Today in Soap Opera History (September 30)

1966: A ghost emerged from Josette's portrait on Dark Shadows.
1978: Lucy was devastated when Gary & Val left Dallas again.
1982: Karen Fairgate met Mack Mackenzie in Knots Landing.
1985: General Hospital's Frisco was determined to go undercover.
"History cannot give us a program for the future, but it can give us a fuller understanding of ourselves, and of our common humanity, so that we can better face the future."
― Robert Penn Warren

"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, David (David Henesy) took Victoria (Alexandra Moltke) to the Old House to show her the ghosts. After they left, a ghost emerged from the portrait of Josette Collins.

'Dark Shadows' and 'One Life to Live' Writer Sam Hall Dead at 93

Matthew Hall and Sam Hall.
Writer Sam Hall, best known for his work on Dark Shadows and One Life to Live, died on Friday, September 26. He was 93.

Allison Samuel Hall was born on March 11, 1921, in Carrollton, Ohio, and graduated from Dartmouth and Yale. A veteran of the World War II Battle of the Bulge, he was married to actress Grayson Hall in 1952.

Sam was a playwright who had spent several years working on the CBS daytime drama The Brighter Day. He was not really interested in accepting another TV job. But the family had been struggling for a while, and Sam was considering moving back to Ohio to work at his father’s rubber gloves factory. Then Grayson got a short-term acting role on ABC's afternoon soap opera Dark Shadows, which turned into a long-term gig, and that kept them in New York. So when creator Dan Curtis said he needed a new writer to replace Malcolm Marmorstein, Sam said he would give it a try. The series became a cult classic, with stories that continued to be told in novels, comic books, movies, audio stories, a primetime television revival and more. Dark Shadows featured the traditional themes of love and family during its five-year run (1966-1971), but mixed in were werewolves, zombies, man-made monsters, witches, warlocks, time travel, and even a parallel universe.

Today in Soap Opera History (September 29)

1969: Bright Promise premiered. 1978: For Richer, For 
Poorer ended.  1989: Terry Lester debuted on Santa 
Barbara. 1995: Another World's Vicky hoped Ryan
would survive being shot.
"History cannot give us a program for the future, but it can give us a fuller understanding of ourselves, and of our common humanity, so that we can better face the future."
― Robert Penn Warren

"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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1947: Radio soap opera Claudia premiered. Due in large part to the success of the two Claudia movies, the D'Arcy advertising agency decided to bring the characters to radio in a five-a-week quarter-hour serial on behalf of its client, Coca-Cola. Kathryn Bard was cast as Claudia and Paul Crabtree as David, with Joe King announcing.

1969: Daytime soap opera Bright Promise premiered on NBC. The daytime soap opera ran at 3:30 p.m. ET until March 31, 1972. The show revolved around students and faculty at the fictional Bancroft College and was created by Frank and Doris Hursley. The show starred Dana Andrews, and Anthony Geary would later join the cast. Bright Promise actress Gail Kobe would become the executive producer of its replacement show, Return to Peyton Place.

'The Young and the Restless' Alum Joe LaDue Dead at 70

Quinn Redeker and Joe LaDue (right) attended a 30th anniversary
celebration for Jeanne Cooper in 2004.
Actor Joe LaDue died on May 26 at age 70.

LaDue starred as Derek Thurston on CBS daytime drama The Young and the Restless from 1977-1980. In 1983, he played Detective Harry Frost on NBC's Days of our Lives.

LaDue's other credits include Emergency!, The Rookies, Starsky and Hutch, Casino, Luckytown and Ocean's Eleven.

In recent years, LaDue had suffered from Alzheimer's disease.

Services were held on Sunday, July 29 at the Blue Diamond Foursquare Church in Blue Diamond, Nevada.

Today in Soap Opera History (September 28)

1962: Daytime soap operas The Brighter Day (CBS) and
Our Five Daughters (NBC) aired for the final time.  1981: General
Hospital was featured on the cover of Newsweek.
1987: Delia had a courtoom fantasy on Ryan's Hope.
"History cannot give us a program for the future, but it can give us a fuller understanding of ourselves, and of our common humanity, so that we can better face the future."
― Robert Penn Warren

"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: CBS aired the final episode of daytime soap opera The Brighter Day. The show was created for NBC Radio by Irna Phillips in 1948. The television version premiered on January 4, 1954, and the episodes ran on both TV and radio for 2 years. The Brighter Day was originally set in Three Rivers until a move to New Hope in 1953.

1962: NBC aired the final episode of Our Five Daughters, a daytime soap which starred silent film icon Esther Ralston as Helen Lee, the mother of five young women including Jacqueline Courtney's Ann (pictured, upper right).

'The Doctors' Debuts on Retro TV With 2 Episodes Each Weekday Starting Monday


The Doctors, a daytime soap opera that ran on NBC from 1963 to 1982, is back! The show debuts in Retro TV's afternoon lineup starting Monday, September 29th. The network will air two episodes Monday through Friday at 12 p.m. ET/PT, picking up the story in 1967.

Watch a sneak peek clip below:

Soap Opera Ratings: 'Days of our Lives' Rises

For the week of September 15-19, 2014, NBC's Days of our Lives averaged 2.53 million viewers (up 34K), and rose in the Women 18-49 (+53K) and Women 25-54 (+18K) demos.

Below is a breakdown of the daytime soap opera Nielsen ratings by category:

Total Viewers (versus previous week/versus same week last year)
1. The Young and the Restless 4,522,000 (-180,000/-94,000)
2. The Bold and the Beautiful 3,429,000 (-9,000/-77,000)
3. General Hospital 2,996,000 (-7,000/+219,000)
4. Days of our Lives 2,534,000 (+34,000/+39,000)

'The Bold and the Beautiful' Delivers Largest Audience in 7 Years During the 2013-2014 TV Season, 'The Young and the Restless' Hits 4-Year High

CBS Daytime finished at #1 in the Nielsen ratings for the 28th consecutive year during the 2013-2014 television season, which officially began on September 23, 2013, and ended on September 21, 2014. Let's Make a Deal and The Talk rose to their largest audiences ever, while The Price is Right, The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless delivered their largest viewer totals in years.

Below is a breakdown of the CBS Daytime programs:

* Let's Make a Deal 1 averaged 2.93 million viewers and Let's Make a Deal 2 averaged 3.39m viewers, both up +9% from a year ago to series bests.
* The Price is Right 1 averaged 4.83m viewers, increasing +8% and delivering its largest audience since 2004-2005. Meanwhile, The Price is Right 2, daytime's #1 program, averaged 5.60m viewers, was up +5%, marking its largest audience since 2006-2007.
* The Talk delivered its largest-ever audience with 2.67 million viewers, up +10% from last year.
* The Bold and the Beautiful averaged 3.84m, up +7%, scoring the daytime drama's largest audience since the 2006-2007 year.
* The Young and the Restless delivered 5.10m, a +5% jump from a year ago, delivering its largest audience since the 2009-2010 year.