Friday, August 17, 2012

Today in Soap Opera History (August 17)

On this date in...

1967: On ANOTHER WORLD, Walter sent Lenore roses.

1977: Leslie Charleson debuted as Monica in GENERAL HOSPITAL.

1984: On DAYS OF OUR LIVES, Liz (Gloria Loring) sang "Always On My Mind" to Neil at their wedding.

1988: Victoria Shaw, who played Kira Faulker on GENERAL HOSPITAL in the mid-1970s, died at age 53.

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

1992: Elizabeth Keifer debuted as Blake in GUIDING LIGHT.

2007: ONE LIFE TO LIVE aired its 10,000th episode. Beloved characters returned to Llanview to celebrate the life of character Asa Buchanan including Nathan Fillion (Joey Buchanan), Dan Gauthier (Kevin Buchanan), John Loprieno (Cord Roberts), Tonja Walker (Alex Olanov) and James DePaiva (Max Holden).

"10,000 shows is a remarkable achievement," said executive producer Frank Valentini, who started at ONE LIFE TO LIVE in 1985 with episode 4209. "I am extremely proud to be part of a show that has been able to make such an enduring mark on popular culture."

2007: Luke (Van Hansis) and Noah (Jake Silbermann) 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) - 83
Jennifer Rhodes (ex-Leilani, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS) - 65
Julian Fellowes (Producer/Writer, DOWNTON ABBEY) - 63
Wesley Eure (ex-Mike, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 61
Orlagh Cassidy (Colleen, EMPIRE; ex-Doris, GUIDING LIGHT; ex-Sloane, ANOTHER WORLD) - 45
Mark Salling (Puck, GLEE) - 30
Bryton James (Devon, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS) - 26
Brady Corbet (ex-Derek, 24) - 24
Austin Butler (Wilke, SWITCHED AT BIRTH; ex-Jones, LIFE UNEXPECTED) - 21

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  1. Luke and Noah - forever and always! Love them even more today than I did five years ago. Jake SIlbermann and Van Hansis = phenomenal!

  2. Luke and Noah - forever and always! Love them even more today than I did five years ago. Jake SIlbermann and Van Hansis = phenomenal!

  3. I totally agree with you, Cheryl. Luke & Noah--Yay!

    Brian :-)

  4. I would love to hear/read all the backstage stuff about Terry Lester during his time at Y&R--Yes!

    Brian :-)

  5. Cheryl - TOTALLY! .. And I loved how they used the tie-tying more than once throughout the subsequent love story, even in the Christmas fantasy, where Mayer returned the favor to gently adjust Snyder's tie for a change.

  6. Terry Lester was a wonderful actor. I was very sad when he passed. I had such fond memories of him as Jack Abbott. R.I.P.

  7. Liz Keifer…my favorite Blake! Yay!