Industry | Soap Opera Network
In 2012, Soap Opera Network published our own version of the annual TV Guide Magazine "TV's Highest Paid Stars" issue. In the time since it was published we've been quite shocked to see how many of you were curious to know how much some of daytime and primetime's biggest and brightest stars of yesteryear have gone on to make with their current work in primetime dramas and comedies, reality shows, and even daytime talk shows. Although we were unable to continue our report in 2013 due to circumstances beyond our control, we thought it would be a great opportunity to continue producing the soap opera edition of one of TV Guide's best selling issues with the release of the 2014 edition.

Jacklyn Zeman’s Bombshell ‘GH’ Interview!

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Friday, August 24, 2012 10:56 AM EDT
Five years after being taken off contract and placed on recurring status, Jacklyn Zeman (ex-Bobbie Spencer, "General Hospital") has opened up to Soap Opera Digest in its newest issue about the circumstances surrounding her unexpected departure from the ABC daytime drama series.

Which Daytime Soaps Will Soon Trim Their Cast List?

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Saturday, January 17, 2015 3:30 PM EDT
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.

Should ‘General Hospital’ Kill Off Duke Lavery?

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Monday, April 6, 2015 3:52 PM EDT
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.
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.

New Year Brings Fresh Round of Cast Cuts?

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Friday, January 1, 2016 9:07 PM EDT
If a year ago someone bet me that a modern-day soap opera would not only put their African-American characters in a front burner storyline that was deeply entrenched in social issues, which had nothing to do with the color of one's skin, race or ethnicity, I'd owe that person plenty of money right about now.
With just two days left before the second presidential debate in St. Louis, another Donald Trump scandal has put the Trump campaign into crisis mode. The latest scandal involves a 2005 video released to The Washington Post, which includes audio from a hot microphone where the Republican candidate is heard making vulgar comments about women while openly talking with former Access Hollywood host Billy Bush. The two were headed to the set of "Days of our Lives" where Trump was scheduled to tape a cameo appearance at the time.
Since its grand return in 2013, in celebration of the soap's 50th anniversary, "General Hospital's" Nurses Ball has become an annual event for not just the characters taking part but a way for the fans of the series to enjoy their favorite stories with a touch of song and dance. Today ABC announced that the Nurses Ball will take center stage in Port Charles beginning Friday, May 1 and running through Tuesday, May 5.