Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Today in Soap Opera History (June 24)

1966: Final episode of ABC's Never Too Young. 1983: Guiding
Light's Nola & Quint were married. 1987: As the World Turns'
Iva blurted out the truth about Lily. 1999: A gorilla plotted
to interrupt Cass & Lila's wedding on Another World.
"History never looks like history when you are living through it."
― John W. Gardner

"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...

1946: Procter & Gamble radio soap opera Life Can Be Beautiful moved to the 3 p.m. ET timeslot on the NBC Radio network. The show had always run in the mornings previously. It would remain in this new timeslot until it went off the air in 1954.

Another World's John
& Pat were married.
1965: On Another World, Pat Matthews (Susan Trustman) married John Randolph (Michael M. Ryan) in the Matthews living room with Reverend Carlson officiating.

1966: On The Guiding Light, Johnny Fletcher (Don Scardino) wanted to move out.

1966: ABC aired the final episode of daytime soap opera Never Too Young.   The series, written by David Robert Kanter and Ron Sproat., starred Tony Dow as Chet, Cindy Carol as Susan, David Watson as Alfy, Jaclyn Carmichael as Joy, Norman Rambo as Tim, Michael Blodgett as Tad, Pat Connolly as Barbara, Tommy Rettig as JoJo, Patrice Wymore as Rhoda, and John Lupton as Frank..  ABC replaced Never Too Young with Dark Shadows in its afternoon lineup the following Monday.

1983: On Guiding Light, Quint (Michael Tylo) and Nola (Lisa Brown) were married.  Nola nearly missed the wedding when everyone left without her, but she hitched a ride to the church on a fire truck.

1987: On As the World Turns, Lily (Martha Byrne) learned Iva (Lisa Brown) was her mother during an emotional confrontation with Josh (William Fichtner).

1999: On Another World, Lila (Lisa Peluso) thought Vicky (Jensen Buchanan) crashed her wedding to a missing Cass (Stephen Schnetzer). Lila ended up invited Vicky and family to the wedding.

2001: On Queer as Folk, Justin Taylor (Randy Harrison) was overjoyed when his older lover, Brian Kinney (Gale Harold) surprised him by showing up to be his date at his senior prom. But what Justin called the best night of his life would soon turn tragic in a dramatic, cliffhanger-ending to the show's first season.

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2002: Guiding Light debuted its "Fifty Years on Television" theme.

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2010: On Days of our Lives, family and friends continued returning to Salem for Alice's (Frances Reid) memorial service.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Michele Lee (Eleanor, Fumbling Thru the Pieces; ex-Karen, Knots Landing) - 73
Nancy Allen (ex-Paula, Another Life) - 65
Joe Penny (ex-Martino, Days of our Lives) - 59
Mark D. Espinoza (ex-Roberto, The Young and the Restless; ex-Jesse, Beverly Hills, 90210) - 55
Iain Glen (Jorah, Game of Thrones; ex-Sir Richard, Downton Abbey) - 53
Sherry Stringfield (ex-Blake, Guiding Light) - 48
Crystal Carson (ex-Julia, General Hospital; ex-Sue Ellen, Dallas) - 48
Minka Kelly (ex-Lyla, Friday Night Lights; ex-Gaby, Parenthood) - 35
Vanessa Ray (CeCe, Pretty Little Liars; ex-Teri, As the World Turns) - 33
Max Ehrich (Fenmore, The Young and the Restless) - 24
Olivia White (ex-Claire, Days of our Lives) - 10
Ava White (ex-Claire, Days of our Lives) - 10

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  1. Let's call June 24th Lisa Brown Day! I just love her and one of my favorite actresses of all time. Her GL & ATWT episodes featured here are truly classic.

    1. I just finished a project where I had to watch all of Nola's fantasies again. What great work all around. The combination of Doug Marland and Lisa Brown was golden.

  2. What a magical combination! Doug Marland and Lisa Brown exquisitely crafted two incredible and vastly different characters. Just incredible.

  3. 13 years ago (2002) on June 24, Guiding Light debuted its "Fifty Years on Television" opening theme

  4. Yes Indeed, Roger,

    The Doug Marland/Lisa Brown combination was truly golden for GL. Thanks Again For The Great Clips. I Still Love Watching Them!

    Brian :-)

  5. Yes Indeed, Roger,

    The Doug Marland/Lisa Brown combination was truly golden for both ATWT & GL. Thanks Again For The Great Clips. I Still Love Watching Them!

    Brian :-)