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  1. 18th era: August 2, 1984 - November 13, 1984

     

    As specified in my last post, episode #7,377 aired on November 13, 1984.

    According to the Corporate Archives in Cincinnati, OH (http://www.oocities.org/televisioncity/studio/5185/sources/vidsources.html), episode #7,307, aired on August 2, 1984.

     

    Based on these episode numbers, 3 episodes must have been pre-empted in between these two dates. I have no verified pre-emptions, but I do have two contenders:

     

    September 3, 1984: US Open?

    September 7, 1984: US Open?

     

    As always, any info on these dates will be much appreciated. Even if both of these are indeed correct, that still leaves 1 pre-emption unaccounted for.

     

     

  2. 7 hours ago, Franko said:

    That was the day of the Challenger disaster, which occurred at midday (11:39 a.m.). I'm positive all of the soaps were preempted that day -- can 100 percent confirm <i>Days</i> and <i>Santa Barbara</i> were.

     

    Right... now that you mentioned that I remember reading that last year. Thanks for clarifying that!

  3. 2 hours ago, j swift said:

    At point did they go from preempting a soap for live news coverage to rescheduling the episode for late night?  For example, in Los Angeles during the OJ trial and beyond the soaps would be shown at 2am rather than actually skipping a day.  I understand that there are always planned preemptions from holidays and sports but at some point the networks seemed to have decided to reschedule rather than preempt for live news coverage; at least on the west coast.

     

    Hmmm... that's interesting. I guess that makes sense, especially as soap fans became more vocal about not missing their stories. I guess it's similar to how the February 1, 1994 episode was re-broadcast the day after (as I mentioned in an earlier post), so those affected by the pre-emption wouldn't miss anything. I always assumed that back in the day, when soaps were pre-empted for live news, the episode was just 'lost' and it would pick up on the next episode the next day. Obviously this must have been the case for the live days (like the JFK pre-emption), but I'm not sure how they went about it when they started pre-recording. I was surprised to find out about the re-broadcast. 

    Still, if you try to connect the episode numbers, it's obvious that both in 1987 (Iran-Contra hearings) and in 1994 (O.J.) there were more pre-emptions than in an average year, so I'm guessing a lot of it was still pre-empted.

  4. 17th era: November 13, 1984 - April 2, 1986

     

    As specified in my last post, episode #7,729 aired on April 2, 1986.

    According to Corporate Archives in Cincinnati, OH (http://www.oocities.org/televisioncity/studio/5185/sources/vidsources.html), episode #7,377 aired on November 13, 1984. 

     

    Based on these episode numbers, 9 episodes must have been pre-empted in between these two dates. 

     

    As of 1985, I am not certain about any of the 'standard' pre-emptions. I'm not sure when CBS started pre-empting for US Open in September, but I have it confirmed from 1986 onwards. Similarly, from 1986 onwards, Thanksgiving thursdays and fridays were always pre-empted. However, if WeLoveSoapsVideos dated its episodes properly, an episode aired on Thanksgiving friday in 1979. As a result, I will not be counting any Thanksgiving or US Open pre-emptions as 'certain' before 1986 and will count them as 'potential pre-emptions instead'. Unfortunately, this means that I have no pre-emptions confirmed in this era. I have eleven episodes listed as 'potential pre-emptions', but that's actually two too many, as there should only be 9 pre-emptions. Here are the contenders:

     

    November 22, 1984: Thanksgiving?

    November 23, 1984: Thanksgiving?

    December 25, 1984: Christmas?

    January 1, 1985: New Years Day? (Alternatively, December 31, 1984: New Year's Eve?)

    September 2, 1985: US Open?

    September 6, 1985: US Open?

    November 28, 1985: Thanksgiving?

    November 29, 1985: Thanksgiving?

    December 25, 1985: Christmas? (This seems likely, since December 24 is the Christmas episode... unfortunately, Dan Region doesn't announce the pre-emption) 

    January 1, 1986: New Year's Day? (December 31, 1985 is confirmed as airing!)

    January 28, 1986: I had this listed as pre-empted in my research from last year, but couldn't retrace it this year...

     

    As always, any info on these dates will be much appreciated!

     

    I might post some more later today... I have about 5 more "eras" to go to get to my earliest "checkpoint"... Once I've posted those, I'm thinking about starting a separate thread where I'll basically post my entire excel file, with references to where all the episodes can be found. That way, we can all contribute if, say, some never before seen episodes should resurface (fingers crossed!)...

  5. 16th era: April 2, 1986 - November 7, 1986

     

    As specified in my last post, episode #7,884 aired on November 7, 1986.

    According to both the Corporate Archives in Cincinnati, OH, as well as the ATAS-UCLA Television Archives (both found at http://www.oocities.org/televisioncity/studio/5185/sources/vidsources.html), episode #7,729 aired on April 2, 1986 (the 30th anniversary episode).

     

    Based on these episode numbers, 2 episodes were pre-empted in between these two dates. I have both pre-emptions confirmed:

     

    1986 (post-April 2; pre-November 7): September 1 & 5

     

  6. 15th era: November 7, 1986 - November 3, 1987

     

    As specified in my last post, episode #8,120 aired on November 3, 1987. 

    According to the Corporate Archives in Cincinnati, OH (http://www.oocities.org/televisioncity/studio/5185/sources/vidsources.html), episode #7,884 aired on November 7, 1986.

     

    Based on these two episode numbers, 21 episodes must have been pre-empted in between these two dates. I'm certain of these seven pre-emptions:

     

    1986 (post-November 7): November 27 & 28; December 25

    1987 (pre-November 3): January 1; July 23; September 7 & 11

     

    That leaves 14 pre-emptions unaccounted for... Obviously, this era was plagued by the Iran-Contra hearings, which were between July 13 and August 7. As indicated above, I have confirmed the July 23 episode as pre-empted. Meanwhile, I've confirmed the July 21, 22 & 24 episodes, as well as the August 5, 6 & 7 episodes as airing. 

    Which means the following 13 episodes may have been pre-empted:

     

    July 13, 1987

    July 14, 1987

    July 15, 1987

    July 16, 1987

    July 17, 1987

    July 20, 1987

    July 27, 1987

    July 28, 1987

    July 29, 1987

    July 30, 1987

    July 31, 1987

    August 3, 1987

    August 4, 1987

     

    Even if all of these episodes were pre-empted, there would still need to be another pre-emption unaccounted for. More likely, a large number of the above episodes were pre-empted and there were a few more elsewhere in the era.

     

    As always, any info on these dates will be much appreciated!

     

  7. 17 hours ago, dc11786 said:

    I'm looking at newspaper listings. I tried to check with at least two states in different time zones to make sure that it wasn't just a preemption in one part of the country. 

     

    On January 2, 1989, it looks like CBS aired the Tournament of Roses parade preempting their daytime lineup. 

     

    On January 20, 1989, it looks like all soaps (ABC, CBS, and NBC) are preempted for the inauguration. 

     

    On February 20, 1989, it looks CBS aired a NBA game between Houston and Cleveland which preempted their soaps. 

     

     

     

    Great find! Thank you so much! That February 20 pre-emption means I can now connect that era that was driving me crazy. 

     

    May I ask where you found these? I've been meaning to look through newspaper listings myself, but most sites are unfortunately blocked outside of the US (which is where I am).

     

    Re: inaugurations... I feel like actual inaugurations (presidents' first terms) were always pre-empted. The thing that makes no sense to me is that January 20, 2005 (W. Bush's second term) was pre-empted, but January 20, 1997 (Clinton's second term) was not. Oh well. 

  8. 14th era: November 3, 1987 - February 17, 1989

     

    As specified in my last post, episode #8,445 aired on February 17, 1989.

    According to the Corporate Archives in Cincinnati, OH (http://www.oocities.org/televisioncity/studio/5185/sources/vidsources.html), episode #8,120 aired on November 3, 1987.

     

    Based on these two episode numbers, 13 episodes must have been pre-empted in between these two dates. I'm certain of these seven pre-emptions:

     

    1987 (post-November 3): November 26 & 27

    1988: January 1; September 5 & 9; November 24 & 25

     

    That leaves 6 pre-emptions unaccounted for. I have 3 educated guesses, which I have not yet been able to confirm:

     

    December 25, 1987: Christmas?

    January 2, 1989: I'm hearing the Cotton Bowl may have been held that day, since January 1 was a Sunday?

    January 20, 1989: Bush Inauguration?

     

    As for the other 3 pre-emptions, your guess is as good as mine.

     

    As always, any info on these airdates will be much appreciated.

     

    Next time: November 11, 1986 - November 3, 1987; April 2, 1986 - November 11, 1986; November 13, 1984 - April 2, 1986

     

  9. 13th era: February 17, 1989 - March 20, 1989

     

    This one is driving me nuts, because it's such a short period and I'm so close to connecting it fully...

     

    As specified in my last post, episode #8,465 aired on March 20, 1989.

    According to Corporate Archives in Cincinnati, OH (http://www.oocities.org/televisioncity/studio/5185/sources/vidsources.html), episode #8,445 aired on February 17, 1989. 

     

    Based on these two episode numbers, 1 episode must have been pre-empted in between these two dates. I can rule out the February 22 & 23 episodes, as well as the March 16 & 17 episodes, which I've all confirmed as airing. That leaves the following 16 contenders for the sole pre-emption:

     

    February 20, 1989

    February 21, 1989

    February 24, 1989

    February 27, 1989

    February 28, 1989

    March 1, 1989

    March 2, 1989

    March 3, 1989

    March 6, 1989

    March 7, 1989

    March 8, 1989

    March 9, 1989

    March 10, 1989

    March 13, 1989

    March 14, 1989

    March 15, 1989

     

    As always, any info on these dates will be much appreciated!

     

  10. 12th era: March 20, 1989 - July 17, 1989

     

    As specified in my last post, episode #8,550 aired on July 17, 1989

    According to the ATAS-UCLA Television Archives (http://www.oocities.org/televisioncity/studio/5185/sources/vidsources.html), episode #8,465 aired on March 20, 1989.

     

    These two episode numbers actually perfectly match up, which means that presumably no episodes were pre-empted in between these two dates. 

     

  11. 11th era: July 17, 1989 - September 29, 1989

     

    According to the ATAS-UCLA Television Archives, episode #8,602 aired on September 29, 1989 (which makes sense, as according to my last post, episode #8,603 aired on October 2, 1989, which is the following Monday.

    According to the same source, as well as the Corporate Archives in Cincinnati, OH, AND the Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago (all found at http://www.oocities.org/televisioncity/studio/5185/sources/vidsources.html), episode #8,550 aired on July 17, 1989. 

     

    Based on these episode numbers, 2 episodes must have been pre-empted in between these two dates. I've confirmed both of the pre-emptions:

     

    1989 (post-July 17; pre-September 29): September 4 & 8

     

  12. 10th era: October 2, 1989 - December 8, 1989

     

    As specified in my last post, episode #8,650 aired on December 8, 1989.

    According to the Corporate Archives in Cincinnati, OH (http://www.oocities.org/televisioncity/studio/5185/sources/vidsources.html), episode #8,603 aired on October 2, 1989.

     

    Based on these episode numbers, 2 episodes must have been pre-empted in between these two dates. I've confirmed both of these pre-emptions:

     

    1989 (post-October 2; pre-December 8): November 23 & 24

     

  13. 9th era: December 8, 1989 - July 30, 1990

     

    As specified in my last post, episode #8,812 aired on July 30, 1990.

    According to the ATAS-UCLA Television Archives (http://www.oocities.org/televisioncity/studio/5185/sources/vidsources.html), episode #8,781 aired on June 15, 1990. This matches up perfectly with episode #8,812 on July 30, meaning every episode in between likely aired.

    The same source says that episode #8,650 aired on December 8th, 1989.

     

    Based on these episode numbers, 4 episodes must have been pre-empted in between these dates. I am certain of these two pre-emptions:

     

    1990 (pre-June 15): January 1; May 28

     

    That leaves 2 pre-emptions unaccounted for. I have no leads as to which dates they might have been, but there are only 29 contenders:

     

    December 11, 1989

    December 12, 1989

    December 13, 1989

    December 14, 1989

    December 15, 1989

    December 20, 1989

    December 21, 1989

    December 22, 1989

    December 26, 1989

    December 27, 1989

    January 3, 1990

    January 8, 1990

    January 11, 1990

    January 31, 1990

    February 1, 1990

    February 13, 1990

    February 14, 1990

    February 15, 1990

    February 23, 1990

    February 26, 1990

    March 16, 1990

    March 21, 1990

    March 26, 1990

    March 29, 1990

    April 4, 1990

    April 16, 1990

    April 17, 1990

    May 3, 1990

    May 10, 1990

     

    As always, any info on any of these air dates will be much appreciated!

    Next time: the remainder of 1989, which is broken up into about four more eras, including one that drives me crazy, where there is only 1 pre-emption unaccounted for. 

     

     

  14. 8th era: July 30, 1990 - January 8, 1991

     

    As specified in my last post, episode #8,920 aired on January 8, 1991. 

    According to the ATAS-UCLA Television Archives (http://www.oocities.org/televisioncity/studio/5185/sources/vidsources.html), episode #8,812 aired on July 30, 1990.

     

    Based on these two episode numbers, 8 episodes must have been pre-empted in between these two dated. I'm certain of these four pre-emptions:

     

    1990 (post-July 30): September 3 & 7; November 22 & 23

     

    That leaves 4 more pre-emptions. I have suspect these episodes could possibly have been pre-empted, but haven't been able to verify:

     

    October 4, 1990: Major League?

    October 5, 1990: Major League?

    October 8, 1990: Major League?

    October 9, 1990: Major League?

    October 10, 1990: Major League?

    October 11, 1990: Major League?

    October 12, 1990: Major League?

    December 25, 1990: Christmas?

    December 31, 1990: New Year's Eve?

    January 1, 1991: New Year's Day?

     

    As always, any info on these dates will be much appreciated!

     

  15. 7th era: January 8, 1991 - June 3, 1991

     

    As specified in my last post, episode #9,019 aired on June 3, 1991.

    According to Chicago's Museum of Broadcast Communications (http://www.oocities.org/televisioncity/studio/5185/sources/vidsources.html), episode #8,920 aired on January 8, 1991.

     

    Based on these two episode numbers, 5 episodes must have been pre-empted in between these two dates. I'm certain of these pre-emptions:

     

    1991 (post-January 8; pre-June 3): March 14 & 15

     

    That leaves 3 more pre-emptions. Unfortunately, I don't really have any leads on which other dates may have been pre-empted here, so, as usual, any info will be much appreciated!

  16. On 21-7-2018 at 1:53 AM, ~bl~ said:

    In the 90s they still had post-season baseball games in the afternoon still and CBS had the rights. You need to check those dates in October 1991. 

    October 8, 9, 11, 12, 13 were the ALCS (Tues, Wed, Friday, Sat,. Sun) and the NLCS were October 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 16 - Wed, Thus, Sat, Sun, Mon, Wed. - 12 & 13 were Saturday and Sunday, so soaps weren't pre-empted. But on Wednesday the 9th, they wouldn't have shown two games at the same slot, so one had to be in the afternoon. I can't recall how many days didn't have soaps, but I remember seeing promos about how you won't miss anything due to baseball years ago.

     

    Thanks for that info, ~bl~ ! I'll add it to the notes I've scribbled in my file. If one or two of these days were pre-empted, though, it would mean that either December 31 or January 1, or both, weren't pre-empted (which isn't completely unheard of). I'll see if I can find out more about the baseball pre-emptions. 

     

    19 hours ago, soapfan770 said:

    I wonder why the Bell Tower episode was pre-empted that day? I know the 1-17-94 ep was pre-empted due to the Northridge earthquake but I'm not sure what happened to the 2/2/94 episode. Thanks for all your help though! 

     

    According to btm0815ma's comments the February 1, 1994 episode (The Bell Tower, which is on the Holden & Lily DVD) was pre-empted in the Eastern time zone for a CBS special news report on the Tonya Harding/Nancy Kerrington situation. Because a large part of the country missed the episode, it was then re-broadcast on February 2. I had heard about the re-broadcast in another place as well (although I can't recall now where it was), but wasn't aware of the reason for the pre-emption until I read the comments on magilla's channel.

     

    You are certain, then, that the January 17 episode was pre-empted? Because I can't find it anywhere else than in those comments by btm0815ma on magilla's channel (again, not that I don't believe them, they seem to know what they're talking about... I'm just a little hesistant to accept any info too eagerly, as it will be impossible to track where I went wrong once a mistake slips in there). 

  17. 6th era: June 3, 1991 - October 2, 1991

     

    As specified in my last post, episode #9,102 aired on October 2, 1991.

    According to Chicago's Museum of Broadcast Communications (http://www.oocities.org/televisioncity/studio/5185/sources/vidsources.html), episode #9,019 aired on June 3, 1991.

     

    Based on these two episode numbers, 4 episodes were pre-empted between these two dates.  

     

    I'm certain of these two pre-emptions:

     

    1991 (post-June 3; pre-October 2): September 2 & 6

     

    That leaves 2 more pre-emptions. Unfortunately, I have no leads whatsoever as to which other two dates could have possibly been pre-empted in this era.

    As always, any information will be much appreaciated!

     

    Up next: January 8, 1991 - June 3, 1991...

  18. 5th era: October 2, 1991 - November 10, 1992

     

    As specified in my last post, episode #9,381 aired on November 10, 1992.

    According to the Corporate Archives in Cincinnati, OH (http://www.oocities.org/televisioncity/studio/5185/sources/vidsources.html), episode #9,102 aired on October 2, 1991.

     

    Based on these two episode numbers, 10 episodes were pre-empted between these two dates.

     

    I'm sure of these 8 pre-emptions:

     

    1991 (post-October 2): November 28 & 29; December 25

    1992 (pre-November 10): February 17; March 19 & 20; September 7 & 11.

     

    That leaves 2 more pre-emptions. There are 2 episodes that I suspect may have been pre-empted:

     

    December 31, 1991: New Year's Eve

    January 1, 1992: New Year's Day

     

    Since I have no other suspicions about pre-emptions in this era, I'm assuming these are correct. But since the logic behind December 31 & January 1 pre-emptions is kind of unclear to me, as well as the fact that very few episodes from this era are (currently) available online (there could have easily been a random separate pre-emption in there somewhere), I would still much appreciate if anyone can verify (or contest) these two dates.

     

    I'll be back later with June 3 - October 2, 1991  

     

     

  19. Since that one wasn't really a question, here's the next one:

     

    4th era: November 10, 1992 - February 3, 1993

     

    As specified in my last post, episode #9,437 aired on February 3, 1993. 

    According to the Corporate Archives in Cincinnati, OH (http://www.oocities.org/televisioncity/studio/5185/sources/vidsources.html), episode #9,381 aired on November 10, 1992.

     

    Based on these two episode numbers, 5 episodes were pre-empted in between those two dates.

     

    I'm sure of these four pre-emptions:

     

    1992 (post-November 10): November 26 & 27; December 25

    1993 (pre-February 3): January 20

     

    That leaves 1 more pre-emption, which I would guess is either one of these two options:

     

    December 31, 1992: New Year's Eve

    January 1, 1993: New Year's Day

     

    Since January 1-episodes were pre-empted more often than December 31-episodes, I would guess January 1 was pre-empted and December 31 aired. Unfortunately, though, there doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason to the December 31 and January 1 pre-emptions.

     

    For example: In 2004 there was a random airing on January 1, something that defintely didn't happen any other time since 1998 at least, and I in fact have no other January 1-episodes confirmed since 1981. Meanwhile, December 31 was always pre-empted after 1997, but definitely aired in 1985, 1986 and 1987.

     

    Again, any info on the above two episode dates, as well as any info that helps making sense of CBS's December 31 & January 1 policy, is much appreciated.

     

    I'll be back later (I'm not sure I'll have time tomorrow, but I should definitely be back the day after) with another connected era (October 2, 1991 - November 10, 1992), as well as another unconnected one (June 3, 1991 - October 2, 1991).

     

  20. 3rd era: February 3, 1993 - July 12, 1993

     

    This one I've actually managed to connect. So no questions this time, just supplying some info. 

     

    As specified in my last post, episode #9,548 aired on July 12, 1993.

    February 3, 1993 saw the debut of Jelinda's theme. According to this page (http://www.oocities.org/televisioncity/studio/5185/music.html) on the show's music history, it was episode #9,437.

     

    Based on these two numbers, the show must have been pre-empted twice between these two dates. And since CBS pre-empted the show for NCAA Men's Basketball in March every year since 1991, these must be the dates:

     

    1993 (post-February 3; pre-July 12): March 18 & 19

  21. On 16-7-2018 at 2:14 PM, Brolden said:

     

    2001: January 1; March 15 & 16; September 3, 7, 11, 12, 13 & 14; November 22 & 23; December 25 & 31

    2002: January 1; March 14 & 15; September 2, 6 & 11; November 28 & 29; December 25 & 31

     

     

    Yes, as P.J. said, I listed the pre-emptions from September 11 through 14, 2001, as well as the one on September 11, 2002.

  22. I am keeping track of actor/character appearances in all episodes I watch, yes, but that's quite a separate project, as I'm only able to watch a few episodes a month. 

     

    2nd era: July 12, 1993 - May 12, 1995

     

    As I said last time, episode #10,000 aired on May 12, 1995.

    Episode #9,548 aired July 12, 1993, as according to the Corporate Archives in Cincinnati, OH (http://www.oocities.org/televisioncity/studio/5185/sources/vidsources.html)

     

    Between these two dates, I have the following pre-emptions verified:

     

    1993 (post-July 12): September 6 & 10; November 25 & 26; December 24 & 31

    1994: February 2/3 (because the 'Bell Tower' episode was pre-empted in much of the country, it was re-broadcast on February 3rd); March 17 & 18; September 5 & 9; November 24 & 25; December 30

    1995 (pre-May 12): January 2; March 16 & 17

     

    Taking these pre-emptions into account, I'm coming up 10 pre-emptions short.

     

    According to btm0815ma's comments on magilla71's 1994 video's on youtube, the show was pre-empted on January 17, 1994 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbv9jZMbKLg). The January 14 episode (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SKmq6-qW1IE) does say 'join us again Monday', but I'm assuming this might be one of those unscheduled pre-emptions. The episode that btm0815ma says to be from February 18 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FhKtPEWYKek) says the show won't be seen the following Monday, which would be February 21.

     

    So if btm0815ma is to be trusted (and I think he/she is, based on their multiple specific datings), January 17, 1994 and February 21, 1994 would have been pre-empted. That leaves 8 more pre-emptions. I have the following episodes (exactly 8) marked as 'potentially pre-empted':

     

    September 13, 1993: Oslo Accords signing

    June 30, 1994: O.J.

    July 1, 1994: O.J.

    July 4, 1994: O.J.

    July 5, 1994: O.J.

    July 6, 1994: O.J.

    July 7, 1994: O.J.

    January 24, 1995: O.J. (opening statements)

    So, assuming these 8 episodes were all pre-empted, I'm actually able to connect episodes #9,548 through #10,000. But I don't actually know for sure these 8 episodes were pre-empted. I know the show was pre-empted because of O.J. a lot, but I'm not sure it was these exact dates. Again, any info would be much appreciated!

     

  23. 5 hours ago, slick jones said:

    Paul Ryan:

     

    Canaan Crouch 1980

    Brett Barry    (not sure dates)

    Daniel Pintauro     1983-84

    Braden Danner    1984

    Elden Ryan Ratliss  1984-85

    Christopher Daniel Barnes    1985-86

    Damion Scheller      1986

    Andrew Kavovit     1986-91; 1992

    John Howard     1996

    Scott Holroyd   2001-03

    Roger Howarth     2003-10

     

    Kavovit and Holroyd were the best.


    Thank you for giving me a preview. It does list a few more actors than the scrapbook, but it keeps the same order.

     

    The problem I encountered, though, is that in the December 24, 1982 episode that Soapclassics released online a few years ago, Paul Stenbeck was listed as being played by Elden Ratliss. Then, in both 1983 episodes released on the James Stenbeck DVD, he's played by Danny Pintauro. 

    So there seems to be a problem with the order in which the actors appeared.

  24. Thanks JarrodMFiresofLove for that info. I have in fact marked everything between July 13, 1987 and August 7, 1987 as potentially pre-empted because of the Iran-Contra hearings, except for July 21, 22 and 24, which did air, according to my info (23 was definitely pre-empted).

    That's interesting about the duplicate numbering. If ATWT did this as well, it may be quite impossible to ever get to a full episode list. I have noticed, though, that I have actually been able to make connections between the sparse separate episode numbers I've found online. It's definitely difficult though, as episodes found on youtube could easily be mis-dated as well. I've also based a lot of my info on hearing Dan Region (or McCullough, for that matter) say "Join us tomorrow..." / "This is Dan Region, inviting you to join us again Monday..." / "Due to special programming, As The World Turns will not be seen tomorrow, but will return...". That obviously helps with scheduled pre-emptions, but it may not cover any unscheduled pre-emptions.

    In the end, it's guesswork at best, but I already gotten much closer than I could possibly have imagined (from August 27, 1980, which is the earliest 'checkpoint' I could find, I'm coming up 99 pre-emptions short... which seems like a lot, until you realize that there were 6,761 weekdays between then and September 17, 2010), so I'm hoping we might be able to have a breakthrough together. 

  25. I'm a long-time reader of this board and this thread (ATWT is the only soap I've ever seen), but haven't really posted in here before.

    Last year, while I had some spare time on my hands, I started trying to compile a full episode list for the show. A few episode numbers have been well-documented, and I'm trying to connect the dots between them, finding out which episodes aired and which ones were pre-empted. Obviously, it's not going to be possible to go all the way back to 1956, but I'm hoping to get as far as I can towards 1985, possibly even 1979.

    I've recently found myself having a bit more spare time again and I have completely re-traced every step I took last year to double check the dates. I'm keeping an excel file, in which I've put everything that I've confirmed in bold and everything that was pre-empted in red. I want to throw some of the question marks out here, to see if any of you can confirm if these episodes aired or were pre-empted.

    So, working backwards, the first (rather large) era is 1995-2010. The final episode was #13,858. Episode #10,000 aired May 12, 1995. Both of those episode numbers can be found in a number of places. These are the pre-emptions I'm sure about:

    1995 (post-May 12): September 4 & 8; November 23 & 24; December 29

    1996: January 1; March 14 & 15; September 2 & 6; November 28 & 29

    1997: March 7, 13 & 14; September 1 & 5; November 27 & 28; December 25 & 31

    1998: January 1; February 16; March 12 & 13; August 20; September 7 & 11; October 29; November 26 & 27; December 17, 25 & 31

    1999: January 1 & 19; March 11 & 12; September 6 & 10; November 25 & 26; December 31

    2000: March 16 & 17; May 29; September 4 & 8; November 20, 23 & 24; December 25 & 29

    2001: January 1; March 15 & 16; September 3, 7, 11, 12, 13 & 14; November 22 & 23; December 25 & 31

    2002: January 1; March 14 & 15; September 2, 6 & 11; November 28 & 29; December 25 & 31

    2003: January 1; March 20 & 21; September 1 & 5; November 27 & 28; December 25 & 31

    2004: March 18 & 19; May 7; September 6 & 10; November 25 & 26; December 31

    2005: January 20; March 17 & 18; September 5 & 9; November 24 & 25; December 30

    2006: January 2; March 16 & 17; September 4 & 8; November 23 & 24; December 25 & 29

    2007: January 1; March 15 & 16; April 17; September 3 & 7; November 22 & 23; December 25 & 31

    2008: January 1; March 20 & 21; September 1 & 5; November 27 & 28; December 25 & 31

    2009: January 1 & 20; March 19 & 20; July 7; September 7 & 11; November 26 & 27; December 31

    2010: January 1; March 18 & 19; September 6 & 10

    Taking into account all of the pre-emptions listed above, I'm coming up with three episodes too many between #10,000 and #13,858. So three more episodes were pre-empted. The problem is, I have four episodes that I suspect were pre-empted. Therefore, one of the below four episodes must have aired. These are the four episodes I suspect may have been pre-empted:

    December 31, 1996: New Year's Eve was often, but not always, pre-empted.
    January 1, 1997: New Year's Day was often, but not always, pre-empted.
    July 4, 1997: I had this marked as pre-empted when I worked on this project last year, but wasn't able to verify it when I re-traced my steps this year.
    May 25, 1998: I had this marked as pre-empted when I worked on this proejct last year, but wasn't able to verify it when I re-traces my steps this year.    

    Any info on these four air-dates is would be much appreciated, especially if it can be backed up with some evidence. I'll post the next era (July 12, 1993 - May 12, 1995) later...

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