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Network: Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN)
Created by: Roy Winsor & Bob Aaron
Setting: Kingsley
First Aired: June 1, 1981
Last Aired: October 5, 1984
Aired: Weekdays at 4:00 p.m. EST
Runtime: 30 minutes

Theme Song:

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"Another Life Theme Song", composed by Brent Havens

During its first seven months on the air, Another Life had a rather staid and traditional opening shot of a beach at sunrise. Brent Havens, who was the music director of CBN's signature show, The 700 Club, composed the theme music. The original opening and closing arrangement consisted of a trumpet solo backed by quietly played strings and a Fender Rhodes electric piano, which was a frequently used instrument in the show's music cues. At the beginning of 1982, Another Life tried to better compete with the network soaps by introducing a new, jazzier opening with dramatic scenes from the show and close-up shots of all the main characters. At the end of the montage, a shot of Terry Davidson (Mary Jean Feton) dissolves into the shot of the beach at sunrise from the original opening. A "hotlicks" version of Brent Havens' theme music was used for the 1982 to 1984 opening, but the quiet original arrangement continued to be used for the end credits, which featured stills from that day's episode.

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Another Life, set in the fictional city of Kingsley, was a daytime drama owned and broadcast by the Christian Broadcasting Network from June 1, 1981 to October 5, 1984, and 875 episodes. The soap opera attempted to combine standard afternoon intrigue with religious overtones, as many characters were portrayed as born-again Christians who relied on the power of prayer and their belief in God to solve their problems. Through its run, Another Life revolved around the Davidson family, including widowed matriarch nurse Terry Davidson (Mary Jean Feton), son Peter (Darrel Campbell), and daughter Lori Martin (Jeannette Larson and Debbie McLeod), as well as their friends and neighbors. The show's main villains were Terry's sister, Nancy Lawson (Nancy Mulvey) and Miriam Carpenter Mason (Ginger Burgett).

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The show was taped in CBN's hometown of Virginia Beach, Virginia.

The show also aired in syndication at 1:00 p.m. EST during its original run and was rerun from 1987-90 on the Trinity Broadcasting Network. Another Life can currently be seen in the United Kingdom and across Europe on the God Channel on Sky Digital (Channel 671).

Many of the stories centered around the Davidson, Carpenter and Phillips families. The shows central character throughout it's entire run was Terry Davidson who was widowed several months after the show started.

The show was created by Roy Winsor, who had brought the first two successful daytime dramas to television in 1951 with the creation of Search For Tomorrow and Love of Life, and Bob Aaron who also had a long history in daytime television on the production end.

Actors Mary Jean Feton, Edye Byrde and Eddie Hailey were on the show throughout its complete run.

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Final Cast Members: Mary Jean Feton as Terry Davidson-Phillips; Tom Urich as Dave Phillips; Karen Chapman as Stacey Phillips; Debbie McLeod as Lori Davidson-Martin; Matt Williams as Ben Martin; Nancy Mulvey as Nancy Lawson; Edye Byrde as Ione Redlon; Eddie Hailey as Gene Redlon; Elain Graham as Carla Redlon; J Michael Hunter as Gil Prescott; Richard Dix as Preston Carpenter; Susan Carey Lamm as Courtney Carpenter-Sumner; John Roney as Vaughn Sumner; Kim Strong as Dan Myers; Diane Seely as Vanessa Fazon; Paul Tinder as Dr Brian Graham; Alan Sader as Harold Webster; Julie Jenny as Babs Farley; Rick Warner as Sgt John Brubaker; Rebecca Rhodes as Tina Brubaker; Frankie Cardoza as Lucille Figgins; Bob Burchette as Dr Alex Greeley; John Carroll as Lee Carothers; Stephen Brown as Lester Lewis; Jerry Rowe as Walter McGovern; Rex Ellis as Judge Timothy Sawyer; Greg Bucella as Scolie Scolichek; Bentley Anderson as Hugh Wainwright

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Terri Davidson Praying

- Steve Frame, 8 August 2007, edited 13 August 2007

Sources: Wikipedia; TVRage; TVDB.com; TV.com
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