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 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.

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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.

E! Picks Up 'Hollywood Teen Medium,' Produced by 'The Young and the Restless' Alum Michael Corbett

Michael Corbett
E! is bridging the gap from this realm to the next with the new series Hollywood Teen Medium (working title), and one of the executive producers is former soap opera star Michael Corbett (ex-David Kimble, The Young and the Restless; ex-Warren Carter, Search for Tomorrow; et al).

Following the life of 19-year old Tyler Henry, the series explores the world of this self-proclaimed clairvoyant medium as he balances his unique abilities with trying to be a regular teenager. Formerly of a small-town and now living in the big city, Tyler has quickly become one of Hollywood's top mediums, bringing messages from the heavens and profound visions to today's hottest stars. Hollywood Teen Medium (working title) is an eight-episode, hour-long series.

Lexi Ainsworth Returning to 'General Hospital' as Kristina

Lexi Ainsworth
Emmy-nominated actress Lexi Ainsworth is returning to ABC soap opera General Hospital as Kristina, Alexis and Sonny's daughter, according to Soap Opera Digest.

Ainsworth played Kristina from 2009-2011. Lindsey Morgan most recently played the role, last airing in early 2013. Kristina has been off-camera ever since, studying at Wesleyan.

Since leaving GH, Ainsworth has made appearances in series such as iZombie, Criminal Minds and Chosen.

Ainsworth will make her comeback at the end of August or early September.

Soap of the Week Poll Results (July 20-24, 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 July 20-24, 2015. NBC's Days of our Lives was voted favorite soap opera by our readers for the 25th in a row.

ABC's General Hospital was second followed by CBS' The Young and the Restless.

The Favorite Couple 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.

RANKSHOWLAST WEEKTOP 3
1Days of our Lives (NBC)1276
2General Hospital (NBC)2196
3The Young and the Restless (CBS)3142
4The Bold and the Beautiful (CBS)477

NEWS: Prospect Park, Anthony Geary, Josh Duhamel, Cindy Crawford, Nicholas Rodriguez

Prospect Park blames ABC lawsuit for its Chapter 7 bid
Production company Prospect Park Networks LLC has asked to convert its bankruptcy to Chapter 7 because it couldn't pay Jones Day's fees in a breach of contract suit against The Walt Disney Co.'s ABC network over the soap opera One Life to Live. PPN, which tried to revive OLTL and All My Children online, said in a Delaware bankruptcy court filing that it had hoped selling its Connecticut tax credits to Apple Inc. would pay for Jones Day to represent it in its $95 million lawsuit against ABC, but the proceeds weren't enough to keep the firm on board or to find a suitable replacement.

"The best hope for a meaningful recovery to creditors is successful prosecution or settlement of the ABC litigation," the motion said. "The debtor and the debtor's counsel have done everything to keep the ABC litigation alive for the benefits of creditors."

Anthony Geary open to a General Hospital return
“If the story is interesting to me and it works out, I may come back to the show for six weeks or so,” Geary told EW.

Cindy Crawford developing NBC drama about 1980s modeling wars
The series, tentatively titled Icon, marks Crawford’s television producing debut. Anne Heche (Another World) and James Tupper will also serve as exec producers with Crawford and Robin Bissell, who will pen the project, hailing from Universal TV.

Icon, in very early development, revolves around the modeling wars in the ’80s that occurred between Ford Modeling Agency and Elite Model Management. The show is completely fictionalized, rather than a re-telling of Crawford’s own experiences. No actual names of models or figures from the time will be used.

One Life to Live alum Nicholas Rodriguez to lead all-Latino cast of Karen Zacarias' "Destiny of Desire" at Arena Stage
Rodriguez returns as part of an all-Latino ensemble playing Sebastian Jose Castillo, in a cast that includes Valenzuela's daughter and son, Esperanza America and Fidel Gomez, as Pilar Castillo and Dr. Diego Mendoza.

Former All My Children star Josh Duhamel joins Hulu's 11/22/63
Based on King's best-seller, 11/22/63 is described as a thriller in which high school English teacher Jake Epping (James Franco) travels back in time to prevent the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. But his mission is threatened by Lee Harvey Oswald (played by Daniel Webber), falling in love and the past itself … which doesn’t want to be changed.

Duhamel will play Frank Dunning, the father of Jake's student Harry Dunning (played by youngster Jack Fulton and Leon Rippy), in 1960s Kentucky. Frank is the rakish town butcher, a ladies' man with an effortless smile that everyone welcomes — except Jake, the only man who knows the full violence of which Frank is capable.

The Factory Manchester £110m arts venue approved
It will be located in a new area, St John's, which includes the former Granada Studios site in Manchester city center. The former Coronation Street set, which has been hosting visitor tours since April 2014, will be removed in early 2016 before the site is returned to developer Allied London.

Cinemax will end Banshee after fourth season
Banshee's upcoming eight-episode fourth season will be the show’s last.