Sunday, September 22, 2013

Today in Soap Opera History (September 22)

1972: SFT's Jo and Tony were married. 1977: DAYS' Marlena
was locked in a sanitarium. 1997: GH's Brenda was left at the altar.
1998: Y&R's Drucilla surprised Neil and Victoria.
"In history, a great volume is unrolled for our instruction, drawing the materials of future wisdom from the past errors and infirmities of mankind."
― Edmund Burke

"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.

On this date in...

1955: On UK radio soap opera THE ARCHERS, Grace died in the Brookfield stables.

1972: On SEARCH FOR TOMORROW, Joanne Tate (Mary Stuart) married Dr. Tony Vincente (Anthony George).

1977: On DAYS OF OUR LIVES, Marlena (Deidre Hall) was trapped in the sanitarium, mistaken for her twin sister, Samantha.

1986: On SANTA BARBARA, Cruz (A Martinez) had a flashback to a memory of Katie Timmons on the beach.

1988: On GUIDING LIGHT, Harley (Beth Ehlers) and Alan-Michael (Carl T. Evans) enjoyed the good life.

1994: NBC sitcom FRIENDS premiered. The show featured continuing story arcs including love triangles and cliffhangers. On the show, Matt LeBlanc's character, Joey, also played a doctor on DAYS OF OUR LIVES.

1997: On GENERAL HOSPITAL, Brenda (Vanessa Marcil) was left at the altar during her wedding to Sonny (Maurice Benard).

1998: On THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, newly-engaged lovebirds Neil (Kristoff St. John) and Victoria (Heather Tom) returned to his place after a dinner date and were shocked to find that Neil's ex-wife, Drucilla (Victoria Rowell), had just landed back in town hoping to surprise him. As Neil wondered, who got the bigger surprise that night?

Thanks to FoxCrane for sending in this item.

1999: THE WEST WING premiered on NBC. Martin Sheen starred as the President

2006: Jason Cook aired for the final time as Shawn Douglas Brady in DAYS OF OUR LIVES.

2011: Crystal Chappell aired for the last time as Carly Manning in DAYS OF OUR LIVES.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Lynn Herring (Lucy, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Audrey, AS THE WORLD TURNS; ex-Lucy, PORT CHARLES; ex-Lisanne, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 55
Catherine Oxenberg (ex-Amanda, DYNASTY) - 52
Mireille Enos (Sarah, THE KILLING) - 38
Daniella Alonso (Nora, REVOLUTION; ex-Carlotta, FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS; ex-Pilar, AS THE WORLD TURNS) - 35
Michael Graziadei (ex-Daniel, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS) - 34
Billie Piper (Rose, DOCTOR WHO) - 31
Chase Ellison (ex-Noah, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS) - 20

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  1. Roger, shouldn't it be ex-Sarah for "The Killing" for Mirelle Enos since it was just recently announced by AMC that the show was cancelled again?

    1. I decided to not include the "ex" since the show just ended last month and is still playing on TV and the web. But next year! :)

  2. Don't forget the OTHER Days/ Friends connection Jennifer Aniston is the daughter of Day's John Aniston (Victor)