The secret to dating discovered
In all the turmoil of its later years, the main reason for the show's demise may have been CBS's choice to buy the show from the original sponsor/packager, American Home Products, in 1969.
After CBS purchased the show, it suffered from numerous headwriter and producer changes.
Finally, as a result of pre-emptions mounting from key affiliates such as KPIX in San Francisco, and an economic recession causing a decline in ad revenues, CBS decided to cancel the serial in 1974 and replace it with a less-expensive game show, Tattletales.
This had also been the reason for the cancellations of Where the Heart Is and Love is a Many Splendored Thing the previous year.
However, Ellen was killed in the first episode and subsequent stories focused on Peter raising his three children.
Later, the villainous Belle Clemens (Marla Adams) was the main source of trouble for Woodbridge, taking over from Aunt Pauline, the show's original villain.The Secret Storm is an American soap opera which the CBS television network transmitted from February 1, 1954, to February 8, 1974.It was created by Roy Winsor, who also created the long-running soap operas Search for Tomorrow and Love of Life.CBS first placed The Secret Storm at pm ( Central) as a 15-minute program, sandwiched between The Brighter Day and On Your Account (later The Edge of Night).Beginning in 1957, it competed against ABC's American Bandstand, then a weekday show (the latter show was reduced to Saturdays-only in 1963).