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Errol Lewis is the Publisher and Editor in Chief of Soap Opera Network.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- You had to know there was something afloat when Soap Opera Digest posted on their website Friday that Robert Guza Jr. was out as "General Hospital's" head writer. While the news was later refuted by network insiders and a "GH" spokesperson, numerous sources have since come forward and revealed that while Guza is not expected to leave the show when his contract expires next month, thereby him not being out as the magazine's website had stated, his relations with network brass has greatly diminished.According to sources "there have been serious issues between the network and Guza relating to current storylines in recent months, and with Guza's contract up for renewal in April, there is also a matter of finances at play as well."Guza returned to "General Hospital" in April 2002 when he was named co-head writer alongside Charles Pratt Jr. He took over sole head writing duties...

Frank Valentini: The Man Behind ‘Life’ on ABC

Saturday, March 19, 2011 8:40 PM EDT
(Link only. Copy/Paste not allowed)(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- Frank Valentini is the "Wizard of Oz" of ABC Daytime. Not only does he serve as Executive Producer of "One Life to Live," but he is also the go to man for when the network needs oversight of some of their biggest side projects. In 2008, Valentini directed the ESPN commissioned "Endless Drama" campaign in which "All My Children" actors Cameron Mathison (Ryan Lavery) and Rebecca Budig (Greenlee Smythe) and "One Life to Live's" John Paul Lavoiser (Rex Balsom), David Fumero (Cristian Vega), Bree Williamson (Jessica Buchanan) and John Brotherton (ex-Jared Banks) all appeared in a series of commercials depicting the drama brought to fantasy baseball. In 2010, Valentini directed ABC.com's "What If..." series which asked the question of what would happen if you're favorite characters from all of the ABC soaps were put together in situations unlike they've ever seen in their...
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- Brittany Underwood, 22, joined the cast of "One Life to Live" on May 17, 2006 in the role of Langston Wilde. Nearly five years later, the actress is set to make her final appearance on the soap on Friday, April 8 when her character is offered a movie deal. In an interview with Soap Opera Network after last Sunday's grand finale of "ABC Daytime Salutes Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS" charity event, Underwood dishes on what her fans mean to her, life after "One Life to Live" and the friendships she's created during her time on the ABC soap.Underwood's "One Life" exit is said to tie in with the upcoming return of Jason Tam, who portrayed Underwood's on screen love interest Markko Rivera until last fall when his character moved to Los Angeles. While the news of his return came out after this interview took place, the actress...
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- UPDATE: Soap Opera Digest has updated their report on their website citing comment from an ABC representative indicating that Guza is in fact not leaving "GH."PREVIOUS: Soap Opera Digest is reporting on their website that "General Hospital" Head Writer Robert Guza Jr. is on his way out as the soaps Head Writer. According to network insiders however, the report is "not true" and "absolutely false." Under normal circumstances, when a rumor is denied or not confirmed by the network we'd receive a standard "no comment," which did not happen in this case thus giving credence to the possibility that Soap Opera Digest is reporting false mistaken news on their website.Digest Report: Guza's Future at GH in Question We're hearing that Robert Guza, Jr. is on his way out as GENERAL HOSPITAL's head writer. ABC Daytime doesn't comment on rumors, but an insider tells us there's a good chance it's...
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- We had previously reported that NBC's "Days of our Lives" was seeking to cast the contract role of Ryan, who is described as a "17 to 18-year-old Caucasian or African American male." According to the breakdown released at the time, "Ryan is the all-American high school idol. Gorgeous, well-built quarterback of the football team. Popular, confident and charismatic...the world is at his feet for the taking." Recently, Soap Opera Network received a link to a clip of actor John Gregory Willard screen testing for the role. While the clip was posted on the Vimeo website about a month ago, there has been no word on whether the show has cast the role. "Days of our Lives" is currently filming two to three months in advance, while the character is scheduled to debut in May.Since beginning his career in 2006, Willard has appeared in a number of...
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- On Sunday, March 13, Soap Opera Network chatted with some of your favorite actors from "All My Children, "One Life to Live" and "General Hospital" at a press party held at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City. The event took place immediately following the 7th and final production of "ABC Daytime Salutes Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS" charity event. In our first of a series of interviews, we thought it would be best to start things off by talking with "One Life to Live" head writer Ron Carlivati.Carlivati came to "One Life to Live" as a writer's assistant in 1996. Since then he found himself taking on the positions of script writer and breakdown writer on one of daytime's longest running soap operas. But what is different from being a writer on the show to now being the head writer of said show? "Well suddenly it...

James Franco Back for More ‘General Hospital’

Saturday, March 12, 2011 2:46 PM EDT
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- Despite a less than thrilling performance as co-host of the "83rd Annual Academy Awards" on ABC last month, the network has asked actor James Franco to return to "General Hospital" once more as the deadly artist known simply as Franco.According to the network, on Friday, March 25, Franco will again make his presence known to a Port Charles citizen. This time to Carly Jacks (Laura Wright), when Franco gets in touch with the hotel owner with a very important message.To find out what Franco is up to next, tune in to "General Hospital." Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.General HospitalLaura WrightJames FrancoOscarsComings & GoingsAcademy Awards

A New Face for Baby Emma on ‘GH’

Friday, March 11, 2011 9:48 PM EDT
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- "General Hospital's" Robin Scorpio (Kimberly McCullough) and Patrick Drake (Jason Thompson) are getting a new face for their baby girl. Not a face lift sillies (who'd do that to a baby anyway?), but a new actress is taking over the role of Emma from departing twins Jessie and Gianna Salvatierra.According to ABC Soaps In Depth, Francesca Cistone will take on the role beginning with the Wednesday, March 23 episode. Cistone is the daughter of Danny Cistone, who recently appeared on the soap as Jules, one of Theo's (Daniel Benzali) men who taunted Sonny (Maurice Benard) on the Thursday, March 10 episode of the soap with a lead on Brenda's (Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo) kidnapping.According to In Depth: No explanation has been given for the reason behind replacing the twins, who've been sharing the role since 2009, and setsiders report that Francesca -- a fraternal twin herself --4 is just...
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- After a 20 year absence, actor Thom Bierdz (Phillip Chancellor III) returned to CBS' "The Young and the Restless" in 2009 with the revelation that his character was gay - one of the few out characters currently portrayed on American soaps. As the only openly gay actor appearing in a soap opera, Bierdz took time out of his busy day on Wednesday, February 16, to speak with Soap Opera Network about his most recent return to daytime's top soap, his passion for art and his Amazon bestseller "Forgiving Troy," which delves into the mind, the life and the heart of a man dealing with trauma through the power of the written word.Your name is very unique, and sometimes can be pronounced incorrectly by individuals. Is it pronounced like Tom Beards? Did I say that right?You did! Beards, like facial hair. I kind of wish I would have...

GH Promo: A Child’s Life in Danger

Thursday, March 10, 2011 2:10 PM EDT
A hitman with a painful past. The only way to protect his son was to give him up. But just because he's no longer in his life, doesn't mean he stops loving him. Starting Thursday, March 17 on "General Hospital," it's the moment every mother fears. And now, three parents must wait, pray, and hope for a miracle. General Hospital. Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. General HospitalPromosSlideShowPro({ attributes: { id: "album-21", width: 530, height: 340 }, mobile: { auto: false }, params: { bgcolor: "#000000", allowfullscreen: true }, flashvars: { xmlFilePath: "http://director.soapoperanetwork.com/images.php?album=21", displayMode: "Manual", videoAutoStart: "Off", navAppearance: "Visible on Rollover", navLinkAppearance: "Numbers", transitionStyle: "Photo Flash", feedbackPreloaderAppearance: "Bar" } });