My pick this week is another clip from Ryan’s Hope. Another clip from early in the run, which features a pre-Child’s Play and 7th Heaven Catherine Hicks playing the role of Faith Coleridge.
This is one of the big reasons why I have so much fun watching older episodes of soap operas. Besides the generally good writing, in many situations you get to see stars before they really made it big. Ryan’s Hope also featured a young Christian Slater later in the run, as well as Grant Show, and Marg Helgenberger came on to play Siobhan Ryan by 1982.
There is so much potential with something like this that it makes me wish SOAPnet would do some type of marathon with it. Not only would it be a great way to see classic episodes, but how about seeing future movie actor Morgan Freeman on Another World? Judith Light and Nathan Fillion of One Life to Live also come to mind. Or… how about a pre-Buffy Sarah Michelle Gellar on All My Children? General Hospital held some big names too… Ricky Martin, Demi Moore, and Rick Springfield come to mind. And this could work wonders for the young demo that they’re practically falling over themselves these days to get. How about this same marathon featuring a pre-demon ass-kicking Jensen Ackles on Days of our Lives? One Tree Hill fans may want to see Bethany Joy Galeotti when she was on Guiding Light in the late 1990’s. So much potential to be had with a marathon like that! And a lot of the names mentioned come from shows they already air on a regular basis and could probably get easy access to!
Catherine Hicks seen early in her career here on Ryan’s Hope is my online pick of the week!