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  1. I would have to agree that JC's return in 1984 had so much potential, and it was totally wasted. I would add Nancy Frangione's return in October 1995. Cecile's previous returns were always a big deal for longtime AW fans. JFP brings her back, saddles her with the historically inaccurate storyline that Cass is Maggie's real father, then Cecile unceremoniously leaves town in the Summer of 96 never to be seems again. There was a time that AW would have done anything to have Frangione back on the show for the long term, but JFP was not really interested in using Frangione to her potential. Remember how they never gave her a contract and her name was listed in the credits with the under-5s who appeared that day and how they did not put her in the new opening credits because she was a "recurring" character. Had Frangione stayed with the show, she could have married Cass in the last episode rather than Lila.
  2. MADD wizened old man Susan Lee Charlotte Savitz
  3. Here are some scenes on the Cafe Paradise set...
  4. Ada's new restaurant was called Cafe Paradise and was featured on AW from 1989 to 1993. This restaurant was phased out around the time that Constance Ford's Ada died. Ada hired her old high school boyfriend from World War II, Sidney Sugarman, to work at her restaurant as a chef. Sidney was played by Larry Haines who had previously played Stu Bergman on Search for Tomorrow for 35 years. Sidney was featured on the show until the Summer of 1989.
  5. In 1983, when exactly did Paul Rauch leave and Allen Potter return as executive producer? Was Jonna Lee a hire by Rauch or Potter?
  6. 20 years ago this week, Another World aired the 25th Anniversay episode of Victoria Wyndham in the role of Rachel Cory Hutchins- an outstanding tribute to the actress- and one last nod to the show's history before things begin to fall apart in 1998 with the dismissal of Charles Keating (Carl)...
  7. Great to see that VWs art career is thriving- but I sure would like to see her do some guest spots on TV shows... ? Hope she knows that her AW work is still greatly appreciated on this message board.
  8. This quote surprises me a little bit because I feel that Swajeski wrote one of Donna's better stories when Michael left her and she had an affair with Jake and the "Who Shot Jake?" storyline and all the fallout with Vicky and Marley. So, Swajeski did feature her prominently.
  9. Another great Another World holiday episode from 1988- Happy Fourth of July ????
  10. Yes they did have chemistry. Even though the videos above are a black and white copy of a color episode, it looks like AW had some high production standards compared to other 1968 soaps from YouTube. This was before my time, I'd be curious to hear your thoughts on AW from this time period.
  11. 49 years ago today on July 2, 1968- the character of Steve Frame first appeared on Another World at Lenore and Walter's wedding reception...
  12. It's the End of the 'World' As They Know It on NBC Television. Fans and cast members are fuming over the cancellation of a soap that featured mature actors. June 21, 1999|WILLIAM KECK | SPECIAL TO THE LA TIMES Back stabbing. Harsh words. Broken promises. Misplaced loyalty. The essential components of a successful soap opera? Absolutely. But the same words also characterize the resentment much of "Another World's" cast, crew and fans harbor toward NBC, which broadcasts the final episode of the 35-year-old serial this Friday to clear airtime for a new daytime drama. Much of the confusion and anger surrounds NBC's decision to cancel the Procter & Gamble-produced "Another World," while renewing "Sunset Beach," a struggling 2 1/2-year-old NBC-owned soap. This despite the fact that "Sunset Beach" attracts nearly 1 million fewer viewers daily than "Another World," and is the lowest-rated soap of the 11 currently on the air. Although "Another World" consistently attracts more female viewers aged 18-49 (the most sought-after daytime demographic for advertisers) than "Sunset Beach," NBC felt the Aaron Spelling-produced soap opera would have greater long-term youth appeal. Still, NBC's "aging" serial generated much buzz in recent years with the steamy sexual coupling of mature lovers Rachel and Carl. Today, their portrayers, Victoria Wyndham, a 28-year vet, and Charles Keating, a familiar face since 1983, are relieved to be free of NBC and hope never to return to daytime again. "In this medium, if they're going to insist on only writing for children who don't know how to act yet, and they don't want to write for those who are beyond 45, then fine. Goodbye!" fumes Wyndham, who attempted to quit the soap a number of times following Keating's dismissal in early 1998. "Word came down from the brass at NBC that they wanted our show to be more like 'Days of Our Lives,' " adds Keating, "They wanted a teeny-bopper emphasis." Mary Alice Dwyer-Dobbin, executive in charge of production of P&G Productions, a company that in 1959 had 13 different daytime serials on the air, confirms NBC's insistence on taking the "Another World" cast younger. "NBC decided they wanted to target the 12- to 18-year-old audience," says the executive. "I'm not sure that I agree with that as a strategy. Because 'Another World' was not a show that had operated in that realm over the years. It was a struggle to try to deliver to NBC what they wanted. But we truly had pruned the cast, and youthened the cast as they had asked us to do." "We wanted to bring in the next generation," says Susan Lee, senior vice president of daytime programming at NBC. "The show was skewing old and if you don't continue to build your young audience you will have no audience. When you are 25, you don't relate to a 50-year-old's love story. There's a lot of stuff that went down in our research that I wouldn't tell the people on 'Another World' because it would be too painful for them." As a result of NBC's decision, Keating became the last in a long line of senior "Another World" performers released from the serial during its waning years. He did accept an invitation from the show's producers and P&G to return for the final week of episodes. "I was delighted that the bastards hired me back," quips Keating. "But I didn't return to please either Mr. P&G or NBC, but rather it was appropriate to be there. Even if it is not going to be terribly satisfying storywise, the fans need to see this wrapped up." Keating says his wife has flatly refused to purchase any P&G products since his release last year. "My dear Mary told me, 'There are three or four products of theirs I really love--but I'm not buying them.' " For a while there was hope the show might land at another network. Dwyer-Dobbin confirms that ABC had initiated talks to license the show, but a deal could not be reached. As "Another World's" fate seemed sealed, many devastated viewers began waging their own war. On April 23, more than 150 fans protested the show's cancellation outside "The Today Show's" window on the world, though according to protesters, NBC cameramen struggled to keep the disgruntled fans out of camera range. As part of a "Joy to the World" campaign, fans mailed in bottles of Joy dishwashing liquid, a P&G product, to the company, encouraging it to find a new home for the defunct show. Other embittered viewers have pledged to boycott NBC's replacement soap, "Passions." However Kathy Morley, 38, of Port Chester, N.Y., is among a group of more radical fans who have chosen to take their loyalty one step further. Morley vows: "NBC will be effectively wiped out of my life, just as they have wiped out the existence of 'Another World.' " "Another World" fan club president Mindi Schulman said that reaction is typical. "I've received hundreds of letters--after three or four hundred I stopped counting--from viewers who told me they would definitely not watch the new show and were dropping (NBC's) 'Days of Our Lives' and 'Sunset Beach' as well," says the 37-year-old Long Island resident. "I personally want no part of NBC. I was loyal to NBC, but on April 12 when 'Another World' got the cancellation I never watched anything on NBC again."
  13. The viewers who made the P&G soaps popular in the 60s and 70s are now of retirement age, so there would be a built in interest to see the P&G soaps again on one of the TV channels. AOL streamed AW, Texas, SFT, and EON. I would imagine that the saved episodes start with the late 70s, no later than 1980. AW started with the last 90 minute episode and the first 60 minute episode- in August 1980- when Texas debuted. Most of Texas episodes were in tact on AOL. EON episodes were from late 70s/1980. SFT episodes were from 1984. Hulu streamed episodes of AW, GL, and ATWT from the 90s for a brief time. USA Network reran EON from the 80s and SFT from its NBC run. TBS reran Texas cut into half hour episodes, along with the short lived P&G cable soap The Catlins. Whether all this material still exists is the question, and how organized it was kept?!?
  14. I'm shocked that P&G has not made a deal to air their soaps on a retro channel like Antenna TV, MeTV, or Retro TV. One of these channels could air a P&G block of soaps and air P&G commercials during the shows. I would hope that P&G would archive their shows, but it makes you wonder... The Doctors has been airing for a few years on Retro TV and most of the episodes have been well preserved for a show that hasn't been broadcast in 35 years.
  15. NBC knew all along that they were going to cancel both Another World and Sunset Beach. They just neglected to tell the public this, and this pitted fans of both shows against one another. NBC waited til the last possible minute to cancel AW in April 1999. This was done on purpose so that the show would have to wrap up quickly, and so the show could not be shopped to another network- remember the rumors of ABC wanting AW either as a replacement for Port Charles or as a possible series for the just launched Soapnet. On the day it cancelled AW, NBC gave Sunset Beach a cryptic 6 month renewal knowing all along it would cancel the series as well. AW had to be cancelled first. AW had higher overall ratings than SB and a "core" audience that would watch no matter what time slot NBC placed the series. NBC knew that if they kept AW on the air, AWs ratings would be higher than those of Passions for July-December 1999. It would be harder to cancel the higher rated AW than Passions in December 1999. By keeping SB on the air for six more months, Passions ratings were slightly higher and benefited from airing in AWs time slot after Days. They could cancel SB based on the fact that it was NBCs lowest rated series in December. NBC did Days no favor with this type of "game playing." Today, it is essentially the only series on NBC daytime, besides 4 hours of the Today Show. Days was never able to garner high ratings, like it did in the 90s, after AW was cancelled. At the height of its popularity, NBC Daytime programmed series from 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM - 6 and a half hours of programming. Today, CBS still airs 4 and a half hours of programming- a mix of soaps, games shows, and talk shows. NBC could also be airing the same amount of daytime programming had it not alienated its audience throughout the years. NBC always had a history of canceling daytime shows, then giving the hour back to local affiliates for syndicated programming.