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Matthew Borlenghi Joins ‘DAYS’

Friday, August 22, 2008 7:43 PM EDT
Friday, August 22, 2008 9:14 PM ET | By Errol Lewis(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- Matthew Borlenghi is expected to shake things up next month on the NBC drama series "Days of our Lives," when he joins the cast as the Mayor of Salem.Beginning Thursday, September 18, look for Borlenghi to shock Salem citizens, as his character Mayor Marino, with news that...oh wait, I can't tell you...yet! Just know that you'll definitely be in for a surprise.Borlenghi is best known for playing Brian Bodine, Hayley's (Kelly Ripa) love interest, on ABC's "All My Children, and Ziggy Deadmarsh on CBS' "The Bold and the Beautiful." This year the actor co-wrote the film "Jack Rio" with Sean Kanan ("The Bold and the Beautiful" and "General Hospital") and the films Director/Producer, Gregori J. Martin. Released in June, the film was about a TV actor needing to find himself, but finding a serial killer in...
Friday, August 22, 2008 6:27 PM ET | By Xavier Toups(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- Gary Tomlin makes his first executive decision.Soap Opera Network has learned that newly appointed "Days Of Our Lives" Executive Producer Gary Tomlin has brought in Christopher Whitesell as Co-Head Writer. Whitesell will serve along side Dena Higley, the show's current Head Writer.This will now be the third time Whitesell has worked as Co-Head Writer for Gary Tomlin. The previous two times were at "Sunset Beach" with Meg Bennett (from late 1997 to 1998), then Margaret De Priest (from 1998 to the show's finale on December 31, 1999), and "One Life To Live" with Lorraine Broderick (from 2001 to 2002).He was also Co-Head Writer at "General Hospital" with Janet Iacobuzio (in 1997) and "As The World Turns" with Jean Passanante and Leah Laiman (from 2005 to 2007). His other writing credits include "Another World" and "Guiding Light."Whitesell previously...

Daytime Ratings: Week of August 11 Edition

Thursday, August 21, 2008 9:00 PM EDT
Thursday, August 21, 2008 10:55 PM ET | By Errol Lewis(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- I've always thought that if you put on quality television with good writing combined with great acting, you'd find yourself well positioned for growth in the Nielsen Ratings. NBCs "Days of our Lives" proved just that during the week of August 11, 2008, when it moved up to 3rd place in the Nielsen rankings, pulling a 2.4/8 in households. Oh, wait...the Olympics were on. Never mind.With the Summer 2008 Beijing Olympic games as a lead-in, "Days of our Lives" was able to bring in 500,000 more households than they had the week prior, and 400,000 more than at the same point last year. Similarly, 3.1 million viewers tuned into the soap, which was an increase of 629,000 viewers over last week and 514,000 more than last year. The soap was also able to reclaim the #1 position...

Openly Gay Actor Joins ‘Night Shift’

Thursday, August 21, 2008 6:20 PM EDT
Thursday, August 21, 2008 7:46 PM ET | By Errol Lewis(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- Openly Gay Actor and activist, Chad Allen, 34, is joining the cast of the SOAPnet Original Series, "General Hospital: Night Shift" as a love interest for Dr. Kyle Julian (Adam Grimes).Allen will portray Eric Whitlow , a patient needing a liver transplant who arrives at General Hospital seeking medical attention. He is assisted by Dr. Julian, a gay medical intern, and the two form a romantic relationship as they work together in finding Eric a suitable donor. The actor joins the primetime soap on Tuesday, September 23 for three episodes."We're delighted to have Chad join our show because, not only is he a remarkable actor, he's also an amazing activist. For years I have been inspired by Chad and welcome the honesty and authenticity that he will bring to our show," said head writer Sri Rao.Allen is best...

Roscoe Born Out! Last Airdate (almost) Announced

Thursday, August 21, 2008 5:30 PM EDT
Thursday, August 21, 2008 7:03 PM ET | By Errol Lewis(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- Roscoe Born is out at NBC's "Days of our Lives."As we first reported to you on our message boards earlier this week, Roscoe Born is leaving the soap this fall due to storyline purposes. Born joined the series in May 2008 as Trent Robbins, Max Brady's (Darin Brooks) biological father.A "Days of our Lives" spokeswoman was able to confirm the actors departure and informed Soap Opera Network that "Roscoe will continue to have story well into the end of September."According to sources, Born's firing is unrelated to the firing of Ed Scott, who was replaced by Gary Tomlin on Friday, August 15.Prior to his work on "Days of our Lives," Born had starring roles on all current daytime soap operas with the exception of "The Bold and the Beautiful" and "General Hospital." He has also appeared...

‘Rock the Soap Cruise’

Thursday, August 21, 2008 9:03 AM EDT
Thursday, August 21, 2008 10:27 AM ET | By Errol Lewis(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- What does Bradford, Ricky, Kassie, Jason, Kimberly, Bryan, Van, Rebecca and Bob all have in common?Well, if you saw the image at the right-hand side of this article, you've probably guessed...they are all part of the newest soap cruise, which allows fans the opportunity to get closer to their favorite daytime stars than ever before.For four days and three wonderful nights, fans will get the chance to spend time with their favorite stars from all of daytime television including Bradford Anderson (Spinelli, "General Hospital"), Brandon Barash (Johnny, "General Hospital"), Kathy Brier (Marcie, "One Life to Live"), Rebecca Budig (Greenlee, "All My Children"), Bryan Dattilo (Lucas, "Days of our Lives"), Kassie DePaiva (Blair, "One Life to Live"), Bobbie Eakes (Krystal, "All My Children"), Ricky Paull Goldin (Jake, "All My Children"), Van Hansis (Luke, "As The World Turns"), Susan...

Josh Griffith Fired?

Thursday, August 21, 2008 3:48 AM EDT
Thursday, August 21, 2008 5:15 AM ET | By Errol Lewis(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- "The Young and the Restless" is about to get a new Executive Producer according to published reports, but are those reports accurate?According to TV Guide Canada's Nelson Branco in his latest Suds Report column, "Young and Restless" Executive Producer, Josh Griffith, was fired the same day that Ed Scott was replaced by Gary Tomlin as Executive Producer at "Days of our Lives." However, according to a statement released by Sony Pictures Television, producers of "Y&R," to Soap Opera Digest, everything indicates that all is honky-dory in Genoa City.Josh Griffith is "still here and still the executive producer," said a "Y&R" representative.Griffith was named Executive Producer and Head Writer of "The Young and the Restless" in November 2007 after going fi-core status during the WGA Writer's Strike. He replaced Lynn Marie Latham, who also pulled double duty...

Llanview Welcomes New, Familiar Faces

Thursday, August 21, 2008 12:28 AM EDT
Thursday, August 21, 2008 1:45 AM EDT | By Scotty Gore(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- It may still be the lazy days of summer, but "One Life to Live" is abuzz with activity in the casting department.As summer readies to morph into autumn, "One Life to Live" prepares to make some changes in the casting department. Those changes include the return of a recently departed actress, the addition of a soap veteran, and a cameo appearance of a teenage girl "OLTL" consulted when penning Starr's pregnancy storyline."OLTL" fans can expect Rex and Gigi's budding romance to encounter a roadblock next month as Melissa Fumero reprises her role as Rex's estranged wife Adriana Cramer Balsom. According to a recent interview with her husband/ex co-star David Fumero (Cristian Vega), Ms. Fumero will be returning to Llanview for a handful of episodes in September to help tie up a few...