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Today in Soap Opera History (August 7)

2008: The final episode of Passions aired on DirecTV's The 101."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.

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1950: On The Guiding Light, during breakfast Bill Bauer (Lyle Sudrow) told his sister, Meta White (Jone Allison), that he and Bert were interested in buying a house in Beverly Hills. Later, Meta received a long-distance phone call from her husband, Ted.

Thanks to Jennifer for sending in the clip above.

1974: Douglass Watson made his first appearance as Mackenzie Cory on Another World. Robert Emhardt, who played the role for just over a year,
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Today in Soap Opera History (July 31)

1984: Charles Shaughnessy debuted as Shane Donovan on Days.

1990: Another World's Frankie and Cass married.

2003: Guiding Light's Ben Reade died.

2008: Molly Burnett made her first appearance as Melanie on Days."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...

1967: On Another World, Pat (Susan Trustman) admitted to Mary (Virginia Dwyer) that she had kissed Mike Bauer (Gary Pillar) in the park before he left Bay City.

1967: On Dark Shadows, Julia hypnotized Maggie, who then forgot everything that happened while she was missing.

1979: On Another World,
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Today in Soap Opera History (May 14)

1968: Dark Shadows' Mrs. Johnson had a terrible dream.

1981: John Dixon took a tumble down the stairs on As the World Turns.

2002: All My Children's Bianca called her sister, Kendall, "evil".

2010: It was prom night for One Life to Live's Starr X'd Lovers."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...

1968: On Dark Shadows, Cassandra (Lara Parker) encouraged Mrs. Johnson (Clarice Blackburn) to get some sleep but Mrs. Johnson told her she was afraid of having a terrible dream. Once Mrs. Johnson fell asleep she had the dream,
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Today in Soap Opera History (April 4)

"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...

Generations included Martin Luther King Jr.

in its opening sequence.1968: Just after 6 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. was fatally shot while standing on the balcony outside his second-story room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. The civil rights leader was in Memphis to support a sanitation workers' strike and was on his way to dinner when a bullet struck him in the jaw and severed his spinal cord. King was pronounced dead after his arrival at a Memphis hospital.
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Today in Soap Opera History (March 27)

1953: Search for Tomorrow's Jo tried to help a mystery patient.

1979: Ryan's Hope's Rae wanted to make Frank jealous.

1989: Daytime soap opera Generations premiered on NBC.

2001: Passions aired a Jerry Springer parody."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...

1939: Primetime radio soap opera Those We Love was canceled and taken off the air by NBC's Blue Network. It was the story of the Marshall family of Westbridge, Connecticut, and featured Universal starlet Nan Grey. It was canceled so abruptly the story was left in limbo which outraged fans.
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Today in Soap Opera History (December 11)

1968: Susan Seaforth debuted on Days of our Lives as Julie.

1979: Atwt's Lisa faced off with Hester at The Willows.

1995: Another World's Donna sang to a suspicious Matt.

1998: Brooke's Bedroom made its debut on B&B."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...

1957: On The Edge of Night, Peter Dalton (Stephen Elliott) won the election by a landslide.

1968: Susan Seaforth (Hayes) debuted as Julie Olson in Days of our Lives. She has been nominated for four Daytime Emmy Awards for her work on the soap.
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Today in Soap Opera History (November 5)

1985: Santa Barbara's Eden broke off her engagement to Cruz.

1985: DJ agreed to do a favor for Ryan on Ryan's Hope.

1990: Maxie Jones was born on General Hospital.

1998: Bethany Joy Lenz debuted as Michelle on Guiding Light."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...

1945: On radio soap opera Doctor Paul, "radio's wonderful story of adult love," Victoria reflected on how she once knew Dr. Paul (Russell Thorson) after taking an old photograph Dr. Paul when he was a child.

1957: On The Edge of Night, Mike Karr (John Larkin) received a telephone call from an Arizona
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Today in Soap Opera History (October 29)

1981: James Reynolds debuted as Abe on Days of our Lives.

1993: Luke & Laura returned to General Hospital, with Lucky!

1996: Guiding Light's Annie vowed to get clean.

2007: Jack Branning arrived in EastEnders' Albert Square."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...

1965: The Days of our Lives pilot was re-shot with Frances Reid replacing Mary Jackson as Alice Horton.

1965: On Another World, Tony Douglas (Alex Canaan) was unhappy with Alice Matthews' (Jacqueline Courtney) timid attitude about intimacy.

1969: NBC aired the 1,000th episode of Days of our Lives.

1979: On As the World Turns, the
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Today in Soap Opera History (October 24)

1985: Siobhan married Max on Ryan's Hope.

1988: Another World's Felicia married Mitch.

1988: Guiding Light's Rick married Meredith.

2003: A candlelight vigil honoring Macy was held on B&B."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...

1958: Australia's first television soap opera, Autumn Affair, premiered on Network Seven station Atn-7. The series was canceled in less than a year..

1979: On As the World Turns, Dr. John Dixon (Larry Bryggman) showed up at Kim Stewart's house where her step-daughter, Betsy, was having a party with loud music and friends drinking wine.

1980: On The Edge of Night,
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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
See full article at We Love Soaps »

Today in Soap Opera History (August 7)

2008: The final episode of Passions aired on DirecTV's The 101."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...

1950: On The Guiding Light, during breakfast Bill Bauer (Lyle Sudrow) told his sister, Meta White (Jone Allison), that he and Bert were interested in buying a house in Beverly Hills. Later, Meta received a long-distance phone call from her husband, Ted.

Thanks to Jennifer for sending in the clip above.

1974: Douglass Watson made his first appearance as Mackenzie Cory on Another World. Robert Emhardt, who played the role for just over a year, had left the show in June. Watson's
See full article at We Love Soaps »

Today in Soap Opera History (July 31)

1984: Charles Shaughnessy debuted as Shane Donovan on Days.

1990: Another World's Frankie and Cass married.

2003: Guiding Light's Ben Reade died.

2008: Molly Burnett made her first appearance as Melanie on Days."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...

1967: On Another World, Pat (Susan Trustman) admitted to Mary (Virginia Dwyer) that she had kissed Mike Bauer (Gary Pillar) in the park before he left Bay City.

1967: On Dark Shadows, Julia hypnotized Maggie, who then forgot everything that happened while she was missing.

1980: On The Edge of Night, Logan (Joe Lambie) questioned Emily (Margo McKenna) about
See full article at We Love Soaps »

‘Nightmares’ Blu-ray Review (101 Films)

  • Nerdly
Stars: Lance Henriksen, Veronica Cartwright, Cristina Raines, Joe Lambie, Anthony James, Richard Masur, Lee Ving, Moon Unit Zappa, Emilio Estevez | Written by Christopher Crowe, Jeffrey Bloom | Directed by Joseph Sargent

While it may be hard to believe that less than a decade ago Nightmares was one of The most sought after, most-requested titles for re-release, after watching this 80s anthology it’s easy to see why. Very much part of the 70s and early 80s portmenteau film vogue, which gave us the likes of Trilogy of Terror, Creepshow and its sequel, The Twilght Zone and Cats Eye, Nightmares features four stories that riff on pre-existing themes:

Terror in Topanga is a take on the “killer is in the house” trope; whilst The Bishop of Battle plays on the perils of obsession and the early-80s belief that video games were “evil”. The Benediction is a quasi-religious version of Richard Matheson
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Today in Soap Opera History (May 14)

1968: Dark Shadows' Mrs. Johnson had a terrible dream.

1981: Atwt's John Dixon took a tumble.

2002: AMC's Bianca called her sister, Kendall, "evil".

2010: It was prom night for Oltl's Starr X'd Lovers."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 Dark Shadows, Cassandra (Lara Parker) encouraged Mrs. Johnson (Clarice Blackburn) to get some sleep but Mrs. Johnson told her she was afraid of having a terrible dream.
See full article at We Love Soaps »

Today in Soap Opera History (April 4)

"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...

Generations included Martin Luther King Jr.

in its opening sequence.1968: Just after 6 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. was fatally shot while standing on the balcony outside his second-story room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. The civil rights leader was in Memphis to support a sanitation workers' strike and was on his way to dinner when a bullet struck him
See full article at We Love Soaps »

Today in Soap Opera History (March 27)

1953: Search for Tomorrow's Jo tried to help a mystery patient.

1979: Ryan's Hope's Rae wanted to make Frank jealous.

1989: Daytime soap opera Generations premiered on NBC.

2001: Passions aired a Jerry Springer parody."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...

1939: Primetime radio soap opera Those We Love was canceled and taken off the air by NBC's Blue Network. It was the story of the Marshall family of Westbridge,
See full article at We Love Soaps »

Today in Soap Opera History (December 11)

1968: Susan Seaforth debuted on Days of our Lives as Julie.

1979: Atwt's Lisa faced off with Hester at The Willows.

1995: Another World's Donna sang to a suspicious Matt.

1998: Brooke's Bedroom made it's debut on B&B."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...

1957: On The Edge of Night, Peter Dalton (Stephen Elliott) won the election by a landslide.

1968: Susan Seaforth (Hayes) debuted as Julie Olson in Days of our Lives. She has been nominated for four Daytime Emmy Awards for her work on the soap. Check out our 2010 in-depth interview with Mrs. Hayes and her husband and Days co-star,
See full article at We Love Soaps »

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