Errol Lewis

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Errol Lewis is the Publisher and Editor in Chief of Soap Opera Network.
Attention fans of CBS Daytime's "The Bold and the Beautiful," "The Young and the Restless," "Let's Make a Deal," "The Talk," and "The Price is Right": If you live in the New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Baltimore, Boston, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Miami, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh or the Sacramento television markets, you currently have no access to CBS programming if you subscribe to Dish Network. You are also missing out on The CW's programming if you live in Atlanta, Detroit, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Sacramento, San Francisco and Seattle. This is the result of a carriage dispute between CBS Corp. -- owner of broadcaster CBS and co-owner of The CW -- and Dish Network that was set to expire on Thursday, December 4. The two sides agreed to extend talks on a new carriage contract beyond the 4:00 PM, PT deadline yesterday. The satellite provider eventually dropped the stations from its programming lineup earlier today when the talks fell through. Also affected by the dispute are three independent stations in Dallas, Los Angeles and New York and two MyNetworkTV affiliates in Boston and Miami.
On the Thursday, December 4 broadcast of Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report," host Stephen Colbert covered the ambassadorship of "The Bold and the Beautiful" producer Colleen Bell, wife of head writer and executive producer, Bradley P. Bell, with a hilarious take on the drama surrounding her confirmation following some lively comments from Senator John McCain, who strongly disagreed with President Obama's choice of Bell for the position. “We’re about to vote on a totally unqualified individual to be ambassador to a nation which is very important to our national security interest. Her qualifications are as a producer of the television soap opera ‘The Bold and The Beautiful,’ contributed 800,000 [dollars] to Obama in the last election and bundled more than $2.1 million for President Obama’s re-election effort,” said McCain on the Senate floor on Tuesday, December 2, just before Bell was confirmed as the U.S. Ambassador to Hungary with a vote of 52-42.
On Wednesday, November 5, CBS' "The Bold and the Beautiful" shocked the daytime world when it announced that Kim Matula would be departing the drama series after nearly five years portraying Hope Logan, but don't fret, Hope will continue being part of the canvas, says head writer and executive producer, Bradley P. Bell.
Ann Marcus, who was the head writer of NBC's "Days of our Lives" from 1977 to 1979, and received two Daytime Emmy Award nominations for her work on the soap, has died. Marcus died in her Sherman Oaks home at the age of 93 on Wednesday, December 3.
As previously reported, former "Days of our Lives" actor Casey Deidrick (ex-Chad DiMera) will be starring in the new MTV series, "Eye Candy," a drama centering on a 21-year-old tech genius named Lindy, played by Victoria Justice, who is a hacker with a gift for seeing clues and connections in the digital world that others can't. Deidrick will play the role of Tommy when the series premieres Monday, January 12 at 10:00 PM ET/PT on MTV.
The Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) and the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) earlier today announced the nominations for Outstanding Achievement in Television, New Media, News, Radio, and Promotional Writing during calendar year 2014. In the category of Daytime Drama, ABC's "General Hospital" and NBC's "Days of our Lives" received a nomination.
If you find yourself tuning into CBS' "The Young and the Restless" later this month and think you're seeing things when Faith Newman appears on your screen as someone you may have seen not too long ago, don't be too surprised. Actress McKenna Grace is once again stepping into the role of Sharon (Sharon Case) and Nicholas Newman's (Joshua Morrow) little girl following news of current portrayer, Aly Lind, booking a role in a pilot for TNT. Grace actually took over the role of Faith from Lind when she appeared from July 2013 to June 2014, when Lind returned.
On Sunday, November 23, artist Julian St. John, the 24-year-old son of "The Young and the Restless'" Kristoff St. John (Neil Winters) and professional boxer Mia St. John, was found unresponsive in the bathroom of a Long Beach facility. While cause of death has been listed as an apparent suicide, RadarOnline reports that the official cause of death has been delayed pending additional testing and a toxicology report.
Actress Jacqueline MacIness Wood is returning to "The Bold and the Beautiful" next week to once again film scenes as Steffy Forrester on the CBS Daytime drama series. Wood, who remains on recurring status with the soap and last appeared in February of this year, will begin airing in late January 2015.
You met the three finalists for the next male model search currently underway at CBS' "The Price is Right," via their appearance on the Monday, December 1 edition of CBS' "The Talk," but what does the game show's first male model, Robert Scott Wilson (Ben Ridgeway, "Days of our Lives"; ex-Pete Cortlandt, "All My Children") have to say about another person taking on his former daytime role? The actor recently spoke with Soap Opera Network about his experience on the game show, what it was like helping judge the competition, and responds to comments made about him by "Price is Right" executive producer, Mike Richards.
Previously appearing in episodes of TV Land's "Hot in Cleveland," former "All My Children" star Cameron Mathison (ex-Ryan Lavery) will appear in tonight's episode of the network's "The Exes," starring Donald Faison, Wayne Knight, and David Alan Basche. In the episode, entitled "Oh Brother Here Art Thou," Mathison plays Rob, who shows up unexpectedly at his brother Haskell's (Knight) apartment. Not ready for a surprise from his brother, however, Haskell shows Rob the door and then proclaims to his roommates that his brother ruined his life.
As if being the most watched daytime drama series for more than 25 years wasn't enough, CBS Daytime's "The Young and the Restless" has placed fifth on Bing's Top TV Show Searches for 2014, just behind TV's hottest primetime series, AMC's "The Walking Dead." "Y&R" beat out the likes of E!'s now defunct "Chelsea Lately" (#6), NBC's "The Today Show" (#7), HBO's "Game of Thrones" (#8), ABC's "The View" (#9) and FOX's "American Idol" (#10).
Spencer Neville has joined the cast of NBC's "Days of our Lives" in the recurring role of Derrick. The actor/model/bodybuilder, who is reportedly set to appear in more than a dozen episodes beginning sometime next week, posted on his Facebook page in early September, "Big news coming soon on a TV show I've been working on...they are very secretive.." It's not yet clear whether the actor was referring to his "DAYS" role or another project he may have been working on at the time. The "DAYS" episodes that feature Neville were filmed in late July/early August.
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