Sunday, October 6, 2013

Today in Soap Opera History (October 6)

1986: CAPITOL's Clarissa found a voodoo doll in her bed.
1994: Port Charles mourned BJ on her birthday.  2010:
EMMERDALE's "Train Crash" episode. 2011:  OLTL's
Cord & Tina revisited the past.
"We should always be aware that what now lies in the past once lay in the future."
― F.W. Maitland

"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...

1966: On DARK SHADOWS, Burke (Mitchell Ryan) told Carolyn (Nancy Barrett) that Roger (Louis Edmonds) may have kept the expensive fountain pen for himself on the night Malloy died.

1970: On ANOTHER WORLD, Rachel (Robin Strasser) cried to Steve (George Reinholt) that their sick little boy, Jamie, would die as punishment for her sins. Later, Russ (Sam Groom) revealed Jamie's fever had broken.

1986: On CAPITOL, Clarissa (Constance Towers) was upset after she found the voodoo doll in her bed. Judson (Rory Calhoun) met with Papa Nebo (Julius Harris). D.J. (Grant Aleksander) planned his next move.

1986: On SANTA BARBARA, Gina (Robin Mattson) and C.C. (Jed Allan) smoked cigars just before she burned the tape that would have exonerated Kelly. Former GUIDING LIGHT favorite Lenore Kasdorf made her first appearance as Caroline Wilson in this episode.

1988: On THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang) came to visit an unconscious Ridge (Ronn Moss) in his hospital room and found Caroline (Joanna Johnson) already there.

1990: ALL MY CHILDREN star Susan Lucci hosted SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE with musical guest Hothouse Flowers. MATCH GAME's Gene Rayburn makes a cameo appearance in the "Game Breakers" sketch along with Don Pardo.   Watch the hilarious "All My Luggage" sketch below.

1994: The Museum of Television & Radio (now known as The Paley Center) celebrated "Thirty Years of ANOTHER WORLD" with a panel discussion and screening in New York, moderated by Ron Simon. Members of the cast and production team of ANOTHER WORLD discussed the past, present, and future of the long-running daytime serial. The panel consisted of Victoria Wyndham, Charles Keating, Linda Dano, Stephen Schnetzer, and Grayson McCouch; executive producer Terri Guarnieri; head writer Carolyn Culliton; and director Linda Barker Laundra.

1994: On GENERAL HOSPITAL, Bobbie (Jacklyn Zeman) and Tony (Brad Maule) visited BJ's grave on her birthday.

2000: Melissa Reeves returned to DAYS OF OUR LIVES as Jennifer after a five year absence.

2010: Legendary writer Agnes Nixon was honored at the Giants of Broadcasting Luncheon held as the The Library of American Broadcasting. Check out what some daytime veterans had to say about Ms. Nixon in We Love Soaps interviews over the years here.

2010: On EMMERDALE, what was meant to be a fun date night out at the club soon took a dramatic, then tragic turn after Jackson Walsh (Marc Silcock) decided to end things with his boyfriend, Aaron Livesy (Danny Miller), because Aaron seemed incapable of focusing on their relationship or even trying to express what he felt for Jackson. Generally referred to as "The Train Crash" episode, the scenes in this clip were part of a special, one-hour EMMERDALE event, becoming an instant classic because of the stellar acting, directing, and location/stunt shooting involved.

Thanks to FoxCrane for sending in this item.

2011: On ONE LIFE TO LIVE, Tina (Andrea Evans) and Cord (John Loprieno) rehashed their past, flashbacks included.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Adrienne Hayes (ex-Brooke, GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 76
Ellen Travolta (ex-Gloria, GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 73
Michael Durrell (ex-John, BEVERLY HILLS 90210; ex-Alex, SANTA BARBARA; ex-Peter, GUIDING LIGHT; ex-Mike, SEARCH FOR TOMORROW) - 70
Wendy Robie (ex-Nadine, TWIN PEAKS) - 60
Flavio Caballero (ex-Anibal, EL JOE LA LEYENDA; ex-Alfredo, VALERIA) - 55
Amy Jo Johnson (ex-Julie, FELICITY) - 43
Lamman Rucker (ex-Marshall, AS THE WORLD TURNS/ex-Garrett, ALL MY CHILDREN) - 42
Ioan Gruffudd (ex-Andrew, RINGER) - 41
Jeremy Sisto (ex-Billy, SIX FEET UNDER) - 39
Wes Ramsey (Van, VENICE; ex-Max, THE PLAYBOY CLUB; ex-Owen, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; ex-Sam, GUIDING LIGHT) - 36
Phillip Jeanmarie (ex-Vincent, PASSIONS) - 35
Benjamin Mathes (ex-Brady, AS THE WORLD TURNS) - 34

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  1. Capitol was a fun show. It never held my attention because the stories stopped and started so abruptly with the change in writers but it is fun to watch on an individual episode basis.

    Isn't it odd that GH was able to film the entire town of Port Charles in earth tones during the 90's? You know a soap has veered off course of its original characters when Bobbie Spencer starts dressing like a frigid career gal and not a sexy nurse/former hooker with a heart of gold.

  2. The Lucci skit on SNL is hilarious. Phil Hartman's soap hair is worth it alone... lol!

    Also a Happy Birthday shout out to Bronagh Waugh (ex-Cheryl Brady, HOLLYOAKS) who turns 31.