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Dates of Cancelled Serials

October 25, 2018

Some taken from various articles in Daytime TV Super Special, vol. 1, no. 2, 1975. Find brief descriptions of some of them and which networks they were on with basic set up and cast. I’ve added end dates that happened after the article and added specific dates when I could find them elsewhere. I didn’t add soap operas that started after 1975 to the list since the focus was on early soaps, but I’ll probably return to it sometime and fill it out.

Soap Opera Starts and Stops

Another World, June 30, 1964 – June 25, 1999

As the World Turns, April 2, 1956 – September 17, 2010

Ben Jerrod, April 1, 1963 – June 28, 1963

The Best of Everything, March 30, 1970 – September 25, 1970

Bright Promise, September 29, 1969 – March 30, 1972

The Brighter Day, January 1954 – June 1962 (originally on radio)

Clear Horizon, 1960

Concerning Miss Marlowe, July 1954 – July 1955

Confidential for Women, 1966 – 1966 (Anthology new story each week)

Dark Shadows, June 12, 1966 – April 2, 1971

A Date With Life, October 10, 1955 – June 29, 1955

Days of Our Lives, November 8, 1965 – Present?

The Doctors, April 1, 1963 – December 31, 1982 (1st soap to win an Emmy 1972)

The Edge of Night, April 2, 1956 – December 28, 1984 (Changed networks during run)

The Egg and I, September 1951 – August 1952

The First Hundred Years, December 4, 1950June 27, 1952

First Love, July 5, 1954 – December 30, 1955

Flame in the Wind, December 28, 1964 – June 25, 1965 (Continued as A Time for Us)

Follow Your Heart, August 1953 – January 1954

For Better or Worse, June 1959 – June 1960 (an anthology with each story running 6 to 13 days before moving on)

From These Roots, June 30, 1958 – December 29, 1961

Full Circle, January 27, 1960 – October 1960

General Hospital, April 1, 1963 – Present?

Golden Windows, July 5, 1954 – April 1, 1955

The Greatest Gift, August 1954 – August 1955

Guiding Light, June 30, 1952 – September 18, 2009 (Originally on radio)

Hawkins Falls, June 1950 – June 1955 (Started as a weekly, hour long then switched to a daily soap, opening credits included shots of Woodstock, IL which was also used for the downtown scenes of Groundhog’s Day)

Hidden Faces, December 30, 1968 – June 30, 1969

Hotel Cosmopolitan, August 19, 1957 – April 11, 1958

House on High Street, September 1959 – February 1960

How to Survive a Marriage, January 7, 1974 – April 18, 1975

Kitty Foyle, January 13, 1957 – June 27, 1957

Love is a Many Splendored Thing, September 18, 1967March 23, 1973

Love of Life, September 24, 1951 – February 1, 1980

Morning Star, September 27, 1965 – July 1, 1966

Moment of Truth, December 28, 1964November 11, 1965

Never Too Young, September 27, 1965 – June 24, 1966

The Nurses, September 7, 1965 – March 21, 1967 (previously was a primetime show)

One Life to Live, July 15, 1968 – January 13, 2012 (the show continue through 2013 as a streamed for pay)

One Man’s Family, November 4, 1949 – April 1, 1955 (originally on radio)

Our Five Daughters, January 2, 1962 – September 28, 1962

Our Private World, May 5, 1965September 10, 1965 (aired 2 nights a week)

Paradise Bay, September 27, 1965 – July 1, 1966

Portia Faces Life, April 5, 1954 (originally on radio) – 1955

Return to Peyton Place, April 3, 1972 – January 4, 1974

The Road of Life, December 13, 1954 – July 1, 1955

Road to Reality, October 10, 1960 – March 21, 1961 (documentary based on actual recordings of therapy groups)

Search for Tomorrow, September 3, 1951December 26, 1986 (cancelled on CBS in 1982 and completed run on NBC)

Secret Storm, February 2, 1954 – February 8, 1974

The Seeking Heart, July 5, 1954 – December 10, 1954

Strange Paradise, September 8, 1969July 22, 1970 (Canadian)

Three Steps to Heaven, August 3, 1953 – December 31, 1954

A Time for Us, June 28, 1965 – December. 16, 1966 (continued from A Flame in the Wind)

A Time to Live, July 5, 1954 – December 31, 1954

Today is Ours, August 1958 – January 27, 1959

Valiant Lady, October 11, 1953 – August 16, 1957

Way of the World, January 1955 – October 7, 1955

Where the Heart Is, September 8, 1969 – March 23, 1973

A World Apart, March 30, 1970 – June 25, 1971

Young Dr. Malone, December 29, 1958 – March 1963 (Originally on radio)

The Young Marrieds, October 5, 1964 – March 25, 1966

Robansuefarm is the handle of one of Manny and Guiding Light‘s biggest fans following in her family’s footsteps of Guiding Light fandom since 1939. This blog is an effort to make it easy to find Guiding Light and especially Manny online. Check back here for her blog, find fanfic previews and fake WSPR newscasts on her YouTube, find podcasts that look back to old shows and audios of her fanfics on Blog Talk Radio, and finally follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

 

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Bad Stories Badly Done Pulling Punches

September 24, 2018

Lately I’ve been irritated by some of the bad storytelling on The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful and General Hospital. I know on Twitter I’ve complained about these stories especially making JT a domestic abuser and Hope coming back to town. However, it isn’t just that these are bad ideas, but the general way soaps have been telling them that is driving me nuts! (This was the post I was working on when I came down with the cold so that’s why I’m coming up with a long one on other soap operas to start back.)

Why These are Terrible Ideas

JT as Domestic Abuser

Domestic abuse is an important story and a story that talked about getting out of that situation should bear repeating. I have no problem with them doing a story about domestic abuse, but JT was a terrible person to choose. The entire focus of this return trip was his relationship with Victoria. Now one tweeter I respect said they were glad to see them back together. However, JToria were an unfortunate coda to JT’s story. The best JToria scenes (which were quite good) were while Victoria was in a coma — that’s not a good sign. Frankly it made no sense characterwise and I always assumed this was just one of those soap writer things. Sometimes they like to write real life couples into the show. JT was a romantic figure on the show. His and Colleen’s was the best teen love story the show EVER did. Brittany was his best friend & the show before & after his relationship with Colleen teased us with a Brittany-JT couple. I think theirs might be the longest time ship of a couple that never got a chance. JT was an idealized bad boy who did bad things, but gave it up for love. Soap twitter still tweets (or at least had tweeted) about JT-Colleen on a fairly regular basis and every couple of months you see someone talk about Brittany-JT. BUT what the heck, by all means destroy him & all that good will & interest.

Hope Returns

Let’s be honest, The Bold and the Beautiful has always been a hotbed of insest and triangles. Despite the fact that Ridge flip and flopped his way between Brooke & the other one (not a dig at Taylor she just wasn’t the only Brooke alternative Ridge flitted to), the triangle that just really ticked fans off was Hope-Liam-Steffy. They talk about it as the triangle that refused to die. Even people who didn’t like Steffy or wanted Liam or Steffy with someone else didn’t seem to be Lope heavy. We weren’t seeing “Gee, when will they ever bring back Hope?!” tweets. STILL people talking — sure, former Hope fans taking occassional swipes at Steffy — you bet. But I was NOT seeing anyone saying “Gee, I wish Hope was back here” or “if Hope was here Liam wouldn’t be talking like this” or “BRING BACK HOPE!” Or anything like that. I think people were glad the triangle that would not die was dead. They’d just spent MONTHS building up the idea of Liam & Sally. I don’t know that they were too popular, but the expectation and some interest was there. So HERE’s a great idea let’s drop all of that effort and bring Hope back & start up and strike up another chorus of “This is the song that never ends, it just goes on and on my friends….”

Jason and Jason and Sam

Let’s be honest there were problems with the story almost from when Billy Miller was cast. Mostly because a lot of fans didn’t WANT another Jason they wanted THE Jason & would automatically hate anyone else. (I honest to God don’t understand why, but the fact is undeniable.) I’ve talked about this before and again I respect their fanship and some of this is the story they wanted, but I can’t believe that most of it is. Even the General Hospital advertising can’t seem to believe they aren’t telling the stories they want to use in ads. They brought back Jason – made him Jason – broke up Drew and Sam …. and let the story drop completely. They are playing Sam with…. actually they aren’t playing Sam with anyone.

They Are Being Told Badly – What Went Wrong

The Half-Destruction of JT

In addition to the fact they put JT back with Victoria, the problem was they ignored every other JT relationship. When I think of JT I think Colleen, Brittany, Paul, Katherine, Billy, Rafe, Tracy, Reed…then a big long gap….then Victoria. Colleen was mentioned a couple of times, but what we thought were sweet scenes of fan service were actually only trying to remind why people JT hated Victor. Brittany was brought back only to emphasis how their close relationship had been destroyed. Paul had long mentored JT. It was an important relationship on the show, a defining relationship for both characters. It also was the only time we saw Paul actually get to be the father (like his father Carl) that he was meant to be. When JT came back Paul treated JT as if he was something he had scraped  off his shoe; something he wasn’t looking forward to cleaning off. Katherine who was the only one who called him Jeffery Todd also had a rather mentor/buddy type role with him. He didn’t once acknowledge her existence, visit her grave, stop & see the house & Esther or anything. Billy – OK JT and Billy left on pretty bad terms, but still he only saw him as a threat to his & Victoria’s relationship not as someone he’d had a long term relationship with. They had redefined JT & the leaks that this was a domestic abuse storyline meant that even the few good scenes were tinged with a sense of wariness and foreboding. JT was half ruined already as relationships were trashed.

We finally got to the episode that was supposed to actually be violent when JT pushed Victoria and I think the overall take on Twitter was — that’s it? Sure it wasn’t good and he left some bruises, but frankly I was expecting a lot more. The best episodes of the whole story was when Victoria broke down and told the girls about JT abusing her. It sounded horrific and hopefully encouraged other women to stand up for themselves. However, what she recounted didn’t match up with what we’d seen on screen. Constant belittling? I’m sorry truth is the perfect defense for libel. Sure he yelled a bit when he shouldn’t but honestly pretty much everything he said was a valid comment. Frankly soap twitter had said a lot worse stuff (that was all also true). The thing he was most out of line about was being jealous of Billy for very little reason which considering Victoria was involved with Billy when their relationship ended the first time and since then Billy and Victoria had reunited several times he had reason to react that way. So while it was over nothing, it was pretty reasonable. Over all it left me thinking, that’s it?

I mean if the purpose of the story as they said that domestic abuse can even happen to strong women then step one would be to do SOMETHING other than occassionally say “Victoria is a strong business woman.” Let’s face it she hasn’t been written as a strong business woman since Heather Tom played her, but the writing is only part of it. “Victoria” has what she must think of as her “Business Face” her eyes are wide open like a deer in headlights and somehow she  freezes her chin tucked up like it’s getting ready to tremble every second, but never quite does. She could have saved her company after the face mask debacle. She could have at the very least done more to try to save it other than asking one friend if they’d loan her the money and then running back to Daddy to fix it. Instead they showed her to be the incompetent JT said she was — he wasn’t being overly critical he was stating the obvious.

Then if they wanted JT to have gone nuts — make him nuts. Have him talk to Kay’s grave venting his growing frustration and hatred of Victor. Give him a shrine to Colleen. Something that WAS actually nuts. If they wanted to do this storyline they should have put the pedal to the medal and really followed through. As much as I didn’t want to see JT to hit Victoria if they were going to tell a physical abuse story he should have actually hit her at least once. In addition to the craziness they also made JT stupid as both Victor and even Victoria outsmarted him. At least well past retirement age Victor didn’t win another physical fight, but as it was JT wasn’t even really trying to kill him and if he had been he failed. As it was they ruined JT with a story they didn’t really show. JT wasn’t shown as crazy, wasn’t shown as abusive, but WAS shown as a failure who had lost or abandoned every single relationship of note and couldn’t even compotently abuse, attack, or kill someone or even do his job and was suddenly so stupid that pretty much everyone he interacted with had outsmarted him.

Hope without a Purpose

As I mentioned before there wasn’t much of a call for a return of Hope and the triangle that would not die. However, they brought her back bravely “sniff” fighting back her feelings to support Steam. For about a week. And even during her “support” she was crying and saying she wanted him. If they REALLY had to bring back Hope with this ridiculous Hope supporting Steam story really tell it.

Have Hope come back NOT having done nothing except mope over Liam(since apparently she wasn’t doing Hope for the Future since this was a relaunch in LA) , but having done something successful overrseas. Have her have a healthly relationship with some unseen man. Really work on creating a sisterly relationship between Hope and Steffy which they only very rarely hint at. Have Hope’s long distance romance fall apart as they often do. Then have Steffy sleep with Bill – keeping the threat from Sally, not Hope – and with Hope and Steffy having built a true step-sister bond now they have something at stake besides Liam’s worthless self. Hope would actually have a reason to try to be supportive instead of her saying she supported them while not so secretly wanting Liam for herself the whole time. Have the long distance break up with her, comiserate with Liam about their respective former partners, and they’d organically fall back together. Get Liam and Hope together and then bring in the long distance boyfriend and let that and the stress of mundane life pull them out of this romantic haze they’ve been living in where they were only ever with each other. Let the boyfriend jog Liam’s memory of Hope’s capers and eventual marriage to Wyatt. Liam will find himself rankling under Hope (after all I don’t think anyone will disagree that Hope is clingy and demanding and Steffy accepted whatever Liam threw out her without a complaint “Steffy never objected when I….”) and that should remind Hope of his character’s lowest point where he suggested Hope abort her baby if she wouldn’t leave Wyatt and come to him with the baby. Now wouldn’t that make this same storyline play out with a lot more interest?

The Problem With JaSam and DreAm

As I mentioned the last time I talked about Jason that the key to a successful return is the second story. Jason not only really hasn’t had much of a second story, they really didn’t finish the first one. They were moving towards reuniting JaSam, including breaking up DreAm, and instead they just dropped it. I mean it’s nice he wants to give her space, but she’s barely been in the same room as either “Jason.” They should be playing them thinking of each other, looking longingly across the room. In other words all the stuff they were doing before DreAm broke up, maybe more of a distance, but they should definitely be playing it. They’ve barely seemed to even think of each other.

Now I’ll be honest, I’ve seen Steve Burton in two roles now and I honestly have no idea why anyone thinks he can act. CBS Daytime did a comedy bit one time where Kay was replaced with a paper bag puppet. If they did that with Jason, I don’t know how many people would really notice if they didn’t announce it — BUT he does have a whole bunch of fans and I get they want him here and I respect that.

However, I truly can’t believe that THIS standing around ignoring Sam is what they want. Sure they’ve slipped him back in exactly the same place with Sonny and Carly as he was before, but for the most part he’s been supporting and he’s supposed to be the lead. I would think they’d want a passionate reunion, romance, family building with their kids, SOME KIND OF INTERACTION, but almost squat. There has been more romance in the extras GH has put out on its website than in the actual show.

Sam has completely lost her connection to Drew, also. They haven’t seen each other or thought of each other. In fact, for someone whole built a pretty great life with Sam, at the suggestion she needed to think again about where she belongs, drop kicked her out the door and has had one entire relationship and is now being reunited with his “Chilly” partner from The Young and the Restless without so much of a backwards glance. He at least has story, but moving on so quickly (can you say rebound, Kim? I knew you could) and now breaking up and moving on again has undercut both what Drew had built up as DreAm and his potential as a romantic lead. Romantic leads are supposed to be people you dream about having relationships with, not one who might drop you in a hot minute.

There needs to be SOME movement here. AT LEAST show some longing, dreams, etc. with BOTH Jasons, what do they think they’re doing?

What Do They Think They’re Doing

That’s pretty much what’s going on all the soaps. People not only doing stupid stories, but they are doing them too quickly and too shallowly. If you’re going to tell a story, take the time and depth to really tell it. Soaps today are pulling their punches. That’s the most dangerous story at all.

Robansuefarm is the handle of one of Manny and Guiding Light‘s biggest fans following in her family’s footsteps of Guiding Light fandom since 1939. This blog is an effort to make it easy to find Guiding Light and especially Manny online. Check back here for her blog, find fanfic previews and fake WSPR newscasts on her YouTube, find podcasts that look back to old shows and audios of her fanfics on Blog Talk Radio, and finally follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Couple Codes Update Aug 2018

August 1, 2018

Here’s my latest update on creating a list of couple code aka smoosh names aka the names people create for couples by combing their names. For example Manny is Michelle Bauer Santos and Danny Santos and Marony is Marah Lewis and Tony Santos. I’ve posted the list from other soaps before, but I’ve been trying to post quarterly updates to help get suggestions who I’ve missed. I’ve added more since last time, but please check for your favorites (or even the not so favorite couples you can remember). I’m a long way from having all of them for all soaps here. I think I have finally collected most of the Guiding Light couple codes, but I’m adding those below and am now branching out to collect other soaps. The shows and the names are listed in alphabetical order. All couples are eligible to be included if they are on a daytime soap opera and have a commonly used nickname or code.  I threw a few primetime ones on at the bottom too, just for fun. This list is by no means complete at this point, but I found with my work with the Guiding Light list that people tend to respond more after they see what you have.

I also have reserved a spot on the the list for anyone with a nickname that might be confused with a couple code. For example, on the Guiding Light list I’ve included Cleva for Clone Reva. So here are the couples whose name I’ve remember or had suggested to me so far. If you spot I’m missing one from any daytime soap, please let me know on Facebook, Twitter, in the comments below or by e-mailing me at Robansuefarm@hotmail.com

All My Children

BAM – Bianca Montgomery and Maggie Stone

Greenleo – Greenlee Smythe and Leo du Pres

Jamanda – Dr. Joseph “Jake” Henry Martin Jr. and Amanda Dillion

Jannie – Adam Chandler III and Adam Lavery

Minx – Bianca Montgomery and Marisa Ramirez, Binx was Bianca’s nickname.

Rylee – Ryan Lavery and Greenlee Smythe

Zendall – Kendall Hart and Zach Slater

As the World Turns

NutMeg – Meg Snyder once she went around the bend.

Benry – Barbara Ryan and Henry Coleman

CarJack – Carly Tenney and Jack Snyder

HEM – Hal Munson and Emily Stewart

Jacket – Jack Snyder and Janet Ciccone

Jolly – Jack McKinnon and Molly Conlan

Linden – Lily Walsh and Holden Snyder

LuRe – Luciano “Luke” Snyder and Reid Oliver

Lusty – Lucy Montgomery and Dusty Donovan

Nuke – Noah Mayer and Luciano “Luke” Snyder

PEG – Paul Ryan and Meg Snyder

PEM – Paul Ryan and Emily Stewart

Willen – Will Munson and Gwen Norbeck

The Bold and the Beautiful

$Bill – Dollar Bill – Nickname for Bill Spencer

Batie – Bill Spencer and Katie Logan

Breacon – Brooke Logan and Deacon Sharpe

Bricky – Brooke Logan and Nick Marone

Bridge – Brooke Logan and Ridge Forrester

Brill – Brooke Logan and Bill Spencer

CaRidge – Caroline Spencer Forrester and Ridge Forrester

CarMas – Caroline Spencer and Thomas Forrester

DeQuinn – Deacon Sharpe and Quinn Fuller

Hott – Hope Logan and Wyatt Spencer

Kari – Katie Logan and Ridge Forrester aka Kridge

Kridge – Katie Logan and Ridge Forrester aka Kari (I don’t really acknowledge Kridge as it sounds like something you’d scrape out of a fish filter)

Lally – Liam Spencer and Sally Spectra II

Livy – Liam Spencer and Ivy Forrester

Lope – Liam Spencer and Hope Logan

Nicket – Nick Marone and Bridget Logan

Queric – Quinn Fuller and Eric Forrester

Quiam – Quinn Fuller and Liam Spencer

Quidge – Quinn Fuller and Ridge Forrester

Ramber – Rick Forrester and Amber Moore

Rashley – Ridge Forrester and Ashley Abbott

Raya – Rick Forrester and Maya Avant

Statt – Steffy Forrester and Wyatt Spencer aka Wyffy

Steam – Steffy Forrester and Liam Spencer

Still – Steffy Forrester and Bill Spencer

Tally – Thomas Forrester and Sally Spectra, Jr.

Throoke – Thorne Forrester and Brooke Logan

Tridge – Taylor Hays and Ridge Forrester

Wally – Wyatt Spencer and Sally Spectra Jr.

Watie – Wyatt Spencer and Katie Logan aka WyKat

Wivy – Wyatt Spencer and Ivy Forrester

WyKat – Wyatt Spencer and Katie Logan aka Watie

Wyffy – Wyatt Spencer and Steffy Forrester aka Statt

Zencole – Zende Forester and Nicole Avant

Zensasha – Zende Forester and Sasha Thompson

Days of Our Lives

FauxBo – When Bo Brady was replaced by a duplicate

Gabby – When Abby Deveraux split into alters including a version of Gabi Hernandez

Abben – Abby Deveraux and Ben Rogers

Bope – Bo Brady and Hope Williams

Brave – Brady Black and Eve Donovan aka Breve

Bristen – Brady Black and Kristen Dimera

Breve – Brady Black and Eve Donovan aka Brave

Broe – Brady Black and Chloe Lane

Chabby – Chad Dimera and Abby Deveraux

Chabi – Chad Dimera and Gabi Hernandez

Cin – Ciara Brady and Ben Rogers

Dannifer – Dr. Daniel Jonas and Jennifer Horton

EJAbby – EJ Dimera and Abby Deveraux

EJami – EJ Dimera and Sami Brady

EJole – EJ Dimera and Nicole Walker

Elani – Eli Grant and Lani Price

Ericole – Eric Brady and Nicole Walker

Haiden – Hope Williams and Aiden Jennings

Horita – Will Horton and Paul Narita

Jaige – Jack “JJ” Devereux and Paige Larson

Jarlena – John Black and Marlena Evans

JenEric – Jennifer Horton and Eric Brady

Jeve – Jack “JJ” Devereux and Eve Donovan

Jresa – Jack “JJ” Devereux and Theresa Donovan

Keddie – Kate Roberts and Eduardo Hernandez

Luloe – Lucas Horton and Chloe Lane

Lumi – Lucas Horton and Sami Brady

Lush – Lucas Horton and Sheryl Connors

PaulSon – Paul Narita and Sonny Kiriakis

Phloe – Phillip Kiriakis and Chloe Lane

Rope – Rafe Hernandez and Hope Williams

Shelle – Shawn Brady and Belle Black

Stayla – Steve “Patch” Johnson and Kayla Brady

Thrady – Theresa Donovan and Brady Black

Tiara – Tripp Dalton and Ciara Brady

WilSon – Will Horton and Sonny Kiriakis

General Hospital

Britch or The Britch – an unflattering nickname for Dr. Britt Westbourne, used by her enemies

Fluke – Fake Luke Spencer

HammyFinn – Hamilton Finn

AMor – Ava Jerome and Morgan Corinthos

Brew – Bobby “Franco” Franks and Drew Caine – A bromance

Brik – Britt Westbourne and Nicolas Cassadine

Bracas – Brad Cooper and Lucas Jones

CarJax – Carly Spencer and Jax Jacks

Carlina – Carlos Rivera and Sabrina Santiago

Cranco – Carly Benson Jacks and Sonny Corinthos

Carson – Carly Benson Jacks and Sonny Corinthos

DnA – Duke Lavery and Anna Devane

Dream – Drew Quartermaine and Sam Morgan

Ducy – Duke Lavery and Lucy Cole

Ethina – Ethan Lovett and Kristina Davis

Fanna – Hamilton Finn and Anna Devane

Felxis – Hamilton Finn and Alexis Davis

Flelena – “Fluke” Luke Spencer and Helena Cassadine

FrAva – “Franco” Robert James Frank and Ava Jerome

Friz – “Franco” Robert James Frank and Liz Webber

Hamexis – Hamilton Finn and Alexis Davis

Heydik – Hayden Barnes and Nicolas Cassadine

Hiesl – Hamilton Finn and Liesel Obrecht

Jandre – Jordan Ashford and Andre Maddox

Jarly – Jason Morgan and Carly Benson Jacks

Jasam – Jason Morgan and Sam McCall

JoMax – Johnny Zacchara and Maxie Jones

JosCar – Jossyln Jacks and Oscar Nero

Julexis – Julian Jerome and Alexis Davis

Jurtis – Jordan Ashford and Curtis Ashford

KevLar – Kevin Collins and Laura Spencer also spelled KevLaur

Killon – Kiki Jerome and Dillon Quatermine

Lante – Lulu Spencer and Dante Falconeri

Lauruke – Laura Williams and Luke Spencer

LiRic – Liz Webber and Ric Lansing

Liason – Liz Webber and Jason Morgan

Lukanna – Luke Spencer and Anna Devane

Luke and Laura – Luke Spencer and Laura Spencer NOTE: Since they were big before couple codes they are generally just referred to as Luke and Laura.

Lutra – Luke Spencer and Traci Quatermaine

Mayan – Maya Ward and Ethan Lovett

McBam – John McBain and Samantha McCall

Miki – Michael Corinthos Quatermaine and Kiki Jerome

MorKiki – Morgan Corinthos and Kiki Jerome aka MorKi

Naxie – Nathan West and Maxie Jones

Nexis – Ned Ashton and Alexis Davis

Niava – Nicolas Cassadine and Ava Jerome

NiCo – Nina Clay and “Franco” Robert James Frank

Niv – Ned Ashton and Olivia Falconeri aka NOlivia

Niz – Nicolas Cassadine and Liz Webber

NOliva – Ned Ashton and Olivia Falconeri aka Niv

Patrina – Patrick Drake and Sabrina Santiago

Pristina – Parker Forsyth and Kristina Corinthos-Davis

RAM – Ric Lansing and Sam McCall

Rexis – Ric Lansing and Alexis Davis

RnA – Robert Scorpio and Anna Devane

Sakey – Sabrina Santiago and Michael (Mikey) Corinthos Quartermaine

Samtrick – Sam McCall and Patrick Drake

SAveus – Silas Clay and Ava Jerome

ScAva – Scott Baldwin and Ava Jerome

Scrubs – Robin Scorpio and Patrick Drake

Sexis – Sonny Corinthos and Alexis Davis

Shordan – Shawn Butler and Jordan Ashford

Siam – Silas Clay and Sam McCall

Sina – Silas Clay and Nina Clay

SnB – Sonny Corinthos and Brenda Barrett

Snelle – Sonny Corinthos and Nelle Hayes

Solivia – Sonny Corinthos and Olivia Falconeri

Spixie – Damian Spinelli and Maxie Jones

Tarly – Todd Manning and Carly Benson Jacks

Tolly – TJ Ashford and Molly Lansing

Valentina – Valentine Cassadine and Nina Clay

VAnna – Valentine Cassadine and Anna Devane

Vante – Valerie Spencer and Dante Falconerie

Guiding Light

Manny – Michelle Bauer and Danny Santos

Stenz – Paul Anthony Stewart and Joie Lenz  –  This is an unusual couple code in that it actually refers to the last names of the actors who originated the couple and is used to refer to the original Manny as opposed to the second version with Nancy St. Alban.

Stalbans – Paul Anthony Stewart and Nancy St. Alban – The corresponding couple code for the second version of Manny.

Alannie – Alan Spaulding and Annie Dutton

Balex – Buzz Cooper and Alexander Spaulding

Bava – Bill Lewis III and Ava Peralta

Bedmund – Beth Raines and Edmund Winslow

Beneth – Ben Warren and Beth Raines Spaulding

Beva – Buzz Cooper and Reva Shayne aka Ruzz

Bilar – Bill Lewis and Pilar Santos

Billip – Beth Raines and Phillip Spaulding aka Pheth

Bileva – Billy Lewis and Reva Shayne Lewis

Bilivia – Bill Lewis and Olivia Spencer

Bizzie – Bill Lewis and Lizzie Spaulding

Blen – Blake Thorpe and Ben Warren

Bliss – Blake Thorpe and Doris Wolfe (Never a couple on the show, but have a fan base anyway.)

Bloss – Blake Thorpe and Ross Marler

Blujack – Beth Raines and Lujack

Bolivia – Buzz Cooper and Olivia Spencer

Boop – Beth Raines and “Coop” Cooper

Buzzena – Buzz Cooper and Selena Davis

Cadmund – Cassie Layne and Edmund Winslow

Carben – Carmen Santos and Ben Warren

Cart – Cassie Layne and Hart Jessup

Cash – Cassie Layne and Josh Lewis aka Crash – Apparently pro people used this term and anti people used Crash, although Crash seems to be much more heavily used.

Charley – Cyrus Foley and Harley Cooper

Cleva – Clone Reva – Not a couple code, but I thought it could easily be mistaken for one, so I thought I had better include it.

Cooplee – “Coop” Cooper and Ashlee Wolfe

Cozzie – “Coop” Cooper and Lizzie Spaulding

Crash – Cassie Layne and Josh Lewis (ok, I don’t know how they got the r in this one) aka Cash (see note under Cash)

Cyrina – Cyrus Foley and Marina Cooper

Cyrizzie – Cyrus Foley and Lizzie Spaulding

D/D – Danny Santos and Drew Jacobs – A one-night stand not a true couple, but you will occasionally see this referenced in old Manny discussion posts.

Dart – Dinah Marler and Hart Jessup

Dicky – David Grant and Vicky Spaulding

Dresse – Drew Jacobs and Jesse Blue

EAM – Eleni Andros and Alan-Michael Spaulding

Fake – Frank Cooper and Blake Thorpe Marler (Used more by people against the couple, I haven’t seen a pro-alternative)

Feva – Jeffery O’Neill and Reva Shayne Lewis aka Jeffeva

Flex – Fletcher Reade and Alexandra Spaulding

Folly – Fletcher Reade and Holly Thorpe

Fratalia – Frank Cooper and Natalia Aitoro

Freleni – Frank Cooper and Eleni Andros

GusH – Gus Aitoro and Harley Cooper

Harlet – Harley Cooper and A.C. Mallet

Hed – Holly Thorpe and Ed Bauer

Hoss – Holly Thorpe and Ross Marler aka RoHo

Jaisy – James Spaulding and Daisy Cooper

Jammy – Jonathan Randall and Tammy Layne

Jannie – Josh Lewis and Annie Dutton

Jarah – Jeffery O’Neill and Marah Lewis

Jassie – Jeffery O’Neill and Cassie Layne

Jeffeva – Jeffery O’Neill and Reva Shayne Lewis aka Feva

Jeth – Jim LeMay and Beth Raines

Jeva – Josh Lewis and Reva Shayne aka Jova

Jezz – Jenna Bradshaw and Buzz Cooper

Jizzie – Jonathan Randall and Lizzie Spaulding

Jolivia – Josh Lewis and Olivia Spencer

Jonah – Jonathan Randall and Dinah Marler

Jova – Josh Lewis and Reva Shayne aka Jeva (They are almost universally known as Jeva, but I did find one website/listserv named for them under Jova and by my at least one use standard I had to add this variant.)

LAM – Lucy Cooper and Alan-Michael Spaulding

Lillibuzz – Lillian Raines and Buzz Cooper

Malah – A.C. Mallet and Dinah Marler

Manny – See Above

Marony – Marah Lewis and Tony Santos

Mattesa – Matt Reardon and Vanessa Chamberlain

Mayne – Marina Cooper and Shayne Lewis

Messe – Michelle Bauer and Jesse Blue

M&M – Marina Cooper and A.C. Mallet

Nova – Dr. Noah Chase and Reva Shayne Lewis

Otalia – Olivia Spencer and Natalia Aitoro

Pharley – Phillip Spaulding and Harley Cooper

Pheth – Phillip Spaulding and Beth Raines aka Billip

Quola – Quint Chamberlain and Nola Reardon

Rabby – Rick Bauer and Abby Blume

Rassie – Richard Winslow and Cassie Layne

Revard – Reva Shayne Lewis and Richard Winslow aka Richeva

Richeva – Richard Winslow and Reva Shayne Lewis aka Revard

Rindia – Ross Marler and India von Halkein

Roarah – Robbie Santos and Sarah Randall

Roginah – Roger Thorpe and Dinah Marler

RoHo – Holly Thorpe and Ross Marler aka Hoss

Rolly – Roger Thorpe and Holly Norris Reade

Ruzz – Reva Shayne and Buzz Cooper aka Beva

Sammy – Sandy Foster and Tammy Layne

Sharina – Shayne Lewis and Marina Cooper

Shaynah – Shayne Lewis and Dinah Marler

Snick – Susan Bates and Nick McHenry

Vanilly – Vanessa Chamberlain and Billy Lewis

One Life to Live

Gex – Gigi Morasco and Walter “Rex” Balsom, Jr.

Kish – Kyle Lewis and Oliver Fish

Jolie – John McBain and Natalie Buchanan

Stole – Star Manning and Cole Thornhart

TnB – Todd Manning and Blair Cramer

Passions

Kayguel – Kay Bennett and Miguel Lopez-Fitzgerald

Lancy – Luis Lopez-Fitzgerald and Fancy Crane

Shuis – Sheridan Crane and Luis Lopez-Fitzgerald

The Young and the Restless

Bily – Billy Abbott and Lily Winters

Chadam – Chelsea Lawson and Adam Newman

Chick – Chelsea Lawson and Nick Newman

Chilly – Chole Mitchell and Billy Abbott

Chylan – Chelsea Lawson and Dylan McAvoy

Davery – Dylan McAvoy and Avery Bailey Clark

Deriah – Devon Hamilton and Mariah Copeland

Hevon – Hillary Curtis and Devon Hamilton

Javery – Joe Clark and Avery Bailey Clark

Joilin – Jill Abbott and Colin Atkinson

Kariah – Kevin Fisher and Mariah Copeland

Likey – Lauren Fenmore and Michael Baldwin

Naul – Nikki Reed and Paul Williams

Navery – Nick Newman and Avery Bailey Clark

Neslie – Neil Winters and Leslie Michaelson

Neilary – Neil Winters and Hillary Curtis

Niktor – Nikki Reed and Victor Newman

Noco – Noah Newman and Courtney Sloan (cop who was murdered)

Phack – Phyllis Summers and Jack Abbott

Phick – Phyllis Summers and Nick Newman

Philly – Phyllis Summers and Billy Abbott

Pricket – Paul Williams and Cricket Blair

Ravishley – Ravi Shapur and Ashley Abbott

Scrabby – Scott Granger and Abby Newman

Shick – Sharon Newman and Nick Newman

Shott – Sharon Newman and Scott Granger

Shylan – Sharon Newman and Dylan McAvoy

Stashley – Ben ‘Stitch’ Rayburn and Ashley Abbott

Sticky – Ben ‘Stitch’ Rayburn and Victoria Newman aka Vitch

Tabby – Tyler Michaelson and Abby Carleton Newman

Tobby – Toby and Abby Carleton Newman

Tricky – Travis Crawford and Victoria Neman (going by Tori)

Villy – Victoria Newman and Billy Abbott

Vitch – Victoria Newman and Ben ‘Stitch’ Rayburn aka Sticky

Big Bang Theory

Bernard  Bernadette Rostenkowski and Howard Wolowitz

Lenny – Leonard and Penny

Shamy – Sheldon and Amy (actually coined and used by Penny on the show, love a shipper)

Boy Meets World/Girl Meets World

Corpanga – Cory “Cornelius” Matthews and Topanga Lawrence Matthews

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Bangel – Buffy and Angel

Castle

Caskett – Richard Castle and Kate Beckett

Esplanie – Javi Esposito and Lanie Parish

Downton Abbey

Chelsie – Charlie Carson and Elsie Hughes

Friends

Mondler – Monica Geller and Chandler Bing

NCIS

Tate – Tony Di Nozzo and Caitlin Todd

Tiva – Tony DiNozzo and Ziva David

The Librarians

Fleve – Flynn Carter and Eve Baird

The Muppets

Kermiggy – Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy

One Tree Hill

Naley – Nathan Scott and Haley James

Psych

Shules – Shawn Spencer and Julie “Jules” O’Hara

Scorpion

Melvester – Meghan O’Brien and Sylvester

Quintis – Tobias and Happy aka Tappy (won out)

Tappy – Tobias and Happy aka Quintis

Waige – Walter and Paige

Star Wars

Hanleia – Han Solo and Princess Leia

UPDATED: August 1, 2018

Robansuefarm is the handle of one of Manny and Guiding Light‘s biggest fans following in her family’s footsteps of Guiding Light fandom since 1939. This blog is an effort to make it easy to find Guiding Light and especially Manny online. Check back here for her blog, find fanfic previews and fake WSPR newscasts on her YouTube, find podcasts that look back to old shows and audios of her fanfics on Blog Talk Radio, and finally follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Odds and Ends 52

May 9, 2018

While looking for Guiding Light information, I sometimes find things that I think are of interest relating to other soaps. This collection of Odds and Ends related to various soaps that someone may want to know some time. Look for another odds and ends post soon.

This summer The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful have been renewed through 2018. Read more in the July 24, 2017 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

There is an article about Shelia Carter’s surprise return to The Bold and the Beautiful in the July 24, 2017 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth. It catches you up on what Kimberlin Brown has been up for.

A question in the April 2, 2018 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth asked for a list of what couples Carter Walton (Lawrence Saint-Victor) on The Bold and the Beautiful has married: Liam Spencer and Steffy Forrester, Rick Forrester and Caroline Spencer, Bill Spencer and Katie Logan, Quinn Fuller and Deacon Sharpe, Liam Spencer and Ivy Forrester, Nicole Avant and Zende Forrester, AND Ridge Forrester and Brooke Logan.

Check out a collection of Behind the Scenes photos from current soaps in the September 11, 2017 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Catch a round up of John McCook‘s (Lance Prentis on The Young and the Restless, Eric Forrester on The Bold and the Beautiful) primetime through the years in the April 2, 2018 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Find the life story of Eric Brady, a legacy character on Days of Our Lives, told in photos in the March 19, 2018 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

According to the July 24, 2017 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth when Andrea Evans was in Italy shooting The Bold and the Beautiful show, she kept finding red haired dye jobs they called Tawny hair after her character Tawny Moore.

Learn about going to school on set with a collection of actors over the last couple of decades in the September 11, 2017 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Catch up with Sabryn Genet who was Tricia Dennison on The Young and the Restless. Sadly right after her run on Y&R ended she went in for LASIK eye surgery and developed Dysautonomia and [Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome] and Migrane. It’s been a struggle for her. Read all about it in the March 19, 2018 issue of Soap Opera Digest. The roundup also included Deborah Goodrich Royce (Silver Kane All My Children), Josh Kelly (Cutter Wentworth One Life to Live), Miranda Wilson (Megan on Days of Our Lives, Kate on Capitol, and Sandra on Santa Barbara), and a stand alone article on Ashley Tesoro (Kimberly Fairchild – one of Rick’s young conquests – on The Bold and the Beautiful) and her experience as part of the #MeToo movement.

There is a feature on Jess Walton in honor of her playing Jill Abbott on The Young and the Restless for 30 years. Find the article and a group of photos through the years in the July 24, 2017 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

In honor of Beth Maitland‘s (Traci Abbott) 35 years on and off The Young and the Restless find a feature article on her in the August 7, 2017 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Check out Kimberlin Brown (Shelia Carter on The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful) and her experience running for Congress in the March 18, 2018 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Check out photos of Lee Phillip Bell‘s birthday celebration this year. Read more in the July 24, 2017 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Kristoff St. John (Neil Winters on The Young and the Restless) just celebrated his 25th year in the role. Find both tributes and stories from cast members and photos from the party in the March 21, 2016 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Why A Martinez left Days of Our Lives and news about his role on Longmire in the September 18, 2017 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Drake Hogestyn (John Black et al on Days of Our Lives) celebrates his 30th anniversary in the role in an article in the March 21, 2016 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Back when Rick and Steffy Forrester were dating The Bold and the Beautiful went on a location shoot to the Santa Monica Pier. See a couple of behind the scenes photos and Jacqueline MacInnes Wood’s memories in the September 18, 2017 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Bryton James (Devon Hamilton on The Young and the Restless) shared this class reunion photo from his hit show Family Matters.

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Check out the feature article on Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (Steffy Forrester Spencer on The Bold and the Beautiful) in the September 18, 2017 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

General Hospital Wardrobe Director Shawn Reeves gives the story behing Sam Morgan’s wedding dress when she married Drew Cain in the February 26, 2018 issue of Soap Opera Digest. He also gives a shout out to Maki Chaudhuri who is GH’s seamstress.

Schae Harrison played a prostitute on The Bold and the Beautiful before she was cast as Darla Einstein. Read more about it in the June 26, 2017 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Robert Palmer Watkins (Dillion Quartermaine, General Hospital) is leaving the show. His character was part of the amazing Killion pairing. There is some hope he’ll return. (A good guess might be that his and Rebecca Budig’s money is now going to Steven Burton.) Read more in the September 11, 2017 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Eileen Davidson (Ashley Abbott on The Young and the Restless) is quitting her reality series The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Read more in the August 7, 2017 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

In a where are they now article Steve Bond (Jimmy Lee Holt on General Hospital from 1983-1987) talks about how they used telepromters when he was on. Bond himself couldn’t use them because his first language was Hebrew and his eyes would always go to the right of the screen, not the left, so he couldn’t read at that speed. Find the full article in the November 13, 2017 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

There was a round up catching up with former soap actors in the February 26, 2018 issue of Soap Opera Digest: Kim Matula (Hope Logan on The Bold and the Beautiful), Erin Cardillo (Esme on Passions), Blair Redford (Miguel on Passions, Scott Granger on The Young and the Restless), Finn Wittrock (Damon on All My Children), Connie Britton (Rayna on Nashville), Nazanin Boniadi (Leyla on General Hospital/Night Shift), Bruce Greenwood (Pierce on Knots Landing), AnnaLynne McCord (Heather on Dallas – Reboot), and Hilary Swank (Carly on Beverly Hills).

The March 18, 2018 issue of Soap Opera Digest says that when Franco on General Hospital produces artwork it’s made in house by members of the show’s art department, but didn’t give any specific names.

Tracey E. Bergman celebrates 35 years of playing Lauren Fenmore on both The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful. Check out photos from the party in the February 26, 2018 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Robansuefarm is the handle of one of Manny and Guiding Light‘s biggest fans following in her family’s footsteps of Guiding Light fandom since 1939. This blog is an effort to make it easy to find Guiding Light and especially Manny online. Check back here for her blog, find fanfic previews and fake WSPR newscasts on her YouTube, find podcasts that look back to old shows and audios of her fanfics on Blog Talk Radio, and finally follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Soaps in Depth Celebrates General Hospital

April 23, 2018

Editor’s Note: I should know better than to say I’m going to get anything published by a certain date in April if I don’t sit down and do it right that second. In my real not reel life April is my busiest month of the year and if it makes you feel any better I haven’t gotten much posting on my real professional blog either. 😦 So I was going to write this up a bit and not just paste in the material they sent, but I didn’t and now it’s past so I’ll send this out as is with just a reminder you can still buy back issues.  I truly appreciate them thinking of me because while General Hospital really isn’t one of my stories (back in the day that there were enough soaps that we could afford to fight among ourselves I never would have been caught dead watching an ABC soap), Soaps in Depth IS one of my magazines and I definitely think you should subscribe! At least to the CBS version.

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With the 55th anniversary of General Hospital approaching on April 1, we are excited to announce an exclusive peek at Soaps In Depth’s 55th Anniversary Collector’s Edition, on newsstands next week!

The 55th anniversary collector’s special rewinds all the way back to GH’s beginning including flashbacks of the couples fans fell in love with, memorable moments by the decade starting at GH’s beginning in 1960, rarely-if-ever-before-seen photos from the vaults and 8 exclusive interviews with the cast about the significance of this amazing milestone.

With over 120 pages packed with General Hospital memories, cast interviews, photos and trivia we thought you would be interested in sharing some content with your readers. 

Highlights from this special include:

·      8 exclusive interview spreads with GH legends:

o   Maurice Bernard on his highpoint at GH: “I truly believe the AIDS storyline was a special one. I can’t remember seeing anything like that. But for me, Morgan’s death was the hardest story I’ve ever played, and it was just done really well.”

o   Kin Shriner on his favorite part about having a place in GH history: “It’s still fun to know that you’re on a show that’s still viable after 55 years. When you think about the fact that it still flops into people’s barber shops, hospital rooms, tire shops, diners – its still part of American culture 55 years later …”

o   Genie Francis talks a story line that gave her pause: “Honestly it doesn’t happen much with Laura. They really seem to have a really good grasp on her. It rarely happens. Although … I loved being on the run from Frank Smith, but when we went into the freezing-the-world thing, I really thought they’d lost the plot. I thought it was never going to work and people were going to laugh at us – and then people loved it! So I was completely wrong about that!”

o   Steve Burton on what it has been like to be part of the epic Liz/Jason/Sam triangle: “(laughs) I know – it does get people pretty angry, doesn’t it? Look, if you’re in a position on a show where you can have a triangle like that, that’s great! You want people talking!”

o   Laura Wright on whether Sonny is Carly’s true love or Jax: “It’s always going to be Sonny. He’s her true love. She loves Jax, absolutely. But Sonny know her on a level that’s different than anyone else. Sonny accepts her and gets her. It’s a whole different relationship. And because he’s always going to be there, its not fair to anyone else.”

o   Anthony Geary: “I am delighted the show has reached its 55th anniversary celebration. Know that I will hoist a glass or two of the good stuff to GH’s past, present and future. The show is for obvious reasons very important to me, and the people I worked with through the years on both sides of the camera were among the best in the business.”

o   Nancy Lee Grahn says the best part of being part of GH history: “That it makes me a legend … in my own mind. But that still counts.”

o   Exec producer Frank Valentini tells the mag when people reflect on the 100-year anniversary of GH he hopes they remember during his time “that we were part of the building up of the show and not the tearing down!”

·      GH by the Decade: Freeze Frames showing the evolution from 1960 – now

·      Relive romances from iconic duos, famous weddings, and off screen couples!

·      Behind the Scenes Secrets, Quizzes, & more!

 

Odds and Ends 51

April 9, 2018

While looking for Guiding Light information, I sometimes find things that I think are of interest relating to other soaps. This collection of Odds and Ends related to various soaps that someone may want to know some time. Look for another odds and ends post soon.

A round up of what soap actors feel is their biggest misconception read about it in the November 6, 2017 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Check out a round up of how soap actors memorized lines in the July 25, 2016 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

 7recently responded to a question about whether The Bold and the Beautiful still had a fan club when their website says they don’t. “Sadly they don’t technically, but they do still hold fan events, and keep fans up to date to other B&B related things via the fan director Cathy Tomas. Email CathyT@bbmail.tv to get on her email list.”

There is a profile about Scott Bryce (Craig Montgomery #1, both chronologically & in greatness, during falling in love with Sierra, etc.) in the July 25, 2016 issue of Soap Opera Digest. It includes a shout out to his father Ed Bryce who starred as Bill Bauer on Guiding Light. There is an old photo of both Bryces in with the story. Bryce says he is “still friends with so many. I’m in touch with Brian Bloom [Dusty Donovan #1] and Tamara Tunie [Jessica McKecknie]. I consider Tamara a sister. I just had dinner with Finn Carter [Sierra Walsh Montogmery #1 who with Bryce was the Craig-Sierra supercouple] when I was out in Los Angeles. What I think about when I think about those days is not so much the scripts or the scenes or the work as much as the family. We had a real family.” He also says he got to be on The Facts of Life (his character married Jo in the send off) because the stars were all As the World Turns fans and watched on their lunch break.

On General Hospital Drew Cheetwood and Derk Cheetwood (Milo and Max respectively, both Sonny’s goons) worked with their cousin Tyler Christopher (Nicolas Cassadine). The relationship gets a shout out in the January 22, 2018 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Beth Maitland (Traci Abbott on The Young and the Restless) talks about her friendship with her onscreen mom Dina Abbott played by Marla Adams in the February 5, 2018 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

The October 1972 issue of Daytime TV is announcing Gary Sandy of WKRP in Cincinnati had just been written off Somerset on July 1, 1972. His character was Randy Buchanan and he’d played him for 1 1/2 years. He’d made his soap debut on As the World Turns where he played Hank Barton.

According to the March 5, 2018 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth, when Ian Buchanan as James Warwick on The Bold and the Beautiful was chained to the wall by Shelia, they really chained him to the wall. One time on a break he was stuck because they couldn’t find the keys.

Kristoff St. John (the legendary Neil Winters on The Young and the Restless) has been having personal issues since his son’s suicide. It recently got bad enough he was gone from the show and there were many online rumors. Read his statement in the December 4, 2017 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Victoria Rowell (the sorely missed Drucilla Winters on The Young and the Restless) is the subject of a feature catching you up on her latest activities in the March 5, 2018 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

The Days of Our Lives Halloween episode 2017 had fantasies based on people coming back from the dead. Read about it in details and see photos in the November 6, 2017 issue in the Soap Opera Digest.

Prince Harry of Great Britain just got engaged with Meghan Markle who appeared on General Hospital as Jill and whose parents met on the show. Read more about it in the December 18, 2018 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Check out a timeline with photos of Lulu Spencer-Falconeri in the November 6, 2017 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

John Enos, who rocked on The Young and the Restless as Bobby, Brittany’s eventual husband and the brother of the first person Nikki Newman accidentally killed, had a short run on Days of Our Lives as an Elvis Presley impersonator who was living with Susan Banks. Read more about it in the November 6, 2017 issue Soap Opera Digest.

Nicole Avast and Zende Forrester Dominguez’s wedding gets an article and a photo in the February 20, 2017 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Jennifer Landon (Gwen Munson on As the World Turns) is starring in Run for Your Life a pilot for a thriller passed on the Dia de Los Muertos. Read more about it in the December 18, 2017 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Maura West (Carly Tenney Snyder on As the World Turns) talks about her General Hospital on-screen relationship with her on screen daughter Kiki Jerome played by Hayley Erin. Read about it in the December 4, 2017 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Check out a collection of very cool Halloween costumes through the years across soaps in the November 6, 2017 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Catch photos of the major points of Wyatt Spencer’s life on The Bold and the Beautiful in the January 8, 2018 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Nathan West and Maxie Jones wedding was described in the February 20, 2017 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

In the October 1972 issue of Daytime TV they describe the onscreen wedding of Ann Tyler Davis and Paul Martin. They got married June 22, 1972 on All My Children.

Check a Take 5 interview with Kimberlin Brown (Shelia Carter on The Bold and the Beautiful) in the December 18, 2017 issue of Soap Opera Digest. She also did a joint interview with Rena Sofer (Quinn Forrester on the same show) in the November 6, 2017 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Former baseball MVP Steve Garway appeared on The Bold and Beautiful as Sally’s blind date in 1998 according to the January 8, 2018 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

The November 1971 issue of Daytime TV points out that Martin Sheen used to play Jack Davis on As the World Turns in 1957.

James Patrick Stuart and Michael E. Knight tell the story of how they went to the White House in 1990 where President George Bush, his wife Barbara, and many members of the staff were All My Children fans. Read more about it and their bromance in the July 25, 2016 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Explore the history of Ned Quartermaine on General Hospital with photos in the February 5, 2018 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Robansuefarm is the handle of one of Manny and Guiding Light‘s biggest fans following in her family’s footsteps of Guiding Light fandom since 1939. This blog is an effort to make it easy to find Guiding Light and especially Manny online. Check back here for her blog, find fanfic previews and fake WSPR newscasts on her YouTube, find podcasts that look back to old shows and audios of her fanfics on Blog Talk Radio, and finally follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Bonus Quiz June 1970

February 12, 2018

Just for fun let’s take this quick quiz from TV Circle in June 1970:

What’s her real name? She’s:

  1. Lisa Hughes on As the World Turns
  2. Alice Horton on Days of Our Lives
  3. Naughty Rachel Davis on Another World
  4. Often a 200-year-old witch on Dark Shadows
  5. Sharon McGillis on General Hospital
  6. Iris Garrison who’s fatally ill on Love is a Many Splendored Thing
  7. Aunt Carrie on Love of Life
  8. Wendy that adorable tow-head on One Life to Live

The actress is:

  1. Eileen Fulton
  2. Frances Reid
  3. Robin Strasser
  4. Lara Parker
  5. Sharon DeBord
  6. Leslie Charleson
  7. Frances Fuller
  8. Jan Chasmer

Couple Codes Update January 2018

January 18, 2018

Here’s my latest update on creating a list of couple code aka smoosh names aka the names people create for couples by combing their names. For example Manny is Michelle Bauer Santos and Danny Santos and Marony is Marah Lewis and Tony Santos. I’ve posted the list from other soaps before, but I’ve been trying to post quarterly updates to help get suggestions who I’ve missed. I’ve added more since last time, but please check for your favorites (or even the not so favorite couples you can remember). I’m a long way from having all of them for all soaps here. I think I have finally collected most of the Guiding Light couple codes, but I’m adding those below and am now branching out to collect other soaps. The shows and the names are listed in alphabetical order. All couples are eligible to be included if they are on a daytime soap opera and have a commonly used nickname or code.  I threw a few primetime ones on at the bottom too, just for fun. This list is by no means complete at this point, but I found with my work with the Guiding Light list that people tend to respond more after they see what you have.

I also have reserved a spot on the the list for anyone with a nickname that might be confused with a couple code. For example, on the Guiding Light list I’ve included Cleva for Clone Reva. So here are the couples whose name I’ve remember or had suggested to me so far. If you spot I’m missing one from any daytime soap, please let me know on Facebook, Twitter, in the comments below or by e-mailing me at Robansuefarm@hotmail.com

All My Children

BAM – Bianca Montgomery and Maggie Stone

Greenleo – Greenlee Smythe and Leo du Pres

Jamanda – Dr. Joseph “Jake” Henry Martin Jr. and Amanda Dillion

Jannie – Adam Chandler III and Adam Lavery

Minx – Bianca Montgomery and Marisa Ramirez, Binx was Bianca’s nickname.

Rylee – Ryan Lavery and Greenlee Smythe

Zendall – Kendall Hart and Zach Slater

As the World Turns

NutMeg – Meg Snyder once she went around the bend.

Benry – Barbara Ryan and Henry Coleman

CarJack – Carly Tenney and Jack Snyder

HEM – Hal Munson and Emily Stewart

Jacket – Jack Snyder and Janet Ciccone

Linden – Lily Walsh and Holden Snyder

LuRe – Luciano “Luke” Snyder and Reid Oliver

Lusty – Lucy Montgomery and Dusty Donovan

Nuke – Noah Mayer and Luciano “Luke” Snyder

PEG – Paul Ryan and Meg Snyder

PEM – Paul Ryan and Emily Stewart

Willen – Will Munson and Gwen Norbeck

The Bold and the Beautiful

$Bill – Dollar Bill – Nickname for Bill Spencer

Batie – Bill Spencer and Katie Logan

Breacon – Brooke Logan and Deacon Sharpe

Bricky – Brooke Logan and Nick Marone

Bridge – Brooke Logan and Ridge Forrester

Brill – Brooke Logan and Bill Spencer

CaRidge – Caroline Spencer Forrester and Ridge Forrester

CarMas – Caroline Spencer and Thomas Forrester

DeQuinn – Deacon Sharpe and Quinn Fuller

Hott – Hope Logan and Wyatt Spencer

Kari – Katie Logan and Ridge Forrester aka Kridge

Kridge – Katie Logan and Ridge Forrester aka Kari (I don’t really acknowledge Kridge as it sounds like something you’d scrape out of a fish filter)

Lally – Liam Spencer and Sally Spectra II

Livy – Liam Spencer and Ivy Forrester

Lope – Liam Spencer and Hope Logan

Nicket – Nick Marone and Bridget Logan

Queric – Quinn Fuller and Eric Forrester

Quiam – Quinn Fuller and Liam Spencer

Quidge – Quinn Fuller and Ridge Forrester

Ramber – Rick Forrester and Amber Moore

Rashley – Ridge Forrester and Ashley Abbott

Raya – Rick Forrester and Maya Avant

Statt – Steffy Forrester and Wyatt Spencer aka Wyffy

Steam – Steffy Forrester and Liam Spencer

Still – Steffy Forrester and Bill Spencer

Tally – Thomas Forrester and Sally Spectra, Jr.

Throoke – Thorne Forrester and Brooke Logan

Tridge – Taylor Hays and Ridge Forrester

Watie – Wyatt Spencer and Katie Logan aka WyKat

Wivy – Wyatt Spencer and Ivy Forrester

WyKat – Wyatt Spencer and Katie Logan aka Watie

Wyffy – Wyatt Spencer and Steffy Forrester aka Statt

Zencole – Zende Forester and Nicole Avant

Zensasha – Zende Forester and Sasha Thompson

Days of Our Lives

FauxBo – When Bo Brady was replaced by a duplicate

Abben – Abby Deveraux and Ben Rogers

Bope – Bo Brady and Hope Williams

Bristen – Brady Black and Kristen Dimera

Broe – Brady Black and Chloe Lane

Chabby – Chad Dimera and Abby Deveraux

Chabi – Chad Dimera and Gabi Hernandez

Dannifer – Dr. Daniel Jonas and Jennifer Horton

EJAbby – EJ Dimera and Abby Deveraux

EJami – EJ Dimera and Sami Brady

EJole – EJ Dimera and Nicole Walker

Ericole – Eric Brady and Nicole Walker

Haiden – Hope Williams and Aiden Jennings

Horita – Will Horton and Paul Narita

Jaige – Jack “JJ” Devereux and Paige Larson

Jarlena – John Black and Marlena Evans

Jeve – Jack “JJ” Devereux and Eve Donovan

Keddie – Kate Roberts and Eduardo Hernandez

Lumi – Lucas Horton and Sami Brady

PaulSon – Paul Narita and Sonny Kiriakis

Rope – Rafe Hernandez and Hope Williams

Shelle – Shawn Brady and Belle Black

Stayla – Steve “Patch” Johnson and Kayla Brady

Thrady – Theresa Donovan and Brady Black

WilSon – Will Horton and Sonny Kiriakis

General Hospital

Britch or The Britch – an unflattering nickname for Dr. Britt Westbourne, used by her enemies

Fluke – Fake Luke Spencer

HammyFinn – Hamilton Finn

AMor – Ava Jerome and Morgan Corinthos

Brik – Britt Westbourne and Nicolas Cassadine

Bracas – Brad Cooper and Lucas Jones

CarJax – Carly Spencer and Jax Jacks

Carlina – Carlos Rivera and Sabrina Santiago

Cranco – Carly Benson Jacks and Sonny Corinthos

Carson – Carly Benson Jacks and Sonny Corinthos

DnA – Duke Lavery and Anna Devane

Dream – Drew Quartermaine and Sam Morgan

Ducy – Duke Lavery and Lucy Cole

Ethina – Ethan Lovett and Kristina Davis

Fanna – Hamilton Finn and Anna Devane

Flelena – “Fluke” Luke Spencer and Helena Cassadine

FrAva – “Franco” Robert James Frank and Ava Jerome

Friz – “Franco” Robert James Frank and Liz Webber

Heydik – Hayden Barnes and Nicolas Cassadine

Hiesl – Hamilton Finn and Liesel Obrecht

Jandre – Jordan Ashford and Andre Maddox

Jarly – Jason Morgan and Carly Benson Jacks

Jasam – Jason Morgan and Sam McCall

JoMax – Johnny Zacchara and Maxie Jones

Julexis – Julian Jerome and Alexis Davis

Jurtis – Jordan Ashford and Curtis Ashford

KevLar – Kevin Collins and Laura Spencer also spelled KevLaur

Killon – Kiki Jerome and Dillon Quatermine

Lante – Lulu Spencer and Dante Falconeri

Lauruke – Laura Williams and Luke Spencer

LiRic – Liz Webber and Ric Lansing

Liason – Liz Webber and Jason Morgan

Lukanna – Luke Spencer and Anna Devane

Luke and Laura – Luke Spencer and Laura Spencer NOTE: Since they were big before couple codes they are generally just referred to as Luke and Laura.

Lutra – Luke Spencer and Traci Quatermaine

McBam – John McBain and Samantha McCall

Miki – Michael Corinthos Quatermaine and Kiki Jerome

MorKiki – Morgan Corinthos and Kiki Jerome aka MorKi

Naxie – Nathan West and Maxie Jones

Nexis – Ned Ashton and Alexis Davis

Niava – Nicolas Cassadine and Ava Jerome

NiCo – Nina Clay and “Franco” Robert James Frank

Niv – Ned Ashton and Olivia Falconeri aka NOlivia

Niz – Nicolas Cassadine and Liz Webber

NOliva – Ned Ashton and Olivia Falconeri aka Niv

Patrina – Patrick Drake and Sabrina Santiago

Pristina – Parker Forsyth and Kristina Corinthos-Davis

RAM – Ric Lansing and Sam McCall

Rexis – Ric Lansing and Alexis Davis

Sakey – Sabrina Santiago and Michael (Mikey) Corinthos Quartermaine

Samtrick – Sam McCall and Patrick Drake

SAveus – Silas Clay and Ava Jerome

ScAva – Scott Baldwin and Ava Jerome

Scrubs – Robin Scorpio and Patrick Drake

Sexis – Sonny Corinthos and Alexis Davis

Shordan – Shawn Butler and Jordan Ashford

Siam – Silas Clay and Sam McCall

Sina – Silas Clay and Nina Clay

SnB – Sonny Corinthos and Brenda Barrett

Snelle – Sonny Corinthos and Nelle Hayes

Solivia – Sonny Corinthos and Olivia Falconeri

Spixie – Damian Spinelli and Maxie Jones

Tarly – Todd Manning and Carly Benson Jacks

Tolly – TJ Ashford and Molly Lansing

Valentina – Valentine Cassadine and Nina Clay

VAnna – Valentine Cassadine and Anna Devane

Vante – Valerie Spencer and Dante Falconerie

Guiding Light

Manny – Michelle Bauer and Danny Santos

Stenz – Paul Anthony Stewart and Joie Lenz  –  This is an unusual couple code in that it actually refers to the last names of the actors who originated the couple and is used to refer to the original Manny as opposed to the second version with Nancy St. Alban.

Stalbans – Paul Anthony Stewart and Nancy St. Alban – The corresponding couple code for the second version of Manny.

Alannie – Alan Spaulding and Annie Dutton

Balex – Buzz Cooper and Alexander Spaulding

Bava – Bill Lewis III and Ava Peralta

Bedmund – Beth Raines and Edmund Winslow

Beneth – Ben Warren and Beth Raines Spaulding

Beva – Buzz Cooper and Reva Shayne aka Ruzz

Bilar – Bill Lewis and Pilar Santos

Billip – Beth Raines and Phillip Spaulding aka Pheth

Bileva – Billy Lewis and Reva Shayne Lewis

Bilivia – Bill Lewis and Olivia Spencer

Bizzie – Bill Lewis and Lizzie Spaulding

Blen – Blake Thorpe and Ben Warren

Bliss – Blake Thorpe and Doris Wolfe (Never a couple on the show, but have a fan base anyway.)

Bloss – Blake Thorpe and Ross Marler

Blujack – Beth Raines and Lujack

Bolivia – Buzz Cooper and Olivia Spencer

Boop – Beth Raines and “Coop” Cooper

Buzzena – Buzz Cooper and Selena Davis

Cadmund – Cassie Layne and Edmund Winslow

Carben – Carmen Santos and Ben Warren

Cart – Cassie Layne and Hart Jessup

Cash – Cassie Layne and Josh Lewis aka Crash – Apparently pro people used this term and anti people used Crash, although Crash seems to be much more heavily used.

Charley – Cyrus Foley and Harley Cooper

Cleva – Clone Reva – Not a couple code, but I thought it could easily be mistaken for one, so I thought I had better include it.

Cooplee – “Coop” Cooper and Ashlee Wolfe

Cozzie – “Coop” Cooper and Lizzie Spaulding

Crash – Cassie Layne and Josh Lewis (ok, I don’t know how they got the r in this one) aka Cash (see note under Cash)

Cyrina – Cyrus Foley and Marina Cooper

Cyrizzie – Cyrus Foley and Lizzie Spaulding

D/D – Danny Santos and Drew Jacobs – A one-night stand not a true couple, but you will occasionally see this referenced in old Manny discussion posts.

Dart – Dinah Marler and Hart Jessup

Dicky – David Grant and Vicky Spaulding

Dresse – Drew Jacobs and Jesse Blue

EAM – Eleni Andros and Alan-Michael Spaulding

Fake – Frank Cooper and Blake Thorpe Marler (Used more by people against the couple, I haven’t seen a pro-alternative)

Feva – Jeffery O’Neill and Reva Shayne Lewis aka Jeffeva

Flex – Fletcher Reade and Alexandra Spaulding

Folly – Fletcher Reade and Holly Thorpe

Fratalia – Frank Cooper and Natalia Aitoro

Freleni – Frank Cooper and Eleni Andros

GusH – Gus Aitoro and Harley Cooper

Harlet – Harley Cooper and A.C. Mallet

Hed – Holly Thorpe and Ed Bauer

Hoss – Holly Thorpe and Ross Marler aka RoHo

Jaisy – James Spaulding and Daisy Cooper

Jammy – Jonathan Randall and Tammy Layne

Jannie – Josh Lewis and Annie Dutton

Jarah – Jeffery O’Neill and Marah Lewis

Jassie – Jeffery O’Neill and Cassie Layne

Jeffeva – Jeffery O’Neill and Reva Shayne Lewis aka Feva

Jeth – Jim LeMay and Beth Raines

Jeva – Josh Lewis and Reva Shayne aka Jova

Jezz – Jenna Bradshaw and Buzz Cooper

Jizzie – Jonathan Randall and Lizzie Spaulding

Jolivia – Josh Lewis and Olivia Spencer

Jonah – Jonathan Randall and Dinah Marler

Jova – Josh Lewis and Reva Shayne aka Jeva (They are almost universally known as Jeva, but I did find one website/listserv named for them under Jova and by my at least one use standard I had to add this variant.)

LAM – Lucy Cooper and Alan-Michael Spaulding

Lillibuzz – Lillian Raines and Buzz Cooper

Malah – A.C. Mallet and Dinah Marler

Manny – See Above

Marony – Marah Lewis and Tony Santos

Mattesa – Matt Reardon and Vanessa Chamberlain

Mayne – Marina Cooper and Shayne Lewis

Messe – Michelle Bauer and Jesse Blue

M&M – Marina Cooper and A.C. Mallet

Nova – Dr. Noah Chase and Reva Shayne Lewis

Otalia – Olivia Spencer and Natalia Aitoro

Pharley – Phillip Spaulding and Harley Cooper

Pheth – Phillip Spaulding and Beth Raines aka Billip

Quola – Quint Chamberlain and Nola Reardon

Rabby – Rick Bauer and Abby Blume

Rassie – Richard Winslow and Cassie Layne

Revard – Reva Shayne Lewis and Richard Winslow aka Richeva

Richeva – Richard Winslow and Reva Shayne Lewis aka Revard

Rindia – Ross Marler and India von Halkein

Roarah – Robbie Santos and Sarah Randall

Roginah – Roger Thorpe and Dinah Marler

RoHo – Holly Thorpe and Ross Marler aka Hoss

Rolly – Roger Thorpe and Holly Norris Reade

Ruzz – Reva Shayne and Buzz Cooper aka Beva

Sammy – Sandy Foster and Tammy Layne

Sharina – Shayne Lewis and Marina Cooper

Shaynah – Shayne Lewis and Dinah Marler

Snick – Susan Bates and Nick McHenry

Vanilly – Vanessa Chamberlain and Billy Lewis

One Life to Live

Gex – Gigi Morasco and Walter “Rex” Balsom, Jr.

Kish – Kyle Lewis and Oliver Fish

Stole – Star Manning and Cole Thornhart

TnB – Todd Manning and Blair Cramer

Passions

Kayguel – Kay Bennett and Miguel Lopez-Fitzgerald

Lancy – Luis Lopez-Fitzgerald and Fancy Crane

Shuis – Sheridan Crane and Luis Lopez-Fitzgerald

The Young and the Restless

Bily – Billy Abbott and Lily Winters

Chadam – Chelsea Lawson and Adam Newman

Chick – Chelsea Lawson and Nick Newman

Chilly – Chole Mitchell and Billy Abbott

Chylan – Chelsea Lawson and Dylan McAvoy

Davery – Dylan McAvoy and Avery Bailey Clark

Deriah – Devon Hamilton and Mariah Copeland

Hevon – Hillary Curtis and Devon Hamilton

Javery – Joe Clark and Avery Bailey Clark

Joilin – Jill Abbott and Colin Atkinson

Kariah – Kevin Fisher and Mariah Copeland

Likey – Lauren Fenmore and Michael Baldwin

Naul – Nikki Reed and Paul Williams

Navery – Nick Newman and Avery Bailey Clark

Neslie – Neil Winters and Leslie Michaelson

Neilary – Neil Winters and Hillary Curtis

Niktor – Nikki Reed and Victor Newman

Noco – Noah Newman and Courtney Sloan (cop who was murdered)

Phack – Phyllis Summers and Jack Abbott

Phick – Phyllis Summers and Nick Newman

Philly – Phyllis Summers and Billy Abbott

Pricket – Paul Williams and Cricket Blair

Ravishley – Ravi Shapur and Ashley Abbott

Scrabby – Scott Granger and Abby Newman

Shick – Sharon Newman and Nick Newman

Shott – Sharon Newman and Scott Granger

Shylan – Sharon Newman and Dylan McAvoy

Stashley – Ben ‘Stitch’ Rayburn and Ashley Abbott

Sticky – Ben ‘Stitch’ Rayburn and Victoria Newman aka Vitch

Tabby – Tyler Michaelson and Abby Carleton Newman

Tobby – Toby and Abby Carleton Newman

Tricky – Travis Crawford and Victoria Neman (going by Tori)

Villy – Victoria Newman and Billy Abbott

Vitch – Victoria Newman and Ben ‘Stitch’ Rayburn aka Sticky

Big Bang Theory

Bernard  Bernadette Rostenkowski and Howard Wolowitz

Lenny – Leonard and Penny

Shamy – Sheldon and Amy (actually coined and used by Penny on the show, love a shipper)

Boy Meets World/Girl Meets World

Corpanga – Cory “Cornelius” Matthews and Topanga Lawrence Matthews

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Bangel – Buffy and Angel

Castle

Caskett – Richard Castle and Kate Beckett

Esplanie – Javi Esposito and Lanie Parish

Downton Abbey

Chelsie – Charlie Carson and Elsie Hughes

Friends

Mondler – Monica Geller and Chandler Bing

NCIS

Tate – Tony Di Nozzo and Caitlin Todd

Tiva – Tony DiNozzo and Ziva David

The Librarians

Fleve – Flynn Carter and Eve Baird

The Muppets

Kermiggy – Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy

One Tree Hill

Naley – Nathan Scott and Haley James

Psych

Shules – Shawn Spencer and Julie “Jules” O’Hara

Scorpion

Melvester – Meghan O’Brien and Sylvester

Quintis – Tobias and Happy aka Tappy (won out)

Tappy – Tobias and Happy aka Quintis

Waige – Walter and Paige

Star Wars

Hanleia – Han Solo and Princess Leia

UPDATED: January 22 2018

Robansuefarm is the handle of one of Manny and Guiding Light‘s biggest fans following in her family’s footsteps of Guiding Light fandom since 1939. This blog is an effort to make it easy to find Guiding Light and especially Manny online. Check back here for her blog, find fanfic previews and fake WSPR newscasts on her YouTube, find podcasts that look back to old shows and audios of her fanfics on Blog Talk Radio, and finally follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

A Tale of Two Jasons

December 4, 2017

I don’t often write about current soaps, but I really wanted to comment on the two Jason storyline on General Hospital.

Shedding a Remembered Tear for Craig and Sierra Montgomery

First off, I want to say that I 100% feel for the fans who’ve been waiting to get Steven Burton back. I KNOW that feeling. Craig Montgomery was really important to me back in the day. Craig (the amazing Scott Bryce) and Sierra (the phenomenal Finn Carter) were a wonderful supercouple who never really got a fair chance because after the initial short run only an alternating one of the pair were on the show at any one time for years. Sadly the story had to twist to try and write around this availability issue. Eventually they gave up. Craig and then eventually Sierra were recast. None of the rest of the “Craigs” ever captured the same heart of the Craigness. After Bryce left in 1994, Craig stayed off canvas for awhile until they brought him back in the person of Hunt Block. Block is a great actor, but they brought him on to play a variation on his Guiding Light character Ben Warren and that’s what he did. I always hoped someday that we’d get Craig back and then 13 years later, in a total miracle, in April 2007 HE CAME BACK! It was such a brilliant piece of luck. Craig was suddenly CRAIG again. Then not even a year later in February 2008 he was fired by one of the stupidest TPTB ever. So I’ve known this miraculous return. I truly wish the best for you that have been waiting for Steve Burton to come back and I sincerely hope it’s going to be what you wish and end better than mine did.

Not In MY Story

My opinion is also shaped by the fact that General Hospital isn’t one of my stories. Although you hear that “my stories” is a synonymn for soap operas, but that isn’t exactly right. A soap that is one of your stories has a special place in your heart. You feel like you are part of the community. For example, in some ways I live in Springfield and Oakdale. I don’t live in Port Charles, I just visit. That’s not any kind of comment on its quality. I’m sure there are people who DO live there, but it effects my viewpoint.

Danny Horn of the hilarious Dark Shadows Everyday blog holds that the audience doesn’t care about the characters, they just want the most interesting thing to happen. I used to totally disagee with him. I’ve never had the opportunity, but I honestly think I’d be happy watching Manny have family dinners, talk with friends at Company, have business deals that go well, and make love lots and lots and lots of times.

However, when it comes to soaps that I just watch that aren’t my stories, Danny is 100% correct. I do want interesting things to happen even if they are terrible things for the characters. Even though my current favorite soap couple is Killon and there are other characters on the soap I like, what I really want is the show to be interesting.

Will General Hospital Be Interesting?

Now with that as our goal, to do the most interesting thing, what should obviously happen is that Billy Miller’s Jason should be the real Jason. That way you’d have all these people who were certain Steve Burton’s Jason was Jason have gone out on a limb. They’d have damaged their relationship with real Jason and leave both Jasons wondering just where does their identity come from. Even though they said this week that Steve Burton was the real Jason, for the good of the show he shouldn’t be. There is just so much more story to work with and if the writing was sharp what they say now wouldn’t be the final answer.

It would also be the smart move because so much of the talk has been a copy of the Two Todds storyline on One Life to Live, to have this resolution be the opposite of that would be much more interesting.

But I doubt that’s what is going to happen. They’ll already passed up a brilliant opportunity. When Jason “remembered everything” the next day should have been that he remembered being Jason Quartermaine or Jason Quartermaine AND Jason Morgan. They didn’t take advantage of that so it’s unlikely they’ll take advantage of this one. Steve Burton will be the real Jason Morgan and that will be that.

Second Story

Which means that the Steve Burton fans will get what they want in the short term. However, whether Steve Burton was really Jason or not is not really the thing for his fans to be worried about. It’s relatively easy for writers to come up with a spectacular return for someone fans love. My personal favorite being Shannon McKendrick returning from the dead on As the World Turns which even though word had leaked she was coming back so everyone knew they wrote it in such a way that everyone expected Duncan to find something terrible had happened to his current wife Jessica and when they opened the door and when it was Shannon instead I think it shocked everyone. Then there was that first story where they had to deal with the fault out. Would Duncan and Shannon get back together or would he choose to stay with Jessica? After that, they never really found that second story and they were written out soon after. The terrible shock of Phillip Chancellor III really being alive on The Young and the Restless followed up with him going back to Australia. Not that it can’t work, but the key is sticking the landing, the second story. So what Burton fans should really be worried about is if they can find a second story for him. Given what I’ve seen so far, I don’t have a lot of hope, but I genuinely wish his fans well.

Robansuefarm is the handle of one of Manny and Guiding Light‘s biggest fans following in her family’s footsteps of Guiding Light fandom since 1939. This blog is an effort to make it easy to find Guiding Light and especially Manny online. Check back here for her blog, find fanfic previews and fake WSPR newscasts on her YouTube, find podcasts that look back to old shows and audios of her fanfics on Blog Talk Radio, and finally follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

 

Odds and Ends 50

October 18, 2017

While looking for Guiding Light information, I sometimes find things that I think are of interest relating to other soaps. This collection of Odds and Ends related to various soaps that someone may want to know some time. Look for another odds and ends post soon.

Find an article celebrating 30 years of CBS Soaps in Depth in its April 17, 2017 issue.

Soap Opera Digest reports on its part for its 40th Anniversary in the March 21, 2016 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Find all the nominees for the 2017 Daytime Emmys in the April 17, 2017 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

“Why Soaps Are Suddenly Hotter Than Ever” find it in the April 15, 2013 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

“For Many Actors, Soap Opera Parties Are Strictly Business” gives an insider’s scoop on soap parties in the November 4, 1986 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

“How Stars Pull Off Those Song and Dance Scenes” find it in the August 7, 2017 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Stone Cates wasn’t on General Hospital for that long, but through his death from AIDS early in the epidemic, his role in infecting Robin, and his relationship with Sonny Corinthos he had last effect. He recently made a rare return as ghost/hallucination Stone. Catch up with his actor on Michael Sutton in the August 7, 2017 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

In the August 7, 2017 issue of Soap Opera Digest there is a current photo of Randolph Mantooth from The Hollywood Show at the Westin LAX. He’s posed with his character’s call box from his hit series Emergency!

Find the vows for Steve “Patch” Johnson and Kayla Brady Johnson from their Days of Our Lives February 14, 2017 wedding in the April 17, 2017 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth. It also includes a description of the wedding and a section on their weddings past.

Beth Maitland was given a retrospective feature celbrating her on and off 30 years on The Young and the Restless as Traci Abbott. Find it in the August 7, 2017 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

A roundup of current daytime stars report their schedule on a typical day April 15, 2013 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

The cast of the late, lamented soap Passions reunited for a fan event earlier this year. Check out a big collection of photos in the August 14, 2017 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Kate Mansi (Abigail Deveraux Dimera on Days of Our Lives) gives the behind the scenes on Abby and Chad’s wedding including her rewriting the vows in the March 21, 2013 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Find the vows for Wyatt Spencer and Steffy Forrester on The Bold and the Beautiful for their April 1, 2016 wedding in the July 25, 2016 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth. It also includes a description of the wedding with photos.

Carly Schroeder who last appeared as Scotty Baldwin’s daughter on Port Charles has followed her “father” to General Hospital as part of a tribute to Scotty’s father Lee Baldwin whose actor recently died. Schroeder last appearled as Serena Baldwin in 2003. Read more in the July 31, 2017 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Having received the rights back to All My Children and One Life to Live, ABC daytime is in discussions of what characters they may bring over. Read more about it in the January 30, 2017 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Marry in haste, repent in leisure, check out the round up of sudden marriages that ended in divorce with photos in the October 17, 2016 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Check out a tribute with photos to Kin Shriner‘s (Scotty Baldwin on General Hospital) 40th anniversary of his run on soaps in the August 14, 2017 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Check out the backstage story to the Olivia Falconerie and Ned Quartermaine’s wedding in the July 31, 2017 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Tom Degnan (Adam Munson on As The World Turns) married actress Erin Cummings on July 2, 2016. His ATWT brother Bill Mangnussen (Casey Hughes) was a groomsman. Get more information and see a photo in the August 8, 2016 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Check out a behind the scenes feature on Michael Stich a long term director on The Bold and the Beautiful.

In honor of The Bold and the Beautiful‘s 30th anniversary there is a focus on Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke Logan Forrester) and John McCook (Eric Forrester) who are the sole remaining original cast members. Find it in the April 17, 2017 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

The marble floor in the reception area of Forrester Creation is painted on the back of linoleum as described in the April 17, 2017 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Sitcom favorites Jim O’Heir of Parks and Recreation and Monica Horan of Everybody Loves Raymond have a continuing cameo showing up anytime someone has to fly somewhere. Read about their first appearence on The Bold and the Beautiful in the August 8, 2016 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Jess Walton (the longest running Jill Abbott on The Young and the Restless) is in the process of writing her biography and she discusses it in the April 17, 2017 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Morgan Fairchild (who needs no introduction to soap fans) is the subject of a retrospective tied to her assumption of the role of villian Anjelica on Days of Our Lives. It’s in the July 31, 2017 issue of Soap Opera Digest. A later episode carried a correction as they identify her character on Friends as Chandler Bing’s father instead of his mother in this article.

Hayley Erin (Kiki Jerome on General Hospital) talks about her character and what she thinks. Her new pairing with Dillon Quartermaine [Killon] is magic. Read about it in the January 30, 2017 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

John McCook‘s granddaughter Charlotte Constantin appeared as Young Steffy on The Bold and the Beautiful in a voice over during December 2016. See more and a photo in December 26, 2016 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Catherine Bach (Anita, Chelsea’s mom on The Young and the Restless) is best known for being Daisy on the Dukes of Hazzard. She is featured in an interview in the August 8, 2017 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth. She talks about her latest venture, a boutique in Nashville, Tennesee.

Check out a feature on Anna Maria Horsford (Vivienne Avant, Maya’s mother on The Bold and the Beautiful) formerly of Amen in the September 19, 2017 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Hillary B. Smith (Margo Dixon Hughes #2 on As the World Turns) is bringing her One Life to Live character Nora Buchanan to General Hospital in February 2017.
http://tvline.com/2017/02/07/general-hospital-hillary-b-smith-nora-buchanan-interview

See photos of Jacqueline MacInnes Wood‘s run as Steffy Forrester on The Bold and the Beautiful in the September 19, 2016 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Tracey E. Bregman (Lauren Fenmore on The Young and the Restless) has been featured on Greyhound’s Ride of Fame. Her photo is on a New York City bus. Read all about it and see a photo in the October 16, 2017 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

There is an interview with Mal Young when he became Executive Producer of The Young and the Restless in the July 25, 2016 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Farrah Dubose who co-stars with Eileen Davidson (Ashley Abbott) on Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, appeared on The Young and the Restless in December 2016. See the article in the December 26, 2016 CBS Soaps in Depth.

Celebrating the 11,000th episode of the The Young and the Restless, the September 19, 2016 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth features a collection of photos through the years and interviews with Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki Newman) and Eric Braden (Victor Newman).

Tonya Pinkins is a Tony Award winner her played Heather Dalton one of the teens from the mid-1980s on As the World Turns. Find a feature article on her in the October 17, 2016 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Look back on Doug Davidson‘s 38 years on The Young and the Restless as everyone’s favorite private eye Paul Williams in the December 26, 2016 CBS Soaps in Depth. He also told a story about how he spectacularly failed to learn to Tango as part of a Cricket and Paul storyline.

See a round up of the Jennifer Horton Deveraux on Days of Our Lives in the October 17, 2016 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

The August 8, 2016 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth calls out a recent line from The Young and the Restless. Victor Newman to his true love Nikki Reed Newman “From the first moment I laid eyes on you, until the last breath I will take, it has always been you.”

Obba Babatunde (Julius Avant, Maya’s father on The Bold and the Beautiful) tells the story about how helping a fan at a concert later got him a role. Read the full story in September 19, 2016 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

During 2016 La-Z-Boy offered a series of commercials spoofing soaps called “As the Room Turns.” Read more in the July 25, 2016 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Jean Passanante was a writer for One Life to Live, Another World, All My Children, As the World Turns, The Young and the Restless, and General Hospital. She announced her retirement — thank goodness. Read about it in the June 26, 2017 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Port Charles attempted a hail Mary by transforming into a telenovela format where stories were broken into “books.” Between December 2000 and October 2003 they ran 12 books “Fate,” “Time in a Bottle,” “Tainted Love,” “Tempted,” “Miracles Happen,” “Secrets,” “Superstition,” “Torn,” “Naked Eyes,” “Surrender,” “Desire,” and “The Gift.” Read more about them in the April 15, 2013 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Daniella Alonso (Pilar Diego #2 on As the World Turns) tells why her character was killed off after 3 months in the August 11, 2011 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

When TPTB first wrote the Patty Williams comes back crazy storyline they made every effort to bring Carolyn Conwell back as Mary Williams the mother of both Patty and Paul. However, Conwell is retired and despite their best efforts she turned down the offer to return even for a day. Doug Davidson (Paul Williams) says he talked to her about it herself in her August 11, 2011 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

An article on Melissa Brennan (now Reeves) has a photo of her character with David Hasselhoff when he played his Knight Rider character on Santa Barbara in the December 30, 1986 issue of Soap Opera Digest. Here’s a clip of it in German I think.

In a long overdue move back on June 21, 2011 a real life version of Jabot rolled out. It was sadly dogged by not having a clear rights and is no longer in business. Read about the roll out and all the products available in the August 1, 2011 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

An article in the December 30, 1986 issue of Soap Opera Digest talks about extra perks actors and actresses get when they are recognized.

Find a memorialfor Anthony Herrera, the one and only James Stenbeck on As the World Turns, for his death June 21, 2011 in the August 11, 2011 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

In the December 30, 1986 issue of Soap Opera Digest a fan asks about the WSB on General Hospital. It stands for World Security Bureau. It’s an international espionage group that Sean, Anna, and Robert all were agents at one time.

Ron Carlivati was interviewed about taking over as head writer on Days of Our Lives in the February 27, 2017 issue of Soap Opera Digest. His material just started airing.

The December 30, 1986 issue of Soap Opera Digest has summaries of 18 daytime and primetime soap operas.

Towards the ends of its run the General Hospital spin off Port Charles tried to copy the telenovela format by dividing the stories into books from December 2000 through October 2003. They had 12 books: “Fate,” “Time in a Bottle,” “Tainted Love,” “Tempted,” “Miracles Happen,” “Secrets,” “Superstition,” “Torn,” “Naked Eyes,” “Surrender,” “Desire,” and “The Gift.” Read more in the April 15, 2013 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Carol Robbins Evans, a long time loyal  secretary to Jack Abbott on The Young and the Restless, used a cane because her actress Christopher Templeton used a cane in real life after a childhood battle with polio according to the November 4, 1986 issue of Soap Opera Digest.  Templeton would later pass on in 2011 from breast cancer. http://soapcentral.com/yr/news/2011/0223-templeton_obit.php

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Kathleen Widdoes (Emma Snyder on As the World Turns) talks about being on the show especially off camera jokes about Emma’s bull Boris which slowly made it on camera. Learn more in the November 4, 1986 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

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