Today in Soap Opera History (January 29)

1982: J.R. Ewing did not want his father's will to be read on Dallas.
1985: Santa Barbara's Carnation Killer murdered Veronica.
1992: All My Children's Hayley wanted her freedom.
2008: Billy Magnussen debuted on As the World Turns.
"A page of history is worth a pound of logic."
― Oliver Wendell Holmes

"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: Procter & Gamble bought Spic and Span for $1.9 million. It would later become one of the sponsors for P&G soaps for decades (most notably SEARCH FOR TOMORROW).

1965: Actor John Larkin died at age 52. He starred as the original Mike Karr in THE EDGE OF NIGHT (pictured here celebrating the show's 1,000th episode) and was the first Frank Dana on THE ROAD OF LIFE. He was also the voice of Perry Mason in the radio version of the show.

Tony Stark Subs for Jon Lindstrom on 'General Hospital'

Tony Stark
The role of Dr. Kevin Collins on ABC daytime drama General Hospital had a new face on Wednesday's episode. After Jake (Billy Miller) bailed on his session with Kevin (played by Tony Stark), Carly (Laura Wright) learned Jake had never met with Kevin before.

Jon Lindstrom, who has played the role on and off on both GH and spin-off series Port Charles, was unavailable on the day of the shoot because he was working on the second season of HBO's True Detective.

Watch Stark in action below:

Viola Davis at the SAG Awards: "It Stars From The Top Up"

Viola Davis
Accepting her award for Best Actress in a Drama Series for ABC drama How to Get Away With Murder, Viola Davis opened her speech by talking about her young daughter, who often asks her for stories. Inevitably, Davis said, her daughter includes one specific request: "Mommy, can you put me in the story?"

"It starts from the top up," Davis said, thanking the production and writing team behind her award-winning show "for thinking that a sexualized, messy, mysterious woman could be a 49-year-old, dark-skinned African-American woman who looks like me."

Watch her brilliant acceptance speech below:

Today in Soap Opera History (January 28)

1980: ATWT's Barbara told Tom about the son she gave away (Paul).
1980: The Edge of Night's Margo needed surgery to survive.
1994: All My Children's Brooke had a nightmare.
2004: John Clarke ended his run on Days of our Lives.

"A page of history is worth a pound of logic."
― Oliver Wendell Holmes

"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...

1965: On Peyton Place, Michael (Ed Nelson) told Constance (Dorothy Malone) that Elliot belonged in the past. "Michael, he's here now," Connie told him in an effort to make him see it wasn't that easy. "So am I," Mike replied.

Guest Stars: Roger Howarth on 'The Flash' Tonight; Eileen Davidson and Jeffrey Christopher Todd Visit 'Watch What Happens Live'

Roger Howarth in The Flash. Photo Credit: The CW
We Love Soaps is tracking where daytime, primetime and web series soap opera stars are appearing outside of their regular show. Below are some of the upcoming guest appearances in various television and web shows and movies.

JANUARY
27 The Flash - Roger Howarth (Franco, General Hospital); Andy Mientus (ex-Kyle, Smash)
Iris (Candice Patton) is thrilled when she’s hired by the Central City Picture News as their newest cub reporter. Unfortunately, her editor (guest star Tom Butler) pairs her with a veteran reporter, Mason Bridge (Howarth), who wants nothing to do with her.
27 The Mindy Project - Shonda Rhimes (Grey's Anatomy and Scandal creator) guest stars as herself
27 CSI - Travis Schuldt (ex-Ethan, Passions)

Top Ten Things You Don’t Want To Hear From Your Weatherman During A Blizzard


Former All My Children star turned CBS New York chief weather forecaster Lonnie Quinn appeared on Monday's The Late Show With David Letterman to deliver the “Top 10 Things You Don’t Want To Hear From Your Weatherman During A Blizzard.”

Top Ten Things You Don’t Want To Hear From Your Weatherman During A Blizzard
10. The rain has somehow turned into a mysterious white powder
9. If you have extremities you don’t want, now is a great time to freeze them off
8. I definitely ate too much rock salt
7. The snow accumulation makes it a perfect day to hide a body
6. Here are the current conditions for all you slobs too lazy to look out a window