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Retro TV to Air the Premiere Episode of ‘The Doctors’ for First Time in 58 Years

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Here’s an exciting bit of news for longtime fans of soaps and NBC’s The Doctors.  Retro TV, the outlet that has become home to the iconic daytime drama will present the series’ debut episode not seen in 58 years in honor of the original series debut.  Circle April 1, 2021 to watch its rebroadcast.

The episode, titled “Whatsoever House I Enter,” will air at 12:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. ET/PT exclusively on Retro TV and at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT on MyRetroTV.com.

Originally airing on April 1, 1963, the episode featured Jock Gaynor as ‘Dr. William Scott’ or ‘Scotty,’ as he becomes involved in two surgeries with very different outcomes. Shot in classic black and white, the episode takes viewers into a moment in television history that spawned the long-running series and led to the rise of many talented actors.

 

“So many of these classic dramas have been lost to time, were taped over by networks or have been too badly damaged to digitalize,” said Retro TV President Joel Wertman. “Our team has worked since 2014 to bring this series to a whole new generation of fans and we love seeing how today’s audiences embrace the nostalgic series.”

Set in the fictional New England city of Madison, The Doctors was known for featuring cutting-edge storylines and engaging characters that helped the series earn 17 Emmy Award nominations. Running from 1963 to 1982 cast included Alec Baldwin Kim Zimmer, Anna Stuart, Ted Danson, Kathleen Turner, Elizabeth Hubbard and many other notable performers..

The Doctors regularly airs on Retro TV weekdays at 12 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. ET/PT and streams at MyRetroTV.com. Episodes are also available on-demand, with exclusive interviews and fan extras at ItsRealGoodTV.com, or via the It’s Real Good TV app. Subscriptions are $2.99 per month or $30 per year on the website.

So, will you be watching the rebroadcast of the premiere episode of The Doctors on Retro TV? Comment below.

 

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Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Oh, this is exciting; unfortunately, I keep missing broadcasts. Hopefully the restart again on April 1. Maybe I’ll check out RetroTV’s website to see, or see if YouTube has been posting them.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Loved this show. The actors were wonderful, especially Elizabeth Hubbard, a long time favorite that led her to many years on ATWT.

Tim Stuart
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Tim Stuart

They need new content! They’re losing the momentum they had. We watched faithfully for seven years and then they rewind back to the 60s when they had just three years left??? I get the pandemic thing. But the lockdown/ shutdown is over. People aren’t going to wait another decade to see the show all the way to the end. I really appreciate what Retro and SFM have done. It was the best ever until they started rerunning. Soaps aren’t like other genres. You have to watch straight through to the end. And if they HAD to show more 60s episodes… Read more »

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

States are still in lockdown and shut down, Tim. We are still deep in this pandemic.

Kelly
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Kelly

Many businesses are functioning and there’s no reason they can’t digitize more episodes. This is a budgetary issue.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Tim Stuart
Your comment that the lockdown is over. Where do you live, on some isolated island?

Sharon Pilsner
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Sharon Pilsner

I’d love to see it, I watched it for years. I remember Elizabeth Hubbard, loved the character she played,and followed her on other shows. I don’t know if I can find it or not, I’m not to good on computer stuff, but I’d sure love to see it.

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Remember The Doctors well! And the talents of Alec Baldwin and particularly Kim Zimmer who will always be Reva Shayne Lewis to us from the best soap ever Guiding Light!

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A fan

Is this just for today, or are we going back to the very first episode?

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AW and OLTL Alum, Robyn Griggs Dead at 49

In more heartbreaking soap news this weekend, Robyn Griggs had lost her battle with cancer.  The actress, best-known to daytime viewers as Stephanie on One Life to Live and Maggie on Another World, passed away at age 49.

The news came on Saturday via Griggs’ official Facebook posted, where in a statement it noted: “Hi everyone, With a heavy heart, I am saddened to announce Robyn’s passing. However, she is no longer suffering and would want us to remember that and the good memories. I will never forget how open she was to telling her story, and accepting of me helping her tell it. She wanted to help people and spread the word of her story to do it. I was honored to do so. RIP my friend, I love you and smile when I think of you.”

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From 1991-1992, Griggs found her first soap success playing the part of One Life’s Stephanie Hobart.  Later, in 1993-1995, she played AW’s Maggie Cory.  Robyn was also a singer and signed a recording deal with RCA Records.

Robyn had been battling stage 4 Endocervical Adeno cancer.  Back on July 7th, Griggs had taken a turn for the worse, sharing on Facebook, “Unfortunately, I have 4 new tumors …2 new tumors on my liver, one on the abdominal muscle, and a large one on the right side lymph node.” On August 11th, her father shared Robyn was put into hospice care.

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Anne Heche, ‘Another World’ Alum and TV and Film Star, Dead at 53

Following a catastrophic brain injury from crashing her car into a home last week and suffering severe burns, actress Anne Heche has been declared brain-dead at the age of 53.

In a statement from a rep for Heche’s friends and family, they expressed: “Today we lost a bright light, a kind and most joyful soul, a loving mother, and a loyal friend.  Anne will be deeply missed but she lives on through her beautiful sons, her iconic body of work, and her passionate advocacy. Her bravery for always standing in her truth, spreading her message of love and acceptance, will continue to have a lasting impact.”

Heche is legally dead according to California law, although her heart is still beating she has not been taken off life support in order to allow for organ donations to take place and to find the right recipients.

 

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Anne’s eldest son, Homer 20, said in a statement to PEOPLE on his mom’s passing:  “My brother Atlas and I lost our Mom. After six days of almost unbelievable emotional swings, I am left with a deep, wordless sadness. Hopefully my mom is free from pain and beginning to explore what I like to imagine as her eternal freedom. Over those six days, thousands of friends, family, and fans made their hearts known to me. I am grateful for their love, as I am for the support of my Dad, Coley, and my stepmom Alexi who continue to be my rock during this time. Rest In Peace Mom, I love you.”

The talented actress is best-known to soap opera fans for her Daytime Emmy-winning dual roles as twins, Vicky and Marley Hudson on Another World.  She had two sons, Homer with her ex Coley Laffoon and Atlas, 13, with actor James Tupper.

Throughout her career Heche appeared on TV shows and films includingL Men in Trees, If These Walls Could TalkDonnie BrascoI Know What You Did Last SummerSix Days, Seven Nights, and Gus Van Zant’s 1998 remake of Psycho. Back in 2020, Anne became a celebrity contestant on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars.

Heche’s stormy relationship with Ellen DeGeneres made headlines throughout her career, and today, DeGeneres shared: “This is a sad day. I’m sending Anne’s children, family and friends all of my love.”

Michael Fairman chatted with Anne back in 2020, in a memorable conversation for You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel touching upon her career start on Another World, being a champion for the LGBTQ community, her relationship with DeGeneres, the ups and down in her career, and her demons and childhood past.

You can watch the conversation below.

Now, share your thoughts, condolences, and remembrances for Anne Heche via the comment section.

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Anne Heche ‘Not Expected to Survive’; Suffered Severe Brain Injury From Fiery Crash

In just heartbreaking news, Daytime Emmy-winner, Anne Heche (Ex-Vicky/Marley, Another World), is not expected to survive after days in the hospital following being severely burned in a fiery car crash when her vehicle struck a home in Mar Vista, California last Friday.

According to family and friends of the motion picture and television star in a statement, “Unfortunately, due to her accident, Anne Heche suffered a severe anoxic brain injury and remains in a coma, in critical condition. She is not expected to survive. It has long been her choice to donate her organs and she is being kept on life support to determine if any are viable.”  Deadline notes, the actress will be taken off life-support.

The statement went on to say, “We want to thank everyone for their kind wishes and prayers for Anne’s recovery and thank the dedicated staff and wonderful nurses that cared for Anne at the Grossman Burn Center at West Hills hospital.  More than her extraordinary talent, she saw spreading kindness and joy as her life’s work — especially moving the needle for acceptance of who you love. She will be remembered for her courageous honesty and dearly missed for her light.”

There are plans for Heche to get an Honor Walk, which is a hero’s goodbye donor patients receive by hospital staff as they are wheeled into the operating room in their final journey.

Heche will be featured on Lifetime’s Girl in Room 13, set to premiere this fall in September. Lifetime’s Executive VP  and head of programming, Amy Winter, revealed earlier this week at the TCA press tour, “As many of you know, Anne remains in critical condition and all of us here at Lifetime are deeply concerned for her and everyone affected. This project is important to Anne, along with each and every one of us. We all sought to make a film that would bring attention to this appalling issue of human sex trafficking.”

In addition, TMZ had reported that following toxicology reports, Cocaine was found in Heche’s system following the crash. They also found fentanyl. However,  sources say fentanyl can often be used as a pain medication in hospitals, so there is no confirmation that it was in Anne’s system at the time of the crash.

Anne was an amazing actress with such a tortured life.  We send thoughts and prayers to all her loved ones during this difficult time.  Share your thoughts on the latest update on Anne in the comment section below.

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