Actress Jen Lilley, who was given the ultimate acting challenge when she replaced Kirsten Storms in the role of Maxie Jones on ABC's "General Hospital" in September 2011 now finds herself relinquishing the role back to Storms as the show prepares a time slot change in the coming weeks.
With news of Gary Tomlin and Christopher Whitesell's ascension to the top of the "Days of our Lives" writing team after the NBC daytime soap let go Marlene McPherson and Darrell Ray Thomas, Jr., less than a year after the two were hired to replace Dena Higley, Soap Opera Digest in its newest issue (issue dated April 16, 2012) is reporting that Tomlin and Whitesell has added the multiple Emmy award winning talents of veteran writer Lorraine Broderick to its new regime.

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Friday, April 6, 2012 1:00 AM EDT
Before we post the daytime soap opera ratings for the week of March 26-30, 2012, our friend Marc Berman at TV Media Insights has posted the latest ratings for daytime talk shows and things are still looking very bad for ABC's "The Revolution" while "The Chew" has sustained a similar total audience in comparison to former time-period occupant "All My Children." "The View" was in repeats, while "The Talk" on CBS was up year-to-year in total viewers and Women 25-54, flat in Women 18-49 and down in Women 18-34.
Earlier today Soap Opera Network broke the story that NBC's "Days of our Lives" has decided to end its relationship with co-head writers Marlene McPherson and Darrell Ray Thomas, Jr. The female half of the dynamic team has now spoken out against the decision by revealing that the two weren't given enough of a chance to develop the soap to where they wanted it to go thanks to network interference.

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Monday, April 2, 2012 11:54 AM EDT
Renee Jones has made one of the most daring decisions of her life. The "Days of our Lives" actress has decided to quit acting and leave the NBC daytime soap after a 20-year career that has spawned one of the longest and most successful pairings in daytime with her character Lexie Carver and James Reynolds' Abe Carver.
According to ABC Soaps in Depth, "General Hospital" has cast actor Christian Monzon in the recurring role of Eddie Cabrera - the onscreen husband of Delores Padilla (portrayed by Rebeka Montoya). While the character had been discussed on numerous occasions for several months, it wasn't clear if he would ever be seen. A first airdate is set for the week of April 16.
Jack Wagner, 52, is a soap opera legend and singer, but for millions of viewers he's a dancing star courtesy of ABC's "Dancing with the Stars." The actor joined the 14th cycle (season) of the reality-competition series along with such celebrities as Melissa Gilbert (actor, "Little House on the Prairie"), Sherri Shepherd (talk show host and actress, "The View"), Jaleel White (actor, "Family Matters"), Gladys Knight (singer), Donald Driver (NFL star, "Green Bay Packers"), William Levy (latin soap star), Katherine Jenkins (opera star), Gavin DeGraw (singer), Martina Navratilova (tennis star), Roshon Fegan (actor, "Shake It Up!) and Maria Menounos (TV host and correspondent), but what fans truly want to know is if Wagner is heading back to ABC's "General Hospital" after being taken off contract by CBS' "The Bold and the Beautiful" in early February.

Friday, March 23, 2012 6:31 PM EDT
Although the likelihood was expected thanks to the loss of long-time soaps "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" in 2011 and 2012, which were preceded by the departures of "Guiding Light" and "As The World Turns" in 2009 and 2010, news broke on Thursday, March 22 that after 22 years in publication Soap Opera Weekly would end its successful run as one of the premier soap opera magazines. The final decision to end the mag was just one of many blows the soap opera industry has felt in as many years. Soap Opera Network takes a by the numbers look at Weekly and how its readership levels helped lead to its ultimate demise.
In a story we had been following since it was first reported last April that Soap Opera Weekly and Soap Opera Digest magazines would fall under the umbrella of American Media, publishers of such mags as Star and TV Guide, Soap Opera Network has learned that after 22 years Soap Opera Weekly (launched in November 1989) will be shuttered and its April 10, 2012 issue will be its last.

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Monday, March 19, 2012 1:41 AM EDT
Televisions most watched daily serialized drama series, CBS' "The Bold and the Beautiful," will be heading back to Italy next month to film eight to ten future episodes over the course of five days in the southern Italian region of Puglia as well as in and around the Masseria San Domenico and Borgo Egnazia resorts. This marks the soaps fourth trip to Italy after Lake Como in 1997, Venice in 1999 and Portofino in 2002.