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  1. Paul Raven added a post in a topic Cancelled Soaps Cast Lists   

    From Variety
    Never Too Young...Madge Cleveland
    Morning Star...Barry Russo
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  2. Paul Raven added a post in a topic Ratings from the 60's   

    June 64
    3pm timeslot
    To Tell The Truth on CBS led the way with GH on ABC second with a 9.2 rating and month old AW on NBC long behind with a 2.8 (lowest rating daytime show)
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  3. Paul Raven added a post in a topic Cancelled Soaps Cast Lists   

    Variety has Margaret Hamilton into Secret Storm in October 63.
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  4. Paul Raven added a post in a topic Cancelled Soaps Cast Lists   

    In addition to appearing in the late 50's on Secret Storm,Roy Poole was on in 1973.
    Poole is one of those actors who turned up on every NY soap for years.
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  5. Paul Raven added a post in a topic Proposed Soaps Over The Years   

    Variety October 1968
    Proposed daytime soaper 'The Women Behind the Men'.
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  6. Paul Raven added a post in a topic Ratings from the 70's   

    October 72
    NBC Somerset 7.1
    ABC Love American Style 6.0
    CBS Family Affair 4.3
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  7. Paul Raven added a post in a topic The Doctors   

    Yes ,sometime in 1970,The Pollocks begin their stint as headwriters.
    Here's how the ratings looked around the time of TD eps we are seeing on Retro.
    Nielsen Ratings: Week of November 3-November 7, 1969

    1. As the World Turns CBS 12.9/44
    2. The Edge of Night CBS 10.3/37
    3. Another World NBC 9.7/34
    *. Search for Tomorrow CBS 9.7/39
    5. The Guiding Light CBS 9.3/34
    6. Love Is a Many Splendored Thing CBS 8.9/31
    7. The Secret Storm CBS 8.5/30
    8. Days of Our Lives NBC 8.4/29
    *. The Doctors NBC 8.4/31
    10. Love of Life CBS 8.2/37
    11. General Hospital ABC 8.1/28
    12. Dark Shadows ABC 7.3/25
    13. Where the Heart Is CBS 6.9/29
    14. One Life to Live ABC 6.7/24
    15. Bright Promise NBC 4.9/18

    At this point the afternoon  schedule was 
    1.30 ATWT/Lets Make A Deal/You're Putting Me On
    2.00 LIAMST/Dating Game/DOOL
    2,30 TGL/Newlywed Game/DRS
    3.00 SS/OLTL/AW
    3.30 EON/GH/BP
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  8. Paul Raven added a post in a topic Cancelled Soaps Cast Lists combed through The Doctors lists but haven't seen Roger Woodson listed,Variety has him joining the cast in Dec 72.
    Also,Betsy Von Furstenburg appeared on LIAMST in July 1972
    May 72 Variety reported Robert Symonds for WTHI
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  9. Paul Raven added a post in a topic The Doctors   

    Edelstein was co headwriter with Rita Lakin for about a year and then solo for afew more months.I wonder what the circumstances were that saw him leave? The ratings did dip slightly in 69 so that may have been a motivation or a myriad of other possibilities.
    Ira Avery with wife Jane had written Secret Storm for several years and the LIAMST until mid 68.They then divorced I think so this was Ira's first stint working alone.We'll see when Stanley Silverman joins him and how long into 1970 they last before the Pollocks arrive.
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  10. Paul Raven added a post in a topic AMC: Fear The Walking Dead   

    Sure it was slow going but they needed to set things up.There was enough there to keep me tuned in.
    Liked the decaying LA feel.
    None of the characters were particularly interesting at this point.
    The whole angsty teen thing was grating.The son is a drug addict and the daughter had that bitchy'I'm better than this' vibe,yet the adults were worshipping at their altar.
    That scene where the mom was listening in the corridor  as Travis really connected with his students...
    Why is he driving that crappy truck with the cracked windscreen?
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  11. Paul Raven added a post in a topic Another World   

    Those summaries really flesh out the storyline,detailing things like Rachel v the Matthews over the trust fund etc.
    One thing that often goes unmentioned is Robert Cenedella's contribution.Although Agnes created the characters of Steve and Rachel and fleshed out Alice as well as setting up the triangle,Cenedella wrote the show from 68 to 71 so most of what has been detailed is his work.I've seen comments that say he was merely working from outlines Agnes left behind but I find it hard to believe that he did not make a major contribution to the success of the story.
    Reading over it,I think that with a few tweaks this story could be told today.
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  12. Paul Raven added a topic in Discuss The Soaps   

    John Aniston 40 Years on Soaps
    In 1975, John Aniston took on his first contract role on a soap with the role of Eddie Aleata on Love of Life. (He had previously played Eric Richards on Days in the late 60's)During that time he married his co-star Sherry Rooney (Dory Patten) After 3 years,he moved onto the role of Martin Tourneur on Search for Tomorrow working with daytime legend Mary Stuart,which he played until 1984.In 85,came the role of Victor Kiriakis,which he has played ever since.
    Any thoughts or comments on the actor?
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  13. Paul Raven added a post in a topic Y&R: Old Articles   

    We Love Soaps has Forest Whitaker listed as one of the actors that played Nathan Hastings.I assume this was early in the piece when Nathan was just 'Kong' the henchman. Can anyone verify this?
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  14. Paul Raven added a post in a topic DAYS: Countdown to the new "Days" updated teaser   

    Hoping Maree Cheatham is one of the returnees!
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  15. Paul Raven added a post in a topic The Doctors   

    I think that by the time Jada took over the character of Carolee had changed.It will be interesting to see how CC plays all the trauma coming up courtesy of the Pollocks.
    I was thinking how it would have ben a good move for Soap Opera Digest to provide summaries of the show and run a few features on the show.It would be great publicity for Retro TV and increase viewership as well as giving SOD something else to offer.
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