Friday, September 9, 2011

Today in Soap Opera History (September 9)

On this date in...

1968: GUIDING LIGHT and SEARCH FOR TOMORROW expanded from 15 minutes to a half hour. Watch a promo below.

1991: ON ANTOHER WORLD, Ryan asked Vicky to go work for Grant. Big mistake!

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Cliff Robertson (ex-Michael, FALCON CREST) - 88
Robert Desiderio (ex-Antonio, SEARCH FOR TOMORROW; ex-Orson, RYAN'S HOPE; ex-Steve, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; ex-Ted, KNOTS LANDING) - 60
Tom Wopat (ex-Hank, ALL MY CHILDREN) - 60
John Novak (ex-Keith, SANTA BARBARA) - 56
Gil Brenton (ex-Alan, SANTA BARBARA) - 47
Constance Marie (Regina, SWITCHED AT BIRTH) - 46
Brenda Epperson Doumani (ex-Ashley, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS; ex-Crystal, PASSIONS) - 46
Jocelyn Seagrave (ex-Julie, GUIDING LIGHT; ex-Tanya, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; ex-Rita, SAVANNAH; ex-Jessica, PACIFIC PALISADES) - 43
Scott DeFreitas (ex-Andy, AS THE WORLD TURNS) - 41
Michelle Williams (ex-Jen, DAWSON'S CREEK) - 31
Damian McGinty (Rory, GLEE) - 19

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  1. Check out this video about the expansion of "SFT" and "GL" back in 1968! Great clips from great shows with classic actors! Love it!

  2. Thanks, Dan. I had forgotten about that promo. I just added it in.

  3. Wouldn't it be great if the networks still offered such rich, full line-ups of daytime dramas. Thank you Roger Newcomb and "We Love Soaps" for reminding us of what once was.

    Soap operas are an artform where we the fans will most likely have to be the historians. That's what makes websites like yours so important and people like you so appreciated.