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  1. GL now joins some illustrious company in the cancelled soap thread. Let's share memories and ask questions here.
  2. Another World

    In honor of AW's 45th anniversary,I thought I'd start this thread and perhaps all future posts concerning this show could be in one place.at present there are several threads. Here's a description from Irna Phillips at the time of debut. "What I want to say is that none of us can face reality 24 hours a day. We must have private 'worlds', made up of our down dreams and pleasures and emotions, into which to retreat. Otherwise, it would be simply too much!" The story follows the lives of the families of two brothers, William and James Matthews, in a suburban university town. It opens with the death of William, then shows how the sad events affects the widow and their children and the other brother and his family. Grandma Matthews gets into the action, to. The writer promises to relate to contemporary problems; two of them she mentioned are school dropouts and illegitimacy.
  3. In honor of Search debuting this week 58 years ago,I thought I'd start an official thread for this sometime neglected soap, Search seems to have a reputation as a failed soap based on the ratings and stories of the NBC years,but during it's CBS run was amazingly successful - throughout the 50's and 60's,always placing in the top 5 shows. Let the memories and questions begin....
  4. The SON Daytime Drama Video Archive Collection

    May i suggest another 120 min collection tracing the story of Kay and Jill on Y&R from their first encounter until Brenda Dickson's last scene with Jeanne Cooper before her departure in 79.
  5. Highest Rated Episodes Ever

    Anyone interested in ratings should check the Cancelled soap thread for ratings from the 50's thru 80s. Days hit #1 for Steve and Kayla's wedding with an 8.1/26 rating. What that meant in terms of viewers I'm not sure as Nielson measurements changed over the years, Days had higher ratings in the 70s but not sure if that translated into higher viewership. It would be intersting to see the numbers for Doug and Julie's wedding for example.
  6. Soap Opera Pet Peeves

    Nobody ever watches TV, unless it's for a plot point and then some big ass TV will be oddly positioned on the set for that purpose. It would be much more natural to have a character watching TV (some generic background voice/music) and then hit mute/off when the phone call/visitor arrives.
  7. They Almost Became

    Just read that Larry Bryggman won the role of Mike Bauer on GL in 1963 but was drafted into the Army and had to forgo the role.
  8. Mark LaMura passes away

    He was 68 years old.
  9. As The World Turns Discussion Thread

    I think Larry's issues would have been more about the changes at the show in that John was no longer being written as a central dynamic character. I'm sure the money was an issue as he would have been commanding quite a hefty salary at one time and as we know ,everyone was being handed less lucrative deals throughout the 90's and beyond. If anything,Larry would have had more time for outside projects in the later years. Did he do much theater at that time?
  10. Y&R: Old Articles

    For whatever reason, Bill Bell pulled the plug on Kay/Felipe. Felipe could have easily returned to GC and the'from two different worlds' story could have played out. I may be messing up timelines, but after Kay and Felipe parted ways wasn't this when JC was offscreen for a few months without explanation and then Kay returned and hooked up with Cash. Was Jeanne in rehab at that time, so Bell had to write out Felipe? Or am I way off base?
  11. Cancelled Soaps Cast Lists

    Joyce played Janet in 1956 and 57
  12. Soap Opera Pet Peeves

    Multi national corporations being run with a staff of 3 from one office in a small town. Millionaires/billionaires who never travel.No summer vacations spent at the villa in the South of France.A tiny cabin out of town is the closest they get. Criminals walking free and being forgiven or serving a short jail term. Anyone who is admitted to hospital always has a private room.
  13. Most Ridiculous Soap Moments

    Y&R Kevin being tormented by a chipmunk. DOOL (mainly) Latex face masks that are completely lifelike and miraculously also change the wearers body shape.
  14. Another World

    I recall Afternoon TV had a story about it Search was the least changed in that the font and visuals were similar. AW just needed to modernize the concentric circle visual.The silhouettes and new title font weren't necessary.
  15. Y&R: September 2017 Discussion Thread

    Would like to stay positive, but really can't see Mal doing anything to improve the show. The main characters are played out and the storylines are not giving them anything fresh to re-energise them.
  16. Guiding Light discussion thread

    OK Wasn't sure who that was. How long was she on and why was she dropped?
  17. As The World Turns Discussion Thread

    The Dobsons re-invented Tom as this hip anti-establishment type ,which was completely different to what he had been previously (see Tom Tammi as Tom in the 79 eps online) So they pretty much obliterated any references to his past and Carol was a casualty of that. They obviously had a mandate from P&G to modernize the show and viewer's perceptions and decided that dropping the Hughes family as they had been was the way forward. Chris and Nancy were sidelined and when contracts came up,Helen Wagner walked and Don accepted recurring. Don was written out when his contract was up and Bob was given the awful Miranda romance.Lisa was also marginalised. Jay was another old hat character the Dobsons dropped.I think the Dennis Cooney was dropped and Carol just referenced Jay for months until he was killed off.
  18. DAYS: August 2017 Episode Rankings & Stats

    Thanks Jason. Interesting that 2 recurring actors are in the Top 10 for the month and that a gay character is in the Top 10 for the year. Puts paid to those who say that gay characters have a limited place on the canvas or are hard to integrate into the story
  19. Ratings from the 60's

    December 65 Daytime's Top 20 1. As The World Turns CBS 1.30 - 2.00 13.8 (NBC Let's Make a Deal,ABC Ben Casey) 2. Password CBS 2.00 - 2.30 12.1 (NBC Days of Our Lives,ABC The Nurses) 3. House Party CBS 2.30 - 3.00 11.8 (NBC The Doctors,ABC A Time For Us) 4. The Guiding Light CBS 12.45 - 1.00 11.9 (NBC Let's Play Post Office ,ABC Father Knows Best) 5. Search For Tomorrow CBS 12.30 -12.45 10.8 (as above) 6. To Tell The Truth CBS 3.00 - 3.25 10.3 (NBC Another World, ABC General Hospital) 7. Secret Storm CBS 4.00 - 4.30 10.3 (NBC Match Game, ABC Never Too Young) 8. Edge Of Night CBS 3.30 - 4.00 8.7 (NBC You Don't Say, ABC The Young Marrieds) 9. Love of Life CBS 12.00 - 12.25 9.2 (NBC Jeopardy, ABC Donna Reed Show) 10. News CBS 3.25 - 3.30 9.1 (see #6) 11. Dick Van Dyke CBS 11.30 - 12.00 9.1 (NBC Paradise Bay, ABC Missing Links) 12. Andy of Mayberry CBS 11.00 - 11.30 8.2 (NBC Morning Star, ABC Get The Message) 13. Match Game NBC 4.00 - 4.30 7.4 (CBS Secret Storm,ABC Never Too Young) 14. Yiu Don't Say NBC 3.30 - 4.00 6.9 (CBS Edge of Night, ABC The Young Marrieds) 15. General Hospital ABC 3.00 -3.30 6.9 (NBC Another World CBS To Tell The Truth) 16. News CBS 12.25 - 12.30 6.8 (see #9) 17, Another world NBC 3.00 - 3.30 6.5 (ABC General Hospital,CBS To Tell The Truth) 18. The Doctors NBC 2.30 -3.00 6.3 (ABC A Time For Us, CBS House Party) 19. Where The Action Is ABC 4.30 - 5.00 6.3 (NBC Local, CBS Local) 20. Concentration NBC 5.8 10.30 - 11.00 (ABC The Price Is Right.CBS I Love Lucy)
  20. Ratings from the 60's

    March 1966 CBS had all of the Top 10 and had its best ratings 1.30 - 3.00 pm. The closest competitor was NBC's You Dont Say with an 11.0 rating. 1.30 ATWT 16.0 2.00 Password 16.6 2.30 House Party 16.6
  21. Ratings from the 80's

    As there is a thread for ratings from the 60's and 70's, I thought I'd get one going for the 80's.ABC pretty much dominated but hopefully we can post figures that give a clearer picture and show fluctuations and any inroads made by CBS and NBC. From Variety Aug 13th 1982 For the two weeks previous AMC had outrated GH with a 9.9/32 share making it the #1 soap.
  22. Ratings from the 80's

    July 1983 CBS won first place in daytime ratings for third consecutive week ending July 17, although not by as great margin as week ending July 10. CBS researchers say CBS captured 7.0 rating to ABC 6.7 and NBC 5.4, to give it six of top 10 shows of week. NBC said that was highest rating since January, 1981, and claimed two shows in top 10.
  23. GH: August 2017 Discussion Thread

    Here's a little tidbit from Jonny from 2007 Posted October 4, 2007 · Report post Jean Passanante needs to be let go from ATWT. Her writing is so dull and boring. Anyways Jean Passnante's celebrated six years with ATWT last month. She started as co-head writer in September 2001 and was co-head writer until May 2005. She replaced Hogan Sheffer in May and has been head writer for close to two and half years. Can anyone believe this woman has lasted as long as she has? The funny thing about Jean Passanante is she has always had a job for about 16 years in daytime. She started her career at OLTL in 1991 in various positions and was promoted to co-head writer at one point. She left OLTL in 1998 to go to AW to finish it's last year out. Then she was with AMC for about two years from 1999-2001. Now she has been at ATWT for six years. Goutman loves her apparently but IMO it is time to make a change. Can anyone believe this woman has lasted this long on ATWT? Six years is a long time.
  24. Search For Tomorrow Discussion Thread

    Thanks for posting. There's always been doubts about the 'lost tape' excuse, but it did get them some publicity. Maybe they should have done a live week to tie in with an anniversary instead.It would have been cool if they could get Lynn Loring to appear as Patti.That would have generated a lot of publicity. Joanna Lee had some good ideas but didn't last long enough to see them through.I wonder why?
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