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SHOW FIRST AIRED ON THIS DAY IN 1933

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Virginia Clark (as Helen) and David Gothard (Left), cast members
of “The Romance of Helen Trent”. Man at right is unidentified.

The first radio broadcast of "The Romance of Helen Trent" was
followed by 7,222 episodes, ending in 1960. The soap was one
of the most beloved of all the old time radio shows
. It outlived
most of network radio!

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From the National Radio Hall Of Fame Gallery.

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TELEVISION ACTOR DIES AT 75

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Jared Christopher Martin
(December 21, 1941 – May 24, 2017)

(FoxNews) – Jared Martin, who played Sue Ellen’s handsome
rodeo cowboy love interest on the CBS-TV series  "Dallas,
( April 2, 1978, to May 3, 1991) has died.

The actor’s son told The Hollywood Reporter Martin died at
his home in Philadelphia Wednesday after a battle with
pancreatic cancer.

The Manhattan-born Martin was best known for his role on
"Dallas," joining the show in 1979 as the adopted son of
Clayton Farlow, played by Howard Keel.

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TV SERIES 50th ANNIVERSARY TODAY


Dark Shadows
is a gothic soap opera that originally aired weekdays on 
the ABC television network, from June 27, 1966, to April 2, 1971. The
series depicted the lives of the Collins family of Collinsport, Maine.

The show became extremely popular when vampire Barnabas Collins,
played by Canadian actor Jonathan Frid, appeared a year into its run.

Dark Shadows featured an array of characters including ghosts, witches,
werewolves, zombies, and warlocks. Time travel and a parallel universe 
were also featured. Some characters were played by more than one actor.



The introduction of Vampire Barnabas Collins in 1967.


John Herbert "Jonathan" Frid
(December 2, 1924 – April 14, 2012)


 

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SERIES DEBUTED ON THIS DAY IN 1978

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The prime time CBS television series Dallas ran from April
2, 1978, to May 3, 1991.

Although the soap’s audience had consistently declined since the
"Who Done It" episode of 1980, the series finale of Dallas, garnered
33 million viewers and a 22 household rating from 9-11pm on May 3,
1991, making its way into the country’s 14th most watched television
series finale.

Dallas originally aired on Saturday nights when it debuted as a regular
series. Within a month, the show was moved to Sunday nights, where
it would stay until halfway through the season, when it took a Friday-
night slot. Dallas remained on Fridays until the show ended in 1991


Larry Martin Hagman (September 21, 1931 – November 23, 2012)

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JAMES NOBLE HAS DIED AT 94


James Wilkes Noble (March 5, 1922 – March 28, 2016) 

Actor James Noble, best known for his portrayal of the sweet-
natured but naive Governor on ABC’s 1980s sitcom Benson
died on Monday in Connecticut. A spokesman for Noble’s
family said that the actor had suffered a stroke the week
prior to his death.

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