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Errol Lewis

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Errol Lewis is the Publisher and Editor in Chief of Soap Opera Network.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- Pardon me soap fans for being harsh, but It has now been more than a month since ABC canceled "All My Children" and "One Life to Live." It has been nearly two weeks since reports surfaced that "General Hospital" might be in danger of cancellation as well. Since the news broke on that awful Thursday afternoon, message boards and websites all around the world have been flooded with your comments. A failed protest on Tuesday, April 26 in New York City included police presence, but the Los Angeles protest outside of Disney's Burbank headquarters was a joke....
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- Don't worry soap fans, ABC isn't creating another "The" show...at least none that we've heard of. However, there was a major clue right under our noses that the network was going to be canceling your favorite daytime soaps "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" just one day before the announcement was made. Beginning at 7:00 AM (unclear if it was eastern or pacific time) on Wednesday, April 13, the network posted the first images of "The Chew" crew on their website, ABC.com, along with a description of the series and a biography of the hosts. According...
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- After beginning her press tour in promotion of her new memoir "All My Life," Susan Lucci vehemently denied rumors of "All My Children's" demise as anything but and that said rumors were not coming from ABC. While ABC didn't publicly create the rumor, they sure didn't deny it either...except to Lucci and the cast members and crews at "AMC" and "One Life to Live" after the idea of the two being canceled escalated beyond the networks control in the press. So why did the network leave Lucci to look like a fool on national television for weeks,...
As we all know, four weeks ago Brian Frons, President, Daytime, Disney/ABC Television Group, visited the set of ABC's "All My Children" to announce the cancellation of the 41-year-old soap live and in person to cast members while also canceling "AMC's" sister soap "One Life to Live," whose cast members learned via video feed of the 42-year-old daytime dramas fate. According to Frons, with "The Chew" and "The Revolution" the network will be saving between 30-40% a week on programming costs. It's easy to see why as Soap Opera Network has your exclusive first look at the new programming that falls under the networks "It's a Brand New Day" promotional campaign. Materials for the campaign will be sent out to advertisers and press outlets beginning next week as the network presents its 2011-2012 daytime and primetime schedule to Madison Avenue's elite buyers at the Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center in New York City on Tuesday, May 17. Soap fans are scheduled to protest outside the event from 2:00 - 6:00 PM.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- In its latest issue on newsstands now, Soap Opera Digest is reporting that there are rumors that "All My Children's" Chrishell Stause (Amanda Martin) will be leaving the recently canceled soap opera prior to its January 2012 finale, even though the soap last airs on Friday, September 23, 2011 and yes, they wrote that in their magazine, not I. Either which way, Soap Opera Network spoke with Stause herself right after the Twitter controversy that sparked Digest's report. The story, first reported by Soap Opera Network on Monday, April 25, goes that Stause had tweeted Ryan Basford, a...
On Thursday, May 12, Soap Opera Network broke news when we reported that layoffs occurred earlier this week at Soap Opera Digest and Soap Opera Weekly after American Media, Inc. officially took over editorial, advertising, marketing and distribution control of both publications from Source Interlink Companies, which retains ownership of both titles. Now comes word that Lynn Leahey, Editorial Director of both magazines along with lesser known title Pixie, is stepping down. We're told it was her decision.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- Currently appearing on The CW's "90210," rumors persist that actor Freddie Smith will be joining the cast of NBC's "Days of our Lives" in a contract role. Some of the rumors are going as far as to say that he will portray the love interest of Will Horton (Chandler Massey), who is also rumored to be the character the soap will reveal as being gay. When contacted by Soap Opera Network, a "DAYS" representative confirmed that it is indeed a rumor, but could not confirm published reports. A representative for Smith was unable to provide any details on...
Additional reporting by Angela Rosa (SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- While it was widely expected to happen, ABC is now confirming that Thorsten Kaye has indeed signed on to return to "All My Children" in the role of Zach Slater, the presumed dead husband of Kendall Hart Slater, as the daytime soap begins counting down to its final episode. Kaye is "coming back sometime later this summer" reports an ABC representative to Soap Opera Network in confirming the news. Based on a posting on his official website the actor will begin filming in late June, which would place his first airdate as late July...
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- As of this writing, ratings for the week of May 2-6, 2011 have not been released to us by Nielsen Media Research. With that in mind, based on the latest information we have (week of April 25-29, 2011), "One Life to Live" has surpassed "General Hospital" as ABC's most watched daytime drama series for the second consecutive week. For fans of the canceled drama series, unfortunately that isn't entirely good news. No one expects ABC to miraculously change its mind after making the devastating announcement that it has opted to cancel "One Life" and "All My Children" in...
While "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" were receiving worldwide attention after it was announced that ABC had decided be cancel both series on the afternoon of what is now known as Black Thursday (April 14), magazine publisher Source Interlink quietly made noise of its own that very morning when it announced it would be laying off more than half of its employees working on popular magazines Soap Opera Digest and Soap Opera Weekly. Now comes word that the company, which handed over editorial, advertising, marketing and distribution control of the magazine's to American Media, which runs such rags as The National Enquirer, has officially laid off the affected individuals.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- You may have heard that ABC Daytime's soap opera fans recently purchased an advertisement in The Hollywood Reporter and that said fans are planning to protest outside of Lincoln Center on Tuesday, May 17 as ABC unveils its new schedule for the 2011-2012 television season to press outlets and advertisers, but I bet you didn't know that said fans received a better gift than they probably ever expected from their efforts. Earlier tonight Soap Opera Network received an advanced copy of the magazine set to hit newsstands on Friday, May 13 with an issue date of Friday, May...

Wednesday, May 11, 2011 8:06 PM EDT
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- Now that ABC has scheduled the last airdate for "All My Children," the next piece of information that fans want to learn, again besides ABC changing their minds about canceling the soaps, is when will "One Life to Live" air its last episode. According to rumors, "One Life" is said to air its finale on Friday, January 6, 2012, but an ABC representative has confirmed to Soap Opera Network that the rumor is untrue. "That is not the correct date for OLTL's final episode," said the representative. While that particular date is out, "One Life to Live"...

Wednesday, May 11, 2011 6:23 PM EDT
UPDATE 6:46 PM ET: An ABC representative has informed Soap Opera Network that "All My Children" will indeed conclude on Friday, September 23 as announced by Susan Lucci on "The View." According to the representative, "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" will conclude in a way "to honor the core, passionate audience and their rich history with our soaps." The rep added that "'All My Children' will conclude in a manner that respects its legacy and the longstanding hopes of many of its viewers," when asked if there was anything specific ABC has planned for the shows...