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  1. On 9/16/2019 at 8:40 PM, slick jones said:

    How long was David Harbour on as Officer Ron Shanks? I know it was a while....

     

    On 9/17/2019 at 4:00 AM, P.J. said:

    Maybe two or three years? I know he was there in 2001 for Julia I's going crazy---not sure he was there in 2002 when Julia kidnapped and raped Jack.

     

    On 9/17/2019 at 10:36 PM, Brolden said:

    I feel like it was longer than that. I can't be sure though. He was one of those characters that was just always around in the background. I'd say he was on as early as 2000, when I started watching (could have been earlier), and I'd say he lasted into 2003 at least.

     

    On 9/18/2019 at 4:28 AM, P.J. said:

    Re: David Harbour/Shanks....he might have started as early as '97. They still had a fair amount of extras running around then. 

     

    Sorry to drag up an old conversation thread, but I just found some info:

    "August 6, 1999 - David Harbour will portray Officer Shanks starting Tuesday, August 17th. He'll be in scenes with Carly and Molly."

     

    Seems like Harbour started the role on August 17, 1999 (give or take an episode due to scheduling changes, of course).

     

  2. The same comment (from 'Soapluvva' on 'Danny Hill's' video) indicated that the December 20, 1971 episode is #4068, which lines up, meaning no episodes were pre-empted in between.

     

    December 20, 1971 - December 24, 1971: 0 pre-emptions. Status: closed

     

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    The September 23, 1971 episode in listed as #4007 in a script, which means 1 episode would have been pre-empted in between. We don't have any leads as to what it might have been (Thanksgiving aired both days that year).

     

    September 23, 1971 - December 20, 1971: 1 pre-emption, 0 leads. Status: open

     

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    The July 1, 1971 episode is listed as #3947 in a script, which lines up perfectly, meaning no episodes were pre-empted.

     

    July 1, 1971 - September 23, 1971: 0 pre-emptions. Status: closed

     

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    The June 28, 1971 episode is listed #3944 in a script, which lines up perfectly as well, so no episodes were pre-empted.

     

    June 28, 1971 - July 1, 1971: 0 pre-emptions. Status: closed

     

  3. The next checkpoint is June 17, 1980, which is in the P&G archives as #6260, meaning 11 episodes would have been pre-empted in two months, which is highly unlikely. So either the August 27 number, or the June 17 number, is likely off (or both). However it may be, we have no pre-emptions confirmed, nor any leads for this period.

     

    June 17, 1980 - August 27, 1980: 11 pre-emptions, 0 confimed, 0 leads. Status: open/error

     

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    The April 27, 1979 episode is in the P&G archives as #5963, which lines up perfectly with June 17, 1980 being #6260. This means there would have been no pre-emptions, yet we already know about 4 (fueling the theory that numbers may have been handed out to pre-empted slots in those days):

     

    September 3, 1979: US Open

    November 22, 1979: Thanksgiving

    December 25, 1979: Christmas

    January 1, 1980: New Year's Day

     

    April 27, 1979 - June 17, 1980: 0 pre-emptions, yet 4 confirmed. Status: error

     

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    The next confirmed episode number is found on December 24, 1971, nearly 8 years prior. According to a comment from a user named 'Soapluvva' on a video uploaded by 'Danny Hill', that episode is #4072. If that is true, 24 episodes would have been pre-empted in between '71 and '79. We know about 13:

     

    January 1, 1974: New Year's Day

    November 28, 1974: Thanksgiving

    January 1, 1975: New Year's Day

    November 27, 1975: Thanksgiving

    January 1, 1976: New Year's Day

    September 6, 1976: US Open

    November 25, 1976: Thanksgiving

    September 5, 1977: US Open

    November 24, 1977: Thanksgiving

    January 2, 1978: Extended New Year's Holiday

    November 23, 1978: Thanksgiving

    December 25, 1978: Christmas

    January 1, 1979: New Year's Day

     

    For the remaining 11 pre-emptions, we have 9 contenders:

     

    January 1, 1973: New Year's Day

    June 5, 1973: Watergate

    June 25, 1973: Watergate

    June 26, 1973: Watergate

    June 27, 1973: Watergate

    June 28, 1973: Watergate

    June 29, 1973: Watergate

    November 22, 1973: Thanksgiving

    September 4, 1978: US Open

     

    December 24, 1971 - April 27, 1979: 24 pre-emptions, 12 confirmed, 10 contenders. Status: open

     

     

     

     

  4. 6 hours ago, slick jones said:

    GREG CALABRESE 

     

    UNDRESSED         Dale     2000

    AS THE WORLD TURNS   Clark Watson       2004

    THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS    Trevor O'Connell    2004-05

     

    4 hours ago, John said:

    Gregory Michael (Dante's Cove, Greek)  also played ATWT's Clark Watson when he dated raped Lucy (Peyton List).

    So was Greg Clark #1 or #2

     

    2 hours ago, slick jones said:

    Calabrese has a one day imdb credit as Clark in 2004. Not sure it it's even all that true, but possibly he was a fill-in.  Gregory Michael was credited 03-04, so that would make him #1 if Calabrese appeared.

     

     @Brolden, do you know if Watson was replaced as Clark, I watched sporadically at the time of the story.

     

    I honestly only remember Gregory Michael as Clark... But I will see if I can find out more. I'm suspicious about that '04 credit, though. I could possible see another actor having been on as a dayplayer before the character gained importance with Michael. But I highly doubt someone played Clark after Michael. And I know for a fact that Michael was on in December '03.   

     

    [EDIT:] I just checked out Calabrese's IMDB profile, and the ATWT credit is gone?

     

    [EDIT 2:] TV.com has Calabrese credited for February 23, 2004. I just checked out that episode on YT, and it is definitely Gregory Michael in the role. So either the date is off, or Calabrese never played the role.

  5. Patricia Bruder Debrovner has both #6666 and the previous episode, #6665 (February 1, 1982). The next checkpoint I've been using is November 2, 1981, which is the premiere of the "World Turns On And On" theme music. Here's where it gets a bit tricky, because an extensive history of ATWT's theme music states that the previous theme was used for "roughly the first 6605 episodes" (implying the episode number is not set in stone), while later also stating the November 2, 1981 debut of the new theme was #6606 (implying it is).

     

    As I stated in the previous post, I am running into some issues trying to straighten out the numbers for the next few periods, so it is possible this number is wrong. It's all I have to go on, however, and around this time checkpoints are getting fewer and farther between, so I will proceed as if November 2, 1981 is #6606, with a note that that could easily be wrong. I will revisit this era later, as I have a few unprocessed numbers from the Dobson papers, that I can't get to work out with anything else at this time.

     

    With that said, 6 episodes would need to have been pre-empted. We know about three:

     

    November 26, 1981: Thanksgiving

    December 25, 1981: Christmas

    January 1, 1982: New Year's Day

     

    For the other three pre-emptions, I have no leads. 

     

    November 2, 1981 - February 1, 1982: 6 pre-emptions, 3 confirmed, 0 leads. Status: open

     

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    August 25, 1981 is in the P&G archives as #6559, meaning there were 2 pre-emptions. We know about 1:

     

    September 7, 1981: US Open

     

    NOTE: Archived TV listings confirm that the second pre-emption is NOT the US Open Friday, common in later years! I have no leads for it.

     

    August 25, 1981 - November 2, 1981: 2 pre-emptions, 1 confirmed, 0 leads. Status: open

     

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    Here's where things get really strange. The next checkpoint is August 27, 1980, which is in the P&G Archives as #6300. Although that's nearly a year before August 25, 1981, these episode numbers line up perfectly, suggesting that no pre-emptions occurred. We know this is wrong, as there were at least three:

     

    September 1, 1980: US Open

    December 25, 1980: Christmas

    January 1, 1981: New Year's Day

     

    In addition to those, I have another, shall we say, strong suspicion:

     

    November 27, 1980: Thanksgiving

     

    August 27, 1980 - August 25, 1981: 0 pre-emptions, yet 3 confirmed, 1 strong contender. Status: error

     

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    Some people have suggested that back in the day, episode numbers were assigned on pre-empted dates as well. If that is the case, the shift from that practice to only assigning numbers to airing episodes likely occurred during one of the above eras.

     

    Beyond this point, it is almost impossible to make anything work, although there are smaller eras around 1970/1971 that work out. Therefore, I will continue marching towards April 2, 1956 in 13 more steps, before I start updating the first few pages of this thread. But it won't be pretty...

     

     

     

  6. I am still loving these live chats, but I do wish Alan would have spent a bit more time asking ATWT-related questions. In the other two, I loved hearing which castmates they are still in touch with.

     

    With this group especially, I just think it's really nice that they are all still up for it. Most of them were young when they were on the show and were only there for a few years. It would have been too easy for them to want to play down there involvement in soaps, but they all still seem very appreciative. I wasn't expecting Agim and Alexandra to know each other as well as they seemed to, as Alexandra came on after Agim left. Then Agim returned when Alexandra was on the way out, and when Alexandra returned, Agim was gone.

     

    Also, it's funny how sometimes when you are only accustomed to reading - not hearing - a name, you find out that you have been mispronouncing it for nearly 20 years. I've always thought Agim was pronounced Adjim.

     

    I respect Van for refusing to name-and-shame, but I DO wonder which actor he was referring to. 

     

    Like many others, I would love to see vets and/or Marland-era actors, but I do think we need to be realistic about this. Out of the older actors, not everyone is going to be as good with technology as Don. And from the Marland-era, not everyone might be willing to revisit a job from 30 years ago. Plus, I get the impression - not sure though - that Alan was only with the show for the final decade or so, so he might not even be able to contact some of those people. I think our best bet might be if some of the actors, like Martha, spread the word.    

  7. We left of on May 20, 1983. The next checkpoint is October 29, 1982, which is in the Jerome Lawrence & Robert E. Lee Theatre Research Institute as #6857.

    This means that 2 episodes were pre-empted in between. We got both verified:

     

    November 25, 1982: Thanksgiving

    November 26, 1982: Thanksgiving

     

    October 29, 1982 - May 20, 1983: 2 pre-emptions, both verified. Status: closed

     

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    October 6, 1982 is in the P&G Archives as #6840, which lines up perfectly, meaning there were no pre-emptions.

     

    October 6, 1982 - October 29, 1982: No pre-emptions. Status: closed

     

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    The script of the September 8, 1982 episode is detailed in the book Writing For Soaps as #6821, meaning there was 1 pre-emption, and we have it confirmed:

     

    September 10, 1982: US Open

     

    September 8, 1982 - October 6, 1982: 1 pre-emption, verified. Status: closed

     

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    The script for the May 7, 1982 episode is listed as #6734, meaning there was 1 pre-emption. We know it already:

     

    September 6, 1982: US Open

     

    May 7, 1982 - September 8, 1982: 1 pre-emption, confirmed. Status: closed

     

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    According to Patricia Bruder Debrovner, February 5, 1982 is #6669, which means no episodes were pre-empted.

     

    February 5, 1982 - May 7, 1982: no pre-emptions. Status: closed

     

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    Patricia also lists February 2, 1982 as #6666, which lines up perfectly.

     

    February 2, 1982 - February 5, 1982: no pre-emptions. Status: closed

     

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    Unfortunately, following those smooth periods, a few much trickier periods are coming up next...

     

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    On 4/12/2020 at 12:51 AM, adrnyc said:

    and then I can never find the P&G archive videos

     

    Just for the record: the videos from the P&G archives are not (necessarily) available on YouTube. I included them in the list, because number one: if they are in the archive, that means an episode aired on that date and two: they provided me with many episode numbers (although I'm not sure they are all correct.

     

    So it's not you, these videos are not on YT. ;) 

  8. On 1/31/2020 at 6:37 AM, Paul Raven said:

    1995 appearance info

    April 16 Maura West's debuts as Carly

     

    On 2/11/2020 at 11:11 PM, Brolden said:

    April 16 was a Sunday

     

    On 2/12/2020 at 2:11 AM, Paul Raven said:

    Apologies for  those weekend  dates. They were taken from Soap Opera Weekly, but perhaps I was hasty in jotting them down.I'm going to have to go back and check.

     

    Soap Opera Digest has Maura's debut down as April 11, 1995 (as per one of the recent 5 things that happened today in soap history).

     

  9. 4 hours ago, adrnyc said:

    Speaking of which, I need some HELP! I’m at the middle of 1991 - the rest of the year is sparse with not many episodes. I had been catching up on the Tumblr site Classic As The World Turns SOD recaps page but they stop in April 1991. Does anyone know of anywhere else to read detailed recaps of the time to help me with the gaps between episodes? Any help would be greatly appreciated. 

     

    I have the 40th Anniversary book so can catch up through that but it’s not as detailed and they go by storyline rather than timeline so I can’t know where each storyline is perfectly between the missing episodes. Again, thanks if anyone can help! Feel free to PM me.

     

    I'd love to know the answer to that one. The scrapbook is super detailed about the late 80s, but gets very sparse in the early 90s. I am still continuously surprised to learn about storylines that I didn't even know about. I keep wishing the person who ran that tumblr would suddenly pop back up and resume it...

  10. I'm so confused by this non-issue being discussed that I actually went back to check the video. 

     

    There was a momentary confusion over different Scotts, while at least four people were mentioning at least four different Scotts. That has absolutely nothing to do with memory from my perspective.

     

    At a later point he wasn't able to reproduce the name of Steve Bassett, who was the co-star that was with him, Kathy and Julianne in during the Sabrina storyline in Europe. Can we please remember that he was on the show for 50 years? He was asked about a co-star that he has exactly one storyline with, 34 years ago. If that's a memory issue than I think we all have memory issues. As others have said, the actresses had trouble remembering which of their own children was born during the Spa storyline.

     

    I'm sorry, people are entitled to their own opinion, but I think these comments are highly disrespectful to a wonderful man who has given his entire life for this show. If we want to get more vets to appear in these chats, this is not the way to go about it.

     

    I, for one, remain absolutely shocked over how young Don Hastings came across, both inside and out. He was the absolute highlight. I'd love to see which other vets are game to do one of these.

  11. 24 minutes ago, DramatistDreamer said:

    I enjoyed watching more than I thought I would.

     

    Agreed. When it was announced I was a bit "meh" on it, but I truly enjoyed every minute of it.

     

     

    15 hours ago, Errol said:

     

    Just as a quick aside. I don't think I have ever seen the cast photo that is used as the thumbnail for this video. Must have been '99, from the looks of it. The only person I can't immediately place is the guy behind Hal (although when you tell me who it is, I'm sure I'll feel stupid for not thinking of it). I'm not sure if people have like photo collections or something... would anyone happen to have this photo? I'd love to take a better look at it. 

  12. I have that episode jotted down in a list of undated episodes. Oakdalian's channel only places it in June 1991 I think, without an exact date. 

     

    But from what you're saying, it sounds like the wedding had already happened in the Death Of David Stewart episode? Then it would have to be June 3 or June 4 (or May 31, if Oakdalian is wrong about June). Since the June 3 episode is in the archives, it seems like a good educated guess.

     

    I'll see if I can dig up something. Thanks for your continued alertness while you're watching these episodes!

  13. What's interesting about all of this is that SoapClassics was actuallty working on an online platform to release episodes. In The Netherlands (and I believe South-Africa?) it had set out a site which contained the first five months of 2005 (The Netherlands) and two weeks in August/September 2007 (South-Africa). Quite a bit of music had been digitally removed, which was a bit odd, especially when characters were dancing to nothing, but the episodes were very watchable and of high quality (visually, that is. Early 2005 wasn't my favorite era of the show, and I say that as someone who only watched the 00s originally. The show ticked back up in the summer of '05 in my opinion). 

    Unfortunately, soon after this project was set up, SoapClassics went out of business. I'm glad I saved the episodes immediately.

  14. Our next checkpoint is November 13, 1984, which is in the P&G Archives as #7377. This means 2 episodes were pre-empted in between, which is problematic, because we have already confirmed 3 pre-emptions. Therefore, one of the "confirmed" episode numbers must, actually, be wrong. However, if we take this period and the next three periods (both of which remain open) together, it still works out. These are the three episodes we have confirmed as pre-empted:

     

    November 22, 1984: Thanksgiving [pre-emption confirmed in The Journal listing]

    November 23, 1984: Thanksgiving [pre-emption confirmed in The Journal listing]

    December 25, 1984: Christmas [pre-emption confirmed in The Journal listing]

     

    To make matters worse, we have a strong candidate for yet a fourth pre-emption in this period:

     

    January 1, 1985: New Year's Day [January 1 episodes were pre-empted in every other year since 1974, with the exception of 2004]

     

    November 13, 1984 - March 19, 1985: 2 pre-emptions, yet 3 pre-emptions confirmed; 1 more strong candidate. Status: open/error

     

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    August 2, 1984 is also in the P&G Archives as #7307. Based on the episode numbers, 3 episodes were pre-empted. We know about 2 of them for sure:

     

    September 3, 1984: US Open

    September 7, 1984: US Open

     

    We don't have any further evidence of possible pre-emptions, but I'm assuming the remaining pre-emption belongs in the period above instead.

     

    August 2, 1984 - November 13, 1984: 3 pre-emptions, 2 confirmed, 0 candidates. Status: open

     

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    The 7,000th episode is widely reported to have aired on May 20, 1983. This would mean 7 episodes were pre-empted in between. We know about 6:

     

    September 5, 1983: US Open

    September 9, 1983: US Open

    November 24, 1983: Thanksgiving [pre-emption confirmed in The Journal listing]

    November 25, 1983: Thanksgiving [pre-emption confirmed in The Journal listing]

    December 26, 1983: Extended Christmas holiday [pre-emption confirmed in The Journal listing]

    January 2, 1984: Extended New Year's holiday [pre-emption confirmed in The Journal listing]

     

    For the remaining pre-emption, we have no contenders. However, I'm assuming this pre-emption belongs in one of the above periods instead.

     

    May 20, 1983 - August 2, 1984: 7 pre-emptions, 6 confirmed, 0 candidates. Status: open

     

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    If we take all three of the above periods together, the numbers actually work out (although that's a big if, obviously):

     

    Between May 20, 1983 and March 19, 1985, 12 episodes were pre-empted. We know about 11 for sure:

     

    September 5, 1983: US Open

    September 9, 1983: US Open

    November 24, 1983: Thanksgiving [pre-emption confirmed in The Journal listing]

    November 25, 1983: Thanksgiving [pre-emption confirmed in The Journal listing]

    December 26, 1983: Extended Christmas holiday [pre-emption confirmed in The Journal listing]

    January 2, 1984: Extended New Year's holiday [pre-emption confirmed in The Journal listing]

    September 3, 1984: US Open

    September 7, 1984: US Open

    November 22, 1984: Thanksgiving [pre-emption confirmed in The Journal listing]

    November 23, 1984: Thanksgiving [pre-emption confirmed in The Journal listing]

    December 25, 1984: Christmas [pre-emption confirmed in The Journal listing]

     

    For the remaining pre-emption, we have 1 strong contender:

     

    January 1, 1985: New Year's Day [January 1 episodes were pre-empted in every other year since 1974, with the exception of 2004]

     

    May 20, 1983 - March 19, 1985: 12 pre-emptions, 11 confirmed, 1 contender. Status: open

     

     

     

     

     

     

  15. 21 hours ago, slick jones said:

    It is. I read the transcript while trying to find a name. He was just a random day player teen with two friends that were giving Luke a hard time. Will showed up, stood up to them, and they  started in on him for being a murderer (Rose).  At least that's how it read. It was at least six months before Kevin  came along.

     

    Also, at the time of his first appearance, Luke was still being played by Christopher Tavani, and, therefore, much younger than Karl's character. This was when Will had just been released from prison. Will saved Luke from his bullies at a time when Lily was trying hard to get Will locked up again (as she couldn't forgive him for murdering her sister).

     

    About a year later, Luke has been SORAS-ed (with Jake Weary, then Van Hansis) and started hanging out with Kevin.

  16. 15 hours ago, slick jones said:

    @Paul Raven   his last name was Platt.😃    With the 1000s of names for ATWT, it's no surprise he's hard to find.

     

    In case anyone's interested, I've turned the list into an excel file with filters, which makes it easy to search by last name, first name, title, actor, time period, or even info, when you are looking for a specific someone. I'd be more than happy to share that with anyone who's interested. Just send me a PM.  

  17. On 3/19/2020 at 10:24 PM, adrnyc said:

    @Brolden  I just watched an episode that you don’t have listed. It’s labeled Nov 6, 1990 from the user SchfiftyThreeRetroTV3. Just letting you know in case it helps you figure out any pre-emptions.

     

    Outstanding! I love finding channels I didn't know about. I see the episode also ends in a "join us tomorrow". There is an 1998 episode, including a "join us again Monday", that I did not yet find elsewhere on the channel as well. Thanks for the heads-up, I made sure to subscribe!

     

    I'll add in the info once I get to the complete overhaul!

    Sorry it's been a while, these are crazy times we live in.

     

    We'll pick things up at November 3, 1987, which is where we got last time.

     

    The next confirmed episode number is #7904 on December 9, 1986, which comes from a script. This means there were 19 pre-emptions (which means it's Iran-Contra time!). We know about these 5 pre-emptions:

     

    December 25, 1986: Christmas

    January 1, 1987: New Year's Day

    July 23, 1987: Iran-Contra hearings? [pre-emption confirmed by Dan Region in the credits]

    September 7, 1987: US Open

    September 11, 1987: US Open

     

    For the 14 remaining pre-emptions, I have 17 potential candidates:

     

    July 7, 1987: Iran-Contra hearings?

    July 8, 1987: Iran-Contra hearings?

    July 9, 1987: Iran-Contra hearings?

    July 10, 1987: Iran-Contra hearings?

    July 13, 1987: Iran-Contra hearings?

    July 14, 1987: Iran-Contra hearings?

    July 15, 1987: Iran-Contra hearings?

    July 16, 1987: Iran-Contra hearings?

    July 17, 1987: Iran-Contra hearings?

    July 20, 1987: Iran-Contra hearings?

    July 27, 1987: Iran-Contra hearings?

    July 28, 1987: Iran-Contra hearings?

    July 29, 1987: Iran-Contra hearings?

    July 30, 1987: Iran-Contra hearings?

    July 31, 1987: Iran-Contra hearings?

    August 3, 1987: Iran-Contra hearings?

    August 4, 1987: Iran-Contra hearings?

     

    December 9, 1986 - November 3, 1987: 19 pre-emptions, 5 confirmed, 17 candidates. Status: open

     

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    The November 7, 1986 episode (Hello, Barbara) is in the P&G Archives as #7884, which means that 2 episodes were pre-empted. We know about both of them:

     

    November 27, 1986: Thanksgiving

    November 28, 1986: Thanksgiving

     

    November 7, 1986 - December 9, 1986: 2 pre-emptions, both confirmed. Status: closed

     

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    The April 2, 1986 episode (30th anniversary) is in the P&G Corporate Archives and in the ATAS-UCLA archives as #7729, which means 2 episodes were pre-empted. We know about both of them:

     

    September 1, 1986: US Open

    September 5, 1986: US Open

     

    April 2, 1986 - November 7, 1986: 2 pre-emptions, both confirmed. Status: closed

     

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    The March 19, 1985 episode was #7465 according to a script, which means 7 episodes were pre-empted. We know about all 7:

     

    September 2, 1985: US Open

    September 6, 1985: US Open

    November 28, 1985: Thanksgiving

    November 29, 1985: Thanksgiving

    December 25, 1985: Christmas

    January 1, 1986: New Year's Day

    January 28, 1986: Challenger disaster coverage

     

    March 19, 1985 - April 2, 1986: 7 pre-emptions, all confirmed. Status: closed

     

     

  18. Thanks for sharing! I've always wondered just when exactly Wagner & MacLaughlin were written out.

    It's so interesting to see the article singling out Helen Wagner, instead of going for "Wagner and MacLaughlin out of a job". I'm used to Helen being mentioned on her her own from the many years she was (thankfully) on the show after Don's death, but I always assumed before that it was always Don & Helen.

  19. I just realized, to my shock, that one of the most celebrated and longest-running actors from As The World Turns is still missing from the list. I can't believe I hadn't noticed that before, I guess I'd always thought he'd been done somewhere in the first 20 pages. In addition to his 35 years on ATWT, I know he had at least one other daytime role, and he was cast on a third show. He was also nominated for 8 Daytime Emmy's, taking home 2 of them.

     

    Slick, would you be so kind as to do a hopper profile for the legendary...

     

    Larry Bryggman

  20. Damn. What a tremendous loss. 

     

    I'm a big fan of Inside The Actors Studio, and I have always had an endless amount of respect for him and found him to be a true class act. I haven't caught any episodes since he's stepped down as host, and while I appreciate the attempt to carry on the legacy, I can't quite imagine the show without him. 

    I would have never guessed he was 93, he looked much younger to me.

    I can only hope that heaven exists and that when Mr. Lipton arrived at the pearly gates, God said: "You see Jim, you were wrong, I exist. But you may come in anyway".

     

    Rest in peace, James Lipton

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