Cross Over

Every Friday we post a term of soap opera jargon. Find more on the soap opera jargon page.

Cross Over – A cross over is a term used across media. It means that an actor or actress on one show shows up as the same character on another show. In primetime Kelsey Grammer is famous for having appeared on three different shows as Fraser Crane, but the all time record will probably be held be Richard Belzer who played Det. John Munch on more than 10 different TV shows across networks and genres. On soap operas sometimes the character appears for a short arc of a couple of episodes, executives from The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless frequently do business together on one or both shows. Sometimes the cross overs are more long term with a character moving to a different soap long term such as Mike Bauer moving to Another World, Lauren Fenmore moving to The Bold and the Beautiful or Amber Moore to The Young and the Restless and back. Entertainment Weekly gave a list of five soap opera cross overs. There are other instances for example when Cass Winthrop a lawyer from Another World became extra lawyer of choice across various CBS soaps and Jake McKinnon from the same soap moved into As the World Turns.

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