After nearly 14 years on the air, SOAPnet ended its broadcast run at the stroke of midnight with the final 2013 episode of ABC’s “General Hospital” (originally aired on Monday, December 30) taking it out in style.
During its final hour of broadcasting, viewers were treated to endless commercials promoting ABC and ABC Family programming, including “General Hospital,” “Revenge,” “The Chew,” “The Fosters,” “Switched at Birth,” “Pretty Little Liars,” and “Ravenswood.” For those veiwers looking to tune into the midnight broadcast of “Days of our Lives,” they were treated to a message from their cable and/or satellite provider that read, “Disney discontinued their SOAPnet broadcast. The SOAPnet channel is no longer available from any television provider.”
In a newly released preview for the next all new episode of CBS’ “The Young and the Restless,” the first of 2014, Lauren (Tracey E. Bregman) is seen waking up from a good night sleep only to find Carmine (Marco Dapper) in bed next to her, but is it really him or just a dream? Or in Lauren’s case, a nightmare?
Listed as a second unit director of photography during the third season of “The Bay: The Series,” David Pregerson, 23, a recent graduate of UCLA, has died after succumbing to injuries sustained by a hit-and-run that occurred on the morning of Friday, December 27 in the Pacific Palisades neighborhood of Los Angeles, CA. According to police, he was walking home when he was hit by a vehicle and thrown into the bushes. The driver of the vehicle has yet to be identified. Pregerson died on Monday night after being taken off of life support.
In honor of his memory, producers of “The Bay” have released a Director’s Cut of Chapter 11: Part 1, which can be streamed beginning today.
Just as Sabrina Santiago learns that she is pregnant on ABC’s “General Hospital,” her portrayer reveals she is also pregnant in real-life, reports People magazine. “It feels wonderful. This is the most joyous time of my life,” said actress Teresa Castillo to the publication, where she announced she was expecting her first child – a girl – with husband Shane Aaron. “It feels great to finally be able to share it with the world,” she added.
Wed in 2008, the couple are expecting their bundle of joy in May, while in reel-life Sabrina will be experiencing a headache full of drama in the coming months as she debates on how to inform Patrick (Jason Thompson), who just left her in order to return to the arms and bed of his recently revealed to be alive wife, Robin (Kimberly McCullough), about their surprise post-wedding gift. Castillo tells ABC Soaps In Depth, “I feel like it was appropriate for the story. It just adds to the drama, and I love it.”
According to TVLine, Luke Grimes is exiting HBO’s “True Blood” after reported creative differences with show producers over the future of his character, James. “He initially joined the show because he wanted to work with [his 'Forever' co-star] Deborah Ann Woll,” said an insider to the website. “But when he started reading the scripts for Season 7, he was disappointed to learn that they were going in a completely different direction with James.”
Grimes joined the cast of the series in season 6, which found James mostly sexing it up with Woll’s Jessica. He was expected to continue in the role through the upcoming seventh and final season, which begins shooting in late January. The role will be recast, says an HBO representative.
One thing we’ll soon find out is how much of an effect SOAPnet’s demise will have on “General Hospital,” if any at all. In a new promo touting the multi-platform availability of ABC’s sole remaining daytime soap opera, the network wants to make sure its viewers have every opportunity of catching up with the latest happenings in Port Charles.
In the promo, viewers are treated to the phrases “More Sizzle, More Secrets, More Twists, More Heart Stopping Action,” as they are subsequently informed that they can view “GH” weekdays at 2e/1c/p on ABC and anytime on ABC On Demand, which includes Watch ABC on ABC.com and mobile app on iOS and Android enabled devices.
In addition to the aforementioned platforms, you can also watch “GH” on Hulu.com, which proves that SOAPnet was no longer necessary in today’s world. The series is currently unavailable on Hulu Plus.
From re-runs of soap classics “Dallas,” “Dynasty,” “Another World,” “Port Charles,” and “Falcon Crest,” to the launches of original series “SoapCenter,” “Soap Talk” and “General Hospital: Night Shift,” SOAPnet was defined as the “new way to watch soaps” for much of its near 14-year run. With just 2 days left before SOAPnet is no more, we thought it would be a great opportunity to look back at the inaugural year of a network that gave diehard soap fans their own platform to shout with glee through the death of a network that outlived its purpose.
In a message posted on her Facebook page earlier today, “Good Morning America’s” Robin Roberts for the first time publicly acknowledged her sexuality. The ABC News anchor posted her message one year to the day after reaching the critical stage of 100 days following the bone marrow transplant that saved her life.
In an episode aptly titled “Dinner Party,” “The Bold and the Beautiful’s” Darin Brooks (Wyatt Fuller) is returning to ABC’s “Super Fun Night” on Wednesday, January 8, 2014, which finds his character, Jason, and wife Jazmine (Ashley Tisdale), show up drunk to Jazmine’s sister’s dinner party.
Starring Rebel Wilson as Kimmie, Jazmine’s sister, Brooks first appeared on the show in the October 23 episode titled “Engagement Party,” when his character got engaged to Tisdale’s. This will mark the first time that the series refers to the couple as being married.
“Super Fun Night” airs Wednesdays at 9:30 PM ET/PT on ABC.
Former “All My Children” star Cady McClain (ex-Dixie Cooney) announced recently that her short film, “Flip Fantasia,” has been accepted into the 9th Annual Macon Film Festival, which will be held from February 27 – March 2, 2014 and will take place at the Cox Capitol Theatre, The Douglass Theatre and The 567 Center for Renewal in downtown Macon, GA. Describing the film she wrote, produced and directed on her website, McClain says, “I made this as a labor of love right out of my heart.” She adds, “It’s a love song to NYC, to my wild youth, to crazy people I have known that changed my life, to being raw, to innocence, to friendship, to true hearts, to broken hearts, and to the pain of having to deal with the hardest parts of life when you are very, very young… as I did.”