|Created by||James E. Reilly|
Kim Johnston Ulrich
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||2,218+|
|Running time||40 min|
|Original run||July 5, 1999 – August 7, 2008|
Passions is an award-winning American television soap opera created by veteran writer James E. Reilly. The series directed by Jim Sayegh, debuted on NBC July 5, 1999 (replacing Another World), and its last airdate on NBC was September 7, 2007. DirecTV then picked up the series with new episodes airing on DirecTV-exclusive channel The 101 starting September 17, 2007. However, DirecTV has decided to not renew its contract for the series with NBC and NBC was unable to find a new home for the show. The final episode aired on August 7, 2008.
Passions follows the various romantic and paranormal adventures of the residents of Harmony, a fictional New England hamlet. Storylines center around the interactions among members of its multi-racial core families — the African American Russells, Caucasian Cranes and Bennetts, and half-Mexican half-Irish Lopez-Fitzgeralds — as well as the supernatural including town witch Tabitha Lenox.
During its NBC run, Passions ran for 60 minutes (including commercials, about 40 minutes without) every weekday (excluding some holidays). After the move to DirecTV, the schedule was shortened to four days a week (Monday through Thursday), then later whittled down further to three days a week (Monday through Wednesday) starting January 2008. Weekend marathon encores of the show are played on DirecTV, and it is also available via online paid subscription from NBC within the United States and on the paid cable SuperChannel in Canada.
- Article partly derived from the Wikipedia article Passions