Saturday, June 22, 2019

Today in Soap Opera History (June 22)

1967: Dark Shadows' Elizabeth confessed to murder.
1981: General Hospital's Luke was drugged.
1987: Jess Walton debuted as Jill on The Young and the Restless.
1993: All My Children's Erica married Dimitri.
"History speaks to artists. It changes the artist's thinking and is constantly reshaping it into different 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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1956: The final episode of radio soap opera Young Widder Brown aired on NBC Radio, completing a 22-year run. The show's epigraph: "Again we present the moving human drama of a woman's heart and a mother's love -- Young Widder Brown. In the little town of Simpsonville, attractive Ellen Brown, with two children to support, faces the question of what she owes to them and what she owes to herself. Here's the story of life and love as we all know it."

1966: On The Guiding Light, Bert Bauer (Charita Bauer) confronted Maggie about her affair with Bill.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Today in Soap Opera History (June 20)

1984: All My Children's Erica was curious about Adam's first wife.
1990: General Hospital's Frisco planned a surprise for Felicia.
1994: Days of our Lives' Alice found Tom dead in their bedroom.
2003: The Young and the Restless' Jill tried to stop a wedding.
"History speaks to artists. It changes the artist's thinking and is constantly reshaping it into different 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...

1963: James Pritchett made his first appearance on NBC soap opera The Doctors. He played a corporation president running away and having a broken back that brought me to the hospital. Pritchett returned to The Doctors on July 9, 1963, as Dr. Matt Powers when the serial was still was still a one-story-a-week show.

1963: On Ben Jerrod, Adele Pike's (Jo Helton) plan backfired.

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1966: Another World became the first daytime soap opera to make the transition to color broadcasts from black and white.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

'David Makes Man' to Premiere August 14 on OWN


OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network announced today that its anticipated new drama series David Makes Man from Academy Award winner Tarell Alvin McCraney (Moonlight) and Warner Horizon Scripted Television will premiere on Wednesday, August 14 at 10 p.m. ET/PT following the network's critically acclaimed drama Queen Sugar (Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT). The series premiere will be presented by Lexus with limited commercial interruption.

David Makes Man centers on a 14-year-old prodigy from the projects who is haunted by the death of his closest friend and relied on by his hardworking mother to find a way out of poverty. He must choose between the streets that raised him or the higher education that may offer him a way out. Set in South Florida, the series is inspired by events in McCraney's own life and explores childhood trauma and the power of imagination to survive. The drama stars Akili McDowell (The Astronaut Wives Club) as David, a ferociously observant, instinct-driven, passionate teenager, who toggles between two distinct personas that reflect his surroundings and metabolizes his world like a chameleon, but not without exacting an emotional price; Alana Arenas (Hall of Passes) plays David's hard-working single mother Gloria, a former drug user with a smile that melts and while rarely home, she wants better for her kids than what they've got; Isaiah Johnson ("Hamilton") plays Sky, an enigmatic and wise dope dealer who is also David's close friend and occasional mentor in the projects; Travis Coles (Liza on Demand) portrays Mx. Elijah, gender queer and assigned male at birth and doesn't consider herself 'trans,' but always thought of herself as both, Mx. Elijah doesn't disclose pronouns as long as it's with respect - a long-time Homestead Village resident who knows a great deal, but discusses few; Phylicia Rashad (One Life to Live, The Cosby Show) plays Dr. Woods-Trap, the lithe, alive, quick-witted and intimidating teacher that is motherly yet firm toward David, seeing something very special in him and remains an advocate for him; Nathaniel Logan McIntyre (Celebrity Ghost Stories) plays Seren, David's incredibly vulnerable best friend at the magnet school for academically gifted kids who takes a risk by revealing a painful secret to David; Cayden K. Williams (Girls Trip) plays Jonathan "JG" Greg, David's rough-and-tumble younger brother, who acts tough in front of his peers but still needs his big brother and mom to be there for him; Ade Chike Torbert (East Los High) is Raynan, the local drug dealer running the movements in The Ville who talks a good game about taking care of the neighborhood and running things for Sky while also attempting to connect with David the way Sky did, except he seeks a disciple not a friend or brother; Jordan Bolger (Peaky Blinders) plays Shinobi, Raynan's second-in-command who nearly comes to blows with David, whom he resents.

The series also features Tony winner and Emmy/Golden Globe nominee Ruben Santiago-Hudson (The Quad, Another World), Elvis Nolasco (American Crime), Gillian Williams (The Girlfriend Experience), Juanita Jennings (Star), Liza Colón-Zayas (Proven Innocent), Lindsey Blackwell (Step Sisters), Lela Rochon (Training Day) and Nick Creegan, all with recurring roles.

Watch the trailer below.

Today in Soap Opera History (June 19)

1967: Dark Shadows' Maggie saw Sarah outside the Old House.
1984: All My Children's Edna didn't want Dottie to see Tad.
1995: One Life to Live's Dorian was up to no good with Viki.
2009: EastEnders' Christian and Syed shared a kiss.
"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...

1964: On Another World, Missy Palmer (Carol Roux) had dinner with the Matthews family.

1967: On Dark Shadows, Willie (John Karlen) returned to the Old House to check on Maggie (Kathryn Leigh Scott), who would rather be dead of starvation than become Barnabas' vampire bride. Alone again, Maggie heard Sarah (Sharon Smyth) singing. She hurried to the door, and after several moments, Sarah finally spoke to her. She warned Maggie not to tell David she saw her.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

'General Hospital' Stars Team Up with Rollman Foundation to Battle Ovarian Cancer


A group of stars from General Hospital is heading for Philadelphia in September as part of two Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month events from the Sandy Rollman Foundation, a force for education, support, and resources in the fight against the disease.

Actors William Devry (Julian), Tamara Braun (Kim), Donnell Turner (Curtis), Eden McCoy (Josslyn) and Wes Ramsey (Peter) will be headlining two events on September 14: An evening at the Helium Club with the cast, with Q&A, autographs, and photos and a private dinner afterward. The Sandy Rollman Foundation will also present a research grant during the Helium Club show.

Emmy-nominated McCoy can’t wait to get there.

"Our GH fanbase is made up of the most loving, passionate, and dedicated people," she says. "I can’t wait to meet the ones coming out to support funding for this foundation. We’re going to have a great time!"

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Robin Givens Teases 'Ambitions' is Full of "Drama, Drama, Drama"


At long last, Jamey Giddens' highly anticipated primetime soap opera, Ambitions, premieres tonight at 10 p.m. ET/PT on OWN, following a new episode of The Haves and the Have Nots. Ambitions explores the sexy, deceitful machinations of love, power and politics in America’s hottest urban mecca, Atlanta, Georgia. The series centers around the intense rivalry between formidable legal eagles Stephanie Lancaster (Robin Givens) and Amara Hughes (Essence Atkins), former best friends from college who find themselves adversaries in both their personal and professional lives. Full descriptions of ensemble below:

Givens plays the sophisticated Stephanie, who hails from a long line of distinguished attorneys. Stephanie desperately wants to be in charge of her family's prestigious law firm and will stop at nothing to get what she wants.

We Love Soaps caught up with Givens when we visited the Ambitions set in Atlanta. Check out what she had to say in our interview below.

WE LOVE SOAPS: What was your first reaction when you read the script for Ambitions? What stood out to you?
ROBIN GIVENS: It was sort of interesting because I was working on Riverdale and The Fix at the same time. With Riverdale, I worked with that character for some time so I understood her. The Fix was a pretty tough character (Julieanne Johnson) for me, and it was a lot of work. When my agent sent me the script for Ambitions, I was like, "No, I'm fine." I was already working on two shows but when I read it I was like, "Okay, no one can do this better than I can" [laughs]. So I borrowed a dress from The Fix, went in for the audition and did my thing.