Soap Opera Network Online magazine celebrating the world of soaps past, present and future. Thu, 29 Jan 2015 21:17:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 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.]]> 1 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]]> 68 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.]]> 10 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 ‘Y&R’ Casts ‘Home and Away’ Alum Lachlan Buchanan as New Kyle Jenkins Tue, 20 Jan 2015 19:00:56 +0000 lachlanbuchanan_01_4x5"The Young and the Restless" has cast "Home and Away" alum Lachlan Buchanan in the contract role of Kyle Jenkins, the son of Jack Abbott (Peter Bergman) and Diane Jenkins (last played by "General Hospital's" Maura West). The actor will report to work at the CBS Television City studio, where "Y&R" is filmed, beginning Tuesday, January 27. His first airdate is set for Wednesday, February 25.]]> 8 ABC Re-Launching Fan February on ‘General Hospital’ Mon, 19 Jan 2015 23:26:55 +0000 Disney/ABC Television GroupABC will be celebrating the fans of "General Hospital" next month with the return of Fan February, reports ABC Soaps In Depth. The fan campaign, which began in 2003 as a way for fans to take part in the development process of their favorite soap, a chance to visit the set or interact in some way with cast members, was last utilized in 2007.]]> 4 ‘American Sniper’ Breaks January Records, ‘The Wedding Ringer’ Does Solid Business Mon, 19 Jan 2015 23:03:34 +0000 Warner Bros. PicturesStarring Bradley Cooper and directed by Clint Eastwood, Warner Bros. Pictures is celebrating its "American Sniper" this Martin Luther King Jr. holiday as the film is currently setting several January box office records. Estimates have the film, which includes appearances by "General Hospital's" Billy Miller (Jason Morgan) and "Nashville's" Eric Close, taking in $89.5 million over the three-day weekend and $105.3 million over the four-day holiday weekend, according to Box Office Mojo.]]> 0 ‘GH’ Alum Nathan Parsons Stars in Amazon’s ‘Point of Honor’ Mon, 19 Jan 2015 21:49:07 +0000 Amazon StudiosAs part of Amazon's unique pilot to series programming method for its Amazon Instant Video streaming service, "General Hospital" alum Nathan Parsons (ex-Ethan Lovett; "True Blood," "The Originals") can now be seen in the pilot, "Point of Honor," which follows a Virginia family, led by their West Point bred son, John Rhodes (Parsons), who at the start of the Civil War makes the controversial decision to defend the South while freeing all of their slaves. Luke Benward (“Ravenswood”) portrays Garland, the charming black sheep of the family.]]> 0 ABC Schedules 10th Anniversary Edition of ‘Dancing with the Stars’ Mon, 19 Jan 2015 20:21:55 +0000 ABC/BBC WorldwideThe 10th anniversary edition of "Dancing with the Stars" will launch on Monday, March 16 at 8:00 PM, ET/PT, ABC recently announced. The competition series, which began in the summer of 2005 with "General Hospital's" Kelly Monaco taking home the coveted mirror-ball, will be without long-time dancers Derek Hough and Cheryl Burke, however.]]> 0 Soap Icon Genie Francis Named New Nutrisystem Brand Ambassador Mon, 19 Jan 2015 19:00:57 +0000 Nutrisystem, Inc.Nutrisystem, Inc. announced last week that Genie Francis ("General Hospital," "The Young and the Restless") is its new brand ambassador. The iconic former soap star is said to have lost 30 pounds while on the weight loss program, which she started after losing her sister in 2013 and following her oldest child, son Jameson Ivor Frakes, heading off to college.]]> 3 ‘Whitney’ Scores For Lifetime — 11.8 Million Overall Tune In For Event Block Mon, 19 Jan 2015 18:15:58 +0000 Jack Zeman/LifetimeSaturday, January 17 was Whitney Houston night on Lifetime as the network premiered "Whitney," its biopic based on the romantic life of Houston and husband Bobby Brown, one-hour special, "Bobby Brown: Remembering Whitney," and "Whitney Houston Live: Her Greatest Performances," hosted by long-time friend and the man who discovered her, Clive Davis. According to Nielsen Media Research ratings data, overall 11.8 million viewers tuned in during the event block (8:00 PM - 12:00 AM, ET/PT).]]> 0 Aly Lind Back as Faith Newman on ‘Y&R’ Mon, 19 Jan 2015 15:00:26 +0000 Howard Wise/JPI StudiosAfter taking a short break to film the "Untitled Miami Project" pilot for TNT, "The Young and the Restless" will once again welcome back Aly Lind as Faith Newman during the week of January 26, Soap Opera Network has learned.]]> 4 R.I.P. Greg Plitt — Fitness Expert and ‘DAYS’ Actor Dead at 37 Mon, 19 Jan 2015 03:13:00 +0000 gregplitt_01_640x400Actor, model and fitness expert Greg Plitt has died. The former "Work Out" reality star was struck by a Metrolink train in Burbank, California on Saturday, January 17 and was pronounced dead at the scene. According to police, Plitt, along with a group of friends, appeared to have been taking video prior to the incident. Plitt played Henderson in three episodes of NBC's "Days of our Lives" from 2007-2008. He was just 37 years old.]]> 0 Joe Manganiello and Lea Michele Join FOX’s ‘Scream Queens’ Sun, 18 Jan 2015 03:40:42 +0000 JPI Studios"True Blood's" Joe Manganiello may be living it up on the big screen as a sexy stripper in the upcoming "Magic Mike" sequel, "Magic Mike XXL," and Lea Michele may be preparing for the end of "Glee," but the pair will soon make the comedy-horror anthology series "Scream Queens" a thing next season on FOX. The network announced today during its portion of the Winter Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena that the two have joined Jamie Lee Curtis ("Halloween") and Emma Roberts (“American Horror Story: Freak Show”) as regulars in the 15-episode first installment.]]> 0 Which Daytime Soaps Will Soon Trim Their Cast List? Sat, 17 Jan 2015 20:30:30 +0000 theyoungandtherestless_christine_060914_640x400While it's not yet clear whether the recent ratification of the National Code of Fair Practice for Network Television Broadcasting (Network Television Code) is the culprit, as negotiations had been ongoing between actor's union SAG-AFTRA and ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX, among other producers, for some time, industry insiders are whispering that the broadcast networks have asked their daytime dramas to find ways in cutting some of the fat in their casts.]]> 113 ‘Gotham’s’ Getting a Second Chance on FOX Sat, 17 Jan 2015 19:32:05 +0000 FOXAs the city of Gotham finds itself in mayhem, FOX has given "Gotham" the series an early second season order, it was announced today by Dana Walden and Gary Newman, Chairmen and CEOs, Fox Television Group.]]> 2 ‘Empire’ Given Early Season Two Pickup by FOX Sat, 17 Jan 2015 18:59:33 +0000 Chuck Hodes/FOXJust two weeks after its premiere, FOX has ordered a second season of "Empire," created by Lee Daniels ("Lee Daniels' The Butler," "Precious") and Danny Strong, it was announced today by Dana Walden and Gary Newman, Chairmen and CEOs, Fox Television Group, during the FOX portion of the Winter Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena. Emerging as the #1 new series of the television season in Adults 18-49, "Empire" is averaging a 5.3 rating in Live+3, according to current Nielsen Media Research ratings data.]]> 1 Ratings: Another Good Week for Y&R/B&B/GH Sat, 17 Jan 2015 04:49:43 +0000 soapoperaratings_bb_days_gh_yr_102014_640x400Ratings Report for the Week of January 5-9, 2015]]> 54 ‘The Bold and the Beautiful’ — Time-Lapse of Set Formation Sat, 17 Jan 2015 02:34:30 +0000 Bell-Phillip Television ProductionsEver wonder how much time and effort is put into piecing together the multitude of sets that comprises the fictional Los Angeles based setting that is CBS' "The Bold and the Beautiful?" In a newly released behind the scenes video, fans of the world's most popular daily serial get to see the formation of Forrester Creations and even the Forrester mansion, among several other sets, transition from bare walls to immaculate locales for the bold and beautiful people who roam the halls within the newly christened Bradley P. Bell Stage 31, named after the show's executive producer and head writer, at CBS Television City.]]> 2