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Grant Show

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Grant Alan Show (born February 27, 1962 in Detroit, Michigan) is an actor best known for his role on Melrose Place as Jake Hanson, which he played from 1992 to 1997, and most recently seen in the now-defunct CBS drama Swingtown.

Raised in the Milpitas, California area, Show was a graduate of UCLA where he was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. He broke into show business during college almost immediately after high school. His first major role was on the daytime soap opera Ryan's Hope, where he played Rick Hyde from 1984 - 1987. During his last year on the show, he received a Daytime Emmy nomination as Outstanding Young Man in a Daytime Drama Series.

During his time on the soap, Show dated fellow Ryan's Hope actor, Yasmine Bleeth. Hyped as the series' leading heartthrob, he even had a pinup poster issued during the series' run but later became dissatisfied with acting in soaps and went to London in order to improve his craft. Returning to the states in the late 1980s, he landed occasional prime time acting gigs but feature films proved elusive, although the producers of Thelma and Louise seriously considered him for the role that launched Brad Pitt into film stardom.

Show's appearances on television attracted the attention of producer Aaron Spelling who felt he had star potential and decided to cast him as Jake Hanson on a few episodes of the popular series Beverly Hills 90210 in order to spin off the character as the lead in his next series Melrose Place. Debuting with much fanfare (Show was on the covers of both TV Guide and People immediately after the series' debut), the series' ratings in its first season were not up to expectations and the show was revamped in the middle of the first season with the introduction of Heather Locklear, from an episodic drama format to an over-the-top soap opera serial in the tradition of Dynasty, one of Spelling's earlier hits. He also played Jake in the pilot of the Melrose spin-off Models Inc. He was the only actor to play the same character on the first three shows in the Beverly Hills, 90210 franchise.

While Show remained a popular member of the cast during his tenure, most of the buzz the series generated revolved around the characters played by Heather Locklear, Marcia Cross and Laura Leighton. Leighton and Show dated briefly during the series' run.

By 1997, Show, Cross, Leighton, Doug Savant, Courtney Thorne-Smith and Josie Bissett left the series in a move that rather swiftly led the show into a major decline. Show later regretted his decision to leave despite his dislike of the scripts during his final season.

Show has since starred in a number of television movies including Blessed Assurance with Cicely Tyson, Between Love and Honor with Robert Loggia, and Homeland Security with Tom Skerritt and was one of the leads in the short-lived Fox Network supernatural drama Point Pleasant in 2005. He made a guest appearance for three episodes in HBO's acclaimed series Six Feet Under in 2002, and in 2006 he guest starred on two episodes of the ABC Family show Beautiful People.

Show has acted on stage in a number of productions. In 1990, he played the lead in a play adaptation of On the Waterfront and after his stint on Melrose acted in The Glass Menagerie. He was on Broadway in 1999 playing a detached doctor in Wit (play).

Show appeared in three 2007 episodes of the FX show Dirt, playing closeted gay movie action hero Jack Dawson when Dawson became involved with a character on the show named Leo Spiller.

CBS announced in May 2007 that its 2007-2008 fall lineup including a new dramatic series Swingtown which will star Show. The program is currently scheduled for a "mid-season replacement", it will debut after a currently scheduled program is cancelled.

In August 2008 TVGuide.com wrote that Grant Show would be making an appearance on an episode of Private Practice in the 2008-2009 season. Later that year it was announced that Show will appear in one more episode of Private Practice.

Show recently revealed his interest in the CW remake of Melrose Place, of reprising his role of bad boy Jake Hanson at the Golden Globes, he also expressed his interest in the new 90210, of wanting to explore Jake and Kelly (Jennie Garth)'s relationship a lil more. With the revealed characters of Melrose Place 2.0, one of which is David Patterson, Jake's son from the original series, its more and likely that Show will appear on the new series in some episodes.

Long a bachelor, Show married model Pollyanna McIntosh, whom he met when they posed together for a Lane Bryant ad in 2003. They reside in Beachwood Canyon, Los Angeles, California. He enjoys golf, motorcycling and auto racing and won the 20th Anniversary Toyota Pro/Celebrity Auto Race in 1996.

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The Milt Grant Show

The Milt Grant Show was a Washington, D.C. teen dance party program aired on WTTG from 1956 to 1961. It was hosted by a former radio deejay, who recognized the untapped potential of the teen rock and roll music market, and convinced the management to let him host a dance party show - but only if he sold the advertising himself.

After the show was canceled in 1961 by new station management who did not like the rock-and-roll programming, Grant entered a new phase of his broadcasting career when he formed a corporation that led to the launching of WDCA, Channel 20, in 1966 on the then-barren UHF band. Grant immersed himself in management and never again appeared on camera as a personality. Ironically, WDCA and WTTG are now commonly-owned by the Fox Television Stations group.

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Ryan's Hope

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Ryan's Hope is an American soap opera, revolving around the trials and tribulations of a large Irish American family in New York City. It aired from July 7, 1975 to January 13, 1989 on ABC. A total of 3515 30-minute episodes were broadcast.

In late 1974, ABC Daytime approached Claire Labine and Paul Avila Mayer, the Head Writers of CBS' Love of Life, about creating a new soap opera similar to General Hospital. Labine and Mayer added a large Irish-American family — the Ryans — to what ABC was initially calling City Hospital. The show was also going to be called at first "A Rage to Love", however that was soon changed.

Ryan patriarch Johnny (Bernard Barrow) owned a bar, Ryan's, across from Riverside Hospital in New York City. His wife, Maeve (Helen Gallagher), would help in the bar's upkeep, as would their children. The Ryans and the wealthy Coleridges were the original core families of the daytime drama.

Labine and Mayer also served as the Executive Producers of the show at this point, with George Lefferts as the producer. Lefferts would soon be replaced by Robert Costello, who remained with the show until 1978. After Costello, the role was occupied by Ellen Barrett (1978-1983) and Felicia Minei Behr (1983-1988).

The original cast consisted of Nancy Addison Altman, Bernard Barrow, Faith Catlin, Justin Deas, Michael Fairman, John Gabriel, Helen Gallagher, Malcolm Groome, Rosalinda Guerra, Ron Hale, Michael Hawkins, Earl Hindman, Ilene Kristen, Frank Latimore, Michael Levin, Kate Mulgrew, Hannibal Penney, Jr., and Diana van der Vlis.

By the end of the seventies, many characters had been recast. This practice continued into the eighties and somewhat hindered the show at times when the recast did not work out. After Michael Hawkins left the role of Frank Ryan in 1976, subsequent replacements included Andrew Robinson (1976-1978), Daniel Hugh-Kelly (1978-1981), Geoffrey Pierson (1983-1985), and John Sanderford (1985-1989). Mary Ryan Fenelli was played by Mary Carney (1978), Kathleen Tyan Tolan (1978-1979), and Nicolette Goulet (1979) after Kate Mulgrew departed in 1978.

Between 1977 and 1979, the show underwent several changes. At the beginning of 1977, its timeslot changed from 1:00PM to 12:30PM, serving as the anchor of the ABC daytime line-up. In late 1977, Kate Mulgrew announced she would be leaving in early 1978 after completing location footage shot in Ireland which depicted Mary's second honeymoon with Jack. Between January 1978 and December 1979, three different actresses played Mary. Although Labine and Mayer wanted to kill her character, ABC refused. However, after ABC realized no one other than Mulgrew herself would be accepted in the role, they agreed to let Mary be killed off. Mary died on the day of her sister Siobhan's wedding to Joe Novak. Mulgrew made brief appearances as Mary's spirit in 1983, 1986 and 1989. Malcolm Groome chose to leave the role of Pat Ryan in 1978 and was replaced with John Blazo (1978-1979), Robert Finoccoli (1979), and Patrick James Clarke (1982-1983); Groome returned to the role in 1983 and remained with the show until 1988. Sarah Felder left the role of Siobhan in 1980 and was replaced with Ann Gillespie (1981-1982), Marg Helgenberger (1982-1986), Carrell Myers (1986-1987), and Barbara Blackburn (1988-1989).

Other characters not related to the Ryans were also recast. After Ilene Kristen left in January 1979, the role of Delia Reid was played by Robyn Millan (1979), Randall Edwards (1979-1982), and Robin Mattson (1984); Kristen returned to the show in the role from 1982-1983 (when she was fired due to weight gain) and 1986-1989. After Faith Catlin was dropped from the show as Faith Coleridge in May 1976, she was replaced with Nancy Barrett (1976), Catherine Hicks (1976-1978), and Karen Morris-Gowdy (1978-1983). Joe Novak was also portrayed by Roscoe Born (1981-1983, 1988), Michael Hennessy (1983-1984), and Walt Willey (1986-1987).

During 1977-1978, before the changing of the show, ABC considered expanding the series to an hour; instead they chose to expand General Hospital and One Life to Live. Ryan's Hope was the second most popular series on the ABC daytime line-up, and Claire Labine and Paul Avila Mayer felt that expanding it would be difficult, so they never participated in it. They claimed that if it did happen, it would be a completely different ordeal.

Several things happened during the late seventies and early eighties to hasten the demise of the series. In 1979, Labine and Mayer were forced to sell the show to ABC due to skyrocketing production costs. ABC soon pushed for more action-adventure storylines, like the ones on their hit serial General Hospital. One of these included a gorilla who kidnapped Delia Reid Coleridge. Another included a search for a lost Egyptian queen. These were not the type of plots the show had previously been known for.

At the beginning of 1982, ABC fired Labine and Mayer and replaced them with Mary Munisteri. During Munisteri's tenure as head writer, the focus began to move to the newly-arrived wealthy Kirkland clan, which was headed by Hollis Kirkland III (Peter Haskell). It soon turned out that he was the father of Rae Woodard's daughter, Kimberly Harris (Kelli Maroney). As more and more Kirklands began to show up (including Christine Jones as Hollis' wife Catsy and Mary Page Keller and Ariane Munker as his daughter Amanda), less attention was paid to the Ryans and Coleridges. Various cast members at this time dubbed the show Kirkland's Hope.

Due to falling ratings, Labine and Mayer were asked back at the beginning of 1983. Ratings rose steadily with their return; however, it was not enough. By the end of 1983, they were replaced with General Hospital scribe Pat Falken Smith (with James E. Reilly joining as a staff writer). Smith, along with executive producer Joseph Hardy, once again shifted the focus from the Ryans. Numerous fan favorites, including Ilene Kristen, Louise Shaffer, and Karen Morris-Gowdy were either fired or left of their own accord during Smith's and Hardy's reign. The focus of the series was now centered on Greenberg's Deli, with Cali Timmins' Maggie Shelby and Scott Holmes' Dave Greenberg becoming two prominent characters.

In 1985, Smith was replaced with Millee Taggert and Tom King. The show began to go back to its roots during this time. However, the show, which had been airing at 12:30 p.m./11:30 a.m. since 1977, had just been moved to the Noon/11c time slot, which took place on Monday, October 8, 1984. Ratings sank to previously unheard-of levels, which led to the 1989 cancellation. As this was happening, many of the cast members felt as though this was a very political move by ABC; since the daytime drama series Loving took over the former 12:30/11:30c Ryan's Hope slot, it was a move where creator Agnes Nixon used her clout with the network to get Loving a prime slot so that her new soap would have a chance.

During the eighties, there were numerous cast changes. Some of the more notable ones included the additions of Grant Show, Daniel Pilon, Gerit Quealy, Tichina Arnold, Gloria DeHaven, Jimmy Wlcek, Maria Pitillo, soap opera legend Rosemary Prinz, Catherine Larson, and Christopher Durham. Durham arrived in October 1985 as Dakota Smith, who was brought to the Ryan family's attention following Johnny's admittance of a tryst he had with a woman who stepped in as his caretaker while he was ill, and away from Maeve, in the 1950s. The long-ago weekend of intimacy produced Dakota, who arrived in New York to find out that Johnny was his father. Dakota soon became a rebel on the local scene, engaging in dirty dealings and getting at odds with Frank, especially after he entered into a romance with Jill, Frank's beloved.

The list of well-known additions even included those who came aboard due to the occurrence of SORAS (Soap Opera Rapid Aging Syndrome) for two central characters. In early 1985, Joseph Hardy and Felicia Minei Behr decided that the character of Ryan Fenelli would advance to being approximately 17 years old for new storyline prospects, from the 9 year old she was currently, as played by Jenny Rebecca Dweir. Newcomer Yasmine Bleeth was hired to become the teenage Ryan, who started only a month or so after Dweir's last appearance in the role.

Initially, Bleeth's Ryan Fenelli shared many youth-oriented and high-school themed plots with Grant Show's Rick Hyde and bad boy D.J. LaSalle, as played by up-and-coming actor Christian Slater. Rick joined the local police force after high school graduation, and eventually fell in love with Ryan, providing RH with its next adventurous supercouple. Jack Fenelli was unsupportive of his daughter dating Rick, who tended to live dangerously; in protest, Rick and Ryan ultimately rushed down to South Carolina in April 1986, where they eloped. Ryan was approached and assisted at the town hall ceremony by a woman, Maura (Kate Mulgrew), who bore more than a passing resemblance to Ryan's late mother, Mary Ryan Fenelli (it was suggested that this was Mary returning yet again in ghostly form). The two were followed and then found by Jack and Frank after the wedding and brought back home, and while Rick & Ryan moved in together, things became more rocky between Ryan and her family.

Later in 1985, young actor Jadrien Steele departed from the role of Little John Ryan, after having played him since the age of 2. Instead of replacing him with another child actor, Hardy and Behr decided to SORAS Little John's age to that of 19 for storyline purposes as well. After being called back home to New York by his relatives, following the accidental, near-fatal shooting of his father Frank by Rick Hyde, the suddenly grown-up John Reid Ryan surfaced in August 1986, and was portrayed for the rest of the run by Jason Adams. Johnno returned from attending college in the Pacific Northwest, complete with a baby son, Owen "Owney" Ryan. At first, despite prodding from Johnno's "second mother" Jill Coleridge and everyone else, details of Owney's mother and the circumstances surrounding his birth were sparsely shared by Johnno, until the mother to which he was unwed, Lizzie Ransome (Catherine Larson) arrived a while later. News of this latest unexpected arrival to the Ryan clan soon brought Ilene Kristen back to the canvas as Delia, to meet her grandson and to cause more of a ruckus. Her return on September 8, 1986, which proved to be permanent, opened with the revelation that she had been having financial difficulty - the number one indication that for once, she had not run off to marry another wealthy bachelor to further her fortune. Delia's last husband, Matthew Crane (played by Harve Presnell in 1984 during Robin Mattson's brief stint as Delia), had died unexpectedly in the intervening period and left her flat broke. She tried to hide this fact from everyone, but Maggie Shelby successfully exposed her at a Coleridge family dinner. Delia moved in with Johnny, Maeve, and grandson Owney.

Lizzie came to protect John and Owney from her ruthless father, Harlan Ransome (Drew Snyder), who wanted to take the baby and sell it for his own purposes, since he disapproved of such a young couple raising a child. After much hostility towards John and Lizzie, and an attempt to rape Delia, Harlan was mercifully bludgeoned to death.

By early 1987, with ratings going further and further south and many ABC affiliates dropping the show altogether, ABC asked Claire Labine to return as head writer, with her daughter, Eleanor Labine, as co-head writer. The Labines revitalized the show. A year after Labine's return, executive producer Joseph Hardy was replaced with Felicia Minei Behr.

Lizzie and John found there there was true love in their relationship, and the young parents were now able to focus on parenthood without living in total sin. In March 1987, they were engaged. That same month, after successfully taking down Overlord, a local organized crime group who had been terrorizing the Riverside area for almost a year, Siobhan and Joe announced they were leaving New York for bigger fortunes; along with their 3-year-old son Sean (Danny Tamberelli), they bid farewell to everyone at the Ryan's annual St. Patrick's Day celebration (aired March 17, 1987). The Novaks would return one last time, in October 1988. Jack, who had been wounded at the scene of the Overlord takedown, met a homeless teenage girl, Zena Brown (Tichina Arnold), while recovering at Riverside. Zena and Jack had a lot in common due to their history on the streets, and upon his release, Jack fought the authorities in order to get Zena placed in a good foster home. Zena spent two months in a foster home with an upwardly mobile black family, but after numerous attempts to get herself kicked out, Jack convinced the Ryans to take her in, which succeeded after Zena became very friendly with Maeve.

On the night of Maggie giving birth to daughter Olivia, in May 1987, her brother Ben Shelby (Jim Wlcek) arrived in town, blowing his cover of Ben Shelley when running into mother Bess (Gloria DeHaven) at a dinner party thrown by her. Lizzie, who had started working for Delia at her art gallery, had bought a painting from Ben, who under both his identities, was a struggling artist who despised high society - the very explanation as to why he had been estranged from his family for some time. Ben caused friction with his family and their friends, but ultimately tried to prove himself as the local hero when he was the first to witness John Reid Ryan's temporary infidelity to Lizzie. During the investigation of a recent murder at local Wellman College, where John Reid and Ryan were now attending, John fell into bed with Dr. Concetta D'Angelo (Lois Robbins), who had been helping him cover the case for Wellman's newspaper. John Reid and Concetta ended their tryst well before John Reid and Lizzie's wedding date approached, but Delia found out, and had a hard time forgiving her son.

During their wedding day that August, Lizzie was set to marry John, but was whisked away from the church by Ben, who ultimately told her, in private, the truth about John's cheating on her. John and Lizzie tried to reconcile, but Lizzie had a hard time forgiving John, and then admitted that she was falling for Ben. In the aftermath, the couple went back to their respective new love interests. Rick and Ryan's marriage, which had seen its ups and downs for the year and a half they had been united, took a turn for the worst when Ryan walked into a trap at Wellman College, where she was attacked by thugs from a local chemical company. After she miscarried as a result of her injuries, Rick blamed Ryan for the death of their child, packed his bags, and left New York. Wellman reporter Chaz Saybrook (Brian McGovern), and Concetta's brother Mark D'Angelo (Peter Love) were among the many eligible bachelors who vied for Ryan's affection. In September, Dakota started a run for Riverside district leader, with Delia as his campaign manager. To help with finances, Delia contacted influential politician Malachy Malone (played by none other than Regis Philbin), who agreed to back Dakota. Dee and Malachy's professional, and at times personal liaison lasted throughout the entire campaign.

However, the end was already in sight; ABC announced its cancellation of the series in fall 1988. The last episode (#3515) concluded with Helen Gallagher's Maeve singing "Danny Boy," like in many previous Ryan celebrations. For the final episodes, numerous cast members who had been on the show in previous years returned.

When RH premiered on July 7, 1975, ABC scheduled it at 1:00 p.m./12 Noon Central, a timeslot previously occupied by All My Children (pushing that soap to the 12:30 p.m./11:30 a.m. slot); it replaced the game show Split Second. After the show's audience grew, it swapped places with All My Children on January 3, 1977.

At first, the show experienced low ratings and was ranked dead last among all the soaps during its first season; this was quite customary during that era and did not affect ABC's attitude toward the show, since no other daytime serials were starting up at the time of RH's debut. By 1976-77, ABC's patience paid off with the show's ratings finally rising, and it was now in the middle of the daytime ratings pack, in 8th place, above even fellow ABC serial General Hospital. It would continue to have steady ratings until 1982, although it never quite managed to surmount CBS' long-established Search for Tomorrow, despite the beginnings of that show's eventual decline and death; RH would only do slightly better when SFT moved to NBC in March 1982.

Despite the tenacious cult following the soap enjoyed throughout its 13 1/2-year-run, RH never became a big ratings hit, peaking at 7th place during the 1981-82 season. The main culprit for the problem was CBS' Young and the Restless, which expanded to a full hour in February 1980. From 1982 onwards, the show suffered a ratings decline, falling from 7th and 6.9 in 1981-82 to 9th and 5.6 in 1982-83 and 10th place and 5.0 in 1983-84.

A move to Noon/11 on October 8, 1984 only enabled Y&R to bear down harder, while NBC's Super Password held down the fort for game show fans. With the change in timeslot (Loving took over the slot previously occupied by RH), ratings would fall even further as many ABC affiliates pre-empted network programming at Noon in order to broadcast local news, and Ryan's Hope spent its last five years on, or near, the bottom of the ratings chart. Y&R's persistence brought about RH's end on January 13, 1989, a very long run when its mediocre ratings are taken into account.

During the first few years of Ryan's Hope, the opening featured a mixture of stills and 16 millimeter film footage of the principal actors in character, all shot in character appropriate New York locations. The last shot of the original opening was of Johnny and Maeve Ryan lifting their then-newborn grandson John Reid "Johnno" Ryan up to the heavens as "Here's to Us" plays in the background in a rather quiet strings, flute and harp arrangement.

There were actually three different opening variations used during the first years of Ryan’s Hope. During its first couple months on the air and again from the summer of 1976 until approximately the summer of 1977, the opening was a sixteen-millimeter film sequence of Johnny and Maeve with Little John. This same opening sequence was redone as a series of stills by the fall of 1977. The fall 1975 through summer 1976 opening featured still photos of all the principal characters.

Ending credits for the majority of Ryan's Hope’s run usually ran over either a beauty shot or a still of Ryan's Bar. From July 1975 through the early fall of 1978, Ryan's Hope’s end credit lettering was in white Grotesque No. 9 Italic. From the fall of 1978 onward, end credit lettering was set in Souvenir Bold Italic. Also beginning at that time, the credits would sometimes run over a shot of a different empty set featured in a particular episode. Until the early 1980s, RH was the only soap opera aired on ABC that contained copyright notice at the end of every broadcast, which for most daytime soaps was not standard practice at the time. This was due to the show's non-network ownership during the first five years, until Labine-Mayer Productions sold their creation to ABC in 1980.

1. Aerial shot of Empire State Building 2. Statue of Liberty 3. A ferry boat in New York Harbor 4. The Brooklyn Bridge 5. A kindergarten teacher walking her young charges down the street 6. Two children on a swing 7. A young couple sharing an apple 8. A zoom-in on sunlight reflected on a glass and steel skyscraper 9. A wealthy young woman stepping out of a limousine 10. Another young couple embracing 11. Boys playing soccer in Central Park.

The title appears on the screen after the freeze-frame of the boys tossing the soccer ball up in the air.

There was a new, more uptempo arrangement of Carey Gold's "Here's to Us" theme with this new opening, which was composed by either Sid Ramin, who had taken over the music of All My Children by early 1980, or one of the staff composer/arrangers at Elliot Lawrence Productions. Within a year after ABC took over complete control of Ryan's Hope, Carey Gold was replaced as principal music composer by General Hospital's Charles Paul, whose cues for the show from 1981 through the summer of 1983 often had a GH style and sound.

From the first episode of RH that was produced under ABC's ownership in 1980, copyright notice at the end was changed to represent that of the network's, using at first medium-sized Arial font on a single line. For a year or so, the copyright appeared directly under the "Videotaped at ABC Television Center in New York" byline as the credit scroll paused (previously, "A Labine-Mayer Production" had appeared in the Grotesque then Souvenir credit fonts above the copyright). Since the start of the series, there had never been closing display of the show's title at the end of the sequence. By the end of 1981, the title finally began appearing at the end of the sequence, and the Arial copyright notice below it became smaller.

The opening changed in March 1983 to once again feature shots of the main cast members playing the Ryans and their friends. Of course, the opening main title footage was shot in locations around Manhattan. The final shot in this version had Johnny, Maeve, and several of the younger Ryan children sitting in Central Park surrounded by autumn leaves, as Johnny throws a soccer ball up in the air. The frame freezes just as the ball travels out of everyone's reach, with the title appearing on the top left-hand corner. The second remix of "Here's to Us" remained for the first five months of this opening's run; however on Monday, August 22, 1983, the theme was switched to an arrangement that had more of a discernible beat, and was the most uptempo to date. It was this rendition that remained over the opening and closing until the end of RH's run in January 1989.

On Monday, May 16, 1983, "All Rights Reserved" was added to the program's copyright notice for the first time. Also, sometime during the fall of 1983, but no later than Monday, December 26th of that year, the established beauty-shot/empty set ending visuals were retired, in favor of stills of scenes from that day's episode. The credit font would remain the same until Friday, March 16, 1984.

The most substantial changes of the opening and closings of Ryan's Hope, that had occurred by the start of 1984, continued on March 19th of that year when a whole new series of filmed shots containing all contract principals premiered, along with a mix of videotaped footage. There was now a distinct pattern among the character shots, as one character would look in a certain direction, while the next character(s) would be waving to or walking towards the previous person, or engaging in some leisure activity seen by the preceding character. The title logo changed from the Schadow Bold type used since day one to that of Advertisers Gothic Bold, the same lettering used in the opening titles of ABC's 1970s series Starsky and Hutch. The title now also appeared across on a single line.

The freeze-frame shots in the final five years of the show featured Maeve Ryan only. From March 19, 1984 until April 3, 1987, the title was displayed over Maeve kneeling down in the street as pigeons fly away from her; from April 6, 1987 to January 13, 1989, Maeve was smelling spring flowers off a tree branch, and then gazes to the side of camera view. With the extensive spring 1987 update, the opening montage was entirely videotaped footage, a single exception being the opening shot of Johnny riding a bike through the park, with Maeve in the rear of the seat, as the only film shot (from 1984) remaining. The title display went un-embossed (from black shadowing) for a while beginning on April 6, 1987, mirroring the closing credit format, which had been un-embossed for a year prior. In the spring of 1988, the title's black embossment was reinstated, as a result of Felicia Minei Behr becoming what would be Ryan's Hope's final executive producer.

The major graphic changes of this period even extended to the closing credits. As soon as the final theme package premiered, the Souvenir Bold Italic credit font used since 1978 changed to Advertisers Gothic Bold to match RH's new logo. These now ran over the episode stills that were introduced in the last months of the previous theme package. What was most noticeable about this latest credit format was that for the first time, the entire setup was electronically generated, whereas before then credits were still run on a scrolling machine frame. Also, character names in the cast list went from being displayed below actors' names to above them. At the same time, the copyright notice also changed to the new generic version, in a stylized italic font, that was also used on All My Children, One Life to Live, and all ABC News programs, including Good Morning America. These changes would remain until RH’s last telecast. For a time beginning in March 1986, black embossment normally seen in the closing credit text was removed completely, but returned the week of August 27, 1987, and was utilized for the remainder of the series.

Ryan's Hope won sixteen Daytime Emmy Awards.

Actors and actresses nominated for their work on Ryan's Hope included Nancy Addison Altman, Tichina Arnold, Richard Backus, Bernard Barrow, Randall Edwards, John Gabriel, Ron Hale, Andrew Robinson, and Grant Show.

In 2000, SOAPnet picked up reruns of Ryan's Hope, which was one of the few daytime dramas from before 1978 which saved all of its episodes. They aired the July 1975 through December 1981 episodes from 2000 to 2003. While reruns were originally abundant (airing daily in one-hour installments every six hours starting at noon, with two marathons of the week's episodes on weekends), by 2005 the show was only aired one hour per weekdays, and for a brief time, one hour a week. Currently, reruns are broadcast daily at 5 am EST.

Ryan's Hope has also run on RTÉ 2 in Ireland and has previously aired in Australia. On January 3, 1994, a soap opera, Onderweg naar morgen (which literally means On the way to tomorrow), debuted on Dutch television; the Dutch writers based their show on story bibles originally written by Labine and Mayer.

Many primetime stars got their start on Ryan's Hope, including Tichina Arnold (Martin, Everybody Hates Chris), Catherine Hicks (7th Heaven), Yasmine Bleeth (Baywatch), Grant Show (Melrose Place), Nell Carter (Gimme a Break), Corbin Bernsen (L.A. Law), Marg Helgenberger (China Beach, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation), Christian Slater (numerous films,My Own Worst Enemy), Dominic Chianese (The Sopranos) and Kate Mulgrew (Star Trek: Voyager).

Rosie O'Donnell has been known to claim that Ryan's Hope was her all-time favorite soap opera. Due to the show's setting and the predominant ethinicity of its central family, the Irish Catholic and Long Island-sprung O'Donnell obviously had a lot to relate with. When she mentioned the late ABC soap during her controversial hosting stint on The View in late 2006, O'Donnell remarked "As much as I love ABC daytime soaps and Brian Frons, I am still to this very day mad that they cancelled Ryan's Hope. Y'know, I blame the people at Loving for doing that, they basically moved in and mowed down my Ryan's Hope. I never liked Loving".

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Swingtown

Swingtown was an American television series created by Mike Kelley as a summer replacement series for CBS. The show was a period and relationship drama about the impact of sexual and social liberation in 1970s American suburban households, with story arcs involving open marriages and key parties.

Swingtown premiered on Thursday June 5, 2008, in the time slot previously occupied by Without a Trace. The show was also picked up by Global in Canada, ITV3 in the United Kingdom, Network Ten in Australia, Warner Channel in South America, and Universal Channel in Poland and Romania.

After seven episodes of declining ratings, CBS moved the show's US airing to Fridays, with the first season's finale only September 5.

Although the show's cancellation was suspected well in advance, it was made official on January 14, 2009.

Set in the summer of 1976, the series begins with the relocation of the Miller family to a more affluent neighborhood in the North Shore, a suburban area of Chicago. Bruce Miller (played by Jack Davenport) is a futures trader working his way up in the business, married to Susan (Molly Parker). The couple have a teenage daughter, Laurie (Shanna Collins), and a young son Bruce Junior, nicknamed B.J. (Aaron Howles).

Tom and Trina Decker (Grant Show and Lana Parrilla) are the Millers' new neighbors. Tom, an airline pilot, met Trina while she was a stewardess. The Deckers quickly befriend the Millers, and the Millers just as quickly learn that their new neighbors have an open marriage. The move strains the Millers' friendship with Roger and Janet Thompson (Josh Hopkins and Miriam Shor), their neighbors and friends from their old neighborhood. They try to maintain their friendship with the Millers, but the Thompsons are appalled when they learn about the Deckers' marital arrangement. The Thompsons have a son, Rick (Nick Benson).

Although the show mostly focuses on the three couples, their children's stories are followed too, particularly Laurie, who is attracted to her summer school philosophy teacher (Michael Rady). B.J. and Rick's friendship is also tested by the move, and B.J. meets Samantha Saxton (Brittany Robertson), an enigmatic girl who lives next door to him in his new neighborhood.

Producers Mike Kelley (Head Writer) and Alan Poul first pitched their idea to HBO, where Poul, who had worked on Six Feet Under, had a development deal. Poul said HBO passed on the opportunity at least in part because it already had Big Love in production and Tell Me You Love Me in development. The two next approached Showtime (which coincidentally is owned by CBS Corporation), but before discussions with that network went anywhere, CBS Entertainment president Nina Tassler found out about the proposal and within a couple of days, had read the script; she gave the series the greenlight in May 2007. The script, written in anticipation of a cable network deal, had to be rewritten for American broadcast television, all but eliminating the nudity and the graphic depiction of sexual acts. CBS ordered thirteen episodes from the network's production arm, CBS Paramount Television.

The American Family Association urged members to write letters of complaint to the media, while the Parents Television Council followed a failed boycott attempt with an effort to convince CBS affiliates to preempt the program. Procter & Gamble and Ace Hardware have stopped advertising on the serial.

Audience interest dwindled as the summer progressed. After a strong pilot episode, the ratings for Swingtown got progressively worse, aided by a mid-season move from Thurdays to Friday.

The ratings problems led CBS to see if any cable networks, or perhaps DirecTV, were interested in picking it up. Bravo decided to acquire rights to the existing episodes, but won't be ordering any new ones.

Episodes feature songs of the period performed by the original artists; Last.fm, owned by CBS Interactive, features the songs from the show in a sponsored group cross-promoted during each episode.

Low ratings for the first seven episodes — the seven Thursday night episodes averaged 6.7 million viewers and a 2.3 rating in adults 18-49 — led CBS to move Swingtown from Thursdays to Fridays. Following the change, the ratings for the next four episodes averaged just 3.9 million viewers, with an average 1.3 rating in the 18-49 demographic.

In the following summary, "rating" is the percentage of all households with televisions that tuned to the show, and "share" is the percentage of all televisions in use at that time that are tuned in. "18-49" is the percentage of all adults aged 18-49 tuned into the show. "Viewers" are the number of viewers, in millions, watching at the time. "Rank" how well the show did compared to other TV shows aired that week.

Unless otherwise cited, all information comes from the The Programming Insider at Nielsen Company's Mediaweek..

The first season was released on DVD on December 9, 2008.

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Beverly Hills, 90210 franchise

Darren Star, producer of the first series and the first spin-off, is the original creator of the Beverly Hills, 90210 franchise.

The Beverly Hills, 90210 franchise composes the ongoing timeline and shared characters which link the American television series Beverly Hills, 90210, Melrose Place, Models Inc., and 90210.

The continuity was introduced in 1990 with the debut of Darren Star's teen drama Beverly Hills, 90210, which was produced by Aaron Spelling and initially aired on the FOX television network in the United States. After this series became a worldwide success in 1991, Star expanded the franchise with 1992's Melrose Place, a drama about young adults in L.A. which would also grow into a famous hit. The third series, Models Inc., has thus far been the least successful of the shows to air, having lasted only one season (June 1994 to March 1995).

The fourth entry, simply titled 90210, was the first show in the franchise to not debut on FOX in the United States. Developed by Rob Thomas, Gabe Sachs, and Jeff Judah, the series premiered on The CW Television Network on September 2, 2008.

While planning a new teen drama, FOX learned of Darren Star's interest in writing youth-oriented screenplays. Upon being hired by the network, Star created the concept and characters for the series that would eventually become Beverly Hills, 90210. The unexpected worldwide success of this project, as well as that of the spin-off Melrose Place, was largely credited with launching Star's career, while bringing early fortune to FOX in the process.

Aaron Spelling, whose production company helmed the series, was well-known for producing some of the most famous shows on television, including Dynasty and The Love Boat. Spelling would produce the next two shows in the franchise as well, Melrose Place and Models Inc. These spin-offs concluded in 1999 and 1995 respectively, followed by the conclusion of the original series during early 2000.

In 2008, the franchise launched a return via the fourth production, 90210, attracting a new collection of noted creators. Rob Thomas, known for the television show Veronica Mars, began the initial work on the project. Prior to the premiere, Thomas was succeeded by producers Jeff Judah and Gabe Sachs, both known for the series Freaks and Geeks and Undeclared. During the first season, Rebecca Rand Kirshner Sinclair, who'd previously worked on Gilmore Girls and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, became the series' new show runner.

Emmy-nominated writer Charles Rosin joined Beverly Hills, 90210 and served as an executive producer during the first five seasons, writing several episodes along with his wife Karen. Other prominent writers who worked on the first series included John Eisendrath, Steve Wasserman, and Larry Molin.

Charles Pratt, Jr. and Frank South worked closely with Darren Star in writing early seasons of Melrose Place, helping to set the tone of the series as it grew in popularity. Pratt and South would then create the similarly toned Models Inc. Rebecca Rand Kirshner Sinclair wrote for 90210 during the first season prior to her promotion.

Throughout its run, the continuity has attracted several established actors, while bringing fame to others and the roles which they have portrayed. The narrative's most widely seen character is Jennie Garth's Kelly Taylor, who was instrumental in launching two spin-offs, and has been used in the most episodes throughout the franchise. Also made famous via the first program was male lead Jason Priestley, who earned Golden Globe nominations and began a directorial career via the series, and actor Luke Perry, who won acclaim and drew comparisons to James Dean. The first series brought fame to several other cast members as well.

Melrose Place featured former Dynasty star Heather Locklear, whose performance has been called one of the most prominent of the show, while Models Inc. starred former Dallas actress Linda Gray, and later added Dynasty veteran Emma Samms.

In 2009, singer-actress Ashlee Simpson-Wentz joined the proposed fifth series of the franchise, a follow-up to Melrose Place. It was later announced that Laura Leighton would reprise her role as Sydney Andrews, who was recognized by The Hollywood Reporter as "one of the most popular characters" from the previous series.

The first series initially followed the teenage lives of several friends who attended the West Beverly Hills High School: Brandon Walsh (Jason Priestley), Brenda Walsh (Shannen Doherty), Kelly Taylor (Jennie Garth), Steve Sanders (Ian Ziering), Andrea Zuckerman (Gabrielle Carteris), Dylan McKay (Luke Perry), David Silver (Brian Austin Green), Scott Scanlon (Douglas Emerson), and Donna Martin (Tori Spelling). As the series progressed, several other characters were introduced at varying points.

Originally, the series centered around the culture shock of twins Brandon and Brenda as they adjusted to the new experiences and friends that awaited them upon their family's move to Beverly Hills. As the show progressed, however, it gradually became more of an ensemble cast drama, with equal attention given to the parental issues, academic matters, career aspirations, and romantic concerns of the other characters. One of the series' early focal points involved an initially forbidden Brenda-Dylan relationship—along with a subsequent triangle involving Kelly. Other series milestones included the beginning of a long and complex relationship between Brandon and Kelly, the question of how long Donna and David's bond could endure without sex, and a rally organized on Donna's behalf in order to overturn a school ruling against her.

Toward the end of the second season, the character of Jake Hanson—a tough but mellow biker who served as an older friend and mentor to Dylan—briefly arrived for a construction job at Kelly's house. The subsequent attraction that developed between a resistant Jake (Grant Show) and a willing Kelly led into the second series of the Beverly Hills, 90210 continuity.

Darren Star's next show, also produced by Spelling Television, followed the lives of several young tenants in an apartment complex. The relationship between Kelly and Jake was resolved over a series of episodes, with a persistent Kelly eventually letting go and returning to Beverly Hills.

Originally conceived as a fairly straight-faced drama about the personal and professional lives of yuppies, Melrose Place began to change with the arrival of testy Amanda Woodward (Heather Locklear), whose conflicts with the generally strait-laced Alison (Courtney Thorne-Smith) over Alison's roommate Billy (Andrew Shue) quickly became the show's centerpiece. Also focused upon was the adulterous relationship between Dr. Michael Mancini (Thomas Calabro) and his colleague Kimberly Shaw (Marcia Cross), which was eventually discovered by Michael's wife Jane (Josie Bissett).

With the progression of the second season—which was highlighted by divorce, blackmail, revenge, character revamps, and much angst between couples—the show had begun to secure a reputation for darker, more extraordinary story lines. This kind of writing would become standard for the series throughout the remainder of its run.

Toward the end of season 2, a somewhat mellowed Amanda was reunited with her long-estranged mother Hillary (Linda Gray), the owner of a modeling agency. This development would provide a foundation for the franchise's third story.

Debuting in the summer of 1994, Models Inc. was produced by Spelling Television and created by Charles Pratt, Jr. and Frank South. The series followed the lives of Hillary and several of the disparate, ambitious models in the titular agency—women whom Hillary sometimes felt a maternal bond toward. Also present was Hillary's son David (Brian Gaskill), the loyal, valiant, and occasionally hot-headed vice president of the company. At the beginning of the first episode, actors Grant Show and Daphne Zuniga briefly appeared as their Melrose Place characters, seeing off a young model (Cassidy Rae) as she headed to the agency.

Unlike the previous two shows in the continuity, Models Inc. did not experience any significant changes in character focus or tone—choosing, instead, to explore the ensemble cast from the start and immediately present the kind of story lines that had made Melrose Place famous. The initial focus of the series was a mystery surrounding the murder of model Teri Spencer (Stephanie Romanov), who'd announced her intentions to leave the agency. For a number of episodes throughout the first story arc, suspects included Hillary, Teri's ex-boyfriend Brian (Cameron Daddo), Teri's rival Julie (Kylie Travis), and Teri's own sister Carrie (Carrie-Anne Moss). Once the killer was revealed, the characters moved on, with their focus switching to the arrival of Stephanie Romanov's new character Monique, a model who was a nearly dead ringer for Teri. The remainder of the series centered largely around the models' growing relationships with their boyfriends and each other, while also dealing with the issues of substance abuse and the pressures of the business. Primary antagonists included several figures from the past—including a stalker, a jealous sister, and Grayson (Emma Samms), the cunning and powerful ex-wife of Monique's fiance.

The series was cancelled in March 1995. Jake Hanson, who was originally introduced in the continuity's first show, was the only character to appear in both Beverly Hills, 90210 and Models Inc.

Premiering on September 2, 2008, 90210 is produced by CBS Paramount Network Television. The series acts in part as a re-imagining of the original show, following two siblings—Annie and Dixon Wilson (Dixon is adopted), played by Shenae Grimes and Tristan Wilds—who've recently moved to Beverly Hills with their family and enrolled in West Beverly High. Like Brandon and Brenda 18 years before, Dixon and Annie meet several new friends who compose the rest of the cast, including Erin Silver, the half-sister of David Silver and Kelly Taylor from the original series.

Among the returning characters is Kelly Taylor, who has appeared in a recurring role while serving as a guidance counselor at the school. Brenda also returned in a recurring part, reuniting with Kelly and directing a school musical.

Joe E. Tata has made guest appearances, reprising his role of Nat Bussichio, owner of the Peach Pit coffee house where Dixon works.

On Oct 11, TV Guide reported that series creator Darren Star said that the spin-off was a possibility that he'd be interested in pursuing and acknowledged that it's been up for discussion. However, he also noted that no official discussions about the spin-off have taken place. Later that month The CW and CBS Paramount Network Television said they are in fact "exploring" the possibility of creating a new version of the series. On October 31, 2008 Ace Show Biz reported that when it comes to the spin-off, Jennie Garth (who was instrumental in launching the original Melrose Place) does not currently plan to appear as her character Kelly Taylor. Kelly Rutherford, who played Megan on the original series, stated there is a possibility of her reprising her Melrose Place role. Lisa Rinna, who played Taylor McBride on the original series, stated that she would "definitely" reprise her role if asked.

On December 31, 2008, it was reported that Heather Locklear is being courted to reprise the role of Amanda Woodward in the new spin off.

On January 14, 2009, E! reported that Grant Show, who portrayed cast member Jake Hanson (who was instrumental in starting Melrose) stated that he is up for portraying his Melrose character on the new spinoff. However, Show has also stated that he would be most likely to return if Jennie Garth appeared as Kelly Taylor, in order to further resolve the story line between their characters.

On January 19, 2009, Entertainment Weekly reported that The CW had been talking with Smallville show-runners Darren Swimmer and Todd Slavkin about shepherding the update.

On February 6, 2009, Entertainment Weekly confirmed Todd Slavkin and Darren Swimmer were now officially installed as showrunners of the spin-off. They also revealed the names and descriptions of the characters who'd be featured on the series, including the son of Grant Show's character Jake Hanson, David Patterson.

Ashlee Simpson-Wentz, Jessica Lucas, Colin Eggelsfield, Stephanie Jacobsen, Katie Cassidy and Michael Rady have all been cast in regular roles. On April 5, 2009, The Hollywood Reporter announced that Laura Leighton, who played Sydney Andrews in the original series, is scheduled to reprise her role in the pilot.

Several actors have portrayed more than one character throughout the continuity, many of them appearing as regulars on one series and as guest stars on another. In some cases, a performer has appeared in different roles on the same show.

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