Thursday, August 22, 2013

Today in Soap Opera History (August 22)

1986: Y&R aired the "It's OK To Say No" concert which
featured guest star Michael McDonald and Genoa City's Danny,
Traci, Lauren, Amy and Nathan.
"Whoever wishes to foresee the future must consult the past; for human events ever resemble those of preceding times."

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

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1955: On THE BRIGHTER DAY, Lydia's (Murial Williams) romantic life suffered as she became more stressed over her desire to confess that she had taken the silver clock.

1967: On DARK SHADOWS, Victoria (Alexandra Moltke) accepted Burke's (Anthony George) marriage proposal.

1980: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, an emotional Raven (Sharon Gabet) asked her mother why she didn't love her.

1985: Roger Aaron Brown aired for the final time as Danny Grant in DAYS OF OUR LIVES.

1986: On THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, Danny Romalotti (Michael Damian) and Lauren Fenmore (Tracey Bregman) took center stage to rock the house at Genoa City's "It's OK to Say No" benefit concert, which also featured performances by Traci Abbott Carlton (Beth Maitland), Amy Lewis (Stephanie E. Williams), Nathan Hastings and guest star Michael McDonald.

That summer's teen story on Y&R revolved around two pregnant teenagers--Molly Stark (Amy O'Neill), who was befriended my Cricket (Lauralee Bell), and Molly's roommate Nina Webster (Tricia Cast)--and how they became mixed up with the evil Rose DeVille (Darlene Conley).  The concert was part of the show's continuing storyline on the prevention of teen pregnancy.   As Danny and Traci sang "Be Good Be True," Molly's reconciled backstage with her mother, Beverly Stark (Lynn Benisch).

Thanks to FoxCrane for sending in this item.

1986: On DAYS OF OUR LIVES, Marlena (Deidre Hall) and Roman (Drake Hogestyn) renewed their wedding vows. Tamara (Marilyn McCoo) sang their song, "Up Where We Belong," during the ceremony.

"Up Where We Belong" was sung at Roman and Marlena's first wedding in 1984 by Doug (Bill Hayes), when  Wayne Northrop was in his first run as the original Roman. Josh Taylor played their friend Chris Kositchek, one of Roman's groomsmen in the ceremony. Eventually Hogestyn was revealed to be John Black when Northrup returned as Roman.  Northrop left the show again then returned later as a totally different character, Alex North. Taylor left DAYS and returned a decade later in 1997 as the new Roman.

1988: On GENERAL HOSPITAL, when Robin (Kimberly McCullough) couldn't get Anna (Finola Hughes) to reveal what her big "news" was, she tried to get it out of Duke (Ian Buchanan).  Anna was pregnant but lost the baby thanks to an accident arranged by Olivia Jerome (Tonja Walker).

1989: On AS THE WORLD TURNS, Kim (Kathryn Hays) lectured John (Larry Bryggman) about his relationship with Susan.

1997: On ANOTHER WORLD, a drugged Shane (Robert Kelker-Kelly) made love to Lila (Lisa Peluso) thinking she was Vicky.

1997: On ALL MY CHILDREN, Skye (Carrie Genzel) begged Edmund (John Callahan) not to give up on life after he told her that if Maria had died, he did too.

2001: On THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, Sally (Darlene Conley) told Thorne (Winsor Harmon) that he and Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang) killed Macy and nothing he could do or say would change that. Meanwhile, Brooke told Taylor (Hunter Tylo) she would never go away until she got Ridge back, and suggested that Taylor end her marriage to Ridge now.

2012: On DAYS OF OUR LIVES, Tad (Brendan Michael Coughlin) asked Sonny (Freddie Smith) what he did to turn Will (Chandler Massey) gay. When Sonny asked him what he was so afraid of, Tad punched him in the face.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
George Reinholt rose to fame playing
Steve Frame on ANOTHER WORLD.
Steve's romance with Alice Matthews
came in at #5 on our 50 Greatest
Soap Couples countdown last year.
George Reinholt (ex-Steve, ANOTHER WORLD; ex-Tony, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; ex-Erik, THE SECRET STORM) - 74
Valerie Harper (ex-Claire, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES) - 74
Regina Taylor (ex-Lilly, I'LL FLY AWAY) - 53
Ty Burrell (ex-Tom, THE WEST WING) - 47
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (ex-Mr. Eko, LOST; ex-Simon, OZ) - 46
Richard Armitage (ex-Lucas, MI-5; ex-Tom, DOCTORS) - 42
Rodrigo Santoro (ex-Paulo, LOST) - 38
Jennifer Finnigan (ex-Bridget, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL) - 34
Chris Heuisler (ex-Cole, AS THE WORLD TURNS) - 34
Elena Goode (ex-Jade, AS THE WORLD TURNS) - 31
Laura Breckenridge (ex-Rachel, GOSSIP GIRL) - 30
Katie Stuart (ex-Sage, GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 29
Kayla Ewell (ex-Caitlin, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL) - 28

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  1. Love "It's Okay to Say No" and that J&M wedding.

  2. I love this period of EON. I watched an episode the other day when Logan said to Raven, "I think you enjoy cruelty more than happiness." I think only in soaps can you show the relationship between mother and daughter and then see the direct result of that relationship on daughter's ability to relate to men.