(SoapOperaNetwork.com) – - A look at what’s happening on “The Bold and the Beautiful” during the week of August 8, 2011.
THIS WEEK ON: THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL
Liam tells Hope he’s ready to take the next step with her and doesn’t know how much longer he can wait. Ridge thinks Bill has an agenda against the Forrester family. Bill makes a decision based off guilt. Hope and Steffy exchange heated words about their feuding families.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — It was Thursday, May 19 when word broke that Dena Higley was out as head writer of “Days of our Lives” and former “Passions” Associate Head Writers, Darrell Ray Thomas and Marlene McPherson were in. Since the announcement, a lot has been speculated, talked about and dissected by anxious fans waiting to get some ounce of news on what they can expect to see when “Days of our Lives” relaunches itself this September. On Thursday, July 28, Soap Opera Network visited the Burbank set that houses “DAYS” in studios 2 and 4 and talked with the shows new head writers outside of the now defunct Salem Place set about what fans can expect when their material debuts on Monday, September 26. The duo also give us a scoop on what the Friday, September 23 show that precedes their official debut is all about.
Side Note: Please pardon the wind, it wasn’t something we could control. Also, yes we are aware that Marlene’s name was misspelled in the intro part of the video. We’re working on trying to correct this ASAP. Thanks for understanding!
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — What started out as a typical week that began on July 25 ended up being one of the worst in Soap Opera Network history, but you wouldn’t have known it from a behind the scenes perspective.
On Wednesday, July 27, I had posted that our server was being transferred to a new provider that would allow our readers to load us up faster than ever before and if you blinked, you would have missed the change in systems. Unfortunately, you kept on blinking and for three consecutive days Soap Opera Network was offline, no where to be found and no way to say TOLDJA! (gotta love our Nikki Finke at Deadline.com). On Saturday, July 30 and heading into Sunday, July 31, Soap Opera Network‘s Community Message Boards returned to the web with a new look courtesy of a software upgrade. Although it takes getting used to, I have to admit it is one of the better looking changes our boards have seen to date. We will be tinkering with minor details per recommendations from posters. Additionally, today, Soap Opera Network has debuted its new website using a new platform. While the old platform was nice and did us wonders for more than five years, times have changed and so have we. We hope you like the redesign and we will definitely be correcting any bugs you or we may come across in the hours, days and weeks to come, specifically in relation to links, etc. We hope you like the new design as much as we did in building it for you.
While we were offline and left to cleaning up the mess that we were forced into, we had learned that “General Hospital,” despite Prospect Park’s desire to have it did not sign a deal with Disney/ABC Television Group to bring the series to the World Wide Web when it debuts “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” in January 2012 (yes, ladies and gentleman this is now the confirmed debut month for the web launch for both soaps). We also learned that Tamara Braun is indeed returning to “GH” in the coming weeks despite the shows explicit denial to the contrary, although it remains unclear as to whom she will be portraying. But that wasn’t the biggest scoop of them all. Soap Opera Network has learned that when “One Life to Live” wraps filming at the ABC Television Center in New York City this November, it will indeed be moving its studio space when Prospect Park takes over production. But, despite reports that it will be moving to one studio somewhere in the Big Apple, we have learned that it isn’t just moving to one specific studio, but to three! According to sources, “One Life” will call one studio in Brooklyn and another in Queens home once production begins on v2.0. The third studio location wasn’t made clear at press time, nor were the names of the studios in the aforementioned boroughs, however we’ve been told that with the excess studio digs “One Life” crew members will not be forced to take down as many sets as they have been doing for much of the shows 43-year history on ABC.
Not one to leave another exclusive out, Soap Opera Network was in Burbank on Thursday, July 28 and visited the set of NBC’s “Days of our Lives,” where we spoke with newly appointed head writers Darrell Ray Thomas and Marlene McPherson, who have promised many things for fans who have felt the show has turned into something they no longer recognize. From the return of Deidre Hall and Drake Hogestyn as John and Marlena, to the debut of the Horton Square and even a sneak peek at what’s been going on with the characters before their material debuts on Monday, September 26, tune Soap Opera Network as we prepare you for new “DAYS” to come.
Until next Notebook…
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — A look at what’s happening on “All My Children” during the week of August 8, 2011.
THIS WEEK ON: ALL MY CHILDREN
Angie confronts David about his work and his other patients on Tuesday, August 9. Jesse & Angie continue to disagree about David. Krystal & David face-off. Jake is wary of Janet’s presence. Amanda seeks out Janet’s comfort before she heads into surgery on Wednesday, August 10. Mother and daughter share a poignant moment. Jake pours out his heart to Griffin. On Thursday, August 11, Jack finally tracks down Jane. What will she reveal? Colby encourages Maya to dump the trash out.
The Inside Story: At Last
Kendall fills Bianca in on Project Orpheus as Ryan and David discuss the same matter. Ryan puts a tracking device in David’s phone hoping he’ll lead him straight to Greenlee. Greenlee, meanwhile, realizes she isn’t dreaming that Zach is alive and tries to grasp why David is bringing these people back to life only to keep them locked up. Ryan catches Kendall up on what’s going down. Kendall shuts Ryan down when he suggests that Griffin could be right about Zach. Zach comes out of the deep sleep and believes he’s with his mother, Amelia. He remembers her funeral. David & Ryan try to stay one step ahead of the other. Still hallucinating, Zach insists Greenlee is Kendall and promises her that he is going to protect her with his life. Greenlee has little choice but to play along when Zach begins to lose it when “Kendall” won’t respond to his affections. Griffin confronts Kendall about Zach. Zach falls unconscious in his haste to get out of the locked room. Greenlee calls for David after realizing Zach has no pulse. Ryan hears Greenlee’s cries for help. Kendall arrives at the hospital to take care of some important matters before leaving town … just as David arrives on the scene with a critical Zach on Friday, August 12.
A Closer Look: You Are My Sunshine
At Kendall’s house, the women contemplate what awaits Tad & Dixie. Krystal and Opal learn that Tad’s marriage has taken a genuine turn. At the park, Tad continues to say goodbye to Dixie unaware that she is feet away listening to his every word. Dixie’s memories come flooding back on Monday, August 8, and she calls out to Tad . Tad & Dixie get reacquainted. He takes Dixie home to introduce her to their daughter. Dixie sees a picture of Tad & Cara. Griffin tells a reeling Cara that she may still stand a chance, but Cara can see the writing on the wall. Cara introduces herself to Dixie as David watches the scene from a distance. Once alone, Tad tells Cara he is not going to let her be deported. David & Dixie come face to face. Cara shows up at Kendall’s door looking for a place to stay. JR is shocked to see Dixie when he arrives at the Martin house. Disbelieving, JR pushes Dixie away, and accuses Tad of setting this all up.
AMC ALERTS: WEEK OF AUGUST 15, 2011
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — A look at what’s happening on “One Life to Live” during the week of August 8, 2011.
THIS WEEK ON: ONE LIFE TO LIVE
Starr confesses to James that Baz kissed her. On Wednesday, August 10, Starr shows James just how much she loves him. Rex searches in vain to prove his visions of Gigi were real. Echo voices her concerns to Natalie, who summons Madame Delphina on Thursday, August 11. After making contact with an unknown spirit, Delphina provides a cryptic clue, which puzzles Rex and Natalie. Rex fears he will never find closure. Elsewhere in Llanview, Rama informs Cristian that she and Vimal are back together and tells him she’s sorry for leading him on. At the same time, Vimal tells Brody that Todd also knows his secret. Clint sentencing gets underway, and the judge considers his request. And Viki steps up for Clint on Friday, August 12.
The Inside Story: It’s All in the Genes
Todd’s loved ones react to the results of the DNA test on Monday, August 8. However, the Manning’s are soon delivered even more shocking news. With everyone still reeling, Dani comes face-to-face with the man with her father’s old face. One of the Todd’s requests a second DNA test. Todd is shocked when Viki suggests a new living arrangement for the man with the scar on Tuesday, August 9. Jack stands by Todd, while Blair and Starr have their doubts. Todd and Téa recall old times as do Viki and the man with her brother’s old face. Todd and Téa share a warm moment. Blair is hesitant about being with Tomas, who promises to get to the bottom of things. By Thursday, August 10, the two Todds await the new test results. Jessica has a heart-to-heart with the old Todd. Trying to prove who he really is, Todd works hard to convince Blair to believe him. Todd kisses Blair. The Todd’s have an encounter at Llanfair. Tomas seeks John’s help. Later, he joins John and Brody as they set out to unravel the mystery. The trio make a surprising discovery on Friday, August 12. David offers both Todd’s some food for thought. And Téa consoles Dani.
A Closer Look: Got Baby?
Nate confides in Dani on Monday, August 8. Nora is upset Bo didn’t arrest Nate, and later confronts him herself. Nora makes a tough call. Meanwhile, Destiny makes the difficult decision regarding her unborn baby. After receiving some advice from Vivian, she goes to talk things over with her (grand)mother. Reconciling, Phylicia agrees to honor Destiny’s decision. David visits his little brother. Later, Nora overhears Destiny telling Matthew what she decided to do about the baby. On Wednesday, August 10, Nora begs Destiny to reconsider and offers her an alternative. David is surprised to learn that Nate is still walking around free and runs off after Destiny. Bo learns he’s going to be a grandfather. Bo reassures David. By Friday, August 12, Phylicia thanks Vivian for her support. Destiny changes her mind about the baby. And Phylicia and Nora have it out.
OLTL ALERTS: WEEK OF AUGUST 8, 2011
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — A look at what’s happening on “General Hospital” during the week of August 8, 2011.
THIS WEEK ON: GENERAL HOSPITAL
On Monday, August 8, how will Maxie react when she realizes Jackal, P.I. has the hots for Lulu? Elizabeth evaluates the crash scene. Monica calls Sam with bad news. Sam goes off on Carly on Tuesday, August 9. Monica & Sam bond. Abby grows uncomfortable when she realizes that Michael is emulating his father. On Wednesday, August 10, a stranded Alexis & Diane decide to have some fun with the help of lots of alcohol. Sonny finds Kristina & Ethan together. Patrick & Robin attempt to find a balance between their professional and personal lives. Matt levels an accusation at Robin on Thursday, August 11. Robin & Mac have a heart to heart. Lucky continues to have drug-induced flashbacks of his life with Elizabeth. Elizabeth helps Lucky come down off the drugs on Friday, August 12. Anthony orders a hit on somebody close to Lucky. Johnny receives something special from Anthony.
The Inside Story: Runaway Train
Frozen solid from the sudden onset of a PTSD attack, Shawn just stands still as Jax leaves with Josslyn. Carly fears Sonny will kill Jax if she doesn’t get to him and Josslyn first. Jax hits a roadblock in his escape. Sonny bursts in on Edward and Skye. The rage-filled mobster later points a loaded gun at a man he sees boarding a plane believing it’s Jax. Carly makes a plea to Jax. Dante takes action to prevent the situation from further deteriorating after realizing what’s going down. Shawn interrupts Sonny’s plans to sabotage Jax’s plane. Dante stands in Sonny’s way and pays the price. Carly & Shawn share a moment. Jax shows up with Josslyn at Robin’s door. Sonny overhears Robin & Matt’s phone conversation. Shawn tries to talk some sense into Jax. On Friday, August 12, a murderous Sonny arrives at the Drake home.
GH ALERTS: WEEK OF AUGUST 15, 2011
(SoapOperaNetwork.com ) — Esta TerBlanche and Shannon Kane will both return to “All My Children” later this summer. Kane, a rising film star, will reprise the role of Jesse Hubbard’s (Darnell Williams) daughter, Det. Natalia Fowler, beginning on Friday, August 26. 38-year old South African beauty, TerBlanche reprises the role of the love of Ryan Lavery’s (Cameron Mathison) life Princess Gillian Andrassy beginning on a date yet to be announced by the ABC soap.
TerBlanche appeared as Gillian on “AMC” from 1997 to 2001. In June 2001, after being shot dead, Ryan agreed to donate Gillian’s heart to Brooke English’s (Julia Barr) adopted daughter, Laura. Fans may remember Dr. David Hayward (Vincent Irizarry) was the physician that took care of that medical emergency. Hayward is currently in the middle of resurrecting many of Pine Valley’s deceased characters through what we assume is the most incredible medical science breakthrough ever; is Ryan’s princess next? Stay Tuned. Kane debuted on “AMC” in October 2008 as the beautiful daughter Jesse conceived while on the run for close to twenty years, Natalia. Kane, who has appeared in Richard Gere’s “Brooklyn’s Finest” and Tyler Perry’s “Diary of a Tired Black Man” and “Madea’s Big Happy Family,” parted ways with “AMC” in February 2011. Natalia has visited her family and her long-distance boyfriend Brot Monroe (J.R. Martinez) just once since leaving the Pine Valley Police Department for the Philidelphia Police Department. Stay Tuned to find out where Natalia’s relationships will pick up from when she returns later this summer.
According to a show spokesperson, TerBlanche will be back for a handful of episodes. It’s expected that Kane will appear in as many episodes. TerBlanche and Kane’s upcoming appearances bring the total of returning actors to “AMC” since word of cancellation in April to a whopping seventeen. The pair join Cady McClain (Dixie), Thorsten Kaye (Zach), Eva LaRue (Maria), Josh Duhamel (Leo), Leven Rambin (Lily), Carol Burnett (Verla), Kate Collins (Janet), Melissa Claire Egan (Annie), Jennifer Bassey (Marian), David Canary (Adam), Julia Barr(Brooke), Ray MacDonnell (Joe), Lee Meriwether (Ruth), Alexa Havins (Babe) and Justin Burening (Jamie). As previously reported, McClain and Kaye’s returns are extended. Collins, Canary and Barr will each air in anywhere up to ten episodes each. Everybody else will air in up to handful of episodes each before “AMC” last airs on ABC on Friday, September 23.
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Numbers are based on Live+Same Day ratings
(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)
1. Y&R 4,778,000 (-31,000/-192,000)
2. B&B 2,988,000 (-38,000/-178,000)
3. OLTL 2,812,000 (+33,000/+481,000)
4. AMC 2,580,000 (+10,000/+28,000)
5. GH 2,509,000 (-113,000/-111,000)
6. DAYS 2,450,000 (+109,000/-114,000)
1. Y&R 3.4/10 (same/same)
2. B&B 2.2/7 (+.1/-.1)
3. AMC 1.9/6 (same/same)
3. OLTL 1.9/6 (same/+.1)
5. GH 1.8/5 (-.1/-.2)
6. DAYS 1.7/5 (same/-.1)
Women 18-49 Viewers
1. Y&R 961,000 (-40,000/-169,000)
2. GH 697,000 (-36,000/-129,000)
3. OLTL 674,000 (+14,000/+46,000)
4. DAYS 673,000 (+47,000/-62,000)
5. B&B 588,000 (-78,000/-125,000)
6. AMC 527,000 (-4,000/-92,000)
Women 18-49 Rating
1. Y&R 1.5/10 (same/-.2)
2. GH 1.1/6 (same/-.1)
3. DAYS 1.0/7 (+.1/-.1)
3. OLTL 1.0/6 (same/same)
5. B&B 0.9/6 (-.1/-.2)
6. AMC 0.8/5 (same/-.1)
Girls 12-17 Viewers
1. Y&R 57,000 (-17,000/-13,000)
2. OLTL 44,000 (+1,000/-9,000)
3. GH 38,000 (+1,000/-25,000)
4. B&B 33,000 (-31,000/-20,000)
5. DAYS 32,000 (-18,000/+3,000)
6. AMC 19,000 (-3,000/-20,000)
Women 18-34 Rating
1. Y&R 0.7/5 (same/-.4)
2. GH 0.6/4 (same/-.3)
2. OLTL 0.6/4 (same/same)
2. DAYS 0.6/4 (same/-.3)
5. AMC 0.5/3 (+.1/-.1)
6. B&B 0.4/3 (-.1/-.4)
Men 18+ Viewers
1. Y&R 1,032,000 (-24,000/+21,000)
2. B&B 593,000 (-12,000/-1,000)
3. OLTL 552,000 (+21,000/+166,000)
4. DAYS 536,000 (+64,000/+5,000)
5. AMC 521,000 (+27,000/+46,000)
6. GH 446,000 (-21,000/-15,000)
Day-To-Day Ratings – HH/Total Viewers
For the SEASON September 20, 2010 through July 31, 2011
1. Y&R 3.6
2. B&B 2.2
3. GH 2.1
4. DAYS 2.0
5. OLTL 1.9
5. AMC 1.9
Women 18-49 Rating
1. Y&R 1.6
2. GH 1.4
3. DAYS 1.2
4. OLTL 1.1
5. B&B 0.9
5. AMC 0.9
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) – Soap Opera Network first reported that Sarah Michelle Gellar was interested in returning to her roots for a guest appearance in May. Today, the same day that film-star Josh Duhamel first aired on “All My Children” in his return stint as Leo du Pres, it was announced that Gellar’s interest had come to fruition. Early this afternoon, Soap Opera Digest broke the news that he 34-year-old actress will appear on “AMC” for one episode before the September 23 finale on ABC.
Gellar, who has been a fan of the 41-year-old ABC soap almost her entire life, is also a fan of the actress that with much success took over the role of Erica Kane’s first born in 2002, Alicia Minshew. On that note, the actress will not be returning to reprise the role of Kendall Hart. Gellar originated the role in 1993. Of her successor, Minshew, Gellar says, “[it's her] role now. She has made that beyond her own. She’s amazing.” Who will Gellar be playing? She has no idea, yet. The actress tells Digest she is open to playing any role, from a bar patron to the long-missing Bobby Martin’s new ski-bunny wife, as long as she gets to bid the soap that started her career a respectful adieu.
The Daytime Emmy Award winner, who became a mainstream star for her seven season run (1997 to 2003) on the cult-classic and critically acclaimed “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” is set to star on the CW drama-thriller “Ringer” which debuts in the 2011-2012 prime-time season. Speaking of “AMC” and “Ringer,” Justin Bruening (who is also returning to “AMC” as Tad Martin’s (Michael E. Knight) son for a short stint this summer) will be joining the cast of “Ringer” as a potential love interest for Gellar’s character. The role is recurring. (Bruening had originally been set to star on an NBC reboot of “Wonder Woman” for the 2011-2012 prime-time season; the production was dropped due to expense.) Gellar adds that she believes she is coincidentally set to tape at “AMC” on the same day her new co-star, Bruening, returns to tape his episodes. Update (8/6): Gellar will air on Wednesday, September 21.
Check out the August 23 issue of Digest for more from Gellar pertaining to her return to “AMC.”
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Beginning on Monday, September 12 look for John O’Hurley to debut in the role of film producer Kit Sterling on “All My Children.” Mr. Sterling will approach Pine Valley’s leading lady Erica Kane (Susan Lucci) in an effort to convince her to turn her new book, “Erica Kane: Uncensored,” into a big-screen production. O’Hurley is best known for the recurring role of Elaine’s (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) boss John Peterman on the former NBC mega-hit series “Seinfeld” and his stint on the first season of ABC’s hit reality series “Dancing with the Stars.” He also hosted the popular syndicated game show “Family Fued.”
O’Hurley is very familiar to the world of daytime television. He was married to “AMC” star Eva LaRue, who is among the many returning actors to “AMC” this summer, from 1992 to 1994. The actor appeared on ABC’s “Loving” and “General Hospital,” CBS’s “As the World Turns” and “The Young and The Restless” and NBC’s “Santa Barbara.” The dancing champion has also guest-starred on numerous series and with a distinctive tone has found success doing voice-over work, as well.
Look for O’Hurley to appear in several episodes of the 41-year-old daytime drama this September. “AMC” last airs on ABC on Friday, September 23. Production company Prospect Park has licensed ”AMC” and “One Life to Live” from ABC. Following their extinction on ABC, new episodes of both soaps are expected to be available to fans again in some form at some point in 2012.