Today marks the 48th anniversary of “Days of our Lives” and the cast will celebrate with their biggest fans via social media beginning no earlier than 1:00 PM ET/10:00 AM PT as they share some onset photos, videos and more as well as answer some of your questions when using hashtag #AskDAYS on Twitter (make sure to follow @NBCDays @DaysofourLives to keep up with the latest). The festivities are expected to last no later than 6:00 PM ET/3:00 PM PT.
The alphabet network is very proud of its sole remaining daytime drama series, “General Hospital,” which has increased its total audience and is surging in the key sales demos. The network is also proud of daytime talkers “The View” and “The Chew,” which are both achieving increased audiences in demos. “Chew” is reaching a new zenith in total audience as the talk show attracted its largest total viewer count and women 25-54 demo count in its history during the week of October 28, 2013 through November 1, 2013.
“General Hospital” grew its Total Viewer audience for the fourth consecutive week, rising to an over 10 month high (2.91 million – since 1/21/13), set an over 2 year high in Women 18-49 (748,000/1.2 rating) and over 2 and a half year high in Women 25-54 (989,000/1.6 rating) – since weeks of 8/15/11 and 3/28/11, respectively – placing a competitive #2 in the demos, and was the #1 program for the 11th week in a row in Women 18-34 (259,000/0.8 rating).
• Monday’s telecast – which included story lines revolving around Robin learning of Patrick’s engagement and Maxie’s frantic preparation for her baby’s return – stood as the series’ most-watched telecast in over 3 and a half years in Total Viewers (3.16 million – since 2/1/10), its second-most-watched telecast in over two years in Women 18-49 (857,000/1.3 rating) and two and a half years in Women 25-54 (1.13 million/1.9 rating) – since 8/15/11 and 3/25/11, accordingly.
Earlier today TV Guide‘s Michael Logan tweeted, “Is #ProspectPark ‘shelving’ @allmychildren too? I’m hearing big announcement planned for this Friday. @TOLN @onelifetolive.” The possibility of it happening wouldn’t necessarily come as a surprise considering there has been literally no news about the future of either “All My Children” or “One Life to Live” outside of the early September news that due to the ABC/Prospect Park lawsuit over “OLTL,” the company would be forging ahead solely with “AMC.”
In addition to casting Michael Graziadei (“The Young and the Restless”, “American Horror Story”) in the pilot for “The Lottery” (Lifetime Casts Former ‘Restless’ and ‘American Horror’ Star in Pilot), Lifetime has also cast former “Guiding Light” and “Days of our Lives” actor Wes Ramsey in its other new pilot, “Deliverance Creek,” from Nicholas Sparks Productions and Warner Horizon. The series revolves around Lauren Ambrose (“Torchwood”, “Six Feet Under”) in the role of Belle, who becomes an outlaw after trying to save her family’s land from the corrupt parties looking to take control over it.
Ramsey is set to portray good guy Deputy Nate Cooper.
According to Deadline, Lifetime has cast Michael Graziadei (ex-Daniel Romalotti, “The Young and the Restless”; ex-Travis Wanderley, “American Horror Story”) in “The Lottery,” a new pilot the network is developing that hails from Warner Horizon. “Lottery” tells the story of a world where women are no longer having children, which leaves the human race on the brink of extinction. A national lottery is held after 100 embryos are later found to have been successfully fertilized.
Graziadei is set to play Kyle, described as a recovering alcoholic and single father of one of the last children born before new breaks of the new development.
Last week Friday Lifetime unexpectedly made the decision to bring back their once canceled, but now twice renewed hit series, “Drop Dead Diva,” for a sixth season set to premiere in 2014. Today, the network sadly opted not to do the same for “The Client List,” which stars Jennifer Love Hewitt as Riley Parks – a single mother of two who happens to make a whole lot of money as a prostitute.
The series – loosely based on the 2010 hit Lifetime original movie of the same name and inspired by a true story – will not return for a third season, confirms a Lifetime representative to Soap Opera Network.
Yesterday, we at Soap Opera Network published our Halloween feature with the casts of “Days of our Lives” and “The Young and the Restless” providing us with some of their favorite past Halloween costumes and their reasons why. After our feature was published The OnLine Network (TOLN) posted their own Halloween feature with the casts of “All My Children” and “One Life to Live.” The TOLN feature asks fans to guess which cast member is wearing what with the answers said to be published later today. To take a spin on who is who and what is what, click here.
As the promo indicates below, on Thursday, December 5 “The Bold and the Beautiful’s” Jacqueline MacInnes Wood will take viewers on the ultimate adventure as she travels around the world as host of the new E! reality series, “Party On.” In the series, Wood is highlighted in such exotic locations as Sardinia, Ibiza, Hvar and Marbella, meeting several individuals in a world without limits. Activities Wood takes part include rock climbing, yachting, camel riding, jet skiing, NASCAR like racing, and much more.
Wood is reportedly set to return to “B&B” in the role of Steffy Forrester around the same time her E! series debuts, although a rep for the soap has yet to confirm such news to Soap Opera Network.
As previously reported, Ilene Kristen is returning to daytime television courtesy of ABC’s “General Hospital” – the actress debuts today. While ABC wouldn’t necessarily confirm which character Kristen would be playing – Delia Reid from “Ryan’s Hope” or even Roxy Balsom on “One Life to Live” – when pressed for comment by Soap Opera Network on Friday, “GH” head writer, Ron Carlivati, spilled the beans over the weekend via Twitter.
Carlivati tweeted, “Don’t miss @ilenekristen reprise her role as the one and only Delia Reid Ryan this Monday & Tuesday on @GeneralHospital! #GH #RyansHope.” He added to his tweet a short time ago when he said, “Today on @GeneralHospital, Delia Reid Ryan returns to ABC Daytime! #GH @ilenekristen pic.twitter.com/gkpW9PWGRY.” He linked to a cover from defunct magazine Afternoon TV, which had Kristen on the cover as her character from “Hope.”
Just one year ago it seemed likely that “Drop Dead Diva” would end its run after just four seasons with a huge game changing cliffhanger. In the weeks and months following the October 2012 season finale, Lifetime announced it had canceled “Diva” as it reportedly did not fit within their “brand” of programming. When all seemed lost Sony Pictures Television, producers of the series, was able to work out a deal with Lifetime that allowed the show to return for a fifth season. Today Lifetime and Sony announced that “Diva” will return for a sixth season in 2014.