Monday, April 21, 2014

Today in Soap Opera History (April 21)

1961: ATWT's Penny worried about her best friend's decision
to reunite with the child she gave away. 1967: DS' Barnabas
met Roger and Carolyn. 1978: RH's Faith and Tom were married.
1983: AMC's Angie and Jesse enjoyed married life.
"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, Penny (Rosemary Prinz) told Ellen (Patricia Bruder) the Bakers had extended the lease of the house she and Jeff lived in. Penny question whether Ellen should continue her custody battle, especially after Mitchell Dru told her she didn't have a case.

1967: On DARK SHADOWS, Roger (Louis Edmonds) and Carolyn (Nancy Barrett) met Barnabas (Jonathan Frid).

1970: On ANOTHER WORLD, Ada (Constance Ford) warned Rachel (Robin Strasser) she had better hang onto to Russ, but Rachel wanted Steve.

1975: DAYS OF OUR LIVES expanded to 60 minutes daily. DAYS had aired a successful one hour special on November 20, 1974 to test the longer episode format with its audience.

1978: On RYAN'S HOPE, Dr. Faith Coleridge (Karen Morris Gowdy) married Tom Desmond (Michael McGreevy) so that Tom could garner his green card.

Thanks to Scott for sending in the item above.

1980: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, Emily (Margo McKenna) tried to have sex with Draper.

1980: Stephen Brooks debuted as Joshua Fallon on DAYS OF OUR LIVES.

1983: On ALL MY CHILDREN, Angie (Debbi Morgan) and Jesse (Darnell Williams) basked in the afterglow of their wedding night.

1987: On SANTA BARBARA, Sophia (Judith McConnell) was devastated when C.C. (Jed Allan) told her Eden was dead after her plane had blown up in mid-air.

1988: On GENERAL HOSPITAL, after Monica missed a meeting, Edward (David Lewis) told Steve (John Beradino) and Scott (Kin Shriner) he was worried about her.

1994: On ANOTHER WORLD, Jake (Tom Eplin) asked Lorna (Robin Christopher) out on a date.

2010: On THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, Lt. Baker interviewed Stephanie about Beth's accident and cleared her of all wrong-doing. Donna (Jennifer Gareis) still blamed Stephanie for her mother's death.

2011: On HOLLYOAKS, it was Villain vs. Villain when Warren Fox (Jamie Lomas) demanded that Brendan Brady (Emmett J. Scanlan, Jr.) turn over the money that Warren thought was rightfully his from their last criminal venture. In doing so, Warren threatened to not only harm Brendan's secret lover, Ste Hay (Kieron Richardson), but let the whole village know that Brendan was gay. But in typical Brendan fashion, he immediately turned the tables on Warren by making a shock move.

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Celebrating a birthday today are:
Dominic Zamprogna & Drew Garrett are
celebrating birthdays.
Charles Grodin (ex-Matt, THE YOUNG MARRIEDS) - 79
Patti LuPone (ex-Stella, OZ) - 65
Janet Zarish (ex-Lee, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; ex-Natalie, AS THE WORLD TURNS) - 60
Andie MacDowell (ex-Gray, JANE BY DESIGN) - 56
Stefan Brogren (Archie, DEGRASSI) - 42
Brian White (ex-Alex, SPYDER GAMES) - 39
Dominic Zamprogna (Dante, GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 35
Dylan Bruce (Paul, ORPHAN BLACK; ex-Brian, THE BAY; ex-Chris, AS THE WORLD TURNS) - 34
Jamie Lomas (Jake, EASTENDERS; ex-Warren, HOLLYOAKS; ex-Jeff, CORONATION STREET) - 34
Terrence Jenkins (ex-Dante, THE GAME) - 32
Robbie Amell (Stephen, THE TOMORROW PEOPLE; ex-Adam, REVENGE) - 26
Drew Garrett (ex-Michael, GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 25

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