In a press release issued by CBS, the network is touting the ongoing solid performance of its daytime lineup consisting of “The Bold and the Beautiful,” “The Young and the Restless,” “Let’s Make a Deal,” “The Price is Right” and “The Talk.” During the 2013 February Sweeps ratings period, each series increased in Total Viewers, as well as in the various women demographics from their same performance during the February 2012 Sweeps ratings period.
Soap Opera Network has learned that during the week of March 18, ABC’s “General Hospital” will be departing the “One Life to Live” characters consisting of Starr Manning (Kristen Alderson), Todd Manning (Roger Howarth) and John McBain (Michael Easton). As previously reported, ABC Daytime and Prospect Park have been in a dispute over the characters and their appearance on “GH” vs “One Life to Live,” which Prospect Park is rebooting for the web along with “All My Children” later this spring. The actors are under contract to ABC, while Prospect Park holds the license rights to the characters.
When Ingo Rademacher (Jasper “Jax” Jacks) was announced as a celebrity dancer on “Dancing with the Stars” for the competition series’ 16th season, many avid “General Hospital” fans wisely guessed the actor’s dancing chops would be tested as part of a cross-promotional opportunity between ABC’s primetime juggernaut and the networks daytime soap staple.
Entertainment Weekly is exclusively reporting that Rademacher and Vanessa Marcil (Brenda Barrett) are returning to “GH” for more than a few weeks as the daytime drama series prepares to celebrate it 50th anniversary on Monday, April 1. Although a first airdate is not known at this time, Weekly says the duo are expected to hit the air before the soaps anniversary episode airs.
Brandon Barash has announced on Twitter that he’s departing ABC’s “General Hospital.” In his message to fans, Barash tweeted, “With a bittersweet, heavy heart I announce my time at ‘GH’ has come to an end, as I have chosen to move on&pursue my NBA career. I love u all.”
The actor’s exit was confirmed to Soap Opera Network by his management team. A last airdate for Barash is unknown at this time, although the actor allegedly told fans at a recent event that he last taped at the series more than six weeks ago.
On Tuesday, February 26, just one day after resuming production on “All My Children” after more than a year a half since ending its ABC run, the cast of the soap got together on set to perform “The Harlem Shake” for the TOLN Extras YouTube channel, where fans can get up close and personal with their favorite TOLN stars. Earlier today TOLN released the performance of “Harlem Shake,” while also announcing that soap fans will soon learn THIS WEEK when “AMC” will premiere on Hulu, Hulu Plus, and iTunes. Previously, the network only noted that “AMC” and sister soap “One Life to Live” would premiere this spring.
UPDATE 3/4/13 11:42 AM ET: According to a TOLN representative and the actors team, Boyd’s character is that of a day player or guest star. No further information was provided.
PREVIOUS 3/3/13 8:40 PM ET: According to his Twitter page, “Rock of Ages” understudy Jake Boyd has joined the cast of TOLN’s “All My Children” in the role of Dylan Wilder. Information on the character was unknown at press time.
Boyd, who made his Broadway in “Ages,” is a “peanut butter and origami enthusiast.” He’s appeared in the Off-Broadway shows “Carrie” and “The Last Smoker In America.” He also appeared in the national tour of “Oklahoma!” and in the short fims “Face Value” and “No Compromise.”
On TV, you may have spotted Boyd on episodes of “30 Rock,” “Blue Bloods,” or “Are We There Yet?”
Representatives from Prospect Park/TOLN were unavailable for comment at press time.
Actor Jeffrey James Lippold will appear on the Monday, March 4 episode of ABC’s “General Hospital” as a Sergeant working at the Port Charles Police Department. The actor will appear in scenes with Finola Hughes as her character, Anna Devane, deals with the aftermath left behind by Caleb Morley. Look for Anna to make a tough decision about her future as the head of the PCPD.
According to his Twitter page, Lippold is an “Actor, Stunt Man, Sambo Champion, All Around Martial Arts Wizard, MMA Champion Sparring, Former NAVY Amphibious MEF RECON Corpsman/Bushmaster, & Anti-Bully!” The actor tweeted a picture of himself in uniform.
Lippold starred in the films “Samurai Avenger: The Blind Wolf” and “XII.”
EXCLUSIVE: Despite an earlier report stating otherwise, based on information from Robin Strasser’s (Dorian Lord) telephone hotline, a senior level Prospect Park insider tells Soap Opera Network, “production has NOT been pushed back. This has been long planned to make way for a piece of the storyline that involves new sets and use of certain characters and not others.”
It is understood that the new sets “and certain characters” revolves around the storyline surrounding Roger Howarth‘s return as Todd Manning. Howarth will begin filming at the “OLTL” studio in Stamford, CT beginning Monday, March 18, for four weeks before returning to “General Hospital.”
Michael Easton (John McBain) posted an update for fans wanting to know where he currently stands in the dispute between ABC’s “General Hospital” and TOLN’s “One Life to Live.” In a Facebook message, the actor said, “THANK YOU…your kind words of support mean the world to me. No word yet on when we might return to work but the fridge is stocked, the bills are paid, and I get to spend lots of precious time with my little girl.”
According to Robin Strasser (Dorian Lord) via her fan hotline (212-414-5300), “One Life to Live” will now begin filming new episodes for Hulu, Hulu Plus and iTunes on Monday, March 18. Previously, the series was scheduled to commence filming on Monday, March 11. The actress brought the news to light despite being unwell at the time. Early this morning Strasser tweeted, “What a difference a week makes when you’re feeling weak (lol) not sick of word play-just saying.”