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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) -- So you heard the story about ABC being sued for unpaid residuals owed to the estate of "General Hospital" creators Frank and Doris Hursley? Did you know that their children are Bridget Dobson, Deborah Hardy and Polly Keusnik? Why is that important? According to The Hollywood Reporter, two of the three women were writers on "GH" way back when and in the case of Bridget Dobson, she and her husband, Jerome, co-created NBC's cult classic "Santa Barbara." During the time the two were at odds with NBC, current "GH" executive producer, Jill Farren Phelps, oversaw the day-to-day operations of "Barbara." Did you also know that five years ago ABC faced another "GH" related lawsuit courtesy of fired actress Kari Wuhrer, who played Reese Marshall or the REAL Carly Roberts (there goes ABC with that REAL talk again), after she accused the network of firing her for being...
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- On Tuesday, April 26, soap fans, who were able to make it to protests in response to ABC's cancellation of "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" in major cities across the nation, found out the hard way that dictatorships (cough, television networks) don't play with crazy - they just call the cops on them! To be clear, by no means are we calling anyone crazy (except the boneheaded movers and shakers at ABC). Unfortunately, that is what some people believe when they hear you're a soap fan these days. But onto the news...According to those who attended the New York protest in front of the "One Life to Live" studios in Manhattan, ABC called the police on protesters! "The rally has petered a bit! But the POLICE is out her talking to the ABC peeps," said Twitter poster Xanderdash after tweeting a picture of fans protesting....
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- Oh ABC, ABC, ABC...or should I say ABC Daytime? In the two weeks since you opted to cancel the soaps citing poor financial returns and low ratings at "All My Children" and "One Life to Live," which caused backlash within the television community, a major advertiser pulls their ads off your network and then the incompetence of your top dog is uncovered by an employee to the press. So what else could you possibly have up your soapy sleeve? How about your being sued by the children of the creators of "General Hospital" for missing profit margins! That's right folks, according to TMZ.com, the estate of Frank and Doris Hursley, the creators of "GH," headed up by their children, is suing The Walt Disney Company owned ABC for what they claim are missing profits from the syndication of the show. Yes people, this is directly related to...
Earlier today, Soap Opera Digest posted breaking news on their website when they reported that actress Cady McClain would be returning to ABC's "All My Children" in the role of Dixie Cooney. Shortly afterward, Soaps in Depth posted their own version of the news. Who to believe? At this point, it doesn't matter as long as Dixie's back! Then again, Cady did return in early 2010 when Dixie, who died via poisoned pancakes (what were the writers thinking?), and her ghost/spirit was used to usher out Palmer Cortlandt, who had "died" on the soap a few months after his real-life portrayer, James Mitchell, passed away.

What You Talkin’ Bout Chrishell (Stause)?

Monday, April 25, 2011 4:37 AM EDT
UPDATE POSTED @ 12:49 PM ET:Chrishell Stause has updated her twitter page and noted that she's hearing confirmation on the rumors that we've all been talking about (which  rumor is that exactly?). Meanwhile, she denied tweeting the picture of the Easter Eggs as posted by an anti-executive twitter account. Soap Opera Network apologizes for attributing that to Chrishell.  So what rumor are we about to learn is true?  Tune in to find out!PREVIOUS @ 4:37 AM ET(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- We're not saying she's referring to what we're thinking/hoping she's referring to, but it sure didn't squash the possibility, now did it? What exactly are we talking about? "All My Children's" Chrishell Stause (Amanda Martin) tweeted something very interesting on her Twitter page on Easter Sunday along with a retweet of a picture posted by a Twitter account demanding the ouster of Brian Frons, President, Daytime, Disney/ABC Television Group. Of course, said tweets...
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- You got to love ABC Daytime for its usage of the word REAL in its on air promos when touting the return of Rebecca Budig as the REAL Greenlee Smythe on "All My Children" back in 2008, but this isn't about Greenlee so let's have none of that. On the networks "General Hospital," viewers have seen Brenda (Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo) holding onto hope that Lucian (played by cutie pie Elvis Martinez) is her long thought dead son with Alexander Janacek (the never seen son of Suzanne and Theo), even though her husband, Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) has his doubts. Next month, the show might prove Sonny right!Soap Opera Network has learned that "GH" has cast child star Quinn Friedman in the role of Alec, who is presumed to be the REAL son of Brenda Barrett (now Corinthos). The actor's first airdate is set for Thursday, May 12....
Could the incompetence of a network executive get any uglier? Why yes, it can! The latest in a series of blunders by Brian Frons, President, Daytime, Disney/ABC Television Group, since the announcement that he has decided to "evolve" ABC Daytime by canceling "All My Children and "One Life to Live" by replacing them with "The Chew" and "The Revolution," while sticking his foot in his mouth in interview (Deadline.com), after interview (Entertainment Weekly), after interview (The Wrap), comes a scathing report by another Disney Insider that paints Frons as an executive without much imagineers (Disney speak for imagination).
In a rarity for soaps, CBS posted on its Twitter page today your first look at Genie Francis in her newly created role of Genevieve, who looks to be the next villainess on the networks "The Young and the Restless." The image was first posted on on-screen son Daniel Goddard's (Ethan 'Cane' Ashby) Facebook page. From looking at the image (posted at right), the actress' new character is surely nothing like her iconic character, Laura Spencer, from her time on "General Hospital, which is what she wanted when she spoke with Oprah Winfrey in February. "If there is a way to go forward with Laura and make her into what I’d like her to be now, then perhaps I would do it," said Francis. "I would like her to be funny and have a little bit of an agenda that might look a little bit vengeful, but it really...
After news broke earlier this evening that Hoover was pulling all of its advertising from the ABC Television Network on the heels of the networks decision to cancel "All My Children" and "One Life to Live," Soap Opera Network got word from a high ranking Disney official, speaking on condition of anonymity, that Hoover's decision would not only not change the networks mind about the cancellations, but that it would only hurt, not help, the soaps in their final months on the air from a financial perspective. According to the insider, ABC Daytime has been producing both soaps at a financial loss and the decision to bring on "The Chew" and "The Revolution" will allow ABC to bring in approximately 80% more revenue from the demise of each soap as it cost ABC between 30-40% less to produce a talk show than it would a soap opera.As we all...
People seem to think that boycotting ABC, sending soap to networks headquarters in New York and Los Angeles, etc will get ABC to change their minds about canceling the soaps. Unless you want the FBI on your butt, you will do no such thing. You watched enough soaps over the years to find a more constructive manner in dealing with this. Calling is a waste of time and energy as the network is deleting your messages and changing telephone #'s for their employees as fast as you hit a key stroke on your keyboard (for many, that isn't fast enough). Tuning out only gives you less time to tune in. If you find yourself seeking input from the 2-3 people that "boycotted" outside of "The Early Show" studios after "Guiding Light" and "As The World Turns" got canceled, you'll come across as much of a loon as you've been...