Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Today in Soap Opera History (August 17)

On this date in...

1967: On ANOTHER WORLD, Walter sent Lenore roses.

1989: Terry Lester's contract expired with THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS where he had been playing Jack for nearly a decade. Then Terry ran into SANTA BARBARA's head writer, Chuck Pratt, an an L.A. function. Chuck commented, "Boy, would I like to write for you," which Terry found very flattering. Two weeks later, New World Television president Jon Feltheimer called the actor at home and emphasized that his company had many other production arms other than Santa Barbara and that if Terry joined the cast of the soap, they would help him find the other vehicles he was interested in.

2007: ONE LIFE TO LIVE aired its 10,000th episode.

2007: Luke and Noah shared their first (historic) kiss on AS THE WORLD TURNS. YouTube clips of the kiss have been watched by millions of fans since that day.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Julianna McCarthy (ex-Liz, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS; ex-Abigail, DARK SHADOWS)- 82
Wesley Eure (ex-Mike, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 60
Orlagh Cassidy (Colleen, EMPIRE; ex-Doris, GUIDING LIGHT; ex-Sloane, ANOTHER WORLD) - 44
Mark Salling (Puck, GLEE) - 29
Bryton James (Devon, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS) - 25
Brady Corbet (ex-Derek, 24) - 23
Austin Butler (Wilke, SWITCHED AT BIRTH; ex-Jones, LIFE UNEXPECTED) - 20

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  1. Wow! Speechless here - and very deeply disappointed that you did not include Luke and Noah's first kiss in 2007. What could be more historic, memorable, and beautiful than that??

  2. Hi Cheryl. Thanks for the reminder. That was very huge. We will add that one in for today so we won't forget next year. Hard to believe it's been four years.

  3. On this day, Liz Keifer took over the Role of Blake Thorpe Marler on Guiding Light.