December 11, 1986 |
"Another World" isn't the first daytime soap opera to feature fans as extras in a scene or two - but "AW" is the first soap to use 12 members of its audience to serve on an attempted murder trial jury. The necessity for a jury trial on "AW" came about when Brittany Love (played by Sharon Gabet) shot and wounded her evil husband, Peter (played by Marcus Smythe), when he pulled a gun on her in the family stable as she was trying to calm a frightened horse. Now the jury must decide whether Brittany shot Peter in self-defense or whether she tried to carry out a repeated threat to kill him. The lucky fans selected to serve on the jury were chosen from a randomly selected group of 50 finalists, who responded to ads placed in the New York metropolitan area.
May 5, 1988 |
When Rebecca Street joined the CBS soap "The Young and the Restless" several months ago, anyone who was paying attention to her character, Jessica Blair, was convinced that the ailing woman had AIDS. Attempts to confirm that those suspicions were correct were met with denials by everyone connected to the soap. Just recently, however, the show's co-creator and head writer, Bill Bell, announced that Jessica's mystery illness is indeed AIDS. The decision to reveal that fact, we were told, had been put off because it wasn't definite until now that Jessica would be an AIDS victim.
July 31, 1986 |
When Marlena Brady's longtime friend Tamara Price arrives on August 21 to sing at Marlena and Roman's re-marriage ceremony, many "Days of Our Lives" viewers will recognize her. Singer/actress Marilyn McCoo is originating the role of Tamara. According to an NBC source, Marilyn's role on "DOOL" will be recurring, and the show hopes that she'll be with them for a long time. In the story line, Marilyn's character is slated as a possible love interest for Abe Carver (played by Jim Reynolds)
November 2, 1988 |
Despite the fact that he's changing - literally - the face of soaps, Brian Frons, the vice president of NBC daytime, won't take any credit. Frons said when he saw the "bible" for his network's proposed new half- hour afternoon soap "Generations" (due in March), he decided then to alter the show from all-white to half-black. "I just didn't see the point of another soap about the same types of people," he said. "It didn't take a rocket scientist to see that a lot of shows on in prime time several years ago did not deal with older people.
October 21, 1986 |
"The Young and the Restless," which is midway through its 14th year on CBS, should be with the network even beyond its next 14 years. Everyone eagerly anticipated the debut of "Y&R" in March 1973, and John Conboy, producer at the time, didn't disappoint. Conboy (now executive producer of "Capitol") had, and still has, a talent for finding new actors that not only looked good on screen, but could act as well. (David Hasselhoff of "Knight Rider," who played Snapper Foster on "Y&R"; and Tom Selleck of "Magnum P.I.," who played Jed Andrews on "Y&R," were Conboy discoveries.
July 21, 1998 |
It's something that's never before been achieved on daytime TV: On July 30, "The Young and the Restless" will have completed 500 consecutive weeks - nearly 10 years - as the No. 1-rated soap opera. The milestone will be marked that day by a brief lunchtime ceremony outside CBS Television City that will include the release of 500 black and red (the show's trademark colors) balloons and a speech by the show's co-creator and longtime head writer, Bill Bell. Bell, who created the show with his wife, Lee, said from the moment it debuted on March 26, 1973, he never doubted that it would be a success.
August 28, 2002 |
Use soap. Don't use soap. Soak, rinse, wipe . . . How did washing fresh fruits and vegetables get so complicated? Whatever happened to using just plain water the way our grandmothers did? Well, two things have changed since the days when most Americans ate produce out of their own gardens: the use of harsher pesticides and discoveries of more illness-causing bacteria in commercially grown food. U.S. Department of Agriculture data widely reported in May showed detectable residue of at least one pesticide on 73 percent of conventional fruits and vegetables tested and on 23 percent of organic produce.
August 14, 1988 |
He stood before his adoring fans, wearing a benign smile and a ripped orange T-shirt. TV soap superstar James DePaiva, "Max" on One Life to Live, was holding court at a charity softball game in Conshohocken that attracted more than 800 fans. All that stood between DePaiva, 30, and his fans was a metal fence that strained with the collective weight of hundreds of star-struck teenage girls. "Max, Max," they cheered. "Just stand there and smile," said another as cameras snapped in Max's sea-green eyes.
April 11, 1991 |
An offbeat comedy tops this week's list of new videos. It's easily ahead of competition that includes a creepy horror sequel, a cloying teen drama and a ghastly sex comedy. TUNE IN TOMORROW (1990) (HBO) $92.99. 90 minutes. Barbara Hershey, Keanu Reeves, Peter Falk, Peter Gallagher. As a dwarfish radio scribe who skulks around, Falk walks away with this whirligig of a movie. Based on a Mario Vargas Llosa novel, and directed by Jon Amiel, it's essentially an older woman-younger man romance with a grand farce orbiting around it. Falk is a meddling soap-opera scenarist, a scheming Peeping Tom whose daytime serial takes its plot lines from the amorous adventures of mismatched lovers Hershey and Reeves.