Today in Soap Opera History (May 18)

1960: Eileen Fulton debuted on As the World Turns.  1979: Pat
struggled to get past his religious differences with Nancy on
Ryan's Hope. 1990: The final episode of Falcon Crest.
1994: General Hospital's Maxie received B.J.'s heart.
"All true histories contain instruction; though, in some, the treasure may be hard to find, and when found, so trivial in quantity that the dry, shrivelled kernel scarcely compensates for the trouble of cracking the nut."
― Anne Brontë in "Agnes Grey"

"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...

1960: Eileen Fulton debuted in the role of Lisa Miller on As The World Turns. She would play the iconic role for most of the next 50 years until the show's cancellation in 2010. The character was also was used as the focal point of the primetime spin-off Our Private World in 1965. Read our 2011 interview with Fulton here. And check out our 25 Biggest Blunders in Daytime Soap Opera History list where we chastise ATWT for the pitiful way the show ended the character of Lisa.

1967: On Days of our Lives, Tom (Macdonald Carey) called Susan (Denise Alexander) to get her back to the hospital because there were complications with Dickie.

The CW Unveils 2018-19 Primetime Schedule

The CW Network presented its 2018-19 primetime schedule to advertisers, affiliates, and press today, at the New York City Center in New York City.

"It is such an exciting time at The CW. We are thriving, innovating, and now we're expanding, adding Sunday nights to our primetime lineup this fall. Starting in October, we will have 12 hours of original scripted series on our schedule - more than any other broadcast network besides CBS," said Mark Pedowitz, President, The CW.

Nicollette Sheridan (Alexis Carrington) has been upped to series regular when Dynasty returns for its second season in the fall.

THE CW's 2018-19 PRIMETIME SCHEDULE

SUNDAY
8:00-9:00 PM SUPERGIRL (New Night)
9:00-10:00 PM CHARMED (New Series)

MONDAY
8:00-9:00 PM DC'S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW
9:00-10:00 PM ARROW (New Night)

TUESDAY
8:00-9:00 PM THE FLASH
9:00-10:00 PM BLACK LIGHTNING

WEDNESDAY
8:00-9:00 PM RIVERDALE
9:00-10:00 PM ALL AMERICAN (New Series)

THURSDAY
8:00-9:00 PM SUPERNATURAL
9:00-10:00 PM LEGACIES (New Series)

FRIDAY
8:00-9:00 PM DYNASTY
9:00-10:00 PM CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND

Joseph Campanella Dead at 93

Actor Joseph Campanella died on Wednesday, May 16. He was 93.

Campanella, who received a Tony Award nomination in 1962 for best supporting actor for his performance in "A Gift of Time" along with Emmy nominations for Days of our Lives and Mannix, died of natural causes, his daughter-in-law, Sandy Campanella, said.

Campanella received his first Emmy Award nomination for playing private eye Joe Mannix's boss on the first season of the 1967-75 CBS series Mannix. His character's name, Lew Wickersham, was a sly reference to then-MCA head Lew Wasserman and Lankershim Boulevard, an entryway to Universal Studios.

However, Intertect, the heartless crime-fighting corporation that Wickersham headed, was written out after the first season as Mannix (Mike Connors) went out on his own, and Campanella's contract was not renewed.

The actor also appeared in the recurring role of Ed Cooper, the ex-husband and father on CBS' One Day at a Time, and was Barbara Stanwyck’s love interest, Hutch Corrigan, on the Dynasty ABC spinoff, The Colbys. He guest-starred in Dallas as Joseph Lombardi, Sr. in 1989, and portrayed a former boyfriend who resurfaces on a 1973 episode of CBS' The Mary Tyler Moore Show.

In 1987, Campanella joined the cast of the daytime drama Days of our Lives, portraying hard-nosed politician Harper Deveraux, and he appeared on other soap operas like The Bold and the Beautiful (as Jonathan Young), The Guiding Light (as Joe Turino) and The Doctors (as Alec Fielding, during the show's first year).

Kyle Lowder Returning to 'Days of our Lives'

Kyle Lowder, who won an Indie Series Award last month for his work in digital drama Ladies of the Lake, is returning to NBC soap opera Days of our Lives later this year. Lowder previously played Brady Black on Days from 2000-05.

According to Soap Opera Digest, Lowder is back filming at Days but the details of his return are being kept under wraps for now.

"Days has always been very close to my heart," Lowder tells Digest. "To be part of this family and this energy again is truly special to me."

Eric Martsolf, who assumed the role of Brady in 2008, and won a Daytime Emmy in 2014, is not going anywhere, reports Digest.

Days head writer Ron Carlivati responded to the news with a cryptic tweet: "A Very Brady Sequel??? #days"

Check out Lowder's Indie Series Awards win in the clip below.

Today in Soap Opera History (May 17)

1933: One Man's Family expanded to a national audience.
1979: Delia loaned Johnny money on Ryan's Hope. 1988: ATWT's
Hal and Barbara celebrated on the night before their wedding.
1994: GH's Felicia learned Maxie would get B.J.'s heart.
"All true histories contain instruction; though, in some, the treasure may be hard to find, and when found, so trivial in quantity that the dry, shrivelled kernel scarcely compensates for the trouble of cracking the nut."
― Anne Brontë in "Agnes Grey"

"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...

1933: Radio soap opera One Man's Family expanded from being broadcast on the west coast only to the full nationwide NBC network. Created by Carlton E. Morse, the popular series ran until 1959.

1967: On Days of our Lives, Susan (Denise Alexander) continued to blame David for Dickie's accident.

1974: On The Doctors, Dr. Althea Davis (Elizabeth Hubbard) went on a picnic.

CBS Reveals 2018-19 Schedule

CBS unveiled its 2018-2019 primetime lineup on Wednesday. It features three new comedies, five new dramas and the return of the critically acclaimed Murphy Brown. The new series will join 24 returning hits to build on the success of the most-watched broadcast network.

The five new shows for fall include two comedies, The Neighborhood starring Cedric the Entertainer and Happy Together starring Damon Wayans Jr. and Amber Stevens West. The three dramas are Magnum P.I., a modern take on the classic series starring Jay Hernandez and Perdita Weeks; from Emmy Award-winning producer Dick Wolf, FBI, starring Missy Peregrym and Zeeko Zaki; and the humorous and uplifting God Friended Me, starring Brandon Micheal Hall and Violett Beane. In addition, the groundbreaking comedy Murphy Brown returns, starring original cast members Candice Bergen, Faith Ford, Joe Regalbuto and Grant Shaud.

CBS TELEVISION NETWORK 2018-2019 PRIMETIME SCHEDULE

(N=New, NTP=New Time Period)

All Times ET/PT

MONDAY
8:00-8:30 PM THE NEIGHBORHOOD (N)
8:30-9:00 PM HAPPY TOGETHER (N)
9:00-10:00 PM MAGNUM P.I. (N)
10:00-11:00 PM BULL (NTP)

TUESDAY
8:00-9:00 PM NCIS
9:00-10:00 PM FBI (N)
10:00-11:00 PM NCIS: NEW ORLEANS

WEDNESDAY
8:00-9:00 PM SURVIVOR
9:00-10:00 PM SEAL TEAM
10:00-11:00 PM CRIMINAL MINDS