Showing posts with label Family Passions. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Family Passions. Show all posts

Today in Soap Opera History (August 20)

1973: Suzanne Rogers debuted as Maggie on Days of our Lives.
1996: General Hospital's Robin & Jason were happy in Montauk.
1987: John Reid was left at the altar on Ryan's Hope.
2001: As the World Turns' Jack rescued Carly from quicksand.
"To believe what has not occurred in history will not occur at all, is to argue disbelief in the dignity of man."
- Mahatma Gandhi

"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...

1973: Suzanne Rogers debuted as Maggie Simmons in Days of our Lives. Amnesiac Mickey Horton (John Clarke) stumbled onto Maggie's farm.

1976: On Another World, Clarice Hobson, pregnant with Robert Delaney's (Nicholas Coster) baby, was threatened by Robert's estranged wife, Iris (Beverlee McKinsey), who ordered her to leave town. While trying to flee her boarding house, Clarice went into labor. End credits rolled during her hospital labor. The unmarried Clarice delivered a son, Cory, on August 23.

Today in Soap Opera History (August 6)

1980: It was "Fascination" as  General Hospital's Luke and
Laura danced through Wyndham's department store.
"To believe what has not occurred in history will not occur at all, is to argue disbelief in the dignity of man."
- Mahatma Gandhi

"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...

1928: Real Folks from Thompkins Corner, one of the earliest documented radio serials, premiered on NBC.

1968: On Another World, Liz (Audra Lindley) cried to Bill and Missy that they would have been happier if she had died of her heart attack.

1968: On Dark Shadows, Victoria (Alexandra Moltke) recognized Adam (Robert Rodan), who took her hostage as she was walking home from the Old House.

1979: On The Edge of Night, Louise tried to kill Paige (Margaret Colin).

Today in Soap Opera History (August 5)

1935: Backstage Wife premiered. 1985: Days of our Lives'
Tony and Anna were married. 1994: All My Children's Erica
found her mother, Mona, dead. 2002: Passions' Timmy died
on the same day the actor who played him passed away.
"To believe what has not occurred in history will not occur at all, is to argue disbelief in the dignity of man."
- Mahatma Gandhi

"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...

1935: Radio soap opera Backstage Wife premiered on the Mutual Broadcasting System (MBS). The show moved to NBC Blue in 1936, NBC in 1938 and CBS in 1955, where it ran until January 2, 1959. Created by Frank and Anne Hummert, each episode opened with the announcer (Pierre Andre, Roger Krupp, Stuart V. Dawson) explaining:

Now, we present once again, Backstage Wife, the story of Mary Noble, a little Iowa girl who married one of America's most handsome actors, Larry Noble, matinee idol of a million other women — the story of what it means to be the wife of a famous star.

Vivian Fridell had the title role from 1935 until the early 1940s. It was then taken over by Claire Niesen, who continued as Mary Noble until the end of the series. Mary's husband, Larry Noble, was portrayed by Ken Griffin, then James Meighan and finally, Guy Sorel. The music was supplied by organist Chet Kingsbury.

According to "The A to Z of American Radio Soap Operas," this was one of the Hummert's favorite themes - taking a girl from Podunk and wedding her above her social class. Mary was originally played by Vivian Fridell. The opening was later shorted to:

And now, Backstage Wife, the story of Mary Noble, and what it means to be the wife of a famous star.

1977: Josh Taylor debuted as Chris Kositchek in Days of our Lives. Brooke Bundy aired for the final time that day as Rebecca North. Taylor played Chris until 1987 then returned to Days in 1997 as a recast Roman Brady, a role he continues to play to this day.

1980: On Texas, Alex (Bert Kramer) told Iris (Beverlee McKinsey) that their time was now.

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: Y&R
debuted a new Ashley. 2006: GH's Skye made Alcazar an offer.
"That is the supreme value of history. The study of it is the best guarantee against repeating it."
- John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir

"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...

1957: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, Ellie reluctantly agreed to see Willy (Edward Holmes).

1966: On DARK SHADOWS, Matthew (Thayer David) took Victoria (Alexandra Moltke) hostage at the Old House, hiding her in a secret room behind the drawing room bookcase.

Today in Soap Opera History (August 20)

1973: Suzanne Rogers debuted as Maggie on DAYS. 1996: GH's
Robin & Jason were happy in Montauk.  1987: John Reid was
left at the altar on RYAN'S HOPE. 2001: Jack rescued Carly
from quicksand on ATWT.
"Whoever wishes to foresee the future must consult the past; for human events ever resemble those of preceding times."
-Machiavelli

"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...

1973: Suzanne Rogers debuted as Maggie Simmons in DAYS OF OUR LIVES. Amnesiac Mickey Horton (John Clarke) stumbled onto Maggie's farm.

1974: On ANOTHER WORLD, Alice (Jacqueline Courtney) told Steve (George Reinholt) she was freeing him from their marriage.

1979: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, Paige (Margaret Colin) encountered a masked man with a gun.

Today in Soap Opera History (August 6)


On this date in...

1928: REAL FOLKS FROM THOMPKINS CORNER, one of the earliest documented radio serials, premiered on NBC Radio.

1968: On ANOTHER WORLD, Liz (Audra Lindley) cried to Bill and Missy that they would have been happier if she had died of her heart attack.

1969: On DARK SHADOWS, Nora unwrapped the box and found the smaller box inside.

1979: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, Louise tried to kill Paige (Margaret Colin).

Today in Soap Opera History (August 5)


On this date in...

Vivian Fridell
1935: Radio soap opera BACKSTAGE WIFE premiered on the Mutual Broadcasting System (MBS). The show moved to NBC Blue in 1936, NBC in 1938 and CBS in 1955, where it ran until January 2, 1959. Created by Frank and Anne Hummert, each episode opened with the announcer (Pierre Andre, Roger Krupp, Stuart V. Dawson) explaining:

Now, we present once again, BACKSTAGE WIFE, the story of Mary Noble, a little Iowa girl who married one of America's most handsome actors, Larry Noble, matinee idol of a million other women — the story of what it means to be the wife of a famous star.

According to "The A to Z of American Radio Soap Operas," this was one of the Hummert's favorite themes - taking a girl from Podunk and wedding her above her social class. Mary was originally played by Vivian Fridell.  The opening was later shorted to:

And now, BACKSTAGE WIFE, the story of Mary Noble, and what it means to be the wife of a famous star.

1962: Actress Marilyn Monroe died at age 36.

1977: Josh Taylor debuted as Chris Kositchek in DAYS OF OUR LIVES. Brooke Bundy aired for the final time that day as Rebecca North. Taylor played Chris until 1987 then returned to DAYS in 1997 as a recast Roman Brady, a role he continues to play to this day.

1980: On TEXAS, Alex (Bert Kramer) told Iris (Beverlee McKinsey) that their time was now.

Today in Soap Opera History (December 5)

On this date in...

1957: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, Ellie reluctantly agreed to see Willy (Edward Holmes).

1972: James Douglas debuted as Eliot Carrington in ANOTHER WORLD. Anne Meacham made her first appearance in the same episode as Louise Goddard.

1994: Canada's FAMILY PASSIONS, starring Gordon Thomson, Roscoe Born, Dietmar Schönherr and a young Hayden Christiansen, premiered. The daytime soap, written by Bruce Neckels and Thom Racina, lasted 130 episodes.

1991: On THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, Victor (Eric Braeden) promised Nikki (Melody Thomas Scott) to help with her drinking problem.

Today in Soap Opera History (August 20)

On this date in...

1973: Suzanne Rogers debuted as Maggie Horton in DAYS OF OUR LIVES.  Amnesiac Mickey Horton stumbled onto Maggie's farm that day.

1974: On ANOTHER WORLD, Alice told Steve she was freeing him from their marriage.

1979: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, Tobias was the talk of the town, and Paige encountered a masked man with a gun.

Today in Soap Opera History (August 6)

On this date in...

1928: REAL FOLKS FROM THOMPKINS CORNER, one of the earliest documented radio serials, premiered on NBC Radio.

1946: Charla Doherty, the actress who originated the role of Julie Olson in DAYS OF OUR LIVES, was born.  She died in 1988 at age 41.  Watch her in the very first episode of DAYS here.

1968: On ANOTHER WORLD, Liz (Audra Lindley) cried to Bill and Missy that they would have been happier if she had died of her heart attack.

1969: On DARK SHADOWS, Nora unwrapped the box and found the smaller box inside.

1979: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, Louise tried to kill Paige (Margaret Colin).

Today in Soap Opera History (August 5)

On this date in...

1977: Josh Taylor debuted in DAYS OF OUR LIVES as Chris Kositchek.  Brooke Bundy aired for the final time that day as Rebecca North.

1980: On TEXAS, Alex shared his feelings with Iris.

Today in Soap Opera History (December 5)

On this date in...

1957: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, Ellie reluctantly agreed to see Willy.

1994: Canada's FAMILY PASSIONS, starring Gordon Thomson, Roscoe Born, Dietmar Schönherr and a young Hayden Christiansen, premiered. The daytime soap, written by Bruce Neckels and Thom Racina, lasted 130 episodes.

Celebrating a birthday today are:

Today in Soap Opera History (August 6)

On this date in...

1911: One of the greatest entertainers of all time, Lucille Ball, was born (100 years ago!). She died in 1989 at age 77. There are some interesting ties between Lucy and soap operas. Y&R's Melody Thomas Scott is a founding board member of the Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Center, which runs the Lucy-Desi Museum in Ball's home town of Jamestown, NY. The center is trying to set a world record today for “most people dressed as Lucy Ricardo in one place, at one time.” OLTL's Robin Strasser's sons, Nicholas and Benjamin, are Lucy's step-grandchildren (through Laurence Luckinbill's marriage to Lucie Arnaz). GENERAL HOSPITAL's Maurice Benard played Desi Arnaz in a television movie (read our interview with Benard about the role here). Lucy's also made a guest appearance on THE CAROL BURNETT SHOW and appeared in the "As The Stomach Turns" parody.

She also featured a fictional soap on one of her own shows.

Today in Soap Opera History (August 5)

On this date in...

1990: LOVING star Noelle Beck (Trisha) married Eric Petterson.

1991: On ANOTHER WORLD, Jake and Paulina had an engagement party.

Today's Soap World Birthdays

John Saxon (ex-Tony, FALCON CREST; ex-Rashid, DYNASTY; ex-Edward, ANOTHER WORLD) - 75
Ja'net DuBois (ex-Loretta, LOVE OF LIFE) - 65
Loni Anderson (ex-Teri, MELROSE PLACE) - 65
Erika Slezak (Viki, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) - 64
Maureen McCormick (ex-Rebecca, PASSIONS) - 54
Jill Lorie Hurst (former GUIDING LIGHT writer)
Scott William Winters (ex-Cyril, OZ) - 45

TRIVIA: 20 year old Josh Ryan Evans (Timmy, PASSIONS) died on August 5, 2002.

50 Greatest Soap Actors: #30 Roscoe Born

NAME: Roscoe Born
RANK: 30
SOAP ROLES: Mitch Laurence, ONE LIFE TO LIVE (1985-1986, 1987, 2002-2003, 2009-present); Trent, DAYS OF OUR LIVES (2008); Warden, PASSIONS (2007); Tom, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS (2005); Peter Vreeland, GUIDING LIGHT (2001); Greg Lauritz, AS THE WORLD TURNS (1999); Jim, ALL MY CHILDREN (1997); Nick Rivers, THE CITY (1995-1997); Kyle McDeere, FAMILY PASSIONS (1993); Quinn Armitage, SANTA BARBARA (1990-1991); Robert Barr, SANTA BARBARA (1989-91); Mark Bailey, PAPER DOLLS (1984); Joe Novak, RYAN’S HOPE (1981-1983, 1988)

AWARDS:
1991 Soap Opera Digest Award nomination for Outstanding Hero: Daytime
1990 Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

COMMENTS FROM THE PANEL:
Alan Carter: Wherever he goes, whatever he does....the man is fascinating.

50 Greatest Soap Actors: #36 Kin Shriner

NAME: Kin Shriner
RANK: 36
SOAP ROLES: Jon Prescott, GOTHAM (2010-present); Scott Baldwin, GENERAL HOSPITAL (1977-1980, 1982-1984, 1988-1993, 2000-2004, 2007-2008); Keith Morrissey, AS THE WORLD TURNS (2004-2005); Harrison Bartlett, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS (2004); Scott Baldwin, PORT CHARLES (1997-2000, 2001); Brian Carey, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL (1995-1996); Mickey Langer, FAMILY PASSIONS (1993); Mike Gallagher, RITUALS (1984); Jeb Hampton, TEXAS (1980-1981)

AWARDS:
2001 Soap Opera Digest Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor
2000 Soap Opera Digest Award nomination for Favorite Actor
1999 Soap Opera Digest Award win for Outstanding Male Scene Stealer
1998 Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
1998 Soap Opera Digest Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor
1993 Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
1993 Soap Opera Digest Award nomination for Outstanding Comic Performance
1992 Soap Opera Digest Award nomination for Outstanding Comic Performance: Daytime
1991 Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
1991 Soap Opera Digest Award nomination for Outstanding Villain: Daytime
1990 Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
1990 Soap Opera Digest Award nomination for Outstanding Villain: Daytime
1989 Soap Opera Digest Award nomination for Outstanding Villain: Daytime
1983 Soapy Award win for Favorite Villain

COMMENTS FROM THE PANEL:
Damon L. Jacobs: It is the sign of a gifted and intelligent talent who embraces the concept of "subtext." Shriner has made a 30+ year career from infusing written dialogue with layers of sarcasm, anger, and humor.  There is always more in his scenes that what appears to be taking place on the surface, and this makes his performances consistently compelling and fascinating to watch.  It is a sign of the times that television will not accommodate his complex multi-layered style of acting, but fortunately we can see Shriner's talents embraced on the web series GOTHAM.