Suds and Duds: Texas

Suds and Duds will be an occasional feature profiling defunct soap operas

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Texas, a spin-off of NBC’s Another World, aired for a little over two years beginning in August of 1980. The main original focus of Texas was Iris, Beverley McKinsey’s character from Another World, who moved from Bay City to Houston. However, McKinsey parted the show half-way through its run in 1981. Initially, the Iris spin-off concept was to be named Reunion, but network executives wanted a name that would tie it to popular prime-time weekly soap opera, Dallas.

McKinsey as Iris on the cover of Starweek magazine

McKinsey as Iris on the cover of Starweek magazine

Mac, a long time Another World favorite played by Douglass Watson, appeared as a guest star early in Texas’s run.

In addition to many crossover guest stars from Another World. Texas also featured cameo appearances from current Country and Western music acts (including Johnny Paycheck) and politicians, Governor Nigh of Oklahoma and William Hobby, Jr. Lt Gov of Texas.

Ultimately, it was cancelled due to poor ratings, partly because it aired opposite General Hospital whose popularity was at an all-time high. In the end, the spin-off wasn’t as successful as the previous Another World spin-off, Somerset, from the 1970’s, and it wasn’t as controversial and groundbreaking as its parent show.

 

Suds and Duds: Port Charles – Caleb Morley, Livvie Locke, and Lucy Coe

Suds and Duds will be an occasional feature profiling defunct soap operas

Port Charles was a spin-off of General Hospital that aired from June of 1997 until October of 2003. Unlike traditional open ended soap opera stories, Port Charles was divided into “books” that lasted 13 weeks each. Unlike General Hospital, Port Charles had heavy supernatural themes.

    Caleb Morley, Port Charles Vampire

Father Michael Morley (Michael Easton)  was introduced to Port Charles during the “Time in a Bottle” story. Eventually, Caleb, the vampire persona was introduced. Like other “Draculas,” Caleb was intense and obsessed. The object of his obsession was Livvie Locke (Kelly Monaco). She looked like his long lost love Olivia (very similar to Dracula and Dark Shadows storylines).

Caleb was apparently killed in several story-arcs, but he kept returning as a main character until Port Charles was cancelled in 2003. During the “Naked Eyes” story arc, Caleb returned to Port Charles under the guise of a rock star named Stephen Clay.

Port Charles even had its own Slayer, Lucy Coe (Lynn Herring). She discovered her family history and some long lost relatives in Transylvania. Lucy, who was descended from a long line of Vampire Slayers, was able to stop Caleb and free Livvie from his dark influence. Lucy was a long time General Hospital character that made the move to the Port Charles spin-off.

—- Currently: Easton and Monaco returned to the city of Port Charles in General Hospital in 2012 as John and Samantha- With Herring’s arrival in December 2012, strangeness returned to the city of Port Charles.