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

Billy Miller Heading To ‘General Hospital’?

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Thursday, June 12, 2014 11:58 PM EDT
Rumors of Billy Miller (ex-Billy Abbott, "The Young and the Restless") joining the cast of ABC's "General Hospital" have been out there almost as long as rumors of Michelle Stafford (ex-Phyllis Summers, "Y&R") joining the daytime drama series had been, but sometimes rumors turn out to have major truth to them, especially with Stafford recently joining the cast in the contract role of Nina Clay. Earlier this evening, TV Guide's Michael Logan tweeted, "Billy Miller. General Hospital. Done deal? This is what I'm hearing."
When a fan commented on a recent update of the "General Hospital" opening sequence featuring the inclusion of Michelle Stafford (Nina Clay), Nathan Varni, Manager, Current Series, ABC, responded to the viewer with news that there will be multiple new openings showcasing the talented cast of the daytime drama series in the near future. If you're wondering how soon that'll be, a representative for the soap tells Soap Opera Network, "Viewers will start seeing the new openings in early July."
While the series only premiered just this past week, Soap Opera Network has learned that "Days of our Lives'" Mary Beth Evans (Kayla Brady) is set to appear in at least two episodes of ABC Family's "Chasing Life," beginning with the the summer finale on Tuesday, August 18.
For the week of June 2-6, 2014, ABC's "General Hospital" ranked as the week’s #1 program in daytime among Women 18-49 (680,000/1.1 rating – tied on rating) and placed an ultra-competitive #2 in Women 25-54 (909,000/1.5 rating), rising to 8-week highs in the target demos – since week of 4/7/14, per Nielsen Media Research ratings data.
To coincide with the season five premiere of "Pretty Little Liars," which aired on Tuesday, June 10, ABC Family's Tom Ascheim, president, ABC Family, and Kate Juergens, Executive Vice President, Original Programming and Development and Chief Creative Officer, announced earlier this week that the network has picked up the widely popular series for a sixth and seventh season. The series is produced by Warner Horizon Television.“’Pretty Little Liars’ has taken its place in the zeitgeist and reigns supreme in pop culture,” said Ascheim. “I am glad to bring another two seasons to our audience because ‘A’ has a lot in store for our Liars.”“Pretty Little Liars” is ABC Family’s longest-running original series and ranks #1 series in the network’s history in Total Viewers (3.8 million) and across all target demos: Adults 18-34 (1.5 million/2.2 rating), Women 18-34 (1.3 million/3.7 rating), Adults 18-49 (2.0 million/1.6 rating), Women 18-49 (1.7 million/2.7...
Although CBS is not broadcasting the awards itself this year, the network announced today that it'll celebrate "The 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards" with six days of Twitter chats with several of its stars, producers and executives from CBS Daytime's "The Young and the Restless," "The Bold and the Beautiful," "The Talk," "Let's Make a Deal" and "The Price is Right." The chats will take place every weekday beginning Friday, June 13 and running through Friday, June 20, leading up to daytime’s biggest night on Sunday, June 22.While he isn't nominated for an Emmy this year, "B&B's" Sean Kanan kicks things off beginning tomorrow, June 13, which also happens to coincide with his return to the world's most watched daytime soap opera when his character Deacon Sharpe reunites with his daughter, Hope Logan (Kim Matula). Also taking part in Twitter chats are "Y&R's" Steve Burton (Dylan McAvoy), Doug Davidson...
On On Sunday, June 15, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network presents an all-new episode of "Oprah: Where Are They Now?" featuring several former daytime and primetime soap stars, along with Candy Spelling, the family matriarch famous for her 38-year marriage to legendary mega-producer Aaron Spelling, and who recently made headlines for her public feuds with daughter Tori. Spelling will be joined by "Knots Landing" veterans Joan Van Ark and Donna Mills and former "General Hospital" and "The Bold and the Beautiful" hunk Antonio Sabato Jr.
As expected, on Wednesday, June 11, CBS' "The Bold and the Beautiful" took home its ninth consecutive Golden Nymph at the International TV Audience Awards during the 54th Monte Carlo Television Festival in Monte Carlo. The soap won in the “Telenovela/Soap Opera” category. "B&B" executive producer and head writer Bradley Bell and cast members Kim Matula (Hope Logan), Darin Brooks (Wyatt Spencer), Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke Logan Forrester) and Thorsten Kaye (Ridge Forrester) accepted the award on stage at the Closing Awards Ceremony at the Grimaldi Forum in Monte Carlo.
On the Wednesday, June 11 edition of the Mark Steines and Christina Ferrare hosted "Home & Family," "The Young and the Restless'" Jessica Collins (Avery Bailey Clark) stopped by to share her personal touch on how easy it is to make a blueberry cobbler, while also revealing details of a recent scary fan encounter. Per Collins, a fan of "Y&R" loose on the actress while she was sharing personal time with her real-life mother, Ilene, about every little thing that her character on the CBS soap had done. Collins also revealed that she has a love scene ritual, which is to always shake hands with her scene partner "when we're done with our hot steamy love scenes."