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The Doctors

  • Debuted on: April 1, 1963
  • Last Episode: December 31, 1982
  • # of Episodes: 5280
  • Orginal Network: NBC
  • Reruns Air on: Retro TV
  • Created by: Orin Tovrov
  • Took place in: Hope Memorial Hospital, Madison, New England






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    (News section last updated September 17, 2018)

    ‘Drunk Parents’ Starring Salma Hayek & Alec Baldwin Lands Vertical & DirecTV Deal – Toronto

    (9/17/18) Vertical Entertainment and DirecTV have picked up U.S. distribution rights to the Salma Hayek- and Alec Baldwin-starring comedy Drunk Parents from BRON Studios in a deal finalized at the Toronto Film Festival. The pic doesn’t have a release date, but distributors are aiming for a theatrical bow sometime in the first quarter of next year.

    Directed by Fred Wolf, the film centers on the attempts of two parents to hide their ever-increasing financial difficulties from their daughter and social circle through elaborate neighborhood schemes that take their lives on a hilarious downward spiral. Jim Gaffigan, Joe Manganiello and Ben Platt also star.

    Wolf and Peter Gaulke penned the screenplay for the film, which was produced by Rob Barnum and Aaron L. Gilbert; Jason Cloth, David Friendly and Nadine de Barros are exec producers. The film is a co-production from BRON Studios and Fortitude International, in association with Creative Wealth Media.

    The deal was negotiated by Rich Goldberg and Peter Jarowey at Vertical with Anjay Nagpal of BRON.

    Emmys Sets First Group Of Presenters: Alec Baldwin, Michael Douglas, Kit Harington, Tina Fey, More

    (9/7/18) Alec Baldwin, Michael Douglas, Stranger Things‘ Millie Bobby Brown and Game of Thrones‘ Kit Harington are among the first batch of Emmy Award presenters set for the Sept. 17 telecast.

    The initial roster, announced by the Television Academy and exec producer Lorne Michaels today, includes five presenters who are up for awards themselves: (Baldwin, Saturday Night Live), Rachel Brosnahan ?(The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), Millie Bobby Brown ?(Stranger Things), Kate McKinnon ?(Saturday Night Live), Sandra Oh? (Killing Eve).

    Hosted by SNL‘s Colin Jost and Michael Che, the 70th Emmy Awards will telecast live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Monday, September 17, (8-11 PM ET/5:00-8:00 PM PT) on NBC. Exec producer is Lorne Michaels (SNL, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon).

    Here is the complete first group of presenters announced today:

    - Alec Baldwin? (Saturday Night Live, Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series nominee)
    - Rachel Brosnahan ?(The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) – Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series nominee
    - Millie Bobby Brown ?(Stranger Things) – Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series nominee
    - Michael Douglas ?(The Kominsky Method)
    - Tina Fey ?(Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt)
    - Kit Harington ?(Game of Thrones)
    - Taraji P. Henson ?(Empire)
    - Kate McKinnon ?(Saturday Night Live) – Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series nominee
    - Tracy Morgan ?(The Last O.G.)
    - Bob Odenkirk ?(Better Call Saul)
    - Sandra Oh? (Killing Eve) – Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series nominee
    - Constance Wu ?(Fresh Off the Boat).

    Alec Baldwin Departs ‘The Joker’ Movie

    (8/30/18) It’s no joke: Alec Baldwin at the last minute has dropped out of Todd Phillips’ The Joker movie at Warner Bros.

    In an interview with USA Today just days after taking the supporting role, the 30 Rock actor cited scheduling conflicts.

    Production begins September 10 for the DC title, and we hear that the talks went down to the five-yard line, given how close it is to cameras rolling. Warner Bros. had no comment. Baldwin was to play Thomas Wayne, Bruce Wayne’s father. “I’m sure there are 25 guys who can play that part,” the actor told USA Today,

    The Joker is set for release on October 4, 2019.

    Alec Baldwin Joins Todd Phillips’ ‘Joker’

    (8/27/18) Alec Baldwin is boarding Todd Phillips’ Joker movie at Warner Bros in a supporting role, Deadline has learned. Cameras roll on September 10.

    While Warner Bros has not confirmed what role, buzz is that Baldwin is poised play the role of Thomas Wayne, who in DC canon is Bruce Wayne/Batman’s father. Thomas Wayne was first introduced in Detective Comics #33 (Nov. 1939) and he is respected physician and philanthropist in Gotham City. Wayne and his wife are murdered exiting the theater, an incident which young Bruce witnesses. That becomes his m.o. for ultimately becoming a vigilante. In the early comics, Wayne’s murderer is mugger/hitman Joe Chill, but starting with the first Tim Burton 1989 Batman movie, it’s the Joker who is the culprit.

    Baldwin joins a growing cast that includes Joaquin Phoenix in the title role, Robert De Niro, Frances Conroy, Marc Maron, and Zazie Beetz as Sophie Dumond. As has been previously reported, Phillips’ take on the famed DC character will possess a grittier, ’80s sensibility.

    Baldwin was recently nominated for his 19th Primetime Emmy. For the second consecutive year, he’s up for outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series for playing Donald Trump on Saturday Night Love, a role which delivered him a win in the category last September. Overall, Baldwin counts three Emmy wins, his other two being in 2008 and 2009 for outstanding lead comedy actor on 30 Rock. Baldwin was nominated for a supporting actor Oscar in 2004 for The Cooler and recently starred in this summer’s half-billion-plus grossing hit Mission: Impossible – Fallout as well as Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman which is taking off on the specialty circuit with north of $31M. Baldwin is already starring in another Warner Bros.’ feature, the Ed Norton-directed period drama Motherless Brooklyn due out next year.

    Baldwin is repped by CAA. Joker opens on Oct. 4, 2019.

    Kathy Bates on Big Bang Theory 9/24/18

    (8/24/18) “The Conjugal Configuration” – Sheldon and Amy’s honeymoon runs aground in New York, while Penny and Leonard discover they are uncomfortably similar to Amy’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fowler (Teller and Kathy Bates). Also, Koothrappali insults physicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and starts a Twitter war, on the 12th season premiere of THE BIG BANG THEORY, on a special night, Monday, Sept. 24 (8:00-8:30 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

    RECURRING CAST: Kathy Bates (Mrs. Fowler), Teller (Mr. Fowler), Neil deGrasse Tyson (Himself), Bill Nye (Himself)

    Alec Baldwin To Exec Produce Indie ‘Beast Beast’ Based On ‘Krista’ Short Film

    (7/26/18) Multiple Emmy awards winner Alec Baldwin has come on board as exec producer on the film Beast Beast, the feature adaptation of Krista, a short film which won the first annual Vimeo Staff Pick Award at this year’s SXSW. Danny Madden wrote Beast Beast and will be in the director’s chair when filming commences at the end of this summer in Georgia.

    Set in a southern town, the film deals with the new and old issues of growing up and reaching for more. As the three main characters navigate changing masks of identity out in the world, at school, within their families and online, their lives hit a boiling point swirling with trauma, petty crimes, new love and gun violence.

    Baldwin will EP with Casey Bader under their El Dorado Pictures banner. Producers are Jim Cummings, Matt Miller, Tara Ansley, and Benjamin Wiessner, the team behind Thunder Road, the SXSW Grand Jury prize-winning film. Madden, Cummings and Wiessner’s Ornana and Miller’s Vanishing Angle are the production companies behind the project.

    Talk Show Appearance

    (7/19/18) THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON - NBC

    Wednesday, July 25: Guests include Alec Baldwin

    2018 Primetime Emmy Nominations

    (7/12/18) (Former soap stars in bold)

    LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY (2017 winner: Julia Louis-Dreyfus)
    Pamela Adlon, Better Things
    Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
    Allison Janney, Mom
    Issa Rae, Insecure
    Tracee Ellis Ross, black-ish
    Lily Tomlin, Grace & Frankie

    LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY (2017 winner: Donald Glover)
    Anthony Anderson, black-ish
    Ted Danson, The Good Place
    Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm
    Donald Glover, Atlanta
    Bill Hader, Barry
    William H. Macy, Shameless

    SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY (2017 winner: Alec Baldwin)
    Louie Anderson, Baskets
    Alec Baldwin, Saturday Night Live
    Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
    Brian Tyree Henry, Atlanta
    Tony Shalhoub, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
    Kenan Thompson, Saturday Night Live
    Henry Winkler, Barry

    GUEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY (2017 winner: SNL host Dave Chappelle)
    Katt Williams, Atlanta
    Sterling K. Brown, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
    Bryan Cranston, Curb Your Enthusiasm
    Lin-Manuel Miranda, Curb Your Enthusiasm
    Donald Glover, Saturday Night Live
    Bill Hader, Saturday Night Live

    SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE (2017 winner: Laura Dern)
    Adina Porter, American Horror Story: Cult
    Letitia Wright, Black Mirror, “Black Museum”
    Merrit Wever, Godless
    Sara Bareilles, Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert
    Penelope Cruz, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
    Judith Light, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story

    SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE (2017 winner: Alexander Skarsgård)
    Jeff Daniels, Godless
    Brandon Victor Dixon, Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert
    Ricky Martin, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
    Edgar Ramirez, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story<

    Legendary Soap Scribe Dead At 96

    (7/6/18) Harding “Pete” Lemay, passed away on May 26 at the age of 96. One of the genre’s most highly regarded writers, Lemay won Daytime Emmy Awards for his work on ANOTHER WORLD and GUIDING LIGHT. He head-wrote AW during what is hailed as its creative heyday, from 1971-79, head-wrote GL from 1980-81, and head-wrote THE DOCTORS from 1981-81. He also served as a story consultant on AS THE WORLD TURNS, ONE LIFE TO LIVE and AW, and was the co-creator and head writer of LOVERS AND FRIENDS in 1977.

    Alec Baldwin bashes Peter King at Democratic fundraiser

    (6/24/18) Actor Alec Baldwin played comedic attack dog at a campaign fundraiser Friday night — likening Long Island GOP Rep. Peter King to a crossing guard.

    “He will do anything to hold onto power. The guy probably couldn’t get a job,” said Baldwin, who spoke at a Bridgehampton money raising bash for Democratic candidate Liuba Grechen Shirley, who hopes to challenge King.

    Baldwin said King wouldn’t have “as much attention,and as much glory and as much ego stroking if he weren’t on the government dime.”

    “This job is a job that completes him as a human being. If he was in the private sector, he’d probably be a crossing guard or something I don’t really know,” Baldwin said to laughter.

    Grechen Shirley, who standing to the left of Baldwin, looked nervous for an instant when Baldwin compared King to crossing guards.

    “No offense to crossing guards, by the way,” Baldwin quickly added.

    Grechen Shirley then smiled.

    “He’s a guy that’s held onto this job, gaming the current system, getting re-elected. Incumbency is a very, very powerful,” Baldwin said..

    “His time is up. He’s got to go. He’s got to go,” said Baldwin, who won an Emmy award for his portrayal of President Trump on ‘Saturday Night Live.'”

    Alec Baldwin To Howard Stern: “If I Ran For President, I Would Win – Hands Down”

    (6/12/18) Alec Baldwin isn’t the American president, but he plays one on TV. And we’ve heard rumblings of a 2020 White House run for the 30 Rock alum and SNL‘s designated Donald Trump. So how about it?

    “If I ran for president, I would win, hands down,” Baldwin said on SiriusXM’s The Howard Stern Show today. “It would be the funniest, most exciting, most crazy campaign.” Watch the video clip above.

    Funnier and crazier than that last GOP one, dude? Well maybe — seeing as Howard Stern suggested he “run for president as Donald Trump.”

    The King of All Media, of course, teed it all up by bantering with Baldwin about the potential gig. Then the host realized a fact: “But you’re busy with Match Game.” Once the ensuing comedy jokes subsided, Baldwin appeared to get serious. Stern began, “If you’re the hope of the Democratic Party …” “I’m not,” the actor interrupted. “I’m only saying that [about running] because people really don’t have a sense of who is gonna come up. I mean, somebody great is gonna come up, I hope. But the only reason I say it is because I’d love to run for that kind of position — to have things be very common sense. There’s so many things this country needs to do that are so obvious.”

    Maybe future Democratic National Committee chairman David Letterman could introduce the top two candidates at the 2020 convention: “Alec … Oprah. Oprah … Alec.”

    Soap's Robert Mandan Dead at 86

    (6/4/18) Robert Mandan, best known to TV audiences for his role as Chester Tate on the classic ABC sitcom Soap, has died at the age of 86.

    Mandan passed away in Los Angeles on April 29 after suffering a long, undisclosed illness, according to The Hollywood Reporter. He is survived by his wife, Sherry Dixon.

    The veteran TV actor got his start in soap operas, with stints on From These Roots (1959-1961), The Edge of Night (1963), The Doctors (1963) and Search for Tomorrow (1966-1970). He continued to work regularly throughout the 1970s, appearing on episodes of All in the Family, Maude, Sanford and Son, Mission: Impossible and The Streets of San Francisco, among other high-profile series.

    Mandan’s star-making role came soon after, when he was cast on the aforementioned Soap as the philandering husband to Katherine Helmond’s Jessica from 1977 to 1981. The series ran for a total of four seasons and spawned the successful spinoff Benson, starring the late Robert Guillaume.

    After Soap, Mandan starred as Col. Lawrence Fielding in the TV adaptation of Private Benjamin, which ran on CBS from 1981-1983. In 1984, he starred opposite John Ritter on the short-lived Three’s a Crowd, in a role he originated in the final episodes of Three’s Company. In 1986, he appeared on The Facts of Life as Dr. Bruce Gaines, a member of the Peace Corps who married Mrs. Garrett in Charlotte Rae’s farewell episodes. Then in 1991, he reunited with Soap spouse Helmond in two episodes of Who’s the Boss.

    Mandan’s film credits include Hickey & Boggs, MacArthur and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Other notable TV gigs included episodes of The Love Boat, CHiPS, Highway to Heaven, Santa Barbara, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Married… with Children.

    ‘American Princess’: Lesley Ann Warren & Max Ehrich Set To Recur In Lifetime Series

    (5/25/18) Lesley Ann Warren (Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce) and Max Ehrich (Under the Dome) are set to recur opposite Georgia Flood in American Princess, Lifetime’s straight-to-series drama from Jenji Kohan, Jamie Denbo and Tara Herrmann.

    Created, written and executive produced by Denbo (Ronna & Beverly), American Princess follows Amanda (Flood), an Upper East Side socialite who runs away from her own dream wedding when she realizes that the life she thought she wanted, wasn’t actually right after all. When she stumbles upon a Renaissance Faire, she experiences an unexpected awakening, leading her to leave everything she thought she cared about behind. While at the Faire, Amanda quickly develops new friendships, rivalries and romance that opens her eyes to new beginnings.

    Warren will play Joanntha, Amanda’s (Flood) snobby Upper East Side mother from hell. Joanntha has a narcissistic personality disorder, a massive pill problem and never fails to drunkenly bulldoze every social event she attends. Ehrich is Brett, Amanda’s Manhattan lawyer groom and a bit of an Upper East Side prince. In addition to Flood, they join previously announced cast members Lucas Neff, Seana Kofoed, Rory O’Malley and Mary Hollis Inboden.

    Production on the 10-episode series, from A+E Studios and Global Road Entertainment, is slated to begin this summer in Los Angeles. Kohan (Orange is the New Black, GLOW), Herrmann, (Orange is the New Black, GLOW) and Mark Burley (Orange is the New Black, GLOW) also executive produce.

    Warren received a supporting actress Oscar nomination for her role as Norma Cassady in 1982’s Victor/Victoria. On TV, she was most recently seen in recurring roles on Bravo’s Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce and Starz’s Blunt Talk. She’s repped by Innovative Artists, Management Production Entertainment and Jackoway, Tyerman, Wertheimer, Austen, Mandelbaum, Morris & Klein.

    Ehrich is known for his roles as Hunter May on CBS’ Under the Dome and Freddie Ridge in Hulu’s The Path. He’s repped by MGMT Entertainment and Abrams Artists Agency.

    Alec Baldwin, wife welcome fourth child

    (5/18/18) Alec Baldwin and his wife Hilaria Baldwin have become proud parents of four after welcoming a new son.

    The Boss Baby star and his yogi other half announced the exciting news on Instagram on Thursday, sharing a photograph of the couple together in hospital with Hilaria holding the newborn in her arms.

    “He’s here! He’s perfect! 8lbs 2oz #wegotthis2018,” she captioned the sweet image, posted on her profile.

    The new mother and dad have yet to reveal their baby son’s name.

    Alec and Hilaria are already parents to daughter Carmen, four, as well as sons Rafael, two, and Leonardo Charles, one.

    Alec is also dad to 22-year-old model daughter Ireland from his first marriage to Kim Basinger.

    The actor wed yoga instructor and TV presenter Hilaria in 2012 after meeting her at New York restaurant Pure Food and Wine in 2011, when Alec walked up to her and handed her his business card.

    Just weeks ahead of the birth of her newborn son, Spanish beauty Hilaria revealed to HOLA! USA she wears the pants in the household.

    “I am the boss at home and everybody knows that. They call me that,” she said. “You ask them (her children), ‘Who is the boss’, and they’ll say, ‘Mommy is the boss’.

    “Alec lets me be the alpha parent, which is definitely our personalities and it works well,” she added of her husband. “That doesn’t mean that we don’t talk about things and I ask his advice and stuff like that. I’m just very clear about how I want things to be done.”

    Eva Green, Ed Skrein, Kathy Bates To Star In Sci-Fi Thriller ‘A Patriot’

    (4/29/18) Eva Green, Kathy Bates and Ed Skrein are attached to star in sci-fi thriller A Patriot, which Brian O’Shea’s The Exchange will launch world sales on in Cannes. Currently in pre-production, the movie’s screenplay comes from Dan Pringle (K-Shop) and Toby Rushton (Monsters) with Pringle also attached to direct. Project is being produced by Adam Merrifield (K-Shop) from White Lantern Film and John Giwa-Amu (The Machine) from Red & Black Films with Angus Finney (The Mother) executive producing.

    The script takes place in a future authoritarian state that has walled itself away from a world ravaged by climate chaos and resource wars. The story follows the unquestioning Border Corp Captain Kate Jones (Green) as she fights to defend the purity of the population, until a chance discovery makes her doubt the authorities she has pledge her allegiance and life to protect.

    The Exchange’s Cannes lineup includes Aja Naomi King’s A Girl From Mogadishu, Ethan Hawke’s Blaze and Jeremiah Zagar’s We The Animals.

    Sin City and Penny Dreadful star Green is represented by Tavistock Wood Management and UTA, Oscar-winner Bates by ICM and Deadpool star Skrein by 42, CAA and Bloom, Hergott Diemer Rosenthal Laviolette Feldman Schenkman & Goodman.


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    Facts

    1. In 1971, The Doctors was the first daytime serial to win the Emmy award. In 1973, Doctors took the award a second time- and Elizabeth Hubbard (Althea, now ATWT’s Lucinda) won Best Actress in a Daytime Series.

    2. The 5000th episode aired on November 1981

    3. Series producer Procter & Gamble

    4. House of Hope was a proposed spin-off of The Doctors in 1970. NBC Daytime picked up Somerset, the Another World spin-off, instead.



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