Back in time.
With beloved Daytime shows OLTL and AMC returning April 29, we can’t help but think of the soaps we probably won’t ever get the chance to see again.
Despite the dwindling number of Daytime shows – at one point there were shockingly 19 soaps on the air each day – we love them just as passionately now as we did then. Soaps have come a long way from 15-minute live spots promoting actual soap, but the connections they make between characters and fans are as strong as ever.
More "Twilight Zone" than the typical Daytime fare, Dark Shadows set the bar high when it came to melodrama, thanks to its over-the-top gothic musical score and supernatural storylines. Despite the drama, numerous on-camera bloopers earned it the nickname "Mic Shadows," courtesy of unintentional boom microphone appearances and wobbly sets.
The Edge of Night:
The Edge of Night was the perfect mix of mysterious intrigue, mobster mayhem, and love gone wrong - a combination that clicked with viewers for nearly 30 years. Unlike fans of "AMC" and "OLTL" who are getting a second chance at their shows, "The Edge of Night" ended with a cliffhanger because the producers thought they could get someone else to pick it up. Fans stopped waiting a long time ago.
ABC’s current character crossovers are nothing new to the network. During its 12-year run, Loving had many crossover moments with "All My Children," which was easy considering they were taped in the same building. Character Ally (Laura Wright) was a big fan of "AMC," and Jeremy Hunter (Jean LeClerc), Trevor Dillon (James Kiberd) and Angie Hubbard (Debbi Morgan) where characters on both shows. "General Hospital’s" Cesar Faison (Anders Hove) even stopped by in 1993.
Love them or hate them, vampires were real in "General Hospital’s" alternate universe of Port Charles, and Michael Easton really sank his teeth into the role of Caleb Morley – and the neck of his hot young co-star Kelly Monaco (Livvie). Fun fact: Lynn Herring (Lucy Coe) and Wayne Northrop (Rex Stanton) were married on the show and are still married in real life.