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Today in Soap Opera History (April 10)

1957: As the World Turns' Edith considered leaving Oakdale.

1985: Finola Hughes debuted as Anna Devane on General Hospital.

1987: Jack Deveraux first appeared on Days of our Lives.

2008: All My Children's Jesse remembered his late friend Jenny."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"

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1957: On As the World Turns, Chris (Don MacLaughlin) and Pa (Santos Ortega) discussed John Hughes, who ran away from the Hughes farm 18 years earlier.
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House of Lies: Larenz Tate and Nia Long Join Season 2

Showtime has announced that Larenz Tate and Nia Long have joined the cast of House of Lies for the upcoming second season. Both will be recurring guest roles, with Tate playing Marty's activist brother and Long portraying Marty's former classmate and current rival. Production on the second season begins next month for a premiere in early 2013.

The introduction of Marty's brother should further exacerbate the pod leader's strained family life next season. With Roscoe living at Monica's and Marty's relationship with his father deteriorating, having his brother come back around will either provide him with enough stability to get back on his feet or further remind him of how truly alone he is. The fact that his brother isn't the corporate shark that he is makes me believe that the latter is more likely, at least at the current moment.

Marty has always flourished at work and another rival, especially
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