Although we didn't get a chance to do one for 2011, I'm pleased to announce that with the assistance of those who've been following your favorite daytime soaps and their episode counts through out 2012, Soap Opera Network will resume its annual Airhog Awards in which daytime soap stars are ranked in order of who hogged the most airtime in daytime during each calendar year.
Beginning in February 2013, fans of NBC's "Days of our Lives" will have to get used to seeing a new set of faces portraying the role of Sydney DiMera, Sami (Alison Sweeney) and EJ's (James Scott) daughter. According to website Jason47.com, twins Nadia and Talia Hartounian will assume the role from twins Isabelle and Sahara Roberts at that time.
Barring any unexpected preemptions, NBC's "Days of our Lives" will celebrate episode 12,000 with a bang on Friday, January 11, 2013 as friends and family in the town of Salem gather together for a wedding that will end all weddings. While we can't reveal what exactly will happen in the episode, we can tell you a huge secret will be revealed by an unexpected individual and that relationships (both familial and intimately) will be torn apart! Fans will be in for a treat as Cliffhanger Friday marks its return to "Days of our Lives."
The big news of December 2012 was word that Prospect Park was taking another stab at moving ABC's "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" to the web in 2013. The news was first reported by Deadline.com's Nellie Andreeva. In her initial reporting, Andreeva revealed that Prospect Park had made agreements with the unions SAG-AFTRA (Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists) and the DGA (Directors Guild of America). Previously, while the company had planned on debuting the shows on the web in early 2012, no deals had been signed with either union or the WGA (Writers Guild of America). This hindered the company's plan to move forward with the shows and resulted in a postponement that was announced in November 2011. In a statement at the time, AFTRA (prior to its merger with SAG) said that they were "deeply disappointed to read that the executives at Prospect Park have decided to suspend their efforts to produce the long-running and popular daytime serials." Additionally, the union had said that they "remain hopeful that an opportunity to revive these two popular series will emerge in the future, and remain ready to resume discussions should that opportunity arise." The future took more than a year, but it appears to have finally emerged. However, although a representative from SAG-AFTRA confirmed that an agreement with Prospect Park had been made when pressed for comment from Soap Opera Network early last week, it remains unclear if said agreement had actually been signed. "Not absolutely certain it had been signed but can check that for you," said the rep. Due to the holidays, we don't expect a response on that little detail until at least tomorrow, January 2.
Kamar de los Reyes left ABC's "One Life to Live" in 2009 after portraying the uber popular role of Antonio Vega off and on for nearly 14 years. When he joined the soap in 1995, the character was introduced as a former gang member recently released from prison after serving time for killing a man. As the eldest son of Carlotta Vega, Antonio was able to prove the crime was in fact an act of self defense with help from Nora Buchanan. In "Call of Duty: Black Ops II," which was released in November 2012, de los Reyes portrays Raul Menendez the terrorist behind a new world at war that is set in the year 2025. The game, also starring some of Hollywood's biggest stars including Sam Worthington, Michelle Rodriguez and Michael Keaton with appearances by former soap stars Eden Riegel ("All My Children") and Brianna Brown ("General Hospital"), grossed over $500 million on its first day of release. The team at Treyarch Invention made the game so real-life like that de los Reyes is now immortalized as a very recognizable video game character, despite the evil things the character induces.