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Today in Soap Opera History (February 15)

1967: Peyton Place's Allison famously cut her hair.

1980: AMC's Palmer toasted Nina on her 19th birthday.

1985: Santa Barbara's Kelly blew up a car.

2010: AMC's Greenlee revealed herself to be alive at her wedding."Whoever wishes to foresee the future must consult the past; for human events ever resemble those of preceding times. This arises from the fact that they are produced by men who ever have been, and ever shall be, animated by the same passions, and thus they necessarily have the same results."

― Machiavelli

"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.

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1952: On Search for Tomorrow, Jim and Sam received photos of Keith kissing another woman.
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Music Industry Titans Toast Clive Davis at ‘Soundtrack of Our Lives’ Doc’s Los Angeles Premiere

Music Industry Titans Toast Clive Davis at ‘Soundtrack of Our Lives’ Doc’s Los Angeles Premiere
Not much music business got done in Los Angeles on Tuesday night (Sept. 26) because a large portion of the industry was out for the evening, toasting hitmaker Clive Davis and the west coast premiere of his feature-length documentary, “The Soundtrack of Our Lives.”

The film first screened at Tribeca in April, where it received a star-studded reception. The West Hollywood screening, hosted by Apple Music, also saw heavy hitters in attendance, including Jimmy Iovine, Larry Jackson, Robert Kondrk, and Scott Seviour from Apple; Attorneys Don Passman, Eric Greenspan and the Davis Firm’s Jodie Shihadeh; Wme’s Richard Weitz and Leisl Copeland; Warner Music Group’s Peter Gray; former Epic Records chairman L.A. Reid with wife Erica; Touch Tunes chief executive Charles Goldstuck; as well as artists like DJ Khaled, Carlos Santana, Earth Wind & Fire, Leona Lewis, Melissa Manchester, and Johnny Mathis. Mediums like visual art (Mr. Brainwash walked the carpet proudly sporting purple paint splatter in
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Star Sightings: Sarah Hyland and Julianne Hough Live it Up at the Emmys, Ed Sheeran Visits Hooters & More!

Last weekend was a major one in Hollywood, thanks to the 2017 Emmys!

Sarah Hyland got her hands on Ferrari Trento wine when she stepped into the Backstage Creations Giving Suite at the Emmys on Sept. 17.

Photo: Invision/Arnold Turner and Willy Sanjuan

One day earlier, Shameless co-stars Shanola Hampton and Emma Kenney showed off their #PilotPurpose Mottos at the Pilot Pen & Gbk Pre-Emmy Awards Celebrity Gift Lounge on Sept. 16.

Photo: Pilot Pen

Pics: See All the 2017 Emmys Red Carpet Arrivals!

Debra Messing made sure to keep Zyrtec on hand to keep allergies at bay as she got ready for Emmy weekend events on Sept. 16.

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Julianne Hough, Nina Dobrev and Lea Michele kicked off the weekend by meeting up at the pre-Emmy Variety and Women in Film 2017 TV bash, at Gracias Madre in West Hollywood, California, on Sept. 15, where guests sipped on specialty Svedka Vodka cocktails during the soiree, which was presented
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Sierra Boggess, Megan Hilty, Dinah Manoff, and More Perform in Concert For America at The 5th Avenue Theatre Today

The final lineup of Broadway stars and some of America's finest actors for the special one-night-only edition of Concert for America Stand Up, Sing Out playing today at The 5th Avenue Theatre includes Megan Hilty Smash, Wicked, Dinah Manoff who played the role of Marty in the movie Grease, Grammy winner Melissa Manchester Come in From The Rain and multi-Grammy Award nominee Maureen McGovern The Morning After.
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Tribeca Film Review: ‘Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives’

Tribeca Film Review: ‘Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives’
Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives,” the documentary that opened the Tribeca Film Festival tonight, is an example of how a movie can be flagrantly hagiographic, sentimental, and hypnotized by its own subject — and still make you want to keep watching it. Davis, the fabled record-company executive who shepherded the careers of artists from Janis Joplin to Bruce Springsteen to Barry Manilow to Patti Smith to Whitney Houston to Alicia Keys, is a figure who has spent nearly as much time burnishing his legend as living it. “The Soundtrack of Our Lives” is the World According to Clive: It presents its subject, with almost no qualification, as the mensch with the golden ears, a man who discovered one artist after another, nurtured them and lived for them, and always knew just what was right for them. It is, no doubt, an overly simple story that adds up to a
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Bww Interview: Sirius Xm's Seth Rudetsky Talks Concert for America

Tickets are on sale now for the March Concert For America Stand Up, Sing Out FeaturingChita Rivera,Melissa Manchester,Alice Ripley,Ana Gasteyer, the Chicago cast of Hamilton,Sharon Gless,Lynne Jordan,Marya Grandyand Emily Bear, the third edition of Concert For America will take place on Monday, March 20 at 8pm at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University in Chicago 50 E Congress Parkway.
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Hamilton's Chicago Cast, Chita Rivera and More to Headline Concert For America in the Windy City

Tickets are on sale now for the March Concert For America Stand Up, Sing Out Featuring Chita Rivera, Melissa Manchester, Alice Ripley, Ana Gasteyer, the Chicago cast of Hamilton, Sharon Gless, Lynne Jordan, Marya Grandy and Emily Bear, the third edition of Concert For America will take place on Monday, March 20 at 8pm at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University in Chicago 50 E Congress Parkway.
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‘Lip Sync Battle’ Goes From Late-Night Segment to Popular Worldwide Format

‘Lip Sync Battle’ Goes From Late-Night Segment to Popular Worldwide Format
Who could have predicted that the world’s next great TV format would be tossed off in a late-night talk show segment?

In a May 2013 airing of “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon,” the host stepped to the mic to face off against guest John Krasinski, fresh off his stint on “The Office.” The competition: lip syncing. Fallon opened with Melissa Manchester’s “Don’t Cry Out Loud”; Krasinski responded with Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream.” And a format (eventually) was born.

Now, with new hit entertainment shows thin on the ground at TV markets, Viacom’s “Lip Sync Battle” is proving that simplicity can pay dividends.

“Over the last 20 years, I’ve been involved in selling a lot of formats, but shows that skyrocket like ‘Lip Sync Battle’ don’t come along that often,” says Caroline Beaton, Viacom’s VP of international programming sales.

Beaton launched the show at Mip last year,
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Larry Brezner, Longtime Manager and Producer, Dies at 73

Larry Brezner, a principal of Brezner Steinberg Partners with extensive producing credits, died Monday night at City of Hope Hospital in Duarte of complications from leukemia. He was 73.

The well-liked Brezner entered the hospital for treatment in July after he was diagnosed with the disease, according to longtime business partner David Steinberg.

Brezner played a key role in developing the careers of Billy Crystal, Robin Williams, Martin Short and Bette Midler and was credited with working effectively behind the scenes to set up movie projects. He produced Crystal’s “Throw Momma From the Train” and Williams’ “Good Morning, Vietnam” along with “The Burbs,” “The Vanishing,” “Freddie Got Fingered,” “Coupe de Ville,” “The Greatest Game Ever Played,” the Russell Brand remake of “Arthur” and “Ride Along.”

“He had a great eye for comedy talent and was the funniest person I ever met,” Steinberg said. “He was truly one of a kind.
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Soderbergh's Viewing List Includes "Magic Mike Xxl" Three Times!

By now you've probably heard mention that Steven Soderbergh, he who is officially retired but not really because nobody totally believes it and he still works in various capacities, just posted his list of everything he watched and read this past year. I love Soderbergh's List-Mania more than I even love Soderbergh because I relate. This is now my favorite celebrity listing tradition of each year, not that there are very many consistent ones.

 The whole list is worth reading but I wanted to share nine highlights in the order in which they delighted me.

Nine Highlights In Order Of How They Delighted

09 He watched Lisa Kudrow's The Comeback the same day he watched Birdman... a very meta Hollywood day was November 9th.

08. I can't imagine what his Oscar ballot looks like since it appears in the middle of all his TV viewings and plentiful 1970s movies, he only
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Need a Vacation? Take It Online with Your Favorite Classic Sitcoms!

Need a Vacation? Take It Online with Your Favorite Classic Sitcoms!
Summer means two things for most Americans: A family trip and a lack of decent TV. However, if you're currently stuck at home, wishing you could find something better to watch, we've got an easy, free solution. You can just ride along with your favorite sitcom of choice! Remember when sitcoms regularly had group vacations, played out over a series of episodes or even over two-hour movie events? Sure, Modern Family still does an "away" adventure about once per season, but there was a time when a vacation episode was a full-fledged TV event. Shows you loved would ditch the
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Briefs: “Warehouse 13″ Sets The Date, Ellen Talks To Dale Hansen, And A Preview Of “Looking”

Here is last week’s caption pic winner. This week’s caption pic is at the bottom of the page.

“As competitors collected their complimentary pet gifts. it became apparent why two toilets were needed in every bathroom”

Thanks to Darrien for this week’s winning caption!

Weekend Birthdays! A birthday shoutout to Tbl reader Eagledancer, Rob Thomas (above) is 42, Melissa Manchester is 63, Renee O’Connor is 43, Amber Riley is 28, John McEnroe is 55, Florence Henderson is 80, and Jane Child is 47. Jane gave us one of the greatest songs of the 90′s.

Accidental ‘I Love You’ Derailed Gay Navy Seal’s Career.

Syfy has announced that the final season five episodes of Warehouse 13 will begin airing on Monday, April 14th at 9 Pm Et.

Ralph Waite, who played Pa Walton and most recently Father Matt on Days Of Our Lives, has passed away at the age of 85.

Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along
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'American Masters Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did for Love': Barbra Streisand's bighearted composer genius

Think of Marvin Hamlisch, and it's impossible not to think of many of the most memorable film and stage melodies of the past 40-plus years.

The late, hugely personable talent and very rare Pegot -- winner of a Pulitzer Prize, four Emmy Awards, four Grammys, three Oscars and a Tony -- composed some artists' biggest hits, such as Barbra Streisand's "The Way We Were" and Carly Simon's "Nobody Does It Better" (from the James Bond movie "The Spy Who Loved Me"), and refitted Scott Joplin's ragtime sounds for "The Sting."

Hamlisch also gave Broadway the hits "A Chorus Line" and "They're Playing Our Song" and kept at his craft to the end, scoring the HBO drama "Behind the Candelabra" just before his passing in August 2012.

The PBS series "American Masters" ends its 27th season with producer-director-writer Dori Berinstein's documentary "Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did for Love" Friday,
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Photo Coverage: 92Y Tributes Mike Stoller for 80th Birthday

Last night, 92Y celebrated songwriting legend Mike Stoller on the occasion of his 80th year with An 80th Birthday Celebration, a one-night-only Lyrics amp Lyricists Special Event hosted by Paul Shaffer and directed and written by Randy Johnson directorwriter of A Night withJanis Joplin. Performers included legendary vocal group The Coasters, along with artists Karen Akers,Mary Bridget Davies, Corky Hale, Maria Elena Infantino,Sally Kellerman, Bettye Lavette, Melissa Manchester, Billy Stritch, Tommy Tune and Steve Tyrell. Backed by Tyrell's band, the artists performed some of the greatest songs written by Stoller with his longtime lyricist partner Jerry Leiber and others. Check out photos from the special event below
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No miss TV: Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did For Love on PBS Dec. 27

Luminaries will be attending the premiere of the PBS Marvin Hamlisch documentary at Paley Center in New York. The "American Masters" documentary "Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did For Love" premieres Dec. 27 on PBS. Watch an exclusive trailer featuring musician-composer Hamlisch, Barbra Streisand, and others. For more, go to (Photo/Video: PBS) Tonight, Quincy Jones, Melissa Manchester, Tonya Pinkins, Rupert Holmes, David Zippel, Annaleigh Ashford, Klea Blackhurst, Baayork Lee and more will attend the VIP New York premiere of Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did For Love First Film Biography of Composer-Conductor Produced by Dramatic Forces and Thirteen's American Masters Series at The Paley Center for Media, 25 West 52nd St. (between 5th & 6th Ave.) The new
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Biggest Loser's Ruben Studdard: No Conspiracy in My Return

Biggest Loser's Ruben Studdard: No Conspiracy in My Return
When most The Biggest Loser contestants are eliminated, they devote themselves solely to their weight loss. But Ruben Studdard is more focused on something else – his career.

"It was difficult leaving," the American Idol winner told reporters after being eliminated from the NBC weight-loss show. "But I had a lot of work waiting on me when I left the ranch. As soon as the next day started, my work started."

The "Sorry for 2004" singer is currently working on a new album with producer David Foster and will be heading out on a Christmas tour with CeCe Winans, Peabo Bryson and Melissa Manchester.
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Disney 53: The Great Mouse Detective

As we march bravely on through 2013, Thn will take a nostalgic yet critical look at the 53 Walt Disney Animated Classics, from Snow White to Wreck-it Ralph, through the obscurity of Fun And Fancy Free to the Golden Age of Beauty And The Beast. These are the films the Walt Disney company are most proud of, the ones that hold a special place in our hearts, the ones that still cost a fortune to buy on DVD.

This time, a little later than planned… we join Basil, The Great Mouse Detective.

Directed by Ron Clements, Burny Mattinson, Dave Michener and John Musker

1986/ 74 minutes

Yet another in a long line of literary adaptations, The Great Mouse Detective was based upon the Basil of Baker Street stories by Eve Titus, focussing on a community of mice living beneath Victorian London. And much like Disney’s other literary adaptations, it plays pretty fast and loose with the source material,
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John Krasinski Strips Down, Gets Sexy During Lip-Sync Battle With Jimmy Fallon: Watch Now!

John Krasinski Strips Down, Gets Sexy During Lip-Sync Battle With Jimmy Fallon: Watch Now!
Jimmy Fallon and John Krasinski are fierce competitors! The Office star stopped by Late Night With Jimmy Fallon this week to promote his hit show's series finale, and then he challenged the comedian to a lip-sync battle. Let's just say, their performances got very intense during the musical showdown. "We're going to take turns lip-syncing sections of well-known songs," Fallon said, adding, "Each of us trying to lip-sync better than the other guy." Fallon began with a dramatic lip-syncing of Melissa Manchester's "Don't Cry Out Loud." Krasinksi then performed "Teenage Dream" by Katy Perry. "Fake breathing at the end and everything," Fallon quipped at...
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John Krasinki Battles Jimmy Fallon on 'Late Night,' Lip-Sync Style (Video)

John Krasinki Battles Jimmy Fallon on 'Late Night,' Lip-Sync Style (Video)
Jimmy Fallon hosted a battle for the ages on Tuesday night. And most would say he lost, including Fallon himself. The challenger: John Krasinski from "The Office." The game? Hardcore lip-sync contest. Well, maybe not "hardcore" considering the first two songs performed were "Don't Cry Out Loud" by Melissa Manchester and "Teenage Dream" by Katy Perry. But as it turns out, Krasinski may actually be better on stage with a fake microphone than he is at pushing paper in a cubicle. See Video: Justin Timberlake, Jimmy Fallon Perform 'History of Rap 3' The
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John Krasinski vs. Jimmy Fallon: Epic Lip Sync Battle

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John Krasinski vs. Jimmy Fallon: Epic Lip Sync Battle
Now that The Office has wrapped, John Krasinski has the freedom to do awesome things like grow a beard and participate in epic lip sync battles with Jimmy Fallon. Apparently, Krasinski had suggested it, too, so thank you. Fallon opened with Melissa Manchester's "Don't Cry Out Loud," which John upped with Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream." Then followed Fallon's Das Efx's "They Want Efx" matched against John's cover of "Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers,"  and for the ultimate showdown, Jimmy on "Over the Rainbow," and John down on bended knee with Boyz II Men's "I'll Make Love to You." Catch all the jacket-stripping, ear piece-grabbing, in-your-face-swaggering affectations of the lip sync battle straight ahead.
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