|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. Many noteworthy stories was shown over the show's run, but the most constant ones were the triangle between Ethan Winthrop (Travis Schuldt; Eric Martsolf), his true love, Theresa Lopez-Fitzgerald (Lindsay Korman) and Gwen Hotchkiss (Liza Huber; Natalie Zea); which was resolved in the finale, when Gwen and her conniving mother, Rebecca (Maureen McCormick; Andrea Evans) were exposed for their villainy (not to mention the fact that Ethan's marriage to Gwen was not even valid, as she was already married to another man after her first engagement to Ethan was broken); the constant machinations of evil Alistair Crane; the star-crossed love between Sheridan Crane (McKenzie Westmore) and Luis Lopez-Fitzgerald (Galen Gering); the supernatural misadventures of Tabitha (Juliet Mills), who began as an evil witch, until the end when she relinquished her powers and became a Christian to save the town; Tabitha's daughter, Endora, who went against her mother's evil bent and was a good witch; Ivy Crane's (Kim Johnston Ulrich) discovery that Ethan was her former lover Sam Bennett's (James Hyde) son; Julian Crane's (Ben Masters) continual woes in love, until he reconnects with his first love, Eve Russell (Tracey Ross); the fighting between Pilar (Eva Tamargo) and Rebecca over their daughters; and Kay Bennett's magical misadventures.
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