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Ed Scott Out! Gary Tomlin In!

Monday, August 18, 2008 3:09 AM EDT
Monday, August 18, 2008 5:00 AM EST | By Errol Lewis( -- "Days of our Lives" producer fired after battle with head writer escalates. "One Life to Live" veteran takes over.According to published reports, "Days of our Lives" executive producer Ed Scott has received the boot from the NBC Daytime drama series after his reported battle with the soaps Head Writer, Dena Higley, escalated to new heights. Former "One Life to Live" executive producer and sometime writer Gary Tomlin will take over EP duties at "DAYS" effective immediately.Prior to his work on "DAYS," Scott served as Executive Producer at CBS' "The Young and the Restless," where he worked from 1984-2001. He returned to the soap in 2004 as its Supervising Producer until his departure in June 2007, just before joining "Days of our Lives" in August 2007 as co-Executive Producer alongside show owner Ken Corday.As Executive Producer of...

OLTL PreVUE: Week of August 18 Edition

Sunday, August 17, 2008 9:58 PM EDT
Sunday, August 17, 2008 11:07 PM | By Scotty Gore( -- Secrets, blackmail, and lies dominate Llanview. THIS WEEK ON: ONE LIFE TO LIVEMarcie and Michael's marriage comes to an end, Tess grows annoyed with Tina's increasing curiosity, Clint sets his sights on Langston as he works to retake BE and has an offer Jared can't refuse, Antonio attempts to save his damsel in distress, and Nora's comments prompt the teens to contemplate their future.The Inside Story: Their Love Began Before They Were BornAs Rex begins to accept the fact that he may be stuck in the past and about to ship out to Vietnam, he becomes cozy with Emma. It is her resemblance to Gigi that results in the pair making love. Meanwhile, Gigi arrives in 1968 and quickly heads for the Buchanan Ranch. Upon her arrival, however, Gigi is disgusted that Rex would...

AMC PreVUE: Week of August 18 Edition

Wednesday, August 13, 2008 2:12 PM EDT
Wednesday, August 13, 2008 5:07 PM EST | By Angela Rosa( -- Secrets and plots.THIS WEEK ON: ALL MY CHILDRENAdam squabbles with Pete and Palmer when he and Colby run into them at the Valley Inn. Jack's date with Carmen becomes even more muddled after Aidan, Greenlee, Kendall and Zach arrive at Confusion for an impromptu wedding reception. Jack tells a stunned Carmen that he wants them to go out on a real date. Amanda finds another medical issue for her favorite doctor to tend to. Kathy wants to shut everyone out except for Tad. Kathy's aggression towards Krystal appears to simmer down after a talk with JR. Jesse and Angie are wise to Cassandra's ploy. Frankie sets the record straight about Taylor with Randi. Jake moves out of Greenlee's place. Cassandra tells Dre that she's moving back to Paris. Erica plants seeds of doubt in Carmen's mind about...

Genie Francis First Airdate Changed

Tuesday, August 12, 2008 2:54 PM EDT
Tuesday, August 12, 2008 4:00 PM EST | By Errol Lewis( -- Genie Francis returns to Port Charles earlier than expected.Soap Opera Network has learned that actress Genie Francis will return to the role of Laura Spencer on ABC Daytime's "General Hospital" beginning Monday, August 25. Previously it was reported the actress would return on Tuesday, August 26 (see story).Laura's return coincides with daughter Lulu's (Julie Berman) path to destruction after accidentally killing Logan Hayes (Josh Duhon) in early July. Lulu has been having hallucinations of Logan, which is leading her to a near breakdown."GH" began using a body double for Laura on Tuesday, August 5, but when Francis marks her return on the 25th, look for many shocking twists and turns that not even poor Lulu can believe."General Hospital" airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings. General HospitalGenie Francis

Finola Hughes Joins ‘Night Shift’

Tuesday, August 12, 2008 2:35 PM EDT
Tuesday, August 12, 2008 3:35 PM EST | By Errol Lewis( -- "General Hospital's" Finola Hughes is transferring over to the "Night Shift."Beginning Tuesday, September 30, "General Hospital" star Finola Hughes will be taking beloved super-agent Anna Devane to the SOAPnet Original Series "General Hospital: Night Shift" for the shows final three episodes of its second season. We are told that Anna will be dealing heavily with ex-husband Robert Scorpio's (Tristan Rogers) medical diagnosis and daughter Robin's (Kimberly McCullough) pregnancy.Hughes is currently involved in a romantic storyline with Rick Springfield, who portrays both Eli Love and Dr. Noah Drake on the ABC Daytime drama "General Hospital." He portrays the father of Jason Thompson's character, Patrick Drake, who is the father of Robin's baby."General Hospital: Night Shift" airs Tuesdays on SOAPnet. Mondays on DirecTV's the 101. Check local listings. General HospitalJason ThompsonKimberly McCulloughGeneral Hospital: Night ShiftFinola HughesTristan Rogers

First Look: New Issue of Restless Style

Tuesday, August 12, 2008 1:45 PM EDT
Tuesday, August 12, 2008 2:51 PM EST( -- The fourth installment of Restless Style magazine captures the essence and true beauty of Jessica White as she graces the cover of this issue!White, the latest Maybelline spokesmodel on contract, will be appearing as herself on the #1 daytime drama "The Young and the Restless" tomorrow, Wednesday, August 13.In 2007, Tyra Banks dubbed White as "the model of her generation" during a segment on her talk-show "The Tyra Banks Show."To get a closer look of the new cover, additional photos and behind-the-scenes footage, make sure to check out next week! Also available on is a new column catering to "Conscious Consumers" for those restless shoppers who want to do good, while looking good. Don't hesitate to check out George Kotsiopoulos and his "Custom to a T: By George" column for the latest fashion tips by the style...

Editor’s Notebook | August 12 Edition

Tuesday, August 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT
Tuesday, August 12, 2008 5:00 AM EST | By Errol LewisDear Readers,When we came up with the Bringing.Drama.Closer campaign on Soap Opera Network many years ago, we never thought that 2008 would bring some of the biggest controversies in the daytime world, nor did we think it would be happening off screen and behind-the-scenes.So far we have had the "Days of our Lives" online scandal a few weeks back as reported by TV Guide Canada's Nelson Branco and now we have reports that Carolyn Hinsey of Soap Opera Weekly and Soap Opera Digest fame has been fired by both magazines' owner Source Interlink, Inc. due to supposed "budget cuts." Jossip, the website that broke the news, has found a record number of responses to its article with over 1,000 replies and has subsequently published a few of the well thought out discussions in a second article posted a day...

The Latest ‘AMC’ Casting Info

Monday, August 11, 2008 4:10 PM EDT
Monday, August 11, 2008 5:30 PM EST | By Angela Rosa( -- Dre's (Sterling Sulieman) support system vanishes.Don't expect to see much more of Yaya DaCosta's Cassandra Foster on "All My Children" after Monday, August 25. On that date Cassandra will bid adieu to her handsome boyfriend, Dre Woods, and her mom, Angie (Debbie Morgan), and then board a plane that will move her back to Paris, France where her father Jacob resides. Though no official word is out on whether the actress is out permanently, it is highly likely that we're in the the last days of DaCosta's run as Cassandra. DaCosta premiered on "AMC" in April. The "America's Next Top Model" runner-up began starring on the off-Broadway play "The First Breeze of Summer" on August 5.While watching the next several weeks of "AMC," it may look like the claims of Mario Van Peebles exit from "All My...

‘AMC’s’ Billy Becomes ‘Restless’

Monday, August 11, 2008 2:49 PM EDT
Monday, August 11, 2008 4:02 PM EST | By Angela Rosa( -- Has "The Young and the Restless" found the perfect Billy?Billy Miller, 28, has been cast in the role of Billy Abbott, son of Jill Foster Abbott (Jess Walton) and the late John Abbott (Jerry Douglas), on CBS's "The Young and the Restless."The role of Mr. Abbott was most notably played by David Tom, 30, sister of soap legend Heather Tom (ex-Victoria Newman, Y&R; ex-Kelly Buchanan, OLTL; and current Katie Logan, B&B), from 1999 to 2002. Tom won a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Younger Lead Actor for his work in the role in 2000. Ryan Brown and Scott Seymour would play future incarnations of Billy Abbott but neither actor caught on with the audience. A "Y&R" star thinks the soap has finally found the right actor to successfully take over the role, the cast member tells Soap Opera...

Five Young Soap Stars to Watch

Monday, August 11, 2008 10:13 AM EDT
Monday, August 11, 2008 11:28 AM EST | By Errol Lewis( -- New York Magazine profiles five young soap stars to watch on website."Five Young Soap Stars to Watch" is an online feature currently on the website of New York Magazine, in which the mag profiles young stars from New York based soaps that they believe are ready for super-stardom. The magazine enlisted the aide of well-known soap journalists Connie Passalacqua Hayman, a longtime soap journalist and professor of journalism at Marymount Manhattan; Carolyn Hinsey, former editor of Soap Opera Weekly according to reports; Michael Logan, columnist TV Guide; Terry Morrow, TV critic for Knoxville News Sentinel; and Ed Martin, TV editor for as judges.Included in the feature are Marcy Rylan (Lizzie Spaulding, "Guiding Light"), 27, Caitlin Van Zandt (Ashlee Wolfe, "Guiding Light"), 23, John-Paul Lavoisier (Rex Balsom, "One Life to Live"), 28, Van Hansis (Luke Snyder, "As...