October 23, 1994 |
Luke Spencer finally has a job. Until recently on "General Hospital," Luke's pre-adolescent son, Lucky (Jonathan Jackson), was the only working member of his household. Viewers were left to wonder if Lucky's fledgling worm-farming business paid all the bills while his parents, Luke and Laura (Tony Geary and Genie Francis), selflessly fought for truth, justice and the American way. This is hardly the only example of a soap playing with reality.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 3, 2006 |
Gloria Monty, a producer whose reinvention of the ABC daytime drama "General Hospital" in the late 1970s turned it into a pop phenomenon that helped modernize television soap operas, has died. She was 84. Monty, who was the model for the motherly soap opera producer in the 1982 Dustin Hoffman film "Tootsie," died of cancer Thursday at her home in Rancho Mirage, ABC announced.
May 2, 1986 |
No one depicts U.S. history worse than U.S. television. First came last November's "North and South" on ABC, 12 hours of pre-Civil War melodrool that turned out to be the season's most-watched miniseries. And now, suh, there's mowah--much, much mowah. Arriving at 9 p.m. Sunday on ABC is the six-part, even scorchier "North and South, Book II," another dozen hours based on another John Jakes novel (appropriately titled "Love and War") and continuing the hot-breathed saga of two epic families.
October 3, 1996 |
TELEVISION Fainting Spells: HBO clearly set out to affect viewers with its upcoming movie, "If These Walls Could Talk," a hard-hitting look at abortion in three eras, starring Demi Moore, Sissy Spacek and Cher. And if the movie's East and West Coast premieres are any indication, affect folks it will.
October 15, 1985 |
The following TV miniseries are scheduled for the 1985-86 season. October "Tender Is the Night"--Oct. 27, Nov. 5, 12, 19 and 26 on Showtime; six hours. Also Oct. 29, Nov. 9, 16, 23 and 30. Based on the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel about the romance between two American expatriates in 1920s Europe. Stars Peter Strauss, Mary Steenburgen, John Heard, Sean Young, Edward Asner and Piper Laurie. A Showtime/BBC co-production. November "North and South"--Nov. 3, 5, 6, 7, 9 and 10 on ABC; 12 hours.
March 31, 1991 |
On Dec. 3, Gloria Monty returned, after a 4 1/2 year absence, as executive producer of "General Hospital," the ABC soap opera that she had propelled to daytime's No. 1 spot for most of the early 1980s.
July 6, 1992 |
In a recent story line on CBS' top-rated daytime soap, "The Young and the Restless," nurse Sheila Carter Granger suffered a miscarriage but faked a full-term pregnancy, then swapped the newborn child of her husband and his ex-wife with one she had bought, passing off the ex-wife's baby as her own. Now Sheila is carrying off an even more ambitious switch.