The Clear Horizon

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 15, 1962. Manya Starr created the program and was its head writer.[1]

The Clear Horizon
GenreSoap Opera
Created byManya Starr
Written byCarol Warner Gluck
Directed byHal Cooper
Joseph Behar
StarringEd Kemmer
Jan Shepard
Denise Alexander
Phyllis Avery
Bern Bennett
William Berger
Eve McVeagh
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes254
Producer(s)Charles Polachek
Running time30 minutes
Original networkCBS
Original releaseJuly 11, 1960 
June 15, 1962


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 was one of the first daytime dramas to be broadcast from California (CBS Television City in Los Angeles) and one of the first such programs to shoot location footage.


The Clear Horizon, which was presented live in its initial run was cancelled in March 1961. It returned to the airwaves in February 1962, and was then taped instead of being presented live. This time, the show focused on Anne dealing with life on her own and Roy being trapped behind enemy lines. There was also more emphasis on the characters of Sgt. Harry Moseby and his wife Frances (Eve McVeagh) in the second season.

Veteran soap opera writer and creator Irving Vendig (radio's Perry Mason, Search for Tomorrow, The Edge of Night) was a writer of the show following its return.

The Clear Horizon was never a big hit with the viewing audience as a whole, even in the 1960-1961 season. 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 June 1962, at which point Anne and Roy would be reunited.


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 was the show's announcer.


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