Video: No Tomorrow: After 35 years, a soap sinks

After 35 years, a soap sinks

Mary Stuart, the show's only remaining original cast member, got the word while being held at gunpoint in an elevator shaft. In the midst of shooting a segment of Search for Tomorrow, she was called into the producer's office. The news was sad but not unexpected: after 35 years on the air, longer than any other soap opera, her series was being canceled. Its fatal malady: low ratings.

Search for Tomorrow premiered on CBS in 1951, when Harry Truman was President and TV soaps squeezed all their traumas into 15-minute episodes. Set in the fictional town of Henderson, the show provided...

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