Today in Soap Opera History (August 4)

1980: Another World spin-off Texas premiered on NBC,

starring Beverlee McKinsey as Iris."History speaks to artists. It changes the artist's thinking and is constantly reshaping it into different and unexpected images."

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1966: Donald Briscoe assumed the role of Tony Merritt in Days of our Lives. A message appeared on the screen to explain the recast: "The part of Tony Merritt will be played by Donald Briscoe."

1980: Another World returned to 60 minutes daily, after more than a year of 90-minute episodes, to make room for Texas. Russ (David Bailey) and Tracy began their honeymoon, and Jamie (Richard Bekins) had dinner with Mac and Rachel.

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