Sunday, June 5, 2011

Selections from My Library: RITUALS

RITUALS was an attempt to create a successful syndicated daily soap opera. It premiered on September 10, 1984 and ran for exactly one year. Charlene Keel's novel was loosely adapted into the series, which boasted a cast that included a James Bond, Ginger from GILLIGAN'S ISLAND, Mary Hartman's husband, Ronald Reagan's daughter and Freddie "Boom Boom" Washington! Top that, CELEBRITY APPRENTICE!
That's right, George Lazenby, Tina Louise, Greg Mullavey, Patti Davis and Lawrence-Hilton Jacobs joined daytimers Christine Jones, Kin Shriner, Mary Beth Evans and Philece Sampler in an ambitious attempt to bridge the gay between daytime and prime-time soaps. Well, it didn't last - though it did become popular in France when it resurfaced in 1989 under the title LA LIGNE DE CHANCE ("CHANCE LINE").

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