Today in Soap Opera History (December 7)

1979: EON's "Mrs. Corey" kept an eye on Deborah's condition.
1979: ATWT's Lisa & Bob danced while Bennett fumed.
1984: Days' Salem mourned Roman at his wake.
1998: GH's Alan found Tammy next to his dead drug dealer.
"More and more, I tend to read history. I often find it more up to date than the daily newspapers."
― Joe Murray

"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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1941: On The Story of Mary Marlin, Davey's intended destination was exposed further. An NBC News bulletin, one of the first known casualty reports to come from Pearl Harbor, arrived just before the day's episode of this popular radio soap opera.

1941: On Vic & Sade, Vic (Art Van Harvey), Rush (Bill Idelson), and Uncle Fletcher (Clarence Hartzell) arrive home all at once...just in time to handle a peculiar storage problem.

1941: On One Man's Family, everyone was keeping their feelings about Irene Franklin to themselves.

1956: On The Edge of Night, Larry (Bill Zuckert) attempted to murder Mike Karr (John Larkin).

Today in Soap Opera History (December 6)

1977: For Richer, For Poorer premiered on NBC.
1979: A mystery person tried to enter The Willows on ATWT.
1989: Guiding Light's Phillip tried to get through to Beth.
1995: Y&R's Ryan pitched a new Jabot ad campaign for teens.
"More and more, I tend to read history. I often find it more up to date than the daily newspapers."
― Joe Murray

"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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1966: On Dark Shadows, Burke Devlin (Mitchell Ryan) realized that Victoria Winters was still at Collinwood.

1974: On General Hospital, Phil Brewer (Martin West) was murdered with a geode paper weight.

Today in Soap Opera History (December 5)

1966: Dark Shadows' Matthew took Victoria hostage.
1985: OLTL's Tina tried to sell Viki's story to a tabloid.
1988: Brenda Epperson debuted as Ashley on Y&R.
2006: Hayden Panettiere debuted as Lizzie on Guiding Light.
"More and more, I tend to read history. I often find it more up to date than the daily newspapers."
― Joe Murray

"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: On The Edge of Night, Ellie Fitzgibbons reluctantly agreed to see Willy Bryan (Edward Holmes).

1966: On Dark Shadows, Matthew Morgan (Thayer David) took Victoria Winters (Alexandra Moltke) hostage at the Old House, and hid her in a secret room behind the drawing room bookcase.

Michael Roark Leaving 'The Young and the Restless'

Michael Roark
Michael Roark has already taped his last scenes on The Young and the Restless, which puts the departure of Travis, his on-screen alter-ego, from Genoa City in the next few weeks, reported Facebook group Soap Fans United (SFU) this week. While neither the network nor Roark have confirmed his exit, reliable sources at SFU tell us he's not long for the fictional soap opera town.

When Travis Crawford returned to Genoa City this summer, it looked like he was around to stay. Victoria had a tough time convincing him to come back, but when she did, he quickly became her beau once again. Soon after, Victor lured him into working for Newman Enterprises. All of this spelled to many viewers that Roark was on contract status.

Whether Roark was or wasn’t to become a regular fixture on Y&R, the head writer shake-ups behind the scenes may have played a part in his sudden departure. Charles Pratt, Jr. recently left Y&R to write for the Fox primetime series Star. Showrunners brought on soap-writing veteran Sally Sussman to replace Pratt. Sussman has said she has a decidedly different vision for the folks who call Genoa City home.

The end of Travis’ days in the thick of Newman Enterprises/Jabot corporate espionage, not to mention as Victoria’s number one paramour, could affect many Genoa City residents and storylines. Jill’s dreams could come true if a heartbroken Victoria turns to Billy for solace. These two might rekindle their supercouple romance as a result.

Phyllis, despite her attempts to repair her damaged relationship with Jack, has, since she began her affair with Billy, shown herself not above jealousy when Billy takes up with another woman. When it’s the woman who is arguably the love of his life, she may be fully consumed by that jealousy!

The handsome and talented Michael Roark is sure to land another gig in the very near future. We wish him well in all his future endeavors.

Alice Drummond Dead at 88

Alice Drummond
Actress Alice Drummond died on Wednesday at her home in the Bronx due to complications following a fall that she survived two months ago, according to the New York Times. She was 88.

A native of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, Drummond graduated from Pembroke College in 1950, which has since merged with Brown University.

Her first break into television came in 1967 when she landed the role of Nurse Jackson on the ABC soap opera Dark Shadows. Drummond later appeared on other soaps including CBS' As the World Turns and Love is a Many Splendored Thing. Her only starring daytime role came on CBS sudser Where the Heart Is. She played Loretta Jardin, Peter's aunt, who was a high school teacher and recovering alcoholic. The series was canceled in 1973 to make room for The Young and the Restless in the network's lineup.

Today in Soap Opera History (December 4)

1950: The First Hundred Years premiered. 1981: Falcon Crest
premiered.  2000: Port Charles kicked off "Fate."
2009: Venice premiered.
"More and more, I tend to read history. I often find it more up to date than the daily newspapers."
― Joe Murray

"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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1933: After its August 14 debut on local station WLW in Cincinnati, radio soap opera Ma Perkins graduated to the NBC Red network in the 3 p.m. ET timeslot. The show was produced by Frank and Anne Hummert, the prolific team responsible for numerous radio dramas including Just Plain Bill, Backstage Wife and Young Widder Brown.