Somerset

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NBC (ended 1976)

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Originally titled “Another World: Somerset,” as a spin-off from NBC’s more popular soap, the original cast included several characters who transferred from “Another World’s” Bay City: newlyweds Sam and LaHoma Lucas, architect Robert Delaney, and bad-girl Pammy Davis. Most of these cross-over characters were eventually overshadowed as the soap attempted to create a world of its own. “Somerset” in its early years dealt largely with the middle-class Grant family and the wealthy Delaney clan. Never a ratings giant, the soap was nevertheless home to a stable of reliable and well-respected actors who spent their careers in daytime drama, including Joel Crothers (Julian Cannell), Marie Wallace (India Delaney), Nicholas Coster (Robert Delaney), Tina Sloan (Kate Thornton), and Lois Kibbee (Emily Moore). Stage actress Lois Smith made a splash as the unbalanced Zoe Cannell and returned from time to time to murder various characters whose portrayers were being stubborn during contract negotiations. Considering its relatively short life, the show helped launch a surprising number of acting careers: Sigourney Weaver, Jameson Parker, Gary Sandy, Audrey Landers, JoBeth Williams, and Ted Danson all spent time in Somerset. Bibi Besch went on to play Jim Carey’s mother, Katharine Hepburn’s daughter-in-law, and the mother of Kirk’s son in “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.” Actor Ernest Thompson, playing the role which Ted Danson would inherit, later changed career paths by writing a little thing called “On Golden Pond,” and winning an Oscar for his efforts. In its later years, the soap was scripted by noted mystery writer Henry Slesar, who accomplished the considerable feat of writing both “Somerset” and “The Edge of Night” simultaneously. The show never found its niche, however, and did not have the longevity which its cast and writing deserved.moreless
Sigourney Weaver

Sigourney Weaver

Avis Ryan (1976)

Bibi Besch

Bibi Besch

Eve Lawrence Paisley (1973-1976)

Nicolas Coster

Nicolas Coster

Robert Delaney (1970-1972)

Ted Danson

Ted Danson

Tom Conway (#2) (1974-1976)

George Coe

George Coe

Leo Kurtz (#1) (1971-1972)

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