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Today in Soap Opera History (April 21)

1961: Atwt's Penny wasn't sure about Ellen's custody case.

1967: Dark Shadows' Barnabas met Roger and Carolyn.

1978: Faith and Tom were married on Ryan's Hope.

1983: All My Children's Angie and Jesse enjoyed married life."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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1961: On As the World Turns, Penny (Rosemary Prinz) told Ellen (Patricia Bruder) the Bakers had extended the lease of the house she and Jeff lived in.
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Today in Soap Opera History (April 18)

1961: As the World Turns Lisa clashed with Ellen.

1967: Jonathan Frid debuted as Barnabas Collins on Dark Shadows.

1990: General Hospital's Robin tried to save Casey.

1991: Another World's Jake wanted another chance with Marley."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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1961: On As the World Turns, Lisa Hughes (Eileen Fulton) told her in-laws, Chris (Don MacLaughlin) and Nancy (Helen Wagner), she was convinced they were having a boy.
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Today in Soap Opera History (April 16)

1979: Guiding Light's Roger blackmailed Alan.

1984: Days of our Lives' Anna found Tony in a secret room.

1987: Calliope's dog Martha married Reg on Days.

1993: All My Children's Kendall revealed Erica was her mother."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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1945: NBC Radio premiered radio soap opera Barry Cameron. Spencer Bentley starred as Barry Cameron, a veteran returning from three years of war. Richard Leonard
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Today in Soap Opera History (April 12)

1967: Dark Shadows' Jason asked patience from Willie.

1979: Guiding Light's Rita had a nightmare about Roger.

1985: As the World Turns' Bob and Kim were married.

1994: Another World's Carl planned on proposing to Rachel."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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1967: On Dark Shadows, Jason McGuire (Dennis Patrick) implored Willie Loomis (John Karlen) to wait on getting revenge against Burke Devlin (Mitchell Ryan) until after they got their money.
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Today in Soap Opera History (April 2)

1951: A daytime version of Hawkins Falls premiered.

1956: As the World Turns and The Edge of Night premiered

on CBS. 1971: ABC aired the final episode of Dark Shadows."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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1951: Hawkins Falls, a primetime dramedy in 1950 returned as 15-minute five-days-a-week daytime soap opera on NBC titled Hawkins Falls: A Television Novel, created by Roy Winsor and Doug Johnson. Its large cast of "townspeople" included Frank Dane,
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Today in Soap Opera History (March 25)

1953: The Guiding Light's Bert pestered her husband, Bill.

1969: Dark Shadows' Barnabas found a strange doll's head.

1987: B&B's Ridge & Caroline revealed their engagement.

1988: General Hospital's Simone had a miscarriage."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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1953: On The Guiding Light, Bert Bauer (Charita Bauer) tried to convince her husband, Bill (Lyle Sudrow), he had to spend money to make money.

1955: On Golden Windows,
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Today in Soap Opera History (January 7)

1963: Search for Tomorrow's Marian faced troubled times.

1974: How to Survive a Marriage premiered on NBC.

1980: As the World Turns' Mary was shocked to see Joyce.

2005: Young and the Restless' Drucilla and Phyllis faced off."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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1957: On The Edge of Night, Sara (Teal Ames) had a drink at the bar with the man she recognized from the photo, Roy Benson. When Mike (John Larkin) arrived, Sara pretended he was her boyfriend which caused the man to leave. Mike had Willy (Edward Holmes) follow him.

1963: On Search for Tomorrow, Marian Rand (Jane
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Film Review: ‘Humor Me’

Film Review: ‘Humor Me’
Director Sam Hoffman is best known for his web series, “Old Jews Telling Jokes,” which he has already adapted into a book and an Off Broadway play. And in his feature film debut, “Humor Me,” the best moments involve exactly that. As told by Elliott Gould, “Humor Me” is chockablock with absurd, slightly blue, long-set-up gags involving a hapless protagonist named Zimmerman, portrayed throughout by Joey Slotnick in goofy black-and-white vignettes. The only trouble? Gould and his musty jokes are ultimately the side show here, with Hoffman’s film focusing on an equally musty plot involving a down-on-his-luck playwright (Jemaine Clement), who gets a second lease on life when he goes to live with his father at a New Jersey retirement community. Plenty endearing, and packed to the gills with wonderful Aarp-aged actors who are clearly in tune with Hoffman’s old-school, Borscht Belt sensibilities, “Humor Me” manages to earn its audience’s indulgence, if never its
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Today in Soap Opera History (January 4)

1954: The Brighter Day made its television premiere.

1979: Alice Horton performed in a hospital benefit on Days.

1983: Gh's Edward learned Jimmy Lee was his son.

1985: Santa Barbara's Lionel learned Dominic's identify."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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1954: Daytime soap opera The Brighter Day premiered on CBS-tv. Set in New Hope, Wisconsin, the series revolved around Reverend Richard Dennis (Blair Davies) and his four children: Althea (Brook Byron), Patsy (Lois Nettleton), Babby (Mary Linn Beller) and Grayling (Hal Holbrook). The Brighter Day was based on Irna Phillips' NBC Radio serial of the same name that premiered
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Today in Soap Opera History (January 3)

1977: Lovers and Friends premiered on NBC.

1980: Edge of Night's Cliff ate Mrs. Corey's soup.

1995: Days' Alice interrupted Bo and Billie's wedding.

2001: All My Children's Bianca was outed at the Crystal Ball."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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1938: Irna Phillips' radio soap opera Woman in White premiered on NBC Red. The show told the story of Karen Adams, a young nurse who dedicated her life to others, taking care of two young siblings after the death of her parents. Karen spent much of her time counseling others, although she did find time to marry and experience
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Today in Soap Opera History (January 1)

1951: The Archers premiered.

1968: Dark Shadows' Jeremiah tried to bury Angelique alive.

1981: Knots Landing's Diana and Karen "Put on a Happy Face".

1982: Dallas' Miss Ellie received tragic news."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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1951: British radio soap opera The Archers premiered. The show was created by Godfrey Baseley, and originally billed as "an everyday story of country folk."

The opening line was by Dan Archer who said: "And a happy New Year to all!" His wife Doris responded with: "A very happy New Year, Dan." During the episode, Dan’s son Philip shared a kiss with a nearby farmer’s daughter,
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Today in Soap Opera History (December 26)

1966: Sft's Joanne and Stu celebrated Christmas with family and

friends. 1986: In the final scene of Search for Tomorrow,

Stu asked, "What is it, Jo? What is it you're searching for?"

Jo's reply: "Tomorrow. And I can't wait.""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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1941: After being canceled by the network, NBC Radio aired what was intended to be the final episode of radio soap opera The Guiding Light. The network received 75,000 protest letters and the show returned 11 weeks later on March 16, 1942, running for four and a half more years on NBC Radio before being canceled again. CBS Radio
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The Bread, My Sweet

The Bread, My Sweet
Panorama Entertainment

NEW YORK -- A sweet-natured drama in the ethnic mode that is lately proving such a popular indie trend, this debut feature written and directed by Melissa Martin is a slice of Italian-American cheese that may prove a bit hard for audiences to fully digest. Featuring such plot elements as an elderly woman dying of cancer, a lovable, learning-impaired lug and a couple who pretend to get married only to, surprise, actually fall in love, "The Bread, My Sweet" has apparently wowed them on the festival circuit and in Pittsburgh, where the film was shot, but anything resembling breakout potential is unlikely.

Scott Baio, whose role as television's Chachi has forever doomed him to trivia-game-answer status, delivers a highly effective and restrained performance as Dominic Pyzola, a young Italian-American who improbably divides his working time between serving as a ruthless acquisitions executive for a big corporation and baking biscotti in the family bakery that he also manages. His partners in the business are his brothers Pino (Shuler Hensley), whose mental deficiency doesn't prevent him from being a first-class baker, and Eddie (Billy Mott), a struggling actor.

The brothers' surrogate mother is their endearing upstairs neighbor Bella (theater and soap opera veteran Rosemary Prinz), who lives with her brusque, English-impaired husband Massimo (John Seitz). When Bella learns that she has but six months to live, she has one request for Dominic: reunite her with her estranged daughter Lucca (Kristin Minter), who left law school years ago for the Peace Corps. Not only does Dominic fulfill the request, he decides to go it one better. In order to make Bella truly happy before she dies, he'll pretend to marry Lucca, whose beauty and grace don't exactly make the task difficult.

If you're willing to swallow those formulaic plot machinations, you may reasonably enjoy this rough-hewn debut effort, which is far more effective in its quieter, dialogue-heavy moments than when it attempts more ambitious cinematic conceits. While the supporting players fall victim to their broadly conceived roles, Baio and Minter underplay charmingly, and actually manage to make us care about their characters despite their less than credible aspects.

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