ALL MY CHILDREN made some key hires, adding Darnell Williams (Jesse), Marcy Walker (Liza), Laurence Lau (Greg), Kim Delaney (Jenny) and Dorothy Lyman (Opal).... Brooke and Tom said, “I do,” while Tara married Jim Jefferson after Phil was confirmed dead; Tad’s little sis, Jenny, became fast friends with Jesse, while Liza fumed over the love connection between Jenny and Greg; Erica was torn between two lovers, Brandon and Kent.... Sybil was murdered after giving birth to Cliff’s son, Bobby (Daisy exposed that Sean was the culprit and revealed her true identity to daughter Nina); Cliff and Nina remarried.... Brooke met her supposed mother, drug lord Peg (a.k.a. Cobra).
ANOTHER WORLD welcomed the late David Canary (pictured) aboard as a recast Steve Frame, while Nancy Frangione succeeded Susan Keith as Cecile.... Mac and Rachel divorced for the second time.... Douglass Watson took home a second consecutive Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor for the role of Mac.
Dana Delany joined AS THE WORLD TURNS as Hayley.... Dee took John to court for marital rape, and Margo learned that John is her biological father.... Kim became Mrs. Nick Andropoulos.... The show celebrated its 25th anniversary on April 2. Behind the scenes, Bridget and Jerome Dobson resigned as head writers, and four different combinations of writers were put in place before the year was out. Oakdale also got a new executive producer, Mary-Ellis Bunim (who would later co-create THE REAL WORLD for MTV), who succeeded Fred Bartholomew.
DAYS OF OUR LIVES snapped up Thaao Penghlis (who had just done a stint as GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Victor Cassadine) to play Tony DiMera, Wayne Northrop started his Roman run, James Reynolds (pictured) signed on as Abe, and Lane Davies (later SANTA BARBARA’s Mason) began playing Evan.... Fresh from the head-writing gig at GH, Pat Falken Smith returned to the job of top scribe, taking over for Michelle Poteet-Lisanti and Gary Tomlin.... Doug and Julie remarried; Marlena was raped by Kellam, who was then killed by his son, Tod; The Salem Strangler (Jake Kositchek) began his reign of terror, so cop Roman camped out on target Marlena’s floor for her protection, kicking off their romance; pregnant via artificial insemination (Evan was the sperm donor), Maggie gave birth to a daughter, Sarah; Marie and Alex’s flame was rekindled when they were trapped together after a plane crash, and she revealed that his newly adopted daughter, Jessica, was actually his bio kid.
THE DOCTORS aired its 5,000th episode in November.... Elizabeth Hubbard returned as Althea, while future 90210 star Ian Ziering debuted as Erich.... Maggie concealed her pregnancy from estranged hubby Matt.
GENERAL HOSPITAL viewers embraced newbies Tristan Rogers (Scorpio, now also Y&R’s Colin), Sharon Wyatt (Tiffany) and Rick Springfield (Noah), while Kin Shriner made a surprise return as Scott; Elizabeth Taylor guest-starred as Helena Cassadine No. 1; and Richard Dean Anderson hung up his scrubs as Jeff.... Dustin Hoffman visited the set to prepare for his role in Tootsie.... A cool 30 million viewers tuned in to watch the grand nuptials of Luke and Laura after the duo (with help from Robert) stopped the Cassadine clan from freezing the world with a
weather-controlling machine, the formula to which was stashed in the base of the Ice Princess (the world’s largest uncut diamond); Helena put a curse on the Spencers and a returning, embittered Scotty caught the bouquet.... Alan’s mistress, Susan, gave birth to his son, Jason; Jeff learned that he is the bio dad of Steven Lars Webber, and Steven’s bio mom, Heather, tried to frame Anne for Diana’s murder by writing Ms. Logan’s name in the blood of the deceased — but the true culprit was revealed to be Heather’s mother, Alice.... Bobbie faked blindness to scheme her way into Noah’s heart.... Creative differences with EP Gloria Monty prompted Head Writer Pat Falken Smith to quit; Robert J. Shaw and Monty assumed the responsibility for the writing team....At the DaytimeEmmys, GH won Outstanding Drama and Jane Elliot (ex-Tracy) took home the prize for Supporting Actress.... Time described GH as “useless to resist. It is everywhere.”
GUIDING LIGHT introduced the Lewis family, starting with Rebecca Hollen as Trish and Robert Newman as Josh. Peter Simon was the new Ed; GH star Jane Elliot moved to Springfield as Carrie; Michael Tylo made his daytime debut as Quint; Kevin Bacon exited as T.J.; Gregory Beecroft began as the newest Reardon, Tony.... Teen lovebirds Kelly and Morgan tied the knot; Nola’s crush on Quint led to many movie-inspired fantasies; Alan and Hope welcomed a son, Alan-Michael; Rita’s fling with Alan ended her marriage to Ed; Amanda learned that she is Alan’s illegitimate bio daughter; Jackie and Justin Marler had a baby girl, Samantha.... The show won Outstanding Writing at the Daytime Emmys.
On ONE LIFE TO LIVE, Michael Ingram was killed off as Vince Wolek; Judith Light (Karen) met her future real-life hubby, Robert Desiderio, when he debuted as Steve.... Dorian became Mrs. Herb Callison and reunited with their daughter, Cassie, originally played by Cusi Cram.... Asa Buchanan took a new wife, Samantha Vernon....Judith Light (Karen) won the Daytime Emmy for Lead Actress.
Future soap hopper Roscoe Born made his daytime debut as RYAN'S HOPE's Joe Novak.
SEARCH FOR TOMORROW supercouple Travis and Liza were the subject of a location shoot in Hong Kong....Larry Haines (Stu) took home the Outstanding Supporting Actor trophy at the Daytime Emmys.
Kin Shriner and Catherine Hickland checked out of TEXAS as Jeb and Courtney, while the soap’s future head writer, Pamela K. Long, debuted as Ashley, and the late James Rebhorn began playing John.... Paul Rauch exited and Gail Kobe followed him as EP; on the head-writing front, Dorothy Ann Purser and Samuel Ratcliffe, then Paul Rader and Gerald Flesher, succeeded Joyce and John William Corrington.
YOUNG AND RESTLESS introduced Michael Damian as Danny, and President Gerald Ford’s son, Steven Ford, as Andy....Victor and Julia divorced after Newman held her lover hostage in his basement; he then became smitten with exotic dancer Nikki.... Both John and Jack had eyes for Jill, though the latter also put the moves on 17-year-old Patty.... Terminally ill Vanessa committed suicide after framing Lorie for her “murder” .... Paul married and divorced April, mom of his daughter, Heather.