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Errol Lewis

Errol Lewis is the Publisher and Editor in Chief of Soap Opera Network.
Just as the long memorial day holiday weekend was getting ready to begin word broke that "The Young and the Restless" was recasting the role of Billy Abbott. According to Daytime Confidential, "Y&R" has decided to go in a different direction with the character and has let David Tom go. He is being replaced by actor Burgess Jenkins.

Monday, May 26, 2014 5:44 PM EDT
It is with great sadness to report that "All My Children's" Matthew Cowles (Billy Clyde Tuggle) has died. The actor, who was married to actress Christine Baranski ("The Good Wife) for more than 30 years, passed away on Thursday, May 22 at the age of 69. He is survived by his wife and their two daughters, Isabel and Lily.
For the ninth consecutive year CBS' "The Bold and the Beautiful" received a nomination for the Monte Carlo Television Festival’s International TV Audience Awards, which honors programs that garnered the highest number of viewers worldwide in 2013 across five continents. "B&B" is nominated in the “Telenovela/Soap Opera” category. To coincide with its nomination, the soap has announced the addition of Australian actress Ashleigh Brewer (ex- Kate Ramsay, "Neighbours") to its cast in the newly created contract role of Ivy Forrester, who is the niece of patriarch Eric Forrester (John McCook).
For the week of May 12-16, 2014, ABC Daytime ranked #1 in Women 18-34 (199,000/0.6 rating) and Women 25-54 (784,000/1.3 rating) and tied for #1 in Women 18-49 (610,000/1.0 rating), per newly released Nielsen Media Research ratings data. The network hit a 10–week highs in Total Viewers (3.2 million) and Women 18-34, and 7–week highs in Women 18-49 and in Women 25-54 – since weeks of 3/3/14 and 3/24/14, respectively.
While the season finale of ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" airs tonight, series regular Sarah Drew (Dr. April Kepner) will be appearing on the Friday, May 16 edition of Hallmark Channel's "Home & Family." The actress will chat with co-hosts Cristina Ferrare and Mark Steines to discuss her starring role in the new TriStar Pictures release, "Moms' Night Out," which also features Trace Adkins and Patricia Heaton. The film is a bit of irony of sorts for Drew as her character on "Grey's" recently learned she was with child, while in the film she's the mother of three kids in desperate...
As it gets ready to finish the traditional television season (September-May) as America's most-watched network in viewers for the 11th time in 12 years, CBS has renewed 21 shows and has picked up an additional 8 for next season. Five of the new shows will air in the fall with the remaining three headed for midseason. The new series joining the network in the fall includes "Madam Secretary," starring Téa Leoni as the newly appointed U.S. Secretary of State; "NCIS: New Orleans," a spinoff of "NCIS," starring Scott Bakula; "Scorpion," a high-octane drama starring Elyes Gabel, Robert Patrick and Katharine McPhee, inspired...

Monday, May 12, 2014 8:45 AM EDT
Before meeting with reporters later this morning and advertisers this evening, FOX announced its Fall 2014 primetime schedule that includes a portfolio of new content for the 2014-2015 television season, which join FOX veterans "American Idol," "Animation Domination High-Def," "Bob's Burger," "Boom!," "Bones," "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," "Family Guy," "The Following," "Glee," "Hell's Kitchen," "Hotel Hell," "Masterchef," "Master Junior," "The Mindy Project," "New Girl," "The Simpsons," "Sleepy Hollow" and "So You Think You Can Dance." Each series returns with new seasons airing at various points through 2014-2015.
On Friday, May 9, actor and rock and roller Rick Springfield (ex-Noah Drake, "General Hospital") received one the the highest honors an entertainer could ever hope to attain: a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Joined by former "GH" co-star Jason Thompson (Patrick Drake) and "The Young and the Restless'" Doug Davidson (Paul Williams), the hour long ceremony included speeches by Hollywood Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Leron Gubler, Thompson and Davidson, before Springfield took the stage to accept his honor.
Out of the 26 series that ABC had in development for the 2014-2015 television season, the network has given orders to 14 of them. Eight dramas and six comedies. The new series joining ABC's recently renewed veterans include dramas "American Crime," "Forever," "How to Get Away With Murder," ""Marvel's Agent Carter," "Secrets & Lies," "The Astronaut Wives Club," "The Club" and "The Whispers," and comedies "Black-ish," "Cristela," "Fresh Off the Boat," "Galavant," "Manhattan Love Story" and "Selfie."
After renewing a slew of its comedies and dramas, ABC announced that it has also renewed "Nashville" for a third season and "Last Man Standing" for a fourth season. The pickups of both series concludes ABC's renewals for the 2014-2015 television season. The network will formally announce its slate of new and returning series on Tuesday, May 13 during its upfront presentation at Lincoln Center.
On today's episode of ABC's "General Hospital," the tradition of the Nurses Ball continues with yet another male stripstease. Like last year, Milo (Drew Cheetwood) once again led some of the show's hottest men, or "Magic Milo and the Magic Wands" as Lucy (Lynn Herring) excitedly referred them as, in a dance routine choreographed to AC/DC's "You Shook Me All Night Long." While there was some stiff competition amongst the characters in terms of who had the better stripper pose, the ladies in attendance sure had a good time either way as evidenced by Felicia (Kristina Wagner) chanting, "What a waist. What a chest. What an ass," after an annoyed Levi (Zachary Garred) commented, "This is so tacky. Does a charity really need this? What a waste."
ABC has renewed dramas "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," "Castle," "Grey's Anatomy," "Once Upon a Time," "Resurrection," "Revenge" and "Scandal," while also picking up comedies "The Goldbergs," "The Middle," and "Modern Family" for the 2014-2015 television season. The network has yet to decide the fates of drama "Nashville" and comedy "Last Man Standing," although the likelihood of both series returning remains strong.