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  1. Maybe Stefano was a masochist. Marlena "killed" him in 1985 and from there on out, he just couldn't help but wuv her. Granted, it was from afar until 1994, but ...
  2. And if that doesn't work, an alley fight it is. (Sorry, I ended up seeing Harlem Nights over the weekend. It, uh, lives up to its reputation.)
  3. "Well now, Mr. Weston, considering your, uh, skills, we recommend you take over the Village Bicycle rental pavilion. If that doesn't interest you, there's a few openings at the pogo stick factory or the hammock store."
  4. Why on earth would the columnist think the 1981-83 opening credits were blatantly similar to the ones running on SFT and OLTL at the time? Am I missing something?
  5. Bringing back Pat Randolph on GL would have been genius. It's not like AW or NBC was doing anything with her.
  6. Roman has deserved much better than he's gotten since 1991. It didn't have to be a game of King of the Mountain. And I want to say he regained his memory from being struck by lightning in Aremid.
  7. I'm intrigued by how Marlena would have spent the rest of the '90s sans John and Roman. Would she become more of a talk-to character (as Maggie was)? Would we have gotten storylines with Marlena and Laura collaborating on patients? Could Eric have come back sooner? Or Johnny, the now-adult she nearly adopted in the '80s? What if the show ripped off Another World and had Marlena and Stefano becoming a genuinely loving couple?
  8. Bad Boys For Life veers from calculated, crowd-pleasing antics to laughable attempts at serious drama so often, I thought I was watching a Rocky sequel.

  9. Yes, definitely. The show just could not re-create the magic, no matter how hard they tried. I re-watched a few episodes from the mid-2000s and found myself thinking how pointless it was to saddle Tabitha with Baby Endora (and her speech bubbles).
  10. I could see that happening. I'll see if I can't find anything from that time frame.
  11. Western Washington area, August 1981: KOMO, the ABC station in Seattle, aired EDGE at 9:30 a.m. The station ran The Brady Bunch at 3. EDGE could also be seen at 3 p.m. on CBUT, the CBC station in Vancouver. Family Feud and ABC's four other soaps aired at the same time (11:00 a.m.-3 p.m.) on KOMO and CKVU, an independent station in Vancouver. KING, the NBC station, aired Seattle Today rather than Las Vegas Gambit, Blockbusters and Wheel of Fortune (which all aired 9-10:30 a.m. on KCPQ, an independent station in Tacoma). Password Plus, Card Sharks and the four soaps all ran in pattern (10:30 a.m.-3 p.m.) on KING, with AW also airing at 1 on CHEK and CHAN, the CTV stations in Victoria and Vancouver. TEXAS didn't air at 2 p.m. in Victoria, passed up for The Alan Thicke Show. KIRO, the CBS station in Seattle, aired TPIR at 10 and Y&R at 11 a.m., followed by news and the rest of the soaps. KVOS, the CBS station in Bellingham, aired Y&R at 10 a.m., followed by Dick Van Dyke reruns, SFT at 11:30, Donahue at 12, John Davidson at 1 and the Alice/Jeffersons rerun block at 2.
  12. ABC's fall '76 lineup with lower Michigan affiliates (five stations) 11:30 a.m.: Happy Days reruns (did not air in Traverse City, which aired The 700 Club) 12 p.m.: Hot Seat (aired at 10:30 a.m. in Flint and Grand Rapids, which both aired news at 12) 12:30 p.m.: All My Children (aired statewide) 1 p.m.: Ryan's Hope (aired statewide) 1:30 p.m.: Family Feud (aired statewide) 2 p.m.: The $20,000 Pyramid (aired statewide) 2:30 p.m.: One Life to Live (aired statewide) 3:15 p.m.: General Hospital (aired statewide) 4 p.m.: The Edge of Night (aired at 11 a.m. in Detroit, which aired a movie at 4; also aired at 11 a.m. in Flint, which aired The Wild, Wild West reruns at 4; aired at 11 a.m. in Grand Rapids, which aired The Flintstones; aired at 11 a.m. in Battle Creek, which aired Speed Racer)
  13. NBC's fall '76 lineup with lower Michigan's five stations: 10 a.m.: Sanford and Son reruns (aired statewide) 10:30 a.m.: Celebrity Sweepstakes (aired statewide) 11 a.m.: Wheel of Fortune (aired statewide) 11:30 a.m.: The Hollywood Squares (aired statewide) 12 p.m.: The Fun Factory (Cheboygan/Traverse City aired Lassie reruns; Detroit aired To Tell the Truth; Bay City and Grand Rapids aired news) 12:30 p.m.: The Gong Show (Detroit, which aired The Gong Show at 9:30 a.m., ran news in this slot; Grand Rapids aired The Mike Douglas Show) 1 p.m.: Open half-hour (Cheboygan/Traverse City and Bay City aired The Fun Factory; Detroit and Jackson aired Somerset) 1:30 p.m.: Days of Our Lives (aired statewide) 2:30 p.m.: The Doctors (aired statewide) 3 p.m.: Another World (aired statewide) 4 p.m.: Somerset (Cheyboygan/Traverse City and Grand Rapids aired cartoons; Detroit aired Dinah!; Bay City aired Dark Shadows reruns; Jackson aired children's programming)
  14. How affiliates in lower Michigan (six total stations) aired CBS's fall of '76 daytime lineup: 10 a.m.: The Price Is Right (aired on most stations, except in Saginaw, which aired the conclusion of The Mike Douglas Show and the start of The 700 Club) 11 a.m.: Gambit (didn't air in Detroit, which ran Tattletales on a delay, and Saginaw, which aired The 700 Club) 11:30 a.m.: Love of Life (aired at this time on most stations, except in Detroit, which aired Y&R) 12 p.m.: The Young and the Restless (Detroit and Lansing aired news instead) 12:30 p.m.: Search for Tomorrow (aired at this time statewide) 1 p.m.: Open-half hour (Detroit aired Love of Life, Lansing aired The Young and the Restless) 1:30 p.m.: As the World Turns (aired at this time statewide) 2:30 p.m.: The Guiding Light (aired at this time statewide) 3 p.m.: All in the Family reruns (aired at this time statewide) 3:30 p.m.: Match Game '76 (aired at this time statewide) 4 p.m.: Tattletales (did not air at this time in Detroit, which aired The Mike Douglas Show; aired at 9:30 a.m. in Lansing, which ran children's programming at 4; did not air in Saginaw, which ran cartoons at 4)
  15. And now that I've looked it up, Lexi Randall ("Randa Oliver") is 40. She was born on the first day of the next to last decade of the twentieth century. Which means Mrs. Oliver got a visit from Barbara Mandrell, I guess.
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