In CBS’ newest comedy hit, “Friends with Better Lives,” a group of friends who are either married, divorced, newly engaged or single, secretly question who has it better? With that in mind, on its official website for the series, CBS asks fans to answer that very question in relation to several of its popular series and its characters, including “The Young and the Restless” and “The Bold and the Beautiful.”
On “B&B,” the site asks who has it better between brothers Liam Spencer (aka: #TheNiceGuy; Scott Clifton) and Wyatt Fuller (aka: #TheBadBoy; Darin Brooks).
Greg Vaughan (Eric Brady, “Days of our Lives”), 40, and wife, model Touriya Haoud, 36, have decided to separate after nine years and three kids together – Jathan James, 6, Cavan Thomas, 4, and Landan Reid, 2.
“As we open our hearts full of love & sadness, 9 years together & 3 beautiful children, we have decided to amicably separate,” wrote the couple in a message posted on Vaughan’s Instagram page on Monday, April 14. They concluded their message stating, “With dear love for each other and our family, as parents first and foremost, we kindly ask our space and privacy to be respected at this difficult time.” The couple married in June 2006.
Rumors had been swirling all weekend and now Soap Opera Digest is reporting that former “All My Children” actor, and “The Price is Right” male model, Robert Scott Wilson (ex-Pete Cortlandt) has joined the cast of NBC’s “Days of our Lives” as a recast Ben Rogers. He replaces daytime newcomer Justin Gaston, who in real-life is married to “The Young and the Restless’” Melissa Ordway (Abby Newman).
Per the publication, Wilson had already been on set filming in January as the series celebrated its two year renewal by NBC. As a result, Wilson’s first airdate isn’t expected until at least next month due to the soaps four to five months ahead filming schedule – Gaston began filming on the series in mid-October and didn’t air until late February.
Corday Productions, which produces “DAYS,” has not confirmed any casting changes per its policy.
In remembrance of the Boston Marathon bombings that took place one year ago, a portion of the east coast broadcast of ABC’s “General Hospital” will be preempted on Tuesday, April 15, a representative for the network informs Soap Opera Network. ABC News will cut into the broadcast from approximately 2:35 PM to 2:55 PM, EST.
According to the network, there will be no changes made to the episode (#13,036) to accommodate the preemption. Therefore, viewers will still be able to tune in to see Sonny’s conscience continuing to haunt him, while Carlos fears he could be accused of shooting AJ. Jordan begins her new job, while Ava and Julian confront each other about their deeds, and Ned (Wally Kurth) returns to Port Charles.
Viewers on the east coast looking to watch the episode in its entirety can do so by utlizing the power of WATCH ABC, Hulu Plus or their cable/satellite providers ABC OnDemand service.
The east coast preemption will not affect the west coast airing.
Soap Opera Network has learned exclusively that veteran soap stars Ronn Moss, Sean Kanan, Judi Evans and Patrika Darbo have joined the cast of LANY Entertainment’s “The Bay: The Series,” which premieres Chapter 12 on Thursday, May 1 with episodes running a bit longer in length than they had in prior chapters (episodes will now run between 17-20 minutes, typical for a weekly 1/2 hour series excluding commercials).
Moss, who departed CBS’ “The Bold and the Beautiful” in September 2012 after portraying the widely popular role of Ridge Forrester for more than 25 years, joins “The Bay” as former Bay City District Attorney, John Blackwell. Evans (Adrienne Johnson Kiriakis, “DAYS”) will portray Katherine Blackwell, John’s wife. While at first it would appear that John and Katherine are in town to reconnect with their son, Damian Blackwell (Erik Fellows), the power couple are in actuality seeking vengeance against the Garrett family, who they share a hidden past.
As previously reported, “The Young and the Restless’” Joshua Morrow (Nicholas Newman) and Steve Burton (Dylan McAvoy) are this years Social Media Reports for the annual Academy of Country Music Awards, airing live tonight at 8:00 PM, ET/7:00 PM, CT on CBS. All week and leading up to and after tonight’s broadcast, the actors are sharing behind the scenes videos and images along with a handful of interviews with several country music superstars.
To follow Josh and Steve’s videos and tweets, head on over to CBS.com’s official ACM website and make sure to use hashtag #ACMs to follow the conversation during the three-hour broadcast.
As previously reported, “Days of our Lives” actress Deidre Hall (Marlena Evans) will be co-starring in the new Hallmark Channel original movie “Lucky in Love,” premiering tonight at 9:00 PM, ET/8:00 PM, CT. The TV movie stars Jessica Szohr (“Gossip Girl,” “The Internship”) as Mira Simon, a young professional whose April Fool’s Day pranks actually come true and change the course of her life. Hall portray’s Erin Billings, Mira’s boss and the CEO of Your Page, a one stop shop social media network that encompasses all social media needs (think an all-in-one Twitter/Facebook website) for its users. Also featured is Benjamin Hollingsworth (“The Tomorrow People”) as Mira’s friend Jonah.
From being confused with “All My Children’s” Susan Lucci (ex-Erica Kane) to herself jokingly confusing co-star Dermot Mulroney with Dylan McDermott, former “As The World Turns” actress Martha Byrne (ex-Lily Snyder) took part in a Funny or Die spoof interview intended to promote her upcoming appearance on NBC’s “Crisis,” which tells the shocking fictional story of an ambushed Washington D.C. school bus carrying some of the nation’s most important people’s children. Byrne will play the recurring role of Marie Wirth, a mother of one of the kidnapped children, beginning with the Sunday, April 6 episode.
While Prospect Park’s The OnLine Network (TOLN) failed to re-launch “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” to a brand new audience via the internet last year, Corday Productions, which produces NBC’s “Days of our Lives,” has joined with All Screens Media, an international interactive digital media company founded by former Comcast digital media executive Peter Heumiller, to form a new online network dedicated to the soap opera and telenovela format. Per Variety, the production entities have joined together to form NetSoaps Net Novelas LLC (NSNN), which will strive to develop domestic (Net Soaps) and international (Net Novelas) online soap operas for a new generation of soap fans. Net Soaps will be geared toward American and English speaking audiences while Net Novelas will be targeted toward Latin American and Brazilian audiences.
Key executives in charge of the new venture are Corday Productions CEO and “DAYS” executive producer Ken Corday, Greg Meng, co-executive producer of “DAYS,” former “DAYS” actress and online series producer Crystal Chappell (ex-Carly Manning; “Venice: The Series”), the aforementioned Peter Heumiller and international latin producer Rose Ganguzza, who spearheaded the growth of Brazil’s TV Globo network.
During first quarter 2014, CBS’ full daytime lineup was up 13% compared to first quarter 2013, per Nielsen Media Research data. Additionally, “The Talk” and “Let’s Make a Deal” delivered their largest-ever first quarter in total viewers and key women. Meanwhile, “The Young and the Restless” and “The Bold and the Beautiful” delivered their largest audiences since first quarter 2008, with “Y&R” averaging 5.51 million viewers, up 11% from last year, and “B&B” averaging 4.02 million viewers, up 10% from last year. “The Price is Right” was also attracted its best numbers since 2004 and 2005, respectively.
With an average of 2.92 million viewers tuning in daily, “Talk” was up 17% year-to-year while matching its best first quarter performance in the key Women 25-54 demo with a 1.1/06 (rating/share).