FLASHBACK: 'Another World' The Story of Steven, Rachel & Alice (Part 14)

Victoria Wyndham and Stephen Bolster played
Rachel and Ted Clark.
ANOTHER WORLD: The Story of Steven, Rachel & Alice

The Soap Box
Vol. IV No. 7 July 1979
by Bryna Laub

(continued from Part 13)

One day Rachel called Steven at home, explaining a situation had arisen which required a parental judgment. Steven left Alice doing spring cleaning, saying only a business matter required his attention. While he was with Rachel, deciding whether Jamie should attend public or private school in September, Alice fell from a step stool while arranging a close and, in the hospital a few hours later, she lost the baby.

After the miscarriage her doctor warned her not to attempt another pregnancy for at least a year. This frightened Alice into suspecting she might never be able to have another child and she became depressed. Unaware of this underlying cause, Alice's doctor felt she was morbidly dwelling on her loss and she had too much time on her hands. He prescribed a return to work as a cure so she went back to nursing at the hospital.

As wary as Steven had previously been to tell Alice about his meetings with Rachel, he realized now they would be even more upsetting to her. So he continued to consult with Rachel in secret.

Today in Soap Opera History (September 3)

1951: Search for Tomorrow premiered. 1984: Kathleen McKinnon
arrived on Another World. 1985: Santa Barbara's Christie shot
and killed Steve. 2010: Reid faced an oncoming
train on As the World Turns.
"History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again."
― Maya Angelou

"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...

1945: On radio soap Portia Faces Life, Portia Blake (Lucille Wall) was confused at breakfast when Marie implied it was a "good" day.

1951: Search for Tomorrow premiered on CBS. Created by Roy Winsor, Search for Tomorrow starred Mary Stuart as Joanne Barron for its entire 35-year run. The show was moved from CBS to NBC on March 29, 1982. It continued on NBC until the final episode aired on December 26, 1986.

'Oprah: Where Are They Now?' Season 7 Will Feature Lisa Rinna, Danny Pintauro, Debbi Morgan

Lisa Rinna, Danny Pintauro, Debbi Morgan
OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network will premiere an all-new season of Oprah: Where Are They Now? Saturday, September 19 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT with award-winning Selma actor David Oyelowo and former Oprah show guest Ashley Smith, who was held hostage by courthouse shooter Brian Nichols 10 years ago. Days of our Lives alum Lisa Rinna will also be featured. As the World Turns child actor Danny Pintauro and All My Children star Debbi Morgan appear in following weeks.

Blow is the schedule for the first five episodes of the new season:

Saturday, September 19 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT
Oprah sits down former Oprah show guest Ashley Smith and actor David Oyelowo (Selma), star of new thriller Captive based on Smith’s miraculous story of survival. Celebrity updates include “Real Housewives” star Lisa Rinna (Billie Reed on Days of our Lives) and actress Debi Mazar, plus one of the women widowed by the 9/11 attacks.

'Days of our Lives' Stars Coming to Boston for Dual Coast Event on October 17

Eric Martsolf, Robert Scott Wilson, Freddie Smith, Galen Gering and
Christopher Sean.
Celebrate 50 years of Days of our Lives with Dual Coast Events in Boston on October 17. There will be three events: a photo shoot, mixer and cocktail party. The following Days actors currently scheduled to appear:

* Eric Martsolf (Brady)
* Robert Scott Wilson (Ben)
* Freddie Smith (Sonny)
* Galen Gering (Rafe)
* Christopher Sean (Paul)

A special room rate of $169.00 has been set up at Four Points by Sheraton Wakefield Boston Hotel. Only 75 full packages and 25 VIP Packages will be sold. Novelties will also be available for purchase.

For more information, please go to dualcoastevents.com.

Soap Opera Writers Being Bullied Into Signing Waivers Cutting Pay and Scripts?

According to a story on Deadline.com, more and more soap opera writers are being “bullied” by producers into requesting waivers from the WGA to take pay cuts. Deadline sites guild sources, one of whom described it as a “particularly insidious” problem that’s “cropping up regularly on daytime TV.” The guild has been powerless to do anything about it because the writers are afraid that they’ll lose their jobs if they speak up.

WGA sources say that veteran CBS soaps The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless are the ones the guild has received the most complaints about. The guild’s contract requires a show’s soap writers to be given one assignment a week, but writers can ask for a waiver to cut back on the workload if they have a legitimate reason, such as illness or a family emergency.

Some producers allegedly have been gaming the system by bullying less-favored writers into asking the guild for waivers to reduce their assignments by one or more a month, even though they actually want to continue working full time. Sources say that some writers have been forced to give up a script or two a month so that an actor or a line producer can write a show or so a new writer can be brought in at no extra cost.

NEWS: Finola Hughes, Kesha, Martha Byrne, Hulu, Apple, Dark Matter, Killjoys, Empire

Finola Hughes
Finola Hughes return to General Hospital today as Anna Devane
"I’ve got some great stuff to do," Hughes reveals to Soap Opera Digest. I’ve only just started to get back into Anna’s skin a little bit, but I’ve missed telling stories. I can’t wait to be back, I really can’t. I’m really looking forward to it.” She said she didn't know the long-term plan for the character, reporting, "Frank [Valentini, executive poducer] gave me a call and said, ‘This is what’s happening initially,’ and that’s all I know. Literally, I just jump back on the bike and I don’t know what’s around the corner, to use two metaphors [laughs]. I need a job, I need somewhere to live and I need a relationship, in that order.”

Redoubling its challenge to Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, Hulu is finally offering an ad-free version of its Internet movie and television streaming service
On Wednesday, the big-studio-backed Hulu announced that users can now watch movies and shows without commercials for $11.99 a month.

Pop star Kesha to guest on Jane the Virgin
Kesha makes her debut in Episode 2 as Annabelle, a rocker who moves next door to Jane and isn’t exactly a “baby person,” the network announced on Monday.

Apple eyes move into original programming
The scale of Apple’s ambitions vary depending on whom is asked, but one high-level executive said the goal is to create development and production divisions that would churn out long-form content to stream in a bid to compete with Netflix. Apple is hoping to put a headhunting firm on those hires in the coming months, according to source, with the goal of being in operation next year. Unknown is whether the focus is on TV series, movies — or both. Other sources described the company’s exploration as more of a flirtation.

As the World Turns star Martha Byrne to appear at Miama
Byrne, who stars in and produces the web series Anacostia and Weight, will be the special celebrity guest at Miami Web Fest presenting the Best in Festival at the Awards show on Sunday October 4, as well as receiving a special award from the festival.

Syfy gives second seasons to Dark Matter, Killjoys
Both dramas premiered earlier this summer and aired on Fridays, faring decently in same-day numbers by the night’s low-bar standards.

Empire Season 1 marathon airing on Labor Day
Fox announced Tuesday that the entire first season of Empire will air Monday starting at noon ET/PT. It will run through 11 p.m. ET/PT.