Saturday, July 7, 2012

This Day In TV History: July 7

On this day in 1975, the daytime soap opera Ryan's Hope debuted on ABC.

Created by Claire Labine and Paul Avila Mayer, the serial was about an Irish family, the working class Ryan family in the upper west side of Manhattan.

One of my favorite things about Ryan's Hope was the way the characters were written. They weren't perfect. They had flaws. They made mistakes. But they were written so realistically and purely. Good character-driven material on daytime soaps these days can really be hard to come by.

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