Friday, February 15, 2019

Today in Soap Opera History (February 15)

1967: Peyton Place's Allison famously cut her hair.
1980: AMC's Palmer toasted Nina on her 19th birthday.
1985: Santa Barbara's Kelly blew up a car.
2010: AMC's Greenlee revealed herself to be alive at her wedding.
"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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1952: On Search for Tomorrow, Jim and Sam received photos of Keith kissing another woman. Louise told Joanne (Mary Stuart) that Irene (Bess Johnson) planned to destroy Joanne's reputation by leaking information of her affairs and shady business activities. Irene told Jim that she wanted to initiate divorce proceedings between Keith and Joanne, without either of them knowing.

1966: On Peyton Place, Mia Farrow shocked the nation, as well as the show's cast and crew when her charactter, Allison Mackenzie, cut her hair after emotional conversation with Russ Gehring (David Canary).

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Matthew Atkinson Joining 'The Bold and the Beautiful' as Thomas Forrester


Former The Young and the Restless actor Matthew Atkinson has joined the cast of The Bold and the Beautiful. He will be the latest actor to portray Ridge and Taylor's son, Thomas Forrester.

"It was actually a long time coming," the actor revealed to to Soap Opera Digest. "I remember this role coming around a few years ago. When it came around this time, I knew everyone there. I had met Brad [Bell, executive producer/head writer] before, and I couldn't say no. There's something very comforting now about being back in the same building."

In the story, Thomas has been living in New York with Caroline and their son. Pierson Fodé was the most recent actor to play the role of Thomas.

Atkinson played Austin Travers on Y&R in 2014-2015. He is scheduled to make his B&B debut on March 14.

Today in Soap Opera History (February 14)

2008: All My Children's Greg and Jenny married.
1986: Another World's Felicia and Zane tied the knot.
1991: Guiding Light's Beth and Phillip were finally married.
2002: ATWT's Nancy felt her late husband's presence in a special Valentine's Day episode.
"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...

1967: On Peyton Place, Chris began a new journey, gunfire brought police to the Webber house, and Constance made plans with Edward.

1975: On Another World, Mackenzie Cory (Douglass Watson) married Rachel Davis Matthews Clark Frame (Victoria Wyndham) at Mac's New York City townhouse.

1977: Eric Roberts debuted in the role of Ted Bancroft on Another World. Ted was Brian's son and his first scene was with Brian and Mackenzie Cory. "You haven't changed a bit, sir," Ted said to Mac in his first line on the soap.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Dominic Zamprogna Returning to 'General Hospital'


Dominic Zamprogna is returning to General Hospital as Dante Falconeri, the role he played from 2009-2018. The actor posted a selfie from inside his temporary dressing room (his old one was reassigned to Josh Swickard, Chase).

Zamprogna is not returning full-time but will be staying longer than the one-day return he made for a special Sonny episode late last year.

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- Dominic Zamprogna: Setting Goals, Following Dreams

Today in Soap Opera History (February 13)

1981: General Hospital's Lesley had no shortage of admirers.
1985: Daniel confessed his love for Krystle on Dynasty.
1989: GL's Reva and Sonni walked across a suspension bridge.
2009: The wedding of All My Children's Reese and Bianca began.
"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...

1939: Virgina Payne joined the cast of radio soap opera The Carters of Elm Street as Ms. Carter. Payne was best known for her 27-year run as "Ma Perkins".

1974: Joseph Gallison debuted on Days of our Lives as Neil Curtis, a role he would play until 1991.

1976: On Another World, Robert Delaney (Nicolas Coster) marreid Iris Carrington (Beverlee McKinsey).

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Today in Soap Opera History (February 12)

1968: Dark Shadows' Victoria arrived in the year 1795.
1986: Days of our Lives' Bo had a Britta flashback.
1993: General Hospital's Dominique fainted before her wedding.
1998: Port Charles' Serena bit Rex.
"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...

1965: On Another World, Pat Matthews (Susan Trustman) was found not guilty of murdering Tom Baxter (Nicholas Pryor) by reason of temporary insanity.

1968: On Dark Shadows, in the wake of a seance gone awry, Victoria Winters awoke in the year 1795, a time where each of the Collins ancestors resembled a present-day member of the Collins family, though the names and relationships had changed. A despondent Barnabas (Jonathan Frid) told Ben about Josette's death and questioned how he could face eternity without her. He vowed to end Angelique's curse -- that everyone Barnabas loved would die -- by admitting to his father Joshua and mother Naomi what he had become and letting them decide his fate. Going to Jeremiah's grave, Barnabas told his brother's spirit that he forgave him for marrying Josette and bemoaned their deaths. Cousin Millicent saw Barnabas in the cemetery and mistakenly thought he was back from England. Millicent told a shocked Joshua and Naomi that she wanted Barnabas to kill Lt. Nathan Forbes in a duel, finally admitting that Nathan deceived her about his marital status. As the episode ended, Joshua told Naomi that Abigail would represent the Collins family and testify against the imprisoned Vicky at her witchcraft trial. Naomi promised a fight.