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Today in Soap Opera History (October 20)

1930: Irna Phillips' soap opera Painted Dreams premiered.

1987: General Hospital's Duke and Anna were married.

1994: All My Children's Edmund faced the press.

1998: The Young and the Restless' Sharon was hit by a car."The best prophet of the future is the past."

― Lord Byron

"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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1930: The soap opera was born! Irna Phillips’ radio soap Painted Dreams premiered on Wgn Radio in Chicago. The show is widely recognized by broadcast historians as the very first soap opera. The show ran on Wgn and later CBS Radio until July 1943.

Click here to read Rob Wargo's in-depth feature from the 80th anniversary of
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The Passage Adds Jennifer Ferrin and James Le Gros, Casts Sister Lacey

Project Noah’s bunkers are getting pretty crowded: Fox’s midseason vampire drama The Passage is adding some new faces, including an As the World Turns vet and an Ally McBeal alum, ahead of the series’ January premiere, TVLine has learned exclusively.

Jennifer Ferrin (Atwt, The Knick) will play Elizabeth, the ailing wife of Henry Ian Cusick’s Jonas Lear. Elizabeth is a professor whose fading health lights a fire under Jonas that eventually leads him to create Project Noah. The role is recurring.

James Le Gros (Justified, Ally McBeal) will recur as Horace Guilder, the calculating deputy director of the Department of Special Weapons.
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Today in Soap Opera History (October 15)

1982: As the World Turns' Bob married Miranda.

1985: Jon Hensley debuted as Holden Sndyer on Atwt.

1999: Jason Cook debuted as Shawn Brady on Days of our Lives.

1999: The Young and the Restless' Nikki battled Diane."The best prophet of the future is the past."

― Lord Byron

"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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1964: On Peyton Place, Betty (Barbara Parkins) was afraid to tell Rodney (Ryan O'Neal) about her pregnancy out of fear he would believe she was trapping him into a relationship.

1970: Actor Herb Holcombe died at age 65. He played Adam Bilodeau in Dark Shadows.

1979: On As the World Turns, when Lisa Colman (Eileen Fulton
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Meg Ryan Eyes Starring Role in NBC Comedy From Lorne Michaels

Meg Ryan Eyes Starring Role in NBC Comedy From Lorne Michaels
The Peak TV era has converted yet another film star. Meg Ryan is eyeing a return to the small screen by way of The Obsolescents, a comedy series in the works at NBC.

The single-camera project takes place in a suburban New Jersey town where the facade of peace and civility is disrupted by the shocking death of a longtime Township Council member. Though Ryan is already attached to produce the series, she is in talks to star in it, as well.

Saturday Night Live boss Lorne Michaels will executive-produce alongside Ryan, as will Andrew Singer (Portlandia) and series creator
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Today in Soap Opera History (September 27)

1965: Four new daytime soap operas premiered: Morning

Star and Paradise Bay on NBC, along with The Nurses and

Never Too Young on ABC."The best prophet of the future is the past."

― Lord Byron

"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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1962: Primetime serial The Nurses premiered on CBS. The was titled was changed to The Doctors and The Nurses a year later.

1965: Two new Ted Corday daytime soap operas, Morning Star and Paradise Bay, premiered on NBC. Both shows lasted less than a year, with the final episodes airing on July 1, 1966.

1965: The Nurses premiered on ABC. The show, set at Alden General Hospital, was a daytime continuation
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17 Best Soap Opera Recasts

  • TVfanatic
Soap operas are notorious for recasting characters, it is the nature of the business. Whether it is the actor/actress choice to leave a show or the person is not the right git for the role, recasts happen all the time. 

Unfortunately, in many instances, fans never fully embrace a new actor in a role. However, there are also several fabulous recasts that fans love as much or even more than the actor or actress who played the role previously.

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Over the years many actors and actresses have been recast in a role and become a fan favorite for that part. Some have even managed to make fans forget there was ever another actor or actress playing the role. We are here to celebrate the best soap opera recasts.

1. General Hospital: Laura Wright as
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Today in Soap Opera History (September 26)

1986: Bobby was alive and well on Dallas; his death was a dream.

1994: All My Children's Erica visited her mother's grave.

1995: Another World's Grant shot his brother, Ryan, in the back.

1997: Days of our Lives recast the role of Jack...in a shower."The best prophet of the future is the past."

― Lord Byron

"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: Radio soap opera Houseboat Hannah premiered on the NBC Red Network. Hard working Dan O'Leary, who lost an arm in a factory accident, moved his financially strapped family aboard a house boat in Shanty Fish Row on San Francisco Bay. Resourceful and resolute Hannah O'Leary became
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Today in Soap Opera History (September 22)

1972: Search for Tomorrow's Jo and Tony were married.

1977: Days of our Lives' Marlena was locked in a sanitarium.

1997: General Hospital's Brenda was left at the altar.

1998: Y&R's Drucilla surprised Neil and Victoria."The best prophet of the future is the past."

― Lord Byron

"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 British radio soap opera The Archers, Grace died in the Brookfield stables.

1972: On Search for Tomorrow, Joanne Tate (Mary Stuart) married Dr. Tony Vincente (Anthony George).

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1977: On Days of our Lives, Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall) was trapped in the sanitarium, mistaken for her twin sister,
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Today in Soap Opera History (September 25)

1970: ABC aired the final episode of The Best of Everything.

1984: All My Children's Tad was celebrated at his bachelor

party. 1996: Days of our Lives' Sami and Austin married.

1998: One Life to Live's Bo grieved his son, Drew."The best prophet of the future is the past."

― Lord Byron

"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, while Willie Loomis remained in a coma, Julia Hoffman (Grayson Hall) attempted to hypnotize David Collins (David Henesy) to stop his prying into Barnabas' (Jonathan Frid) affairs.

1970: ABC aired the final episode of The Best of Everything, a short-lived ABC daytime soap opera that had only
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Mamma Mia! Amanda Seyfried Is a PCAs Finalist! See Her Best Roles Now

Mamma Mia! Amanda Seyfried Is a PCAs Finalist! See Her Best Roles Now
Amanda Seyfried might only be 32 years old, but she's had the career that some stars—even those twice her age—only dream about. The Pennsylvania native has had both big TV roles and movie parts that would make any actress wish they were in her shoes. For example, she's starred on numerous hit TV series including, As the World Turns which kicked off her career, followed by Veronica Mars and of course Big Love. Movie wise she's had even bigger, and some might say more memorable, roles like Karen in Mean Girls, Sophie in Mamma Mia!, Linda in Lovelace and many more that we won't soon forget. With so much success in both TV and film we're not exactly...
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Today in Soap Opera History (September 17)

2010: CBS aired the final episode of As the World Turns."The best prophet of the future is the past."

― Lord Byron

"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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1959: On The Right to Happiness, Carolyn Allen's (Claudia Morgan) husband Lee needed (Les Damon) to make a sudden business trip to New York, which fed into her insecurity that Lee's priority was his beautiful widowed client, Sharon (Claire Niesen).

1962: Rex Ingram became the first African American featured on a daytime soap opera in a contract role when he appeared as an ordained minister named Victor Graham in The Brighter Day. Sadly, the soap aired its final episode 11 days later
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Today in Soap Opera History (September 16)

1966: Dark Shadows' Victoria had questions about a painting.

1979: The Edge of Night's Jody was harassed.

1994: General Hospital's Lois made a surprise entrance.

1994: One Life to Live's Marty was furious about Todd's freedom."The best prophet of the future is the past."

― Lord Byron

"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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1960: On Young Doctor Malone, Dr. Jerry Malone (William Prince) drove the shaken Marsha home after her traumatic discovery of her husband, Dr. Ted Powell (Peter Brandon), with another woman. Marsha was heartened to see Ted's car back at their house, but her dreams of reconciliation were crushed by her errant husband's desire for a divorce.
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Peter Donat Dead at 90

Peter Donat, who played roles in both daytime and primetime soap operas, died on September 7 at his home in California. He was 90.

His wife, Maria, confirmed the news to The New York Times, citing the cause of death as complications with diabetes.

Born Pierre Collingwood Donat on January 20, 1928, in Kentville, Nova Scotia, Donat's primtime television credits included Flamingo Road (as Elmo Tyson), Dallas (Dr. Miles Pearson) and Hill Street Blues (as Schuster). Donat played William Mulder, father of David Duchovny’s Fox Mulder, on six episodes of The X-Files opposite Rebecca Toolan as Teena Mulder.

On the big screen, he appeared in The Godfather Part II, War of the Roses, The Game, and Tucker: The Man and His Dream.

Donat's soap opera roles included Stephen Markley in The Brighter Day (1958), Bert Stanton on As the World Turns (1959) and Vince Conway in Moment of Truth (1965).

He also performed through organizations like
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Today in Soap Opera History (September 14)

1966: Constance went into labor on Peyton Place.

1981: Gh's Susan was in the hospital after having baby Jason.

2009: Guiding Light's Lillian visited Maureen Bauer's grave.

2010: One Life to Live's Dorian threw water on Bo and Nora."The best prophet of the future is the past."

― Lord Byron

"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.

On this date in...

1936: NBC debuted Frank and Anne Hummert's radio soap opera John's Other Wife. The story revolved around John Perry (Hanley Stafford), the owner of a department store, his wife Elizabeth, and an assistant secretary named Annette. John got more than he bargained for when Elizabeth started to feel as though Annette had become his "other wife.
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Today in Soap Opera History (September 10)

1965: Final episode of Atwt spinoff Our Private World aired.

1984: Syndicated soap opera Rituals premiered.

1999: All My Children's Mateo told Hayley he loved her.

2008: As the World Turns' Aaron and Alison married."The best prophet of the future is the past."

― Lord Byron

"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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1965: CBS aired the final episode of As the World Turns primetime spin-off, Our Private World. Eileen Fulton moved the character of Lisa Hughes from Oakdale to Chicago for the show, which lasted four months while airing twice a week. The series, created by Irna Phillips and William J. Bell, was CBS-tv's answer to ABC's popular Peyton Place.
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Today in Soap Opera History (September 11)

1975: Ryan's Hope's Jack visited Sister Mary Joel.

1984: Santa Barbara's Jade ran into David Hasselhoff.

1986: Another World's Reginald had a fire started to stop a story.

2003: The Young and the Restless' John punched Victor."The best prophet of the future is the past."

― Lord Byron

"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: On radio soap opera Life Can Be Beautiful, "Chichi" Conrad (Alice Reinheart) coped with heartbreaking news.

1967: CBS aired the first color broadcast of The Secret Storm.

1972: The Edge of Night began airing at 2:30 p.m. Et, moving from its usual 3:30 p.m. timeslot where it had been performing well in the ratings.
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Today in Soap Opera History (September 8)

1969: Where the Heart Is premiered. 1983: Paul's fiancée

died on The Young and the Restless. 1986: Ilene Kristen

returned to Ryan's Hope as Delia. 2009: General

Hospital's Edward passed out at the wheel of his car as it

approached the carnival."The best prophet of the future is the past."

― Lord Byron

"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.

On this day in...

1966: Star Trek premiered on NBC. Among the many memorable guest stars in the series that also starred on daytime soaps were Kathryn Hays, Michael Forest, Marj Dusay, Michael Zaslow, Glenn Corbett, Gary Pillar and Mary Linda Rapelye.

1967: On Another World, Walter Curtin (Val Dufour) raked Liz Matthews (Audra Lindley
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Maysoon Zayid To Topline Single Muslim Woman Comedy ‘Can-Can’ In The Works At ABC From Hazy Mills

  • Deadline
ABC has given a script commitment plus penalty to Can-Can, a single-camera comedy starring comedian Maysoon Zayid. It comes from writer Joanna Quraishi (Kevin Can Wait), Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner’s Hazy Mills and Universal TV where Hazy Mills is based.

Co-written by Zayid, and Quraishi and inspired by the life of Zayid, Can-Can follows the life of a Muslim woman who has cerebral palsy, as she struggles to find love, the right career, and discover who she is separate of her opinionated Muslim parents.

Zayid and Quraishi also executive produce with Hazy Mills’ Hayes and Milliner. Universal TV is the studio.

Zayid, who described herself in a BBC interview as “a Palestinian Muslim virgin with cerebral palsy, from New Jersey, who is an actress, comedian and activist,” openly discusses her disability and her ethnic background in her standup.

ABC has found critical and commercial success with Speechless,
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Patrick James Clarke Dead at 64

Patrick James ClarkeFormer Ryan's Hope and Search for Tomorrow actor Patrick James Clarke died on July 31 in Sarasota, Florida, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 64.

Clarke grew up in the Bronx and Long Island, New York. He was a pre-law student at the University of Arizona when he began taking acting classes.

In the 1970s, Clarke studied at the Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training in Sarasota.

He returned to New York City and began appearing in soap operas. For two years in the early 1980s, he played Dr. Patrick Ryan on Ryan's Hope during the height of ABC's soap opera popularity.

In a 2012 interview with the Herald-Tribune, Clarke described being spotted by soap opera fans in a bar.

"I felt like a prosciutto in the window of an Italian deli and somebody wanted to eat me," he remembered. "I couldn"t believe that television has that power over people.
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Today in Soap Opera History (September 4)

1987: Santa Barbara.'s Cruz went to Summerfest with Eden.

1992: Gl's Alan-Michael switched out Eleni's birth control pills.

2009: One Life to Live's Nora slapped Tea in court.

2009: General Hospital's carnival began."The best prophet of the future is the past."

― Lord Byron

"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.

On this date in...

1969: On Dark Shadows, Barnabas Collins (Jonathan Frid) told Magda Rakosi (Grayson Hall) what would happen when he used the rods--his body would remain while his spirit traveled into the future. He told her to go to Collinwood and warn Quentin to leave.

1970: On Another World, Pat and John Randolphs's twins, Michael and Marianne Randolph, were born.
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