Monday, April 14, 2014

Today in Soap Opera History (April 14)

1969: DS' Quentin was shocked to see Laura. 1983: Kristian
Alfonso debuted as Hope. 2009: GL's Olivia poured her heart
out at Gus's grave. 2011: ABC canceled AMC & OLTL.
"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.

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1939: On BACKSTAGE WIFE, Mary went to a portrait sitting at Ken Page's studio. Ken's sister Sandra arrived while Mary was in the dressing room very upset with Ken because he did not want her to see Mary's friend, Peter Dillon. At the theater, Larry talked with Katharine Monroe and told her that Mary had made many sacrifices for his career. An explosion was heard from one of Page's tenements.

1955: On HAWKINS FALLS, Millie visited Gary in the hospital and returned his wallet. Although Gary wanted to get to know Millie better, Millie was reluctant to begin a relationship with him. Meanwhile, Lona suspected that something was wrong with her husband's health and attempted to get him to go to bed early. Mr. Kratz talked to Dr. Corey (Maurice Copeland) about making adjustments in life.

1958: CBS daytime soap opera LOVE OF LIFE expanded from 15 to 30 minutes. The she premiered in 1951.

1969: On DARK SHADOWS, Quentin (David Selby) was shocked to see Laura and insisted that he saw her die in a fire in Alexandria.

1970: On ANOTHER WORLD, Steve (George Reinholt) woke up after brain surgery and asked Alice why she wasn't wearing her engagement ring. It would later be revealed that Steve didn't remember anything that happened after the summer of 1969.

1980: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, Dr. Wellman's suggested "Kirk" (Tony Craig) undergo narcosynthesis (drug therapy + hypnosis) to help recall his past.

1983: Kristian Alfonso debuted as Hope Williams in DAYS OF OUR LIVES, a role she had turned down two years earlier.

1988: On GENERAL HOSPITAL, Angel told Duke (Ian Buchanan) that Anna (Finola Hughes) planned to surprise him in New York.

1997: Michael Stroka, who played a number of characters on the original DARK SHADOWS series, died at age 58. He also starred as Dr. Quentin Henderson on THE EDGE OF NIGHT.

2009: On GUIDING LIGHT, Olivia (Crystal Chappell) bared her soul at Gus Aitoro's grave.

2011: ABC canceled ALL MY CHILDREN and ONE LIFE TO LIVE. Brian Frons, President, Daytime, Disney ABC/Television Group, said in a statement that day: "We are taking this bold step to expand our business because viewers are looking for different types of programming these days. They are telling us there is room for informative, authentic and fun shows that are relatable, offer a wide variety of opinions and focus on 'real life' takeaways." Frons was fired from ABC on December 2, 2011, before THE REVOLUTION premiered to dead-on-arrival ratings. THE REVOLUTION was canceled on April 10, 2012.  ALL MY CHILDREN and ONE LIFE TO LIVE returned April 29, 2013 for one season each on The OnLineNetwork.

2013: Actor John S. Ragin, who played Dr. Grant Jameson on SANTA BARBARA and Admiral Lovell in EMERAL POINT, N.A.S., died at age 83.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
John Clarke (ex-Mickey, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 83
Arlene Martel (ex-Mavis, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS) - 78
Patricia Bruder (ex-Ellen, AS THE WORLD TURNS) - 74
Randy Powell (ex-Tyler, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; ex-Alan, DALLAS) - 64
Robert Carlyle (Rumplestiltskin/Mr. Gold, ONCE UPON A TIME) - 53
Catherine Dent (ex-Janice, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) - 49
Sarah Michelle Gellar (ex-Bridget/Siobhan, RINGER; ex-Kendall, ALL MY CHILDREN; ex-Sydney, SWANS CROSSING; ex-Buffy, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER) - 37
Paul O'Brien (ex-Jack, HOME AND AWAY) - 36
Claire Coffee (ex-Nadine, GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 34
Nick Choksi (ex-Vimal, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) - 33
Christian Alexander (ex-Thayer, THE LYING GAME; ex-Keifer, GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 24
Nick Krause (ex-Adam, HOLLYWOOD HEIGHTS; ex-Landry, GCB) - 22
Graham Phillips (Zach, THE GOOD WIFE) - 21
Skyler Samuels (ex-Andie, THE GATES; ex-Chloe, THE NINE LIVES OF CHLOE KING) - 20

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1 comment:

  1. Three years ago we fans were devastated by ABC/Disney’s announcement that they had cancelled AMC and OLTL. From that moment the unity and devotion of the soap fans was strongly felt. Our inside information tells us that Disney expected and prepared for fan uproar to happen and exist until the shows actually went off the air.

    The fact that the fan support for the shows didn’t wane upon the shows going black made ABC reconsider. Unfortunately by this point Disney had made a deal with Prospect Park. ABC tried to get the rights back but PP refused. This is where things got ugly between ABC and PP. Now here we are 3 years later. An ugly lawsuit is playing out.

    The silver lining is that at the end of the day ABC WILL get the rights back and there is interest in resurrecting them. But, the reason for them reconsidering was the outpouring of fan support. So, if you love these shows then now is the time to act! Today we are going to remind ABC/Disney how much we love and miss AMC and OLTL and that we want them back!

    How to help: 1. Want to reach Bob Iger? You can call his assistant Stephanie Volts at 818-560-8701 and/or email him at [email protected]. 2. How about Anne Sweeney at 818 460-7700 and/or [email protected]. 3. Finally, let’s reach out to Ben Sherwood at 212.456.6200 and/or [email protected]. 4. Twitter users please send these Easy Tweets:

    Show them the power of the fans