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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- Late Saturday night, Soap Opera Digest posted, via their twitter page, news that "General Hospital's" Tyler Christopher (Nikolas Cassadine) had been let go from the ABC Daytime soap. The news came soon after Soap Central posted on their twitter page that they were hearing another big name "GH" star was on their way out.The possibility of Christopher's exit comes as no surprise as the actor recently learned his ABC Family pilot "The Lying Game" was picked up to series by the cable network and is set to debut August 15 at 9:00 PM. "Game" tells the story of a girl named Emma (Alexandra Chando), who finds out that she has an identical twin sister named Sutton Mercer (Chando in a double role), who was adopted by wealthy parents and supposedly living the high life until she goes missing. Emma takes it upon herself to find her sister...
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- You had to know there was something afloat when Soap Opera Digest posted on their website Friday that Robert Guza Jr. was out as "General Hospital's" head writer. While the news was later refuted by network insiders and a "GH" spokesperson, numerous sources have since come forward and revealed that while Guza is not expected to leave the show when his contract expires next month, thereby him not being out as the magazine's website had stated, his relations with network brass has greatly diminished.According to sources "there have been serious issues between the network and Guza relating to current storylines in recent months, and with Guza's contract up for renewal in April, there is also a matter of finances at play as well."Guza returned to "General Hospital" in April 2002 when he was named co-head writer alongside Charles Pratt Jr. He took over sole head writing duties...

Frank Valentini: The Man Behind ‘Life’ on ABC

Saturday, March 19, 2011 8:40 PM EDT
(Link only. Copy/Paste not allowed)(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- Frank Valentini is the "Wizard of Oz" of ABC Daytime. Not only does he serve as Executive Producer of "One Life to Live," but he is also the go to man for when the network needs oversight of some of their biggest side projects. In 2008, Valentini directed the ESPN commissioned "Endless Drama" campaign in which "All My Children" actors Cameron Mathison (Ryan Lavery) and Rebecca Budig (Greenlee Smythe) and "One Life to Live's" John Paul Lavoiser (Rex Balsom), David Fumero (Cristian Vega), Bree Williamson (Jessica Buchanan) and John Brotherton (ex-Jared Banks) all appeared in a series of commercials depicting the drama brought to fantasy baseball. In 2010, Valentini directed ABC.com's "What If..." series which asked the question of what would happen if you're favorite characters from all of the ABC soaps were put together in situations unlike they've ever seen in their...

Egan Takes Her Final Bow at ‘AMC’

Saturday, March 19, 2011 7:00 PM EDT
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- "All My Children's" Melissa Claire Egan bids adieu as her loose cannon character takes a final bow in Pine Valley this week.Melissa Claire Egan wraps up her "All My Children" stint as Annie Novak is slated to end on Monday, March 21. The Emmy-nominated actress started on the soap as the warmly received but rather docile blond in July of 2006 and turned into a much more popular but crazy, and we do mean crazy, brunette bombshell by 2008. For Annie, the stint included no less than four wedding ceremonies (Ryan Lavery; invalid, Ryan Lavery; valid, Adam Chandler, and Scott Chandler), two of which were on location, committing two murders (brother Richie Novak, and JR Chandler's aunt Di Henry), numerous assaults and murder attempts including the stabbing of the Erica Kane (played by soap icon Susan Lucci), a couple of institutionalization's, several instances of going on the...

Second Look: Kourtney Kardashian on ‘OLTL’

Saturday, March 19, 2011 1:00 AM EDT
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- As we previously reported, Kourtney Kardashian makes her presence known in Llanview, when she appears as lawyer Kassanda Kavanaugh on Monday, March 28.  Now Soap Opera Network gives you another sneak peek at her day on the set.From punching a creep at Serenity Springs, to kissing one of the show's leading men, to finding herself in handcuffs, the reality television socialite will certainly leave a lasting imprint on the sleepy Pennsylvania hamlet when she breezes through town early next week. "I just loved to be handcuffed!," Kardashian tweets.In an earlier press release, Kardashian noted that she was a fan of "OLTL," commenting "I grew up watching 'One Life to Live.' This may be my acting debut but the Kardashians know a thing or two about drama."And on Friday, Kardashian posted the following message on her website: "This was such a fun experience.  I've always been a huge...

Erika Slezak Honored by ‘One Life to Live’

Saturday, March 19, 2011 12:00 AM EDT
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- On March 17, 1971, Erika Slezak made her "One Life to Live" debut as the third actress to step into the role of Victoria Davidson.  Flash forward four decades and Slezak remains the rock at the center of the Llanview universe.  In honor of the the six-time Daytime Emmy winner's 40th anniversary with the show, "One Life to Live" cast and crew, along with a few other special guests, surprised the actress with a party on the set earlier this week.  Soap Opera Network has your exclusive first look at the celebration honoring "One Life's" longest-running cast member. It was an event four decades in the making, but one that Slezak told TVGuide's Michael Logan in an interview last month, that she "was kind of hoping it would all go by unnoticed.  I came to this show without a fuss — I crept in rather quietly — and...
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- Brittany Underwood, 22, joined the cast of "One Life to Live" on May 17, 2006 in the role of Langston Wilde. Nearly five years later, the actress is set to make her final appearance on the soap on Friday, April 8 when her character is offered a movie deal. In an interview with Soap Opera Network after last Sunday's grand finale of "ABC Daytime Salutes Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS" charity event, Underwood dishes on what her fans mean to her, life after "One Life to Live" and the friendships she's created during her time on the ABC soap.Underwood's "One Life" exit is said to tie in with the upcoming return of Jason Tam, who portrayed Underwood's on screen love interest Markko Rivera until last fall when his character moved to Los Angeles. While the news of his return came out after this interview took place, the actress...

GH Recap: Friday, March 18, 2011

Friday, March 18, 2011 6:00 PM EDT
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- "General Hospital" Episode Recap - Friday, March 18, 2011.IT HAPPENED TODAY...In their unmarked sedan, Theo and Suzanne attempt to find their grandchild. Brenda dreams of the baby boy she never had.Jake has been severely injured in a hit and run. Elizabeth, Lucky, Siobhan, Luke and Jason rush to the hospital as Patrick and Robin work together to save the child’s life. Patrick and Robin put aside proving Lisa’s guilt when an injured Jake arrives at the hospital from a hit and run car accident.Josslyn is diagnosed with a very serious Stage 5 cancer in her kidney.On the Next General Hospital... Jake's life hangs in the balance. Dante and Sam work together to find who perpetrated Jake's hit and run. Terrell prescribes chemotherapy for Josslyn's cancer, but Jax hopes they can find an organ donor. General HospitalRecaps

AMC Recap: Friday, March 18, 2011

Friday, March 18, 2011 6:00 PM EDT
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- "All My Children" Episode Recap - Friday, March 18, 2011.IT HAPPENED TODAY...Annie almost attacks Greenlee and is restrained by the cops and read her rights. Scott is unsuccessful in calming Annie down and just as she’s about to be sedated JR shows up and asks for a moment alone. After talking with JR, Annie agrees to go with the men (from the hospital) but as she’s being taken away she thinks she’s off to her and JR’s wedding. Ryan meets up with Madison and Scott in the park; after seeing Emma’s stuffed animal he calls out to his daughter and she comes out of hiding. Greenlee shows up with news about Annie and when Emma hears that her mommy is going to the hospital she lashes out, upset she’s going to the very place she’s scared of. Emma tells Ryan she hates him.Kendall covers with Ricky, saying...