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Today in Soap Opera History (January 6)

1975: Another World expanded to an hour full-time.

1983: Felicia Gallant arrived in Another World's Bay City.

1986: General Hospital's Monica was at odds with Alan.

1997: Aaron Spelling's Sunset Beach premiered on NBC."History is a vast early warning system."

Norman Cousins

"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: On Peyton Place, Rodney Harrington (Ryan O'Neal) visited Allison Mackenzie (Mia Farrow) at Doctors Hospital. She had told Rodney she loved him on the day of his arraignment but she no longer remembered her feelings for him. The episode was written by Sonya Roberts and Rita Lakin. Lakin went on to become head writer of daytime soap opera The Doctors.
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Today in Soap Opera History (December 8)

1953: Valiant Lady's Helen dished about her new pilot friend.

1981: Roman Brady first appeared on Days of our Lives.

1998: Oltl's Viki was not happy with Clint's plan.

1988: Gh's Alan was in jail."History is a vast early warning system."

Norman Cousins

"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...

1953: On Valiant Lady, Helen (Nancy Coleman) told Jane (Helen Wagner) about her experience with her new pilot friend, Capt. Chris Kendall. Said Jane: "That's a pilot for you...here today, gone today. But at least he was attentive while it lasted."

1975: On The Edge of Night, "Josie" (Louise Shaffer) learned she might spend the rest of her life
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10 cult ITV classics that everyone forgets - from Terrahawks to the Second Coming

ITV has hit a mighty milestone - first launched on September 22, 1955, the home of The X Factor, Downton Abbey and more is 60 years old today.

In its six decades, ITV has produced some of the biggest, best and most memorable TV shows in British broadcasting history.

But while everyone else is talking up Gladiators, Coronation Street and Blind Date, we wanted to take this opportunity to celebrate a few of the channel's less celebrated gems.

1. The Krypton Factor (1977-1995)

"Television's Toughest Quiz!" boomed the announcer back when the show launched in 1977. And even almost forty years later, nothing has quite matched Granada's brutal search for a UK superperson since.

Resembling a cross between a byzantine parlour game and a Soviet-era punishment for shoplifting, each week saw four more contestants subjected to a variety of cruel and unusual tests – from terrifying memory tests to landing a Boeing 747 (albeit on a simulator).

But worst of all?
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10 cult ITV classics that everyone forgets - from Terrahawks to the Second Coming

ITV has hit a mighty milestone - first launched on September 22, 1955, the home of The X Factor, Downton Abbey and more is 60 years old today.

In its six decades, ITV has produced some of the biggest, best and most memorable TV shows in British broadcasting history.

But while everyone else is talking up Gladiators, Coronation Street and Blind Date, we wanted to take this opportunity to celebrate a few of the channel's less celebrated gems.

1. The Krypton Factor (1977-1995)

"Television's Toughest Quiz!" boomed the announcer back when the show launched in 1977. And even almost forty years later, nothing has quite matched Granada's brutal search for a UK superperson since.

Resembling a cross between a byzantine parlour game and a Soviet-era punishment for shoplifting, each week saw four more contestants subjected to a variety of cruel and unusual tests – from terrifying memory tests to landing a Boeing 747 (albeit on a simulator).

But worst of all?
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The Saint, The Champions: What was the secret of '60s cult TV?

The sad passing of actress Alexandra Bastedo earlier this month saw many recalling and celebrating her work on '60s spy-fi series The Champions - just one entry in the canon of cult programme makers Itc Entertainment.

Though it also branched out into film production - with the likes of 1976's The Eagle Has Landed and 1982's The Dark Crystal - Itc was best known throughout the 1960s and '70s for its raft of cult TV programming, with shows like The Champions making an indelible screen icon of Bastedo and others like her.

These shows are now world-renowned - The Saint, The Prisoner, Thunderbirds - but the team behind them still go sadly unsung.

This week, the Week in Geek is looking to redress the balance with a fond tribute to Itc Entertainment - one of the UK's very best, most influential production teams.

Sherlock: The Problem of the Vanishing Detective

Doctor Who,
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Alexandra Bastedo obituary

Glamorous star of the 1960s television adventure series The Champions who went on to run an animal sanctuary

Alexandra Bastedo, who has died of cancer aged 67, found fame and sex-symbol status playing the secret agent and scientist Sharron Macready in the 1960s television fantasy series The Champions. She appeared with William Gaunt as Richard Barrett and Stuart Damon as Craig Stirling in the show about three agents working for the Geneva-based law-enforcement organisation Nemesis who gain superhuman powers after being rescued from a plane crash in Tibet by a mysterious lost tribe. With computer-like intelligence and Olympian levels of strength and endurance, they can communicate by telepathy and are assigned to cases where world stability is under threat.

It was one of the globally successful series made by the television mogul Lew Grade's international production and distribution company Itc. Bastedo described her butt-kicking character as a "gutsy girl before
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Alexandra Bastedo obituary

Glamorous star of the 1960s television adventure series The Champions who went on to run an animal sanctuary

Alexandra Bastedo, who has died of cancer aged 67, found fame and sex-symbol status playing the secret agent and scientist Sharron Macready in the 1960s television fantasy series The Champions. She appeared with William Gaunt as Richard Barrett and Stuart Damon as Craig Stirling in the show about three agents working for the Geneva-based law-enforcement organisation Nemesis who gain superhuman powers after being rescued from a plane crash in Tibet by a mysterious lost tribe. With computer-like intelligence and Olympian levels of strength and endurance, they can communicate by telepathy and are assigned to cases where world stability is under threat.

It was one of the globally successful series made by the television mogul Lew Grade's international production and distribution company Itc. Bastedo described her butt-kicking character as a "gutsy girl before
See full article at The Guardian - TV News »

'Champions' star Alexandra Bastedo dies, aged 67

Alexandra Bastedo has passed away at the age of 67.

The actress, who was best known for her role in 1968 sci-fi series The Champions, lost her battle with cancer on Sunday (January 12), theatre director and close friend Roger Redfarn confirmed.

Hove-born Bastedo was discovered by Columbia Pictures at the age of 16 and sent to Hollywood to make horror film 13 Frightened Girls.

She later landed the role of Sharron Macready in The Champions, which ran for 30 episodes on ITV between 1968 and '69.

The show, which also starred Stuart Damon and William Gaunt, centred around three agents for a United Nations law enforcement organisation who gain superpowers after a plane crash.

Watch the opening sequence of The Champions below:

Bastedo's other TV credits include an episode of Absolutely Fabulous in 1992 and EastEnders, in which she played Cynthia Marshall between 2008 and 2009. She also appeared in 1967 movie Casino Royale and 1995's Batman Begins.

Bastedo dated
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Stage Tube: On This Day 3/18- Do I Hear A Waltz?

Today in 1965, Do I hear a Waltz opened at the 46th St. Thetare Now the Richard Rodgers Theatre, where it ran for 220 performances. Do I Hear a Waltz is a musical with a book by Arthur Laurents, music by Richard Rodgers, and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. It was adapted from Laurents' 1952 play The Time of the Cuckoo, which was the basis for the 1955 film Summertime starring Katharine Hepburn. The Broadway cast included Elizabeth Allen, Sergio Franchi, Carol Bruce, Madeleine Sherwood, Julienne Marie, Stuart Damon, Fleury D'Antonakis, and Jack Manning. It was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical, Best Original Score, and Best Scenic Design, but lost in all three categories.
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Stage Tube: On This Day 3/18- Do I Hear A Waltz?

Today in 1965, Do I hear a Waltz opened at the 46th St. Thetare Now the Richard Rodgers Theatre, where it ran for 220 performances. Do I Hear a Waltz is a musical with a book by Arthur Laurents, music by Richard Rodgers, and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. It was adapted from Laurents' 1952 play The Time of the Cuckoo, which was the basis for the 1955 film Summertime starring Katharine Hepburn. The Broadway cast included Elizabeth Allen, Sergio Franchi, Carol Bruce, Madeleine Sherwood, Julienne Marie, Stuart Damon, Fleury D'Antonakis, and Jack Manning. It was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical, Best Original Score, and Best Scenic Design, but lost in all three categories.
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Ed Martin: General Hospital: A New Beginning or a Dead End?

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Ed Martin: General Hospital: A New Beginning or a Dead End?
Watching General Hospital these last two weeks, as the energetic efforts of One Life to Live veterans Frank Valentini and Ron Carlivati to save the show from almost certain doom begin to play out, it occurs to me that my time as a fan of this once-formidable serial has come full circle. I began watching Gh in 1978, shortly after fearless executive producer Gloria Monty had been brought on board to save the show from seemingly certain cancellation. In fact, as legend has it, Gh at the time had sunk so low in the ratings it was given only a few months to reverse its failing fortunes or be cancelled.

Thirty-five years later Gh is once again on life support or damn close to it -- and, once again, it may very well be terminated in a few months! ABC seems to have made clear that it wants out of the
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News: Bomshell For Syed On 'Enders, Matt Ashford Play, Ed Flesh, Stuart Damon

Eastenders bombshell drops for Syed

Inside Soap magazine reports that Syed's wife Amira (Preeya Kalidas) will return to Albert Square - with their child.

A source told the magazine: "Last year, Amira left Walford a heartbroken woman. When she finds out Syed is planning to marry Christian (John Partridge), she's totally furious.

"Amira is a manipulative lady, and her presence is set to turn the lives of the Masoods upside down. Has she moved on from her husband - or will she just do whatever she can to get her man back?"

Ed Flesh, Designer of the Wheel on Wheel Of Fortune, Dies at 79

Flesh also served as a senior art director on Days Of Our Lives and worked on several games shows. He is survived by his partner of 44 years, David Powers.

Matthew Ashford will star opposite his wife in "I Do! I Do!"

Ashford (The Bay; Days Of Our Lives
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Today in Soap Opera History

On this date in...

1974: The very first Daytime Emmys took place at the Rockefeller Plaza in New York City. The show was hosted by Peter Marshall and winners included The Doctors (Drama Series), Macdonald Carey and Elizabeth Hubbard.

1986: On the sixth season finale of Dynasty, Alexis took over the Carrington mansion, and Blake began to strangle her. Meanwhile, during Dominique's engagement party, Claudia accidentally set fire to La Mirage, leaving several lives in danger.

1993: At the 20th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, winners included The Young And The Restless (Drama Series), David Canary, Linda Dano, Gerald Anthony, Ellen Parker, Monti Sharp and Heather Tom.

1999: Susan Lucci finally won an Emmy Award the year of her 19th consecutive nominations. As Shemar Moore announced her win: "The streak is over…Susan Lucci!" Other winners were General Hospital (Drama Series, Writing), Anthony Geary, Stuart Damon, Sharon Case, Jonathan Jackson and Heather Tom.
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Stuart Damon To Star In La Real Estate TV Show

This March, Emmy Award winning Actor Stuart Damon, formerly of ABC's General Hospital, and son, Christopher Damon, will unlock the doors to private celebrity estates, architectural masterpieces and never-before-seen luxury homes on the premiere of the new original series, Luxury Lifestyles. The magazine-style show takes viewers on the ultimate open house tours of some of the finest real estate in Southern California. Produced by Luxury Lifestyles TV, this series premieres Sunday, March 6 at 11 a.m. on Kcop Channel 13.

“The fascination with luxury homes and estates is tremendous,” said Stuart Damon. “We are honored to share the work of some of the world’s finest residential architects, designers and builders as we explore these luxurious Southern California residences.”

In the first episode of Luxury Lifestyles, Stuart puts on his best suit to take in a private polo game at a magnificent $19.5 million classic Mediterranean estate designed by Britt Jewitt. The 10,378+-sq.
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Today's Soap World Birthdays

Stuart Damon (ex-Jim, Days Of Our Lives, ex-Ralph, As The World Turns; ex-Alan, General Hospital) - 74

David Chisum (ex-Miles, One Life To Live; ex-Bret, Sunset Beach) - 40

Diego Serrano (ex-Diego, The Young And The Restless; ex-Tomas, Another World) - 38

Crystal Hunt (ex-Stacey, One Life To Live; ex-Lizzie, Guiding Light) - 26

Brittany Allen (ex-Marissa, All My Children) - 25

Also celebrating a birthday today is Soap Opera Weekly News Editor Mala Bhattacharjee.
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IMDb Starmeter

According to the Internet Movie DataBase (IMDb.com): "The STARmeter rankings provide a snapshot of who's popular based on the searches of millions of IMDb users. Updated weekly, these rankings also graph the popularity of people over time and determine which events affect public awareness."  Here is a listing of some present and past soap stars and their current ranking, as well as some public figures.  Do you agree with the list? Is Lisa Rinna really more popular than President Obama? Weigh in below.   1. Darren Criss (Glee) 3. Leonardo DiCaprio (ex-santa Barbara)4. Johnny Depp (star of Dark Shadows movie)9. Dot Jones (Glee, Venice) 11. Jill Clayburgh (ex-sft)19. Brad Pitt (ex-aw)28. Amber Tamblyn (ex-gh)54. James Franco (ex-gh) 101. Parker Posey (ex-atwt)

119. Jessica Lowndes (90210) 121. Amanda Seyfried (ex-atwt)125. Demi Moore (ex-gh)134. Lyndsy Fonseca (ex Dh, ex-y&R)144. Courtney Thorne-Smith (ex-Melrose Place)157. Morgan Freeman (ex-aw)189. Josh Duhamel (ex-amc)200. Julianne Moore (ex-atwt)208. Paul Wesley (ex-gl)236. Lindsay Lohan
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