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Today in Soap Opera History (December 19)

1967: The Doctors' Althea turned in her resignation.

1997: General Hospital's Helena returned to Port Charles.

2008: All My Children celebrated the life of Myrtle Fargate.

2011: One Life to Live's Roxy dreamed about Fraternity Row."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.

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1966: On Peyton Place, Martin Peyton (George Macready) told a drunken Leslie Harrington (Paul Langton) that he had always been inferior.

1967: On The Doctors, Dr. Althea Davis (Elizabeth Hubbard) stopped by the home of Dr. Matt Powers (James Pritchett) to give him her official resignation from Hope Memorial Hospital. Althea was pregnant and unmarried at the time,
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Today in Soap Opera History (December 11)

1968: Susan Seaforth debuted on Days of our Lives as Julie.

1979: Atwt's Lisa faced off with Hester at The Willows.

1995: Another World's Donna sang to a suspicious Matt.

1998: Brooke's Bedroom made it's debut on B&B."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...

1957: On The Edge of Night, Peter Dalton (Stephen Elliott) won the election by a landslide.

1968: Susan Seaforth (Hayes) debuted as Julie Olson in Days of our Lives. She has been nominated for four Daytime Emmy Awards for her work on the soap. Check out our 2010 in-depth interview with Mrs. Hayes and her husband and Days co-star,
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Mackenzie Phillips Says Revealing Incest with Her Father Ruined Family Relationships: ‘They’re Devaluing the Victim’

Mackenzie Phillips Says Revealing Incest with Her Father Ruined Family Relationships: ‘They’re Devaluing the Victim’
Eight years after Mackenzie Phillips revealed that she was once in a long-term incestuous relationship with her dad, her family relationships seem to be irrevocably damaged.

The former One Day at a Time star exposed in her first book, High on Arrival. the long-held secret that her dad, The Mamas & the Papas singer John Phillips, raped her at age 19 while they were under the influence of drugs and alcohol. The encounters continued, and they soon began a consensual, incestuous relationship lasting around 10 years.

In her new book, Hopeful Healing: Essays on Managing Recovery and Surviving Addiction, Phillips says that some
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Second City’s Big February and Other L.A. Events

Second City Hollywood is blowing up (in a good way) in February and wants its students, alumni, teachers and actors interested in the improv training school to get involved. For starters, there’s a Q&A with Tim Kazurinsky, Chandra lee Schwartz, Kim Zimmer and Tom Flynn from the touring company of “Wicked” Feb. 9 starting at 5 p.m. Then on Feb. 11, Jen Candy, daughter of legendary Second City alum John Candy, will interview Jim Belushi at 8 p.m. and on Feb. 25, she’ll sit down with her late father’s co-star from “Armed and DangerousEugene Levy. All events take place at the school’s theater located at 6560 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles. Other upcoming events include: The Greatest Showman: Cecil B. DeMille Screening of “The Cheat” & “The Golden Chance”Feb. 7 at 7:30 p.m.Billy Wilder Theater10899 Wilshire Blvd.Tickets here. Learn How to Use the Arri Alexa & Amira CamerasFeb.
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Film Review: ‘23 Blast’

Faith is literally blind in inspirational sports drama “23 Blast,” the fact-based tale of a high-school football player who suddenly loses his sight, but not his place on the team. Drawn up using equal parts genre playbook and Good Book, actor Dylan Baker, making his directing debut, and thesp Bram Hoover (who co-wrote the script with his mother, Toni) deliver a fairly predictable yarn that’s lighthearted and well-acted, if cast mostly with characters that are little more than tackling dummies. This Heartland Film Festival winner should rack up points with the churchgoing crowd on its Oct. 24 release, but likely won’t cross into a wider field of play.

A preamble introduces running back Travis Freeman and quarterback Jerry Baker as pee-wee players who connect on a long pass play that establishes their athletic promise and the roots of their friendship. Early scenes set a few years later show the pair
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Dylan Baker’s Family-Friendly Drama 23 Blast Coming To Theaters October 3

Having been featured in USA Today, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, NBC’s Today and Dateline NBC, Travis Freeman’s story now comes to the big screen in 23 Blast.

The Dylan Baker Film, inspired by the true life events of Freeman, who played football for Corbin High School in the mid 1990′s despite being blind, will release nationwide in theaters on October 3, 2014 through Ocean Avenue Entertainment, Inc. in association with Toy Gun Films.

The film stars Stephen Lang, Alexa Vega, Kim Zimmer,Timothy Busfield, Dylan Baker, and Fred D. Thompson.

23 Blast features Freeman, a typical teenager growing up in a small town in Kentucky, who is a local hero on and off the field. In the fall of 1997, in the prime of his youth, he is unexpectedly stricken with an infection that destroys his optic nerve. He becomes blind overnight. Under the influence of parents who love him,
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Dylan Baker’s Inspirational Drama ’23 Blast’ Set for Oct. 3 Release in 600 Locations

Inspirational sports drama “23 Blast” has been set for an Oct. 3 release in 600 locations in the U.S. through Ocean Avenue Entertainment in association with Toy Gun Films.

“23 Blast” is produced by Dylan Baker, Gary Donatelli and Toni Hoover. Exec producers include Daniel Snyder (owner of the Washington Redskins), Misook Doolittle and Brent Ryan Green.

Baker directed “23 Blast” from a script by Bram Hoover and Toni Hoover. The film stars Baker, Stephen Lang, Alexa Vega, Mark Hapka, Max Adler, Bram Hoover, Kim Zimmer, Becky Ann Baker, Timothy Busfield and Fred D. Thompson.

Hapka stars as Travis Freeman, a typical teenager growing up in a small town in Kentucky who’s stricken with an infection that destroys his optic nerve. Under the influence of parents, a physical therapist, a coach and a best friend, Freeman helps his high school football team advance to the state playoffs.

“This movie is so much bigger than me,
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Susan Lucci's 'Deadly Affairs' and 'Days of Our Knives' true-crime daytime block lead ID's 'guilty pleasure' programming

One of the taglines for "Deadly Affairs," Investigation Discovery's new true-crime-of-passion series, is "from lawfully wed to unlawfully dead." Since "All My Children's" Erica Kane has been both these things -- many times over -- who better to host these "real-life tales of love gone terribly wrong" than Susan Lucci herself?

"Deadly Affairs" premieres Sept. 8, but a 10-minute sneak peek of the series will air Monday, Sept. 3 at 1 p.m. -- the timeslot dominated by Lucci and "All My Children" for decades -- as part of ID's new daytime programming block: "Days of Our Knives."

Soap operas may be, ahem, dying out, but apparently there are enough stranger-than-fiction tales to take their place. The true-life programming will air 1-4 p.m. weekdays with a weekly theme hosted by a variety of soap personalities.

"Days of Our Knives" launches Aug. 20 with "Tainted Love Week," hosted by "Guiding Light's" Robert Newman
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Soap Stars Get New Gigs

Soap Stars Get New Gigs
Missing Susan Lucci at 1 p.m.? You're in luck because Investigation Discovery is previewing Lucci's new series, "Deadly Affairs," in the former "All My Children" timeslot on Sept. 3. And that's not all the network is doing to fill the soap opera void.

At the Television Critics Association summer press tour, the network announced "Days Of Our Knives," a new programming block hosted by soap stars. Each week the block of programs will have a different theme and different stars of various soaps introducing the true-life programming.

Tainted Love Week, Aug. 20-24

Hosted by Robert Newman (Joshua Lewis, "Guiding Light") and Kim Zimmer (Reva Shayne, "Guiding Light")

Wicked Women Week, Aug. 27-31

Hosted by Lynn Herring (Lucy Coe, "General Hospital"), Jacklyn Zeman (Barbara “Bobbie” Spencer, "General Hospital"), and Judi Evans (Adrienne Johnson Kiriakis, "Days of our Lives")

Revenge Week, Sept. 3-7

Hosted by Drake Hogestyn (John Black, "Days of our Lives") and Kristian Alfonso (Hope Brady,
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Exclusive: Investigation Discovery Soaps Up With New Daytime Block, Days of Our Knives

You gotta love a network that brings Guiding Light's Josh and Reva back together! Investigation Discovery has been kicking butt in the ratings with its true crime and love-gone-bad programs — the cable network currently ranks fourth in daytime with women 25-54 — and now it's setting a trap for afternoon soap viewers. On Aug. 20, ID will launch Days of Our Knives, a daily three-hour block (1:00 to 4:00pm, Et/Pt) of themed programming hosted by some of the greatest stars of daytime drama, including Kim Zimmer, Robert Newman, Drake Hogestyn, Kristian Alfonso and the queen herself, Susan Lucci.

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News Roundup: Kim "Norma Desmond" Zimmer, The Archers Controversey, Ronnie Marmo

It's a 'Sunset' for Kim Zimmer: She'll be playing Norma Desmond in "Sunset Boulevard" at the Barn Theatre from Aug. 23 to Sept. 4

"With the soap operas kind of coming to the end of their era, I have no problem relating to this poor woman," Zimmer said with a sympathetic laugh. "Because I feel like I'll never work, you know, I'll never have the kind of role I was so successful with for so many years. I won't have to dig very deep to find this character."

"I don’t think this kind of storytelling will ever go away, I just think during the daytime, they can’t afford to produce this kind of television anymore. It’s cheaper to produce another talk show or another game show or a cooking show."

The Archers, Radio 4's popular drama, has come under fire from a BBC journalist over its portrayal of
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One Life To Live: The Two Todd Mannings' Mom? It's Barbara Rhoades!

The mother of Tina and Todd (or is that both Todds?), Irene Manning, is alive and well--and back in Llanview!

Barbara Rhoades (Generations; Soap; Busting Loose) has now debuted in the mysterious, pivotal role of the not-at-all-dead mum, and We Love Soaps is proud to welcome the talented film veteran (Serial; The Goodbye Girl) and Broadway baby ("Funny Girl"; "Love, Loss, and What I Wore") back to daytime. 

We recently featured Barbara in episode 2.34 of We Love Soaps TV

alongside Kim Zimmer (Guiding Light; One Life To Live) and Orfeh ("Legally Blonde: The Musical"; Across the Universe). She talks about working with the great Barbara Streisand and even dishes on being fired from Generations. Let's just say she may have managed some parting gifts!

You can see the episode here http://welovesoa.ps/RhoadesVid.

We also reviewed her performance in Delia and Nora Ephron's "Love, Loss, and What I Wore.
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Today in Soap Opera History (August 9)

On this date in...

1935: Future daytime legend Beverlee McKinsey was born. She died in 2008. Kim Zimmer writes lovingly about McKinsey in her new book which was released last week.

1938: Actor Clint Ritchie, known for his many years as Clint on One Life To Live, was born. He died in 2009.

1993: On Days Of Our Lives, Bo (Robert Kelker Kelly) had memories of Carly.

Celebrating a birthday today are:

Micheal Storm (ex-Larry, One Life To Live) - 72

Melanie Griffith (ex-Brandie, Nip/Tuck) - 55

Amanda Bearse (ex-Amanda, All My Children) - 53

Whitney Houston (As The World Turns Guest Star) - 48

Gillian Anderson (ex-Scully, The X-Files) - 43

Mark Povinelli (ex-Wally, Passions) - 40

Liz Vassey (ex-Emily Ann, All My Children) - 39

Kevin McKidd (Owen, Grey's Anatomy) - 38

Texas Battle (Marcus, The Bold And The Beautiful) - 35

Jessica Capshaw (Arizona, Grey's Anatomy) - 35

Rhona Mitra (ex-Claire, The Gates; ex-Kiva, Sgu; ex-Kit, Nip/Tuck; ex-Holly Marie,
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We Love Soaps: Hot in July

What was hot in the month of July in the soap world? We Love Soaps TV is using data to try to find out. By compiling data from number of reads on each post, the number of searches on our website and hits on our videos, we are ranking the Top 10 People and Shows for the month of July. The sudden passing of Santa Barbara's Christopher "Chip" Mayer saddened many fans and the late actor finished at No. 1 for the month. A resurgence of talk about Santa Barbara landed that show in the Top 10 as well.

10 Hottest People In July (Top 10 Ranking Last Month)

1. Christopher "Chip" Mayer (-)

2. Genie Francis (-)

3. Constance Marie (-)

4. Julia Barr (-)

5. Sarah Glendening (-)

6. Deidre Hall (6)

7. Kimberlin Brown (-)

8. Benjamin Stone (-)

9. Kim Zimmer (-)

10.Mary Beth Evans (-)

10 Hottest Soaps In July

1. One Life To Live (3)

2. All My Children (4)

3. General Hospital (2)

4. Days Of Our Lives
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We Love Soaps TV 3.01 Kim Zimmer Tells All In New Book "I'm Just Sayin'" (Season 3 Premiere)

When Kim Zimmer walked onto the set to tape an interview for the third season premiere of our web series, We Love Soaps TV, her first words were, "Plaxico!" Host Roger Newcomb and Jets fan Zimmer always start every conversation out with a little football trash talk. The interview itself was all about her career and new book, "I'm Just Sayin': Three Deaths, Seven Husbands, and a Clone! My Life as a Daytime Diva," which is earning rave reviews.

Along the way, Zimmer shares her thoughts on working for many years on the beloved Guiding Light, including dealing with budget cuts which forced the show into a new "in your face" production model during its last two seasons. She also weighs in on the Daytime Emmys, the future of One Life To Live, drinking during work, having to attend AA meetings and much more. You don't want to miss this!
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Book Review: Alec Baldwin, Crystal Chappell, Oprah & More--Five Juicy Reasons Kim Zimmer's New Tell-all Is for Everyone

"I'm Just Sayin': Three Deaths, Seven Husbands, and a Clone! My Life as a Daytime Diva," by Kim Zimmer (with Laura Morton), goes on sale today. I was introduced to Kim long after Guiding Light, but although I had never seen Reva Shayne in all her glory, I ended up reading the whole book in one afternoon. Always witty and insightful, and frequently touching, this tell-all really tells all, and it's enjoyable even for non-soap fans. I certainly couldn't put “I'm Just Sayin'' down—here's why:

Lots of tasty tidbits about dozens and dozens of TV and film stars. For example, while she was pregnant, Kim writes, she always knew who she could count on: “If I craved egg-salad sandwiches with dill pickles on white Wonder bread, Alec [Baldwin] would take off for the NBC commissary and return with egg salad in hand!” When she was a guest on The Oprah Winfrey show,
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30 Years Ago: MTV Went On The Air, 13 Daytime Soaps Aired

MTV went on the air 30 years ago today at 12:01 a.m. It was a Saturday morning and the previous week, 13 daytime soaps had aired on ABC, CBS and NBC. That's more than double the six we have today. Here's a look at what happened that week on the soaps:

The Doctors: Greta miscarried. Billy (Alec Baldwin) joined forces with Nola (Kim Zimmer) against Mona. Althea's mystery patient called out Althea's name. Natalie played Jack against Jerry for her affections. Matt fumed when Maggie won a research grant. Mona ordered her lawyer, Edmund, to go over Jason's will. Barney planned to trace his family's roots in Ireland.

All My Children: Brandon finally asked Sara for a divorce, but Sara dampened Erica's parade by vowing a long fight. Wally refused Devon in bed. Jesse returned with Carl and agreed to attend summer school. Sybil failed to win Rick's attention away from Betsy.
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Get Psyched: Kim Zimmer Tell-all Launches Tuesday!

In just five days, Kim Zimmer releases her new book, "I'm Just Sayin': Three Deaths, Seven Husbands, and a Clone! My Life as a Daytime Diva." Look for her here next week, kicking of season three of We Love Soaps TV! Of course, we'll also be posting our review of "I'm Just Sayin'."

To celebrate Kim's book, let's take a look back at the fabulous star who brought Reva Shayne to life! You can watch a clip of her We Love Soaps TV interview from August 2, 2010 here. She talks about the writing process, life after Guiding Light, and even exclaims, "I've kissed Crystal Chapell many times!" Read a transcript of the interview here.

Kim was chosen as #2 on our list of the 50 Greatest Soap Actresses: see why here.

Watch the episode of We Love Soaps TV in which she is interviewed on opening night of "Love, Loss, and What I Wore" here.
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My Favorite Interviews from Season 2 of We Love Soaps TV

We are gearing up for the third season of our web series, We Love Soaps TV, lining up more interviews and features than ever. But as we close out our 91 episode second season I wanted to reflect on some of the interviews I did during the year for the show.

I'll never forget (and you don't want to miss!) these moments, showcasing Signy Coleman's passion and compassion; Mimi Torchin's hilarious and insightful candor; Nick Matthews' charisma and wit; Van Hansis' talent and ambition; and Olivia Newton-John's beauty and generosity of spirit.

The cast and crew of the upcoming soap River Ridge were all very inspiring. From Tyler Ford's vision to Signy Coleman's passion, I left this interview feeling even better about the future of the continuing story format on the web or whatever platforms may exist.

Always a blast, Soap Opera Weekly founder Mimi
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Pre-order: Kim Zimmer's New Book "I'm Just Sayin': Three Deaths, Seven Husbands, and a Clone! My Life as a Daytime Diva"

Kim Zimmer's new book is as honest, raucous, and fabulous as the woman herself. "I'm Just Sayin': Three Deaths, Seven Husbands, and a Clone! My Life as a Daytime Diva,"written by Kim (with Laura Morton), goes on sale in August. You can pre-order it on Amazon for August 2. But we couldn't wait!

We Love Soaps could not put our advance copy down. Look for an interview with Kim in the first week of August as our web series, We Love Soaps TV, kicks off its third season. Our full review of the book will be published that week as well.

Always witty and insightful, and frequently touching, this tell-all really tells all. But don't take our word for it—to give you all a little taste and to encourage you to purchase the book (best summer reading ever!) some of our favorite tidbits are below:

"It turns out
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