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  1. Send me a PM--I have to find and upload it but of course I will as soon as I eventually can Yeah--if I recall correctly they only allowed so much scanning per visit (and some things couldn't be scanned at all, albeit not much that interested me) though I also snuck a few phone pics... I wonder why they changed the policy? I did mention that it was for research purposed (which was true, more or less ) At any rate, it goes up to the 1984 Olympics and obviously was written before Marland came on--and, from all I can tell, is largely what the first year ended up being, so I think Agn
  2. Brooke is an original character *and* actor. So it makes no sense to me to not show at least ONE 80s episode. Y&R has been better with the episodes they pick but I felt the same way about the Katherine week--couldn't they have shown a couple of 70s episodes? Something from the 80s? I get that they want to feature characters and actors still familiar to new watchers--but these are cases where they can do just that...
  3. I have a 100 page "Love" bible copyrighted to Agnes Nixon in 1982 scanned from her Northwestern archives if that counts (The town has a different name, the characters don't...)
  4. The Fan Who Knew Too Much is a terrific read (and not just for the soap opera chapter)--I actually quoted from it for my MA essay on homosexuality in soap operas (in an intro section going over the history as briefly as possible). I believe it is in that book, but I may be thinking of a different one, where it is suggested that John M. Young, who took over writing Right to Happiness in 1942 until it ended in 1960, managed to "out-Irna" Irna Phillips in his storylines (I wonder if he wrote for anything else). I will say that aside from Guiding Light, the radio soap opera that has grabbed me t
  5. The October/November 1992 All My Children/Loving cross over (advertised in joint promos as Corinth/Pine Valley: Fatal Connection) involving Carter Jones was what hooked me on Loving. I didn't even know there was a soap called Loving until it aired so, while the crossover didn't do much for Loving's ratings in general, it did work on me. There used to be at least one episode of the climax of the story which took place over a week on Loving with Trevor, Jackson and Jeremy tracking Carter to Corinth, I can no longer find it. But there are a number of AMC episodes from the weeks before when
  6. Yeah, it's a bit sneaky to always mention GL's long run because there were extended periods (at least two) where it was off the air. (From Wiki: The show was cancelled by NBC twice, once in 1939 and once in 1946. The first time on October 13, 1939, it was brought back by popular demand of the listening audience and began again only four months later in January 22, 1940. (Although some of the characters, Rose Kransky and part of her family, briefly transitioned to another Phillips' creation, The Right to Happiness, with Phillips bringing back the characters to The Guiding Light when NBC r
  7. Whose writing did people like the most? I remember enjoying much of Margaret DePriest's run.
  8. Does anyone buy that they really were considering keeping AW around for long?
  9. Wonderful photos. Thanks All My Shadows. I actually really appreciated how the Richie stuff was done (I think it started under Brown/Esensten?) For well over a month he was a bartender at Krystal's who honestly I just thought was a bit player--he had a few lines, seemed like a good guy, etc. So I was genuinely surprised when it was revealed that he was a villain stalking Babe, etc--
  10. When I discovered radio episodes of GL on the 90s (I got sent a disc with about a hundred) they were all from this story, starting with the death of Chukie (who was forced by his father to be more masculine leading to his death)--really great stuff. Interesting that the Guiding Light spin-off (and apparently extremely popular) The Right to Happiness was no longer on the same radio network (I believe it was on NBC which is where Guiding Light was until the mid or late 40s).
  11. Annie was dull as a good girl/damsel in distress. The whole reveal with Richie and her turning out to be the nutcase was, I almost hate to admit, a very smart move as was Pratt's writing for her in general (again I hate to admit). As for Cecily. I was introduced to her in her second run so NEVER got the appeal. It didn't help that they paired her with Lawford's Charlie, ick (I just hated his character--I wish no disrespect on the actor, RIP)
  12. Yes, Malone mentioned that in one interview (was it the video that student made?)
  13. I always wonder if they did such a lousy anniversary episode (this was after AMC had already done a classic one for their 20th and then would go all out later for their 25th) because Malone and Gottlieb had already done the great week of flashbacks for Megan's death just a year or two before...
  14. I have no idea if this link will work, but an Italian member of the Loving FB page posted an episode from June 1983--*yes* the very first week of Loving! Unfortunately... it's in Italian. But still fascinating to watch. https://www.facebook.com/christiangilles.collet/videos/1338972776141981/ Thank you! Nice to be back!! The City was actually my intro to JE--and it was love at first sight (I actually had seen the classic episode of her witholding her father's heart medication on GH before, but that was all). I think for some reason she really tied the show together--maybe it'
  15. From my years of being obsessed/fascinated with Loving and talking a bit to various people involved etc, Nixon was actually much more involved early on than many seem to credit her as being--I'm pretty certain of this. The basic set up was done by Nixon and Wakefield -- Marland only really tweaking things, it seems. Nixon was keen on focusing from the start on three social issues--incest, Vietnam PTSD and AIDS. Those were her ideas (or she sure took credit for them, anyway). Patrick Mulcahey, who co-scripted with Marland the pilot to Nixon's story, has also said that that first year at
  16. I've said it before but will say it again--the final six months of The City were *great*. It had really come into its own and was the soap I looked forward to the most. I think the writing was already on the wall by then (ABC still didn't own the show and it was apparently very expensive to shoot) but the ratings were actually going up IIRC--unlike the other ABC soaps at the time which were all starting to have issues. VERY slowly, but they were. ABC was into Aussie hunks at the time. Was it around the time Ingo joined GH? AMC also had around 1997 Tanner Jordan, played by another
  17. I realize this is an old post, but I haven't seen a reply. ABC did not own Loving (or The City) strangely. It was owned by the company Agnes set up with her husband Dramatic Creations (always given the copyright credit at the end--and not to be confused with the first company Agnes and her husband set up for AMC and OLTL before ABC bought them--Creative Horizons).
  18. Right. I've also heard that Ruth Warrick insisted on cue cards even after AMC had officially dropped them and, of course, they obliged. I think with older actors like her and Jeanne Cooper, there was no shame in using them as they were in the industry when they were the norm. And that's a good point about radio soaps. I'm a fan of BBC radio's insanely long running The Archers and they still always read the scripts when recording (I'm always amazed we don't hear pages turning).
  19. Twin Peaks is included in a number of soap books I have from the early 90s (ones that cover prime time soaps...) and the original show WAS modeled after soaps, so I think it's... somewhat fair (they cover Dallas and Knots), though I suspect it is largely done to seem trendy and with it. I know DAYS was using a teleprompter into the 2000s (for all I know they still are--the direction and acting style on that show have always been so static, it would be easier to pull off) but I think for the most part they meant cuecards/teleprompters as the same thing. I know it was a big deal when AM
  20. The irony is I've read that ABC actually hired Rauch because they hoped OLTL wouldn't go the GH route and would be a sophisticated drawing room drama--like Rauch's AW was (I think the OLTL official trivia book says as much). But Rauch was uninterested in that and wanted to go all out, doing his attempt at Hollywood blockbusters, etc.
  21. Love reading your thoughts--as it also helps me remember the show at this time.
  22. LOL Showing "classic" episodes during the holidays has been a thing on ABC and CBS anyway since the 90s... LONG before FB.
  23. So was it number one in NYC or just for its time period?
  24. Yes LOL I dunno--I didn't find the characters on Cucumber to be remotely stereotypical considering how we usually see gay men depicted--I do get the unlikeable thing (something that never bothers me--the original QAF of course got that same criticism not sure which version you were commenting on) but I think with more episodes (especially the amazing one involving the death of a major character--one of the best hours of TV I've seen) they grew in depth. But YMMV.
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