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Today in Soap Opera History (July 8)

1966: Dark Shadows' Burke gave Carolyn false info on his return.

1991: Another World's Cass saved Kathleen, then took her on a caper.

1992: Aaron Spelling primetime soap Melrose Place premiered.

2002: Days of our Lives' Gemini Twins were rescued."History speaks to artists. It changes the artist's thinking and is constantly reshaping it into different and unexpected images."

Anselm Kiefer

"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...

1935: Radio soap opera Girl Alone premiered. Betty Winkler starred as Patricia Rogers. The cast included future Days of our Lives patriarch Macdonald Carey.

1949: The radio version of The Brighter Day, which premiered on October 11, 1948, aired on NBC for the final time.
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Today in Soap Opera History (February 23)

1965: Peyton Place's Elliot learned he was a grandfather.

1971: Dark Shadows' Gabriel stabbed Kendrick.

1989: Another World's original Donna Love returned.

2004: All My Children's Bianca remembered killing Michael."History speaks to artists. It changes the artist's thinking and is constantly reshaping it into d ifferent and unexpected images."

Anselm Kiefer

"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...

1962: On The Edge of Night, Louise (Mary K. Wells) learned about Phil's (Ray MacDonnell) car crash, unaware that he had been replaced by a double, John Lambert (Ray MacDonnell).

1965: On As the World Turns, Chris (Don MacLaughlin) told Pa (Santos Ortega) about a rare disease that Dan had contracted,
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Today in Soap Opera History (October 18)

1988: Gh's Julian shared a hotel room with college sweetheart

Cheryl. 1999: Shawn & Belle met on Days. 2002: Oltl's

Natalie & Jessica found out they were both Viki's daughters.

2002: Gl's Alexandra held an Ex-Wives Club board meeting."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...

1968: On The Doctors, Dr. Maggie Powers (Lydia Bruce) made up an excuse get Dr. Althea Davis (Elizabeth Hubbard) over to her place on Friday night for a surprise bridal shower.

1972: On The Doctors, Dr. Althea Davis explained to Dr. Matt Powers that Dr. Nick Bellini kicked her out when she showed up
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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.

On this date in...

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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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.

On this date in...

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 13)

1977: ABC's serialized comedy series Soap premiered.

1979: The Edge of Night's Raven clashed with Elliot.

1985: Days of our Lives' Marlena & Richard made love.

1985: Gh's Anna told Robert that Robin was his daughter."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: Susan Lucci and Helmet Huber were married. Lucci joined All My Children for its debut a few months later playing ambitious teenager Erica Kane. The Hubers are celebrating their 46th anniversary today.

1971: On The Doctors, Dr. Althea Davis (Elizabeth Hubbard) visited her mother, who was recovering from a stroke.

1977: Primetime comedic serial Soap premiered on ABC.
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Today in Soap Opera History (July 8)

1966: Dark Shadows' Burke gave Carolyn false info on his return.

1991: Another World's Cass saved Kathleen, then took her on a caper.

1992: Aaron Spelling primetime soap Melrose Place premiered.

2002: Days of our Lives' Gemini Twins were rescued."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...

1935: Radio soap opera Girl Alone premiered. Betty Winkler starred as Patricia Rogers. The cast included future Days of our Lives patriarch Macdonald Carey.
See full article at We Love Soaps »

Today in Soap Opera History (February 23)

1965: Peyton Place's Elliot learned he was a grandfather.

1971: Dark Shadows' Gabriel stabbed Kendrick.

1989: Another World's original Donna Love returned.

2004: All My Children's Bianca remembered killing Michael."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.

On this date in...

1962: On The Edge of Night, Louise (Mary K. Wells) learned about Phil's (Ray MacDonnell) car crash, unaware that he had been replaced by a double,
See full article at We Love Soaps »

Fran Drescher & Peter Bogdanovich Join ‘The Creatress’; Tilda Del Toro Boards ‘Night School’; Jaden Piner Cast In ‘Boo!’

Fran Drescher & Peter Bogdanovich Join ‘The Creatress’; Tilda Del Toro Boards ‘Night School’; Jaden Piner Cast In ‘Boo!’
Fran Drescher and legendary director/actor Peter Bogdanovich will co-star in The Creatress, a drama co-produced by Café Oscuro Films and Digital Cuvee. Written and directed by Jason Cook, the film centers on best-selling author Eryn Bellow who concludes her bookstore tour with her agent selling film rights and closing a six figure advance for her follow-up. Headwinds arise as critics get offended by the claims that Eryn is being declared a living literary legend. The…
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Round-Up: Extraordinary Tales Trailer, The Enfield Haunting Update, Diamond Select Toys at Nycc, Dark Awakening

  • DailyDead
The trailer for Extraordinary Tales has arrived. Based on some of Edgar Allan Poe's most notable works, Extraordinary Tales is narrated by Guillermo del Toro along with other iconic artists. Also: more details on A&E's The Enfield Haunting, Diamond Select Toys at Nycc, and release details for Dark Awakening.

Extraordinary Tales: "A film anthology of five of Edgar Allan Poe’s best-known stories, each told in a unique graphic style and featuring some of the most beloved figures in horror film history. Adapting the look and variety of a classic horror anthology, Extraordinary Tales offers heart-pounding takes on The Tell-Tale Heart, The Pit and the Pendulum, The Fall of the House of Usher, The Facts in the Case of Mr. Valdemar, and The Masque of the Red Death. Each tale is given a unique animated look, inspired by sources as diverse as classic Hollywood black-and-white monster films,
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Days of Our Lives: 'Killer' Anniversary Promo Features Patch, Bo, Nostalgia

Days of Our Lives: 'Killer' Anniversary Promo Features Patch, Bo, Nostalgia
Come Nov. 8, the sands will have passed through the hourglass for a cool 50 years. And to commemorate Days of Our Lives‘ upcoming christening as NBC’s longest-running scripted drama, the sudser has unveiled a returning star-studded, nostalgic promo.

RelatedAlison Sweeney Exits Biggest Loser After 13-Season Run as Host

On hand for the run-up to the golden anniversary will be Peter Reckell (as Bo), Stephen Nichols (“Patch”), Alison Sweeney (Sami), Jason Cook (Shawn), Thaao Penghlis (Andre), Martha Madison (Belle), Camila Banus (Gabi) and Tamara Braun (Ava), while storylinewise Days will kick off a serial killer mystery this Thursday, extending past
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TVLine Items: Days' Ava Returns, Jeremy Sisto Gets Wicked and More

TVLine Items: Days' Ava Returns, Jeremy Sisto Gets Wicked and More
One of Salem’s most unpredictable residents is popping back in for a visit.

Tamara Braun, who portrayed Mafia princess Ava Vitali on Days of Our Lives in 2008, will return for the soap’s upcoming 50th anniversary.

RelatedDays of Our LivesJason Cook Returning for 50th Anniversary

According to TVInsider, Braun will make her entrance in the Dec. 9 episode.

The actress, who won a Daytime Emmy Award in 2009 for her portrayal of Ava, has also appeared on the series as Taylor Walker, estranged sister of Nicole Walker.

Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…

* Suburgatory alum Jeremy Sisto
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TVLine Items: Married Parents Cast, Oil Renamed, Gh's New Dillon and More

TVLine Items: Married Parents Cast, Oil Renamed, Gh's New Dillon and More
FX’s Married will kick off its sophomore season with a family reunion, featuring two TV veterans.

Frances Conroy (American Horror Story) and M.C. Gainey (Lost) will guest-star on the cable comedy’s Season 2 premiere, EW.com reports.

RelatedFX Sets Dates for Married and Tyrant Returns, Denis Leary’s Sex&Drugs

The pair will play Janice and Ed, the mother and stepfather of Judy Greer’s Lina. When Lina and Russ visit her ‘rents — in the hopes of bringing Janice home to receive better care — things take an unexpected turn.

Married returns for Season 2 on Thursday, July 16, at 10:30 pm.
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Strange Days: Cold War Britain; Portrait Artist of the Year; Hebburn – TV review

Dominic Sandbrook's patchy analysis of the epic standoff between the east and west was notable mostly for its inexplicable omissions

Indoors, outdoors on location in London, Moscow and Missouri, Dominic Sandbrook wore the same scarf wrapped round his neck. Some might call it continuity; to me, it looked as if Sandbrook was trying to make the point that Strange Days: Cold War Britain (BBC2) was very, very cold indeed. Sandbrook has made a name for himself as a broadcaster and historian who specialises in debunking the myths of the recent past, but in this latest venture he appears to have reinvented himself as the thinking man's Ray Winstone – two parts threat to one part gag – in a decidedly binary account of the postwar years.

Throughout this first part, the Soviets were depicted as the baddies. Which they were, of course, but Sandbrook rather glossed over the fact that
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Top Gear, Glastonbury, 10-Stone Testicles: the week in social TV

What TV viewers have been discussing on Twitter, from Mumford-based banjo jokes to the continuing popularity of shock docs

Welcome to Social TV, in which we analyse what people were watching on television over the past seven days by examining how they tweeted about it. This week, talking points for Glastonbury that weren't just Mumford-based banjo gags, banter from the Top Gear "lads", and the continuing popularity of testicles.

Glastonbury

Predictably, the top 10 is dominated by the Beeb's Glastonbury coverage, though it is perhaps surprising that the most talked-about set belonged to Arctic Monkeys (BBC2, Friday), not the Rolling Stones. Their 187,480 tweets came from 107,434 individual tweeters, and the 11.13pm peak was for the strobe-heavy Brianstorm, with another spike at 11.49pm for I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor.

Presenter/comedian type Rufus Hound wasn't so convinced of their brilliance, however, picking up 265 retweets for this Macca crack:

Why is
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Lance Henriksen To Star In ‘Nevermore’

There are a few actors that will turn up in as much stuff as possible, and out of those few there’s even fewer whose presence is always welcome. One of those stars is Lance Henriksen, a man best known for his 1980s turns in James Cameron films such as The Terminator and Aliens, as well as starring in more recent films such as The Dog Who Saved Halloween. Well, the respected star of just about anything he can lay his hands on is to star in supernatural thriller Nevermore, directed by Dean C. Jones.

The film sees a couple moving to a new area and experiencing paranormal activity involving dead children. Henriksen plays the suspicious priest the couple turns to in their time of need, only to discover he may know more than he;s letting on. Henriksen will be joined by actors Jason Cook and Valerie Azlynn. It
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Casting News: Clarke, Pegg, Henriksen

Candy Store

Jason Clarke has confirmed that he will star in Stephen Gaghan's crime thriller "Candy Store".

The story follows an elite, highly trained deep-cover operative who loses everything, ultimately disappearing into Brooklyn. [Source: MTV News]

Star Wars: Episode VII

Simon Pegg has brushed off Internet rumours suggesting director J.J. Abrams has cast him in "Star Wars: Episode VII".

Pegg's posted on his official Twitter account: "No idea where this silly rumour about me attached to the new Star Wars film came from but I can confirm that it's absolute Bantha poodoo (not true)." [Source: Star Magazine]

Nevermore

Lance Henriksen is attached to star in Dean C. Jones' supernatural horror thriller "Nevermore". Jason Cook and Valerie Azlynn also star.

The story centers on a couple who experience paranormal activity involving dead children when they move to an estate in Massachusetts. [Source: Heat Vision]
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Quoth Lance Henriksen... Nevermore

Lance Henriksen is one of those actors we wish could go on making movies forever, and thankfully the genre-friendly thespian shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. In fact, word just broke of his new supernatural feature. Read on for the skinny!

THR is reporting that Henriksen is starring in Nevermore, a horror thriller written and being directed by Dean C. Jones. Jason Cook, a mainstay of the soap operas "General Hospital" and "Days of Our Lives," and Valerie Azlynn, who has appeared on shows like "Castle," also are starring in the movie, shooting in Graham, N.C.

Nevermore centers on a couple who experience paranormal activity involving dead children when they move to an estate in Massachusetts. Henriksen will play a parish priest whom the couple turn to, but the move is a mistake because the priest already knows all about resurrected children.

Albert Dickerson, Michele Weisler, and Starr Jones are producing,
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TV listings and previews: plan your week's viewing - 15-19 October

  • The Guardian - TV News
This week, The Great British Bake Off reaches its grand finale, Richard Dawkins ponders the meaning of life and John Barnes gets back to his roots

Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday | Friday

MondaySing for Your Life

8pm, Channel 4

Can singing help cancer patients battle the disease? This experiment puts together a group of 35 people of all ages who've had treatment for cancer and gives them 12 weeks to rehearse for a performance at the Royal Albert Hall. The result is just lovely. Enthusiastic choir leader Cat Southall admits she has her work cut out with the quality of some of the singers at first, but by the time the Big C belt out Bon Jovi's It's My Life at the gig it really doesn't matter. Emeli Sandé and Russell Watson are among their celebrity cheerleaders. Hv

Wonderland: Walking with Dogs

9pm, BBC2

If you wanted to make a film
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Cofilmic Festival Programme of Events

  • HeyUGuys
The Cofilmic festival arrives at Manchester’s Comedy Store on the 29th and 30th October and it promises to be quite the comedy gala. It will feature a whole host of sitcoms, short comedy films and sketches with the final night climaxing with the Cofilmic award ceremony which will offer unique industry driven prizes to the victors.

The festival’s jam packed programme of events has now been finalised and both comedy fans and aspiring writers and directors will find plenty to feast their eyes and ears upon.

Across both days there will be various talks and events involving a range of expert panelists.

These include:

Writing and Selling TV Comedy : An exclusive opportunity to hear Jason Cook, local comedian and writer, talk about his amazing experience in writing and selling his first sitcom, Hebburn – due to be aired on BBC2 in October and starring Vic Reeves. He will
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