Friday, June 25, 2010

Pop History Moment: "Another World" Went Off The Air

On this day in 1999 the final episode of TV soap opera Another World was aired after 35 years, after a total of 8891 episodes. Created by Irna Phillips along with William J. Bell and set in the fictional milieu of Bay City, the show followed the lives and loves of the city's residents, especially as they related to the Cory family, at the end personified by the inimitable Victoria Wyndham, who had played Rachel Cory from 1972 until the final episode.

Other standouts on the show were Douglass Watson as Rachel's suave husband Mac, Constance Ford as Rachel's mother Ada, Felicia Gallant (played by Linda Dano and initially modeled after Jacqueline Susann), superhot Stephen Schnetzer as Cass Winthrop, Vicky and Marley Hudson (good and evil twins once played by Anne Heche), and the greatest - or at least the campiest - villainess in the history of daytime television Cecile de Poulignac, played to the hilt by Nancy Frangione (with Charles Keating as Carl Hutchins coming a close second as villains go).

At the time of Another World's cancellation NBC was criticized for removing a show with a dedicated audience (despite dwindling ratings) from its daytime lineup in favour of something new and untried - the truly grotesque Passions, which lasted just eight years before viewers were put out of its misery.
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