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Today in Soap Opera History (June 12)

1981: General Hospital's Luke had a calling.

1984: Jack Boyd arrived in Edge of Night's Monticello.

1990: A topless Carly impressed Justin on Days of our Lives.

2000: Bold and the Beautiful's Brooke played footsie with Thorne."All true histories contain instruction; though, in some, the treasure may be hard to find, and when found, so trivial in quantity that the dry, shrivelled kernel scarcely compensates for the trouble of cracking the nut."

Anne Brontë in "Agnes Grey"

"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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1936: Popular serial Just Plain Bill aired on CBS Radio for the final time. The show returned in September on NBC, where it remained until 1954.

1941: On The Guiding Light,
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‘thirtysomething’ Team On How The ’80s ABC Drama “Changed The Course Of TV History” – Atx

Fans of thirtysomething were treated today to a reunion of the creators and cast of the landmark drama series that aired on ABC from 1987 to 1991. Creators Marshall Herskovitz and Edward Zwick were joined onstage at the Atx Television Festival in Austin by actors Polly Draper, Timothy Busfield, David Clennon, Melanie Mayron and Peter Horton to talk about a show, which, at the time, was different than anything on the air. During that particular era of TV, Herskovitz says…
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Nytvf Announces 2018 Independent Pilot Competition Selections

The New York Television Festival has named its 2018 independent pilot competition selections to be screened for industry executives and fans at the 14th annual Nytvf running from July 14 to July 20. A total of 59 television and digital pilots were chosen spanning a range of themes and topics, from demons to beer.

This year, a record 72% of the selected projects include persons of color above the line, an increase from 56% at the 2016 festival. Additionally 70% of the pilots feature a woman in an executive creative role, with 53% created by women. This number marks the highest number of women in creator roles in the festival’s history,
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"Stripes" TV Series

Director Ivan Reitman's military comedy feature "Stripes" (1981) will be rebooted for Sony Pictures Television and CBS TV, with Reitman set to direct from a teleplay by Trevor Moore, Sam Brown and Zach Cregger:.

The original film starred Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, Warren Oates, P. J. Soles, Sean Young, and John Candy, with John Larroquette, John Diehl, Conrad Dunn, Judge Reinhold, Joe Flaherty, Dave Thomas, Timothy Busfield and Bill Paxton:

"...'John Winger' is a cab driver who, in the span of a few hours, loses his job, his apartment, his car and his girlfriend. Realizing he has no prospects, he decides to join the Army. 

"Talking his best friend 'Russell Ziskey', a teacher of English as a second language, into joining him, they go to a recruiting office and are soon sent off to basic training.

"Upon arriving at 'Fort Arnold', they meet their fellow recruits,
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"Stripes" TV Adaptation

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According to reports, director Ivan Reitman's 'buddy, military' comedy feature "Stripes" (1981) will be rebooted for Sony Pictures Television and CBS TV, with Reitman set to direct from a teleplay by Trevor Moore, Sam Brown and Zach Cregger:.

The original film starred Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, Warren Oates, P. J. Soles, Sean Young, and John Candy, with John Larroquette, John Diehl, Conrad Dunn, Judge Reinhold, Joe Flaherty, Dave Thomas, Timothy Busfield and Bill Paxton:

"...'John Winger' is a cab driver who, in the span of a few hours, loses his job, his apartment, his car and his girlfriend. Realizing he has no prospects, he decides to join the Army. 

"Talking his best friend 'Russell Ziskey', a teacher of English as a second language, into joining him, they go to a recruiting office and are soon sent off to basic training.

"Upon arriving at 'Fort Arnold', they meet their fellow recruits,
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The Comeback, thirtysomething, This Is Us: Panels Announced for Atx

Austin is gonna be packed this year. According to The Hollywood Reporter, this year's Atx Television Festival will include reunions for The Comeback and thirtysomething as well as a This Is Us panel.The Comeback starred Lisa Kudrow as Valerie Cherish, a former "It Girl" who is desperately clinging to the spotlight. The HBO comedy was cancelled in 2005 and then renewed for a second season in 2014. Thirtysomething starred Ken Olin, Mel Harris, Melanie Mayron, Peter Horton, Patricia Kalember, Timothy Busfield, Patricia Wettig, and Polly Draper as a group of baby boomers negotiating their thirties. The show premiered on ABC in 1987 and ran for four seasons.Read More…
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‘This Is Us’, ‘Thirtysomething’ 30-Year Reunion, ‘The Comeback’ & More Add To Atx Television Festival Slate

NBC’s This Is Us is coming to Austin, Texas as cast members Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, and creator Dan Fogelman will be at the Atx Television Festival this summer for a panel on the hit breakout series. Joining them will be NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke and Ep Ken Olin. There’s also a 30-year reunion of ABC’s thirtysomething with cast members Ken Olin, Patricia Wettig, Peter Horton, Melanie Mayron, Timothy Busfield, and David Clennon. Many of them helmed…
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‘The Comeback’ Reunion and ‘This Is Us’ Panels Added to Atx Festival

‘The Comeback’ Reunion and ‘This Is Us’ Panels Added to Atx Festival
The sixth annual Atx Festival already has a slew of exciting reunions set for 2017: an “Alias” writers’ room reunion, a “Northern Exposure” reunion, and a “Designing Women” reunion are all already on the books. Now the stacked lineup is set to squeeze in two more: HBO’s “The Comeback” and the 30th anniversary of “thirtysomething.”

Lisa Kudrow, who co-created, executive produced and starred in “The Comeback,” will join fellow co-creator Michael Patrick King, cast member and producer Dan Bucatinsky, and cast member Laura Silverman for a reunion panel on the cult favorite. Additional cast will be announced at a later date, so here’s hoping Malin Akerman returns to discuss one of her best roles.

Read More: ‘Alias’ Reunion, ‘Parks and Recreation’ Screening Party Highlight New Additions to Atx Television Festival

The Comeback” debuted in 2005 with 13 episodes in its acclaimed first season. Poor ratings and a quick cancelation from
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‘This Is Us,’ ‘The Comeback,’ ‘thirtysomething’ Panels Added to Atx TV Festival

‘This Is Us,’ ‘The Comeback,’ ‘thirtysomething’ Panels Added to Atx TV Festival
This Is Us” is coming to Austin. The next round of Atx Television Festival panels have been announced, and they include a “This Is Us” discussion, Lisa Kudrow’s “The Comeback,” and a “thirtysomething” reunion.

NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke will join “This Is Us” creator Dan Fogelman, executive producer Ken Olin, and stars Milo Ventimiglia and Mandy Moore for a panel about the biggest success story of the 2016-17 TV season, which recently received a rare two-season renewal.

On the reunion side, “thirtysomething” cast members Ken Olin, Patricia Wettig, Peter Horton, Melanie Mayron, Timothy Busfield, and David Clennon — many of whom directed episodes of the series when it was on the air and have gone on to direct and produce several other series over the years — will be getting together to mark the 30th anniversary of the series.

Lisa Kudrow’s “The Comeback” is getting the reunion treatment as well. Co-creator
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'Thirtysomething,' 'The Comeback' Reunions and 'This Is Us' Panel Added to Atx Lineup

This Is Us is getting ready to take Austin by storm.

The hit NBC drama will host a panel at the sixth annual Atx Television Festival, set for June 8-11.

Stars Mandy Moore and Milo Ventimiglia will be joined by NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke, creator and showrunner Dan Fogelman, and executive producer Ken Olin

Additionally, Olin will take part in a reunion for the beloved ABC drama thirtysomething at the festival, where he will be joined by fellow stars Patricia Wettig, Peter Horton, Melanie Mayron, Timothy Busfield, and David Clennon. The reunion marks the 30th anniversary of the adult...
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Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip: Steven Weber on Why the NBC Series Didn't Survive

Why did Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip flop? Recently, star Steven Weber spoke to the Av Club about the cancelled NBC TV series.Created by Aaron Sorkin, the show followed the behind-the-scenes drama of a live comedy sketch series. The cast included Matthew Perry, Bradley Whitford, Amanda Peet, D.L. Hughley, Sarah Paulson, Nate Corddry, and Timothy Busfield.Read More…
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‘Sneakers’: NBC Plans Series Reboot of Robert Redford’s Hacker Comedy

‘Sneakers’: NBC Plans Series Reboot of Robert Redford’s Hacker Comedy
In 1992, Robert Redford starred in the comedy “Sneakers,” directed by Phil Alden Robinson. The hacker film followed a security pro who finds his past coming back to haunt him, when he and his team are tasked with retrieving a particularly important item for the U.S. government. The comedy featured a star-studded cast including Dan Aykroyd, River Phoenix, Sidney Poitier, Mary MacDonnell and Timothy Busfield.

Now, NBC has handed out a script order for a TV series adaptation of the film, according to Deadline. Walter Parkes, who wrote the original film with Lawrence Lasker and Robinson, will executive produce the reboot alongside his wife and producing partner Laurie MacDonald. Tom Szentgyorgyi (“The Mentalist”), will also executive produce and pen the script.

The series hails from Universal TV, where Parkes and MacDonald have a first-look deal with production company.

Read More: ‘War of the Worlds’ TV Series in Development at MTV
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Sneakers Adaptation Eyed at NBC, Based on Robert Redford Hacker Film

Sneakers Adaptation Eyed at NBC, Based on Robert Redford Hacker Film
NBC has put into development an adaptation of Sneakers, the 1992 hacker movie that starred Robert Redford.

The original light-hearted thriller followed a group of security experts who are blackmailed by the U.S. government into stealing a top-secret device that they come to realize could be dangerous if it falls into the wrong hands. The film’s cast also included Dan Aykroyd, River Phoenix, Sidney Poitier, Mary MacDonnell and Timothy Busfield.

Per our sister site Deadline, former The Mentalist executive producer Tom Szentgyorgyi will write the adaptation and exec-produce alongside Walter Parkes
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Melissa Gilbert Talks Running for Congress in Michigan – with a Little Help from Her Famous Friends

Melissa Gilbert Talks Running for Congress in Michigan – with a Little Help from Her Famous Friends
With donations from famous friends like Jennifer Garner, Alec Baldwin and Michael Douglas, Melissa Gilbert's campaign for Congress in Michigan's 8th district is off to a well-financed start.

That said, the 51-year-old actress, who rose to fame for playing Laura Ingalls Wilder in the 1970s hit TV series Little House on the Prairie, is facing a tough battle in the swingy, gerrymandered district that encompasses the roughly 100 miles of farmland between the state capital of Lansing and the upscale suburbs of Detroit. The district hasn't sent a Democrat to the U.S. House since the 1990s.

The actress, who
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Melissa Gilbert Talks Running for Congress in Michigan - with a Little Help from Her Famous Friends

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Melissa Gilbert Talks Running for Congress in Michigan - with a Little Help from Her Famous Friends
With donations from famous friends like Jennifer Garner, Alec Baldwin and Michael Douglas, Melissa Gilbert's campaign for Congress in Michigan's 8th district is off to a well-financed start. That said, the 51-year-old actress, who rose to fame for playing Laura Ingalls Wilder in the 1970s hit TV series Little House on the Prairie, is facing a tough battle in the swingy, gerrymandered district that encompasses the roughly 100 miles of farmland between the state capital of Lansing and the upscale suburbs of Detroit. The district hasn't sent a Democrat to the U.S. House since the 1990s. The actress, who
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Melissa Gilbert Talks Running for Congress in Michigan - with a Little Help from Her Famous Friends

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Melissa Gilbert Talks Running for Congress in Michigan - with a Little Help from Her Famous Friends
With donations from famous friends like Jennifer Garner, Alec Baldwin and Michael Douglas, Melissa Gilbert's campaign for Congress in Michigan's 8th district is off to a well-financed start. That said, the 51-year-old actress, who rose to fame for playing Laura Ingalls Wilder in the 1970s hit TV series Little House on the Prairie, is facing a tough battle in the swingy, gerrymandered district that encompasses the roughly 100 miles of farmland between the state capital of Lansing and the upscale suburbs of Detroit. The district hasn't sent a Democrat to the U.S. House since the 1990s. The actress, who
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Childhood Memories: ‘Revenge of the Nerds’ and Covert Influence

I have no recollection of the first film I saw in theatres. When I was two months old, my father passed over reruns of I Love Lucy in the middle of the night, only to lull me to sleep to Platoon. This might explain why heavy metal makes me drowsy now. According to my parents, the first movie they took me to see in theatres was Home Alone. I was two years old, and cried mercilessly every time Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern were on screen. At the age of seven, my older brother, Derek, let me watch Natural Born Killers. He was eleven, and we were borrowing our Snow Bird grandparents’ Pay Per View box. Our mother wasn’t pleased when she finally found out about this earlier this year.

Whether by my own curiosity, naiveté, or fortitude (or any combination thereof), I managed to watch some illicit stuff at a very young age.
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Melissa Gilbert Announces Bid for Congress

Melissa Gilbert Announces Bid for Congress
Melissa Gilbert is hoping to move from “Little House on the Prairie” to the U.S. House of Representatives. The Hollywood veteran, who played Laura Ingalls Wilder on the NBC drama in the 1970s and ’80s, announced on Monday that she’s running for Michigan’s 8th Congressional District. “Please join me in my fight for working families,” Gilbert tweeted. The mother-of-two, a Democrat, will challenge freshman Republican Rep. Mike Bishop. Also Read: Melissa Gilbert Owes $360,000 to the IRS A native of Los Angeles, Gilbert and her husband, actor Timothy Busfield, have been living in Howell, Michigan, since 2013. “I’m
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Field Of Dreams revisited: why it still hits me every time

Simon Brew Jun 15, 2017

1989's Field Of Dreams might just be Kevin Costner's finest hour. So why does the film still manage to hit so hard?

"We just don't recognise life's most significant moments while they're happening. Back then I thought, 'well there'll be other days'. I didn't realise that that was the only day."

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It's a useful piece of advice that's given to writers, that you need to put something on the line if you want a piece to really work. That you need to put some, and ideally a lot, of yourself into it.

Brace yourselves, I'm afraid. I make no promises that the quality of what you're about to read is much cop. But I can tell you that Field Of Dreams is an immensely important and rich film to me,
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Field Of Dreams revisited: why it still hits me every time

1989's Field Of Dreams might just be Kevin Costner's finest hour. So why does the film still manage to hit so hard?

"We just don't recognise life's most significant moments while they're happening. Back then I thought, 'well there'll be other days'. I didn't realise that that was the only day."

It's a useful piece of advice that's given to writers, that you need to put something on the line if you want a piece to really work. That you need to put some, and ideally a lot, of yourself into it.

Brace yourselves, I'm afraid. I make no promises that the quality of what you're about to read is much cop. But I can tell you that Field Of Dreams is an immensely important and rich film to me, one that hits me, and hits me hard every time I watch it. I think that it reinforces too
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