Sunday, October 21, 2018

Today in Soap Opera History (October 21)

1982: General Hospital's Bryan visited his father.
1988: Guiding Light's Rick had an epiphany on his wedding day.
1997: Another World's Felicia removed her bandages.
2004: Guiding Light's Reva told Cassie that JB was Jonathan.
"The best prophet of the future is the past."
― Lord Byron

"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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1953: On Hawkins Falls, May Shipley (Vivian Lasswell) came to Dr. Floyd Corey (Maurice Copeland) for help with a problem. Meanwhile, Sue Riga (Toni Gilman) tore into Mitch Fredericks (Jim Bannon). Hugh Downs was the announcer for the show at this time.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

October 20, 1930: The Soap Opera Was Born

Originally published on October 20, 2010.

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Painted Dreams premiered October 20, 1930.
80 YEARS AGO TODAY: THE SOAP OPERA WAS BORN
By Rob Wargo

On October 20, 1930, the soap opera was born, with the debut of the first episode of Irna Phillips’ Painted Dreams. Although the series had a relatively brief network run, compared to Ms. Phillips’ other triumphs, it is widely recognized by broadcast historians as the first very soap opera.

One day in 1930, schoolteacher Irna Phillips visited Chicago’s WGN looking for work. Although initially hired as an actress, her interests soon turned to writing, and she created the series Sue and Irene in which she and Ireene Wicker (best known as radio’s “Singing Lady”) provided all of the voices, with Irna playing “Sue” and Ireene playing “Irene.” Scheduled during the daytime, Sue and Irene was sponsored by Lever Brothers’ detergent “Super Suds.” The dialogue was conversational in tone, rather than full-out acting, similar to another early serialized entry Clara, Lu and Em.

Today in Soap Opera History (October 20)

1930: Irna Phillips' soap opera Painted Dreams premiered.
1987: General Hospital's Duke and Anna were married.
1994: All My Children's Edmund faced the press.
1998: The Young and the Restless' Sharon was hit by a car.
"The best prophet of the future is the past."
― Lord Byron

"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...

1930: The soap opera was born! Irna Phillips’ radio soap Painted Dreams premiered on WGN Radio in Chicago. The show is widely recognized by broadcast historians as the very first soap opera. The show ran on WGN and later CBS Radio until July 1943.

Friday, October 19, 2018

'The Young and the Restless' Spoilers (October 22-26, 2018)

What will happen on The Young and the Restless during the week of October 22-26, 2018? Check out the day-to-day spoilers below to find out.

Monday, October 22
Nick digs for information about Rey; Dina shares a secret; Sharon stands her ground.

Tuesday, October 23
Nick gives Rey a warning; Phyllis reaches out to Jack; Mariah finds herself in danger.

'The Bold and the Beautiful' Spoilers (October 22-26, 2018)

What's coming up on CBS soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful during the week of October 22-26, 2018? Check out the day-to-day spoilers and a sneak peek video below to find out.

Monday, October 22
Liam and Hope share a loving moment when they learn the gender of their unborn child; Ridge and Thorne's heated confrontation with Bill quickly turns into a brawl.

'General Hospital' Spoilers (October 22-26, 2018)

What's happening on General Hospital during the week of October 22-26, 2018? Check out the day-to-day spoilers below to find out.

Monday, October 22
Carly opens up to Stella; Alexis tries to help Kristina; Josslyn puts her plan in motion; Kristina is crushed; Oscar gets the support he needs.