Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Today in Soap Opera History (November 30)

On this date in...

1981: Beverlee McKinsey aired for the final time as Iris on TEXAS.

1983: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, Heinrich Kraus was strangled by Spencer Varney.

1989: Joseph Hardy's final episode as executive producer of LOVING. Mary-Ellis Bunim took over the following Monday.

1989: On AS THE WORLD TURNS, Tom informed Emily he had to bring charges against her.

2010: Polish soap opera SAMO ZYCIE aired its final episode after an eight year run.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Nada Rowand (ex-Kate, LOVING) - 75
Kevin Conroy (ex-Jerry, ANOTHER WORLD; ex-Bart, DYNASTY; ex-Chase, SEARCH FOR TOMORROW) - 56
David Lee Russek (ex-Sean, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS; ex-Chip, ANOTHER WORLD; ex-Christos, GUIDING LIGHT) - 43
Jessalyn Gilsig (Terri, GLEE; Jessalyn, IMAGINARY BITCHES; ex-Gina, NIP/TUCK; ex-Shelley, FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS) - 40
Christel Khalil (Lily, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS) - 24

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  1. Hi. You might find the company really interesting. They help produce soaps around the world that are intended to have a specific social impact. Usually they work with developing countries, but I do believe they also worked with China to create a soap about a woman leaving the fields and finding work in the city, something that was a major movement for Chinese women. It was wildly successful to boot. I wish more of these shows were shown with subtitles on the internet. Another favorite of mine is La Reina del Sur, which is really hard to find with english subtitles, but is an AMAZING soap.

  2. Thanks, Cady. I believe we have mentioned them before. One recurring theme in our news roundups are reports from various countries where soaps are being used to educate both on TV and on the radio.