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Errol Lewis

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

Thursday, July 11, 2013 5:38 PM EDT
CBS Daytime announced today that Mexican telenovela, film, stage actor and musician Andy Zuno has been cast in the recurring role of “Rafael” on the networks "The Bold and the Beautiful." While fans have already caught their first glimpse of the latin superstar on the soap opera as he first appeared on the Thursday, June 20 episode, many probably didn't know much about the actor or the character.
According to NBC, "Days of our Lives" is up by more than 30% year-to-year in the key sales demos of Women 18-49 (+30%), Women 25-54 (+34%) and Women 18-34 (+42%). The soap is also up 14% year-to-year in total viewers with the soap averaging 2.7 million viewers last week compared to 2.3 million during the same week last year. For the just completed second quarter, "DAYS" ranked 5th among ABC, CBS and NBC in the women 18-49 demo (1.0 ratings, 7 share) and tied for 4th place in women 18-34 (0.7 rating).
CBS Daytime has released a steamy new promo highlighting "The Bold and the Beautiful's" Adam Gregory, Jacob Young, Scott Clifton, Lawrence Saint-Victor, Zack Conroy and Texas Battle. Noticeably absent was Darin Brooks, but we can attribute that to the promo having been shot in March.

Friday, July 5, 2013 4:56 PM EDT
For weeks "Days of our Lives" fans have been asking that question after actor Drake Hogestyn (John Black) tweeted he last taped an episode of the NBC Daytime drama series on March 18 (scheduled to air Wednesday, July 17). In his tweet he said, "Given a chance off the bench, I'm sure I could hit a homer for J&M. #putmeincoach." Fans were given some hope when Soap Opera Digest reported in its June 24 issue that the actor "has reported back to work after a brief hiatus from the show." The report was found under the "Stuff We Know (and shouldn't tell you)" section. Sadly, the mag didn't actually know as Digest semi-retracted its reporting per the Tuesday, July 9 issue citing comments from Hogestyn's daughter, Alex, who took to Facebook to say that her father was not filming again. "[The] report is not true. My dad has not been back filming, I wish he was though!"
If you tuned your TV to ABC Family on Wednesday, July 3 expecting to see Trevor Donovan in his third and final appearance on "Melissa & Joey" as Austin, a childhood friend of Mel's (Melissa Joan Hart), who moves back to Toledo and quickly convinces her to take their old friendship to the next level, you were probably one unhappy camper. Turns out the network pushed the episode back a week and his final appearance on the comedy series will instead air on Wednesday, July 10, a network spokesperson informs Soap Opera Network.
Jack Wagner ("The Bold and the Beautiful," “General Hospital,” “Melrose Place“), who was tentatively scheduled to appear in the Wednesday, July 3 episode of TV Land's "Hot In Cleveland," will instead appear in the Wednesday, July 31 episode, a TV Land representative has confirmed to Soap Opera Network. The actor will reprise his role as Dr. Aaron Everett, who was last seen in Season 2, Episode 4 entitled "Sisterhood of the Travelling SPANX." Specific storyline details for Wagner's upcoming appearance were unavailable at press time.
As has been the case for the last several years, ABC will be airing a re-run of "General Hospital" on Independence Day (Thursday, July 4). The episode scheduled to air is the Wednesday, March 27, 2013 episode (#12,773), which found an injured Nikolas injected by Luke as he prepares to search for Lulu on the missing Haunted Star with Dante and Anna’s help. Laura arrives in time to join Luke on the adventure. Meanwhile, Carly debuts the Metrocourt Ballroom to Lucy and Sabrina and Felix find themselves in a tiff as they prepare for the Nurses Ball. Alexis and Shawn get a sweet surprise from Sam, Molly and TJ.
With "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" having successfully re-launched earlier this year via Hulu, Hulu Plus, iTunes and iTunes Canada by Prospect Park's The OnLine Network (TOLN), it was only a matter of time before "A Tribute to Pine Valley" and "Loving Llanview" no longer became necessary. Today, Celebrity Events Group announced that now is your last chance to purchase merchandise featuring the ABC incarnations of both soaps on T-shirts, mugs, champagne glasses, sweatpants, magazines, and more. "Our Warehouse is Closing!" read a message sent out to subscribers of its mailing list.
Proving you can't believe everything you read or see tweeted, earlier this evening a Twitter posting said to be by John Reilly, who portrayed Shawn --- on ABC's "General Hospital" from --- , stated the actor would be returning to the soap after nearly a 20 year absence. The tweet raised the hopes of many fans of the soap only to have those hopes get dashed not too longer afterward. A spokesperson for the soap confirms to Soap Opera Network that the tweet was not by Reilly and that the handle is a fake. "Not the real John Reilly," the spokesperson said.
"I heard you! You posted, you tweeted, you Facebook'd, and I listened and now they're here!" exclaims Oprah Winfrey in a new promo released by The OnLine Network and OWN promoting the launch of "All My Children" and "One Life to Live," which will have a summer fling with the cable network beginning Monday, July 15. "Pine Valley, Llanview, Victoria Lord, Adam Chandler, Angie and Jesse...ALL of your favorites. We're having a summer fling with the soaps," she continued.
OWN announced today plans to air a mini-marathon of its summer fling consisting of "All My Children" and "One Life to Live." As previously reported, both "AMC" and "OLTL" will join the OWN lineup airing Mondays through Thursdays. However, on Monday, July 15, both soaps will launch with a marathon of back-to-back half-hour episodes airing in different timeslots. The first three episodes of "AMC" will air from 12:00-1:30 PM ET/PT, with the third episode repeating at 1:30 PM ET/PT. From 2:00 PM-3:30 PM, "OLTL" will air its first three episodes with the third episode repeating at 3:30 PM ET/PT.