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Encyclopedia > Ryan's Hope
Ryan's Hope
Format soap opera
Created by Claire Labine
Paul Avila Mayer
Starring Helen Gallagher
Bernard Barrow
Michael Levin
Ron Hale
Nancy Addison Altman
John Gabriel
Malcolm Groome
Louise Shaffer, et al
Country of origin Flag of the United States United States
No. of episodes 3515
Production
Running time 30 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel ABC
Original run July 7, 1975January 13, 1989
External links
IMDb profile

Ryan's Hope (RH) was a soap opera which aired for fourteen years on ABC, from July 7, 1975 to January 13, 1989. The show aired a total of 3515 30-minute episodes. The first TIME magazine cover devoted to soap operas, dated January 12, 1976. ... Claire Labine is an American soap opera writer. ... Helen Gallagher (born July 19, 1926 in New York City) is an American actress, dancer and singer. ... Bernard Barrow (December 30, 1927 - August 4, 1993) was an American actor, best known for his fourteen-year role as Johnny Ryan on the soap opera Ryans Hope. ... Ron Hale is an American actor best known for his role on the soap opera General Hospital. ... Nancy Addison (March 21, 1948 – June 18, 2002) was an American soap opera actress, best known for her role on the television soap opera, Ryans Hope as Jillian Jill Coleridge from which she played from 1975 until the shows demise in 1989. ... Note: For the NBA executive of the same name, see John Gabriel. ... Louise Shaffer is an American actress, script writer, and author. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) is an American television network. ... is the 188th day of the year (189th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 13th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... The first TIME magazine cover devoted to soap operas, dated January 12, 1976. ... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) is an American television network. ... is the 188th day of the year (189th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 13th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ...

Contents

Creative Zenith

See also: List of Ryan's Hope characters

In late 1974, ABC Daytime approached Claire Labine and Paul Avila Mayer, who were the Head Writers of CBS' Love of Life at the time, about creating a new soap opera. The network wanted a series similar to General Hospital. The proposed title of the new serial was City Hospital. Labine and Mayer added a large Irish family to ABC's vision of the show -- the Ryan family. RH was created, owned, and originally written by Labine and Avila Mayer, who had previously written Where The Heart Is and Love of Life. This is a list of characters that appear on the ABC soap opera Ryans Hope from 1975 to 1989. ... ABC Daytime (ABC-D) is a programming block on the ABC Network. ... Claire Labine is an American soap opera writer. ... A Head Writer is a person who is in charge of a television/radio series writing team. ... Love of Life was an American soap opera which aired on CBS from September 24, 1951 to February 1, 1980. ... For other uses, see General Hospital (disambiguation). ... For the film see Where the Heart Is (2000 film). ... Love of Life was an American soap opera which aired on CBS from September 24, 1951 to February 1, 1980. ...


The series was about a large Irish-American family living in the Riverside district of New York City. The patriarch, Johnny Ryan (Bernard Barrow) owned a bar, Ryan's, which was across from Riverside Hospital. His wife, Maeve (Helen Gallagher), would help in the bar's upkeep, as would their children. The Ryans and the wealthy Coleridges were the original core families of the daytime drama. Irish Americans (Irish: Gael-Mheiriceánach) are citizens of the United States who can claim ancestry originating in the west European island of Ireland. ... Bernard Barrow (December 30, 1927 - August 4, 1993) was an American actor, best known for his fourteen-year role as Johnny Ryan on the soap opera Ryans Hope. ... Helen Gallagher (born July 19, 1926 in New York City) is an American actress, dancer and singer. ...


Labine and Mayer also served as the Executive Producers of the show at this point, with George Lefferts as the producer. Lefferts would soon be replaced by Robert Costello, who remained with the show until 1978. After Costello, the role was occupied by Ellen Barrett (1978-1982) and Felicia Minei Behr (1982-1988). The primary definition of Executive Producer is the person who brings the money together for a motion picture or television production. ... Felicia Minei Behr is an American TV producer who has worked on 3 daytime serials. ...


The original cast consisted of Nancy Addison Altman, Bernard Barrow, Faith Catlin, Justin Deas, Michael Fairman, John Gabriel, Helen Gallagher, Malcolm Groome, Rosalinda Guerra, Ron Hale, Michael Hawkins, Earl Hindman, Ilene Kristen, Frank Latimore, Michael Levin, Kate Mulgrew, Hannibal Penney, Jr., and Diana van der Vlis. Nancy Addison (March 21, 1948 – June 18, 2002) was an American soap opera actress, best known for her role on the television soap opera, Ryans Hope as Jillian Jill Coleridge from which she played from 1975 until the shows demise in 1989. ... Bernard Barrow (December 30, 1927 - August 4, 1993) was an American actor, best known for his fourteen-year role as Johnny Ryan on the soap opera Ryans Hope. ... Justin Deas (born March 30, 1948 in Connellsville, Pennsylvania) is an American actor. ... Note: For the NBA executive of the same name, see John Gabriel. ... Helen Gallagher (born July 19, 1926 in New York City) is an American actress, dancer and singer. ... Ron Hale is an American actor best known for his role on the soap opera General Hospital. ... Michael Hawkins (born Michael Gainsborough on August 12, 1935 in Harlem, New York City) is an American actor. ... Earl John Hindman (October 20, 1942 – December 29, 2003) was an American actor best known for his portrayal of the character Wilson W. Wilson Jr. ... Ilene Kristen, in a still from One Life to Live. ... Franklin Latimore (September 28, 1925 - November 29, 1998) was an American actor best known for his character ‘Dr. Ed Coleridge’ on the television soap opera series Ryans Hope. Latimores came from a well-to-do family, and was able to trace his lineage back to the Revolutionary War. ... Kate Mulgrew (born April 29, 1955) is a Golden Globe-nominated American actor, most famous for her roles as Mary Ryan on Ryans Hope and Captain Kathryn Janeway on Star Trek: Voyager. ...


As the seventies progressed, numerous actors and actresses appeared in various roles. One of the most noteworthy was Louise Shaffer (1977-1984) as the conniving Rae Woodard. Two others included Sarah Felder as Siobhan Ryan Novak and Richard Munez as Joe Novak. Louise Shaffer is an American actress, script writer, and author. ...


Multiple Recasts

By the end of the seventies, many characters had been recast. This practice continued into the eighties and somewhat hindered the show at times when the recast did not work out. After Michael Hawkins left the role of Frank Ryan in 1976, subsequent replacements included Andrew Robinson (1976-1978), Daniel Hugh-Kelly (1978-1981), Geoffrey Pierson (1983-1985), and John Sanderford (1985-1989). Mary Ryan Fenelli was played by Mary Carney (1978), Kathleen Tyan Tolan (1978-1979), and Nicolette Goulet (1979) after Kate Mulgrew departed in 1978. Michael Hawkins (born Michael Gainsborough on August 12, 1935 in Harlem, New York City) is an American actor. ... Andrew Jordt Robinson (born February 14, 1942) is an American film, stage, and television actor. ... Daniel Hugh Kelly (b. ... Geoff Pierson (Born June 16, 1949 in Chicago) is an American actor best known for his role on The WB series Unhappily Ever After as Jack Malloy, the father of a disfunctional family whose best friend is a stuffed animal rabbit named Mr. ... Kate Mulgrew (born April 29, 1955) is a Golden Globe-nominated American actor, most famous for her roles as Mary Ryan on Ryans Hope and Captain Kathryn Janeway on Star Trek: Voyager. ...


Between 1977 and 1979, the show underwent several changes. At the beginning of 1977, its timeslot changed from 1:00PM to 12:30PM, serving as the anchor of the ABC daytime line-up. In late 1977, Kate Mulgrew announced she would be leaving in early 1978 after completing location footage shot in Ireland which depicted Mary's second honeymoon with Jack. Between January 1978 and December 1979, three different actresses played Mary. Although Labine and Mayer wanted to kill her character, ABC refused. However, after ABC realized no one other than Mulgrew herself would be accepted in the role, they agreed to let Mary be killed off. Mary died on the day of her sister Siobhan's wedding to Joe Novak. Mulgrew made brief appearances as Mary's spirit in 1983, 1986 and 1989. Malcolm Groome chose to leave the role of Pat Ryan in 1978 and was replaced with John Blazo (1978-1979), Robert Finoccoli (1979), and Patrick James Clarke (1982-1983); Groome returned to the role in 1983 and remained with the show until 1988. Sarah Felder left the role of Siobhan in 1980 and was replaced with Ann Gillespie (1981-1982), Marg Helgenberger (1982-1986), Carrell Myers (1986-1987), and Barbara Blackburn (1988-1989). Kate Mulgrew (born April 29, 1955) is a Golden Globe-nominated American actor, most famous for her roles as Mary Ryan on Ryans Hope and Captain Kathryn Janeway on Star Trek: Voyager. ... Mary Margaret Helgenberger (born November 16, 1958) is an Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated American film and television actress. ...


Other characters not related to the Ryans were also recast. After Ilene Kristen left in January 1979, the role of Delia Reid was played by Robyn Millan (1979), Randall Edwards (1979-1982), and Robin Mattson (1984); Kristen returned to the show in the role from 1982-1983 (when she was fired due to weight gain) and 1986-1989. After Faith Catlin was dropped from the show as Faith Coleridge in May 1976, she was replaced with Nancy Barrett (1976), Catherine Hicks (1976-1978), and Karen Morris-Gowdy (1978-1983). Joe Novak was also portrayed by Roscoe Born (1981-1983, 1988), Michael Hennessy (1983-1984), and Walt Willey (1986-1987). Ilene Kristen, in a still from One Life to Live. ... Randall Edwards (1955- ) is an American television actress who played on Ryans Hope as Delia Reid Ryan Ryan Coleridge #3 from 1979-1982. ... Robin Mattson in her Janet from Another Planet persona, in a still from the All My Children opening sequence. ... Nancy Barrett (born October 5, 1943), is an American actress. ... Catherine Hicks, Annie Camden on 7th Heaven Catherine Mary Hicks (born August 6, 1951 in Scottsdale, Arizona) is an American actress. ... Karen Morris-Gowdy (born in Cheyenne, Wyoming) is an American actress, best known for her role as Faith Coleridge on Ryans Hope, a role she played from 1978 to 1983 and again in 1989. ... Roscoe Born (born November 24, 1950) is an American actor. ... Walt Willey (born January 26, 1951 in Ottawa, Illinois) is an American actor. ...


Deceased cast members

Actor Character Year of Death Years On Ryan's Hope
Wesley Addy Bill Woodard 1996 1977-1978
Nancy Addison Altman Jillian Coleridge 2002 1975-1989
David Bailey Teddy Malcolm 2004 1988-1989
Bernard Barrow Johnny Ryan 1993 1975-1989
Nell Carter Ethel Green 2003 1978-1979
Nicolette Goulet Mary Ryan Fenelli #4 2008 1979
Earl Hindman Bob Reid 2003 1975-1989
Frank Latimore Ed Coleridge 1998 1975-1976
Irving Allen Lee Evan Cooper 1992 1986-1989
Kenneth McMillan Charlie Ferris 1989 1975-1976
Anne Revere Marguerite Beaulac #2 1990 1977
Sylvia Sidney Sister Mary Joel 1999 1975-1976
Gale Sondergaard Marguerite Beaulac #1 1985 1976
Diana van der Vlis Nell Beaulac
Sherry Rowan
2001 1975-1976
1988-1989

Wesley Addy (4 August 1913 – 31 December 1996) was an American actor. ... Nancy Addison (March 21, 1948 – June 18, 2002) was an American soap opera actress, best known for her role on the television soap opera, Ryans Hope as Jillian Jill Coleridge from which she played from 1975 until the shows demise in 1989. ... David Bailey (October 27, 1933 – November 25, 2004) was an American actor. ... Bernard Barrow (December 30, 1927 - August 4, 1993) was an American actor, best known for his fourteen-year role as Johnny Ryan on the soap opera Ryans Hope. ... Nell Carter (September 13, 1948 – January 23, 2003) was an American singer and film, stage, and television actress. ... Earl John Hindman (October 20, 1942 – December 29, 2003) was an American actor best known for his portrayal of the character Wilson W. Wilson Jr. ... Franklin Latimore (September 28, 1925 - November 29, 1998) was an American actor best known for his character ‘Dr. Ed Coleridge’ on the television soap opera series Ryans Hope. Latimores came from a well-to-do family, and was able to trace his lineage back to the Revolutionary War. ... Irving Allen Lee (November 21, 1948-September 5, 1992) was an African American actor known for playing Detective Calvin Stoner on The Edge of Night from 1977-1984 and Dr. Evan Cooper on Ryans Hope from 1986-1988. ... Kenneth McMillan (July 2, 1932 - January 8, 1989) was an American character actor. ... Anne Revere (June 25, 1903–December 18, 1990) was an Academy Award-winning American film actress. ... Sylvia Sidney (August 8, 1910 - July 1, 1999) was an Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe Award-winning American actress. ... Gale Sondergaard (February 15, 1899–August 14, 1985) was an Academy Award-winning U.S. film actress. ...

"A Clone of General Hospital"

Several things happened during the late seventies and early eighties to hasten the demise of the series. In 1979, Labine and Mayer were forced to sell the show to ABC due to skyrocketing production costs. ABC soon pushed for more action-adventure storylines, like the ones on their hit serial General Hospital. One of these included a gorilla who kidnapped Delia Reid Coleridge. Another included a search for a lost Egyptian queen. These were not the type of plots the show had previously been known for. For other uses, see General Hospital (disambiguation). ...


At the beginning of 1982, ABC fired Labine and Mayer and replaced them with Mary Munisteri. During Munisteri's tenure as headwriter, the focus began to move to the newly-arrived wealthy Kirkland clan, which was headed by Hollis Kirkland III (Peter Haskell). It soon turned out that he was the father of Rae Woodard's daughter, Kimberly Harris (Kelli Maroney). As more and more Kirklands began to show up (including Christine Jones as Hollis' wife Catsy and Mary Page Keller and Ariane Munker as his daughter Amanda), less attention was paid to the Ryans and Coleridges. Various cast members at this time dubbed the show Kirkland's Hope. Kelli Joan Maroney is an American actress who has starred in film and in television. ... Mary Page Keller (born March 3, 1961 in Monterey Park, California) is an American actress known for roles on both daytime and primetime television. ...


Due to falling ratings, Labine and Mayer were asked back at the beginning of 1983. Ratings rose steadily with their return; however, it was not enough. By the end of 1983, they were replaced with General Hospital scribe Pat Falken Smith. Smith, along with executive producer Joseph Hardy, once again shifted the focus from the Ryans. Numerous fan favorites, including Ilene Kristen, Louise Shaffer, Karen Morris-Gowdy were either fired or left of their own accord during Smith's and Hardy's reign. The focus of the series was now centered on Greenberg's Deli, with Cali Timmins' Maggie Shelby and Scott Holmes' Dave Greenberg becoming two prominent characters. Patricia Pat Falken Smith (January 21, 1926 – May 19, 2001) was a television writer, most famous for her stints as head writer of several soap operas, including General Hospital and Days of Our Lives. ... Joseph A. Hardy III (born 1923) is the founder and CEO of the 84 Lumber Company. ... Ilene Kristen, in a still from One Life to Live. ... Louise Shaffer is an American actress, script writer, and author. ... Karen Morris-Gowdy (born in Cheyenne, Wyoming) is an American actress, best known for her role as Faith Coleridge on Ryans Hope, a role she played from 1978 to 1983 and again in 1989. ... Cali Timmins (born Carolyn Timmins on April 27, 1963) is a Canadian actress, born in Montréal. ... Scott Holmes Scott Holmes (born 5/30/52 in West Grove, Pennsylvania) is an actor, best known for the role of District Attorney Tom Hughes in the CBS soap opera As the World Turns, a role he has played since 1987. ...


In 1985, Smith was replaced with Millee Taggert and Tom King. The show began to go back to its roots during this time. However, the show, which had been airing at 12:30 p.m./11:30 a.m. since 1977, had just been moved to the Noon/11 time slot. Ratings sank to previously unheard-of levels, which led to the 1989 cancellation. Millee Taggart is an American actress, best known for her long-running role as Janet Bergman Walton Collins on Search for Tomorrow. ... Tom King or Thomas King may refer to: Thomas Starr King (1824–1864), American Unitarian minister, influential in California politics during the American Civil War Thomas Butler King Tom King - Southern Connecticut State Boss - Farnham Hall Thomas King (boxer) (1835–1888), English boxer, Heavyweight Champion of England Tom King (highwayman...


The Final Years

With ratings going further and further south and many ABC affiliates dropping the show altogether, ABC asked Claire Labine to return as head writer, with her daughter, Eleanor Labine, as co-head writer. The Labines revitalized the show. A year after Labine's return, executive producer Joseph Hardy was replaced with Felicia Minei Behr. Eleanor Labine is an American TV writer, the daughter of Claire Labine and the sister of Matthew Labine. ... Joseph A. Hardy III (born 1923) is the founder and CEO of the 84 Lumber Company. ... Felicia Minei Behr is an American TV producer who has worked on 3 daytime serials. ...


During the eighties, there were numerous cast changes. Some of the more notable ones included the additions of Yasmine Bleeth, Grant Show, Daniel Pilon, Gerit Quealy, Tichina Arnold, Gloria DeHaven, Jason Adams, Christopher Durham, soap opera legend Rosemary Prinz, and Catherine Larson. Yasmine Amanda Bleeth (born June 14, 1968, in New York City) is an American TV and film actress. ... Grant Show Grant Show is an actor who starred on Melrose Place as Jake Hanson from 1992 to 1997. ... Daniel Pilon is a Canadian-born actor, probably best known for his role in Dallas as Naldo Marchetta. ... Gerit Quealy is an American writer, editor, Shakespearean scholar[1] and actor[2][3]. She is the co-author of Wedding Flowers (2003) and Wedding Cakes and Flowers (2006), and an editor of Fifty Things to Do When You Turn Fifty (2005). ... Tichina Arnold (born June 28, 1971) is an American actress known for her role on Martin playing Pamela James, as Rochelle on Everybody Hates Chris and as Nicole on the sitcom One on One. ... Gloria DeHaven Gloria DeHaven (born July 23, 1925, in Los Angeles, California) is an American actress. ... Rosemary Prinz (born 1930 in New York City) was an actress in the early era of the American soap opera. ...


However, the end was already in sight; ABC announced its cancellation of the series in fall 1988. The last episode (#3515) concluded with Helen Gallagher's Maeve singing "Danny Boy," like in many previous Ryan celebrations. For the final episodes, numerous cast members who had been on the show in previous years returned. Helen Gallagher (born July 19, 1926 in New York City) is an American actress, dancer and singer. ...


Scheduling/Ratings History

See: List of US daytime soap opera ratings The following is a list of television ratings and rankings for American daytime soap operas. ...


When RH premiered on July 7, 1975, ABC scheduled it at 1:00 p.m./12 Noon Central, a timeslot previously occupied by All My Children (pushing that soap to the 12:30 p.m./11:30 a.m. slot). After the show's audience grew, it swapped places with All My Children on January 3, 1977. is the 188th day of the year (189th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... All My Children (AMC) is a popular American soap opera that has been broadcast Monday through Friday on the ABC TV network since January 5, 1970. ... is the 3rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ...


At first, the show experienced low ratings and was ranked dead last among all the soaps during its first season; this was quite customary during that era and did not affect ABC's attitude toward the show, since no other daytime serials were starting up at the time of RH's debut. By 1976-77, ABC's patience paid off with the show's ratings finally rising, and it was now in the middle of the daytime ratings pack, in 8th place, above even fellow ABC serial General Hospital. It would continue to have steady ratings until 1982, although it never quite managed to surmount CBS' long-established Search for Tomorrow, despite the beginnings of that show's eventual decline and death; RH would only do slightly better when SFT moved to NBC in March 1982. This article is about the broadcast network. ... Search for Tomorrow was a soap opera which started airing on Monday, September 3, 1951 on CBS. The show was moved from CBS, its original broadcaster, on Friday, March 26, 1982, with NBC picking it up on the following Monday, March 29, 1982. ... This article is about the television network. ...


Despite the tenacious cult following the soap enjoyed throughout its 13 1/2-year-run, RH never became a big ratings hit, peaking at 7th place during the 1981-82 season. The main culprit for the problem was CBS' Young and the Restless, which expanded to a full hour in February 1980. From 1982 onwards, the show suffered a ratings decline, falling from 7th and 6.9 in 1981-82 to 9th and 5.6 in 1982-83 and 10th place and 5.0 in 1983-84. The Young and the Restless (commonly abbreviated to Y&R) is an American soap opera that takes place in Genoa City, Wisconsin (named after a vacation spot that series creators William J. Bell and Lee Phillip Bell visited annually). ...


A move to Noon/11 on October 8, 1984 only enabled Y&R to bear down harder, while NBC's Super Password held down the fort for game show fans. With the change in timeslot (Loving took over the slot previously occupied by RH), ratings would fall even further as many ABC affiliates pre-empted network programming at Noon in order to broadcast local news, and Ryan's Hope spent its last five years on, or near, the bottom of the ratings chart. Y&R's persistence brought about RH's end on January 13, 1989, a very long run when its mediocre ratings are taken into account. is the 281st day of the year (282nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Although Password can be played without any equipment, commercial versions of the game have also been successful. ... The U.S. soap opera Loving aired on ABC from June 27, 1983 to November 10, 1995 for 3,169 episodes. ... is the 13th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ...


Season HH Rating Ranking 1975-1976 5.7 14th out of 14 soaps 1976-1977 7.3 8th out of 15 soaps 1977-1978 7.0 8th out of 14 soaps 1978-1979 7.2 9th out of 14 soaps 1979-1980 7.0 9th out of 13 soaps 1980-1981 6.7 7th out of 13 soaps 1981-1982 6.9 7th out of 15 soaps 1982-1983 5.6 9th out of 14 soaps 1983-1984 5.0 10th out of 13 soaps 1984-1985 3.4 11th out of 14 soaps 1985-1986 3.2 12th out of 14 soaps 1986-1987 2.7 13th out of 14 soaps 1987-1988 2.5 12th out of 12 soaps 1988-1989 2.3 13th out of 13 soaps


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Ryan's Hope at the Emmys

Ryan's Hope won sixteen Daytime Emmy Awards. The Daytime Emmy Awards are awards presented by the New York-based National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the Los Angeles-based Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in recognition of excellence in American daytime television programming. ...

  • 1976: Helen Gallagher, Outstanding Actress (Maeve Ryan)
  • 1977: Outstanding Drama Series
  • 1977: Helen Gallagher, Outstanding Actress (Maeve Ryan)
  • 1977: Claire Labine and Paul Avila Mayer, Outstanding Writing
  • 1977: Lela Swift, Outstanding Individual Director
  • 1978: Claire Labine and Paul Avila Mayer, Outstanding Writing
  • 1979: Outstanding Drama Series
  • 1979: Claire Labine and Paul Avila Mayer, Outstanding Writing
  • 1979: Jerry Evans and Lela Swift, Outstanding Direction
  • 1980: Claire Labine and Paul Avila Mayer, Outstanding Writing
  • 1980: Jerry Evans and Lela Swift, Outstanding Direction
  • 1981: Sy Tomashoff, Outstanding Set Design
  • 1983: Louise Shaffer, Outstanding Supporting Actress (Rae Woodard)
  • 1983: Claire Labine and Paul Avila Mayer, Outstanding Writing
  • 1984: Claire Labine and Paul Avila Mayer, Outstanding Writing
  • 1987: Outstanding Lighting
  • 1988: Helen Gallagher, Outstanding Lead Actress (Maeve Ryan)

Actors and actresses nominated for their work on Ryan's Hope included Nancy Addison Altman, Tichina Arnold, Richard Backus, Bernard Barrow, Randall Edwards, John Gabriel, Ron Hale, Andrew Robinson, and Grant Show. Helen Gallagher (born July 19, 1926 in New York City) is an American actress, dancer and singer. ... The 4th Daytime Emmy Awards were held in 1977 to commemorate excellence in daytime programming from the previous year (1976). ... Helen Gallagher (born July 19, 1926 in New York City) is an American actress, dancer and singer. ... Claire Labine is an American soap opera writer. ... Lela Swift is a television director known for her work on Dark Shadows in which she tooked over from Peter Miner as producer during the final months of the show. ... Claire Labine is an American soap opera writer. ... The 6th Daytime Emmy Awards were held in 1979 to commemorate excellence in daytime programming from the previous year (1978). ... Claire Labine is an American soap opera writer. ... Lela Swift is a television director known for her work on Dark Shadows in which she tooked over from Peter Miner as producer during the final months of the show. ... Claire Labine is an American soap opera writer. ... Lela Swift is a television director known for her work on Dark Shadows in which she tooked over from Peter Miner as producer during the final months of the show. ... Louise Shaffer is an American actress, script writer, and author. ... Claire Labine is an American soap opera writer. ... Claire Labine is an American soap opera writer. ... Helen Gallagher (born July 19, 1926 in New York City) is an American actress, dancer and singer. ... Nancy Addison (March 21, 1948 – June 18, 2002) was an American soap opera actress, best known for her role on the television soap opera, Ryans Hope as Jillian Jill Coleridge from which she played from 1975 until the shows demise in 1989. ... Tichina Arnold (born June 28, 1971) is an American actress known for her role on Martin playing Pamela James, as Rochelle on Everybody Hates Chris and as Nicole on the sitcom One on One. ... Richard Backus (b. ... Bernard Barrow (December 30, 1927 - August 4, 1993) was an American actor, best known for his fourteen-year role as Johnny Ryan on the soap opera Ryans Hope. ... Randall Edwards (1955- ) is an American television actress who played on Ryans Hope as Delia Reid Ryan Ryan Coleridge #3 from 1979-1982. ... Note: For the NBA executive of the same name, see John Gabriel. ... Ron Hale is an American actor best known for his role on the soap opera General Hospital. ... Andrew Jordt Robinson (born February 14, 1942) is an American film, stage, and television actor. ... Grant Show Grant Show is an actor who starred on Melrose Place as Jake Hanson from 1992 to 1997. ...


Main Crew: Writers, Producers, Directors

In its thirteen-and-a-half years on the air, Ryan's Hope went through quite a few theme, visual, and credit revisions. However, the aspects that never changed were the opening sequence's concept of showing scenes of New York City life, along with the Ryan family and other contract cast members frolicking around town; and the theme song itself, "Here's To Us", written by RH co-creator Claire Labine and Carey Gold.

July 7, 1975 - February 29, 1980
The First Years

During the first few years of Ryan's Hope, the opening featured a mixture of stills and 16 millimeter film footage of the principal actors in character, all shot in character appropriate New York locations. The last shot of the original opening was of Johnny and Maeve Ryan lifting their then-newborn grandson John Reid "Johnno" Ryan up to the heavens as "Here's to Us" plays in the background in a rather quiet strings, flute and harp arrangement. is the 188th day of the year (189th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... February 29 is a day added into a leap year of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ...


There were actually three different opening variations used during the first years of Ryan’s Hope. During its first couple months on the air and again from the summer of 1976 until approximately the summer of 1977, the opening was a sixteen-millimeter film sequence of Johnny and Maeve with Little John. This same opening sequence was redone as a series of stills by the fall of 1977. The fall 1975 through summer 1976 opening featured still photos of all the principal characters.


Ending credits for the majority of Ryan's Hope’s run usually ran over either a beauty shot or a still of Ryan's Bar. From July 1975 through the early fall of 1978, Ryan's Hope’s end credit lettering was in white Grotesque No. 9 Italic. From the fall of 1978 ownard, end credit lettering was set in Souvenir Bold Italic. Also beginning at that time, the credits would sometimes run over a shot of a different empty set featured in a particular episode. Until the early 1980s, RH was the only soap opera aired on ABC that contained copyright notice at the end of every broadcast, which for most daytime soaps was not standard practice at the time. This was due to the show's non-network ownership during the first five years, until Labine-Mayer Productions sold their creation to ABC in 1980.


March 3, 1980 - March 1983
Post-Success Years

As soon as visionaries Labine and Mayer sold Ryan's Hope to ABC outright, the network decided to make some image alterations of their own, as a plan to keep building on the success the show recieved in its first five years. Amid noticeable effects in the scripts, casting, and other production values, the opening sequence was changed during this time also so that instead of shots of the principal cast members of Ryan's Hope, there were panoramic views of New York and shots of anonymous New York City people. This opening's shot sequence was as follows: is the 62nd day of the year (63rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... Look up ABC in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


1. Aerial shot of Empire State Building
2. Statue of Liberty
3. A ferry boat in New York Harbor
4. The Brooklyn Bridge
5. A kindergarten teacher walking her young charges down the street
6. Two children on a swing
7. A young couple sharing an apple
8. A zoom-in on sunlight reflected on a glass and steel skyscraper
9. A wealthy young woman stepping out of a limosine
10. Another young couple embracing
11. Boys playing soccer in Central Park.


The title appears on the screen after the freeze-frame of the boys tossing the soccer ball up in the air.


There was a new, more uptempo arrangement of Carey Gold's "Here's to Us" theme with this new opening, which was composed by either Sid Ramin, who had taken over the music of All My Children by early 1980, or one of the staff composer/arrangers at Elliot Lawrence Productions. Within a year after ABC took over complete control of Ryan's Hope, Carey Gold was replaced as principal music composer by General Hospital's Charles Paul, whose cues for the show from 1981 through the summer of 1983 often had a GH style and sound.


From the first episode of RH that was produced under ABC's ownership in 1980, copyright notice at the end was changed to represent that of the network's, using at first medium-sized Arial font on a single line. For a year or so, the copyright appeared directly under the "Videotaped at ABC Television Center in New York" byline as the credit scroll paused (previously, "A Labine-Mayer Production" had appeared in the Grotesque then Souvenir credit fonts above the copyright). Since the start of the series, there had never been closing display of the show's title at the end of the sequence. By the end of 1981, the title finally began appearing at the end of the sequence, and the Arial copryight notice below it became smaller.


March 1983 - March 16, 1984
The New Direction of 1983 aka Recovery From "Kirkland's Hope"

The opening changed in March 1983 to once again feature shots of the main cast members playing the Ryans and their friends. Of course, the opening main title footage was shot in locations around Manhattan. The final shot in this version had Johnny, Maeve, and several of the younger Ryan children sitting in Central Park surrounded by autumn leaves, as Johnny throws a soccer ball up in the air. The frame freezes just as the ball travels out of everyone's reach, with the title appearing on the top left-hand corner. The second remix of "Here's to Us" remained for the first five months of this opening's run; however on Monday, August 22, 1983, the theme was switched to an arrangement that had more of a discernible beat, and was the most uptempo to date. It was this rendition that remained over the opening and closing until the end of RH's run in January 1989. For the Jimi Hendrix song, see 1983. ... is the 75th day of the year (76th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... is the 234th day of the year (235th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Jimi Hendrix song, see 1983. ...


On Monday, May 16, 1983, "All Rights Reserved" was added to the program's copyright notice for the first time. Also, sometime during the fall of 1983, but no later than Monday, December 26th of that year, the established beauty-shot/empty set ending visuals were retired, in favor of stills of scenes from that day's episode. The credit font would remain the same until Friday, March 16, 1984. is the 136th day of the year (137th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Jimi Hendrix song, see 1983. ... is the 75th day of the year (76th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ...



March 19, 1984 - January 13, 1989
The Final Years

The most substantial changes of the opening and closings of Ryan's Hope, that occurred in 1984, continued on March 19th of that year when a whole new series of filmed shots containing all contract principals premiered, along with a mix of videotaped footage. The title logo changed from the Schadow Bold type used since day one to that of Advertisers Gothic Bold, the same lettering used in the opening titles of ABC's 1970s series Starsky and Hutch. The title now also appeared across on a single line. The freeze-fame shots in the final five years of the show featured Maeve Ryan only; from March 1984 to about 1986, the title was displayed over Maeve kneeling down in the street as pigeons fly away from her; from approx. 1986 to January 1989, Maeve was smelling spring flowers off a tree branch, and then gazes to the side of camera view. By 1988, the opening montage was almost entirely videotaped footage. is the 78th day of the year (79th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... is the 13th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... For the film, see Starsky & Hutch (film). ...


The major graphic changes of this period even extended to the closing credits. As soon as the final theme package premiered, the Souvenir Bold Italic credit font used since 1978 changed to Advertisers Gothic Bold to match RH's new logo. These now ran over the episode stills that were introduced in the last months of the previous theme package. At the same time, the copyright notice also changed to the new generic version, in a stylized italic font, that was also used on All My Children, One Life to Live and Good Morning America. These changes would remain until RH’s last telecast.

Years Head writer(s)
1975 – 1982 Claire Labine & Paul Avila Mayer
1982 Claire Labine
1982 – 1983 Mary Ryan Munisteri
1983 Claire Labine & Paul Avila Mayer
1983 – 1985 Pat Falken Smith
1985 – 1987 Tom King & Millee Taggart
1987 – 1988 Claire Labine & Eleanor Labine
1988 – 1989 Claire Labine & Matthew Labine
Years Executive Producers
1975 – 1982 Claire Labine & Paul Avila Mayer
1983 – 1988 Joseph Hardy
1988 – 1989 Felicia Minei Behr
Years Producers
1975 George Lefferts
1975 – 1978 Robert Costello
1978 – 1983 Ellen Barrett
1983 – 1988 Felicia Minei Behr
1988 – 1989 Nancy Horwich

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Other RH Writers

  • David Appell
  • Harold Apter
  • Thomas Babe
  • Paul Jose Balido
  • Peter Brash
  • Daniel C. Bredemann
  • Rocco Bufano
  • William Burritt
  • Susan Seeger Cavrell
  • Liz Coe
  • Roger Crews
  • Madeline B. David
  • Nancy Ford
  • Mary Gamsu
  • Marisa Gioffre
  • Arthur Giron
  • Suzanne Grossmann
  • Robin Hirst
  • Trent Jones
  • Mardee Kravit
  • A. Eric Lane
  • Jeffrey Lane
  • Steve Lehrman
  • Allan Leicht
  • Elizabeth Levin
  • Eleanor Mancusi
  • Rory Metcalf
  • Mary Ryan Munisteri
  • Joe Orazi
  • Peter Parnell
  • Maura Penders
  • B.K. Perlman
  • Judith Pinsker
  • Eugene Price
  • Dorothy Ann Purser
  • James Raftery
  • James E. Reilly
  • Louise Shaffer
  • Betsy Tooker
  • David Trainer
  • Erik Wiklund

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Directors

Lela Swift, Susan Pomerantz [1], Jerry Evans [2], Suellen Goldstein, Robert Myhrum, Lynwood King [3], Michael Gliona [4], Stephen Wyman [5], John J. Desmond [6], Tom Donovan [7], Henry Kaplan, Bruce Minnix [8], William Woodman Lela Swift is a television director known for her work on Dark Shadows in which she tooked over from Peter Miner as producer during the final months of the show. ... Henry Kaplan (1924-September 14, 2005) was a television director known for his works on Dark Shadows,Ryans Hope, The Doctors and All My Children. ...


Before They Were Stars

Many primetime stars got their start on Ryan's Hope, including Tichina Arnold (Everybody Hates Chris), Catherine Hicks (7th Heaven), Yasmine Bleeth (Baywatch), Grant Show (Melrose Place), Nell Carter (Gimme a Break), Corbin Bernsen (L.A. Law), Marg Helgenberger (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation), Christian Slater (numerous films), Dominic Chianese (The Sopranos) and Kate Mulgrew (Star Trek: Voyager). Tichina Arnold (born June 28, 1971) is an American actress known for her role on Martin playing Pamela James, as Rochelle on Everybody Hates Chris and as Nicole on the sitcom One on One. ... Everybody Hates Chris is an Emmy Award-nominated American sitcom broadcast on the The CW, featuring fictional characters and situations broadly based on real people and situations. ... Catherine Hicks, Annie Camden on 7th Heaven Catherine Mary Hicks (born August 6, 1951 in Scottsdale, Arizona) is an American actress. ... This article is about the TV program. ... Yasmine Amanda Bleeth (born June 14, 1968, in New York City) is an American TV and film actress. ... Baywatch is an American television series about the Los Angeles County Lifeguards who patrol the crowded beaches of Los Angeles County, California. ... Grant Show Grant Show is an actor who starred on Melrose Place as Jake Hanson from 1992 to 1997. ... Melrose Place is an American primetime soap opera that ran between 1992 and 1999, created by Darren Star for the FOX network and executive produced by Aaron Spelling. ... Nell Carter (September 13, 1948 – January 23, 2003) was an American singer and film, stage, and television actress. ... Opening titles from 1983. ... Corbin Dean Bernsen (born September 7, 1954) is an American actor, known for his work on television. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Mary Margaret Helgenberger (born November 16, 1958) is an Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated American film and television actress. ... CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is a popular Alliance Atlantis/CBS police procedural television series, running since October 2000, about a team of forensic scientists. ... This article is about the television series. ... Kate Mulgrew (born April 29, 1955) is a Golden Globe-nominated American actor, most famous for her roles as Mary Ryan on Ryans Hope and Captain Kathryn Janeway on Star Trek: Voyager. ... The starship Voyager (NCC-74656), an Intrepid-class starship. ...


Rosie O'Donnell has been known to claim that Ryan's Hope was her all-time favorite soap opera. Due to the show's setting and the predominant ethinicity of its central family, the Irish Catholic and Long Island-sprung O'Donnell obviously had a lot to relate with. When she mentioned the late ABC soap during her controversial hosting stint on The View in late 2006, O'Donnell remarked "As much as I love ABC daytime soaps and [current daytime president] Brian Frons, I am still to this very day mad that they cancelled Ryan's Hope. Y'know, I blame the people at Loving for doing that, they basically moved in and mowed down my Ryan's Hope. I never liked Loving". Rosie ODonnell (born March 21, 1962 in Bayside, Queens, New York) is an 11-time Emmy Award-winning American talk show host, television personality, comedienne, film, television, and stage actress. ... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) is an American television network. ... This article is about the talk show. ... Brian Frons is an American TV executive who holds a Master of Science degree in Communications from Syracuse University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the State University of New York at Fredonia. ...


Daytime Stars on RH

Numerous actors and actresses from Ryan's Hope can still be seen in daytime. They include Ilene Kristen (One Life to Live), Ron Hale (General Hospital), Justin Deas (Guiding Light), Walt Willey (All My Children), Maureen Garrett (Guiding Light), Tracey Ross (Passions), Judith Chapman (The Young and the Restless), Alexandra Neil (One Life to Live), and Scott Holmes (As The World Turns). Ilene Kristen, in a still from One Life to Live. ... One Life to Live (OLTL) is an American soap opera which has been broadcast on the ABC television network since July 15, 1968. ... Ron Hale is an American actor best known for his role on the soap opera General Hospital. ... For other uses, see General Hospital (disambiguation). ... Justin Deas (born March 30, 1948 in Connellsville, Pennsylvania) is an American actor. ... Guiding Light (known as The Guiding Light prior to 1975, GL) is an American television program credited by the Guinness Book of World Records as being the longest-running soap opera in production and the longest running drama in television history. ... Walt Willey (born January 26, 1951 in Ottawa, Illinois) is an American actor. ... All My Children (AMC) is a popular American soap opera that has been broadcast Monday through Friday on the ABC TV network since January 5, 1970. ... Maureen Garrett (born August 18, 1948 in Rocky Mount, North Carolina) is an American actress. ... Guiding Light (known as The Guiding Light prior to 1975, GL) is an American television program credited by the Guinness Book of World Records as being the longest-running soap opera in production and the longest running drama in television history. ... Tracey Ross (born February 27, 1959 in Brooklyn, New York, USA) is an actor best known for roles on the soap operas Ryans Hope (1985-1987), and Passions (1999-, and as a winner in the Spokesmodel category in the television series Star Search. ... For other uses, see Passion. ... Judith Chapman (born Judith Shepard on November 15 in Greenville, South Carolina) is an actress known to fans of US daytime television. ... The Young and the Restless (commonly abbreviated as Y&R) is a popular American television soap opera, first broadcast on CBS Daytime on March 26, 1973. ... Alexandra Neil (born April 7, 1955 in Boston, Massachusetts) is an American actress. ... One Life to Live (OLTL) is an American soap opera which has been broadcast on the ABC television network since July 15, 1968. ... Scott Holmes Scott Holmes (born 5/30/52 in West Grove, Pennsylvania) is an actor, best known for the role of District Attorney Tom Hughes in the CBS soap opera As the World Turns, a role he has played since 1987. ... As the World Turns (ATWT) is the second longest-running American television soap opera (the first being Guiding Light),[1] airing each weekday on CBS. Set in the fictional town of Oakdale, Illinois, the show debuted on Monday, April 2, 1956[2] at 1:30pm EST. Before this show (and...


In America and Overseas

In 2000, SOAPnet picked up reruns of Ryan's Hope, which was one of the few daytime dramas from before 1978 which saved all of its episodes. They aired the July 1975 through December 1981 episodes from 2000 to 2003. While reruns were originally abundant (airing daily in one-hour installments every six hours starting at noon, with two marathons of the week's episodes on weekends), by 2005 the show was only aired one hour per weekdays, and for a brief time, one hour a week. Currently, reruns are broadcast daily at 5 am EST. SOAPnet (stylized from 2000 to 2002 as SoapNet) is an American cable television channel. ...


Ryans Hope has also run on RTÉ 2 in Ireland and has previously aired in Australia. On January 3, 1994, a soap opera, Onderweg naar morgen (which literally means On the way to tomorrow), debuted on Dutch television; the Dutch writers based their show on story bibles originally written by Labine and Mayer. is the 3rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ... Motto: Je Maintiendrai (Dutch: Ik zal handhaven, English: I Shall Uphold) Anthem: Wilhelmus van Nassouwe Capital Amsterdam1 Largest city Amsterdam Official language(s) Dutch2 Government Parliamentary democracy Constitutional monarchy  - Queen Beatrix  - Prime minister Jan Peter Balkenende Independence Eighty Years War   - Declared July 26, 1581   - Recognised January 30, 1648 (by Spain...


External links

  • Memory Book: Ryan's Hope site
  • Ryan's Bar Online
  • SOAPnet RH Page
  • Ryan's Hope: The Beginning
  • Ryan's Hope at Allmovie
  • All Soap Scoop - Ryan's Hope Cast List

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