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Today in Soap Opera History (May 2)

1984: Days of our Lives' Alex didn't believe Stefano was dead.

1985: Santa Barbara's Eden left a trail of notes for Cruz.

1997: As the World Turns' David met James Stenbeck.

2001: Tamara Braun debuted as Carly on General Hospital."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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1949: A Woman to Remember debuted in the 7:30-7:45 p.m. timeslot on the DuMont Television Network. The show was
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Who Is Stefan O. Dimera on Days Of Our Lives? — Here's Everything You Need to Know

When Vivian returned to Salem, fans were excited to see actress Louise Sorel again, but the reveal of her son had some viewers wondering who plays Stefan O. Dimera on Days Of Our Lives? Now, this isn’t the classic villain, Stefano Dimera, who was played by the late Joseph Mascolo — this is his son, Stefan, and he’s played by popular Daytime Emmy Award winner Tyler Christopher! Stefan Octavius Dimera first appeared on Dec. 29, 2017, and it was revealed that the character is the previously-unknown child of Vivian Alamain and Stefano Dimera. He was conceived when Stefano was posing as Rudolpho Meradi and seduced Vivian to steal her ruby. Although Viv’s manservant, Ivan, told her the baby was stillborn, the infant was spirited away. However, as an adult, Stefan learned the true identity of his mother and confronted Ivan, who revealed the truth. As the brother of Chad Dimera,
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Days of our Lives spoilers for the week of April 16, 2018

Days of our Lives debuted on NBC in 1965. Salem is where John Aniston schemes and dreams as the Greek titan of industry Victor Kiriakis, and it’s home base for the infamous levitating doctor Marlena Evans. Here’s our Days of our Lives spoilers showing what’s boiling on the front burner for the week of April 16, 2018: Poor Doc Marlena, the unhinged Dimeras just can’t cut her loose from their fiendish schemes. Did she really think she was in the clear once Stefano (Joseph Mascolo) exited stage left? Now that his supposed spawn, Stefan (no O), has […]

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Today in Soap Opera History (March 23)

1973: CBS aired the final episodes of daytime soap operas

Where the Heart Is and Love is a Many Splendored Thing.

1987: The Bold and the Beautiful premiered on CBS.

2004: All My Children and One Life to Live came together for

a baby switch storyline."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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1955: On Valiant Lady, Mickey wanted an explanation from Bonny.
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Today in Soap Opera History (March 13)

1984: Days of our Lives' Stefano was fooled by Roman's latest plan.

1984: General Hospital's Mike was upset about Lesley's death.

1992: Days' (new) Bo Brady unmasked himself to Carly.

2008: As the World Turns' Carly shot and killed Kit."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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1967: CBS aired the first color broadcast of The Guiding Light.
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Today in Soap Opera History (January 18)

1980: As the World Turns' Nick met Lisa.

1985: Santa Barbara's Peter kidnapped Eden.

1987: Brenda Dickson was honored.

2007: Guiding Light's Tammy and Jonathan were married."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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1937: Aunt Jenny's Real Life Stories premiered on CBS Radio. The popular radio soap opera ran until November 16, 1956.

1968: On Another World, Rachel (Robin Strasser
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Today in Soap Opera History (January 8)

1975: Ryan's Hope's Pat comforted Delia with a song.

1985: Santa Barbara's Lionel fell off a train and had his ID stolen.

2008: Days of our Lives' Ej found John in Stefano's basement.

2014: Guy Wilson made his first appearance as Will on Days."History is a vast early warning system."

Norman Cousins

"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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1937: Clara, Lu & Em actress Isobel Carothers died suddenly at age 37. Clara, Lu, and Em was radio's first network daytime soap opera, beginning June 16, 1930 over Wgn-Am Chicago, Illinois. It moved to the Blue Network in 1931 and later NBC.

The show began as a Northwestern University sorority sketch by Louise
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Days of Our Lives: 2016-17 Season Ratings (updated 9/26/17)

While Days of Our Lives is NBC's last remaining soap opera, the ratings have dropped a lot over the years and it's been the lowest-rated network soap for years. Could it be cancelled? Will it be renewed for 2017-18? Stay tuned.Set in the Mid-western town of Salem, Days of Our Lives revolves around the members of the Brady, Horton, and Dimera families -- along with their friends, enemies, and lovers. Castmembers include Kristian Alfonso, John Aniston, Camila Banus, Nadia Bjorlin, Bryan Dattilo, Judi Evans, Mary Beth Evans, Billy Flynn, Galen Gering, Deidre Hall, Drake Hogestyn, Vincent Irizarry, Olive Rose Keegan, Lauren Koslow, Wally Kurth, Jen Lilley, Martha Madison, Eric Martsolf, Joseph Mascolo, Peggy McCay, Casey Moss, Stephen Nichols, Thaao Penghlis, Kyler Pettis, Melissa Reeves, James Reynolds, Suzanne Rogers, Christopher Sean, Josh Taylor, Robert Scott Wilson, and Arianne Zucker.Read More…
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Days of Our Lives: 2016-17 Season Ratings (updated 9/1/17)

While Days of Our Lives is NBC's last remaining soap opera, the ratings have dropped a lot over the years and it's been the lowest-rated network soap for years. Could it be cancelled? Will it be renewed for 2017-18? Stay tuned.Set in the Mid-western town of Salem, Days of Our Lives revolves around the members of the Brady, Horton, and Dimera families -- along with their friends, enemies, and lovers. Castmembers include Kristian Alfonso, John Aniston, Camila Banus, Nadia Bjorlin, Bryan Dattilo, Judi Evans, Mary Beth Evans, Billy Flynn, Galen Gering, Deidre Hall, Drake Hogestyn, Vincent Irizarry, Olive Rose Keegan, Lauren Koslow, Wally Kurth, Jen Lilley, Martha Madison, Eric Martsolf, Joseph Mascolo, Peggy McCay, Casey Moss, Stephen Nichols, Thaao Penghlis, Kyler Pettis, Melissa Reeves, James Reynolds, Suzanne Rogers, Christopher Sean, Josh Taylor, Robert Scott Wilson, and Arianne Zucker.Read More…
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Arianne Zucker to Exit ‘Days of Our Lives’ in April

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Arianne Zucker to Exit ‘Days of Our Lives’ in April
Like sands through the hourglass, Arianne Zucker’s time on “Day of Our Lives” is running out. Zucker, who has played Nicole on the NBC soap opera since 1998, will depart the series when her contract runs out in April, a spokeswoman for the show told TheWrap. Zucker told Soap Opera Digest that she first started considering leaving “Days” two years ago. Also Read: Joseph Mascolo, Stefano Dimera From 'Days of Our Lives,' Dies at 87 “Two years ago, I was contemplating making the shift,” Zucker said. “I know there are a thousand girls who would take my job in a second,
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Days of Our Lives Round Table: Stefano's Final Goodbye

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Chloe continued to bad mouth Nicole in order to keep baby Holly, while Hope ran from Detective Raines and Stefano made his final goodbye…sort of.

Our TV Fanatics Jack Ori and Christine Orlando are joined by Sportsgirl from MyHourglass a Days of Our Lives fan forum to debate Stefano’s finale, Chloe’s treatment of Nicole, Steve and Kayla’s upcoming nuptials and more…

Rate Stefano’s finale farewell from 1 (awful) to 10 (perfect).

Sportsgirl: I would say a 5. It was really nice to see Joe Mascolo again considering his passing. I am glad they mentioned ahead of time his not speaking and I didn't mind that, but I thought they needed to add some Stefano flashbacks.

Jack: How about a -20? I was really disgusted with the show using a very ill Joe Mascolo for the purpose of propping Rafe/Hope. And now Shane and Steve can be added
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Days of Our Lives Review: More Than A Wild Goose Chase

For over 30 years, Stefano Dimera tormented Bradys and Hortons, played opera music between implementing diabolical plots, and obsessed over his "Queen of the Night" Marlena Evans.

He was suave, sophisticated, and evil, and fans adored him.

That's why there was so much excitement over the fact that actor Joe Mascolo had taped one last set of scenes prior to his death.

And it's why so many viewers feel like the show stabbed them in the back with the Friday reveal that Stefano hadn't escaped or even been locked up and that two more fan favorites could be added to the list of corrupt cops helping to cover up Hope's involvement in Stefano's murder.

This Prague storyline has been a waste of air time from the very beginning. For the past few weeks, we've had dubious Stefano sightings, top cops arguing about whether or not to stop for ice cream, and
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Days of Our Lives Spoilers: Farewell To Stefano For Good…For Now

Days of Our Lives brought with it a sad day for fans yesterday. It was the very last time fans would ever see Joseph Mascolo as Stefano. After many years of staring on the show, he’s made his final appearance and bid his final farewells. Of course, this is the world of soap operas, so there is always a chance he might change his mind and come back at some point. For now, though, he’s retired from this role and won’t be back as Stefano. For Hope’s character, however, it means nothing but good things. He’s been placed in jail,

Days of Our Lives Spoilers: Farewell To Stefano For Good…For Now
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Days of Our Lives: How Did Stefano Say Goodbye? Grade the Emotional Episode

Days of Our Lives: How Did Stefano Say Goodbye? Grade the Emotional Episode
For more than three decades, the name Stefano Dimera has sent shivers down the spines of countless Salem residents. But on Thursday’s Days of Our Lives, it also elicited a few other emotions.

RelatedDays of Our Lives: Dena Higley Out as Head Writer, Gh Vet Ron Carlivati In

The episode marked the final appearance of actor Joseph Mascolo, who died in Dec. 2016 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Mascolo originated the role in Jan. 1982.

As previously teased by NBC, the episode found Rafe, Marlena and Anna confronting Stefano about his “transgressions against each of them over the years.
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Days of Our Lives’ Joe Mascolo Making Final Appearance as Stefano

Today is a big day for Days of our Lives fans. One of the show’s longest tenured actors, late actor Joe Mascolo (who died at 87 in December), who plays Stefano, will be making his last appearance on the show. According to NBC, the episode is dedicated to Mascolo and finds several longtime rivals confronting Stefano “about his transgressions against each of them over the years.” According to TVline: Throughout his long career in Soaps, Mascolo left and returned to the role of Stefano several times since making his debut in 1982, even joining CBS’ The Bold and the Beautiful for

Days of Our LivesJoe Mascolo Making Final Appearance as Stefano
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Days of Our Lives' Joe Mascolo Makes Final Appearance as Stefano Today

Days of Our Lives' Joe Mascolo Makes Final Appearance as Stefano Today
One of soaps’ greatest villains is taking his final bow.

Days of Our Lives actor Joe Mascolo, who played iconic baddie Stefan Dimera for the better part of three decades and passed away in December at the age of 87, will make his last appearance in today’s episode.

VideosDays of Our Lives: How Did Stefano Say Goodbye? Grade the Emotional Episode

Per NBC, the episode — which is dedicated to Mascolo — finds several longtime rivals confronting Stefano “about his transgressions against each of them over the years.” TVLine can confirm that Mascolo will share scenes with Galen Gering (Rafe
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Days of Our Lives: 6 Ways to Save and Safeguard NBC's Last Daytime Soap

Days of Our Lives: 6 Ways to Save and Safeguard NBC's Last Daytime Soap
It’s time for Days of Our Lives to make like the Phoenix and rise from the ashes.

Earlier this month, NBC entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt told fans of the 52-year-old soap that Megyn Kelly’s imminent addition to the network’s daytime landscape didn’t mean that Salem was about to be wiped off the map. Still, to ensure that those sands keep passing through the hourglass, the show might want to really needs to consider making a few changes under incoming headwriter Ron Carlivati (formerly of General Hospital).

Our suggestions:

1. Cut the dead weight. Lovely as it is
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Is Days of Our Lives Cancelled? NBC Boss Says: 'I Don't Think It's Over Yet'

Is Days of Our Lives Cancelled? NBC Boss Says: 'I Don't Think It's Over Yet'
The reports of Days of Our Lives‘ cancellation may have been greatly exaggerated.

The long-running NBC daytime soap was rumored to be on the chopping block earlier this month after the network signed Fox News alum Megyn Kelly and offered her a daytime news program. But NBC entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt cautioned soap fans that the fate of Days hasn’t been settled yet.

“We don’t make a decision for another couple months,” Greenblatt told TVLine at the Television Critics Association winter press tour on Wednesday. “But I don’t think it’s over yet.”

RelatedDays of Our Lives Star Joseph Mascolo,
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Days of Our Lives Spoilers: What Happens When Gabi and Chad Spend Time Alone Without His Wife?

Days of Our Lives is back all new today and it’s going to bring change into the lives of many. The first change comes for Hope, who we know is going to be experiencing some major turmoil. A “Work” Selfie of Kristian Alfonso and Joseph Mascolo (Hope and Stefano) was taken this weekend by the actors, and it tells us there’s a lot going on behind-the-scenes. We know Stefano isn’t dead, and Hope is rotting in jail for the next quarter century for a murder she didn’t commit, even though she believes she committed the murder. She’s going to hope

Days of Our Lives Spoilers: What Happens When Gabi and Chad Spend Time Alone Without His Wife?
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Days of Our Lives Round Table: Choose a New Year's Resolution for Salem

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It was New Year’s Eve in Salem and before the ball dropped, Lani revealed she slept with Jj, Abigail hid her panic attack from Chad, and Shane came to town to share that Stefano could still be alive.

Our TV Fanatics Jack Ori and Christine Orlando are joined by Kathy from MyHourglass a Days of Our Lives fan forum to debate Jj and Gabi’s future, Abigail’s secrets, the Phoenix’s possible return, and who needs a new year’s resolution the most in Salem.

Do you want Gabi and Jj to get back together?

Kathy: No, they seem very mismatched. We haven't really been shown any shared likes, values or goals between the two.

Jack: No, no, a thousand times no. Gabi is incredibly abusive towards Jj, blames him for everything, won't take responsibility for her own behavior, and wants a relationship that's purely fun and doesn't require effort.
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