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

Editor’s Notebook: Interviews Coming Soon

Sunday, March 6, 2011 4:45 PM EDT
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- The last time I wrote an edition of the Editor's Notebook was August 12, 2008. A lot has changed in the nearly three years since including the cancellations of both "Guiding Light" and "As The World Turns" by CBS, the near blackout of the Daytime Emmys on broadcast television and news of the end being near for what was considered our soap opera haven, SOAPnet. One thing that hasn't changed, however, is that Soap Opera Network is still around and thriving more than ever before.Since our relaunch in late January of this year, which included a new layout design and a new outlook, our traffic has been climbing to some of the sites best numbers in years. This is a testament to the hard work that our staff writers have put into the shows they cover day in and day out on our website and you, our...

Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo Done and Out?

Sunday, March 6, 2011 3:43 PM EDT
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- In an interview with Access Hollywood Live hosts Billy Bush and Kit Hoover on Thursday, March 3, actress Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo made it clear that her time on ABC's "General Hospital" as Brenda Barrett (now Corinthos) will soon come to a close after her contract with the drama series expires."I came back to honor my roots. These are the people that I grew up with. I haven't been a regular on the show in 13 years. It was like going to an incredible high school reunion," said Marcil Giovinazzo of her time back at the Prospect Studios where "GH" is filmed. "We had so much fun. I have so much respect for these people. They work so hard. I loved being there. We shot the wedding for seven days. We just had the best time. There were all these insane things that happened and now after the...
ABC PRESS RELEASEABC Ranks as Daytime’s No. 1 Network Among Women 18-49“General Hospital” is Daytime’s No. 1 Program in Women 18-49 for the 1st Time Since October 08, Driven by James Franco’s Return and the Lead-Up to Sonny and Brenda’s Anticipated Wedding; Ranks No. 1 for the 2nd Straight Week in Women 18-34“General Hospital” Hits a Near 4-Month High in Women 18-34 and an 8-Week High in Women 18-49; Posts its 2nd-Best Week of the Season in Women 18-49ABC Claims 3 of the Week’s Top 5 Programs in Daytime in Women 18-49With “General Hospital,” “The View” and “One Life To Live”•ABC stood as Daytime’s No. 1 network among Women 18-34 (0.6 rating/216,000 – tie) and Women 18-49 (1.1 rating/721,000 – tie).•“General Hospital” ranked as Daytime’s No. 1 program in Women 18-49 (1.3 rating/874,000 – tie) for the first time since the week of October 27, 2008, and ranked No....
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has announced that for the first time in its history, the NAACP Image Awards will honor its daytime drama acting categories during the live annual awards broadcast scheduled for Friday, March 4 at 8/7c on FOX.Since introducing the daytime drama categories in 1994, "The Young and the Restless" had consistently dominated the Outstanding Actor and Actress in a Daytime Drama Series with the exception of "Passions" actress Tracey Ross, who won for her role as Eve Russell in 2007. In 2010, "All My Children's" Debbi Morgan (Angie Hubbard) and Cornelius Smith Jr. (Frankie Hubbard) took home the honors as mother and son.The 2011 nominees are as follows:Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series· Debbi Morgan - "All My Children" (ABC) · Julia Pace Mitchell - "The Young and the Restless" (CBS) · Tatyana Ali - "The Young and the Restless"...

Sonya Eddy Taken Off Contract at ‘GH’

Tuesday, March 1, 2011 6:30 PM EDT
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- It was only a matter of time before word broke that actors from "General Hospital" would begin receiving notice of their contract cycle not being renewed when the soap re-hired Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth Webber) after firing her in late January citing "storyline dictated" reasons. The first cut is with actress Sonya Eddy, who has portrayed the role of Epiphany Johnson on both "GH" and short-lived spin-off "General Hospital: Night Shift" since 2006. The actress was upped to contract status in August 2007.In a posting on her facebook page, Eddy answered the question that has been on the minds of her fans for quite awhile. "So, the question has been asked. Here's the answer.... It is true, I have been taken off contract at GH. And so it goes...," Eddy's post said. At this time it remains unclear  whether Eddy will remain on the soap in a recurring...

Danny Cistone Joins ‘GH’ in Recurring Role

Saturday, February 26, 2011 6:51 PM EDT
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- "General Hospital" has cast actor Danny Cistone in the recurring role of Jules, one of the Balkan's (Daniel Benzali) henchman that is holding some high priced inventory from their loved one's.According to sources, Cistone will debut on the Wednesday, March 2 episode of "General Hospital" when Brenda (Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo) wakes up from what she thinks is a dream, but turns into a nightmare soon after as Jules presents her with a potentially deadly injection.In addition to his role on "GH," Cistone is also the Technical Director and Co-founder of Theatre 68 | 68 Cent Crew Theatre Company along with Ronnie Marmo (Ronnie Dimestico). He's appeared in a number of films including "West of Brooklyn" and "A Bronx Tale," which both co-starred Marmo and in the case of "Bronx Tale," James Franco (Franco). Cistone's last airdate is set for Thursday, March 10.General HospitalRonnie MarmoJames FrancoVanessa Marcil GiovinazzoDanny CistoneWest...
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- After portraying the role of Alan Quartermaine on ABC's "General Hospital" for 31 years, Stuart Damon has taken to real estate as his second career move. The actor has joined his son to host the new series "Luxury Lifestyles," which takes a look into the life of luxury in the growing Southern California housing market.Launching on Sunday, March 6 at 11:00 AM on KCOP Channel 13 in Southern California, "Luxury Lifestyles" will give viewers the opportunity to peak inside the homes of some of the grandest living spaces in the area, but unfortunately for the rest of us in the country we'll miss out on all the finest homes."It was intended to be a local show but there could be a national interest in this," said Christopher Damon, who was a producer on the first season of "Survivor" as well as MTV's "Road Rules" in an interview...

ABC Deciding Fate of Daytime Lineup?

Wednesday, February 23, 2011 4:22 AM EDT
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- The sky is falling at ABC Daytime! At least that's what published reports have fans thinking after news broke yesterday that ABC is about to make "major decisions" relating to its daytime lineup of "The View," "All My Children," "General Hospital" and "One Life to Live."The StoryDaytime Confidential is reporting that ABC will be making a decision in the coming weeks regarding its daytime lineup in the wake of Oprah Winfrey's impending departure from the ABC O&O (Owned and Operated) stations across the country in September. The decision, which has been highly anticipated for sometime, is expected to cause "ripple effects throughout the ABC Daytime lineup" according to DC's sources."They have to make a decision by the end of the First Quarter 2011 in order to get one or more of the shows on the air by fall," said the source in the DC report. "Affiliates are...

Ingo Rademacher Placed on Reduced Work Schedule?

Wednesday, February 23, 2011 12:35 AM EDT
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- Just as fans rejoice that Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth Webber) is staying on at "General Hospital," word comes that Ingo Rademacher (Jasper 'Jax' Jacks) has been placed on a reduced work schedule with the ABC drama series.While Ingo does remain on contract with "GH," it is shocking to see how the show has been treating its vets as of late. Of course with a reported budget cut looming over their heads, show producers could take a closer look at who is being featured every day and not the one's who aren't to blame the dramas falling ratings on.Yesterday, the Rademacher tweeted the following on Twitter: "Dont expect to c me much on GH. once a week seems to the norm for me if that. I must have peed in the pool and was fresh out of chlorine :-) I'll be on the air for the next week or 2...

ABC Releases Statement on Rebecca Herbst Staying

Tuesday, February 22, 2011 12:40 PM EDT
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- After firing Rebecca Herbst back in January, only to change their minds late last week, ABC has released a statement touting Herbst's staying on at the networks daytime drama "General Hospital.""Rebecca Herbst will continue on 'General Hospital' as Elizabeth Webber. The show is thrilled she will remain on the canvas to portray the beloved character in many more poignant and emotional stories. Fans will be pleased to see Rebecca continue the role she created."The reversal of Herbst's ouster is a testament to her fans who literally flooded the shows studio with phone calls, post cards, letters, and gifts showing how much they love and appreciate their favorite actress. Herbst joined the cast of "GH" back in August 1997.Rebecca HerbstComings & Goings