Thursday, July 12, 2012

Today in Soap Opera History (July 12)

On this date in...

1966: On THE GUIDING LIGHT, Ed found Bill drunk at a bar.

1966: On DARK SHADOWS, Roger bravely entered the Drawing Room after Carolyn told him Burke was there. 

1984: On GUIDING LIGHT, Claire (Susan Pratt) refused to let Josh give up on his rehab.

1991: Charlotte Ross aired for the final time as Eve Donovan on DAYS OF OUR LIVES.   Eve left town with Frankie, played by Billy Warlock who also left the show at the time.  Warlock returned for another run in 2005.

2006: On DAYS OF OUR LIVES, Steve rejected Kayla.

2000: On CORONATION STREET, Maria and Tyrone had an awkward conversation about the night before (when they did nothing but watch television).

2007: GENERAL HOSPITAL: NIGHT SHIFT, a nighttime spin-off of the daytime soap, premiered on SOAPnet.

2009: Indie Soap Award-winning EMPIRE premiered. The show, which now stars former daytime favorites Tina Sloan, Orlagh Cassidy, Yvonne Perry, Lauren B. Martin and Ellen Dolan, is set to premiere its fourth season July 17. Read our interview with creators Greg Turner and Brian Hewson conducted a month before the show premiered here.

2010: premiered the first "What If..." episode. The web series, directed by Frank Valentini, won a Daytime Emmy for ABC last year. Watch our interview with Valentini after the win below.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Richard Simmons (ex-Richard, GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 64
Mel Harris (ex-Sylvia, SAINTS & SINNERS; ex-Hope, THIRTYSOMETHING) - 56
Tonya Lee Williams (Olivia, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS) - 54
Judi Evans (Adrienne/ex-Bonnie, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; ex-Maeve, AS THE WORLD TURNS; ex-Paulina, ANOTHER WORLD; ex-Beth, GUIDING LIGHT) - 48
Cheyenne Jackson (ex-Dustin, GLEE) - 37
Anna Friel (ex-Beth, BROOKSIDE; ex-Poppy, EMMERDALE; ex-Belinda, CORONATION STREET) - 36
Michelle Rodriguez (ex-Ana Lucia, LOST) - 34
Kristen Connolly (ex-Josie, AS THE WORLD TURNS; ex-Jolene, GUIDING LIGHT) - 32
Natalie Martinez (ex-Michelle, FASHION HOUSE) - 28

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