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Errol Lewis

Errol Lewis is the Publisher and Editor in Chief of Soap Opera Network.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011 7:35 AM EDT
( -- On a night that found CBS' "The Bold and the Beautiful" nearly sweeping every category it was nominated for including Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Drama Series Directing Team, Outstanding Supporting Actress (Heather Tom) and Younger Actor (Scott Clifton) in a Drama Series, the "38th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards" found itself lacking in viewers when compared to its year-ago telecast. The awards show, which took place Sunday, June 19 from the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel and aired on CBS for the second consecutive year, averaged a mere 0.8/3 in Adults 18-49 and just 5.4 million viewers throughout its...
After weeks of reported firings, hirings and rumors, NBC's "Days of our Lives" is breaking its silence. In a press release issued to Soap Opera Network, the program has outlined a series of changes that will be reflected on screen beginning in September that includes highlighting romance and the faces of beloved characters once more. Behind the scenes changes include the hiring of "Passions" scribes Marlene McPherson and Darrell Ray Thomas and naming Noel Maxam and Greg Meng as Co-Executive Producers. The duo replace Gary Tomlin, who was fired last week. The behind the scenes changes are effective immediately.
As daytime gets ready to roll the dice in Las Vegas on Sunday, June 19 for "The 38th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards," CBS is getting itself ready by hosting CBS Tweet Week with the networks biggest and brightest daytime stars including "The Young and the Restless'" Christian LeBlanc and Christel Khalil and "The Bold and the Beautiful's" Ronn Moss and Scott Clifton. Also joining in on the fun will be Mike Richards, Executive Producer of "The Price is Right." Each tweeter will chat live with fans during the East Coast broadcast of their respective shows, the network said.
( -- Ever since Tyler Christopher confirmed reports that he had been let go from ABC's "General Hospital" back in March, it became months of dread for fans of his character, Nikolas Cassadine, as to when they'd catch their final glimpse of the dark prince. Soap Opera Network has since learned that day is Thursday, June 30. According to sources, Nikolas will say goodbye to Port Charles shortly after realizing he has nothing left to keep him in town after he learns that his presumed son with Elizabeth Webber (Rebecca Herbst), Aiden, is not his after all but the child...
It has been three weeks since Ken Corday, Executive Producer and owner of NBC's "Days of our Lives," made his first move to save the soap from near oblivion with the firing of Head Writer Dena Higley and replacing her with former "Passions" scribes Marlene McPherson and Darrell Ray Thomas. In the weeks that followed, soap stars Crystal Chappell (Carly Manning), Louise Sorel (Vivian Alamain), Bren Foster (Quinn Hudson), Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe Lane), Tamara Braun (Taylor Walker), and Francisco San Martin (Dario Hernandez) were all out of jobs. If those changes weren't enough to signal a revolution heading toward Salem, it was definitely made clear with the firing of Co-Executive Producer Gary Tomlin along with the expected returns of Deidre Hall (Marlena Evans), Drake Hogestyn (John Black), and Matthew Ashford (Jack Deveraux) and the rumored returns of several former cast members including Mark Hapka (Nathan Horton) and Bryan Dattilo (Lucas Horton).
( -- After news broke on Thursday, June 9 that Gary Tomlin was out as co-executive producer of NBC's "Days of our Lives," the two questions left unanswered were whether or not the soap would replace Tomlin or if executive producer Ken Corday would take on full-time duties as the shows sole EP. According to sources, the soap has indeed opted to replace Tomlin with someone new. The name being circulated since news of Tomlin's ouster became public yesterday has been Noel Maxam, who joined "DAYS" as a Producer/Director in August 2007. In late 2008, Maxam was promoted to Supervising...
With the news that "Days of our Lives" has let Gary Tomlin go as co-executive producer and Soap Opera Network unable to confirm who is replacing him at this time, rumors began swirling that actor Mark Hapka would be returning to the daytime drama series just days after reportedly stating that someone in particular (possibly Tomlin) was in the way of his employment with the show.
After a week of unconfirmed (by the show) firings of numerous actors, NBC's "Days of our Lives" has now fired its co-executive producer, Gary Tomlin. The news was first reported by TV Guide Canada's Nelson Branco on Twitter. News of Tomlin's firing comes on the heals of last months firing of head writer Dena Higley and the recent firings of actors Crystal Chappell (Carly Manning), Louise Sorel (Vivian Alamain), Bren Foster (Quinn Hudson), Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe Lane), and Tamara Braun (Taylor Walker).
On Monday, May 23, three days after news broke that Ingo Rademacher (Jasper 'Jax' Jacks) had been fired by ABC's "General Hospital," Soap Opera Network tweeted that we had exclusively learned that Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo (Brenda Barrett Corinthos) would be the next actor leaving the daytime drama series. On Thursday, May 26, just before the long Memorial Day Weekend, the actress confirmed our report when she revealed that her days with the soap were numbered via her Twitter page. Interestingly, the actress has been tweeting up a storm since revealing the news while keeping mum for nearly 3 months on her twitter account (it had previously been crickets since February of this year). Marcil Giovinazzo's confirmation follows months of rumors since she revealed in an interview with Access Hollywood Live back in March that she was on her way out.
After news broke today that ABC would be bumping "General Hospital" from its long time 3:00 PM ET/2:00 PM PT timeslot beginning in September 2012 in favor of a new Katie Couric talk show, the network was forced to calm the nerves of fans who are still reeling from the cancellations of "All My Children" and "One Life to Live." Unfortunately, the network is just delaying the inevitable to placate fans from believing that their favorite soap could be next.
( -- While "The Chew" and "The Revolution" have yet to debut nor have "All My Children" or "One Life to Live" even taped their last episodes, the ABC Television Network is already making moves with its fall 2012 daytime schedule. The network announced today plans to launch a Katie Couric hosted syndicated daytime talk show which provides the failed evening news host with a hefty $20 million a year salary plus ownership of her program and reunites her with failed network executive and CEO Jeff Zucker, who will be an executive producer with Couric on the yet-to-be-named series...
( -- While "Days of our Lives" has still not officially confirmed that actor Freddie Smith has joined the cast of the NBC daytime drama series, Soap Opera Network confirmed two weeks ago that Smith had signed on with the show and will be portraying the role of Sonny and we can now confirm his first airdate will be Thursday, June 23. If that was't all, we can also confirm that Sonny is in fact one of Adrienne and Justin Kiriakis' (Judi Evans and Wally Kurth) son's. To be precise, presumably the name "Sonny" is a take-off from their...