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Today in Soap Opera History (December 30)

1968: NBC daytime soap Hidden Faces premiered. 1983: Guiding

Light's Phillip and Beth spent New Year's Eve in New York.

2002: The "Surrender" arc began on Port Charles. 2003: One

Life to Live's Dorian visited All My Children's Pine Valley."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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1963: ABC shifted General Hospital to the 3 p.m. Et time slot after nearly 9 months of airing at 1 p.m.

1964: On Another World, Pat Matthews (Susan Trustman) refused to give John Randolph (Michael M. Ryan) permission to access her medical records.

1968: NBC daytime soap opera Hidden Faces premiered. Created by Irving Vendig, the
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Corbin Bernsen & Rio Mangini Join ‘Reach’; Jeremy Holm, Others Added To ‘The Ranger’

Corbin Bernsen & Rio Mangini Join ‘Reach’; Jeremy Holm, Others Added To ‘The Ranger’
Teen Wolf actor Rio Mangini, Corbin Bernsen and Concetta Tomei have joined the cast of Jarret Tarnol's high school dramedy Reach, announced Maria Capp, co-writer and producer, Cappricielli Productions. Mangini will also compose the score and provide original music. Bernsen and Tomei play the grandparents of the quirky new kid in town played by Johnny James Fiore, who befriends a socially awkward genius played by Garrett Clayton. Reach is currently filming in Los…
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Garrett Clayton, Joey Bragg, Jordan Doww to Star in High School Dramedy ‘Reach’

Garrett Clayton, Joey Bragg, Jordan Doww to Star in High School Dramedy ‘Reach’
Garrett Clayton, Jordan Doww and Joey Bragg (Disney’s “Liv and Maddie”) are starring in the feature film “Reach,” a high school dramedy about bullies and the power of friendship.

Maria Capp is producing along with Autumn Bailey and Charles Box. Jarret Tarnol (“See You in Valhalla”) will direct from a script by Capp with Johnny James Fiore and Grant Harling, who both also star in the film. “Reach” will shoot this month in Los Angeles.

The story centers on Clayton’s character divulging to a pro-suicide support group that he plans on killing himself. Although his first attempt is botched, he is determined to find a way to escape his suffering. He is constantly picked on by former childhood friend and school bully, portrayed by Doww, and his widowed father, for whom he harbors a deep resentment for over his mother’s death.But his plans are sidetracked when
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Three Actors Cast in Matt Hubbard Family Comedy Pilot

Lost's Francois Chau, Cold Case's Susan Chuang, and Providence's Concetta Tomei have been cast as series regulars in NBC's untitled Matt Hubbard pilot. Hubbard, a veteran of 30 Rock, used his own life as inspiration for the project.

The single camera comedy features Andrew (Chris Smith) and Josie (Elizabeth Ho), an married interracial couple who move to Missouri to be closer to her family. 30 Rock's Kenneth, i.e. Jack McBrayer, had previously been cast in the role of Gary.

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NBC’s Matt Hubbard Comedy Pilot Adds Three To Family

NBC’s Matt Hubbard Comedy Pilot Adds Three To Family
Francois Chau, Susan Chuang and Concetta Tomei have landed series regular roles on NBC’s untitled Matt Hubbard single-camera comedy pilot starring Elizabeth Ho, Chris Smith and Jack McBrayer. Written/executive produced by 30 Rock alum Hubbard based loosely on his life, the story revolves around Andrew (Smith) and Josie (Ho), a happily married interracial couple whose lives take a turn when they move close to Josie's family in Missouri. Chau (Lost) and Chuang (Cold Case)…
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Stage Tube: Sneak Peek at Berkeley Rep's Fallaci World Premiere

Pulitzer Prize-winner Lawrence Wright premieres his new play at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. It is a fictional play about the last days of legendary journalist Oriana Fallaci. Don't miss this sizzling new script, which is directed by Oskar Eustis, stars Concetta Tomei and Marjan Neshat, and features an incredible team of designers. The 65th world premiere presented by Berkeley Rep, Fallaci is currently in previews in the Roda Theatre and opens March 13, running through April 21. Below, check out a sneak peek at Fallaci, Berkeley Rep's new world premiere about one of the first rock stars of modern journalism
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Photo Flash: First Look at Concetta Tomei and Marjan Neshat in Berkeley Rep's Fallaci World Premiere

Pulitzer Prize-winner Lawrence Wright premieres his new play at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. It is a fictional play about the last days of legendary journalist Oriana Fallaci. Don't miss this sizzling new script, which is directed by Oskar Eustis, stars Concetta Tomei and Marjan Neshat, and features an incredible team of designers. The 65th world premiere presented by Berkeley Rep, Fallaci is currently in previews in the Roda Theatre and opens March 13, running through April 21. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the actors onstage below
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The Public's Oskar Eustis Directs Lawrence Wright's Premiere Fallaci at Berkeley Rep, Now thru 4/21

Even as his latest book attracts international attention, Pulitzer Prize-winner Lawrence Wright premieres his new play at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. A reporter renowned for his work with The New Yorker - and the bestselling author behind The Looming Tower and Going Clear Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief - Wright is also the playwright who penned My Trip to al Qaeda and The Human Scale. Now he debuts a fictional play about the last days of legendary journalist Oriana Fallaci. Don't miss this sizzling new script, which is directed by Oskar Eustis, stars Concetta Tomei and Marjan Neshat, and features an incredible team of designers. The 65th world premiere presented by Berkeley Rep, Fallaci begins previews in the Roda Theatre tonight, March 8, opens March 13, and runs through April 21.
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The Public's Oskar Eustis to Direct Lawrence Wright's Premiere Fallaci at Berkeley Rep, 3/8-4/21

Even as his latest book attracts international attention, Pulitzer Prize-winner Lawrence Wright premieres his new play at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. A reporter renowned for his work with The New Yorker - and the bestselling author behind The Looming Tower and Going Clear Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief - Wright is also the playwright who penned My Trip to al Qaeda and The Human Scale. Now he debuts a fictional play about the last days of legendary journalist Oriana Fallaci. Don't miss this sizzling new script, which is directed by Oskar Eustis, stars Concetta Tomei and Marjan Neshat, and features an incredible team of designers. The 65th world premiere presented by Berkeley Rep, Fallaci begins previews in the Roda Theatre on March 8, opens March 13, and runs through April 21.
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Julia Roberts, Matt Bomer, Mark Ruffalo, Alec Baldwin Attached: Gay Drama The Normal Heart

The Normal Heart, Larry Kramer's semi-autobiographical off-Broadway play about a New Yorker confronted with AIDS in the early years of the pandemic, has been a perennial "movie project." In the last couple of decades, Oscar winners Barbra Streisand and John Schlesinger have at some point in time announced they were going to tackle it, but to date no film version of The Normal Heart has reached the production stages. [Photo: Matt Bomer.] Now, enter Glee creator and movie director Ryan Murphy (Running with Scissors, Eat Pray Love), who optioned the film rights to the play last summer following its Broadway revival success: The Normal Heart won Tonys for Best Revival, Best Supporting Actor (John Benjamin Hickey), and Best Supporting Actress (Ellen Barkin). Murphy apparently hasn't been sitting idly. According to The Hollywood Reporter, The Normal Heart already has a cast: Eat Pray Love's Julia Roberts (who'll next be seen as the
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The Real Psychotherapist Behind ‘Necessary Roughness’

USA Network Dr. Donna Dannenfelser with husband Buzz Dannenfelser and actress Concetta Tomei (who plays Angela)

Dr. Donna Dannenfelser doesn’t coddle her patients. A psychotherapist based in Long Island, her straight-talk no-nonsense approach gave her entree to the world of professional athletes and high profile clients beginning in the 1990s. Her life and her work is the inspiration for USA Network’s newest show “Necessary Roughness.” In the series, Dannenfelser is renamed Dr. Dani Santino and played by Callie Thorne.
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Necessary Roughness TV Review – USA

USA Network is hoping to put together a "doctor in unusual circumstances" one-two punch with its new show Necessary Roughness following the new season premiere of Royal Pains. After HankMed has its way with you, Necessary Roughness will offer up a therapist who finds herself diving into less than the normal routine, and since the world of physical health doctor out of water did so well, hopefully the mental health world will perform as well.

Necessary Roughness has a few more chinks in its armor than most of the new shows that USA puts out, and what stands out most is that it is difficult to tell where it's going, and it's even more difficult to tell who exactly the show is for. The pilot sets us up with Dr. Dani Santino (Callie Thorne) as a therapist who is a fan of hypnotherapy, and the first thing that happens in
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One-Stop Workshop

When "Other Desert Cities" opens in December at Lincoln Center's Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater in New York, it will signal the return of Jon Robin Baitz, who left the theater world for a few years for the small screen and his creation, ABC's "Brothers & Sisters." But before that happens, Baitz is fine-tuning his latest play with a workshop performance this week at the Ojai Playwrights Conference—a path Baitz took twice before, with "The Paris Letter" and "Chinese Friends." A public reading of "Other Desert Cities" is featuring Mary McCormack ("In Plain Sight," "The West Wing"), Holland Taylor ("Two and A Half Men"), Concetta Tomei, and Thomas Higgens.Baitz considers the workshop process a valuable tool leading up to a full-scale production, and he likes the fit of Ojai, thanks in large part to its producer and artistic director, Robert Egan. "Robert and I started working together 22 years ago," Baitz says.
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