Thursday, December 27, 2012

Today in Soap Opera History (December 28)

On this date in...

1964: Daytime soap opera A FLAME IN THE WIND debuted on ABC. The stories revolved around the citizens of Haviland. Later known as A TIME FOR US, the show ran until December 16, 1966.

1975: On ANOTHER WORLD, Gil (Dolph Sweet) gave a toast as he, Ada (Constance Ford), Nancy (Danielle Jean Burns), Mac (Douglass Watson), Rachel (Victoria Wyndham) and Jamie (Robert Doran) enjoyed a turkey dinner for Christmas.  "To Mac and Rachel and the little one who'll be with us next Christmas," Gil said as he raised his glass.   Rachel ended up losing the baby two months later.

1984: ABC aired the final episode of THE EDGE OF NIGHT.

1984: On ANOTHER WORLD, Cass (Stephen Schnetzer), dressed as Krystle Lake, went to Tallboys to spy on Kathleen (Julie Osburn) and Tony the Tuna (George Pentecost).

1988: On GUIDING LIGHT, Reva (Kim Zimmer) and Josh (Robert Newman)wanted answers from Alan.

1992: On THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, Victor (Eric Braeden) and Nikki (Melody Thomas Scott) argued about Ryan and Victoria's marriage.

1995: On EASTENDERS, Pat (Pam St. Clement) had a heart-to-heart talk with a dejected Roy.

2002: HONG KONG soap VIRTUES OF HARMONY aired its final episode.

2008: France's SOUS LE SOLEIL aired its last episode.

2011: On ONE LIFE TO LIVE, Rick (Austin Peck) showed Starr (Kristen Alderson) an edited music video of "Jail Bait."

2011: Singer/actress Kaye Stevens died at age 79.  From 1974 to 1979, she played Jeri Clayton on DAYS OF OUR LIVES.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Maggie Smith (Violet, DOWNTON ABBEY) - 78
William Bassett (ex-Wolfgang, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Phillip, RITUALS; ex-Pete, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS) - 77
Fay Hauser (ex-Salena, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS; ex-Annie, DALLAS) - 64
Terri Garber (Elizabeth, MISS BEHAVE; ex-Iris, AS THE WORLD TURNS; ex-Allison, TEXAS; ex-Victoria, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Suzanne, SANTA BARBARA; ex- Leslie, DYNASTY) - 52
Joe Manganiello (Alcide, TRUE BLOOD) - 36
Aaron Stanford (Seymour, NIKITA) - 36
Bree Williamson (Claire, HAVEN; Vivian, DECEPTION; ex-Jessica, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) - 31
Adam Gregory (Thomas, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL; Ty, 90210) - 25
Thomas Dekker (ex-Adam, THE SECRET CIRCLE; ex-Phillip, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS) - 25

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  1. Wow! Has it really been 28 years since Edge of Night aired its final episode?

    Amazing. I still miss that show.

  2. I still have the two postcards I received from ABC in response to my letters about keeping Edge of Night on the air. I was barely 18 at the time, and really hoped they'd change their minds at the last minute.

  3. EON could be rebooted so easily and even updated with new forensics, etc. ala CSI and sim. shows. It could be hipper and edgier and still be true to all the things EON was for us loyal fans. I loved EON and watch till the end. Henry Slesar was a great writer. P&G could bring EON back as an online soap and gets tons of fans to watch (even lots of younger viewers who have discovered the show online.)I feel EON deserves a reboot -- if only because it was ahead of its time even back then (with facial reconstruction of a murder victim, a psychic, split personality disorder, etc.) Heck, who am I kidding?! EON deserves a reboot because so many fans STILL love it!!!