Saturday, October 26, 2013

Today in Soap Opera History (October 26)

1966: DS' Barnabas was aged into an old man. 1982: Blackie
jammed with Eddie (Sammy Davis Jr.) at GH's Sports Center
benefit. 1990: AW's Vicky covered for Marley. 1992: ATWT's
Holden didn't recognize Lily.
"The man for whom history is bunk is almost invariably as obtuse to the future as he is blind to the past."
― J. Frank Dobie

"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...

1965: On PEYTON PLACE, Leslie (Paul Langton) traveled to Boston to ask Martin Peyton (George Macready) for help in getting Rodney out of jail.

1967: On DARK SHADOWS, Julia's (Grayson Hall) experiments with Barnabas' (Jonathan Frid) blood went terribly awry and his youthful appearance reverted to that of a 175-year-old vampire. The horribly disfigured Barnabas accused Julia of having taken revenge on him after he rebuffed her romantic overtures. Julia denied the charge, but reveled in the fact that Barnabas had to cancel his pending rendezvous with Vicky.

1979: On AS THE WORLD TURNS, Tom (Tom Tammi) head back to Oakdale, while Lisa (Eileen Fulton) learned more about Bennett's past with Ruth at The Willows.

1979: On DALLAS, Jock (Jim Davis) and J.R. (Larry Hagman) were ambushed during a hunting trip by a farmer Jock once strong-armed in business. While awaiting rescue, Jock confessed to J.R. he was married briefly before Miss Ellie (Barbara Bel Geddes) and later vowed to make amends with people he treated unfairly while building Ewing Oil. Meanwhile, Ellie had a lump in her breast examined.

1982: On GENERAL HOSPITAL, Port Charles held a benefit event to save the Sports Center. For his first performance, Eddie (Sammy Davis Jr.) asked Blackie (John Stamos) to play drums.

1984: Rosemary Forsyth aired for the final time as Dominic in SANTA BARBARA. Dominic turned out to be Sophia Capwell, played by Judith McConnell.

1987: ANOTHER WORLD debuted its computer-enhanced opening credits. The show's new theme song had already debuted earlier in the year.

1987: Jane Sibbett aired for the final time as Jane Wilson in SANTA BARBARA.

1990: On ANOTHER WORLD, Vicky (Anne Heche) lied to Ryan (Paul Michael Valley) that Marley was asleep when he came looking for her after Jake's shooting. While they were talking Marley walked in the front door.

1992: On AS THE WORLD TURNS, Lily (Heather Rattray) was devastated when Holden (Jon Hensley) didn't remember her.

1994: On ALL MY CHILDREN, Seabone (Steve Kanaly) and Opal (Jill Larson) bonded in the hospital chapel.

2005: On PASSIONS, Harmony residents came to the church to mourn Luis (Galen Gering) at his funeral.

2006: On GENERAL HOSPITAL, Robin (Kimberly McCullough) administered the experimental drug to Laura (Genie Francis), who later woke up and said Luke's (Anthony Geary) name.

2006: Austin Peck aired for the final time as Austin Reed in DAYS OF OUR LIVES.

2009: On AS THE WORLD TURNS, Jack (Michael Park) was horrified when he realized he had shot his brother, Brad (Austin Peck).

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Bob Cobert (DARK SHADOWS Music Composer) - 89
Shelley Morrison (ex-Mrs. Ramirez, GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 77
Pat Sajak (ex-Kevin, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 67
Robert Westenberg (ex-Raymond, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) - 60
James Pickens Jr. (Richard, GREY'S ANATOMY; ex-Zach, ANOTHER WORLD) - 59
Rita Wilson (Viola, THE GOOD WIFE) - 57
Patrick Breen (ex-Winslow, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) - 53
Dylan McDermott (Duncan, HOSTAGES; ex-Ben, AMERICAN HORROR STORY) - 52
Kelly Rowan (ex-Suzie, ANOTHER WORLD; ex-Dana, DALLAS, ex-Kirsten, THE O.C.) - 48
Will Swenson (ex-Vanya, AS THE WORLD TURNS) - 40
Rosemarie DeWitt (ex-Midge, MAD MEN) - 39
Morgan Saylor (Dana, HOMELAND) - 19

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  1. Happy Birthday also to Claire Cooper (Jacqui McQueen, HOLLYOAKS) - 33.

  2. Will & Sonny's Halloween a year ago today.

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