Friday, March 22, 2019

Today in Soap Opera History (March 22)

1962: Ann Flood debuted as Nancy on The Edge of Night.
1983: General Hospital's Jimmy Lee denied having Tolliver's papers.
1991: NBC's primetime Dark Shadows remake ended.
2004: One Life to Live's Paul delivered Babe's baby on All My Children.
"History speaks to artists. It changes the artist's thinking and is constantly reshaping it into d ifferent and unexpected images."
― Anselm Kiefer

"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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1940: NBC's Blue Network aired the final episode of radio soap opera The Affairs of Anthony. Henry Hunter starred as Anthony Marleybone Jr.

1955: On The Inner Flame, Dorie (Jean Gillespie) asked Amelia for money.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Today in Soap Opera History (March 21)

1979: Guiding Light's Jackie wanted Alan to keep her secret.
1980: J.R. Ewing was shot on the third season finale of Dallas.
2005: Amelia Heinle debuted as Victoria on Young and the Restless.
2011: Jake Spencer died on General Hospital.
"History speaks to artists. It changes the artist's thinking and is constantly reshaping it into d ifferent and unexpected images."
― Anselm Kiefer

"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...

1952: On Search for Tomorrow, Irene wanted to visit her son, Keith Barron (John Sylvester White), who was in critical condition at the hospital. But her husband, Victor (Cliff Hall), felt that Irene had better not see Keith just yet. Meanwhile, Joanne (Mary Stuart) learned that another blood transfusion would be necessary in order to stabilize Keith. When Victor finally updated Irene on Keith's condition, she felt bitter because Jo had the power to make all of the medical decisions for Keith.

1955: On Valiant Lady, Mickey (James Kirkwood Jr.) read the letters Bonnie write to him that had never been mailed.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Daytime Emmy Nominations: 'Days of our Lives' Leads Daytime Dramas, 'Giants' Tops Digital


The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) today announced the nominees for the 46th Annual Daytime Emmy® Awards. The ceremony will be held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on Sunday, May 5, 2019. The Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards will also be held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on Friday, May 3, 2019. The 46th Annual Daytime Emmy Award Nominations were revealed today on the Emmy Award-winning show The Talk on CBS.

“We are very excited today to announce the nominees for the 46th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards,” said, Adam Sharp, President & CEO of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS). “We look forward to a grand celebration honoring the best of Daytime television both in front of the camera and behind as we return for the third year in a row to the classic Pasadena Civic Auditorium.”

“The incredible level of talent and craft reflected in our nominees continues to show the growing impact of Daytime television and the incredible diversity of programming the viewing audience has to choose from,” said, Executive Director, Daytime, Brent Stanton. “With the help of some outstanding new additions to our staff, Rachel Schwartz and Lisa Armstrong, and the continued support of Luke Smith and Christine Chin, we have handled another record-breaking number of entries this year. Many thanks to our hundreds of great judges, who through their hard work and dedication, have come up with a stellar list of nominees that exemplify the best in Daytime!”

The Daytime Emmy Awards recognize outstanding achievement in all fields of daytime television production and are presented to individuals and programs broadcast from 2:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. during the 2018 calendar year.

The 46th Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards Gala honors the more than 70 craft & program categories behind the many shows that grace the Daytime genre.

The 46th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards is a presentation of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Both of this year’s shows will be led by Executive Producer, David Michaels, SVP, Daytime (NATAS) and Executive Producer, David Parks, Ignition Entertainment.

Check out the complete list of nominees below.

Outstanding Drama Series
The Bold and the Beautiful CBS
Days of Our Lives NBC
General Hospital ABC
The Young and the Restless CBS

Outstanding Digital Daytime Drama Series
After Forever Amazon Prime Video
The Bay The Series Amazon Prime Video
Giants YouTube.com
The New 30 YouTube.com
Youth & Consequences YouTube Premium

Today in Soap Opera History (March 20)

1953: Love of Life's Vanessa waited for news about Beanie.
1987: ATWT's John pulled Lucinda into a hot tub, then married her.
1987: CBS aired the final episode of Capitol.
1990: General Hospital's Lucy resigned from the hospital.
"History speaks to artists. It changes the artist's thinking and is constantly reshaping it into d ifferent and unexpected images."
― Anselm Kiefer

"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...

1942: NBC's Blue Network aired the final episode of radio soap opera John's Other Wife, after a five and a half year run.

1953: On Love of Life, with Beaning (Dennis Parnell) missing, a tense Meg Harper (Jean McBride) complained that her sister, Vanessa Dale (Peggy McCay), was snapping at her "like a snotty little puppy."

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Sneak Peak of New Jamey Giddens Soap 'Ambitions'


"Lovers, competitors, enemies, friends, scandal, and that's just for starters," teases Robin Givens in a new first look video for Ambitions, the upcoming primetime soap opera created by Indie Series Award nominated writer Jamey Giddens. Givens stars as Stephanie Lancaster in the OWN series, which premieres in June. Check out the preview below.

Kristoff St. John Cause of Death: Hypertrophic Heart Disease


Kristoff St. John died from heart disease, and accidental alcohol overdose, according to a report from the L.A. coroner's office.

The Young and the Restless star's official cause of death is listed as hypertrophic heart disease and is categorized as accidental, according to the report obtained by TMZ. The disease makes it difficult for the heart to pump blood and often goes undiagnosed.

The 52-year-old actor was found dead last month at his home in the San Fernando Valley. Law enforcement sources say one of the actor's friends went to check on him and found his body. Police and paramedics responded, and we're told Kristoff was pronounced dead on the scene.

A source close to St. John tells TMZ the actor checked himself into UCLA Medical Center in January for depression issues, and he had just been released a few days before his death. His depression was partially linked to his son, Julian's suicide in 2014. It also seems to be the likely trigger for St. John's heavy drinking at the time of his death.

Around the 3-year anniversary of Julian's suicide in 2017, St. John allegedly threatened to take his own life with a gun, and cops placed him under a 72-hour hold for psychiatric evaluation.