(Sorry Carl for quoting you too--stupid quote boxes!) I have more of a soft spot for Rauch than I probably should, but yeah, he did this on GL too with the Brodreaux (sp?) family--not the rap part, but almost as if he sensed people thought his show was too white, so he would go, "HERE ARE SOME NEW BLACK PEOPLE!" right before being let go. Both times.
As far as I know, she never mentioned them from 2002-2004. I began watching in October of 2001, so maybe she mentioned them before then, but I doubt it.
Julia was sent to prison for DuAnn's murder. The old OLTL History Pages website said she shared a goodbye with Max, which makes me think she said goodbye to Al/they probably talked about Gabrielle. This would have been, I think, in 1992.
I believe the audience knew all along that Gabby was lying about Max being Asa's son. The OLTL book by Gary Warner in 1998 says she had a DNA test done after learning Patricia Holden (Max's mother) had slept with Asa. I'm pretty sure Gabby implied in her first scenes back in 2001 with Max that he was a dumbass pretending to be Asa's son after she had pulled that trick first. I'll have to watch them again.
In any case, I think Gary Tomlin DID acknowledge that. I do give him props for looking into the show's history. He was pretty good at that.
I'm still baffled that JFP was allowed to be de facto HW for almost a year before ABC finally stepped in and said, "No bitch, we need a REAL writer for this job." Even with OLTL's status as the red headed stepchild/the support ABC gave JFP over the years, that seems like one HELL of an oversight.
I don't know if you knew this, Toups, but apparently SML(TYNL) was partially inspired by Adele and Ryan Tedder going to lunch and hearing Taylor Swift's "I Knew You Were Trouble." He told her Max Martin produced it, and she went back to a song she had written at 13 (after being inspired by listening to Amy Winehouse) and just fleshed it out. Knowing that now, I can definitely hear some of the influence of IKYWT in the song.
I don't know if there actually a fair way to answer this. There have been plenty of times when one soap has been really good, and another has been incredibly bad, just because they're all so different. Even now, it seems like GH's badness is still on a different than what the other three are doing. ETA: You weren't talking about years for soaps overall, were you? Because that's what I thought you meant at first. And I don't truly think that can be answered.
8PM: All In the Family 8:30 PM: M.A.S.H. 9PM: Mary Tyler Moore 9:30 PM: Bob Newhart 10PM: The Carol Burnett Show
At least ABC found a way to work with Friday night with the TGIF lineup for kids. Hell, in the 70's, they had the precursor to TGIF by showing stuff like The Brady Bunch and The Partridge Family on Friday nights!
The 1971-1972 Friday night lineup on ABC was: 8PM: The Brady Bunch 8:30 PM The Partridge Family 9PM: Room 222 9:30 PM: The Odd Couple 10PM: Love American Style
Million Years Ago is about, from what I could tell, the loss of innocence as you grow up and looking back on who you were as a child. That alone stood out for me. I could see it being a single, but maybe not right away.