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1964: Daytime soap opera A Flame in the Wind premiered on ABC. Producer Joseph Hardy, whose creative efforts helped turn Love of Life into one of the top-ranking daytime dramas, changed things up for the new series.
"With most new serials it takes months to build up audience awareness," Hardy explained at the time. "The story usually doesn’t begin unfolding until long after each of the characters has been introduced. I deliberately shortened this traditional build-up period with new serials by concentrating
After conquering a male-dominant genre, a feat many deemed impossible, the Grammy winner had blossomed into a cultural icon at the time of her death.
On March 31, 1995, Selena was shot and killed by Yolanda Saldivar, the president of her fan club. She was 23 years old. The news sent shock waves around the world, prompting several vigils across the U.S. and Mexico. Saldivar was later found guilty of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison. She will be eligible for parole in March of 2025.
While the passing of time can be a detrimental factor for any celebrity, in Selena’s case, it’s only helped broaden her legacy. Her cultural resonance can, in part, be attributed
And yet, there’s nearly 70 years of tradition with the fall TV season. It’s when Nielsen still resets the calendar for the new TV year; when blue chip advertisers like the automotive sector roll out their own new wares; football season returns (don’t discount that huge impact on TV schedules); and the weather gets chilly, which conceivably means more viewers watching TV indoors.
This year, they’ll find a lot of familiar titles on broadcast TV, including the return of NBC’s “Will & Grace”; a prequel to “The Big Bang Theory,
On Tuesday, Hollywood’s sweetest families took to social media to show off their pint-sized patriotic tots and give a glimpse into how they were ringing in the Fourth of July.
Mom of two Christina Aguilera posted several shots on Instagram of her brood — fiancé Matthew Rutler, daughter Summer Rain, 2½, and son Max Liron, 9½ — posing on a pier with an American flag.
“Happy 4th of July!! ❤️,” she captioned the series of snaps.
Hope everyone had a great #4thJuly pic.twitter.com/1es4iSkfgM
— Terri Seymour (@TerriSeymour) July 5, 2017
My "mane men" on America's birthday! ❤️
Wilmer Valderrama, Ana Ortiz, Justina Machado and Amaury Nolasco formed Eva Longoria‘s crew. On the opposing side was George Lopez with his teammates: his daughter Mayan Lopez, Oscar de la Hoya Constance Marie and Ray Diaz.
There was no holding back when it came to Longoria’s team after they were asked about male strippers. Host Steve Harvey asked, “Name something the worst male stripper in the world might only have one of?” then Flores responded, “testicles,” and to
Switched at Birth ended its five-season run on Tuesday with an eventful 90-minute farewell.
The final episode of the Peabody-winning family drama ended things by looking back at how the series started. It contained several flashbacks to when everyone in the Kennish and Vasquez families — well, almost everyone — found out that Bay (Vanessa Marano) and Daphne (Katie Leclerc) had been switched at birth. At first, the flashbacks happened because Kathryn (Lea Thompson) was feeling nostalgic about Regina (Constance Marie) deciding to move...
“Switched at Birth” premiered on then-ABC Family in 2011 and explored the changing relationships between two families after it was revealed that, at the hospital, due to an error, each family had taken home the other’s infant. The show also dealt with the differing background of the two girls, one of whom was raised in an affluent neighborhood and the other in a lower-income part of town, and the fact that one of the girls was deaf.
The Peabody Award-winning show was well-known for its portrayal of deaf culture, with some entire scenes shot solely in American Sign Language (Asl).
In the video clip, executive producers and cast members discuss how the show impacted them and what they hope it means to its viewers.
Vanessa Marano, who played Bay Kennish, talked
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