Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Today in Soap Opera History (September 28)

On this date in...

1962: THE BRIGHTER DAY aired its final episode. The show, set in New Hope, was originally created for NBC Radio by Irna Phillips in 1948. The original setting of Three Rivers was moved to New Hope in 1953 before the move to television in 1954.

1979: On AS THE WORLD TURNS, Oakdale gathered to watch Ian McFarland (Peter Simon) conduct the Joffrey ballet. Ian's ex-wife Dana had just become engaged to Dr. Bob Hughes. Ian wouldn't make it till the end of the performance (shot on location at the Ed Sullivan Theater).

1981: Newsweek's cover calls GENERAL HOSPITAL "TV's Hottest Show."

2006: The U.S. version of UGLY BETTY finally arrived premiering on ABC.

2008: DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES' fifth season premiered on ABC.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Robert Hogan (ex-Vince, ANOTHER WORLD; ex-Charles, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; ex-DA Stephens, BRIGHT PROMISE; ex-Tom, PEYTON PLACE; ex-Gillespie, THE YOUNG MARRIEDS) - 78
Jennifer Leak (ex-Olive, ANOTHER WORLD; ex-Blanche, GUIDING LIGHT; ex-Nurse Klupper, RYAN'S HOPE; ex-Elaine, BRIGHT PROMISE) - 61
Susan Walters (ex-Diane, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS; ex-Lorna, LOVING) - 48
Todd Rotondi (ex-Bryant, AS THE WORLD TURNS) - 37
Kirsten Prout (Char, THE LYING GAME) - 21

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1 comment:

  1. Jennifer Leak was great as Olive, but she got her start on Y&R playing hooker turned nun Gwen Sherman.

    Robert Hogan was on OLTL playing newsman Charlie Briggs in the late 90s opposite Roger Howarth.

    Additionally, Hogan was the original Scott Banning on Days of Our Lives and the second actor to play Phil Brewer on General Hospital.

    And finally, Hogan played Rev. Tom Winter on Peyton Place.