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NBC Daytime Embraces 11,000 ‘DAYS’

Sunday, January 4, 2009 9:03 PM EDT
Sunday, January 4, 2009 9:47 PM ET | By Errol Lewis (SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- With 43-years of history and more supercouples currently on air than any other daytime soap opera, "Days of our Lives" is ready to join an elite club with show 11,000.On Wednesday, January 21, a day after President-elect Barack Obama is inaugurated as our nations 43rd President, the little soap that could, "Days of our Lives" will air its 11,000th telecast on NBC. It joins fellow daytime soaps "As The World Turns," "General Hospital" and "Guiding Light," as the only programs in television history to broadcast as many episodes.Marking the occasion will be the attempted murder of John Black (Drake Hogestyn) and Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall) by Dr. Charlotte Taylor (Sandra Ferguson Robinson). Also celebrating, Dr. Daniel Jonas (Shawn Christian) and Chloe Lane Black (Nadia Bjorlin) discuss their feelings, and Bo (Peter...

The ‘People’ Love ‘As The World Turns’

Sunday, January 4, 2009 4:36 AM EDT
Sunday, January 4, 2009 4:51 AM ET | By Errol Lewis (SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- The people have voted and they want to see "As The World Turns" in Primetime.During the Wednesday, January 7 broadcast of "The 35th Annual People's Choice Awards," make sure to look out for "As The World Turns" during those long commercial breaks. Soap Opera Network has learned that Promotional spots starring actress Terri Colombino (Katie Peretti) will begin airing. This marks a turning point for the drama series, as CBS and many other broadcast networks have refused to air advertisements during primetime hours for  their daytime lineups in recent years. Daytime, however, is flooded with promotions for primetime programming."The 35th Annual People's Choice Awards" honors everything from TV, Movies and Music. The telecast will be hosted by singer/actress Queen Latifah. The ceremony airs Live at 9/8c on CBS from the Shrine...

Being ‘Restless’ Takes ‘Practice’

Sunday, January 4, 2009 3:51 AM EDT
Sunday, January 4, 2009 4:12 AM ET | By Errol Lewis (SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- Actress Shiva Rose is set to guest-star on "The Young and the Restless" later this month.According to sources, the actress and mother of two, is set to appear on the January 21 episode of the CBS drama series during a special get-together that will bring out most of Genoa City's elite. While it is unclear as to what role she will play in the episode, it is understood that she will mainly interact with actors Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe Mitchell), Daniel Goddard (Cane Ashby), Billy Miller (Billy Abbott) and Christel Khalil (Lily Winters).  Rose has appeared in such series as Lifetime's "The Division" and the ABC Drama's "Gideon's Crossing" and "The Practice." On Friday, January 2, Rose's divorce from "Practice" actor Dylan McDermott (Bobby Donnell) was finalized. The two were married for...

Oh Vanessa, Vanessa, the ‘GH’ Jesta!

Saturday, January 3, 2009 7:08 PM EDT
Saturday, January 3, 2009 8:06 PM ET | By Errol Lewis (SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- She played her cards and brought in the crowds. She is no fool, but she has your attention. Will 2009 bring about the return of one Vanessa Marcil? "General Hospital" better hope so.Vanessa Marcil (ex-Brenda Barrett), in a recent interview with Soap Opera Weekly magazine's Gabby Winkel, has made it clear that 2009 could be the year that she finally returns to the ABC soap after a six-year absence. Vanessa left the soap after a six-month stint in 2003. "We were trying to fit it in this past year, but it didn't work out, so maybe in '09 we'll find a way," says Marcil. "It's definitely in the cards at some point."Marcil's brief return to the ABC soap in 2002 marked the series' best ratings performance in nearly a decade. During...

The 2008 Daytime Airhog Awards

Friday, January 2, 2009 2:43 AM EDT
Friday, January 2, 2009 5:10 AM EST / Revised 2:13 PM | By Errol Lewis and Angela Rosa (SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- What would a year end chart be without a look back at who hogged the most airtime in all of 2008? As the year 2008 came to a close, so did a years worth of tracking appearances of contract and recurring actors on daytime's remaining eight soap operas. "General Hospital's" Steve Burton (Jason Morgan) and "The Bold and the Beautiful's" Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke Logan Forrester) top the list of appearances in 2008 as the duo appeared in 224 and 222 out of the 253 episodes of soap opera produced last year. ABC: As daytime's most overexposed network, for the second year running, the network of "All My Children," "General Hospital," and "One Life to Live" held down 16.5 positions in the Top 20 Airhogs list. Yes, 16.5! (Two...

‘OLTL’ Casts Two Roles

Thursday, January 1, 2009 11:32 PM EDT
Thursday, January 1, 2009 11:35 PM EST | By Scotty Gore(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- "One Life to Live" casts two new faces to interact with the Llanview High crowd.With Matthew Buchanan's big drug storyline about to kick into high gear, "OLTL" has cast a couple of new characters to interact with troubled teen. The first is Jack Rovello, who will portray Justin, a teen who tempts Matthew to head down a long and dangerous path. After introducing himself to Nora and Bo, Justin makes Matthew an offer he can't refuse.This marks the second soap role for the 14-year-old Rovello, who appeared as Georgie in a 2003 episode of "All My Children." Rovello has also guest starred on "Sex in the City and "Ed." Look for Rovello to make his "OLTL" debut as Justin on January 23rd.Also coming to "OLTL" is Broadway veteran Charlotte D'Amboise, who first airs as...

My View of Llanview: January 1 Edition

Thursday, January 1, 2009 11:02 PM EDT
Thursday, January 1, 2009 11:08 PM EST | By Scotty Gore(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- A soap legend responds to previous column.With the holidays over and 2009 beginning, I have made a New Year's resolution to be more faithful to this column, my readers, the fans of "One Life to Live," and the show itself. I intend to devote more time and attention to this column, which truly lost its focus throughout much of 2008. So let's celebrate by proposing a toast. Here's to "My View of Llanview." I hope you will enjoy the revamped column and my thoughts and comments on "OLTL."During my hiatus from this column, I periodically received comments from "One Life to Live" fans that voiced their opinions on the latest Llanview happenings. Among the individuals leaving comments in my SON mailbox was former soap star Mariann Aalda. Now upon first glance, I'm...

Christian LeBlanc is ‘Sex on a Stick’

Thursday, January 1, 2009 9:51 PM EDT
Thursday, January 1, 2009 10:20 PM EST | By Errol Lewis (SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- In honor of the first day of the year 2009 and the cold wintery weather outside, Soap Opera Network has decided to launch a new feature on its website in order to heat things up all year long. We bring you "Sex on a Stick" - a feature for the heart. Twice a month or every two weeks, Soap Opera Network will be highlighting some of daytime's sexiest male and female stars whether in steamy locals (LeBlanc, pictured right) or in everyday wear. For our first edition, we start with Christian LeBlanc.He may have turned 50 last August, but "The Young and the Restless'" Christian Jules LeBlanc (Michael Baldwin) remains one of daytime's hottest stars.What Makes Him Sexy? As if that picture wasn't enough...His love scenes with co-star Tracy Bregman (Lauren...

Salem Says Goodbye to John and Marlena

Thursday, January 1, 2009 8:08 PM EDT
Thursday, January 1, 2009 8:32 PM EST | By Errol Lewis (SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- After NBC slashed its budget and the show was forced to cut the fat, "Days of our Lives'" John and Marlena are set to ride off into the sunset. With the economy a bust and falling ratings across the board at NBC and all of its dayparts, NBC shocked the daytime industry with news that not only has it renewed the 43-year-old "Days of our Lives," but it did so with the intention of cutting the soaps budget by 40%. The network left it up to Executive Producer Ken Corday and his Corday Productions, in association with Sony Pictures Television, to decide how they were going to keep the show on the air at such a reduced price. Unfortunately, that decision was easy - cut the most expensive.Deidre Hall and Drake Hogestyn...

OLTL PreVUE: Week of January 5 Edition

Thursday, January 1, 2009 1:33 AM EDT
Thursday, Janaury 1, 2009 1:39 AM EST | By Scotty Gore (SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- New Year, New Surprises.THIS WEEK ON: ONE LIFE TO LIVEAlex Olanov has news for Dorian; Rex realizes what he missed; Bess blasts Viki; Todd does the unthinkable for Marty; Cole is tempted to do something illegal; Marty hooks up with someone new; Viki pokes a hole in Nora's case; Renee finds an old friend at her doorstep; Beaver Calhoun searches for David; Jessica makes amends with Brody; Natalie flaunts her ring; Tea puts the screws to Lola; Sarah snitches to the government; John saves a life; and Layla compares Sarah to her mother. The Inside Story: The Smell Of Money Clint and Nora are taken aback by the change in David, and hope it buys them more time. In St. Blaze's, Dorian learns all about David and the Buchanans from Alex. ...