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Today in Soap Opera History (May 31)

1968: Dark Shadows' Adam jumped from Widows' Hill.

1984: Steve and Betsy were married on As the World Turns.

1984: Y&R's Nikki wanted to track down Victor's mother.

1996: "Clink, Boom!" 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.

On this date in...

1943: Radio soap opera Lora Lawton debuted on NBC Radio. Joan Tompkins starred as Lora, housekeeper to important, dynamic shipbuilder Peter Carver. Lora would later marry Peter.
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Today in Soap Opera History (May 28)

1974: The first Daytime Emmys ceremony was held in New York.

1980: All My Children's Benny tried to get Estelle help.

1990: General Hospital's Shep Casey looked familiar to Anna.

2013: The Young and the Restless aired a special Jeanne

Cooper episode."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.

On this date in...

1968: On The Doctors, Liz (Pamela Toll) reassured Penny (Jami Fields) when they talked about feeling different.

1970: On Dark Shadows,
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Today in Soap Opera History (December 31)

Four NBC daytime soap operas aired for the final time on

December 31st: Somerset (1976), Texas (1982),

The Doctors (1982) and Sunset Beach (1999)."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.

On this date in...

1965: On Scarlett Hill, Kate (Beth Lockerbie) and Pearl discussed their fears that Ruth was only marrying Mr. Quill for his money. Sheila became extremely rude to Pearl when Pearl tried to show her pictures of the five-year-old she was about to adopt. Sheila revealed a bit of her tragic life to Stan. Ruth openly admitted to Kate that she was only getting married for the money, knowing there was nothing Kate could do to stop her,
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Today in Soap Opera History (December 29)

1967: Days of our Lives' Mickey and Laura were married.

1975: Another World's Marianne had an abortion.

1982: Kvik hosted a telethon on Texas.

1995: General Hospital's Ned found Jason unconscious."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.

On this date in...

1961: NBC aired the final episode of From These Roots after a three and a half year run. Ftr actress Ann Flood starred as Liz, a successful writer who had returned to her New England hometown of Strathfield to run her family's newspaper, the Strathfield Record. The cast included Robert Mandan (Sam), Millette Alexander (Gloria) and Barbara Berjer (Lynn).

1967: On The Edge of Night,
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The 25 most iconic movie entrances

Robert Keeling Apr 25, 2017

Saluting the movie characters who make an impression, the minute they appear on the screen...

One thing that unites all of cinema’s most iconic characters is that they were able to make a memorable first impression. Whether it’s bursting onto the scene in a flurry of noise or slowly skulking their way into shot, there’s a fine art to ensuring a character makes an instant impact on screen. An iconic entrance is not just about a momentary impact however, it can also emphasise a character’s importance and help to cement their influence over the rest of the movie.

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There are any number of contributory factors that can be blended together in order to make an entrance truly memorable. These include the accompanying music, the choice of camera shot, the
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Barry Jenner, ‘Family Matters’ and ‘Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’ Actor, Dies at 75

Barry Jenner, ‘Family Matters’ and ‘Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’ Actor, Dies at 75
Actor Barry Jenner, known for his recurring roles on “Family Matters,” “Knots Landing” and “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” died on Monday in Los Angeles. He was 75.

We're saddened to report the passing of Barry Jenner, who played Admiral William Ross #DS9 https://t.co/dy8eDbs2bu pic.twitter.com/RZe2Vo5nmS

Star Trek (@StarTrek) August 10, 2016

Jenner portrayed Starfleet Admiral William Ross in 12 episodes of “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” from 1997-99. He was also known for his role on the hit sitcom “Family Matters,” using comedic talents in the role of Lieutenant Murtaugh.

In addition, Jenner was seen on TV shows such as “Somerset,” “Knots Landing,” “Another World,” “Hart to Hart,” “Simon & Simon,” “St. Elsewhere” and “Jag.” He also participated in several primetime game shows, including “Super Password” and “The $10,000 Pyramid,” helping contestants win prize money.

A native of Philadelphia, Jenner died from acute myeloid leukemia at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, according
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36 major blockbusters and why they never got made

We look at the films that slipped through Hollywood's net, from biblical epics to a time travelling Gladiator sequel...

This article contains a spoiler for Gladiator.

If you're one of those frustrated over the quality of many of the blockbusters that make it to the inside of a multiplex, then ponder the following. For each of these were supposed to be major projects, that for one reason or another, stalled on their way to the big screen. Some still may make it. But for many others, the journey is over. Here are the big blockbusters that never were...

1. Airframe

The late Michael Crichton scored another residential on the bestseller list with his impressive thriller, Airframe. It was published in 1996, just after films of Crichton works such as Jurassic Park, Rising Sun, Disclosure and the immortal Congo had proven to be hits of various sizes.

So: a hit book, another techno thriller,
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Arts preview 2014: blockbusters

  • The Guardian - TV News
From the world's tallest building to Adele's 'modern jazz'-inspired third album, the big events of 2014 are lining up

Television

True Detective

Crime drama is always looking for new ways of dramatising a murder investigation: one killing investigated over 10 episodes; alternating viewpoints of cops, killer, victims and so on. However, in this ambitious series from HBO, multiple seasons will follow the search for a serial killer in Louisiana over 17 years, with each year introducing a new cast. Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey are in the first group. Either magnificent or mad. Mark Lawson HBO.

Penny Dreadful

This has a remarkable lineage: it is produced by film and stage director Sam Mendes and John Logan, who wrote Skyfall for Mendes as well as Hugo, The Aviator and Gladiator. Its disadvantage may be the daring concept, in which a number of fictional horror story characters – Dracula, Frankenstein's monster and Dorian Gray – are living in Victorian London.
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Arts preview 2014: blockbusters

  • The Guardian - Film News
From the world's tallest building to Adele's 'modern jazz'-inspired third album, the big events of 2014 are lining up

Television

True Detective

Crime drama is always looking for new ways of dramatising a murder investigation: one killing investigated over 10 episodes; alternating viewpoints of cops, killer, victims and so on. However, in this ambitious series from HBO, multiple seasons will follow the search for a serial killer in Louisiana over 17 years, with each year introducing a new cast. Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey are in the first group. Either magnificent or mad. Mark Lawson HBO.

Penny Dreadful

This has a remarkable lineage: it is produced by film and stage director Sam Mendes and John Logan, who wrote Skyfall for Mendes as well as Hugo, The Aviator and Gladiator. Its disadvantage may be the daring concept, in which a number of fictional horror story characters – Dracula, Frankenstein's monster and Dorian Gray – are living in Victorian London.
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Princess Anne visits Addiction Recovery Agency

Princess Anne has met with patients at a drug rehabilitation centre. The Princess Royal made an official visit to The Addiction Recovery Agency (Ara) in Kings Court , Bristol, Southern England, to mark its 25th anniversary, which took place in January. The centre helps more than 1,500 people a year through its services in Bristol and North Somerset and Chief Executive Peter Walker said the visit was a 'great acknowledgment' of their work. Anne met some of the 60 staff and 60 volunteers who work at the centre, as well as unveiling a plaque marking her visit. Peter explained: 'The visit recognises with the kind of treatment and support that Ara has provided over the past 25 years, people can
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News Roundup: Natalie Hall To Star in HBO Mini, Trent Dawson Nominated, Pay TV Losing Customers

All My Children's Natalie Hall is set to star in an upcoming Hallmark mini-series with Greg Vaughan, Dylan Bruce and JoBeth Williams. Former As The World Turns star Trent Dawson has been nominated for an Off-Off Broadway Award. Syfy's Haven will have a TV/Twitter-Crossing arc. Pay TV industry is losing a record number of subscribers. Kevin Bacon may return to television. Sarah Paulson returning to Desperate Housewives. Alec Baldwin may run for Mayor of New York City. Syfy orders one final episode of Eureka.

All My Children's Natalie Hall to Star in Hallmark Mini-Series Love's Christmas Journey

In the two-hour, two-part miniseries, slated to air in November, Hall will play Ellie King, a young pioneer woman who has suffered the loss of her husband and daughter. (She's also appearing on Pretty Little Liars soon.

In the mini, part of the Love Comes Softly series based on the books by Janette Oke,
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Today in Soap Opera History (July 29)

On this date in...

1999: On The Young And The Restless, Nikki couldn't help but respond to a kiss from Brad.

2002: On General Hospital, Sonny and Carly patched things up in Martinique (watch below).

Celebrating a birthday today are:

Kevin Spirtas (ex-Craig, Days Of Our Lives; ex-Jonas, One Life To Live; ex-Tom, Rituals) - 49

Lisa Peluso (Veronica, Gotham; ex-Wendy, Search For Tomorrow; ex-Billie/Gina, One Life To Live; ex-Ava, Loving; ex-Lila, Another World/As The World Turns; ex-Libby, Somerset) - 47

Bryan Dattilo (ex-Lucas, Days Of Our Lives) - 40

Rachel Miner (ex-Michelle, Guiding Light) - 31

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Today in Soap Opera History (July 22)

On this date in...

1968: Percy Rodriguez debuted on Peyton Place as Dr. Harry Miles.

2008: The second season of General Hospital: Night Shift premiered.

Celebrating a birthday today are:

Jennifer Bassey (Marian, All My Children; ex-Abby, The Edge Of Night; ex-Dorothy, Somerset; ex-Jennifer, Love Of Life) - 69

Danny Glover (ex-Isaac, Brothers & Sisters) - 65

Joanna Going (ex-Lisa, Another World; ex-Evie, Search For Tomorrow; ex-Victoria, Dark Shadows) - 48

Terrell Tilford (Greg, One Life To Live; ex-Bob, Days Of Our Lives; ex-David, Guiding Light) - 42

Christopher Tavani (ex-Luke, As The World Turns) - 18

Editor's Note: If you would like to submit a piece of soap opera history for this daily column, please email it to editor@welovesoaps.com.
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Today in Soap Opera History (July 18)

On this date in...

1920: Future Another World star Dolph Sweet (Gil McGowan) was born. He died in 1985.

1934: Darlene Conley, remembered by soap fans from her many years as Sally Sprectra on The Bold And The Beautiful, was born. Before that she played babynapping Rose DeVille on The Young And The Restless and stole Nina's baby. Conley also had roles on Days, Gh and Capitol. She died January 14, 2007.

1941: Radio soap opera Life Begins aired its final episode.

1986: Chris Hughes died in his sleep on As The World Turns. Watch Bob tell Kim and Lisa here.

1988: Another World debuted a rock instrumental theme during the end credits.

2010: Actor Larry Keith, best known for his role as Nick Davis on All My Children, died at age 79.

Celebrating a birthday today are:

Jonelle Allen (ex-Doreen, Generations) - 67

Audrey Landers (ex-Afton, Dallas; ex-Joanna, The Secret Storm; ex-Connie, Search For Tomorrow; ex-Heather,
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Today in Soap Opera History (July 13)

On this date in...

1905: Crossover soap actor Geoffrey Lumb, who took the character of Mitchell Dru to multiple soaps in the 1960s, was born. He died in 1990.

1922: Late actress Lois Kibbee, best known for her role as Geraldine on The Edge Of Night, was born. Kibbee also played roles on Somerset, Search For Tomorrow and One Life To Live. She even appeared in the movie Caddyshack. She died October 18, 1993, from a brain tumor.

2005: The character of Darcy Tyler left Neighbours after five years.

Celebrating a birthday today are:

Carmen Thomas (ex-Hillary, All My Children; ex-Karen, Melrose Place) - 44

Amy Stewart (ex-Helen, Undressed) - 38

Philip Barantini (ex-Danny, Doctors) - 31

Steven R. McQueen (Jeremy, The Vampire Diaries) - 23

Colton Haynes (Jackson, Teen Wolf; Brett, The Gates; ex-Jesse, Melrose Place; ex-Alexander, Privileged) - 23

Dylan Patton (ex-Will, Days Of Our Lives) - 19
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Today in Soap Opera History

On this date in...

1943: Radio soap opera Lora Lawton debuted on NBC Radio. Joan Tompkins starred as Lora, housekeeper to important, dynamic shipbuilder Peter Carver. Lora would later marry Peter. Frank and Anne Hummert produced the series.

1984: On Guiding Light, Bert told Rick she knew he was upset because she had lost her leg, but she was going to be alright.

1987: Soap opera writer Roy Winsor died at the age of 87. Winsor was the creator of Search For Tomorrow, Love Of Life and The Secret Storm. The year Secret Storm was canceled (1974) he took over Somerset. He later would create the Cbn soap Another Life.

Celebrating a birthday today are:

Maeve Kinkead (Dinah, Gotham; ex-Vanessa, Guiding Light; ex-Angie, Another World) - 65

Nick Scotti (ex-Tony, The Young And The Restless) - 45

Ara Celi (ex-Raquel, All My Children) - 37

Matt Cavenaugh (ex-Adam, As The World Turns; ex-Mark One Life To Live
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About Fan Fiction and Original Shows

Fan Fiction/Original Shows

By Steve Ungrey

When I was just about six years old in February 1974, I had my first taste with a soap opera being canceled. That was the month CBS axed the long-running show The Secret Storm following a 20-year run.

Over 35 years have passed and you can’t count on two hands how many beloved soaps have bitten the dust. Somerset. Love Of Life. The Doctors. Texas. Search For Tomorrow. Ryan’S Hope. Santa Barbara. And who can forget the demise of my all-time favorite show, the long-running mystery thriller The Edge Of Night?

I have seen far too many shows get canceled over the years. I’ve also seen a rise in popularity of so-called “fan fiction”, where budding or established writers put their own spin on the soap genre. I don't even want to call this fan fiction and deride the genre, because some
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March 1 Birthdays

Jed Allan (ex-Don, Days Of Our Lives; ex-c.C., Santa Barbara, ex-Edward, General Hospital; ex-Ed, Port Charles) - 74

Richard Shoberg (ex-Tom, All My Children; ex-Mitch, Somerset; ex-Kevin, The Edge Of Night) - 61

Maurice Benard (Sonny, General Hospital; ex-Nico, All My Children) - 48

Jensen Ackles (ex-Eric, Days Of Our Lives) - 33

Alicia Leigh Willis (ex-Courtney, General Hospital; ex-Allie, Another World) - 33

Denise Vasi (Randi, All My Children) - 30
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Today's Soap World Birthdays

Tina Sloan (Theodora, Empire, Katherine, Venice; ex-Lillian, Guiding Light; ex-Patti, Search For Tomorrow; ex-Olivia, Another World; ex-Kate, Somerset) - 68

Vasili Bogazianos (ex-Benny, All My Children; ex-Al, The Young And The Restless; ex-Ozzie, Days Of Our Lives; ex-Mickey, The Edge Of Night) - 66

Brian Krause (ex-Matt, Another World) - 43

Jennifer Lien (ex-Hannah, Another World) - 37

Karl Girolamo (ex-Kevin, As The World Turns) - 25
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We Love Soaps TV's 15 Most Fascinating People of 2010

2010 has a banner year for We Love Soaps TV. We have enjoyed bringing you the hottest news stories, deepest interviews, classic clips, historical articles, and cutting edge indie soaps, 365 days of the year.  We have relished the opportunity to witness, and at times be a part of, the changing landscape of the soap industry, both on and off-screen.

We wanted to end 2010 with a special list of individuals who compelled, captivated, and fascinated us this past year.  These are people who one way or another broke new ground making soap history, blazed new trails, and inspired the creative souls of their audience and their peers.  Below is our list of the 15 Most Fascinating People of 2010.

Ken Corday (Executive Producer, Days Of Our Lives)

Why Is He So Fascinating? Corday pulled a rabbit out of his hat in 2010 by getting Days renewed for two years during the worst economy of its entire 45 year run.
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