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

Gina Tognoni Is ‘Y&R’s’ New Phyllis Summers

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Monday, May 26, 2014 7:20 PM EDT
Now that Michelle Stafford has signed on to portray the contract role of Nina Clay on ABC's "General Hospital," it was only a matter of time before CBS' "The Young and the Restless" opted to recast her Daytime Emmy Award winning role. Earlier this month the soap announced they were doing just that after putting out a casting call for the role, which was recently landed by soap veteran Gina Tognoni.
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.

R.I.P. Matthew Cowles (1944-2014)

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 need of a girls' night out.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KiP7c06sgsY]In addition to Drew, Marilu Henner talks about her guest-starring role on the Hallmark Channel Original Series, "Signed, Sealed, Delivered," Candy Spelling talks about life in her famous family and her new memoir “Candy At Last" and Nancy Cartwright (voice of Bart Simpson on "The...
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 by the true story of an eccentric genius and his team of brilliant misfits working to protect the U.S. from high-tech threats; the psychological thriller "Stalker," starring Maggie Q and Golden Globe Award winner Dylan McDermott as detectives who investigate stalking incidents; and the ensemble comedy The McCarthys," starring Laurie...

FOX Unveils Fall 2014-2015 Primetime Schedule

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.