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Today in Soap Opera History (March 12)

1976: Faith was going blind on Ryan's Hope.

1981: Another World's Ada gave Rachel a lecture.

1986: Guiding Light's Claire wasn't willing to give up Michelle.

1986: The "East Coast Capwells" arrived on Santa Barbara."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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1970: On Another World, Missy Palmer Matthews (Carol Roux) told Liz (Nancy Wickwire) that Bill--Liz's son
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Network: PBS. Episodes: Ongoing (hour). Seasons: Ongoing. TV show dates: June 21, 2015 — present. Series status: Has not been cancelled. Performers include: Aidan Turner, Eleanor Tomlinson, Heida Reed, Jack Farthing, Kyle Soller, Ruby Bentall, Warren Clarke, Phil Davis, Beatie Edney, Alexander Arnold, Robert Daws, Tristan Sturrock, Caroline Blakiston, Luke Norris, John Hollingworth, Gabriella Wilde, Ed Browning, Richard Hope, Pip Torrens, and Richard Harrington. TV show description: From creator and writer Debbie Horsfield, the Poldark TV show is a historical drama, based on the series of novels by Winston Graham. The story centers on Ross Poldark (Turner). In 1783, he returns to Cornwall from the American War of Independence, to find his father has died, and his estate is in tatters.
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TV Imports: The Best Foreign Netflix Shows to Binge, Part 3

TV Imports: The Best Foreign Netflix Shows to Binge, Part 3
Even though Netflix has started to cancel its underperforming series in earnest, that doesn’t mean it lacks for programming. In fact, its slate of offerings is fuller than ever, which makes it difficult for viewers to choose when faced with an embarrassment of bingeable riches.

Netflix’s foreign series, however, rarely get promotion amidst all of the other American shows that have been produced. Although IndieWire has previously provided handy lists of foreign-language series a couple of times, including other imports, that is only a hint of all offerings available.

Read More:tv Imports: The Best Foreign Netflix Shows to Binge, Part 1

By now, you’ve already seen Brazil’s excellent dystopian series “3%” or the unforgettable “Chewing Gum” starring Michaela Coel, but what’s next? In an effort to continue helping viewers discover new or lesser-known foreign TV shows, we’ve compiled another list of those series worth bingeing below:
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NFL Players Sued Over Insanely Expensive Bill at Hollywood Club

  • TMZ
How's this for embarrassing -- 2 NFL players racked up a $10,000 bill at a Hollywood nightclub ... only to have their credit cards Declined, this according to a new lawsuit obtained by TMZ Sports.  Player #1 is Detroit Lions defensive tackle A'Shawn Robinson -- a 2nd round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft who signed a 4-year $5.2 million contract.  Player #2 is Tampa Bay Bucs lineman Caleb Benenoch -- a 5th round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft who signed a 4-year $2.59 million contract.
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‘Hinterland: The Complete Season Three’ DVD Review

Stars: Alex Harries, Aneirin Hughes, Hannah Daniel, Mali Harries, Richard Harrington | Produced by Ed Talfan, Ed Thomas, D. Gethin Scourfield

After the events of season two, Dci Tom Mathias (Richard Harrington) is on the hunt for Iwan Thomas (Geraint Morgan). When Thomas is found dead though, Mathias is soon under suspicion in an investigation that will discover a cover-up connected to an old case that threatens to create a rift with the whole team.

Season three of Hinterland is interesting because it brings in a conspiracy that goes right to the top, and connects to the past. While each of the four episodes has a case to be solved to keep things moving, the hunt for the killer of Iwan Thomas is an the on-going overall story arc.

The problem with the case of course is that it threatens to unravel the cover-up, which people don’t want to be revealed.
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Shining a light on British social history – how The Blue Lamp marked the start of the archetypal police drama

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Author: Paul Risker

While much of the significance of Basil Dearden’s The Blue Lamp derives from its status as the first of the British Police films, in as much as it is entrenched in film history, it is also entrenched within British social history. Its identity is therefore a dual one, its cinematic and social roots that are intertwined reaching deep into the past.

Scripted by ex-Policeman T.E.B Clarke that lends the film a sense of authenticity the film captures a snapshot of the post-war angst of the destabilisation of the family and the rise of the young delinquent that saw an increase in violent crime. Together these two factors conspired to create a film that not only contributed a new genre to British cinema, but also reflected on the woes of post-war London. Sixty-six years on from its release, this social self-reflexivity of the society it
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Poldark: PBS Previews Behind-the-Scenes Special

Are you ready for more passion, defiance, betrayal and an unforgettable love story? Ahead of the second season of its Poldark TV series, PBS will air the new "Poldark Revealed" TV show special, on Sunday, September 18, at 9:00pm Et/Pt. Watch a preview, below.A Cornish period drama series set after the American Revolution, Poldark stars Aidan Turner, Eleanor Tomlinson, Heida Reed, Jack Fathering, Kyle, Soller, Warren Clarke, Phil Davis, Beatie Edney, Ruby Bentall, Richard Harrington, Robin Ellis, Luke Norris, Richard Hope, Alexander Arnold, Pip Torrens, and Caroline Blakiston. Poldark season two premieres Sunday, September 25, 2016 at 8:00pm Et/Pt.Read More…
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Poldark: BBC Orders Season Three of PBS Series

Keep your shirts on, Captain Ross will return and probably without his. The BBC confirms it has renewed the Poldark TV show for a third season on BBC One. There was little worry that Poldark would be cancelled. Last month, we reported filming had already begun on season three. The second series of Poldark will air on both PBS Masterpiece and BBC One in fall, 2016, date Tba.A British drama series set in Cornwall, England, after the American Revolution, the Poldark TV series cast includes: Aidan Turner, Eleanor Tomlinson, Heida Reed, Jack Fathering, Kyle, Soller, Warren Clarke, Phil Davis, Beatie Edney, Ruby Bentall, Richard Harrington, Robin Ellis, Luke Norris, Richard Hope, Alexander Arnold, Pip Torrens, and Caroline Blakiston.Read More…
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Poldark: Season Three Renewal for BBC One Series?

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Radio Times reports the Poldark TV show has been renewed for a third season on BBC One. According to the report, although the BBC has not yet announced recommissioning the program for a third series, filming has already been scheduled for September, 2016. In the Us, season one of Poldark premiered on PBS under the Masterpiece banner in June 2015. The second season of Poldark will air on BBC One in fall, 2016. PBS has yet to announce Poldark, season two.

A British drama series set after the American Revolutionary War, The Poldark TV series cast includes: Aidan Turner, Eleanor Tomlinson, Heida Reed, Jack Fathering, Kyle, Soller, Warren Clarke, Phil Davis, Beatie Edney, Ruby Bentall, Richard Harrington, Robin Ellis, Luke Norris, Richard Hope, Alexander Arnold, Pip Torrens, and Caroline Blakiston.

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Hey Australia! Win Hinterland Seasons 1 & 2 On DVD!

To celebrate the Australian release of the BBC series Hinterland 2 on home video, Rlj Entertainment is giving local readers the chance to win one of Three sets of both Seasons 1 & 2 of the series on DVD! Here’s a description of the series: Hinterland is atmospheric and disturbing - a detective drama of poetry and scale, a story of blood, soil and belonging. The first series of the acclaimed Welsh series ended with a bloody cliff hanger and now the second series will see Dci Tom Mathias (Richard Harrington), return to a world of killers and their victims in his attempt to investigate and hunt down the perpetrators of crimes that jeopardise the safety and security of the local community. ...

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Giveaway – Win Series Two of Welsh crime drama Hinterland on DVD

To coincide with the May 30th DVD release of Hinterland, Flickering Myth in association with Nordic Noir & Beyond is giving away one DVD copy of Hinterland Series Two; the critically acclaimed crime drama TV series based in the rural countryside of Wales.

The series stars Richard Harrington as the haunted Dci Tom Mathias who comes face to face with killers, stalkers and their victims, who draw him into a world, where death, drug dealing and recrimination threaten the stability of the quiet region.

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Following hot on the heels of their recent hit drama series Trapped and Follow The Money, Nordic Noir & Beyond are thrilled to announce the release of the second season of the Welsh detective drama Hinterland (Y Gwyll), coming to DVD on Monday 30th May (released in both English and Welsh versions). After a successful
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Hinterland / Y Gwyll's Richard Harrington: 'Everybody around me sounded like Pingu'

S4C’s detective drama is so good it’s filmed twice – once in Welsh, then again in English. The show’s star talks about the difficulty of losing himself in a depressed character at a problematic time in his life

Richard Harrington, intense, brooding star of Welsh noir Y Gwyll – or for those watching the bilingual detective drama in subtitles, Hinterland – experienced a profound blurring of fiction and reality while shooting the second series in Ceredigion in west Wales for what turned into an 11-month shoot, thanks to rewrites, rethinks and overruns. (The series returns this Sunday, 13 September, on Welsh-language channel S4C.) His character, the demon-plagued Dci Tom Mathias, who lives in a rickety caravan and jogs to forget, is plagued by depression, and Harrington found himself lost in the part to a worrying degree. “My relationship had broken down at home,” he explains, candidly. “My mother died,
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Doctor Who and Da Vinci's Demons are up for 2015 BAFTA Cymru Awards

Doctor Who has secured five nominations for this year's BAFTA Cymru Awards.

Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman have both been recognised in the acting categories, while the show itself is up for three technical prizes.

Capaldi is up against Richard Harrington (Y Gwyll/Hinterland) and Rhys Ifans (Dan y Wenallt) for Actor, while Coleman faces competition from Mali Harries (Y Gwyll/Hinterland) and Rhian Morgan (Gwaith/Cartref) for Actress.

Will Oswald's work on last year's episode 'Dark Water' has received a nomination for Editing, while festive special 'Last Christmas' is among the Special and Visual Effects nominees.

The show's title sequence could also win an award following its redesign for the eighth series.

Elsewhere, Set Fire to the Stars leads the pack with seven nominations, while Da Vinci's Demons follows with six nods.

The recipient of this year's Sian Phillips and Outstanding Contribution to Television
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Craig Roberts Directorial Debut 'Just Jim' Trailer with Emile Hirsch

"The key is to be mysterious..." Take a look at the first trailer for the directorial debut of a young actor, Craig Roberts, who you may recognize from films like Submarine, Jane Eyre, Red Lights, Neighbors or 22 Jump Street. Craig Roberts wrote and directed and stars in this film, Just Jim, which also co-stars Emile Hirsch. This is the story of a loner. Jim, 16, has no friends and is a bit weird. He eventually makes friends with Dean, a tough kid on the run who moves in next door, played by Hirsch. The cast includes Aneirin Hughes, Nia Roberts, Richard Harrington, Matthew Aubrey, Ryan Owen & Charlotte Randall. Check it out. Here's the first official trailer for Craig Roberts' Just Jim, found on Vimeo (via The Film Stage): Synopsis: In a small Welsh town, a teenage outcast becomes the cool kid when an enigmatic American moves in next door
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20 TV Shows to Watch While You Wait for 'Sherlock' to Return

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"Sherlock" may not return for its fourth season until -- say it ain't so -- 2017, due to the hectic film schedules of in-demand stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. In the meantime, you can rewatch all three seasons and soon you can binge on Cumberbatch in "The Imitation Game" and Freeman in "The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies." But what then?

If you're craving more veddy British crime solving, you don't have far to look. Here are some of the best series the BBC (and ITV) has to offer, with private detectives, psychiatrists, cops, spies, and forensic pathologists all cracking cases, catching criminals and drinking lots of tea.

1. "Sherlock Holmes" (1984-1994)

If it's more Sherlock you crave (and not just Mr. Cumberbatch), then you must see Jeremy Brett's intensely intellectual (and equally arrogant) period-appropriate take on the legendary detective. This Watson is also solid, especially in "The House of the Baskervilles.
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2015 Sundance Predictions: Which Film is the Next Whiplash?

Despite the lottery-esque sounding odds, the U.S Dramatic Competition section which produces the finest American indie specimens such as Frozen River, Winter’s Bone, Blue Valentine, Martha Marcy May Marlene, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Fruitvale Station and Whiplash is fairly consistent in terms of quality. Last year’s crop of sixteen have almost all had their theatrical releases with Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter being the last one out of the gates (pegged with an early 2015 release). Last week we individually looked at our top 80 Sundance Film Fest Predictions (you’ll find 30 other titles worth considering in our intro) and below, we’ve split the list into narrative and non-fiction film items and have both identified and color-coded our picks in an AtoZ cheat sheet. You’ll find 2015′s answer to Whiplash located somewhere in the stack below. Click on the individual titles below, for the film’s profile.
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2015 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Craig Roberts’ Just Jim

Park City became a special lieu for actor Craig Roberts back in 2011 with the world premiere launch of Richard Ayoade’s Submarine (see pic above). Over the course of this past summer, the just over the legal drinking aged thesp tag-teamed with indie vet Emile Hirsch on the shot in Wales. Titled Just Jim, it’s being described as a dark comedy, and this just happens to be Roberts directorial debut. Cast is comprised of Aneirin Hughes, Nia Roberts, Richard Harrington, Matthew Aubrey, Ryan Owen and Charlotte Randall star.

Gist: A Welsh teenager will become the cool kid of the town if a deal is made with his new American neighbour (Emile Hirsch).

Production Co./Producers: Vox Pictures’ Pip Broughton, Adrian Bate.

Prediction: World Dramatic Competition or Premieres.

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available. Tbd (domestic). Tbd (international)

More 2015 Sundance Film Festival Predictions 2015 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Josh Mond’s James
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Why Cbbc’s Wolfblood deserves a series 4

Wolfblood series 3 changed leads, expanded its world, and grew even stronger. Here’s why the supernatural Cbbc show deserves to live on…

Contains spoilers for Wolfblood series 3.

Still teaching ‘grown-up’ supernatural shows how it’s done is Cbbc’s exemplary Wolfblood, which yesterday concluded its third run in the UK.

Series three cleared a hurdle at which previous fantasy and sci-fi dramas have fallen by losing its lead character yet continuing to prosper. When Aimee Kelly (who played Maddy Smith) decided to move on after the end of series two, Wolfblood pulled off the smoothest change of personnel since Kirstie Alley joined Cheers, then kept on going from strength to strength.

Having carefully written its supporting cast from day one paid Wolfblood enormous dividends when it came to series three, and made the transition to a genuine ensemble piece look effortless (however it may have felt behind the scenes). Instead
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Here's What's New on Netflix for September 2014

It's almost September, which means a whole new slew of titles on Netflix! August proved pretty lucrative on the quality title front, but it looks as though September it's going to blow the rundown out of the water.

TV takes spotlight this month, with the latest full seasons of "The Walking Dead," "New Girl," "The League," "The Blacklist," "Arrow," "Bones," and "Parks and Recreation" primed and ready for streaming before their fall premieres. And fans still mourning the loss of "How I Met Your Mother" (in more ways than one) can rewatch the ninth and final season to their heart's content. Ah, memories. Showtime's recently departed "Californication" can be seen in its entirety (Seasons 1 -7) as well, starting September 1. That's a lot of TV.

Movie fans have plenty to look forward to from Netflix in September, too. Sam Raimi's undersung 1998 thriller "A Simple Plan" hits the streaming service September
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Shlocky charms: The crazy rise and 'terrifying' return of 'Leprechaun'

Shlocky charms: The crazy rise and 'terrifying' return of 'Leprechaun'
How did a low budget horror movie about a diminutive Irish monster spawn five sequels, a new reboot, and the career of Jennifer Aniston? EW tracks the deranged history of the Leprechaun franchise.

British actor Warwick Davis says he has “specific” fans—well-wishers who want to discuss just one of the several fantasy franchises in which he has appeared. “People talk about Star Wars, people talk about Harry Potter,” he explains, “and people talk about Leprechaun.”

Alert readers will have noticed that one of these franchises is not like the others. While Star Wars and Harry Potter have raked in billions of dollars,
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