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  1. 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.

  2. 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.  

  3. 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




    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




    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




    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



  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. The next confirmed episode number is #8603, airing October 2, 1989, which is in the P&G Archives. 2 episodes need to have been pre-empted, and we know both of them:


    November 23, 1989: Thanksgiving

    November 24, 1989: Thanksgiving


    October 2, 1989 - December 8, 1989: 2 pre-emptions, both confirmed. Status: closed




    #8550, airing July 17, 1989, is everywhere (P&G Archives, ATAS-UCLA Television Archive, Museum of Broadcast Communications). 2 episodes were pre-empted, we know both of them:


    September 4, 1989: US Open

    September 8, 1989: US Open


    July 17, 1989 - October 2, 1989: 2 pre-emptions, both confirmed. Status: closed




    The March 20, 1989 episode is in the ATAS-UCLA Television Archive as #8465. That lines up perfectly, meaning there were no pre-emptions in between.


    March 20, 1989 - July 17, 1989: 0 pre-emptions. Status: closed




    February 17, 1989 is in the P&G Archives as #8445, meaning there was 1 pre-emption, which we have confirmed:


    February 20, 1989: NBA Game (Houston vs. Cleveland)


    February 17, 1989 - March 20, 1989: 1 pre-emption, confirmed. Status: closed




    And then there is no confirmed number until November 3, 1987, nearly 1,5 years before. That episode is in the P&G Archives as #8120. There were 14 pre-emptions in between. We know about 10 of them:


    November 26, 1987: Thanksgiving

    November 27, 1987: Thanksgiving

    December 25, 1987: Christmas

    January 1, 1988: New Year's Day

    September 5, 1988: US Open

    September 9, 1988: US Open

    November 24, 1988: Thanksgiving

    November 25, 1988: Thanksgiving

    December 26, 1988: Extended Christmas Holiday? [confirmed in The Journal listings]

    January 2, 1989: Extended New Year's Holiday / Tournament of Roses


     For the remaining 4 pre-emptions, I have 5 potential contenders:


    December 19, 1988: possible pre-emption in this week as per @YRfan23? [listed regularly in The Journal]

    December 20, 1988: possible pre-emption in this week as per @YRfan23? [listed regularly in The Journal]

    December 21, 1988: possible pre-emption in this week as per @YRfan23? [listed regularly in The Journal]

    December 22, 1988: possible pre-emption in this week as per @YRfan23? [listed regularly in The Journal]

    January 20, 1989: Bush inauguration? [listed regularly in The Journal]


    Interestingly enough, I found absolutely nothing in the listings for that week about the inauguration. I did find that the Bush inauguration took place at noon. Since ATWT aired at 2PM, I'm wondering if the festivities would have been over by then? But that still doesn't account for the fact that the listings in The Journal didn't have anything at noon either. So possibly as mistake was made, in which case we shouldn't factor in the regular listing too heavily.  


    November 3, 1987 - February 17, 1989: 14 pre-emptions, 10 confirmed, 5 contenders. Status: open


  8. OK, we left off on June 3, 1991. Next up is January 8, 1991, which is in the P&G Archives (and Museum of Broadcast Communications) as #8920.

    This means 5 episodes were pre-empted in between. We know about these two for sure:


    March 14, 1991: NCAA Men's Basketball

    March 15, 1991: NCAA Men's Basketball


    We have two potential candidates for the final three slots:


    January 9, 1991: Possibly pre-empted for Gulf War news coverage?
    January 17, 1991: Possibly pre-empted for Gulf War news coverage?


    January 8, 1991 - June 3, 1991: 5 pre-emptions, 2 confirmed, 2 candidates. Status: open




    December 20, 1990 is in the ATAS-UCLA Television Archives as #8910, which means 3 episodes were pre-empted in between. We know about all three of them:


    December 25, 1990: Christmas

    December 31, 1990: New Year's Eve

    January 1, 1991: New Year's Day


    December 20, 1990 - January 8, 1991: 3 pre-emptions, all confirmed. Status: closed




    July 30, 1990 is also in the ATAS-UCLA Television Archives, as #8812. This means 5 episodes were pre-empted. We have 4 confirmed:


    September 3, 1990: US Open

    September 7, 1990: US Open

    November 22, 1990: Thanksgiving

    November 23, 1990: Thanksgiving


    For the remaining pre-emption, we have one candidate:


    August 22, 1990: possibly pre-empted as per @YRfan23 [the episode does appear in the newspaper listings, so if pre-empted, this would have been an unplanned pre-emption]


    July 30, 1990 - December 20, 1990: 5 pre-emptions, 4 confirmed, 1 candidate. Status: open




    July 4, 1990 is also in the same archive, as #8794. This lines up perfectly, which means there were no pre-emptions.


    July 4, 1990 - July 30, 1990: 0 pre-emptions. Status: closed




    June 15, 1990 is also in the same archive (and the P&G Archive, and the Museum of Broadcast Communications), as #8794. This lines up perfectly, which means there were no pre-emptions.


    June 15, 1990 - July 4, 1990: 0 pre-emptions. Status: closed




    December 8, 1989 is also in the ATAS-UCLA Television Archive, as #8650. This means there were 4 pre-emptions. We know about three:


    January 1, 1990: New Year's Day

    February 19, 1990: NBA Afternoon Basketball Game

    May 28, 1990: NBA Eastern Conference Playoff Game


    I have one contender for the remaining pre-emption:


    December 25, 1989: Christmas [listed as pre-empted in the newspapers, but appears on 2 Youtube channels from a later SoapNet re-airing. Possibly dated wrong?]


    December 8, 1989 - June 15, 1990: 4 pre-emptions, 3 confirmed, 1 contender. Status: open



  9. Just found a lot more info on the collection held by the Jerome Lawrence & Robert E. Lee Theatre Research Institute, including a LOT of episode numbers!

    Unfortunately, many of them do not match up with the episode numbers we've previously established (particularyly those from the P&G Archives), and some of them don't even match up with each other. Some of the dates listed are even weekend days.  I swear, I love working on this project, but sometimes it just gets extremly frustrating. 


    Sometimes, I wonder if this show actually had 13.858 episodes, or if that's just what some writers thought was the correct number.

    Anyways, you know I will be triple-checking all of these numbers against the previously "established" info. I'll let you know when I know more. 




  10. On 8/2/2018 at 3:01 PM, Paul Raven said:

    I have a question about Eileen Fulton's exit listed as NYE 1964, just a few months after her return (repacing Pamela King)


    I thought that when she returned she stayed on till May 65 and her move to Our Private World?


    On 8/4/2018 at 7:39 AM, Paul Raven said:

    May 3 1965

    Eileen Fulton's last ATWT episode before appearing on Our Private World


    Jan 16 1967

    Eileen Fulton's first day back as Lisa. Episode #2812



    The Lisa plot thickens... The Paley Center has an episode dated December 16, 1965, which they called "Lisa And Bob's Custody Battle".
    According to our info now, this would be in between Fulton's exit to do OPW (in '65) and her return (in '67). Interestingly, the cast list for the episode does not include Fulton or the character of Lisa.

    Was Bob involved in a custody battle with an offscreen Lisa? Did Fulton make an appearance during her break from the show? Did Fulton in fact return much earlier than we previously believed?

  11. On 7/31/2018 at 5:19 AM, Paul Raven said:

    Some information that may help

     As the World Turns was pre-empted August 13-15, 1956 because of CBS' coverage of the Democratic Presidential Convention.


    On 8/3/2018 at 5:03 AM, Paul Raven said:

    Ok, so I have some more info that may make things clearer.



    Mon, 1pm-approx 3pm

    Tue, 1-4pm

    Thu, 1pm-3:30pm 

    Fri, 1pm-3:30pm 

    all times subject to change


    Those were the dates /times listed so it appears ATWT was actually pre-empted 4 times that week unless there were last minute changes. This was in an industry newsletter, so a trusted source.

    EON would not have been affected as it aired at 4.30 pm.


    Also it appears ATWT was not pre-emped for over Thanksgiving.


    I just found a wonderful page with descriptions for 1956/57 episodes, coming from TV Guide issues. 




    However, this info seems to corroborate your first post above, not the second. It also states there actually WAS a Thanksgiving pre-emption.


    What do you think @Paul Raven? How are we to interpret this info? 


  12. 8 hours ago, kalbir said:


    The Olympics I remember CBS broadcasting were Albertville 1992, Lillehammer 1994, Nagano 1998. 1992 was the last year Winter Olympics and Summer Olympics were held in the same year, therefore no Winter Olympics in 1996.


    Monday February 20, 1989 and Monday February 19, 1990 were NBA Basketball afternoon games; those two dates were President's Day. CBS Sports coverage of NBA Basketball was 1973-1990. Two other NBA dates for your list: Monday May 27, 1985 and Monday May 26, 1986 were NBA Finals afternoon games; those two dates were Memorial Day. 




    I just checked the Wikipedia page for CBS Olympic Broadcasts, and apparently CBS covered it in 1960 (Winter & Summer), and then in 1992, 1994 and 1998 (Winter only). 


    They had the NBA rights from 1973 - 1990, so there might be a lot more there. I'm making a mental note to dive into that, try to find afternoon games and/or dates that were simultaneously holidays.


    May 26, 1986 seems to have aired, if it's dated correctly. May 1985 is wide open still, so it's possible.


    Thanks so much for your help!

  13. From October 2, we make our way to June 11, which is #9025 according to... the UCLA Library (I know... but this one will be backed up by the next entry, bear with me). There were 4 pre-emptions, and we know about two of them for sure:


    September 2, 1991: US Open

    September 6, 1991: US Open


    For the remaining two pre-emption slots, I have one potential candidate:


    August 20, 1991: Reason unknown, but could have been pre-empted according to @YRfan23 [listed regularly in historical newspapers, so if pre-empted, would have been an unplanned pre-emption]


    June 11, 1991 - October 2, 1991: 4 pre-emptions, 2 confirmed, 1 candidate. Status: open




    So, the reason why I trust that UCLA-based date is that only a few episodes earlier, on June 3, we get to #9019, which is in the P&G Corporate Archives (as well as the Museum of Broadcast Communications). That one matches up with #9025, so there would not have been any pre-emptions.


    Of course, there is a slight chance the June 3/#9025 combination could be off, but either way, we are looking for 2 more pre-emptions in between June 3 and October 2.


    June 3, 1991 - June 11, 1991: 0 pre-emptions. Status: closed

  14. From December 10, 1991 onwards, the next checkpoint is October 2, 1991, #9102, which is in the P&G Archives and therefore a non-UCLA source. 2 episodes were pre-empted, one of which we know for sure:

    November 28, 1991: Thanksgiving


    For the remaining pre-emption, I have 2 potential candidates. Both episodes are listed as airing in the newspapers, but there could have been unplanned pre-emptions:


    October 9, 1991: dual Baseball game??

    October 11, 1991: Clarence Thomas hearings?? 


    Out of the two, the CT hearings seem a more likely candidate, as the dual Baseball game would have surely been planned and therefore appeared in the listings? But now I'm speculating and I try to do as little of that as I can.


    October 2, 1991 - December 10, 1991: 2 pre-emptions, 1 confirmed, 2 candidates. Status: open




    Since the UCLA dates in the last few posts got a bit messy, here is this entire period between non-UCLA checkpoints:


    October 2, 1991 (#9102) is in the P&G Archives, as is November 10, 1992 (#9381). In between, there were 10 pre-emptions. We know about these 9: 

    November 28, 1991: Thanksgiving

    December 25, 1991: Christmas

    December 31, 1991: New Year's Eve

    January 1, 1992: New Year's Day

    February 17, 1992: Olympics

    March 19, 1992: NCAA Men's Basketball

    March 20, 1992: NCAA Men's Basketball

    September 7, 1992: US Open

    September 11, 1992: US Open


    For the remaining pre-emption, we have these two candidates:


    October 9, 1991: dual Baseball game??

    October 11, 1991: Clarence Thomas hearings?? 


    October 2, 1991 - November 10, 1992: 10 pre-emptions, 9 confirmed, 2 candidates. Status: open

  15. 11 hours ago, kalbir said:

    I think this might be CBS Sports coverage of the Lillehammer Olympics.


    I think this might be CBS Sports coverage of the Albertville Olympics.


    CBS Sports' last Olympics was Nagano in 1998. If CBS did pre-empt the weekday daytime schedule for coverage of the Nagano Olympics, the most likely date would be Monday February 16, 1998, which was also President's Day.


    I have the February 16, 1998 episode as pre-empted! Thanks for filling in those blanks for '92 and '94. What about '96? The only Monday I have left that could possibly be pre-empted is Monday February 26, 1996. Do you happen to know if that matches up with the Olympics? 

    Do you know when CBS Sports coverage of the Olympics began? I have Monday February 19, 1990 pre-empted as well. In 1988 I have no info on any of the February Mondays. In 1986, however, all of the February Mondays seem to have aired for ATWT.

  16. 2 hours ago, Paul Raven said:

    thank you for alerting me to this fabulous resource. 


    You liked that? 


    Procter & Gamble Television Script Collection:



    The Irna Phillips Papers:

    http://digicoll.library.wisc.edu/cgi/f/findaid/findaid-idx?c=wiarchives;cc=wiarchives;q1=as the world turns;rgn=main;view=text;didno=uw-whs-us0076an


    Guide To The Community Life TV Soap Operas Collection:



    As The World Turns Collection:



    William And Lee Bell Collection Of Scripts For Television Soap Operas:



    Ahh, if only I lived near one of these places...

  17. I stumbled on something interesting while I was doing some research for the episode list. The contents of the Bridget & Jerome Dobson Papers, a collection held in Wisconsinhttp://digicoll.library.wisc.edu/cgi/f/findaid/findaid-idx?c=wiarchives;cc=wiarchives;q1=as the world turns;rgn=main;view=text;didno=uw-whs-mss01082


    The whole page looks like a wealth of information, but I was particularly interested at some of the character names included. April Montgomery? I wonder if this list includes characters that were created, but ultimateley never used. At least I have never heard of the name April Montgomery before. I guess she could have been Bart's sister or his new wife?


    These are the characters I have never heard of before. Does anyone have any info on any of these? Did they actually appear on the show?


    Garth Basnum

    Barney Hollister (Brad and Eric's father? I believe their other brother was named Stan?)

    Jace Hutchinson

    April Montgomery

    Skye Sullivan (Cody's mother? sister?)

  18. OK, the next bit gets a bit tricky, so bear with me. I want to take you through the thinking process, but if you want the short version, skip to the section on the bottom of this post...


    We left things at August 3, 1992 (#9312). The next number I have is #9177 on January 20, 1992, which is also in the UCLA Library. Trying to connect those two numbers tells us that 5 episodes must have been pre-empted in between. We know about 3 of them:


    February 17, 1992: Winter Olympics Coverage [thanks @kalbir for confirming]

    March 19, 1992: NCAA Men's Basketball

    March 20, 1992: NCAA Men's Basketball


    For the remaining 2 pre-emptions, we unfortunately have no leads:


    January 20, 1992 - August 3, 1992: 5 pre-emptions, 3 confirmed, 2 unknown. Status: open




    The next confirmed number, also from th UCLA Library, is #9149 on December 10, 1991. This would mean that only 1 episode would have been pre-empted in between December 10 and January 20, yet I have 3 pre-emptions confirmed:


    December 25, 1991: Christmas

    December 31, 1991: New Year's Eve

    January 1, 1992: New Year's Day


    December 10, 1991 - January 20, 1992: 1 pre-emption, yet 3 confirmed. Status: system failure




    However, if we combine these two sections, we find that in between December 10 and August 3, a total of 6 episodes must have been pre-empted and we have exactly 6 pre-emptions confirmed. Therefore, it seems like either the date or the number is off for the #9177/January 20, 1991 entry in the UCLA Library. Now, this is a bit of a slippery slope, as both of the other episodes used for reference (August 3, 1992 and December 10, 1991) come from the UCLA Library as well. If this one entry is off, who's to say the others are correct? So, in my next post, not only will I tie the December 10, 1991 episode to the next non-UCLA checkpoint, but I will also tie that checkpoint to November 10, 1992, which was the last non-UCLA checkpoint we've encountered. 


    December 10, 1991 - August 3, 1992: 6 pre-emptions, all confirmed. Status: closed




  19. Two tidbits:


    On 10/10/2019 at 3:29 PM, adrnyc said:

    I’m currently watching 1990. Either the episode on YouTube for Tuesday February 20th is labeled wrong or the show was pre-empted on Monday February 19th. The Tuesday February 20th episode picks up immediately from where Friday February 16th ended. I know you’ve been trying to figure out where some pre-emptions occurred. That may be one of your missing spots. Or, as I said, ATWST might just has the wrong date on that episode. Either way, I hope the information is helpful. Thanks for all the work you’ve put in to this project!


    I just found that February 20, 1990 is indeed listed as pre-empted in the historical listings. Thanks again @adrnyc for putting me on this trail. I believed it already, but it's nice to see it confirmed!

    I have also just added the Christmas pre-emptions to the post above, but in researching those dates I came upon an issue that I'd like to ask your help on. 

    There is an episode named "Christmas 1989" on Oakdalian's channel, as well as on the AsTheWorldStillTurns channel under 12 25 89. It is one of the classic episodes that aired years later on (I believe) SoapNet, as end credits have been added to the episode in the 90s style, which unfortunatly makes it more difficult to date the episode (as Dan Region's voice-overs usually provide a hint).


    However, I have just found out that December 25, 1989 is actually listed as pre-empted in some of these historical newspapers. Now, I know these listings are never a 100% certain, but the ones I've found so far have been very reliable. They largely match up with pre-emptions I had known about previously. There are probably a number of pre-emptions that don't appear in these listings (as they were unplanned), but I doubt it's the other way around. If a pre-emption appears in the listings, I doubt it would have aired instead. 


    Long story short: I have a semi-credibly source confirming that the December 25, 1989 episode was pre-empted. I'm now wondering if the date on that episode could be wrong. Oakdalian only has it as "Christmas" not "December 25", and I could imagine AsTheWorldStillTurns having assumed that to mean December 25.


    So, the question that arises: Is it possible that this episode aired on a different date? Maybe December 26? December 22? Would anyone be able to shed some light on this?


  20. All right, so we've made our way backwards to May 12, 1995 and episode #10000. The next (going backwards) confirmed episode number is #9932 on February 3, 1995, which is in the collection held by the UCLA Library. To make the numbers work, 2 episodes need to have been pre-empted in between those dates. And indeed, we have both pre-emptions verified:


    March 16, 1995: NCAA Men's Basketball

    March 17, 1995: NCAA Men's Basketball

    February 3, 1995 - May 12, 1995: 2 pre-emptions; 2 confirmed. Status: closed




    The next era is a big one. Episode #9548 aired on July 12, 1993, and is held by the P&G Corporate Archives. In between these two dates, there need to have been no fewer than 25 pre-emptions. Of course, this is the O.J. Simpson era (which actually also includes a lot of random, one-off, not-O.J.-related pre-emptions), so who knows if we will ever get to the bottom of this one. I have 10 pre-emptions confirmed currently:


    September 6, 1993: US Open

    September 10, 1993: US Open

    November 25, 1993: Thanksgiving Thursday

    December 24, 1993: Christmas Eve

    December 31, 1993: New Year's Eve

    January 17, 1994: Northridge Earthquake coverage

    February 1/2, 1994: "The Bell Tower" was re-broadcast on the 2nd, because it had been pre-empted in parts of the country

    February 21, 1994: Winter Olympics Coverage [thanks @kalbir for confirming]

    December 30, 1994: Extended New Year's Eve holiday

    January 2, 1995: Extended New Year's Eve holiday


    In addition, there are 5 pre-emptions that, although unconfirmed, seem highly likely:


    March 17, 1994: NCAA Men's Basketball

    March 18, 1994: NCAA Men's Basketball

    September 5, 1994: US Open

    September 9, 1994: US Open

    November 24, 1994: Thanksgiving Thursday


    Even with those pre-emptions included, we still need 10 more dates. I have the following written down as potential candidates:

    September 13, 1993: Oslo Accords signing? [listed as airing, but could be an unplanned pre-emption?]

    June 30, 1994: O.J. Simpson?

    July 1, 1994: O.J. Simpson?

    July 4, 1994: O.J. Simpson?

    July 5, 1994: O.J. Simpson?

    July 6, 1994: O.J. Simpson?

    July 7, 1994: O.J. Simpson?

    July 8, 1994: O.J. Simpson?

    November 25, 1994: Thanksgiving Friday??? [seems highly unlikely, as Thanksgiving Friday aired in '93 and '95]

    January 24, 1995: O.J. Simpson opening statement?


    Unfortunately, 1994 is pretty much the one year that is largely missing from my historical tv listings sources. I'm also sad to find magilla71's YouTube channel has gone missing, as they were systematically uploading '94 episodes, which were being dated in the comment sections. 


    July 12, 1993 - February 3, 1995: 25 pre-emptions, 10 verified, 5 highly likely; 9 potential candidates; 1 highly unlikely. Status: Open




    But for some good news, following that frustrating period: The next five (smaller) cases have been closed.


    "Jelinda's Theme" debuted in episode #9437 on February 3, 1993 ("The World Turns On And On" was last seen the day before in #9436), which means 2 episodes were pre-empted:


    March 18, 1993: NCAA Men's Basketball

    March 19, 1993: NCAA Men's Basketball


    February 3, 1993 - July 12, 1993: 2 pre-emptions, both confirmed. Status: closed




    Episode #9381 aired on November 10, 1992 and is held by the P&G Corporate Archives. 5 pre-emptions are needed, all have been confirmed:


    November 26, 1992: Thanksgiving Thursday

    December 25, 1992: Christmas

    December 31, 1992: New Year's Eve

    January 1, 1993: New Year's Day

    January 20, 1993: Clinton inauguration


    November 10, 1992 - February 2, 1993: 5 pre-emptions, all confirmed. Status: closed




    The UCLA Library holds the September 8, 1992 episode, which is #9337. 1 episode was pre-empted, and we know which one it is:


    September 11, 1992: US Open


    September 8, 1992 - November 10, 1992: 1 pre-emption, confirmed. Status: closed




    The UCLA Library also holds the August 24, 1992 episode, which is #9327. 1 episode was pre-empted, and we know it:


    September 7, 1992: US Open


    August 24, 1992 - September 8, 1992: 1 pre-emption, confirmed. Status: closed




    And it doesn't end there, the library also has August 4 (and 3), which is #9313 (and #9312). Those numbers line up perfectly with the previous ones, which means there were no pre-emptions in between.


    August 4, 1992 - August 24, 1992: no pre-emptions. Status: closed




  21. 18 hours ago, Brolden said:

    It seems safe to assume (but it's still only assuming!), therefore that November 23, 1995 is our missing pre-emption, and that the show aired on November 24, 1995 (Following this logic, it then also seems reasonable to assume the Thanksgiving Friday aired in '94 as well, but we'll get to that).


    I just looked over some notes I took a while back on the collection held by the Paley Center, and it turns out they actually have the November 24, 1995 episode in their collection (title: Carly And Rosanna Are Rescued From A Burning Car).


    Firstly, this means that Thanksgiving Friday aired in '95, much like '91, '92 and '93. It therefore seems extremely likely that Thanksgiving Friday would have aired in '94 as well. 


    Secondly, that means I now have only one (strong) suspicion for our one remaining pre-emption: Thursday November 23, 1995 (Thanksgiving). Since Thanksgiving Thursdays were pre-empted all through the 90s and beyond, it seems like we have connected May 12, 1995 to March 18, 1997. I sure wish I was able to confirm that final pre-emption though. 


    I should probably also mention that there is one slight issue with the numbers as I've figured them so far. I believe I have mentioned this before, but the Scrapbook includes a behind-the-scenes look at the making of an episode, which is said to be #10155, and said to have aired on December 22, 1995. By my current count, #10155 aired on December 20, 1995, while #10157 aired on December 22, 1995. Since the Scrapbook contains many errors, and the alignment of that date and episode number contradicts all my other sources, I'm considering this to most likely be a mistake. However, I'm still keeping it in the back of my mind to check with later findings. 

  22. Having said all that, I am, as I said, currently working on a major overhaul of the list. This time, I am working my way backwards. Since so little is known about the early years, it just makes more sense to use the final episode number (#13858) as a reference point. 

    I'm sorry if what I'm about to do sounds a bit like a monologue, but I want to document the steps I take to provide clarity for myself and others. I've done this before in the ATWT discussion thread. What I will do is I will cut the list up in smaller pieces, to see which ones I can already connect and which individual episodes provide the biggest question marks.


    For the final 13 years of the show, there is a lot of material around. As a result, I have every episode confirmed (either because it's on youtube, or because there are recaps around somewhere) from 1998 onwards. The first episode (going backwards) that I do NOT have confirmed is the March 17, 1997 episode. Therefore the first period is:


    March 18, 1997 - September 17, 2010: 131 pre-emptions, all confirmed. Status: closed.


    Going backwards further, the first confirmed episode number we encounter is May 12, 1995, which is #10000. If I count every weekday between May 12, 1995 and March 18, 1997, the latter would be episode 10482. Since we have connected the 1997 episode to the final episode number, we know it must be #10466, meaning there were 16 pre-emptions in between. I have 15 of those 16 pre-emptions confirmed:


    September 4, 1995: US Open

    September 8, 1995: US Open

    December 29, 1995: Extended New Year's? [confirmed from an episode]

    January 1, 1996: New Year's Day

    March 14, 1996: NCAA Men's Basketball

    March 15, 1996: NCAA Men's Basketball

    September 2, 1996: US Open

    September 6, 1996: US Open

    November 28, 1996: Thanksgiving

    November 29, 1996: Thanksgiving  

    December 31, 1996: New Year's Eve

    January 1, 1997: New Year's Day

    March 7, 1997: President Clinton news coverage [episode was re-broadcast on March 10]

    March 13, 1997: NCAA Men's Basketball

    March 14, 1997: NCAA Men's Basketball


    That leaves 1 other pre-emption. I have 2 more suspected pre-emptions: Thanksgiving Thursday & Friday 1995. 


    Here's where I went wrong before: I didn't have the US Open '95 or the NYE '96 confirmed at th time, so I was looking for 4 more pre-emptions. Since Thanksgiving and US Open both seemed like pairs, I assumed that those four episodes were pre-empted, while NYE '96 aired. I now know it didn't. 


    When we check the Thanksgiving pre-emptions above, we'll see that the Thursday was always pre-empted from the early 70s onwards, while there was a period in the mid-90s when the Friday actually aired.


    It seems safe to assume (but it's still only assuming!), therefore that November 23, 1995 is our missing pre-emption, and that the show aired on November 24, 1995 (Following this logic, it then also seems reasonable to assume the Thanksgiving Friday aired in '94 as well, but we'll get to that).


    May 12, 1995 - March 18, 1997: 16 pre-emptions, 15 confirmed, 1 assumed. Status: open




    25 minutes ago, jam6242 said:

    @Brolden There would not have been an NCAA basketball pre-emption in 1956.  The tournament was held in March and the show premiered in April.


    Haha, oops, excellent point. I'll amend that. I'm reasonably sure that the tournament was only broadcast on CBS from '91 onwards anyway.  

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