Today in Soap Opera History (March 30)

1970: A World Apart and The Best of Everything premiered on ABC.
1970: Another World spinoff Somerset premiered on NBC.
1970: Dark Shadows' Maggie found a mysterious note.
"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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1970: Daytime soap opera A World Apart, created by Irna Phillips' daughter, Katherine Phillips, premiered on ABC. Susan Sarandon starred as Patrice Kahlman.

TELENOVELA WATCH: 'Amores con Trampa' Premieres Tonight on Univision

Amores con Trampa premieres March 30 at 8 p.m. ET on Univision.
Amores con Trampa premieres tonight at 8 p.m. ET on Univision. Like Mi Corazón es Tuyo, the telenovela it is replacing, Amores con Trampa is a broad Mexican comedy from Televisa. It is produced by old hand Emilio Larrosa who is attempting to recapture the success of his 2009/2010 comedy Hasta Que el Dinero Nos Separ following a pair of clunkers: the banal DOS HOGARES in 2011 and the disastrous Libre Para Amarte in 2013, a telenovela that still hasn’t aired in the US.

Amores con Trampa is adapted from a 2013 Chilean telenovela titled Somos los Carmona, but the unofficial inspiration for both is the 1960s American sitcom The Beverly Hillbillies. A farmer named Facundo Carmona becomes a millionaire after the government buys his land for its mines. He decides to move his wife, their four children, and their farm animals to Mexico City to seek new opportunities.

The Carmonas move next door to Santiago Velasco and his wife Isabel, who are in dire financial straits as their construction company nears bankruptcy. The Velascos plot to take advantage of their rich new neighbors with Isabel setting out to seduce Facundo in the hope of convincing him to invest in the construction company.

'The Bold and the Beautiful' Casting Transgender Actor


The Bold and the Beautiful is seeking a transgender actor or actress of any ethnicity for four shows (and possibly more). The character is described as "a strong, confidant person who’s completed their transition and is mentoring other Trans people."

The role will begin shooting on April 7.

“One of the first questions I asked [“B&B” executive producer] Brad [Bell] and also Patrick [Mulcahey], who’s one of the writers, is, ‘Why me, as a cisgendered woman, playing this role, instead of a transgender woman?” Mosley said in a video with Bell released by CBS on March 19. “And Brad informed me that we would be hiring transgender actors, which is incredibly important.”

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'Days of our Lives' Casting Lani


Days of our Lives is casting a major recurring part that could become contract. The character of Lani, an African-American woman in her late 20s/early 30s, is described as "stunning, strong and savvy."

The role will start filming mid-April.

Today in Soap Opera History (March 29)

1962: Search for Tomorrow's Marge was upset when adoption
plans fell through. 1982: SFT made its NBC debut.
1982: The first daytime episode of Capitol aired on CBS.
2004: All My Children's Kendall told Bianca her baby was dead.
"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.

On this date in...

1962: On Search for Tomorrow, Marge Bergman (Melba Rae) reeled from Monica's (Barbara Baxley) decision to not give Jimmy up for adoption. She later went to friends Joanne (Mary Stuart) and Arthur Tate (Terry O'Sullivan) for solace.

Guest List: 'General Hospital' Actor Billy Miller Stars in 'Bad Blood' Tonight

Bad Blood premieres Saturday, March 28 at
8 p.m. ET/PT on Lifetime.
We Love Soaps is tracking where daytime, primetime and web stars are appearing outside of their regular series. Below are some of the upcoming guest appearances in various television and web shows and movies.

MARCH
28 Bad Blood (Lifetime Movie Premiere) - Billy Miller (Jake, General Hospital)
A woman falsely accused of murder realizes that the person she donated bone marrow to now has a match for her DNA... and is using this new identity to implicate her in his crimes as his obsession for her grows. Miller stars as Garret Church.
30 Gotham - Sharon Washington (ex-Lena, Hustling)
30 The Following - Eric Nelsen (ex-AJ, All My Children)
Nelsen plays Justin Windsort.
30 NCIS: Los Angeles - Becca Tobin (Kitty, Glee)
31 NCIS - A Martinez (ex-Cruz, Santa Barbara)
The murder of a petty officer sparks a lead in a 40 year old airport bombing cold case that Gibbs and DiNozzo have been assigned to for the past two years. Also, McGee is jealous that he was not previously briefed on the cold case. Martinez plays Tomás Orlando.