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Today in Soap Opera History (December 21)

1981: GH's Laura was offered the "Miss Star Eyes" job.
1982: Barrington and Burgess plotted on Capitol.
1987: GL's Johnny saw it snow.  2007: A dollhouse came
to life on ATWT.
"Most of us spend too much time on the last twenty-four hours and too little on the last six thousand years."
― Will Durant

"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...

1966: On Dark Shadows, Sam Evans (David Ford) called Roger Collins (Louis Edmonds) and told him to meet him at the Blue Whale because "the worst possible thing that could happen, has happened." At the Inn, Sam gleefully announced that Laura, Roger's wife, had come home.

1966: On Peyton Place, Martin Peyton (George Macready) and Rodney Harrington (Ryan O'Neal) talked about Hannah Cord's testimony in court that Rodney's mother gave away two illegitimate children.



1967: On Days of our Lives, Sandy (Heather North) was full of sarcasm and contempt when Kitty picked her up at the airport, but turned on the charm when she arrived to meet Tom (Macdonald Carey) and Alice (Frances Reid).

1967: On Another World, Bill Matthews (Joseph Gallison) and Missy Palmer (Carol Roux) were married in the Matthews family living room. Rachel (Robin Strasser) caught the bouquet. She married Bill's best man, Russ, two weeks later.

Today in Soap Opera History (December 21)

1981: GH's Laura was offered the "Miss Star Eyes" job.
1982: Barrington and Burgess plotted on CAPITOL.
1987: GL's Johnny saw it snow.  2007: A dollhouse came
to life on ATWT.
"The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see."
- Winston Churchill

"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...

1967: On DAYS OF OUR LIVES, Sandy (Heather North) was full of sarcasm and contempt when Kitty picked her up at the airport, but turned on the charm when she arrived to meet Tom (Macdonald Carey) and Alice (Frances Reid).

1967: On ANOTHER WORLD, Bill Matthews (Joseph Gallison) and Missy Palmer (Carol Roux) were married in the Matthews family living room. Rachel (Robin Strasser) caught the bouquet. She married Bill's best man, Russ, two weeks later.

1971: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, Julie Jamison died (off-screen) in Santa Lucia Hospital.

1978: On ANOTHER WORLD, Charlie (Fred J. Scollay) fired Larry (Rick Porter) but wasn't able to convince Clarice (Gail Brown) that Larry was bad news.

1981: On GENERAL HOSPITAL, Laura (Genie Francis) was offered a job as Miss Star Eyes.

NEWS: Daytime Celebrates, Hugh Bonneville, Cameron Mathison, Larry Bryggman, Vanessa Whitburn, Amber Tamblyn, Shonda Rhimes, Luke Grimes, Jon Hamm

Daytime Soap Operas Have Reason to Celebrate: THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS Turns 40 and GENERAL HOSPITAL Turns 50
According to Karen Herman, Director of the Archive of American Television, the Archive seeks to showcase shows and people that will leave “an indelible mark on generations of audiences.” Herman continued, “Television has been at the center of American lives and living rooms for decades, and what is on our screens has mirrored and influenced the history of this country.”

DOWNTON ABBEY's Hugh Bonneville would 'never say never' to EASTENDERS role
Bonneville plays the Earl of Grantham in ITV's hit drama Downton Abbey, but he might be propping up the bar of EastEnders' Queen Vic in the future. The actor made a brief appearance as a headmaster in a single episode the east London-based soap in 1995, but says he would consider returning to Albert Square after DOWNTON. Bonneville told The Mirror: "I might go back. I am a jobbing actor and I will take whatever comes along, thank you very much. I would never say never."

Today in Soap Opera History (December 21)

Joseph Gallison
On this date in...

1967: On ANOTHER WORLD, Bill Matthews (Joseph Gallison) and Missy Palmer (Carol Roux) were married in the Matthews family living room. Rachel (Robin Strasser) caught the bouquet. She married Bill's best man, Russ, two weeks later.

1971: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, Julie Jamison died (off-screen) in Santa Lucia Hospital.

1978: On ANOTHER WORLD, Charlie (Fred J. Scollay) fired Larry (Rick Porter) but wasn't able to convince Clarice (Gail Brown) that Larry was bad news.

CLASSIC CLIP: John & Lucinda in AS THE WORLD TURNS 2010

In the final episode of AS THE WORLD TURNS, Lucinda tells Lily she's off the hook and she will be spending the rest of her life with John. Watch the clip below:

CLASSIC CLIP: John & Lucinda in AS THE WORLD TURNS 1987

In 1987 on AS THE WORLD TURNS, John tried to calm Lucinda down after Iva revealed the truth of Lily's birth. Watch the clip below:

Today in Soap Opera History (December 21)

On this date in...

1971: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, Julie Jamison died (off-screen) in Santa Lucia Hospital.

1986: DAYS OF OUR LIVES star James Reynolds (Abe) married Lissa Layng.

1987: On GUIDING LIGHT, Johnny was excited to see it snow.

Larry Bryggman & Peter Jacobson To Guest on THE GOOD WIFE Season Premiere

While the staff at Lockhart/Gardner adjust to new realities and relationships, Alicia must put aside distractions in her personal life to defend a Muslim student accused of murdering a Jewish classmate, on the third season premiere of THE GOOD WIFE, Sunday, Sept. 25 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on CBS.

Kelli Giddish (ex-Di, ALL MY CHILDREN) and Chris Noth are returning for the premiere which also features guest stars Larry Bryggman (ex-John, AS THE WORLD TURNS), Peter Jacobson and Fred Melamed (ex-Alberto, ONE LIFE TO LIVE).

NEWS: HALLELUJAH, Larry Bryggman, James Franco, Ed Westwick

ABC Orders Marc Cherry's HALLELUJAH Pilot
BC programming chief Paul Lee received Cherry's script over the weekend and quickly moved with a pilot order.

James Franco Says He Will Join Nicole Kidman for Broadway Revival of "Sweet Bird of Youth"
Kidman will portray Princess Kosmonopolis with Franco as Chance Wayne.

Larry Bryggman, David Lansbury, et al. Set for "Off the King's Road" Reading
Bryggman and Lansbury will headline a staged reading of Neil Koenigsberg's new play, "Off the King's Road," to be presented at the Westside Theatre on Thursday, February 3 at 2pm. Bob Jaffe will direct.

WE LOVE SOAPS TV Interview Archive: Colleen Zenk

Actress.  Soap Legend. Oral Cancer Survivor.  Educator. Singer. Dancer.  These are just a few adjectives to describe the inspiring legend Colleen Zenk.  Her next role, with your help, will be as a contestant on ABC's DANCING WITH THE STARS.  With three simple steps YOU can be part of making the dream come true for Zenk and the millions of people who were touched by her performances as Barbara Ryan on AS THE WORLD TURNS these past 32 years. 

WE LOVE SOAPS TV recently sat down to speak with Zenk and reflect upon her career as Barbara Ryan, surviving oral cancer, and coping with recent hardships.  If you haven't already seen our interview from September 2010, please take a moment to learn about this gorgeous talent, and then consider letting ABC know how you feel about her appearing on DANCING WITH THE STARS.  It can happen!
 
In Part One - The daytime legend discussed her pre-WORLD TURNS roots, starting her 32-year-run on the show, and Barbara's classic gothic romances with James Stenbeck and Gunnar St. Clair.

In Part Two - Zenk recalls her years flourishing under Douglas Marland's writing, and the dearth of airtime that followed.  How did she deal with being put "off the stove"? Find out here!

In Part Three  - Zenk discusses working with Larry Bryggman (John Dixon) and Benjamin Hendrickson (Hal Munson).  Plus, for the first time, she shares insight into the suicide of Hendrickson in 2006.

In Part Four - Zenk shares her thoughts on how ATWT may have continued to thrive in this economy, Barbara's role under Hogan Sheffer, and the real life challenges that continue to impact her today.

In Part Five - In this candid section, she reveals her personal struggles and hardships in recent years, and the story behind her roof-blowing performance at We Love Soaps Weekend in May 2010.

In Part Six - Zenk shares her thoughts on Barbara's relationship with Henry, how she dealt with the ageism jokes on screen, and her status as a "gay icon."  Plus, what has she learned from portraying Barbara Ryan for 32 years? Find out here!

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NEWS: Daniel Benzali, Teri Hatcher, Kimberlin Brown, Larry Bryggman

Kimberlin Brown still enjoys acting (and golf)
"I’m really loving South Africa. The people are great. It’s going to be really sad leaving to go back to Los Angeles (today),” said Brown who was appearing at the Gary Player Invitational golf tournament. "I still enjoy acting but I’m also very involved in American Airlines Celebrity, which supports the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and the Susan G Komen Foundation for Breast Cancer."

Kathryn Hays: The We Love Soaps Interview, Part Three

In Parts One and Two of our exclusive interview with Kathryn Hays, the divinely inspiring actress spoke of her spiritual growth in her early career, her historical role on STAR TREK, accidentally angering Irna Phillips, and stirring up trouble on AS THE WORLD TURNS in the early 1970s.  In Part Three below, Hays shares her thoughts on the controversial marital rape storyline between John and Kim, how she had to fight for Kim these past 38 years, and who came up with "Kiddo".

WE LOVE SOAPS TV: You portrayed Kim for 38 years.  Over that time there were some different writers who came in and took core characters in wildly different directions.  But there were many things about Kim that remained solid and consistent.  Her temperament, her vocabulary.  Whenever Kim called someone “Kiddo,” the world was a better place
Kathryn Hays: [Laughs] I got a note from someone recently thanking me for my work.  He said the word “Kiddo,” “Toots,” and “Pal,” would be part of his vocabulary the rest of his life.  Those were the things that would come out of me.  They were absolutely my words.

THE BAY The Series Interviews: Nicolas Coster, Part Four

In Parts One and Two, and Three with Nicolas Coster, the beloved and acclaimed actor, who is now appearing on THE BAY, discussed his early years on soaps, as well as his legendary runs on ANOTHER WORLD and SANTA BARBARA.  In this part he shared insights about the world of daytime television, as well as what happened when he returned to AS THE WORLD TURNS.  What really happened to Eduardo Grimaldi? Find out below!

We Love Soaps: Given that you have worked on daytime soaps for the majority of the past fifty years, what do you think the remaining six soaps need to do to stay alive and vital?
Nicolas Coster: To be honest I haven’t kept track of the shows in recent years, so I’m not an expert anymore.  People who have been out of it for awhile and still voice profundities are idiots.  It’s like a journalist.  It's as if you haven’t been there grinding out a daily column, and then you come back five years later from your farm in Connecticut.  I could give you a better opinion about low budget movies because I’ve done seven of them in the past three years.  I don’t consider myself an expert on daytime anymore. 

Let me tell you the positive instead of the negative.  SANTA BARBARA, ALL MY CHILDREN, ONE LIFE TO LIVE, ANOTHER WORLD at their best, were innovators in storylines.  They were not just going for rich production values and tricky shots, and crazy fantastic plots.  And by “fantastic” I mean unbelievable.  Because that is where they lost the audience: going for unbelievable plots.  Stanislavski meant what he said when he talked about the suspension of disbelief.  I teach a lot.  I teach at the University of Georgia.  I’ve given my first lecture at the New York Film Academy at Universal Studios.  I tell my students, “If you don’t believe it yourself, how on earth do you expect your audience to believe it?” On daytime, if you’re showing off a bunch of big hunks and a bunch of pretty girls who are almost naked, then all the audience has to do is turn on HBO, or a lot of other cable channels, and they will see women really bare, and men really bare.  So who needs a tease? Who needs a Russ Meyers 1950s movie on daytime television?  I think that’s a crock.  You can see I’m a man of absolutely no opinions whatsoever [laughs].  

AS THE WORLD TURNS Honor Roll

Earlier this week I played around with some facts and figures and came up with this list of the longest serving actors in AS THE WORLD TURNS history. Caveat: As I don't have access to precise months of stopping and starting, my figures are only estimates. If you have the specific details, feel free to post in the comments so we can make this list as precise as possible. Also, if you think I have overlooked someone, let me know.

AS THE WORLD TURNS Honor Roll

Ladies:
1. Helen Wagner, 50 (1956-81 and 1985-2010)
2. Eileen Fulton , 48 (1960 to 2010, with about two years of breaks)
3. Kathryn Hays, 38 (1972-2010)
4. Marie Masters, 35 (1968-1979, 1986-2010)
5. Patricia Bruder, 35 (1960-1995)
6. Colleen Zenk, 32 (1978-2010)
7. Elizabeth Hubbard, 26 (1984-2010)
8. Kathleen Widdoes, 25 (1985-2010)
9. Ellen Dolan, 20 (1989-1993, 1994-2010)
10.Martha Byrne, 19 (1985-1989, 1993-2008)

The End of the World: Thoughts on ATWT's Final Episode

As the World Turns has been a constant in my life since birth. My mother passed it on to her children and then it was picked up by my nieces and nephews. On holidays when we all get together it was on the television and we talk about what was happening. It's hard to believe that after 54 years this television institution is ending. Such a monumental occasion in TV history would surely warrant weeks of wrap up, flashbacks, sentimental moments and many former characters returning, right?

The past few months and weeks haven't felt like the ending of a beloved show. It's been mostly business as usual - fast-paced stories, short-term plots full of new characters, bad pacing, mini-arcs introduced and wrapped up in one episode, and some fun and brilliant moments mixed in here and there. As an eternal optimist, perhaps I expected too much from the final episode. Guiding Light's finale wasn't perfect a year ago, but the weeks leading it up to it felt like one big goodbye. Springfield felt like a real community. As ATWT leaves the air, Oakdale does not, and did not today.

Colleen Zenk: The We Love Soaps Interview, Part Five

In Parts One, Two, Three and Four of our interview with Colleen Zenk, the resilient and inspiring talent shared her early years as Barbara Ryan on AS THE WORLD TURNS, her experience working Larry Bryggman and Benjamin Hedrickson, as well as Barbara's resurrection under Hogan Sheffer.  In this candid section, Colleen shares with us more of her personal struggles and hardships in recent years.

We Love Soaps: You have been so gracious and generous sharing your own personal fight with oral cancer.
Colleen Zenk: Frankly, I felt it was my responsibility.  How can you go through a devastating disease that no one knows anything about, go through it, get healthy, and sit by and watch somebody else get sick that you might have been able to help?

I just feel it’s a social responsibility.  So I made it my duty to get out there and talk as much as I can about oral cancer.  The thing with oral cancer, and the reason so many people don’t know about it, is because there are not that many survivors.  Poor Roger Ebert doesn’t talk anymore because he can’t, because his tongue is gone.  The people that have survived often don’t want to talk about it because they are so disfigured that it’s hard to be in public.  Roger Ebert I applaud.  He’s written a cookbook even though he can’t taste anymore because he doesn’t have a tongue.  I give him a lot of credit.  This past week Michael Douglas went public.  The head of the Oral Cancer Foundation sent me an email.  They finally have a figure who big enough so people will stand up and take notice of this cancer.  Michael Douglas has the same cancer I have.  It’s the same cancer, in a slightly different location.  He will be going through the same treatments I went through.  They vary a little bit because I was able to have surgery and he opted not to.  He’s being treated the same way Barbara was treated, with radiation first, to shrink the tumor.  I think finally there will be a face for this cancer. I wish him all the best and hopes he keeps his positive outlook.  That’s why my doctor asked me, “Are you a positive person or a negative person?” I pointed to myself and said, “I’m the positive one.”  I pointed to my husband Mark and said, “He’s the negative one.” He said, “You need positive energy around you everywhere.”

Colleen Zenk: The We Love Soaps Interview, Part Three

In Parts One and Two of our interview with Colleen Zenk, the legendary and captivating actress reviewed her pre-AS THE WORLD TURNS years, Barbara's whirlwind romances with James and Gunnar, and the emergence of "Bad Barbara" under Douglas Marland.  In the next part below, Zenk discusses working with Larry Bryggman (John Dixon) and Benjamin Hendrickson (Hal Munson).  Plus, for the first time, she shares insight into the suicide of Hendrickson in 2006.

We Love Soaps: Barbara’s romance with John Dixon started with a lot of romance and fun, then took a very tragic turn.
Colleen Zenk: It ended up tragic.  Barbara was caught in the church fire while she was pregnant.  John had to decide to save his wife or save his baby.  He decided to save his wife.  The baby died in his arms while Barbara was still in a coma.  Larry was brilliant.  Incredibly, extraordinarily brilliant. I grew as an actor working with him.  Working with an actor of that caliber who cared about the material in a different way that Benjamin [Hendrickson] did, approached the material in a different way, and with a different attitude.

We Love Soaps: What were the differences between Larry Bryggman and Benjamin Hendrickson’s approaches to the work?
Colleen Zenk: [Pause] I used to get very frustrated with Benjamin.  As much as we all loved Benjamin, he came in many times never having read a script.  It was frustrating, not just for me, but for the directors and for the other actors.  I’m a person who needs to prepare.  I would come in prepared.  When you are working with an actor who had never even opened up their script before walking in the rehearsal hall, it gets frustrating.  Now as the years wore on, and as became more and more efficient, and working faster and faster, he had to finally start doing some homework.  So the last years before he died he finally started stepping up to the plate.  It had been a long time since he had done that.