Paul Raven

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  1. GL now joins some illustrious company in the cancelled soap thread. Let's share memories and ask questions here.
  2. In honor of AW's 45th anniversary,I thought I'd start this thread and perhaps all future posts concerning this show could be in one present there are several threads. Here's a description from Irna Phillips at the time of debut. "What I want to say is that none of us can face reality 24 hours a day. We must have private 'worlds', made up of our down dreams and pleasures and emotions, into which to retreat. Otherwise, it would be simply too much!" The story follows the lives of the families of two brothers, William and James Matthews, in a suburban university town. It opens with the death of William, then shows how the sad events affects the widow and their children and the other brother and his family. Grandma Matthews gets into the action, to. The writer promises to relate to contemporary problems; two of them she mentioned are school dropouts and illegitimacy.
  3. Very true. There's speculation on other boards that this was a response to Y&R debuting earlier that year and showing a lot more skin and sexy scenes than previously on daytime. Well, we were treated to several scenes of Matt in a singlet and bare chested...Does that count??
  4. Ooooh, creepy nightmare sequence... That was when Van's first husband came back from the dead. Thanks for posting.
  5. Jared Martin, who played Donald Lamarr in the late 80's has passed away aged 75.
  6. Gil Gerard is now appearing as Dr Alan Stewart (Nov 73) His first appearances were showing off his bod in a form fitting red swimsuit. He certainly upped the hunk factor on the show.
  7. Thanks! Mystery solved...
  8. Cole marrying Ashley was a major mistake.Zilch chemistry and very little conflict. And a 4th marriage in 10 years??
  9. Yes, and anyone under 50 seems lumped together in the same age range.
  10. No I meant Matt Miller. He needs to be killed off and his child become a defacto daughter to V&N.She can still have issues with the Newmans and go back and forth with her feelings. I envision that Matt and his daughter were very close as they criss crossed the world (wherever his work took him) Her mother died when she was young (or so she believes) In some ways, she is very worldy,but in other ways quite innocent. She got involved with an older guy that Matt despised and the last time he was alive they argued over this, Victor and Nikki insist she come to GC and she agrees.The boyfriend follows and he sees $$ signs.They agree to keep their relationship under wraps until he can be introduced as a new boyfriend. In the meantime,he meets Mariah and they connect. Nikki plays matchmaker and introduces her to a suitable young man (Paul's nephew? ) A quadrangle emerges. Matt's daughter and the boyfriend could be new Latino characters.
  11. Just by virtue of the fact that Days has a new headwriter with some sort of track record will be enough to score Days some attention. Ron will no doubt divide the fans but will execute some attention worthy stories at first. If he can sustain it is another story but the first 6-12 months should be interesting.
  12. We Love Soaps has Jennifer Bassey as Anna Crane on Somerset
  13. If Morgan's Anjelica is written as a proper character and not just her doing her bitchy schtick, then it could be fine. At the time, it was decided to not follow the usual supercouple angst for J&A, with all the obstacles to surmount before getting together, but rather go with a different formula of them dealing with problems within the marriage.
  14. Thanks for that. The reruns of The Doctors currently playing on Retro are from around this time period.
  15. Daytime TV had an article in 75 dealing with the fact that back in 71, for the first time since 1960 (according to them), ATWT was beaten in the weekly ratings. They published the ratings for that momentous week of Nov 12th and followed up with the same weeks rating for the next 4 years. Thought posters might be interested.I wonder what show (s) beat ATWT in 1960? Does anyone know what was happening on DOOl and GH the weeks that they hit #1? 1971 1. DOOL 10.0 2.ATWT 9.8 3.TD 9.6 4. GH 9.5 5.AW 9.4 6.SFT 7.9 7.LOL 7.6 8.LIAMST 7.6 9.SS 7.1 10.OLTL 6.7 Interesting to see the dominance of NBC with 3 of the top 5 shows yet Bright Promise and Somerset failing to follow through, and GH doing so well as the lone hit ABC show. It must have been hard for CBS to have ATWT dethroned and no other soap in the top 5.Also,shows traditionally perceived as weaker (LOL,SS etc outdoing GL and EON) I'll post the next ratings later.
  16. This would have worked better had Victor and Nikki taken in the daughter of a now deceased Matt Miller.
  17. According to a poster on DR,quoting from Soaps In Depth,Y&R has cut rehearsal time and they will be pretty much hitting the stage and taping straight away. How that translates to onscreen,remains to be seen...
  18. Like the idea of Scott involved with someone Lauren doesnt like. Instead of the ridiculous hostage story, Scott comes back to town to take a break from his relationship with this woman. Lets call her Rachel. So we get to know Scott,who helps Lauren with her business issues and the two become very close. Then Rachel comes to town to check the status of her relationship with Scott.He wants to get back together and she agrees on Scotts proviso they stay in GC. Lauren takes a dislike to Rachel. Some of the old vindictive Lauren returns. Michael however likes Rachel,which sets up some conflict. Lauren does some digging and finds out that Rachel was a suspect in the disappearance of a wealthy man. She drops that bomb but Rachel turns it around and makes Lauren look bad. Lauren has to pretend to like Rachel but continues to plot against her. Love the idea of Jack and Jill becoming frenemies. What do posters think of this? Traci decides to write a Jabot business history and in her digging through old files comes across an unopened letter to John from a woman telling him shes pregnant with his child.This is from the time that John left GC when he found out Jill and Jack were involved. Traci tells Ashley and they do some investigating.The woman Andea had a son and raised him alone, believing John wanted nothing to do with her.Traci learns this from the Andrea's sister as Andrea has passed away. She named her son Jonathan. Andrea's sister never knew John Abbott's identity. Jonathan has a daughter. Traci and Ashley know that John would have acknowledged his son had he known. Jack feels they owe this man nothing. But Jonathan is told, comes to GC with his daughter and the story goes from there. A rivalry with Jack,Traci growing fond of the daughter as she reminds her of Colleen and Jonathan is attracted to Ashley,not knowing that they are not actually step siblings.
  19. In honor of Search debuting this week 58 years ago,I thought I'd start an official thread for this sometime neglected soap, Search seems to have a reputation as a failed soap based on the ratings and stories of the NBC years,but during it's CBS run was amazingly successful - throughout the 50's and 60's,always placing in the top 5 shows. Let the memories and questions begin....
  20. The thread about Lynne Marie Latham and her involvement in many nightime soaps reminded me of how popular the genre was back in the day.I'm hoping you might join me in reminiscing about some of those shows. Although more often than not they were short lived,many were well executed and given the chance could've caught on.Soaps need time for audiences to get involved in character and story but the networks didn't show a lot of patience. Many soap names appeared in these shows. Two shows I enjoyed: Berrengers-1985 NBC [email protected] About a NY department store,it starred Sam Wanamaker,Yvette Mimieux and Ben Murphy. Also included in the cast - Jonelle Allen(Generations) Andrea Marcovicci(LIAMST) Alan Feinstein (EON) Jeff Conaway (B& Jack Scalia (AMC) Saturday at that time was not doing well for NBC and the thinking was this was not the spot for a soap as many people were out and could not commit to a weekly serial. The Yellow Rose NBC Sat @10 Set on a modern day Texas ranch,it starred Cybill Sheppard,Sam Eliot,Chuck Conors David Soul and Edward Albert(PC).Jane Russell also made some appearances. Beaten in the ratings by Fantasy Island. What other shows do you recall?
  21. Thanks for posting. I'm always interested in what actors do post soaps. Art and Science Salons is an upmarket hairdressing/beauty chain.Kelley must be related to one of the two male owners. Lucky she had family to fall back on.
  22. GC Buzz needs to be ditched pronto. Whatever happened to the equally idiotic Restless Style? What kind of a viable workplace could be created for those characters?
  23. Guess that change was the result of Joe Stuart becoming producer...
  24. Fran Sears, who had a short stint as one of the many EPs who tried to revamp Loving during its run, has returned from obscurity at age 70 as a producer on Hulu's 'The Handmaid's Tale' which is getting rave reviews. Her producing partner had rights to the book, so suddenly they had some leverage in the community.
  25. Not a soap star but a behind the scenes person... Fran Sears, who had a short stint as one of the many EPs who tried to revamp Loving during its run, has returned from obscurity at age 70 as a producer on Hulu's 'The Handmaid's Tale' which is getting rave reviews. Her producing partner had rights to the book, so suddenly they had some leverage in the community.