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Today in Soap Opera History (March 28)

1977: Ryan's Hope's Maeve tried to reason with her son-in-law.

1983: Guiding Light's Silas held Quint at gunpoint.

1997: The final episode of ABC daytime soap opera The City.

2008: Guiding Light's Gus crashed his motorcycle."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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1955: On Hawkins Falls, reporter Mitch Fredericks (Jim Bannon) and Millie Flagle (Ros Twohey) persuaded the biggest donor to the town's fair, Andy Anderson, that he had psychic powers.
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Hannibal Announces Killer Casting Choices

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She was a gorgeous guest star on White Collar and he is a veteran of Broadway. Now Anna Chlumsky and Raul Esparza have joined the killer new series, Hannibal.

NBC is the network daring enough to deliver Hannibal Lecter to the small screen. Their upcoming series is called Hannibal and it revolves around the infamous serial killer.

Did you know that the literary character, Hannibal Lecter, M.D., though created by author Thomas Harris, first hit the big screen thanks to actor Benjamin Hendrickson in the 1986 Michael Mann film, Manhunter? And here I always thought Anthony Hopkins’ portrayal of the sometime cannibal in 1991′s The Silence of the Lambs was the first on-screen adaptation in the series.

Well, now one of my favorite foreign actors will carry the torch for NBC. Danish star Mads Mikkelsen will portray Dr.Lecter. He first hit my radar as Le Chiffre, opposite Daniel Craig in Casino Royal,
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NBC's Hannibal Finds Its Dr. Chilton

A key character in the "Hannibal" universe has been cast, and as has been the case with several other roles in the upcoming show, it's being played by yet another alumnus of a previous Bryan Fuller series. Read on for the details.

Per TVLine, Broadway vet Raul Esparza (My Soul to Take) will appear in at least two episodes of NBC’s contemporary Hannibal Lecter series in the key role of Dr. Chilton. The character was originated on the big screen by actor Benjamin Hendrickson in 1986′s Manhunter, and Anthony Heald took over the role of Lecter’s infamous jailer in The Silence of the Lambs and Red Dragon.

Like the previously announced Caroline Dhavernas, Molly Shannon, Chelan Simons, Ellen Greene, and Gina Torres, Esparza previously worked with exec producer Fuller: He played traveling salesman Alfredo Aldarisio in Fuller’s "Pushing Daisies."

"Hannibal" Synopsis:

One of the most fascinating literary
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Hannibal Lecter TV series adds Raul Esparza

Hannibal Lecter TV series adds Raul Esparza
Law & Order: Svu's Raul Esparza has become the latest actor to join NBC's Hannibal Lecter series. Hannibal is loosely based on Robert Harris novel Red Dragon and stars Casino Royale's Mads Mikkelsen as cannibal killer Lecter. Esparza - who previously worked with Hannibal showrunner Bryan Fuller on his show Pushing Daisies - will play the role of Dr Chilton, according to TVLine. The character has previously been portrayed by Benjamin Hendrickson in Michael Mann's 1986 Red Dragon adaptation Manhunter and by Anthony Heald in 1991's The Silence of the Lambs and (more)
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Exclusive: Another Pushing Daisies Alum Joins NBC's Hannibal in Pivotal Role

Exclusive: Another Pushing Daisies Alum Joins NBC's Hannibal in Pivotal Role
Bryan Fuller is welcoming another old friend into the Hannibal fold.

Broadway vet Raul Esparza is joining NBC’s contemporary Hannibal Lecter series in the key role of Dr. Chilton, TVLine has learned exclusively.

The character was originated on the big screen by actor Benjamin Hendrickson in 1986′s Manhunter. Anthony Heald took over the role of Lecter’s infamous jailer in The Silence of the Lambs and Red Dragon.

Like Hannibal‘s Caroline Dhavernas, Molly Shannon, Chelan Simons, Ellen Greene and Gina Torres, Esparza previously worked with exec producer Fuller: He played traveling
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A Michael Mann Retrospective

Flickering Myth presents a detailed look at the work of the acclaimed filmmaker Michael Mann...

Whether it is a Native Indian raised trapper caught in crossfire of the colonial wars between Britain and France or an investigative journalist undermined by corporate interests, Michael Mann has the remarkable ability to explore the nuances of human behavior within an epic environment. To commemorate the 69th birthday of the Chicago born filmmaker, Flickering Myth has assembled a career overview which contains various insider insights detailing the making of his ten feature films starting with Thief (1981) and concluding with Public Enemies (2009)...

Mann Handled: A Michael Mann Profile

Trevor Hogg profiles the career of director Michael Mann in a two-part article from 2009.

Thief, 1981.

Written and Directed by Michael Mann.

Starring James Caan, Tuesday Weld, James Belushi, Dennis Farina, William Petersen and Robert Prosky.

Synopsis:

A professional safecracker’s plan for going straight spirals out-of-control when
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Michael Mann Retrospective - Manhunter (1986)

Manhunter, 1986.

Directed by Michael Mann.

Starring William Petersen, Brian Cox, Kim Greist, Joan Allen, Dennis Farina, Tom Noonan, Stephen Lang, David Seaman and Benjamin Hendrickson.

Synopsis:

A mentally fragile FBI profiler is drawn out of retirement to catch a serial killer known as The Tooth Fairy.

“It’s interesting that [Michael] Mann trimmed out some of the more excessive parts of the novel, and made a much more simmering film,” stated Brian Cox (Adaptation) who was chosen over Brian Dennehy (Presumed Innocent), John Lithgow (The Pelican Brief), and Mandy Patinkin (The Princess Bride) to portray the incarcerated Dr. Hannibal Lecter (respelled Lecktor for the movie) in the cinematic adaptation of Red Dragon by Thomas Harris. “I knew it was one of those great roles that demanded, above all, a sense of dexterity, a lightness of touch, and speed because he’s quite an intellectual.” Not all the literary moments made it onto the big screen.
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Today in Soap Opera History

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1978: At the 5th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, Days Of Our Lives won for Outstanding Drama Series. The acting winners were James Pritchett and Laurie Heineman.

1997: The winners at the 24th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards were General Hospital (Drama Series), Justin Deas, Jess Walton, Michelle Stafford, Ian Buchanan, Sarah Brown and Kevin Mambo.

2003: At the 30th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, winners included As The World Turns (Drama Series), Susan Flannery, Maurice Benard, Vanessa Marcil, Benjamin Hendrickson, Jennifer Finnigan and Jordi Vilasuso.

Celebrating a birthday today are:

Carolyn Conwell (ex-Mary, The Young And The Restless) - 81

Scott Reeves (Steve, General Hospital; ex-Ryan, The Young And The Restless; ex-Jake, Days Of Our Lives) - 45

Tori Spelling (ex-Donna, Beverly Hills, 90210) - 38

Jessica Morris (ex-Jennifer, One Life To Live; ex-Liz, Undressed) - 32
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We Love Soaps TV Interview Archive: Colleen Zenk

Actress.  Soap Legend. Oral Cancer Survivor.  Educator. Singer. Dancer.  These are just a few adjectives to describe the inspiring legend Colleen Zenk.  Her next role, with your help, will be as a contestant on ABC's Dancing With The Stars.  With three simple steps You can be part of making the dream come true for Zenk and the millions of people who were touched by her performances as Barbara Ryan on As The World Turns these past 32 years. 

We Love Soaps TV recently sat down to speak with Zenk and reflect upon her career as Barbara Ryan, surviving oral cancer, and coping with recent hardships.  If you haven't already seen our interview from September 2010, please take a moment to learn about this gorgeous talent, and then consider letting ABC know how you feel about her appearing on Dancing With The Stars.  It can happen!

 

In Part One - The daytime legend discussed her pre-world Turns roots,
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For Michael Swan Audition Turns Into 'Old Home Week'

For Michael Swan Audition Turns Into 'Old Home Week'

By Tracie Powell and Angela Toszegi

What do Michael Swan, Robert Newman, Randolph Mantooth, and Mark Pinter all have in common besides the obvious? They all showed up for the same job interview last week.

“Just came back from the ‘old home week’ audition of all time. All guys I've worked with over the years going back to prime time in the seventies,” said Michael Swan, who portrayed Duncan McKechnie on As The World Turns in the 1980s.

Swan said he was at the audition with Newman (who portrayed the well-loved ‘Josh Lewis’ on Guiding Light) and they were talking about the ill-fated ‘Brad Green’ on Gl and how Mark Pinter took over the part. “His name had no sooner left my lips then (Pinter) walked in the room,” Swan continued. “So great to see him; what a classy and great looking guy.
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Soap Star Hendrickson Commits Suicide

Soap Star Hendrickson Commits Suicide
US soap star Benjamin Hendrickson has committed suicide at his New York home. The 55-year-old actor, who played Hal Munson on the daytime soap As The World Turns, reportedly shot himself on Saturday after falling into a deep depression following the cancer death of his mother. According to the New York Post newspaper, police discovered the 2003 Emmy winner's body at his home in Huntington on Sunday. The TV actor also appeared in soaps Guiding Light and Another World.

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