Errol Lewis

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Errol Lewis is the Publisher and Editor in Chief of Soap Opera Network.
According to a report by FOX News, Disney/ABC Domestic Television might be looking to replace Katie Couric and her talker "Katie" just as the show gets ready to wrap its first season in July.“While all television is going through a difficult time and programming is having a hard time finding its niche, Katie’s new talk show does not live up its expectations,” a source closely connected to the ABC show told FOX411’s Pop Tarts column. “Whatever constraints Katie experienced anchoring ‘Evening News’ [it is] certainly taking its toll, and her return to daytime has backfired.”

on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 @ 10:34 PM
The new season of "The Newsroom" kicks off on Sunday, July 14 at 10:00 PM ET/PT (right after "True Blood") and to get things started, HBO has released a brand new trailer giving fans a glimpse at what they can expect from the buzzworthy series.
As previously reported, Prospect Park's "All My Children," and now "One Life to Live," have been embroiled in a heated debate with I.A.T.S.E. (International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees)/Local 52, the union representing stage workers for the soaps, which alleges that Prospect Park has violated the labor agreement with the union. As a result, Prospect Park today announced that both soaps will halt production effective tomorrow, June 6.
Congratulations are in order for Brian Hallisay and Jennifer Love Hewitt, the stars of Lifetime's provocative drama "The Client List." Not only is it revealed that the two are engaged in the newest issue of Us Magazine, on sale now, but the duo are also expecting their first child!
It is with great sadness to report that Paul Skipper, a long-time photographer at JPI Studios, died on Tuesday, June 4 (previously incorrectly reported by us as Monday, June 3). While it is unknown at this time what caused Skipper's death, tweets have gone out from several past and present "Days of our Lives" cast/crew members, which is the show Skipper primarily shot for, including one from Eric Martsolf (Brady Black) that read: "Paul Skipper- RIP. No one shot more terrific pictures for our genre." His tweet was responded to by Crystal Chappell (ex-Carly Manning), who said "so very true. Loved his dear heart."
As previously reported, "Drop Dead Diva" returns for an all-new season beginning Sunday, June 23 at 9:00 PM ET/PT on Lifetime. In the just released promo, we couldn't help noticing former "All My Children" star Natalie Hall (ex-Colby Chandler)! According to a rep from Lifetime, Hall will be appearing as 'Brittney" in a multi-episode arc, beginning with the Sunday, June 30 episode. It is understood that "Brittney" ties into the "New Jane" vs "Old Jane" storyline getting ready to kick off.
Cancelled months after leaving viewers hanging with a major cliffhanger, "Drop Dead Diva" received a reprieve from Lifetime earlier this year which has resulted in a fifth season set to debut on Sunday, June 23. Today, Lifetime has revealed the first promo of the new season, which helps shed a little light on life after Owen (Lex Medlin) caught his bride, Jane (Brooke Elliott), kissing Grayson (Jackson Hurst) moments before they were to be wed.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, former "General Hospital" star Marissa Ramirez (ex-Gia) has been upped to series regular on CBS' "Blue Bloods" beginning with the primetime shows fifth season. Ramirez, who joined the series as a recurring guest-star beginning with the Friday, March 8 episode entitled "Protest Too Much," portrays Detective Maria Baez, the former and now ful-time partner of Donnie Wahlberg's Detective Danny Raegan. The actress is replacing Jennifer Esposito, who portrayed Wahlberg's onscreen partner, Jackie Curatola, on the drama series until November of last year.
The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (previously incorrectly indicated by us as The National Association of Television Arts & Sciences) announced today that both CBS' "The Bold and the Beautiful" and "The Young and the Restless" have received additional nominations for the 40th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards. The category that bumped both soaps up in total counts was Outstanding Original Song for a Drama Series, which previously listed one song for "General Hospital" and one song for "Y&R" when nominations were first announced on Wednesday, May 1.

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on Monday, June 3, 2013 @ 11:26 PM
Fans of "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" have learned to adapt to the dramatic twists and turns hitting their favorite returning "anytime" soaps, only they've been adapting more to the behind the scenes "drama" than they have been with what's happening on screen. First it was the episode reduction (two episodes per week for each show instead of the previously scheduled four), then word FX Canada had dropped both shows from its lineup as a result of the episode reduction, and most recently word that head writers for both shows were released from their contracts and replaced with their script writers. Now, according to TheWrap, the latest drama is based on an apparent labor dispute between Prospect Park and I.A.T.S.E. (International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees)/Local 52, the union representing stage workers for "AMC."
Fran Bascom, who had been nominated nine times for her work as a casting director at NBC's "Days of our Lives" by the Casting Society of America, has died. After reportedly feeling under the weather late Sunday, June 2, Bascom was taken to Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, CA, where she died. A cause of death is not known at this time.
via Press ReleaseALL CBS DAYTIME SHOWS FINISH THE SEASON WITH YEAR-TO-YEAR GROWTH IN VIEWERS Daytime Lineup Also Posts May Sweep Increases in Viewers and Key Demos THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, LET'S MAKE A DEAL, THE PRICE IS RIGHT and THE TALK all finished the 2012-2013 season and May sweep with year-to-year growth in viewers.  Compared to last season in viewers, LET'S MAKE A DEAL 1 was up +14% (2.69m from 2.36m), LET'S MAKE A DEAL 2 was up +13% (3.11m from 2.76m), THE PRICE IS RIGHT 1 was up +5% (4.48m from 4.27m), THE PRICE IS...
“Days of our Lives” has equaled its biggest women 18-49 audience in 18 months and set an 11-week high in total viewers, according to “live plus same day” viewing figures for the week of May 20-24 from Nielsen Media Research.
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