Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Today in Soap Opera History (February 4)

1966: Guiding Light's Mike Bauer crossed over to Another World.
1980: GL's Roger dressed as a clown to kidnap his daughter.
2004: AMC's Greenlee ripped off Kendall's dress in court.
2005: Y&R's Jack threw a chair through the Jabot window.
"Maybe if people started to listen, history would stop repeating itself."
- Lily Tomlin

"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: THE GUIDING LIGHT's Mike Bauer (Gary Pillar) debuted on ANOTHER WORLD in a crossover that would last a year. His first scene was with Mitchell Dru, a character that previously appeared on THE BRIGHTER DAY and AS THE WORLD TURNS. Elissa Leeds would join ANOTHER WORLD as Mike's daughter, Hope Bauer, on March 25.

1975: On ANOTHER WORLD, Rachel (Victoria Wyndham) fretted to Ada (Constance Ford) she didn't have enough friends to be bridesmaids. Ada worried where Jamie (Robert Doran) would be living while they waited for the house to be built, so Gil (Dolph Sweet) suggested buying and renovating an old mansion.

1976: On RYAN'S HOPE, Jack (Michael Levin) was jealous of Mary's (Kate Mulgrew) relationship with Sam.

Thanks to Jennifer for sending in the item above.

1980: THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS expanded to an hour. 30 minute versions of Y&R and SEARCH FOR TOMORROW had aired at 12 p.m and 12:30 p.m. ET, respectively (and had been since Y&R's premiere in 1973). The Noon half our was returned to the affiliates and the one hour Y&R moved to 1 p.m. after SFT. AS THE WORLD TURNS moved to 2 p.m. followed by GUIDING LIGHT at 3 p.m. ONE DAY AT A TIME repeats shifted into the 4 p.m. timeslot occupied until the previous Friday by LOVE OF LIFE.

1980: On GUIDING LIGHT, Roger (Michael Zaslow) kidnapped Rita (Lenore Kasdorf)from the Hall of Mirrors with Donna Summmer's "Enough is Enough" playing in the background.

Note: This is an episode I really wanted to include on a GUIDING LIGHT DVD when I was working as Editorial Director for SoapClassics, but couldn't due to the cost of the music. The master tapes at the time mixed the actor's audio with the music and there was no way to easily remove and replace it. This was also the reason we never released The Four Musketeers prom from 1983 on DVD although we did make that one a free episode to watch online for a week.

1980: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, Derek (Dennis Parker) worked to get a warrant to arrest Draper for Margo's murder.

2004: On ALL MY CHILDREN Greenlee (Rebecca Budig) ripped Kendall's (Alicia Minshew) dress in open court where she stood trial for killing Michael Cambias.

Thanks to Enrique for sending in the item above.

2005: On THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, Jack (Peter Bergman) refused to leave Jabot. After throwing his desk chair through the Jabot window, Jack said to Victor, "You like this chair? You want this chair? Have a seat, on me!"

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Jerry Adler (ex-Len, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) - 85
Gil Rogers - (ex-Hawk, GUIDING LIGHT; ex-Ray, ALL MY CHILDREN) - 80
Marie Masters (ex-Susan, AS THE WORLD TURNS; ex-Helen, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; ex-Hester, LOVE OF LIVE) - 73
Trent Dawson (ex-Henry, AS THE WORLD TURNS) - 43

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  1. Barbara Garrick was actually born December 3, 1965

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    1. I have to update the February 4 list later today. Busy at work on the Indie Series Awards nomination announcement coming out tomorrow at 3PM. Thanks for the update. This column is very much enhanced the great people that visit this site.

  3. it's amazing how Y & R has fallen since the Shrew has taken over. That was an amazing scene!!!