FLASHBACK: 'Another World' The Story of Steven, Rachel & Alice (Part 11)

After being rejected by Brian Blake, Rachel Davis
Matthews (Robin Strasser) met Ted Clark (played
by Stephen Bolster).
ANOTHER WORLD: The Story of Steven, Rachel & Alice

The Soap Box
Vol. IV No. 7 July 1979
by Bryna Laub

(continued from Part 10)

Russ's hurt was healed as well. He had fallen in love with one of his patients, Cindy Clark, a warm, sweet, loving girl who was everything Rachel was not. And out of his love for Cindy came true forgiveness in Russ's heart. He wrote to Alice that he no longer blamed Steven. In fact, he no longer blamed Rachel as he should have seen her for what she was and not been blinded by her deceptions and her wiles. Marry Steven if you really love him, he advised his sister, and don't let anything stand in the way of your happiness.

Rachel, meanwhile, had bitten the bullet over her alimony defeat and consoled herself with Brian. Assuming his passionate lovemaking meant undying love, she happily accompanied him to New York, then returned to plan their move to the big city. When Brian had to go back east for another meeting, Rachel interpreted his telephoned "wish you were here" as an invitation, and arrived at his hotel room to find him with another woman. Shocked, she screamed bitter recriminations at his betrayal--after all they were almost married, weren't they? Not at all, he coldly informed her, it was fun while it lasted, but it's over.

Today in Soap Opera History (August 31)

1960: Grace was still bitter on The Secret Storm. 1989: Josie
moved in with the Matthews family on Another World.
1994: Erica was in a neckbrace on All My Children.
2010: Oakdale said goodbye to Nancy Hughes on ATWT.
"History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again."
― Maya Angelou

"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...

1948: Radio soap opera The Guiding Light, still almost four years away from making its way to television, introduced the character of Friedrich "Papa" Bauer. Theodore von Eltz originated the role and was replaced by Theo Goetz a year later. Goetz would remain with the show until his death in 1972.

1960: On The Secret Storm, Myra Lake Ames (June Graham) visited Grace Harris Tyrell (Marjorie Gateson), who had something to say about everyone.

1966: On Days of our Lives, Susan (Denise Alexander) already regretted her month-old marriage to David Martin (Clive Clerk), who was still in love with Julie (Charla Doherty). Julie turned to her grandfather Tom Horton (Macdonald Carey) and asked him to help her stay in Salem rather than live with her parents, Ben and Addie, in Europe.

'Downton Abbey' Final Season Trailer Released

Maggie Smith stars in Downton Abbey as Violet Crawley,
Dowager Countess of Grantham.
Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning drama Downton Abbey returns to PBS for a sixth and final season of intimately interlaced stories centered on an English country estate in January 2015. The show, which the highest-rated drama in PBS history, premieres on September 20 in the UK.

Making their bittersweet farewell are members of the beloved cast, including Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery, Elizabeth McGovern, Jim Carter, Joanne Froggatt, Penelope Wilton, Phyllis Logan, Laura Carmichael, Brendan Coyle, Lesley Nicol, Sophie McShera, Robert James-Collier, Allen Leech, Kevin Doyle, Samantha Bond, David Robb, Raquel Cassidy and Michael Fox.

The UK's ITV network has released a trailer for the final season. Watch it below:

'Days of our Lives' Adds Vincent Irizarry to the Cast

Vincent Irizarry
With the impending exit of quite a few actors, Days of our Lives is replenishing its cast with fresh young talent and multiple Emmy Award winners. On the heels of Emmy winners A Martinez and Jordi Vilasuso joining the cast comes word that Vincent Irizarry is the latest actor to come on board. Irizarry won his Daytime Emmy six years ago today, for his compelling portrayal of Dr. David Hayward on All My Children.

Irizarry's other soap roles include Lujack/Nick on Guiding Light, Scott on Santa Barbara, and David on The Young and the Restless.

Details about his new Days character have not yet been revealed. Stay tuned!

According to Days co-head writer Dena Higley, Irizarry will be playing "the younger brother of one of our regulars. He comes to town with only one thing on his mind... revenge."

FLASHBACK: 'Another World' The Story of Steven, Rachel & Alice (Part 10)

The cast of Another World.  From left, front row: Ann Wedgeworth,
Charles Baxter, Lisa Cameron, Nancy Wickwire, Judith Barcroft, Jacquie
Courtney, Robin Strasser, Sam Groom. Standing: Jordan Charney, Harry
Bellaver, George Reinholt, Beverly Penberthy, Val Dufour, Micki Grant,
Hugh Marlowe, Virginia Dwyer, Geoffrey Lumb, Michael M. Ryan
and Constance Ford.
ANOTHER WORLD: The Story of Steven, Rachel & Alice

The Soap Box
Vol. IV No. 7 July 1979
by Bryna Laub

(continued from Part 9)

Now the big battle was coming up. Russ had agreed to pay for a divorce and, for appearance's sake, to let Rachel file on grounds of desertion. But that was all--no alimony, no child support. Rachel, of course, wasn't going to let him get off that easily. After all, hadn't she slaved and sacrificed while he was an intern and then a resident? She had been a dutiful wife and she was going to get everything she was entitled to.

Shortly before the hearing Jame became seriously ill and it was entirely due to Russ's skill as a doctor that he survived without serious aftereffects. Brian, ever aware of the points one needs to score in court to win alimony settlements, now advised her to return the trust fund money to the Matthews as a gesture of good will for Russ's efforts. But Rachel adamantly refused. It was her baby's money and she was going to keep it.

NEWS: Kassie DePaiva, Kristian Alfonso, Brytni Sarpy, Max Page, Christian LeBlanc, Stephen Nichols

Kassie DePaiva
Kassie DePaiva will sing on the Days of our Lives Christmas episode
"I"m singing on Days, on the Christmas episode you'll see me sing, which is nice," reveals DePaiva, who plays Eve.

She also talked lovingly about her former soap, One Life to Live, and Blair's true love, Todd: "Who wouldn't want to have a bitchfest with Blair and Todd?"

Galen Gering, Kristian Alfonso and Stephen Nichols promote Days of our Lives on Access Hollywood
"We're not just shooting in the studio anymore, we're going on location," Alfonso (Hope) says. "Like the old days," adds Nichols (Patch).

Former The Young and the Restless actor Max Page receives new heart valve: 'He wants to experience life to the fullest'
One day after the new valve called a Melody device was implanted at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Page (who played Reed on Y&R) was up and about, practicing golf swings in his hospital room before being released.

Christian LeBlanc visiting Canada again, talks Michael's cancer story on The Young and the Restless
"It's interesting to actually go and play a character who's actually very knocked down by it and very overwhelmed in many ways," said Le Blanc.

"To pick Michael, it made complete sense because they picked prostate cancer for a man who is all about his prowess as a man, what he considers to be a man.... All of us think we have some modicum of control over our lives, and this is something that really humbles you."

“Max was a little sore, but he was able to walk, jump and move for Dr. Ing the morning after surgery,” his mother, Jennifer, said in a statement released by CHLA.

General Hospital actress Brytni Sarpy would love to be spokesperson for younger women and health
"I’d love be a spokesperson, promoting eating correctly—especially for girls who don’t have a prior understanding of things like nutrition," says Sarpy, who plays Valerie on GH. "It should be taught in all of our homes and schools, but I feel like it falls short. Reaching those underprivileged schools and people who aren’t getting the right education is important."

Nielsen is now tracking ratings for nearly 1,000 streaming shows
Nielsen started measuring viewership data on streaming sites last winter as a means of giving major studios like Twentieth Century Fox and NBCUniversal a clearer sense of how streaming affects their revenue. Studios still make more money from traditional, ad-supported television, but subscription-based streaming has been eating into TV viewership for some time now. Charging Netflix and Amazon for popular shows can help stem any losses from audiences changing their viewing habits.

The data Nielsen is tracking is still fairly limited, though, since it doesn't include viewership from mobile devices or overseas subscribers. Nielsen has plans to include those metrics, but Netflix uses those limits to dismiss the effort out of hand. Meanwhile, the streaming giant also already provides certain well-paying studios with information on how often a show is streamed on a monthly basis. However, Netflix has reason to be a little nervous. If Nielsen data shows that its original programming doesn't have the same draw as licensed shows, investors may be somewhat less inclined to support the company's future projects.

Former Texas writer Chandler Warrens pens new musical "Adam & Eve and Steve"
The musical wraps a monthlong NoHo run tonight.

Former University of Nebraska football player Marc Munford remembers teammates watching General Hospital in the locker room
"Some guys in there watched soap operas every day — General Hospital was a big one, but I couldn’t stand that stuff. We’d watch Animal House and Caddyshack."