Soap Opera Network Online magazine celebrating the world of soaps past, present and future. Sat, 28 Feb 2015 06:23:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Ratings: B&B Hits 8 Year High in Total Viewers Fri, 27 Feb 2015 23:57:52 +0000 Bell-Phillip Television Productions (Top); Sony Pictures Television (Bottom)Ratings Report for the Week of February 16-20, 2015]]> 22 Kirsten Storms Joins ‘Winterthorne’ Fri, 27 Feb 2015 03:15:08 +0000 Howard Wise/JPI StudiosThis is going to be awesome! "General Hospital's" Kirsten Storms (Maxie Jones) is joining the cast of "Winterthorne," which stars "Days of our Lives" alum Martha Madison, who like Storms before her, portrayed Belle Black on NBC's "Days of our Lives." Storms is set to play Selene Winterthorne, the younger sister of Miranda (Madison), who returns after being absent for many years with an offer to change the candy company empire forever.]]> 1 RATINGS: ‘General Hospital’ Ignites What’s Left of ABC Daytime Fri, 27 Feb 2015 02:37:54 +0000 ABCSurging to its best numbers in over a year in viewers, ABC's "General Hospital" averaged 3.186 million viewers during the week of February 16-20, 2014, according to newly released Nielsen Media Research ratings data. The soap pulled in its best numbers in over eight months in Women 18-49 viewers (665,000/1.0 rating) and Women 25-54 (889,000/1.5 rating), since the weeks of 1/6/14 and 6/9/14, accordingly –ranking as the week’s No. 2 drama in daytime in Women 18-49. Meanwhile, "The Chew" hit three month highs in viewers (3.042 million) and 10-week highs in Women 18-49 (497,000/0.8 rating) and Women 25-54 (656,000/1.1rating) – since the weeks of 11/24/14 and 12/8/14, respectively.]]> 11 RATINGS: #FlirtWithDisaster Powers ‘Y&R'; ‘B&B’ Surges to Best Performance Since 2007 Fri, 27 Feb 2015 02:23:47 +0000 Bell-Phillip Television Productions; PlainJoe Studios#FlirtWithDisaster brought in huge numbers for CBS' "The Young and the Restless," which attracted an average daily audience of 5.58 million viewers during the week of February 16-20, 2015, according to newly released Nielsen Media Research ratings data. The soap was up 7% compared to the same week last year and pulled in its highest numbers in viewers since the week of January 27-31, 2014. Meanwhile, "The Bold and the Beautiful" continues to bring in some of its best numbers in nearly a decade. The soap averaged 4.18 million viewers last week, up 10% compared to the same week last year, and its best since the week of February 12-16, 2007.]]> 8 Ratings: Y&R Up in Women 18-49 Demo Fri, 20 Feb 2015 22:35:53 +0000 Sony Pictures TelevisionRatings Report for the Week of February 9-13, 2015]]> 159 ‘Y&R’s’ Cady McClain: ‘[Kelly] Loves Jack and Now He’s Being Weird and Just Using Her’ Fri, 20 Feb 2015 17:00:41 +0000 Courtney LindbergSince joining the cast of CBS' "The Young and the Restless" in early 2014, Cady McClain [ex-Dixie Martin, "All My Children"; ex-Rosanna Cabot, "As The World Turns"] has seen her character, Kelly Andrews, finally deal with several family matters that have helped shape her into who she is today. "Her child died, her marriage broke up, her mom was a drunk and was very unstable. She thought her father was good, and it turns out her father was abusive. So Kelly had a really rough life experience. I hope that the fans kind of remember that. She's really hanging on by her fingernails and trying to make this life, and Jack is a real key... falling in love," McClain says in an exclusive interview with Soap Opera Network, following the Tuesday, February 17 episode of "Y&R," which found Jack Abbott's (Peter Bergman) actions contradict his words when he once again became intimate with Kelly as they did the deed in the storage room of The Underground.]]> 9 Freddie Smith Sentenced to Three Days in Jail, One Year License Suspension Wed, 18 Feb 2015 21:19:38 +0000 Paul Drinkwater/NBCAfter pleading guilty to vehicular assault (a fourth-degree felony) and operating a vehicle while intoxicated (a first-degree misdemeanor) in December, following an October 2014 car accident that left himself and girlfriend, Alyssa Tabit, injured, "Days of our Lives" star Freddie Smith (Sonny Kiriakis) appeared in an Ohio court earlier today as a judge handed down their ruling. Smith was sentenced to three days in jail, given two years probation and received a one year license suspension.]]> 18 Gina Tognoni Flirts With Disaster on ‘Y&R’ Wed, 18 Feb 2015 19:10:52 +0000 Ed McGowan/PlainJoe Studios“The Young and the Restless’” Gina Tognoni is having the time of her life. Just seven months after reporting to the CBS Television City studio, where the daytime drama series is filmed, Tognoni is grateful for the warm welcome she’s received from viewers and the daytime community as a whole. Fresh off a pre-nomination in the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series category, for her role as Phyllis Summers on “Y&R,” Tognoni shares with us what it’s like playing such an interesting and dynamic character, provides insight into the Phyllis, Jack (Peter Bergman) and Kelly (Cady McClain) triangle, and which actors and characters she'd love to share more screen time with.]]> 17 Ratings: Good Week for GH and DAYS Sat, 14 Feb 2015 06:08:37 +0000 Disney/ABC Television GroupRatings Report for the Week of February 2-6, 2015]]> 133 ‘Days of our Lives’ (Finally) Makes Writing Changes: Is It Too Late? Thu, 12 Feb 2015 04:04:47 +0000 Corday Production; NBCAfter several months of disastrous ratings returns that has left many in the industry wondering if "Days of our Lives" would survive its next renewal talks between NBC, Sony Pictures Television and Corday Productions, producers of the soap, the daytime drama series will welcome back veteran writer Dena Higley, and former "One Life to Live" and "The Young and the Restless" head writer Josh Griffith, as its new head writers. The two replace outgoing head writers Gary Tomlin and Christopher Whitesell.]]> 45 Rebecca Budig Heading to ‘General Hospital’ Thu, 12 Feb 2015 03:29:24 +0000 Jill Johnson/JPI StudiosABC's "General Hospital" is adding "All My Children" alum Rebecca Budig (ex-Greenlee Smythe) to its all-star cast, it was announced yesterday by executive producer Frank Valentini, following an ongoing Twitter conversation with head writer Ron Carlivati, in response to Valentini's promise of a major casting announcement. "Hey @RebeccaBudig wanna join the cast of GH in a new Killer Role??" tweeted Valentini, after saying "okay okay" to head writer Ron Carlivati.]]> 12 ‘Y&R’s’ Victoria Rowell Suing CBS and Sony Pictures Television Over Alleged Retaliation Thu, 12 Feb 2015 03:08:06 +0000 Lesley Bohm/CBSVictoria Rowell, who portrayed Drucilla Winters on CBS' "The Young and the Restless" for the better part of two decades, is suing the network, Sony Pictures Television, Bell Dramatic Serial Company and Bell-Phillip Television Productions, Inc., producers of the daytime drama series, reports Deadline, for what her suit alleges is the result of Rowell being "impoverished and blackballed because she had chosen to speak out against the discrimination and injustice that she had endured and witnessed happen to other African Americans."]]> 41 Angelica McDaniel Given Oversight of TV Distribution for CBS in Addition to Daytime Role Thu, 12 Feb 2015 02:33:28 +0000 Cliff Lipson/CBSCBS' Angelica McDaniel, who in her role as Senior Vice President, Daytime, CBS Entertainment, has overseen the growth in all areas of daytime programming for the network since her promotion to the position in February 2012, will add oversight of first-run programming development for CBS Television Distribution, the syndication arm of CBS Corp., the company announced today.]]> 1 Ratings: Huge Week for B&B Fri, 06 Feb 2015 22:35:28 +0000 Bell-Phillip Television ProductionsRatings Report for the Week of January 26-30, 2015]]> 135 Ratings: All Soaps Down in Women 18-49 Demo Fri, 30 Jan 2015 22:53:31 +0000 soapoperaratings_bb_days_gh_yr_102014_640x400Ratings Report for the Week of January 19-23, 2015]]> 56 RATINGS: ‘The View’ Tops ‘The Talk’ Thu, 29 Jan 2015 21:17:27 +0000 Disney/ABC Television GroupFor the week of January 19-23, ABC's "The View" beat CBS' competing "The Talk" in Total Viewers (2,881,000 vs. 2,788,000), Women 18-49 (445,000 vs. 438,000) and Women 25-54 (626,000 vs. 624,000). The daytime talk show was up across the board week-to-week to post 5 week highs in viewers and Women 25-54.]]> 6 Ratings: Good Week For DAYS Sat, 24 Jan 2015 06:08:43 +0000 Corday Productions, Inc.Ratings Report for the Week of January 12-16, 2015]]> 69 UPDATE: ‘General Hospital’ Recasts Kiki Jerome with ‘Y&R’ Alum Hayley Erin Fri, 23 Jan 2015 21:27:26 +0000 Sean Smith/JPI StudiosABC has confirmed that it will be recasting the contract role of Kiki Jerome on "General Hospital" with "The Young and the Restless" alum Hayley Erin (ex-Abby Newman). She is set to first air sometime in late February. Kristen Alderson, who originated the role, opted to leave when her contract was up earlier this month. She last airs in early February.]]> 11 2015 Artios Awards — ‘GH’s’ Mark Teschner Wins for Daytime Drama Series Fri, 23 Jan 2015 20:32:58 +0000 markteschner.comThe Casting Society of America (CSA) hosted the 30th Annual Artios Awards last night in ceremonies taking place simultaneously in New York and Los Angeles. "General Hospital's" Mark Teschner took home the casting award for Daytime Drama Series. He beat out "Days of our Lives" casting director Marnie Saitta, and associate Bob Lambert, and "The Young and the Restless" casting director Judy Blye Wilson, and associate Greg Salmon.]]> 0 DETAILS: The Battle is Set — ‘Y&R’s’ Jill vs. Victor Thu, 22 Jan 2015 01:00:28 +0000 John Paschal/JPI StudiosEver since Jill Abbott Atkinson decided to push forward in removing Chancellor Industries from the clutches of Victor Newman (Eric Braeden), who was left the company per Katherine's will, fans have clamored for the ultimate showdown between the pair and they're definitely in for a great ride as Jill's portrayer, Jess Walton, tells Soap Opera Network of the storyline that picked up steam on yesterday's episode.]]> 7