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Filmed in mid-August, episodes airing during the week of November 25 and on Monday, December 2, 2013 of NBC's "Days of our Lives" found Gabi Hernandez (Camila Banus), Kate Roberts (Lauren Koslow) and Sami Brady (Alison Sweeney) seemingly unite for the first time as they worked overtime to hide their role in the apparent death of Nick Fallon (Blake Berris). Just before being hit over the head with a rock, Nick was trying to instigate sexual relations with Ms. Hernandez, who then made it clear that not only wasn't she interested, but it wasn't the time nor the place to get busy. In a recent interview with Soap Opera Network, Koslow gushed over the amount of effort that went into producing the episodes, particularly the river set. "It was kind of amazing what they created on the set,” the actress said. "It’s like the 90s, because in the 90s we had huge sets. I remember being on a raft, and the raft was on shocks. So we did some crazy stuff back then, and they recreated it for this story. It was actually an adventure."

The Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) and the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) announced today nominees for Outstanding Achievement in Television, New Media, News, Radio, Promotional Writing, and Graphic Animation during the 2013 season for its annual Writers Guild Awards. In the category of Daytime Drama, NBC's "Days of our Lives," ABC's "General Hospital" and CBS' "The Young and the Restless" are set to duke it out when the ceremony takes place on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at simultaneous ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York.

With autopsies now completed, the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office has announced the cause of death of actor Paul Walker and Roger Rodas, CEO of Always Evolving, who both died on Saturday, November 30 after their vehicle, a red 2005 Porsche Carrera GT, crashed into a tree and exploded. Walker was a passenger in the vehicle while Rodas was behind the wheel. According to the Coroner's office, Walker died from "the combined effects of traumatic and thermal injuries," while Rodas died as a result of "multiple traumatic injuries."

Netflix announced today that the second season of its critically acclaimed hit series, "House of Cards," will premiere on Friday, February 14, 2014. Those lovebirds looking for something special to do for the most popular date night, Valentine's Day, will be given the opportunity to tune into all 13-episodes of season two which will become available instantly in all territories where Netflix is available. Starring Academy Award® winner Kevin Spacey (“Horrible Bosses,” “American Beauty,” “The Usual Suspects”) and Golden Globe® nominee Robin Wright (“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” “Forrest Gump”), who both received Emmy® nominations for their performances in the first season, "House of Cards" tells the story of greed, sex, love and corruption in modern Washington D.C. political circles.

While Juan Pablo Galavis wasn't the lucky fella to win the final rose and the heart of Desiree Hartsock during last season's edition of "The Bachelorette," the former Venezuelan soccer player instead won the hearts of countless viewers across America and ultimately landed the coveted role as ABC's next bachelor. On Sunday, January 5 and Monday, January 6, 2014, the network has scheduled the two-night season eighteen premiere of "The Bachelor" with Galavis gearing up to take center stage while 27 women vie for his attention. Starting with Sundays edition titled "The Bachelor: Countdown to Juan Pablo," America will be introduced to all the bachelorette's looking to put a ring on their finger before the man of their dreams spots his potential cinderella. Previous "Bachelor" Sean Lowe will make an appearance as he offers some advice to Galavis on what he can expect from his upcoming adventure now that he's on the other side of the rose decision process. The countdown special episode will air beginning at 8:00 PM ET/PT. Meanwhile, in its regular timeslot on Monday nights (8:00 - 10:00 PM ET/PT), "The Bachelor" continues with just 18 women remaining.

From Friday, March 14 through Monday, March 17, former "General Hospital" star Ronnie Marmo (ex- Ronnie Dimestico) will be MC'ing a weekend of comedy on Princess Cruises Lines' SAPPHIRE as it heads down to Mexico. Joining the actor as performers will be comedians French Stewart ("The Middle," "3rd Rock From the Sun") and Mo Collins ("MADtv," "Parks & Recreation"), among many others.

As previously reported, TVGN (TV Guide Network) will begin airing encore episodes of CBS' "The Bold and the Beautiful" weeknights at 6:30 PM ET/PT starting today. In celebration, the network will be hosting a live Twitter chat with "B&B" stars Heather Tom (Katie Logan) and Scott Clifton (Liam Spencer). Using hashtag #BBonTVGN, fans can interact with the duo beginning at 6:00 PM ET/3:00 PM/PT as they answer fan questions just before TVGN's airing of their show. The actors will be using their twitter handles @BBheathertom and @CliftonsNotes to interact so make sure to follow both actors on the social media website.Unlike "The Young and the Restless," which also airs on the network at 7:00 PM ET/PT, "B&B" will air episodes a day after airing on CBS. Therefore, the first episode scheduled air will be the Wednesday, November 27 Thanksgiving Day themed episode which highlighted the togetherness between the Forresters, Logans, Spencers and more.

With "All My Children" not moving forward, and word that the show along with sister soap "One Life to Live" would be eligible for Emmy consideration in all categories for next year's awards presentation, actress Debbi Morgan (ex-Dr. Angela Hubbard) has decided to not put her name up consideration in either Supporting or Lead Actress categories. In a tweet on Saturday, November 30, Morgan said, "I've decided not 2 have my name submitted 4 emmy consideration this year cuz I just really, really want 2 move on."

During the east coast broadcast of NBC's " Days of our Lives" on Wednesday, November 27 fans will get a chance to watch the show while tweeting live with actress Lauren Koslow (Kate ), who wants tweeters to provide her with their best and most creative idea of what her character is texting to Hope Brady (Kristian Alfonso) during the episode. The lucky person whose idea is selected will win a follow from the actress on the social network.

As if tackling daytime soap operas and the Academy Awards wasn't challenge enough for James Franco (ex-Franco, "General Hospital"), the actor is gearing up to next take on broadway as he's signed on to make his debut in "Of Mice and Men" next year. Franco will portray George in the production, which is based on the John Steinbeck novel of the same name. The character is one half of two migrant workers looking for employment during the Great Depression. Actor Chris O'Dowd will portray Lennie, the other migrant worker.