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Today in Soap Opera History (February 23)

1965: Peyton Place's Elliot learned he was a grandfather.

1971: Dark Shadows' Gabriel stabbed Kendrick.

1989: Another World's original Donna Love returned.

2004: All My Children's Bianca remembered killing Michael."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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1962: On The Edge of Night, Louise (Mary K. Wells) learned about Phil's (Ray MacDonnell) car crash, unaware that he had been replaced by a double,
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Fran Drescher & Peter Bogdanovich Join ‘The Creatress’; Tilda Del Toro Boards ‘Night School’; Jaden Piner Cast In ‘Boo!’

Fran Drescher & Peter Bogdanovich Join ‘The Creatress’; Tilda Del Toro Boards ‘Night School’; Jaden Piner Cast In ‘Boo!’
Fran Drescher and legendary director/actor Peter Bogdanovich will co-star in The Creatress, a drama co-produced by Café Oscuro Films and Digital Cuvee. Written and directed by Jason Cook, the film centers on best-selling author Eryn Bellow who concludes her bookstore tour with her agent selling film rights and closing a six figure advance for her follow-up. Headwinds arise as critics get offended by the claims that Eryn is being declared a living literary legend. The…
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Round-Up: Extraordinary Tales Trailer, The Enfield Haunting Update, Diamond Select Toys at Nycc, Dark Awakening

  • DailyDead
The trailer for Extraordinary Tales has arrived. Based on some of Edgar Allan Poe's most notable works, Extraordinary Tales is narrated by Guillermo del Toro along with other iconic artists. Also: more details on A&E's The Enfield Haunting, Diamond Select Toys at Nycc, and release details for Dark Awakening.

Extraordinary Tales: "A film anthology of five of Edgar Allan Poe’s best-known stories, each told in a unique graphic style and featuring some of the most beloved figures in horror film history. Adapting the look and variety of a classic horror anthology, Extraordinary Tales offers heart-pounding takes on The Tell-Tale Heart, The Pit and the Pendulum, The Fall of the House of Usher, The Facts in the Case of Mr. Valdemar, and The Masque of the Red Death. Each tale is given a unique animated look, inspired by sources as diverse as classic Hollywood black-and-white monster films,
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Days of Our Lives: 'Killer' Anniversary Promo Features Patch, Bo, Nostalgia

Days of Our Lives: 'Killer' Anniversary Promo Features Patch, Bo, Nostalgia
Come Nov. 8, the sands will have passed through the hourglass for a cool 50 years. And to commemorate Days of Our Lives‘ upcoming christening as NBC’s longest-running scripted drama, the sudser has unveiled a returning star-studded, nostalgic promo.

RelatedAlison Sweeney Exits Biggest Loser After 13-Season Run as Host

On hand for the run-up to the golden anniversary will be Peter Reckell (as Bo), Stephen Nichols (“Patch”), Alison Sweeney (Sami), Jason Cook (Shawn), Thaao Penghlis (Andre), Martha Madison (Belle), Camila Banus (Gabi) and Tamara Braun (Ava), while storylinewise Days will kick off a serial killer mystery this Thursday, extending past
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TVLine Items: Days' Ava Returns, Jeremy Sisto Gets Wicked and More

TVLine Items: Days' Ava Returns, Jeremy Sisto Gets Wicked and More
One of Salem’s most unpredictable residents is popping back in for a visit.

Tamara Braun, who portrayed Mafia princess Ava Vitali on Days of Our Lives in 2008, will return for the soap’s upcoming 50th anniversary.

RelatedDays of Our LivesJason Cook Returning for 50th Anniversary

According to TVInsider, Braun will make her entrance in the Dec. 9 episode.

The actress, who won a Daytime Emmy Award in 2009 for her portrayal of Ava, has also appeared on the series as Taylor Walker, estranged sister of Nicole Walker.

Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…

* Suburgatory alum Jeremy Sisto
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TVLine Items: Married Parents Cast, Oil Renamed, Gh's New Dillon and More

TVLine Items: Married Parents Cast, Oil Renamed, Gh's New Dillon and More
FX’s Married will kick off its sophomore season with a family reunion, featuring two TV veterans.

Frances Conroy (American Horror Story) and M.C. Gainey (Lost) will guest-star on the cable comedy’s Season 2 premiere, EW.com reports.

RelatedFX Sets Dates for Married and Tyrant Returns, Denis Leary’s Sex&Drugs

The pair will play Janice and Ed, the mother and stepfather of Judy Greer’s Lina. When Lina and Russ visit her ‘rents — in the hopes of bringing Janice home to receive better care — things take an unexpected turn.

Married returns for Season 2 on Thursday, July 16, at 10:30 pm.
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Strange Days: Cold War Britain; Portrait Artist of the Year; Hebburn – TV review

Dominic Sandbrook's patchy analysis of the epic standoff between the east and west was notable mostly for its inexplicable omissions

Indoors, outdoors on location in London, Moscow and Missouri, Dominic Sandbrook wore the same scarf wrapped round his neck. Some might call it continuity; to me, it looked as if Sandbrook was trying to make the point that Strange Days: Cold War Britain (BBC2) was very, very cold indeed. Sandbrook has made a name for himself as a broadcaster and historian who specialises in debunking the myths of the recent past, but in this latest venture he appears to have reinvented himself as the thinking man's Ray Winstone – two parts threat to one part gag – in a decidedly binary account of the postwar years.

Throughout this first part, the Soviets were depicted as the baddies. Which they were, of course, but Sandbrook rather glossed over the fact that
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Top Gear, Glastonbury, 10-Stone Testicles: the week in social TV

What TV viewers have been discussing on Twitter, from Mumford-based banjo jokes to the continuing popularity of shock docs

Welcome to Social TV, in which we analyse what people were watching on television over the past seven days by examining how they tweeted about it. This week, talking points for Glastonbury that weren't just Mumford-based banjo gags, banter from the Top Gear "lads", and the continuing popularity of testicles.

Glastonbury

Predictably, the top 10 is dominated by the Beeb's Glastonbury coverage, though it is perhaps surprising that the most talked-about set belonged to Arctic Monkeys (BBC2, Friday), not the Rolling Stones. Their 187,480 tweets came from 107,434 individual tweeters, and the 11.13pm peak was for the strobe-heavy Brianstorm, with another spike at 11.49pm for I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor.

Presenter/comedian type Rufus Hound wasn't so convinced of their brilliance, however, picking up 265 retweets for this Macca crack:

Why is
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Lance Henriksen To Star In ‘Nevermore’

There are a few actors that will turn up in as much stuff as possible, and out of those few there’s even fewer whose presence is always welcome. One of those stars is Lance Henriksen, a man best known for his 1980s turns in James Cameron films such as The Terminator and Aliens, as well as starring in more recent films such as The Dog Who Saved Halloween. Well, the respected star of just about anything he can lay his hands on is to star in supernatural thriller Nevermore, directed by Dean C. Jones.

The film sees a couple moving to a new area and experiencing paranormal activity involving dead children. Henriksen plays the suspicious priest the couple turns to in their time of need, only to discover he may know more than he;s letting on. Henriksen will be joined by actors Jason Cook and Valerie Azlynn. It
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Casting News: Clarke, Pegg, Henriksen

Candy Store

Jason Clarke has confirmed that he will star in Stephen Gaghan's crime thriller "Candy Store".

The story follows an elite, highly trained deep-cover operative who loses everything, ultimately disappearing into Brooklyn. [Source: MTV News]

Star Wars: Episode VII

Simon Pegg has brushed off Internet rumours suggesting director J.J. Abrams has cast him in "Star Wars: Episode VII".

Pegg's posted on his official Twitter account: "No idea where this silly rumour about me attached to the new Star Wars film came from but I can confirm that it's absolute Bantha poodoo (not true)." [Source: Star Magazine]

Nevermore

Lance Henriksen is attached to star in Dean C. Jones' supernatural horror thriller "Nevermore". Jason Cook and Valerie Azlynn also star.

The story centers on a couple who experience paranormal activity involving dead children when they move to an estate in Massachusetts. [Source: Heat Vision]
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Quoth Lance Henriksen... Nevermore

Lance Henriksen is one of those actors we wish could go on making movies forever, and thankfully the genre-friendly thespian shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. In fact, word just broke of his new supernatural feature. Read on for the skinny!

THR is reporting that Henriksen is starring in Nevermore, a horror thriller written and being directed by Dean C. Jones. Jason Cook, a mainstay of the soap operas "General Hospital" and "Days of Our Lives," and Valerie Azlynn, who has appeared on shows like "Castle," also are starring in the movie, shooting in Graham, N.C.

Nevermore centers on a couple who experience paranormal activity involving dead children when they move to an estate in Massachusetts. Henriksen will play a parish priest whom the couple turn to, but the move is a mistake because the priest already knows all about resurrected children.

Albert Dickerson, Michele Weisler, and Starr Jones are producing,
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Lance Henriksen Starring in Supernatural Thriller 'Nevermore'

Lance Henriksen Starring in Supernatural Thriller 'Nevermore'
Genre icon Lance Henriksen is starring in Nevermore, a supernatural horror thriller written and being directed by Dean C. Jones. Jason Cook, a mainstay of the soap operas General Hospital and Days of Our Lives, and Valerie Azlynn, who has appeared on shows like Castle, also are starring in the movie, shooing in Graham, N.C. The movie centers on a couple who experience paranormal activity involving dead children when they move to an estate in Massachusetts. Henriksen will play a parish priest whom the couple turn to, but the move is a mistake because the priest already knows all about resurrected

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TV listings and previews: plan your week's viewing - 15-19 October

  • The Guardian - TV News
This week, The Great British Bake Off reaches its grand finale, Richard Dawkins ponders the meaning of life and John Barnes gets back to his roots

Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday | Friday

MondaySing for Your Life

8pm, Channel 4

Can singing help cancer patients battle the disease? This experiment puts together a group of 35 people of all ages who've had treatment for cancer and gives them 12 weeks to rehearse for a performance at the Royal Albert Hall. The result is just lovely. Enthusiastic choir leader Cat Southall admits she has her work cut out with the quality of some of the singers at first, but by the time the Big C belt out Bon Jovi's It's My Life at the gig it really doesn't matter. Emeli Sandé and Russell Watson are among their celebrity cheerleaders. Hv

Wonderland: Walking with Dogs

9pm, BBC2

If you wanted to make a film
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Cofilmic Festival Programme of Events

  • HeyUGuys
The Cofilmic festival arrives at Manchester’s Comedy Store on the 29th and 30th October and it promises to be quite the comedy gala. It will feature a whole host of sitcoms, short comedy films and sketches with the final night climaxing with the Cofilmic award ceremony which will offer unique industry driven prizes to the victors.

The festival’s jam packed programme of events has now been finalised and both comedy fans and aspiring writers and directors will find plenty to feast their eyes and ears upon.

Across both days there will be various talks and events involving a range of expert panelists.

These include:

Writing and Selling TV Comedy : An exclusive opportunity to hear Jason Cook, local comedian and writer, talk about his amazing experience in writing and selling his first sitcom, Hebburn – due to be aired on BBC2 in October and starring Vic Reeves. He will
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Checking Out The Choice Was a Bad Choice (Surprise, Surprise)

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The Choice S01E1: "DJ Paul D, Romeo, Jeremy Bloom, and Jason Cook"

I.m pretty sure the working title for The Choice was So Which of You Bitches Is Going to Give me a Hand Job In My Limo? How else would you describe four semi-famous bachelors selecting from a pool of suggestively dressed ladies after a couple shouted questions and a 10-second deliberation?

Let.s quickly review the show's process, because it seemed remarkably complicated for a meat market and never paused to explain itself (Cat Deely, the hostess, has better things to do,...  More >>
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Review: Celebrity Dater 'The Choice' Just As Stupid As You Think

  • TVology
If you want to splinter bad television into its three categories—so bad it’s good, so bad it’s bad, and so bad it actually makes you hate the existence of television in the first place—Fox’s The Choice, gimmick of all TV gimmicks, fits so intently within the realm of shockingly stupid television that it’s a painful reminder of how low judgmental television has sunk. Answer: even lower than ABC’s vapid 2003 one-seasoner Are You Hot?, where an Entourag­e-esque band of bros (in this round, Jersey Shore fist-pumper Pauly D, Days of our Lives actor Jason Cook, retired skier Jeremy Bloom and retired rapper Romeo) choose wisely from a bevy of women who can’t say many words good, but that’s okay because this is all really in exercise in what cat-callin’ boys like: plump bums, busty breasts, and girls who exercise via stripper pole.
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'The Choice': Pauly D Tries To Unselect A Virgin

'The Choice': Pauly D Tries To Unselect A Virgin
Fox went for a one-two punch of campy dating shows, pairing "Take Me Out" with their not-so-subtle nod to NBC's hit singing competition. "The Choice" (Thu., 9 p.m. Et on Fox) is not "The Voice," but it does rhyme with it, and it does feature celebrities sitting in spinning chairs having to make a decision based on hearing only a person's voice.

Only on this show, hosted by Cat Deeley ("So You Think You Can Dance") with a great sense of humor and awareness of the silliness of the whole thing, the hour proved to be more fun than it may have at first appeared. Each week, a different batch of celebrities will sit in the chairs -- including perhaps a panel of ladies once or twice.

This week featured Romeo, soap star Jason Cook, Olympic skiier Jeremy Bloom and "Jersey Shore" star Pauly D. There was plenty of laughter
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'The Choice': DJ Pauly D and Romeo pull their 'love handles' for the ladies

The summer TV lineup is known for shows that give your brain a little vacation. And if your brain's idea of vacay is watching celebs like "Jersey Shore" star Pauly D uncomfortably judge overly caffeinated women based on what their voices sound like -- and how much the guys in the audience hoot and holler when they walk out on stage -- then Fox's new show "The Choice" is just for you.

The new reality series that marries NBC's "The Voice" with a shallow dating show (is there any other kind?) premieres Thursday (June 7) with Cat Deeley playing host to celebrity daters Pauly D, rapper Romeo, "Days of Our Lives" actor Jason Cook, and Olympic skier Jeremy Bloom. During the first Blind Choice round, the guys listen with their backs turned as a bevy of beauties come out one by one to regale them with tales of having "spontanuity" and a stripper pole,
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'The Choice' premiere: Cat Deeley gasps for air in a sea of trashy plastic dummies

'The Choice' premiere: Cat Deeley gasps for air in a sea of trashy plastic dummies
She might have thought twice about wearing red leather pants while swimming.

First of all, the hideous dancing silhouettes have got to go. They don’t even match up to the women behind the doors! Get rid of them! (They were admittedly funny the first five times.)

Welcome to The Choice, Fox’s new six-part dating series that rhymes with The Voice and incorporates the same four “blind audition” chairs as the NBC show. The similarities end there. Here, four “celebrities” — this week: rapper Romeo, moguls skier Jeremy Bloom, soap star Jason Cook, and “household name” DJ Pauly D of
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TV Review: Fox Brings Back Dating Game Shows with ‘Take Me Out,’ ‘The Choice’

Chicago – Do you miss “The Dating Game”? Long for more shows like “Baggage” in primetime? Fox has two, Long hours for you in “Take Me Out” and “The Choice” — a pair of programs that seem designed to replicate what it’s like at a Wrigleyville bar at 1:45Am only you’re (probably) not drunk enough to find the nauseating banter and silly behavior entertaining.

TV Rating: 2.0/5.0

The night starts with “Take Me Out,” hosted by George Lopez, a bizarre hybrid of “1 vs. 100” and “The Dating Game.” A single bachelor stands in front of 30 eligible bachelorettes. The lovely ladies are at podiums with lights that can either be white (good) or red (bad). If they turn their white light off, they’re no longer interested in Mr. Right Now. They have multiple opportunities to turn off their lights, including based purely on appearance when the guy first comes out or
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