Saturday, December 29, 2012

Today in Soap Opera History (December 29)

On this date in...

1961: NBC's FROM THESE ROOTS aired its final episode after three and a half years. FTR star Ann Flood (Liz) went on to star as Nancy Karr on THE EDGE OF NIGHT. Millette Alexander (Gloria) and Barbara Berjer (Lynn) were also part of the cast.

1967: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, Julie Jamison (Millette Alexander) could not escape from the menacing Harry Constable.

1972: THE GUIDING LIGHT star Theo Goetz (born in 1894) died at age 78. He was beloved as Papa Bauer, a role he assumed on radio in the late 1940s, transitioned to television in 1952 and played until his death. The show aired a funeral for him two months later where one grandson (Ed) spoke and another sang (Mike).

1982: On TEXAS, a KVIK telethon showcased some local talent.

1986: SEARCH FOR TOMORROW's replacement, game show WORDPLAY, debuted to strong ratings on NBC. But it would fade quickly and be canceled less than nine months later.

1992: Ariana Chase debuted as Kimberly Brady in DAYS OF OUR LIVES, a role she would play for six months.

2003: Actor Earl Hindman, who played Bob Reid in RYAN'S HOPE during its entire run, died at age 61 after battling lung cancer.

2004: Actor William Boyett died at age 77. His soap roles included Fred Eckert in GENERAL HOSPITAL and Walter Edmonson in THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS.

2006: On DAYS OF OUR LIVES, Ciara was born.

2008: Hayley Erin debuted as Abby Carlton on THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS.

2009: On ALL MY CHILDREN, Kendall and Zach packed up the boys and prepared to leave Pine Valley.

2010: Daniel Cosgrove returned to ALL MY CHILDREN as Scott Chandler.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Jon Voight (ex-Clint, LONE STAR) - 74
Ted Danson (ex-Mitch, THE DOCTORS; ex-Ted, SOMERSET) - 65
Patricia Clarkson (ex-Sarah, SIX FEET UNDER) - 53
Sandra Nelson (ex-Phyllis, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS) - 50
David Fumero (ex-Cristian, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) - 40
Jude Law (ex-Nathan, FAMILIES) - 40
Jason-Shane Scott (ex-Will, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; ex-Chad, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS) - 36
Alison Brie (ex-Trudy, MAD MEN) - 30
Dylan Minnette (ex-Rex. AWAKE; ex-David, LOST) - 16
Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick (ex-Will, GUIDING LIGHT) - 14

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  1. Here's the youtube clip of Daniel Cosgrove's return as Scott Chandler on AMC on 12/29/10:

  2. Roger, if you are reading the above comment, that was for you!

  3. More upright guys like Papa Bauer are needed on today's soaps--Sigh!

    Brian :-)