Today in Soap Opera History (April 2)

1951: A daytime version of Hawkins Falls premiered.

1956: As the World Turns and The Edge of Night premiered

on CBS. 1971: ABC aired the final episode of Dark Shadows."All true histories contain instruction; though, in some, the treasure may be hard to find, and when found, so trivial in quantity that the dry, shrivelled kernel scarcely compensates for the trouble of cracking the nut."

Anne Brontë in "Agnes Grey"

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1951: Hawkins Falls, a primetime dramedy in 1950 returned as 15-minute five-days-a-week daytime soap opera on NBC titled Hawkins Falls: A Television Novel, created by Roy Winsor and Doug Johnson. Its large cast of "townspeople" included Frank Dane,

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