June 27, 1960
March 10, 1961
2pm - 2:30pm
This was the first brand new soap opera to premiere on CBS since the landmark premieres of As the World Turns and The Edge of Night 4 years earlier and, combined with The Clear Horizon which would premiere a few weeks later, part of an attempt by CBS to expand upon their successful soap opera line-up.
Full Circle could almost be considered a “star” vehicle because it primarily centered around lead character Lisa Crowder who was played by future film star Dyan Cannon. Cannon had earlier appeared (with much positive viewer response) in a guest appearance on the serialized anthology series For Better, For Worse which Circle then replaced on the CBS line-up. Scheduled after the power-house As the World Turns, its obvious that the CBS brass had hoped to lure viewers of ATWT to tune in to this series, but that didn’t happen. Circle folded in less than a year.
Another key character was drifter Gary Donovan who arrived in town at the start of the series and quickly became involved in the various troubles of the town’s residents. The primary trouble seemed to be the mystery about the unsolved murder of Lisa’s first husband. Meanwhile, Gary fell in love with Dr. Kit Aldrich. Lisa’s second husband Loyal Crowder (a descendant of the town’s – Crowder, Virginia – founder) was eventually arrested for the murder and Lisa eventually divorced him, had a few other brief romances (including one with Gary before he married Kit), and then married for a 3rd time before the series’ cancellation. It was replaced by the game show Face the Facts which couldn’t manage to hold on to ATWT’s audience, either, and was replaced after a few months with the game show that would become a staple on CBS after ATWT for most of the 1960s – Password.
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Lisa Crowder - Dyan Cannon
Loyal Crowder - John McNamara
Gary Donovan - Robert Fortier
Carter Talton - Byron Foulger
David Talton - Bill Lundmark
Beth Perce - Amzie Strickland
Dr. Kit Aldrich - Jean Byron
Virgil Denker - Michael Ross
Ellen Denker - Nancy Millard
The Deputy - Sam Edwards
Posted 18 July 2011 - 02:56 AM
The competition was Day in Court on ABC and Queen For A Day and then the Jan Murray Show on NBC.
The show was advertised with this tag line-"Meet Gary Donovan,restless wanderer.His only companions are romance and adventure."
Gary arrived in Crowder,Virginia and met Lisa Linda Crowder,a young woman in an unhappy marriage to the older Loyal.a descendant of the town's founder.He also met Dr Kit Aldrich,who fell for him.Gary became interested in solving the mystery surrounding the death of Lisa's first husband.He worked at Loyal's mill with Virgil Denker.
A deputy arrested Loyal for the crime and though he didn't go to jail,Lisa divorced him and went after Gary,who was on the outs with Kit.She also romanced musician David Talton,who married Chris instead.Both the married Chris and David and the dating Kit and Gary had rocky on and off romances over the months.Beth Perce was busybody character.
In 61,David and Chris were expecting,Lisa had married again to a character named Tony and Loyal,who was still running the mill after the arrest, looked to be ready for a new romance.
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