How WATCH ABC Changes Will Affect Viewing of 'GH,' 'The View' and 'The Chew'; Shows Also on Hulu Plus

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Oprah Winfrey Dedicates Upcoming Episode to Daytime Soaps

(SoapOperaNetwork) — "The Oprah Winfrey Show" is looking for fans of "All My Children," "The Bold and the Beautiful," "Days of our Lives," "General Hospital," "One Life to Live" and "The Young and the Restless" to appear on an upcoming episode devoted to the soap opera genre. The show is also looking for those that were followers of the gone but not forgotten soaps including the more recently canceled "As The World Turns," "Guiding Light," "Passions" and "Port Charles."

This will be your last chance to see Oprah Winfrey cover the soap genre before her show exits the tv landscape in September.

Full Press Release

Are you a devoted soap opera viewer? Do you plan your day around watching soap operas? Do you record the soaps while you are at work and rush home to see what your favorite characters did that day? Do your favorite stars feel like members of the family? Do you live vicariously through their triumphs and struggles? Do you remember where you were when Luke and Laura got married or when Erika Kane walked down the aisle for the tenth time? Who are your favorite characters? Which couples did you desperately want to see together again? Which storylines made you laugh, cry or changed your life? Which soap that is no longer on the air do you miss the most? If you are a fan of the soaps and are willing to share your love of daytime dramas on The Oprah Winfrey Show, we want to hear from you!

To apply to appear on the show, go to

  • The Bold and the Beautiful
  • All My Children
  • One Life to Live
  • The Young and the Restless
  • Days of our Lives
  • General Hospital
  • As The World Turns
  • Port Charles
  • Passions
  • Guiding Light
  • Oprah Winfrey
  • The Oprah Winfrey Show

    Jordana Brewster Lands Lead Role in 'Dallas' Pilot for TNT

    ( — Jordana Brewster is heading to the TNT based "Dallas" reboot according to a report by Nellie Andreeva of Andreeva reports that Brewster has joined the cast of the new era of "Dallas," the popular primetime soap that lasted from 1978 to 1991, which was order to pilot in late 2010 by TNT. The actress will play the role of Elena, "the the gorgeous daughter of the ranch's cook who is locked into a love triangle with Christopher and John," the sons of J.R. and Bobby Ewing stuck in a bitter rivalry over who will run the Ewing dynasty.

    The actress will be joined by original cast members Linda Gray and Patrick Duffy (also appearing on "The Bold and the Beautiful" here and there), who have already signed on to reprise their roles as Sue Ellen and Bobby Ewing. Larry Hagman, who portrayed J.R. Ewing in the original, has verbally committed to the series, but has not officially signed a deal with Warner Bros. Television.

    For soap fans, Brewster is best known for her portrayal of Nikki Munson on CBS' "As The World Turns" from 1995 to 2001 and a brief appearance on "All My Children." After leaving the soap world behind, Brewster landed roles in such films as "The Fast the the Furious" franchise and "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning." In 2007, the actress starred in the ABC pilot "Mr. and Mrs. Smith," the TV version of the popular 2005 film of the same name starring Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. Brewster can next be seen in the fifth "Furious" film called "Fast Five," which is due for release in theaters on April 29, 2011.

    Should the pilot be well received by the programming brass at TNT you can expect the series on the network at some point later this year.

    • All My Children
    • As The World Turns
    • Patrick Duffy
    • Jordana Brewster
    • Dallas
    • Larry Hagman
    • Linda Gray
    • Angelina Jolie
    • Brad Pitt
    • Mr. and Mrs. Smith
    • The Fast and the Furious
    • Fast Five
    • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning

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      A look at what's happening in February on "Days of our Lives"
      • Days of our Lives
      • Galen Gering
      • Alison Sweeney

        An Apology to Rebecca Herbst and Her Fans

        Two weeks ago ABC's "General Hospital" made the unthinkable decision of firing popular actress Rebecca Herbst after she put in thirteen years of loyal service to the series. Unfortunately, as the General Hospital Editor for Soap Opera Network, I did not report on Herbst's firing nor did I acknowledge anywhere on the website of its occurrence. Meanwhile, during that same week it was announced that Melissa Claire Egan had made the decision to depart "All My Children" and Brittany Underwood had also been fired by "One Life to Live." Those news items did in fact go up on the website.

        While we work as a team here at Soap Opera Network, it was ultimately my responsibility to report on all things relating to "General Hospital" itself, including the ouster of Herbst. Therefore, I would like to take this opportunity to apologize to Rebecca Herbst, her fans and loyal followers, as well as our readers for not reporting the news when it happened.

        I personally wish Ms. Herbst the best of luck in the future and I hope that includes seeing her on a new series that will see the true talent that she can bring or on the big screen co-starring with Hollywood's top elite.

        • General Hospital
        • Rebecca Herbst
        • Brittany Underwood
        • Melissa Claire Egan
        • Comings & Goings

          'Bold and the Beautiful' Fires Lowder; Actor Told in 'Respectful Way'

          ( — It came as no surprise late last week when word broke that CBS' "The Bold and the Beautiful" had fired demoted actor Kyle Lowder who portrayed Rick Forrester on the drama series after four years to recurring status. It was a surprise that it took so long.

          The actor joined "B&B" in January 2007 and while he enjoyed lead actor status on the soap for sometime, his character had become unnecessary and underutilized for more than a year now, so it was in best the interest of the soap and the actor to part pays. Lowder alluded to that fact in an interview with Soap Opera Digest where he explained that executive producer/head writer Brad Bell "felt terrible that they haven't been able to generate enough story for the character." According to the actor "he [Bell] felt it was in everybody's best interest that we go in different directions."

          "From my standpoint, it's an amicable situation," said Lowder. "Obviously, it's their choice, but at the same time, the story has been slow for over a year-and-a-half and like any professional in any line of work would do, you prepare yourself for the next step. So, it wasn't a surprise that it was going to happen, but it was handled in the most respectful way and I have huge respect for Brad. I had a great four years there and I thank him for the opportunity. And now, onto the next thing."

          According to a show representative via Soaps In Depth, "Kyle is a superb actor and a fine gentleman. Kyle will continue on with the show on a recurring basis."

          • The Bold and the Beautiful
          • Soaps in Depth
          • Soap Opera Digest
          • Kyle Lowder

            'The Sound of a Kiss' iTunes Cover Released

            ( — As previously reported, ABC's "One Life to Live" is set to release an iTunes exclusive album called "The Sound of a Kiss" with recordings by David Gregory (Ford) and Brittany Underwood (soon-to-be ex-Langston), among others. What we know is that the albums theme is love and it will be released on Tuesday, February 8, which is just in time for Valentine's Day.  While details beyond that are scarce at this time, we've been assured, however, that more details on the album are expected this week. In the meantime, here is your first look at the albums cover.

            • One Life to Live
            • David Gregory
            • Brittany Underwood
            • iTunes
            • The Sound of a Kiss

              On January 30, 2011, Soap Opera Network launched its brand new website. The website, literally re-built from the ground up, now houses the latest news, interviews and all business headlines covering the genre of soap operas. Our goal is to not just cover what's happening in front of the camera for both daytime and primetime soaps, but to also inform our readers of what's happening behind the scenes. That isn't to say the "gossip" aspect of behind the scenes drama, but the business perspective.

              We hope you enjoy our new look as well as the types of content we will be providing you with going forward.


              Errol Lewis
              Soap Opera Network

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              • All My Children
              • The Young and the Restless
              • Days of our Lives
              • General Hospital
              • As The World Turns
              • Soap Opera Network

                Larry Carpenter Wins Fourth DGA Award for 'One Life to Live'

                ( — Last night at the 63rd Annual DGA Awards Dinner at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Los Angeles, veteran "One Life to Live" director Larry Carpenter won his fourth Director's Guild Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievment in Daytime Serials for his work on the ABC daytime drama series in 2010. He won for "Episode #10,687" or commonly known as " 'Starr X'd Lovers: The Musical, Part Two, " which aired on May 17, 2010.

                Carpenter previously won this award in 2008 for "So You Think You Can Be Shane Morasco's Father," again in 2007 for "Episode #9947," and in 2003 for "Episode #8849." This was the directors seventh nomination in this category and overall as a director. He was previously nominated for "Episode #9686" in 2006, "Episode #9385" in 2005 and "Episode #8655" in 2002.

                Carpenter's Directorial Team:

                • Associate Directors: Teresa Anne Cicala, Tracy Casper Lang, Paul S. Glass, Mary Ryan, Jen Pepperman, Barry Gingold
                • Stage Managers: Alan Needleman, Keith Greer, Brendan Higgins
                • Production Associates: Kevin Brush, Nathalie Rodriguez
                • Kristen Alderson
                • Paul S. Glass
                • Mary Ryan
                • Larry Carpenter
                • Teresa Anne Cicala
                • Tracy Casper Lang
                • Jen Pepperman
                • Barry Gingold

                  Thursday, November 11, 2010 at 9:15 PM ET by Errol Lewis

                  Aiden Turner

                  Photo: Yolanda Perez/ABC

                  ( — As previously reported, Aiden Turner,  Stephen Amell and Liam McIntyre were up for the role of Spartacus in the Starz original series "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" after series star Andy Whitfield was unable to return to work on the shows second season when he learned his cancer had returned. Now is reporting that neither of the actors vying for the part got the role.

                  The decision comes as a surprise after the network went through all that trouble in flying all three to New Zealand to screen test and meet with the shows cast and crew. 

                  Despite no actor being offered the role, however, Deadline says that Starz has opted to hold onto McIntyre, while releasing Amell and Turner. The networks decision to hold onto McIntyre theoretically means he will eventually land the role, but according to reporter Nellie Andreeva, Starz is still looking into all options including the possibility of ending the series or bringing in someone entirely new.

                  Whitfield was diagnosed with Stage 1 non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in early March when "Spartacus" was in pre-production, but was in remission and training hard for the series' second season. In September, Starz announced that the actor was advised by his doctors to immediately resume aggressive treatment for a recurrence of cancer, which caused him to drop out of 'Spartacus.'

                  "It's with a deep sense of disappointment that I must step aside from such an exceptional project as 'Spartacus' and all the wonderful people involved. It seems that it is time for myself and my family to embark on another extraordinary journey. Thank you sincerely for the support so far," said Whitfield at the time.

                  "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" averaged 980,000 viewers through out the course of its 13 episode first season earlier this year. 

                  Turner became a household name in March of this year when he joined the cast of "Dancing with the Stars" for the shows tenth season. He performed alongside Edyta Sliwinska. The duo were eliminated during the shows third week. The actor starred on "All My Children" from June 2002 through December 2009. 

                  Stephen Amell portrayed the role of Adam in the first season of the here! series "Dante's Cove." He was replaced in season two with actor Jon Fleming. McIntyre most recently appeared on the HBO series "The Pacific" and is best known for his role in the hit Australian series "Neighbours."

                  "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" is scheduled to return to the airwaves with its second season in September 2011. "Spartacus: Gods of the Arena," a prequel to "Blood and Sand" debuts in January 2011.

                  • All My Children
                  • ABC
                  • Aiden Turner
                  • HBO
                  • Andy Whitfield
                  • Stephen Amell
                  • Liam McIntyre
                  • Edyta Sliwinska
                  • Spartacus: Blood and Sand
                  • Spartacus: Gods of the Arena
                  • Dante’s Cove
                  • The Pacific
                  • Starz
                  • Nellie Andreeva
                  • Jon Flemming
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