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29 Most Iconic TV Witches, From Samantha Stephens to Sabrina Spellman (Photos)

  • The Wrap
29 Most Iconic TV Witches, From Samantha Stephens to Sabrina Spellman (Photos)
Today is Halloween, which means now is the time to once again celebrate pop culture’s witchy women in all their pointy hatted glory. While films like “Hocus Pocus” and “Practical Magic” are packed with wicked ladies, in our opinion, TV witches still reign supreme. Check out TheWrap’s gallery to find the small screen’s 29 most iconic female spell-casters. Who knows, maybe you’ll get a great idea for this year’s last-minute costume from this list of magical ladies.

Samantha Stephens, “Bewitched” - Is there a more legendary TV witch than Samantha Stephens (Elizabeth Montgomery) ? Not according to her husband Darrin, who says she’s “one witch in a million.”

Prue, Piper and Phoebe Halliwell and Paige Matthews, “Charmed” – The Charmed Ones charmed viewers with their sisterly love while fighting the forces of evil for eight seasons, three with eldest sister Prue (Shannen Doherty) and five with half-sister
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General Hospital Twist: Brad Maule Returns as Tony Jones!

File this one under the most surprising news of the month.

Brad Maule has reportedly closed a deal to return to General Hospital.

Now, you may be wondering how that might be possible given that Maule's character, Tony Jones, died 13 years ago on the ABC soap.

We have an answer.

Per TV Line, Maule will be back for a guest stint, but he won't be alive.

Instead, multiple sources have confirmed to the outlet that Tony will be back as a ghost.

Soaps have a knack for bringing characters back from the dead, and it's a tired old trope, so bringing the character back as a ghost is probably a good idea.

Rumors about Maule's return emerged when Maule's former co-star, Leslie Charleson, took to Twitter with a photo of the actor on the set of the daytime soap.

“Look who was on the show today! Brad Maule! So good to see my old pal,
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Today in Soap Opera History (August 7)

2008: The final episode of Passions aired on DirecTV's The 101."History speaks to artists. It changes the artist's thinking and is constantly reshaping it into different and unexpected images."

Anselm Kiefer

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

On this date in...

1950: On The Guiding Light, during breakfast Bill Bauer (Lyle Sudrow) told his sister, Meta White (Jone Allison), that he and Bert were interested in buying a house in Beverly Hills. Later, Meta received a long-distance phone call from her husband, Ted.

Thanks to Jennifer for sending in the clip above.

1974: Douglass Watson made his first appearance as Mackenzie Cory on Another World. Robert Emhardt, who played the role for just over a year,
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That's Soap Star Gordon Thomson Playing Daryl Tulane on The Young & The Restless

Daryl Tulane on The Young & The Restless is going to be a very familiar face to many soap fans! That's because the actor, Gordon Thomson, is well known for his numerous roles in both primetime and daytime dramas! Daryl made his first appearance on Monday, July 29, and is acting as Calvin's lawyer who informed Chelsea that after her husband's untimely death, she stands to inherit five million dollars. One of Thomson's earliest roles was as Egyptologist Aristotle Benedict White on ABC sudser Ryan's Hope in the early '80s. Following that, he debuted as Adam Carrington on Dynasty in 1982 and remained with the primetime sudser until its cancellation in 1989. In fact, during the 1985-86 season, Thomson also appeared in a few episodes of its spin-off, The Colbys. With John Forsythe's Blake in a 1982 episode of Dynasty. (Photo Credit: Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Photo Archives/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images) After Dynasty,
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Today in Soap Opera History (July 14)

1986: Another World's Cecile faced the guillotine.

1986: Santa Barbara's Mary died after a "C" fell on her.

1989: Guiding Light's Reva was rowed to her wedding.

2008: The Bold and the Beautiful's Bridget and Nick married."History speaks to artists. It changes the artist's thinking and is constantly reshaping it into different and unexpected images."

Anselm Kiefer

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

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1965: On Another World, John Randolph (Michael M. Ryan) persuaded his daughter, Lee (Gaye Huston), that going home after her battle with virus pneumonia would be alright.

1966: On Dark Shadows, Victoria Winters (Alexandra Moltke) met Carolyn Stoddard's (Nancy Barrett) boyfriend, Joe Haskell (Joel Crothers
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Today in Soap Opera History (July 5)

1976: Ryan's Hope's Delia talked her way around Frank's suspicions.

1999: Passions premiered on NBC.

2001: As the World Turns' Simon found Katie on an island.

2002: Stephanie Gatschet debuted as Tammy on Guiding Light."History speaks to artists. It changes the artist's thinking and is constantly reshaping it into different and unexpected images."

Anselm Kiefer

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

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1966: On The Guiding Light, Bert Bauer (Charita Bauer) met Leslie Jackson (Lynne Adams).

1966: New head writer William J. Bell's first Days of our Lives script aired. By this point NBC had canceled Ted Corday's other two daytime soaps launched in 1965, Morning Star and Paradise Bay,
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Make Passions Available to Stream So We Can Confirm It Wasn't a Fever Dream

Make Passions Available to Stream So We Can Confirm It Wasn't a Fever Dream
I was never a soap opera person growing up, but I was a Passions person. The supernatural soap ran for nine seasons, airing on NBC from 1999 to 2007 and on DirecTV from 2007 to 2008, and I remember trying to catch episodes whenever I could. Days home from school were always extra special because I

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Georgia Engel Dead at 70

Georgia Engel, who rose to fame as soft-spoken Georgette Franklin on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, died on April 12 in Princeton, New Jersey. She was 70.

Engel's friend and executor John Quilty says the cause was undetermined because the actress, who was a Christian Scientist, did not consult doctors, The New York Times reported Monday.

The actress has said her The Mary Tyler Moore Show role was meant to be a one-episode guest spot, but Engel went on to appear in almost 60 episodes of the top-rated comedy. She received two nominations for her work on Mtm

After The Mary Tyler Moore Show ended in 1977, she continued to work with costar Betty White on The Betty White Show and, more recently, on Hot in Cleveland. Over the decades she appeared on numerous television series including Jennifer Slept Here, The Love Boat, Mork & Mindy, Fantasy Island and Coach. She had a recurring
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‘Life Sentence’ Creators Erin Cardillo & Richard Keith Ink Overall Deal With Warner Bros. TV

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‘Life Sentence’ Creators Erin Cardillo & Richard Keith Ink Overall Deal With Warner Bros. TV
Exclusive: Significant Mother and Life Sentence creators Erin Cardillo and Richard Keith are expanding their relationship with Warner Bros. TV, signing a multi-year exclusive overall deal with the studio. Under the pact, the duo will continue to develop projects through their In Good Company banner.

This is the first overall deal for Cardillo and Keith who have created two projects to date for the studio that have gone to series, Significant Mother in 2015 and and Life Sentence in 2018, both on CW. They also have sold a number of broadcast pitches with big commitments.

The duo have also written solo features in the romantic comedy genre. Cardillo’s Isn’t It Romantic for New Line and Warner Bros. has grossed $48 million domestic since its release on Valentine’s Day.

Cardillo and Keith met in acting class at Warner Loughlin Studios in the mid-2000s. They’ve been collaborating since, winning the
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‘The Young and the Restless’ dream casting: Who do You think should replace Justin Hartley as Adam Newman? [Poll]

‘The Young and the Restless’ dream casting: Who do You think should replace Justin Hartley as Adam Newman? [Poll]
“I think that’s great,” Justin Hartley told Soap Opera Digest during a recent interview when asked about the possibility of his daytime alma mater “The Young and the Restless” recasting his role as Adam Newman, a devious businessman with serious daddy issues. “They should. Adam is a great character,” the actor added. Of course, Hartley himself has a rather full plate these days as one of the stars of NBC’s “This is Us,” so if Adam were to return to Genoa City, it might need to be with a new face.

Hartley actually got his start in daytime. He joined the cast of NBC’s “Passions” in 2002 as Fox Crane and stayed with the show until 2006, after which the role was taken over by Mark Cameron Wystrach for another year and a half before the character was shot to death by his girlfriend’s niece — don’t you hate it when that happens?
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TVLine Items: Twilight Zone Adds Rogen, Oltl Fave to Days and More

TVLine Items: Twilight Zone Adds Rogen, Oltl Fave to Days and More
Seth Rogen is the latest performer to enter The Twilight Zone: The actor will appear in an episode of CBS All Access’ upcoming revival of the classic anthology series, debuting Monday, April 1 with two installments. The series will then be available weekly on Thursdays, beginning April 11.

The new iteration of The Twilight Zone hails from executive producers Jordan Peele (Get Out), who also serves as host/narrator, and Simon Kinberg (The Gifted, Legion). Previously announced guest stars include Ike Barinholtz, John Cho, Ginnifer Goodwin, Greg Kinnear, Sanaa Lathan, Kumail Nanjiani, Adam Scott, Rhea Seehorn, Allison Tolman, Jacob Tremblay, Jessica Williams and Steven Yeun.
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Today in Soap Opera History (January 21)

1980: As the World Turns' Wade Bookstore caught on fire.

1988: Another World's Mary and Jason were caught in an explosion.

1988: General Hospital's Anna was held hostage.

1997: Sunset Beach's Annie held a gun on Ben."History speaks to artists. It changes the artist's thinking and is constantly reshaping it into different and unexpected images."

Anselm Kiefer

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

On this date in...

1966: On Another World, an argument between John and Lee led to a devastating car crash.

1967: Actress Ann Sheridan died at age 51. She played Kathryn Corning in Another World.

1972: On The Edge of Night, Kate Sloan (Jan Farrand) told Cookie Pollock (Fran Sharon) that
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Today in Soap Opera History (December 10)

1979: The Edge of Night's Deborah continued to be poisoned.

1981: Milton Berle guest-starred on General Hospital.

1991: Days of our Lives' Carly and Bo exchanged vows in Mexico.

2001: One Life to Live's Blair was reunited with her baby."History speaks to artists. It changes the artist's thinking and is constantly reshaping it into different and unexpected images."

Anselm Kiefer

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

On this date in...

1957: On The Edge of Night, Willy (Edward Holmes) informed Mike (John Larkin) that Ed was the staff member who talked to Dalton.

1971: On The Doctors, Dr. Steve Aldrich (David O'Brien) recalled how happy he and Carolee Simpson (Carolee Campbell
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Kathie Lee Gifford to Leave NBC’s ‘Today’

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Kathie Lee Gifford to Leave NBC’s ‘Today’
Kathie Lee Gifford will leave “Today” after more than a decade co-hosting the fourth hour of the NBC morning franchise.

Gifford wants to spend more time focused on a variety of media projects, and said during Monday’s broadcast that her decision was “bittersweet, as these things are.” She expects to stay with the program through April 7th of next year – her 11th anniversary co-hosting the hour with Hoda Kotb.

“It’s an exciting time for me, and I’m thrilled about all the projects that are coming up, but it’s also hard,” Gifford said on “Today” this morning.

The announcement puts another hour of “Today” in transition. NBC News recently retooled the third hour of “Today” after canceling Megyn Kelly’s tenure on the program. Many of the show’s anchors and personalities are already turning up to host at 9 a.m., including Craig Melvin, Jenna Bush Hager,
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Today in Soap Opera History (November 25)

November 25, 1960: "The Day Radio Drama Died""The best prophet of the future is the past."

― Lord Byron

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

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1960: Often referred to by aficionados as "the day radio drama died" or "the day the radio soap opera died," this day has been identified as a watershed moment in broadcasting. CBS Radio aired the final episodes of the last network radio soap operas: Ma Perkins, Young Doctor Malone (which also aired on NBC-tv), The Right to Happiness (a spin-off of The Guiding Light), The Second Mrs. Burton, The Couple Next Door, Whispering Secrets and Best Seller.

Virginia Payne played Ma Perkins for the

show's entire 27-year run.
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Today in Soap Opera History (November 6)

1981: Thaao Penghlis debuted as Tony on Days of our Lives.

1981: The Edge of Night's Raven enjoyed being rich.

1989: Guiding Light's Reva realized Dylan was her son.

2008: One Life to Live's Starr gave birth to a baby girl."The best prophet of the future is the past."

― Lord Byron

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

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1950: On The Guiding Light radio soap opera, Meta (Jone Allison) shot and killed her husband, Ted, after their son, Chuckie, died. Bill and Papa Bauer were shocked to hear the news and Bill vowed to get his sister, Meta, out of jail.

1957: On "the continuing story of" The Edge of Night,
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'Passions' Star McKenzie Westmore Joins 'The Bay' as Caroline Allen

McKenzie Westmore stirs up a little controversy on the upcoming season of The Bay. She will play Caroline Allen, a go-getter news reporter for K-bay News.

Westmore recently completed her stint as the host of the popular SyFy docu-series Face Off. Also a soap opera veteran, Westmore played Sheridan Crane on NBC's Passions and then moved over to ABC's All My Children in the role of Dr. Riley Sinclair.

"McKenzie and I have been friends for many years and have talked about her joining The Bay family for a while, but she had been busy working on her SyFy series,” said creator, writer, and director Gregori J. Martin. “When I learned she was available I knew the timing was right and I had to create this role for her this season. I'm excited to finally get to work with her."
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Today in Soap Opera History (September 7)

1984: General Hospital's Frisco met Felicia.

1987: Another World's Dawn learned her mother had died.

1988: Santa Barbara's Julia was reunited with Mason.

2007: Passions' Ethan learned he had a son."The best prophet of the future is the past."

― Lord Byron

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

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1966: On Peyton Place, Steven Cord (James Douglas) arrived at his mother's (Ruth Warrick) home with a trunk of Ann's (Susan Oliver) childhood belongings and confronted her and Mr. Peyton about their treatment of Ann and the lies regarding her true parentage. They protested that they did what they thought was best, but he argued that they could have helped her after
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Today in Soap Opera History (August 7)

2008: The final episode of Passions aired on DirecTV's The 101."The best prophet of the future is the past."

― Lord Byron

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

On this date in...

1950: On The Guiding Light, during breakfast Bill Bauer (Lyle Sudrow) told his sister, Meta White (Jone Allison), that he and Bert were interested in buying a house in Beverly Hills. Later, Meta received a long-distance phone call from her husband, Ted.

Thanks to Jennifer for sending in the clip above.

1974: Douglass Watson made his first appearance as Mackenzie Cory on Another World. Robert Emhardt, who played the role for just over a year, had left the show in June. Watson's
See full article at We Love Soaps »

Today in Soap Opera History (July 19)

1966: Dark Shadows' Roger crashed due to a missing bleeder valve.

1985: John Aniston debuted as Victor on Days of our Lives.

1990: General Hospital's Wendy was murdered.

2010: Scott Clifton debuted as Liam on Bold and the Beautiful."All true histories contain instruction; though, in some, the treasure may be hard to find, and when found, so trivial in quantity that the dry, shrivelled kernel scarcely compensates for the trouble of cracking the nut."

Anne Brontë in "Agnes Grey"

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

On this date in...

1940: The first episode of radio soap opera The Carters of Elm Street, written by Mona Kent, aired on the Mutual Network.

1966: On Another World,
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