Saturday, March 29, 2014

Today in Soap Opera History (March 29)

1982: CAPITOL made its daytime premiere. 1982: SFT moved
to NBC. 1990: GH's Casey the Alien kept himself busy while
Robin was at school. 2004: AMC's Bianca was told Miranda
had died.
"There is no present or future, only the past happening over and over again - now."
- Eugene O'Neill

"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...

1963: NBC aired the final episode of YOUNG DOCTOR MALONE. The show was originally created by Irna Phillips as a radio soap opera in 1939. Betty Corday served as a producer.

1963: On SEARCH FOR TOMORROW, Monica (Barbara Baxley) told Marge (Melba Rae) she had decided not to give Jimmy up.

1967: On DARK SHADOWS, Maggie (Kathryn Leigh Scott) began to figure out what went down between her father and Roger 10 years earlier.

1979: On ANOTHER WORLD, Iris (Beverlee McKinsey) informed Brian that Elena intended to seduce both their sons.

1982: On GENERAL HOSPITAL, Luke (Anthony Geary) told Ruby (Norma Connolly) he thought Laura was alive.

1982: CBS aired the first daytime episode of CAPITOL. The show premiered on Friday, March 26 in a one-hour primetime special after DALLAS.

1982: SEARCH FOR TOMORROW aired for the first time on NBC, switching networks after 31 years on CBS.

1986: Con Roche returned to AS THE WORLD TURNS as Rick Ryan.

1990: On GENERAL HOSPITAL, Casey the Alien (Bradley Lockerman) watched TV while Robin (Kimberly McCullough) was at school.

1993: On DAYS OF OUR LIVES, Jack (Matthew Ashford) watched while Billie (Lisa Rinna) played poker on a hot streak.

2004: On ALL MY CHILDREN, Kendall told a heartbroken Bianca that Miranda died.

Thanks to Enrique for sending in the item above.

Today's Birthdays:
Scott Wilson (Hershel, THE WALKING DEAD) - 72
Dianne Kay (ex-Jennifer, GLITTER; ex-Annabelle, FLAMINGO ROAD) - 62
Christopher Lawford (ex-Charlie, ALL MY CHILDREN) - 59
Brian Beacock (Tate, ACTING DEAD) - 48
Terri Ivens (Kassandra, TAINTED DREAMS; Orchid, THE BAY; ex-Simone, ALL MY CHILDREN) - 47
Lucy Lawless (ex-Marybeth, THE L WORD) - 46
Marnie Saitta (ex-Casting Director, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS) - 45
Todd Grinnell (ex-Alex, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES) - 38
Megan Hilty (ex-Ivy, SMASH) - 33

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