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I was going to summarize a many page description which the Mary Noble to Mary Hartman book (I know that was an updated version of a book from a few years earlier, I just prefer that title) had for this show, but first, here's the Soap Opera Encyclopedia description.

August 3, 1953-January 8, 1954 NBC

Using some of the storylines from her radio soap When a Girl Marries, Elaine Carrington created this Jane Austin-style TV serial about Ardmore society. Follow Your Heart concerned Julie Fielding's fight to choose a husband outside her social circle, while her mother arranged a more "appropriate" marriage. However, the "follow your heart" theme was dropped and the show evolved into an adventure serial about spies and counterspies. Unfortunately, the show, which aired daily for fifteen minutes at 11:45 A.M., E.S.T., was cancelled after the twenty-third week of a planned twenty-six week cycle. Viewers never got to see Julie being kidnapped by mobsters, her rescue by FBI agent Peter Davis, and Julie and Peter's wedding. The soap, which continued on radi ofor six more years, was produced by Adrian Samish and directed by Norman Morgan.

Cast

Julie Fielding - Sallie Brophy

Mrs. Fielding - Nancy Sheridan

Peter Davis - Grant Williams

Jocelyn Fielding - Laura Weber

Sharon Richard - Maxine Stuart

Sam Fielding - John Seymour

Mrs. MacDonald - Anne Seymour

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So, anyway, to summarize the story mentioned in the book...

Julie Fielding is 19 and lives with her mother and her younger sister, Jocelyn, in Worthington House in Ardmore, on the Main Line. They're old money. Their father lives nearby in a hotel and he and their mother have been separated for years. He is not from money and runs his own one-man scientific research laboratory.

When the show stars, Julie is engaged to rich and well bred Harry Phillips, a neighbor. They are about to have their engagement party. Mother and sister are happy but Julie isn't sure she's making the right decision, as she is only fond of Harry and would rather find love with a stranger.

Julie asks her father, who isn't invited to the engagement party, how to know when you're in love. He says "your heart tells you, just follow your heart."

Julie and Harry argue because she wants to run off to an island and he wants to stay where they are. Julie is less sure than ever about marriage. Then her sister Jocelyn tells her about the gorgeous piano tuner. They meet. He's not actually a piano tuner. His name is Peter Davis and he was there to meet her father for a job interview. He got the wrong address. Julie is fascinated by him and asks if she can drive him to the appointment but he says no, he's independent.

Peter tells her to forget about him, as she's engaged. Julie says, "I remember...I heard a young man play a song of his own...I'll never forget it."

She says he let her see inside his heart. He says he's too poor to be able to afford a heart.

After Peter leaves, the real piano tuner shows up and knows Peter. He tells her Peter has no family but is brilliant and talented. Julie calls her father to tell him why Peter is late and to give him a chance.

That night Harry gives Julie the ring but she isn't able to concentrate on him. She knows Harry loves her and hopes she can love him. She even takes his mother's pearls. But then she runs into Peter working at her father's lab. She asks to drive Peter to his place, but when she asks him to go out to dinner, he says no, what's the point.

Peter has rented a room in the home of the widow and daughter of his old chemistry teacher, Professor Mackenzie. Mackenzie's daughter, Georgie, is an attractive bacterilogist employed at the town waterworks. They become friends. Georgie envies the wealthier Julie. Georgie begins to fall in love with an oblivious Peter, who calls her "Redhead". He tells her about how sad he is for Julie and wishes she had a friend.

Julie tells her father that love has changed her and she'll do anything, if Peter held up a hoop she'd jump through it. She'd scrub floors. Anything. Her father is happy for her. She tells her sister she's breaking the engagement. Then she talks to her mother but doesn't mention Peter. Her mother says love doesn't matter, marrying someone of your own kind matters. Her mother warns Harry and Harry tries to get Julie to go along like nothing has changed.

Julie's father continues to encourage her, and he and the mother argue, as she points out that they shared a passion, and look where it had gotten them.

Julie tries to win Peter but he tells her until her engagement is broken he will not get involved with her.

Meanwhile, a gangster, Nicky Destini, shows up looking for Peter. Viewers learn through Julie's father that Peter had been fired from his last job for a "good and just cause." Julie lies to the gangster that she doesn't know where Peter is and then warns him. Peter tells her to forget she ever met him. She refuses to listen.

Nicky finds Peter, and reveals that he knows Julie's father's lab, the Fielding lab, has been given a government contract, and he will give Peter 50K if Peter passes the information on to him. Peter refuses, but says he will give Nicky the name of another chemist. Nicky doesn't really buy it.

Julie's father Sam, after Peter confides in him about loving Julie but feeling unworthy of her, tells Peter to tell Julie everything and let her make her own mind up. Peter goes to see Julie and waits with her sister until she comes back. Julie arrives with Harry and Harry warns that Julie is his fiance. Julie says she isn't, and that she is breaking away not just from Harry, but from high society life. Peter is thrilled and when he and Julie are alone, they have their first kiss.

Peter still isn't sure about Julie. Meanwhile, after Julie repeatedly talks to Harry, he begins to understand, and is proud of her. He even tries to encourage her mother to support Julie's plans. Now they are friends. She isn't so lucky with Peter, as he still has big doubts. When she tells him that she is going to get a job by volunteering at the country club library, he thinks it's ridiculous and sees it as her continuing to be in some rich girl's idea of real life. He laughs at her. She slaps him. They break up.

Nicky the gangster returns to tell Peter that the boss won't take no for an answer and Peter must be a spy. Peter then reveals that he is worried the FBI will discover he was fired from his old job on suspicion of stealing narcotics. Nicky tells him not to worry.

Georgie meanwhile is thrilled about Peter and Julie breaking up and even gets Julie a job as a clerk at the waterworks. Georgie's mother and Georgie's young admirer, Bob Randall, are worried. Peter still doesn't want to be around Nicky and decides he is going to just quietly leave town. Georgie assumes he has gotten a job elsewhere and tells Julie. Julie rushes to the lab and Peter admits he's in danger. She tells Peter she loves him. She says she isn't afraid of any danger. They embrace.

They plan to get married and move West. Peter is so happy he asks Georgie to go out for a friendly dinner, which she mistakes for more. But eventually she realizes and she asks Peter to be honest with her. Peter is surprised that she has no idea. He says he only wants to be friends, but not to be too upset. "No sad songs. The best of friends must part."

Peter and Julie are waiting to hear from the FBI, as they think the best time to leave would be when his record causes him to lose his job at the lab. But they learn he's been cleared. Peter is asked to meet Sid Hemicker, an old friend who admits he got Peter cleared. Sid asks Peter to help break up "one of the dirtiest rackets that ever operated in this country." Peter says he wants to leave town to be with Julie. Sid says it won't be that simple, and that the mafia boss wants to sell government secrets to a foreign country. He takes Peter to find out more information about these secrets. They are germ warfare, a germ bomb that would kill millions. Peter tells Julie about what he must do.

Viewers meet Nicky's boss, Alfred Lampier. "A young, suave, handsome fellow with a look of evil in his eyes." He talks about the pleasure of pain. He returns with Nicky to Ardmore and tries to find out what's going on. He immediately wins Julie's trust, as he says he owns beautiful properties out West for a honeymoon or a place to hide. He asks if she knows anyone. After some more questions she confesses about Peter and their plans to leave because of his wicked boss. Lampier finds her very attractive.

Peter goes to see Dr. Jacob Grauman to learn about the germ bomb. After Sid the fed says he wants Peter to give him all the information he can get on Nicky's gang, and the boss, Peter agrees to stay in town and not go West. Lampier is confused when Julie tells him this decision, but decides that Peter just wants to stay so he can afford to take care of Julie. Lampier befriends Julie's mother and she sees him as Julie's ideal partner. He convinces her to try to force Julie and Peter to break up. Her mother's behavior causes Julie to move in with Mrs. Mackenzie, which makes her daughter Georgie jealous. Mrs. Fielding tries to get her estranged husband, Julie's father, to help get Julie back home. He feels sorry for his wife but admires Julie's independence.

Peter and Julie's father continue to work on the secret project. Sid still can't find out who Nicky's boss is. Peter gives Nicky phonied up papers which he tries to make Nicky believe contain real evidence of the project. Nicky begins to distrust Peter.

That was apparently the end of the show.

The book speculates that the show made a mistake in moving away from romantic drama and that if the show had stayed on that path it might have had the success of Love of Life and Search for Tomorrow.

If anyone wants to read any of the dialogue or any of the narration from the announcer, let me know and I'll type that up.

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Thanks for that detailed synopsis. it's interesting to read this stuff and see that it could pretty much play today.Those kind of mob/spy stories were happening in the 50's, despite the prevailing thought that GH introduced them in the 90's.

I would love to read anything more you have.

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Thanks for showing interest. I was hoping someone would. You are such a soap expert I thought you might have already known all this :) I will type up some of the dialogue and announcer remarks soon.

It's too bad Elaine Carrington never got to do any other TV soaps. Even if she had been interested (I'm not sure if she was), she died in 1958. Apparently Elaine got her start in soaps are writing for women's magazine fiction. One day to get out of the rain she went in a nearby radio station. She decided to sell some short stories she had with her. The radio people were impressed and asked her to think of an idea for a daytime soap. Her first radio soap was a half hour 1932 drama called Red Adams, about a typical, happy-go-lucky, middle-class teenager who lived in Oak Park with his mother, father, and younger sister. When Beech-Nut Gum became a sponsor they had to change his name to Red Davis, because Adams was a big gum at the time. A few years later, P&G bought the show and the title was changed to Forever Young, and he was renamed Pepper Young. This later became Pepper Young's Family. This, Rosemary, and When a Girl Marries were her big shows.

The writeup on Rosemary is fascinating. I might type some of it up at some point.

Carrington didn't listen to a playback of her dictation, or to most of her shows, and claimed she didn't listen to any other soaps either. She did go to rehearsals quite often and would argue against any attempts to change her dialogue. One of her favorite lines was "I'd like to give you the whole world as a bauble to swing at your wrist." They also said she was very glamorous and yet could go to a party wearing a lace dress and Oxford shoes. She loved to write for young people and made up her own slang for them.

Apparently she only had one radio flop, Marriage for Two.

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Here's some of the dialogue. Harry to Julie when she wants to run away to an island:

"We belong here, Julie. We belong here where we've grown up and where we have our roots deep in this soil." Julie implores, "Oh, Harry, make me very, very sure."

After she meets Peter.

Peter: Just forget about me. You're engaged to somebody else. Remember?

Julie: I remember...I heard a young man play a song of his own...I'll never forget it.

Peter: I'm sorry about that too.

Julie: because you let me see inside your - heart - for a minute?

Peter: I've got no business having a heart. I'm too poor. I can't afford a heart.

Announcer: Maybe it isn't only in storybooks that you suddenly meet the handsome stranger. Maybe he's there, everywhere, all the time ,waiting for that fateful moment. And now Julie thinks of her father's advice, "Follow your heart." And she thinks of the stranger, handsome Peter Davis, and of the tune, his tune, playing in her heart. And tonight is Julie's engagement party.

After Julie drives Peter home and asks him out to dinner and he says "What's the use?":

Announcer: When you suddenly meet a stranger, and your heart tells you he's the one man you've been waiting for all your life - what do you do if you're already engaged to someone else?

Mrs. Fielding tries to get her daughter to stay with Harry:

"Maybe you don't love him wildly, passionately, but that kind of love doesn't last - it's friendship that lasts - it's marrying somebody of your own kind who speaks your own language that lasts. In six months what you call love, this so-called enduring passion, is gone - burned out - and then where is a marriage?"

Later she tries to get her estranged husband to help her.

"You and I, Sam, lost our heads for a wild passion - and where did it get us? Fighting like cat and dog - I wanted to protect Julie from that."

Georgie tells Peter that she would kill anyone else who called her Redhead.

Peter tries to get Julie to stop wanting him when she's still engaged.

Peter: And I'd thank you to stop trying to get cozy with me until you get the point settled one way or another.

Julie: You've got your nerve.

Peter: I've got it...because I have to have it.

Julie: Oh, really! I suppose I'm making myself such a nuisance, throwing myself at your head.

Peter: You can't be that much of a dope.

Julie: So now I'm a -

Peter: I told you...I've never met anyone like you. I could be crazy about you at the drop of a hat. If I let myself.

When Julie tells Peter about Nicky the gangster wanting to see him,

Peter: You'd better forget that you ever met me.

Julie: No! However thinks look, I know you're not Nicky's kind. He means trouble for you. And he probably has before - without your ever doing anything wrong.

Announcer: What are the limits of faith? How long can you go on believing in a man who won't speak a word to clear himself? And yet Julie knows that this is a test. If love is worth anything at all, it must stand the strain of suspicion and doubt and come through stronger than before.

Nicks tells Peter, after Peter is surprised to see Nicky as he thought Nicky had been killed in a raid: "It was curtains for Big Mike...and for Spiders and for Brown - the yaps. They should have known better than to try to shoot it out with the feds."

Peter tells Julie's father Sam: "It's the most natural thing in the world for a guy to want to raise a family. That's what we're here for. You can be the biggest so-called success in the world - engineer, scientist, I don't care what. But if you haven't got a family - the basic thing that everybody wants - you're a bust."

After Julie breaks her engagement to Harry: "All right, Peter did have something to do with it. But not in the way you think...Somehow, meeting him made me realize I couldn't go on for the rest of my life in an eternal atmosphere of cocktail parties. There had to be something different, or life just wans't worth living."

When Peter takes Julie in his arms:

Announcer: Can a kiss solve all problems? Can the welling storm of love scatter obstacles to the wind?

Peter: Julie...Julie...

They kiss - long kiss

Peter finally: My dear one!

Julie: This is what I've dreamed of...for so long. Oh, Peter - her head on his shoulder And it's happened...

Peter: looking up I want to hold you like this for as long as those stars up there swing around the world.

When Julie slaps Peter and they break up after he mocks her for her job at the country club library:

Announcer: The rocket explodes in the sky. Sparks fly...which must fall to earth somewhere...The last time these two met here, it ended in an embrace. But not tonight. The gulf is too wide...and neither would dream of moving a step nearer to the edge...Is it all over, then, in this tempestuous love affair that hardly got started? Or is Julie the type of girl who never gives up...once her goal is set?

When Julie tells Peter the danger of the mob doesn't matter to her:

Julie: Are you trying to scare me, Peter? I'm not scared. I'm going where you're going. I belong to you. I'm yours, Peter - you can't get rid of me.

Peter: You crazy, precious idiot! Listen to me - I'm trying to tell you the truth. This wouldn't be any life for you, Julie. Hunted - running for cover. Never sure when I go out that I'll come home alive. Julie, this isn't for you.

Julie: I'm not afraid of any kind of a life - if you're in it, Peter. Not for a moment!

Julie tells him all she wants is to be with him, till death us shall part. He moves toward her slowly and then they kiss.

Announcer: If stars can escape from their magnetic fields...perhaps a boy and girl can have a chance to escape their destiny. [ The shot dissolves to Julie and Peter still in their embrace ] Julie and Peter...from every social and practical aspect so unsuited for each other...What chance have they got for happiness? How can they help but make out of their lives together what Julie has called an unholy mess?...Yet - wouldn't you gladly change places with either of them? For in their wild, tempestuous love there is more of the full richness of life than most of us are given to know...

When Georgie realizes Peter's feelings for Julie:

Georgie: Peter, say it. I want to know the truth.

Peter: I don't have to say it. You know. Don't you? [George nods and drops her eyes. Peter puts his hand over hers.] Don't be too upset, little Redhead. These things happen. They aren't anyone's fault...Smile for me. [Georgie smiles with an effort.] That's my girl.

Georgie: I'm going to miss you so.

Peter: No you won't. I'm only one guy in the world.

Georgie: The only one for me.

Peter: No sad songs, Georgie. The best of friends must part. And that's the way I'll always think of you.

After Sid contacts Peter and tells him to see "with your own eyes what the scum of the earth is up to," and that after that he can leave when he wants...

Announcer: "Peter has known the crack government agent Sid Hemicker for a long time, and he's never known him to be emotional or excited...Yet, in the casual words Sid has just spoken, Peter has caught an undertone of unspeakable horror which makes him uneasy...Perhaps, by narrowing down his horizon to just himself and Julie, Peter has withdrawn too far from life. For surely a horror which threatens a hundred and fifty million people must threaten both of them as well..."

Peter tells Julie - "I'm in a spot, Julie. The same kind of spot that a lot of guys were in during the war...You're doing important work and you're not allowed to talk about it. My commanding officer is trying to sign me up for another hitch."

Alfred Lampier tells Nicky, "You don't understand the pleasure of pain, Nicky. Carl inflicts such exquisite pain." He says he's going to Ardmore to, "see what brains can do to make Peter Davis change his mind."

When Lampier begins to fall for Julie, he says, "A very beautiful girl. It's stirred up something in me. Too bad Davis is in the picture. But he's expendable. She'll make a beautiful widow. Or it might even happen before that."

Dr. Grauman, head of the Top Secret Bacillus Y Project, sets up a movie project, screen, and a gooseneck lamp.

"Gentleman, this is what the enemy intends to do to us. This is the material with which they will wipe human existence out of our country if there is another war. I can tell you very little...Secrets must be preserved. But I can say that our agents smuggled this out from another country...where years of scientific research have been lavished on this killer."

After Sam Fielding asks what the films are about. "They too were smuggled out. They are studies of the cellular composition of bacuillus Y. Now gentlemen, our problem - in simple language - is this: We must find an antidote for bacillus Y. We must find a chemical, so if the germ bomb is ever dropped on this country, we are prepared to counteract the death and destruction that will result. There is no escape from bacillus Y. To believe that is to live in a world of dreams...Bacillus Y has a new self-generating power unknown formerly to science. It's cells can go on multiplying endlessly. They will spread out into every corner of our country, until there are no more human bodies left to kill..."

He then shows Sam and Peter a film. The script says, "the film selected should show, if possible, a cell multiplying into hundreds of other cells. The screen should be covered with wriggling, horrible things."

The announcer says: "Where can you go when there's no escape? All that's left is to stay and fight...For Peter the fight means much more than to find an antidote for bacillus Y. There's his own personal fight for happiness with Julie...He must stay now. That mush is certain. There's no escape to the West, for all corners of the land are drawn into one spot - the spot where the bomb may strike...But marrying Julie now is something else again. For danger threatens him as never before - and how can he expose Julie to that?"

Sid and Peter talk about the phony documents.

Sid: Nicky'll find out before too long that you're still working at the lab. He'll be around for any dope that you can smuggle out. We'll provide you with the material.

Peter: Phonied up...

Sid: Of course.

Peter: And how long do you think it'll take them to tumble to that little game?

Sid: Months...maybe less. We'll just have to gamble that we get enough time.

Peter: What are you after?

Sid: A complete roundup of Nicky's gang...especially the brains at the top...this guy that Nicky calls the boss.

Peter: But suppose there isn't time. Suppose they tumble to our game before they find out who the boss is...

Sid: That's a calculated risk.

Peter: And I'm the expendable - Okay, I'm not complaining. I'll take it if I have to...But there's somebody I want protected.

When Lampier plots to split Julie and her mother apart, the announcer says:

Lampier, an emperor of evil, has laid the basis for a split between mother and daughter. He has no clear view of what the end will be, but he hopes by this mischief to drive them apart - to break up the only unity that has begun to exist between them. Perhaps Julie, isolated, hostile, and bitter toward her mother, will fall an easier victim to him someday...

Sam and Peter at the lab, measuring and testing day in and day out.

Peter: Do you think there's a chance it could break the flask?

Sam: I doubt it. That's special glass, reinforced to steel temper...But there's a chance of anything. All right, Pete...to your station.

Peter (uneasily): Let me take the observations.

Sam: Certainly not.

Peter: If there are burns...I've got a better chance of recovery, Mr. Fielding.

Sam: Pete, you'll do exactly what you're told...Now get to your station.

Nicky is uneasy about Peter. "I'm watchin' you. There's somepin wrong about your attitude. You give in too easy. You wasn't goin' to work with us one day, and the next you was all ready to tak orders...What I'm askin' myself is - why?"

The announcer, in his last narration, says:

"Time is what Peter is playing for...And time is running out...Nicky has time - all the time in the world...But for the FBI, desperately trying to unmask his boss - and for Peter himself - only days, perhaps hours, remain...For if Nicky once more is able to shake off surveillance - if he is able to reach his boss undetected - Peter will be revealed as a double agent, working for the government while he pretends to cooperate with the spy ring. The papers Nicky carries can easily prove to be his death warrant...You won't want to miss the exciting developments next week in the thrilling love story by Elaine Carrington - Follow Your Heart."

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Yeah it seems like the shift started as Nicky came to see Peter as Julie declared her move towards a new life and broke away from her fiance. It does seem to shift even more severely after that. I wonder if Carrington had any plans for the characters after the resolution which should have aired (the kidnapping, rescue, then marriage).

So do you want to just put up a section for radio soaps and we could discuss each one in there? The book has a lot of stuff on Rosemary, but also on a few other soaps.

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the Mary Noble to Mary Hartman book

Geez, I thought I was the only one to know about that book. I remember for whatever reason my high school library had a copy of it that I checked out multiple times even if it was twenty-something years old ^_^

Anyways, here's what Matt P. Smith had to say about Follow Your Heart:

premiered

August 3, 1953

last telecast

January 8, 1954

setting

Philadelphia, PA

created by

Elaine Sterne Carrington

network

NBC

production company

NBC Productions

broadcast history

Mon-Fri

11:45am - noon

(8/3/53-1/8/54)

Premiering the same day as Three Steps to Heaven, Follow Your Heart was part of NBC's attempt to build a late-morning soap block in response to CBS noon-time soap line-up. FYH was an adaptation of creator Elaine Carrington's long-running and popular radio soap When a Girl Marries which was broadcast from 1939-1958. Oddly, though, Heart wasn't a true continuation of the earlier series, but instead a new series that involved new, but nearly identical, characters and almost the exact same storylines. The show focused on young heroine Julie Fielding and her romantic troubles with wealthy Harry Phillips and newcomer Peter Davis. The show also factored in a crime/adventure element when the mob came after Peter and threatened Julie. The show was far from a hit with viewers not really liking the mix of young love and adventure (an irony since that formula would later work with much success on General Hospital 25 years later). Follow Your Heart ended on the same day as the equally unsuccessful The Bennetts which was also the same day that NBC moved Hawkins Falls (the closest it could come to a successful soap) into direct competition with CBS's hit Love of Life, leaving Three Steps to Heaven to tough it out pretty much on its own until its own cancellation the next year. In short, this soap block was an absolute bomb, but it wouldn't be NBC's last attempt at the concept nor would it be the last time NBC cancelled a soap that had barely gotten off the ground.

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I had heard of the book but hadn't seen a copy until recently. Actually reading it wasn't what I expected -- I thought it was going to be one of those pseudo-intellectual books on soaps which seemed to crop up around this time. Once I got past the "cute" patter between the authors, there was a boatload of information on some soaps I knew little about. I haven't looked around to see what's out there about radio soaps but there was so much about Follow Your Heart I knew nothing about, and the book did at least give a detailed plot synopsis. The show sounds more interesting than I'd expected. What sounds most interesting is the bit about the estranged parents -- you didn't see that on soaps often back then.

I wonder why NBC bungled their soap lineup so badly. Why did they do that to Hawkins Falls?

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Didn't they have a Daytime Head who aggressively hated soap operas?

Probably, actually Smith in his writings of NBC's multiple 1950s soaps attempts blasts the network every chance he gets. In his description for There Are My Children:

Who would ever have believed that the very first network, daytime soap opera was on NBC. Kind of ironic if you think about it, isn't it? *snip* The television soap was still very much in its experimental stages and NBC naturally did, for the first time, what would later become somewhat of a trademark -- they cancelled it.

On First Love:

Unfortunately, even though viewers loved it, there weren’t enough viewers as a whole and NBC, in their trademark move, didn’t have the faith that the audience would gradually grow.

Although NBC had a few minor/moderate successes (Hawkins Falls, From These Roots, Young Doctor Malone) it wasn't until the mid-60s NBC found something that worked and even then that didn't always work out.

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Wasn't it Sylvester 'Pat' Weaver who created the Today show and the less successful 'Home'(mid morning magazine show) that disliked soaps and didn't support them?

Carl,please continue sharing as it allows us all to enjoy and have access to stuff.

I am going to have to get more organised and put up more stuff that I have.

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And Whitney...flinched. And tried to hide behind her rivalry with Fabulous Ice. And Mary SAW THROUGH THAT, TOO. And then she very quickly and swiftly gathered Fabulous Ice. She kept the heat on and if it was not for Heather getting overly dramatic (and thus getting the deflection that Whitney was trying to do with Lisa to work, Whitney would have cracked. And in any case, Team Mary on this. Cuz that bitca attitude Whitney had was not the mood of a hurt friend, but a basic bitca. She can snow (and did) her cousin, but she cannot snow Mary. And Mary definitely proved she can take and gather three on one easily.    Come better, babe!!!   That said...it was a good episode in that they were having fun and Mary was actually letting her walls down and STILL being fun shady. It was just a shame that Mary being herself only irked Ms. Whit who was being fake, leading to the drama at the end.    JEN. SPOILER ALERT...NOT in the espiode except for the midseason teaser at the end that I posted above.   LISA. While Whitney IS a snake, I don't think Fabulous Ice is much better at the moment. Okay, not a snake like others say, but she definitely has been giving us a show. And in this case, she played the game well. She might not be able to pot stir subtly to save her life, but that does not mean that she was in the wrong from going to Mary and saying what had been said about her. Now she should have mentioned she was the one who set up the event that brought Cameron, Meredith, and Whitney together in the first place, but Whitney could have easily been a friend and gave Mary the heads-up before Mary's party. But again...that does not make Whitney wrong that Fabulous Ice brought them all together so she could hide their hands. So Fabulous Ice simply covered her A&&. Whit's just mad she did it better. I agree. She did.    WHITNEY. Ashley does it better, boo. Then again, Ashley is a GROWN...A**...WOMAN. And would own what she was doing. The amount of jealousy and deflecting Whitney had on display was truly sickening. And the fact that you knew she ran after Heather, not because her cousin was upset, but because between the team of Bad Weather that Heather was the weak link was sad. She can make all the good points she wants, but the truth of the matter was that she was a jealous little girl who was mad that the 'mean girls' were all ready to forgive her friend for something they would not for her. Perhaps if she had reciepts that would not be the case. And until there is actual proof, she...and they...are better off putting Jen on a cross before they put Mary on one. PERIOD. Transparent trifling heffa.   HEATHER. I cannot believe how over her I am now. As the weak link of Bad Weather and given her friendship with Jen, I could see why Whitney would follow her to gas her up. If they had stayed on the trip, you just know that Mary or the other girls might be able to get through to her and get her and Mary to come to some compromise. Shame. I was not caring for her scenes with her sister either. Here she is attacking Mary over cult claims and yet your religion kinda make you like a cult member yourself. Things that make you go hmmm.   MEREDITH. Yeah at this point, I would be ready for everyone to be transparent around me, too. But still Jeannie said it best when she basically said pot kettle black on Meredith. After all didn't she just hire a PI on Jen and now wants to talk about transparency? *shrugs* Still it did keep people being upfront to the face. And I stay liking that she has become Mary's ride-or-die.    MARY. Team Mary. Yeah, I said it. I'll probably eat these words, but the way that they were trying to gang up on her after she FINALLY stopped being a Debbie Downer was ugh. And sadly, I already see that her words about Mexican and thugs is setting Twitter on fire when I really felt she was just not being articulate due to her being upset. Now I can't say that about the chubby comment, but hey, everyone is an adult and can say some not-nice things. And the effortlessness with which she gathered Fabulous Ice, Whitney, AND Heather was EVERYTHING. Fabulous Ice shut up real quick, Whitney could say nothing, and Heather ran at the #truthtea she got (and we got a gif of Lisa and Jeannie laughing at the shade now). That's Queen HW tier there.   JEANNIE. I liked that her and Mary started to get along. Though given the midseason trailer that will not be lasting. So basically comic relief this episode.    I feel people are going to find it boring (well Heather with her sister maybe), but I thought it was a good episode with nice flow.       
    • In a lot of ways, JER's first stint is akin to that of Megan McTavish's first stint at AMC - high ratings and the right time/moment, but was never to be duplicated again in successive stints. Also, just completely throwing away the sensibility of each respective show, and there was really no "going back" after that. Carly being buried alive was also basically JER's version of Natalie in that damn well, lol. 
    • I read those Y&R spoilers and thought it's funny that after years of all of us discussing Devon/Abby as a potential couple, NOW they want to go there?   I am intrigued by the Chance side of the storyline though I wish it was Justin Guston.   I see everyone saying Nick and Chelesa AGAIN, but I read that spoilers and thought Nick AND SALLY there which would make everyone (and Phyllis's) head explode.    I'm here for any Jill I can get.   And sad there is not enough Amanda and Imani there in this thread.   
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