The Clear Horizon

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The Clear Horizon
Genre Soap Opera
Created by Manya Starr
Written by Carol Warner Gluck
Directed by Hal Cooper
Joseph Behar
Starring Jan Shepard
Denise Alexander
Phyllis Avery
Bern Bennett
William Berger
Eve McVeagh
Country of origin United States
Production
Producer(s) Charles Polachek
Running time 30 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel CBS
Original run July 11, 1960 – June 11, 1962

The Clear Horizon is an American soap opera which ran on CBS Daytime from July 11, 1960 to March 10, 1961 and February 26 to June 11, 1962. The show was created and head written by Manya Starr. [1]

Premise[edit]

The Clear Horizon (titled The Army Wife in the pre-production phase) revolved around the problems of astronauts and their wives at Cape Canaveral, Florida. In the show's first episode, Roy Selby (Ed Kemmer) was moved from his post in Alaska to The Pentagon, which gave him a new commission in Florida. Selby and his wife Anne (Phyllis Avery) tried adjusting to their new lives, with Anne feeling attraction to another man. Along with the show's unique theme, it had been one of the first daytime dramas to be broadcast from California and one of the first such programs to shoot location footage.

Ratings[edit]

The Clear Horizon was presented live in its initial run, but was cancelled in March 1961. It returned to the airwaves in February 1962; this new taped season focused on Anne dealing with life on her own and Roy being trapped behind enemy lines.

Unfortunately, never once did the show become a big hit with the viewing audience as a whole. The low ratings of the show - its 1961-1962 ratings were 3.5, putting it at the bottom of the daytime ratings list - ensured its permanent cancellation in March 1962, at which point Anne and Roy would be reunited.

Cast[edit]

Notable cast members included Beau Bridges, Lee Meriwether, Ted Knight, William Roerick, Denise Alexander, and Eve McVeagh.

The background shown over the title and closing sequences was the sun setting over the Pacific Ocean, accompanied by a piano theme by Kip Walton and a voiceover entailing future programs. Bern Bennett, the show's announcer, would later become the first announcer for another, more successful soap opera, The Young and the Restless. [2]

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