Thursday, August 29, 2013

Today in Soap Opera History (August 29)

1966: Mia Farrow left PEYTON PLACE. 1979: Calvin had a big
day on EDGE OF NIGHT. 1985: Ryan wanted D.J. at her 16th
birthday party. 2006: Sami and Austin's wedding began.
"If you don't know history, then you don't know anything. You are a leaf that doesn't know it is part of a tree."
― Michael Crichton

"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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1966: On DARK SHADOWS, Bill (Frank Schofield) set up a meeting for himself, Roger (Louis Edmonds), Burke (Mitchell Ryan), and Sam (David Ford) to settle the manslaughter case once and for all.

1966: Mia Farrow aired for the final time as Allison Mackenzie in PEYTON PLACE.

1974: Christopher Allport aired for the final time as Tim McGowan in ANOTHER WORLD. Tim told Ada (Constance Ford) she was the only mother he had ever known before bolting out the door.

1979: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, Star (Yahee) proposed to Calvin (Irving Allen Lee) just before he received news that his surgery was a success.

1984: Lionel Lockridge (Nicolas Coster) made his first appearance in SANTA BARBARA.

1985: On RYAN'S HOPE, Ryan (Yasmine Bleeth) invited D.J. (Christian Slater) to her 16th birthday party.

1996: Miriam Parrish aired for the final time as Jamie Caldwell in DAYS OF OUR LIVES.

1997: On ONE LIFE TO LIVE, Patrick (Thorsten Kaye) assured Marty (Susan Haskell) the Irish authorities would be no issue for them.

2003: On ALL MY CHILDREN, Lena (Olga Sosnovska) took a gun out of her purse at the docks and threw it into the water.  She proclaimed Bianca (Eden Riegel) was now free from Michael Cambias.

2006: On DAYS OF OUR LIVES, Sami (Alison Sweeney) and Austin's (Austin Peck) wedding began.

2006: On ALL MY CHILDREN, Zach (Thorsten Kaye) assured Kendall (Alicia Minshew) he would beat the charges against him.

2008: On GUIDING LIGHT, Buzz (Justin Deas) refused to serve Olivia (Crystal Chappell) a beer at Company, so she went to Towers for a drink instead.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Ellen Geer (ex-Lillian, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES; ex-Doris, FALCON CREST) - 72
Toni Kalem (ex-Angie, ANOTHER WORLD; ex-Angie, THE SOPRANOS) - 63
Cindy Daly (ex-Cathy, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 62
Lycia Naff (ex-Phoebe, GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 51
Lucero (ex-Helena, POR ELLA SOY EVA; ex-Valentina; SOY TU DUENA) - 44
Carla Gugino (ex-Sydney, FALCON CREST) - 42
Robert Cuthill (ex-Colin, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 40
Jo Weil (Oliver, VERBOTENE LIEBE) - 36
William Levy (Damian, LA TEMPESTAD; ex-Maximiliano, TRIUNFO DEL AMORE; ex-Alejandro, SORTILEGIO; ex-Juan, CUIDADO CON EL ANGEL) - 33
Jennifer Landon (ex-Heather, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS; ex-Gwen, AS THE WORLD TURNS) - 30
Lea Michele (Rachel, GLEE) - 27
Lauren Collins (ex-Paige, DEGRASSI) - 27

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  1. Yahee and Irving Allen Lee!!! Roger thanks so much for remembering The Edge of Night. Edge was my first soap opera love as a kid in the 1970’s. I still miss it today.

  2. I miss it too - and it seems like it would be easy to revive. They relied on well-drawn characters rather than fancy sets and outrageous storylines.

  3. Plus I noticed they centered on short term story arcs with mike and nancy as the center. It would total work now.

    It started going downhill when it tried to be GH from 81 to 84. Even RH tried but failed to be GH.

    1. An EON reboot seems like something a network would go for because they use the classic brand but not be tied to the original as much as they would with some of the more recently canceled shows.