Thursday, September 27, 2012

Today in Soap Opera History (September 27)

On this date in...

1965: NBC's MORNING STAR and PARADISE BAY premiered, both created by Ted Corday. The shows ran until July 1, 1966, and were two of the first soap operas to air in color. Watch episodes of PARADISE BAY and MORNING STAR below:

1965: THE NURSES premiered on ABC. The show ran until March 31, 1967. Mary Fickett and Paul Stevens were among the stars.

1965: ABC also premiered on the same day NEVER TOO YOUNG, a soap geared toward a teen audience. Dack Rambo and Tony Dow were among the stars. The series featured several musical guests who performed at The High Dive, including: The Castaways, The Sunrays, Marvin Gaye, Johnny Rivers, Mel Carter, Freddie Cannon, and the Ramsey Lewis Trio.

1984: On SANTA BARBARA, Mason (Lane Davies) accused Kelly (Robin Wright) of having a case of "divided loyalties."

1989: Derya Ruggles aired the final time on DAYS OF OUR LIVES as Robin Jacobs.

2007: DirecTV announced they would provide an All-Access Pass to PASSIONS to view all new episodes on the Official PASSIONS website at for a monthly fee.

2009: DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES' sixth season premiered. The main mystery of this season was surrounding new neighbor Angie Bolen and her family.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Peter Simon (ex-Ed, GUIDING LIGHT; ex-Scott, SEARCH FOR TOMORROW; ex-Ian, AS THE WORLD TURNS) - 69
A Martinez (ex-Ray, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; ex-Roy, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Cruz, SANTA BARBARA) - 64
Shaun Cassidy (ex-Dusty, GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 54
Christopher Cousins (ex-Cain, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; ex-Colin, AS THE WORLD TURNS; ex-Greg, ANOTHER WORLD) - 52
Patrick Muldoon (ex-Austin, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; ex-Richard, MELROSE PLACE) - 44
Gwyneth Paltrow (Holly, GLEE) - 40
Anna Camp (Caitlin, THE GOOD WIFE; ex-Sarah, TRUE BLOOD) - 30
Derrell Whitt (Will, THE BAY; ex-Lucas, SCRIPTS & SCRUPLES) - 24

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1 comment:

  1. Four soap operas debuted on the same day in 1965!?!


    No wonder they didn't last if so many premiered at the same time. Too hard to find an audience with the field so crowded with new contenders.

    But tidbits like this are the Soap History is my favorite feature on We Love Soaps.

    I know it is a lot of work to compile the info, so many, many THANKS for the hard work. I do appreciate it.