) tried to break free from Adam (Robert Rodan) in the woods but fainted. A crying Adam picked up her body and carried her off.

'The Young and the Restless' Star Kristoff St. John Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit Over Son's Suicide

Kristoff St. John talked about the lawsuit Tuesday on ET.
Emmy winner Kristoff St. John, who’s best known to soap opera fans as Neil Winters on The Young and the Restless, has filed a lawsuit against the owner of a mental health facility, claiming that his son Julian died as a result of “widespread and pervasive” negligence on the facility’s part.

The lawsuit, filed by St. John and his ex-wife Mia, claims that the November suicide of Julian would have been prevented had staff members at La Casa Mental Health Rehabilitation Center in Long Beach, California, acted “with even the slightest regard for Julian’s safety.”

The claim is filed against La Casa’s parent company, Telecare Corporation.

According to the complaint, Julian who suffered from schizophrenia, was supposed to be on suicide at the time of his death, and was supposed to be checked on every fifteen minutes, but that staff hadn’t checked on the 24-year-old for nearly an hour before he was found in a bathroom of the facility with a bag over his head.