Friday, April 18, 2014

Today in Soap Opera History (April 18)

1961: ATWT's Lisa clashed with Ellen. 1967: Jonathan Frid
debuted as Barnabas Collins. 1990: GH's Robin tried to save
Casey. 1991: AW's Jake wanted another chance with Marley.
"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...

1961: On AS THE WORLD TURNS, Lisa (Eileen Fulton) told Chris (Don MacLaughlin) and Nancy (Helen Wagner) she was convinced they were having a boy. Lisa told Chris she would love to name the baby after him. Later, Lisa complained to Penny (Rosemary Prinz) that they weren't close enough but upset her she complained about Ellen.

1967: Jonathan Frid made his first appearance on DARK SHADOWS as Barnabas Collins. The character of Barnabas was introduced at the end of the previous episode when his hand reached out from his coffin to grab Willie, but Barnabas' hand was that of regular series double Timothy Gordon, not Frid.

1975: On ANOTHER WORLD, Iris (Beverlee McKinsey) asked Russ (David Bailey) to marry her.

1975: NBC aired the finale of Anne Howard Bailey's daytime soap opera HOW TO SURVIVE A MARRIAGE. The show aired 335 episodes in total.

1978: On RYAN'S HOPE, Rae (Louise Shaffer) got Seneca (John Gabriel) alone and promised him if he just gave it time she would make sure that he had a future with Jill and Edmund.

1980: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, Raven (Sharon Gabet) tried to seduce Derek (Dennis Parker).

1990: On GENERAL HOSPITAL, Robin (Kimberly McCullough) got the crystal back and brought it to Casey's (Bradley Lockerman) room in order to save him.

1991: On ANOTHER WORLD, Jake (Tom Eplin) tried to convince Marley (Anne Heche) to drop the charges against him.

1998: Liam Sullivan, who played roles in THE SECRET STORM, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, and several primetime soaps, died at age 74.

1994: On THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, Nikki (Melody Thomas Scott) reminisced on the anniversary of her wedding to Victor.

1998: DAYS OF OUR LIVES star Peter Reckell (Bo) married Kelly Moneymaker.

2012: Former Daytime Emmy Awards producer Dick Clark died at age 82.

2013: Prospect Park filed a $25M lawsuit against ABC for breach of contract.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Bob Hastings (ex-Burt, GENERAL HOSPITAL)  - 89
Richard A. Colla (ex-Tom, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 78
Cindy Pickett (ex-Jackie, GUIDING LIGHT) - 67
Dorothy Lyman (ex-Opal, ALL MY CHILDREN; ex-Gwen, ANOTHER WORLD; ex-Naomi, AS THE WORLD TURNS; ex-Margaret, ONE LIFE TO LIFE; ex-Elly Jo, THE EDGE OF NIGHT; ex-Julie, A WORLD APART) - 67
Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS) - 58
Anna Kathryn Holbrook (ex-Sharlene, ANOTHER WORLD) - 57
Robert Kelker-Kelly (ex-Stavros, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Sam/Bobby, ANOTHER WORLD; ex-Bo, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 50
Sonia Blangiardo (Creator, TAINTED DREAMS; Former Supervising Producer, ALL MY CHILDREN)
Lisa LoCicero (Olivia, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Jocelyn, THE CITY) - 44
Tamara Braun (ex-Reese, ALL MY CHILDREN; ex-Ava/Taylor, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; ex-Carly, GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 43
David Tennant (ex-The Doctor, DOCTOR WHO) - 43
Derek Phillips (ex-Billy, FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS) - 38
Sean Maguire (ex-Aidan, EASTENDERS) - 38
Kevin Rankin (ex-Herc, FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS) - 38
Bryce Johnson (Darren, PRETTY LITTLE LIARS; ex-Cliff, UNDRESSED) - 37
Kourtney Kardashian (ex-Kassandra, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) - 35
Ethan Cohn (ex-Glenn, GILMORE GIRLS) - 35
Kristina Sisco (ex-Abigail, AS THE WORLD TURNS; ex-Charity, PASSIONS) - 32
America Ferrera (ex-Betty, UGLY BETTY) - 30
Britt Robertson (ex-Cassie, THE SECRET CIRCLE; ex-Lux, LIFE UNEXPECTED) - 24

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1 comment:

  1. Gosh, what an engaging episode of Another World! Great acting all around. Anne Heche, Tom Eplin, Anna Stuart and Kale Brown were fantastic.

    I may have to go back and rewatch Kathleen's return from the dead in 1991 on YT. Julie Osburn was very good in this episode but I recall not enjoying Kathleen upon her return from the dead. I was never a big fan of Frankie/Cass, so I can't blame my lack of enjoyment on that. I LOVED Kathleen & Cass in the 80's and felt they weren't given a real shot when she returned in 1991. Can't believe that was 23 years ago!