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When news first hit the web in August 2012 of Duke Lavery being very much alive on ABC's "General Hospital," it not only became a trending topic in the United States on Twitter, but also worldwide. Nearly three years later, it looks like the character will be heading back to the grave as portrayer Ian Buchanan is said to have recently learned that the writers have plans to off the character once more. It would be a huge mistake on their part as it would defeat the entire purpose of resurrecting the character in the first place.
Although I must admit that I may not always know the answers to their blind items right off the bat, I've long found myself fascinated with Soap Opera Digest's "Stuff We Know (And Shouldn't Tell You)" mini-section. Why you ask? Because it's no fun to be told something in print and not have anyone to talk about it with! What about you? Want to take a gander about who/what the blind items are all about this week?
After conducting interviews with several of today's top talents and filing special assignment reports for the newsmagazine on multiple occassions over the past year, CBS Television Distributions's "Entertainment Tonight" officially announced today the hiring of "All My Children" alum Cameron Mathison (ex-Ryan Lavery) as its new weekend co-anchor and a full-time correspondent. He will also serve as a fill-in anchor for the weekday telecast, hosted by Nancy O’Dell and Kevin Frazier.
When history is re-created to tell a new tale on a daytime soap opera some of us can't help but groan at the mere thought, especially when history is mined by use of re-created flashback scenes. Sure, we love that stories continue day-to-day, but ultimately we don't expect it to truly have much impact in today's storied world. As "General Hospital" celebrated its 52nd anniversary earlier today, with re-created flashback scenes with several of its current cast playing yesterday's important characters, one can't help but be amazed at how far we've come in our quest for drama on screen, be it scripted or reality. The lack of shootouts, sex scenes, romantic triangles, catfights, or whatever passes for drama today, took a back seat to character driven story.
"Twenty-eight years on television is a tremendous achievement," said "The Bold and the Beautiful" Executive Producer and Head Writer, Bradley P. Bell, in a statement released today as the daytime drama series gets ready to celebrate its anniversary on Monday, March 23. The soap, which aired its 7,000th episode in January, was created by the late William J. Bell and Lee Phillip Bell. It's first episode aired on March 23, 1987.
Hot on the heels of news that NBC's "Days of our Lives" has put out a casting call for the contract role of Finn, a new doctor set to work alongside Dr. Daniel Jonas (Shawn Christian) when he hits Salem later this year, comes word that the daytime drama series has made a shift in ranks behind the scenes. Lisa de Cazotte is out as co-executive producer, a role she took on in October 2011, with veteran "DAYS" director/producer Albert Alarr set to replace her.
After 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.
CBS' 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.
The 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.
ABC 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.

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While 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.
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Ever 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.
CBS' "The Bold and the Beautiful" will air its 7,000th episode on Friday, January 23, and in honor of the happy occasion, the network announced that the episode will break from tradition and instead feature a retrospective documentary that will highlight some of the show's most iconic moments and a look back at its creation. The episode will also include commentary from the cast, fashion shown throughout its near three decades on air, several unforgettable guest star appearances, original screen test footage and much more.

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