Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Temptation Tuesday Means It's Time for a New 'Ambitions'


Which soap opera has the most riveting storylines this summer? It's Ambitions, airing Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on OWN.

On tonight's new episode, "What About Your Friends", Stephanie Lancaster (Robin Givens) is a force to be reckoned with at a Women's Empowerment Summit, while Bella Tru (Erica Page) forges an alliance with Roderick (Karon Riley).

Check out a sneak peek below.

Today in Soap Opera History (July 23)

1966: Days of our Lives creator Ted Corday died.
1983: Edge of Night's Raven and Sky were thrown in jail.
1993: Salem mourned Carly, who wasn't actually dead, on Days of our Lives.
2009: Y&R's Victor gave Adam his acceptance.
"History speaks to artists. It changes the artist's thinking and is constantly reshaping it into different and unexpected images."
― Anselm Kiefer

"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...

1966: Producer and director Ted Corday died at age 58. Corday moved from Broadway to radio dramas to television directing at The Guiding Light and As the World Turns. In 1965 NBC asked Corday to create three new daytime soap operas leading to the premieres of Days of our Lives, Paradise Bay and Morning Star. Days continues to this day while the other two shows were went off the air July 1, 1966, three weeks before Corday's death.

1968: On Another World, as he sat on the porch drinking lemonade with Jim and Mary Matthews, Steve Frame (George Reinholt) remembered how he had run five lemonade stands when he was eight, then said he probably bought the Bay City Bengals football team to compensate for never having had time for games.

Monday, July 22, 2019

'Riverdale' Honoring Luke Perry in Season 4 Premiere, with Shannen Doherty to Guest Star


Riverdale executive producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa announced at Sunday's Comic-Con 2019 panel that the season four premiere will feature a special tribute to Luke Perry. Perry's longtime friend and former costar Shannen Doherty will guest star in a special role in the episode, which will air Wednesday, October 9 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW. Entitled "Chapter Fifty-Eight: In Memoriam," the season premiere will reflect Luke Perry's enduring legacy and the indelible imprint his character, Fred Andrews, had on Riverdale.

The casting of Doherty continues her long association with Perry, which started in 1990 on Beverly Hills, 90210, and continued for nearly 30 years. Perry and Aguirre-Sacasa had long planned for Doherty to appear on Riverdale. Her presence on the series "is something that Luke wanted to happen since season one," said Aguirre-Sacasa. "They were such good friends, and when we were putting together this tribute episode, we wanted to make it as special as possible, and so we asked Shannen to do a pivotal, super-emotional role. She read the script and immediately said 'yes.' It's very impactful."

It was also announced at the show's Comic-Con panel that Kerr Smith (The Fosters, Life Unexpected) will play Riverdale High's new principal, Mr. Honey, in a recurring role. Smith will first appear in the second episode of season four, entitled "Chapter Fifty-Nine: Fast Times at Riverdale High." Aguirre-Sacasa describes Smith's character as "a bit of a hard-ass who takes a harder line with the students this year, especially with the seniors."

Riverdale stars KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes, Cole Sprouse, Marisol Nichols, Madelaine Petsch, Mark Consuelos, Casey Cott, Charles Melton, Vanessa Morgan, Skeet Ulrich, with Madchen Amick.

David Hedison Dead at 92


Former Another World star David Hedison died Thursday in Los Angeles, a family spokeswoman announced. He was 92.

Born Al David Hedison on May 20, 1927, in Providence, Rhode Island, Hedison discovered the theater while attending Brown University and studied in New York under Sanford Meisner at The Neighborhood Playhouse and with Lee Strasberg at The Actors Studio.

He worked alongside Uta Hagen and Michael Redgrave in-off Broadway productions by Clifford Odets and Christopher Fry, among others, and made his big-screen debut in the World War II naval drama The Enemy Below (1957), starring Robert Mitchum.

After starring in the original The Fly and Son of Robin Hood in 1958, he signed a contract at Twentieth Century Fox, changing his stage name to David Hedison.

Today in Soap Opera History (July 22)

1968: Peyton Place's Rodney and Norman had a motorcycle crash.
1986: Y&R's Who's The Daddy story was featured in Mr. Mom.
2008: A car crashed into GH on General Hospital: Night Shift.
2013: All My Children's Cassandra wanted an abortion.
"History speaks to artists. It changes the artist's thinking and is constantly reshaping it into different and unexpected images."
― Anselm Kiefer

"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: On radio soap opera Rosemary, Rosemary Dawson (Betty Winkler) and her artist friend, Brad, took a train to Penn Station in New York City.

1965: On Another World, Pat Matthews (Susan Trustman) remembered her days in Bedfordtown.

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Daytime Nielsen Ratings: New Lows for 'The Young and the Restless,' 'General Hospital' and 'The Bold and the Beautiful'


The Live + Same Day daytime Nielsen ratings are in for the week of July 1-5, 2019. Despite some uptick in the demos, The Young and the Restless hit a new all-time low for the second week in a row with an average of 3.849 million viewers. General Hospital also reached new record lows with only 2.073 million viewers and 285,000 women ages 18-49 tuning in. The Bold and the Beautiful also hit a new women 18-49 low with an average of 298,000. Days of our Lives made slight gains in viewers and the demos.

Check out a breakdown below of the daytime soap opera Nielsen ratings by category:

Total Viewers (versus previous week/versus same week last year)
1. The Young and the Restless 3,849,000 (-57,000/-261,000)
2. The Bold and the Beautiful 3,085,000 (-222,000/-312,000)
3. General Hospital 2,073,000 (-122,000/-317,000)
4. Days of our Lives 1,988,000 (+13,000/-174,000)