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Errol Lewis is the Publisher and Editor in Chief of Soap Opera Network.
On Thursday, September 29, word around the web had "Days of our Lives" star James Scott (EJ DiMera) out, only to later be clarified by Scott himself that he in fact was still meeting with show producers over a new contract. Now comes word from Soap Opera Digest that Scott has signed a new one-year deal with "DAYS" to continue in the role of EJ DiMera, for which he originated in 2006. Per Digest's report, Scott's new deal will keep him in Salem through April 2013.
On Wednesday, September 21, daytime newcomer Nathin Art Butler tweeted to his followers (@nathinbutler) "I was welcomed into the family of 'GH' today. 1st day on set felt like 1st day of high school. Feel so blessed." For those wondering what exactly he was talking about, on that day the actor revealed to the soap world that he had been hired to portray the contract role of Dr. Ewen Keenan, also known as "the mad Aussie therapist" on ABC's "General Hospital. Soap Opera Network has since learned when you can expect to first see the actor, musician and digital photographer on screen.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011 11:21 PM EDT
Marc Berman of TV Media Insights has been doing an excellent job in reporting the overnight ratings data for ABC's new daytime talk show "The Chew," which replaced soap opera "All My Children" in the 1:00 PM ET/12:00 PM PT timeslot on Monday, September 26. Since the talker debuted it has lost ground compared to "AMC's" performance at the same point last year in television households. Now more than a week since its debut, Berman has revealed that the show is also losing ground in the all important Women 18-49 sales demographic compared to how "All My Children" had performed as well.
On Saturday, October 1, the National Board of Directors of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) met for the final time in 2011, as previously reported. One of the topics of discussion was Prospect Park and its transitioning of "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" to the web in January 2012. While exact details of the meeting are still unknown in that respect, a representative speaks to Soap Opera Network exclusively on where things stand at this time between the actors union and Prospect Park.
In a statement released via Soap Opera Digest, "One Life to Live" head writer Ron Carlivati says, "I am both excited and honored to remain with 'One Life to Live' as Head Writer and Consulting Producer when the show moves online. My heartfelt thanks to Executive Producer Frank Valentini, as well as to Rich Frank and Jeff Kwantinetz of Prospect Park for this incredible opportunity."
"One Life to Live" isn't even finished filming its last ABC episodes yet and already the soap has signed deals with "OLTL" head writer Ron Carlivati and several of the soaps cast members. By comparison, Prospect Park has signed far fewer deals with cast members from "All My Children," which ended its television run on Friday, September 23.
A few weeks ago an insider informed us that a 1.7 is the lowest acceptable point a daytime program can reach in households before television networks begin to worry about the future of the program on their daytime schedules (ten years ago it was a 2.7). After four days on the air, "The Chew" has hit that benchmark.
Ilene Kristen didn't debut as Roxy Balsom on ABC's "One Life to Live" until November 2001, but the actress did learn she had the job on September 10 of that year and began filming on September 27. Ten years later the actress reflects on the days after learning she had gotten the job, and what she is looking forward to when the soap transitions to Prospect Park in the coming months.
As previously reported, "One Life to Live" executive producer Frank Valentini will be taking over both "OLTL" and "All My Children" when he begins his new position as Vice President, Serial Dramas, for Prospect Park immediately following the end of production for "One Life" under the guidance of ABC. Now comes word from our friends at Daytime Confidential, who are reporting that "One Life to Live" Head Writer Ron Carlivati will be joining the show when it transitions to the web beginning in January, despite ABC declaring his move to "General Hospital" in June - weeks before it was announced production company Prospect Park would be taking over production of the series from the network along with "All My Children."
Each week Entertainment Weekly puts together "The Bullseye," a gathering of images in which "pop culture news that was right on target" for the week comes together leading to the "events that missed the mark." For its October 7, 2011 issue, the magazine placed a "Bullseye" on "The Chew's" Mario Batali.
"All My Children," aired its series finale on Friday, September 23, 2011 with its largest weekly audience in over four years (since week of August 20, 2007), its largest single day episode in more than 4 1/2 years (since the May 11, 2007 episode) and tied its highest weekly household rating in four years (since week of September 24, 2007). The canceled ABC soap managed to place second in households for the first time in 16 years (since week of July 10, 1995) and placed second in viewers for the first time in nearly seven years (since week of December 6, 2004).
Although ABC did not expect "The Chew" to outperform "All My Children" every day nor did they expect it to beat it in the long-run, after all the ultimate goal is to save money by producing a cheaper show, the network should still be a little worried about "Chew's" performance after three days of ratings data have been released.

Thursday, September 29, 2011 6:40 PM EDT
Earlier today, Soap Opera Digest shocked the soap world when it reported that after five years on "Days of our Lives," actor James Scott (EJ DiMera) would soon be vacating Salem after a contract dispute with show producers Corday Productions and Sony Pictures Television hit a snag, now hours later like sands through the hourglass, Scott's "DAYS" have changed.