Lisa Hackner has been named Executive Vice President, Daytime and Syndicated Programming, ABC Entertainment Group, it was announced today by Paul Lee, President, ABC Entertainment Group, with whom she will report. Hackner will be responsible for first-run development and production.
Prior to joining ABC, Hackner was EVP, Creative Affairs, Telepictures, which is a division of Warner Bros.
Vicki Dummer, who has been overseeing ABC Daytime since the departure of Brian Frons in January 2012, will remain in her position as Executive Vice President, Times Square Studios, Current Series & Specials, ABC Entertainment Group.
On Wednesday, October 23, Jacklyn Zeman tweeted, “@carlivatiron @valentinifrank Congrats on all you are doing, especially the past week. #GH rocks. I’m excited to be coming back. Good times!” With her simple tweet, fans across social media rejoiced as they learned that the actress would once again be reprising her role of Barbara Jean Spencer on ABC’s “General Hospital.”
ABC confirmed her return to Soap Opera Network just as the actress tweeted, “Just received my scripts 4 Bobbie’s return to #GH. Riveting!!! @valentinifrank @carlivatiron Thank you, Thank you. Am excited, very happy.”
A first airdate is unknown at this time. The character last appeared on the soap in April.
EXCLUSIVE: If you happened to be tuning into today’s episode of ABC’s “General Hospital,” and stayed long enough for the end credits, you may have noticed a familiar face interacting with Sam McCall (Kelly Monaco) and Silas Clay (Michael Easton). “One Life to Live” and “Ryan’s Hope” fan favorite Ilene Kristen was seen serving coffee to the pair in what appears to be Kelly’s diner in the previews for the next episode of the drama series – airing Monday, October 28.
Canadian fans of Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki Newman, “The Young and the Restless”) will have multiple opportunities to meet the actress this weekend and next as she is scheduled to appear at the Calgary Women’s Show in CALGARY, the West Coast Women’s Show at Tradex in Abbotsford in VANCOUVER and The National Women’s Show in TORONTO.
First up is the Calgary Women’s Show on Saturday, October 26 at BMO Centre, Stampede Park, which is scheduled from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. For Information on the event, visit www.calgarywomansshow.com.
On Sunday, October 27, Scott will appear on the Main Stage at the West Coast Women’s Show at Tradex in Abbotsford beginning at 1:00 PM. This marks her first time in Abbotsford. For more information, visit http://www.westcoastwomen.net/files/visitors-schedules-speakers.php
On Sunday, November 3, Scott will appear on the Centre Stage at 1:30 PM only. For more information, visit http://www.nationalwomenshow.com/toronto/features/guests.html.
On Monday, October 28, CBS’ “The Talk” will celebrate co-host Sheryl Underwood‘s 50th birthday with a special performance by Bobbie Brown, who will sing one of Underwood’s favorite songs – “My Prerogative.”
In addition to Brown, country music superstar Wynonna Judd stops by and comedian and friend George Lopez sends a special birthday message for Sheryl. The show will also feature special giveaways viewers can win at home.
“The Talk” airs weekdays at 2:00 PM, ET/1:00 PM, PT/CT on the CBS Television Network.
Beginning with yesterday’s episode of CBS’ “The Bold and the Beautiful,” reality stars from “Big Brother” and “Survivor” are appearing on the drama series alongside series regulars Kim Matula (Hope Logan) and Darin Brooks (Wyatt Fuller) in episodes showcasing the shows Bikini Bar set, and next week on the set of the Forrester Boutique.
Last night on Twitter, Michael Saucedo thanked his fans for all their well wishes on word that he’s set to reprise his role of Juan Santiago on ABC’s “General Hospital” (see full message below). When we first reported the news a few days ago, we stated that Juan would show up on screen in the coming months. Per Saucedo, fans can expect to see the character return “sooner than later.” According to sources, Juan may be arriving back in town just in time for November sweeps. What can viewers expect when Juan sees his adopted cousin Sabrina (Teresa Castillo) onscreen for the first time? One things for sure, you’ll just have to tune in to find out!
In case you haven’t planned out your primetime viewing schedule for this evening, you might want to check out “The Bold and the Beautiful’s” Darin Brooks on tonight’s all new episode of ABC’s “Super Fun Night” starring Rebel Wilson.
In the episode entitled “Engagement Party,” Kimmie (Wilson) throws an engagement party for her sister Jazmine (Ashley Tisdale, pictured right alongside Brooks).
“Super Fun Night” airs at 9:30 PM ET/PT on ABC.
Soap Opera Network has learned that Michael Saucedo is set to return to ABC’s “General Hospital” in the coming months to reprise his role of Juan Santiago, the biological son of Lily Corinthos (Lilly Melgar) and Miguel Morez (Ricky Martin). While storyline details are being kept under wraps, fans can expect his return to provide lots of twists and turns that will send shockwaves all across Port Charles. Saucedo was last seen on “GH” in 2001, when his character left town to pursue a music career in South America. In 2012, it was revealed that Juan was the adopted cousin of Sabrina Santiago (Teresa Castillo).
On Wednesday, October 23, “General Hospital’s” Jason Thompson (Patrick Drake) will be giving ABC’s “The View” a male perspective on the day’s hot topics as the daytime star is scheduled to co-host the chatfest alongside Sherri Shepherd, Jenny McCarthy and Whoopi Goldberg. The Canadian born actor will also be chatting it up with the stars of ABC’s “The Middle” as the cast celebrates the show’s 100th episode airing that night.