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Today in Soap Opera History (January 19)

1967: Roger burned David's painting on Dark Shadows.

1981: Guiding Light's Alan showed up at Jennifer's trial.

2009: Gl's Olivia kissed Natalia.

2010: As the World Turns' Reid had no time for Luke."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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1956: Actor Charles Dingle died at age 68. He played Conrad Overton in Irna Phillips' daytime soap opera The Road of Life.
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Who Should Play Charlotte and Miranda on The Carrie Diaries?

Who Should Play Charlotte and Miranda on The Carrie Diaries?
Through its first season, the CW's Sex and the City prequel The Carrie Diaries stuck true to its name, keeping its focus on AnnaSophia Robb's teenage Carrie Bradshaw and her pre-Sarah Jessica Parker adventures in the go-go world of 1980s NYC. This season, though, the show began exploring the wider Satc universe, bringing in Lindsey Gort to play a young (but hardly innocent) version of Kim Cattrall's Samantha Jones.

With half of the famous foursome already cast, when will The Carrie Diaries get around to filling out the rest of the gang? Executive producer Amy B. Harris tells E!
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AfterElton Briefs: A Life-Changing "Glee" Spoiler, Happy Blasphemy Day, Who's Not Coming Back To "The A-List," and More!

Here's last week's caption pic winner. This week's caption pic is at the bottom of the page.

Thanks to everyone for participating! The winner is ...

"Here we see the illegitimate love child of Smurfette and a member of the Blue Man Group."

Thanks to Campion for this week's winning caption.

Neil and David attend Iris, A Journey Through the World of Cinema by Cirque du Soleil

Weekend Birthdays! (Note: Birthday shoutouts are for out entertainers, allies, or for any celeb that seems to have a following on Ae). Fran Drescher turns 54, Julie Andrews is 76, and Phil Oakey turns 56. Time to name your top five Human League Here are mine: 5. "Don't You Want Me," 4. "Human," 3. "Mirror Man," 2. "The Lebanon," 1. "(Keep Feeling) Fascination."

Happy Blasphemy Day! Which for me is, well, every day. The ratings are in, and ABC's Charlie's Angels was down 29% from its weak debut, and NBC's Prime Suspect was
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Victoria Justice Celebrates 18th Birthday in Style

Victoria Justice has turned 18 on Saturday, February 19, and she has celebrated the milestone age in style. The actress famous for her portrayal of Tori Vega on "Victorious" threw a star-studded party, where she was joined by her closest friends and family, at Tru Nightclub in Hollywood later that night.

At the weekend bash, the former "Zoey 101" actress treated her guests to various selection of appetizers and refreshments with a dessert, candy and fruit bar, and music from DJ Spider. Some of the guests even got free sneakers from Onitsuka Tiger, Just Jared Jr. reported. A magician, henna tattoo artists and a photo booth also made merry the party.

Among the guests spotted were Victoria's fellow Nickelodeon stars, Erin Sanders, Ariana Grande, Elizabeth Gillies and Avan Jogia. Other stars attending included Jonas Brothers member Nick Jonas, Disney Channel stars Dylan Sprouse and Cole Sprouse, and "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island" stars,
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31st Young Artist Awards Nominees in TV

BFFs Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato and Miley Cyrus each earn equally one spot at the Young Artist Awards this year under the television category. The first two are included for their roles in TV movie "Princess Protection Program" while Miley is in for her leading role on "Hannah Montana".

In terms of the number, it is Miranda Cosgrove and her show "iCarly" that earn the most. Beside the actress herself who is nominated for Best Performance in a TV Series by a Leading Actress, the whole cast are nominated for Outstanding Young Performers in a TV Series. Additionally, Nathan Kress and Joey Luthman land a nod each in supporting actor and recurring categories respectively.

However, Nate Hartley adds one for "Hannah Montana" in the guest starring category. As for Gomez's "Wizards of Waverly Place", it is Jake T. Austin who gets a nod, while as for Lovato's "Sonny with a Chance
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2009 Year in Review: Television

In 2009, the number of leading lesbian characters on primetime broadcast TV doubled — from one to two.

Out of the estimated 600 lead and supporting characters on network TV, seven of them of are lesbian or bisexual. And of those seven, five of them kissed women last year. And of those five, three of them made out during Sweeps.

Things looked bleak at the beginning of the year, but with the growing trend of lesbian brides getting gunned down or cheating on their wedding days, and the continued trend of bisexual characters only expressing their same-sex attraction during Sweeps, and the loss of Showtime's lesbian drama The L Word, we're ending the year on a downward spiral in terms of lesbian visibility.

Scripted Television: Broadcast

Primetime

The most surprising story in 2009 was the relationship between Callie Torres (played by Sara Ramirez) and Arizona Robbins (played by Jessica Capshaw) on Grey's Anatomy.

When
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Jamie Lynn Spears Has a Baby Girl

There is a new baby in the Spears clan! Jamie Lynn Spears and her fiancé Casey Aldridge welcomed a baby girl Thursday morning. People confirms exclusively that the baby was named Maddie Briann. "Just the family was there," says a source about the birth around 9:30 a.m. at a hospital in Mississippi, near her Louisiana hometown. "Everyone is healthy and happy." Jamie Lynn's sister Britney, father Jamie and brother Bryan flew in Wednesday to be with her for the birth; her mother Lynne had been with her helping her get ready for the baby. Since announcing her pregnancy in December,
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