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In Soap Opera Digest's reporting on the firing of Michael Muhney as Adam Newman on "The Young and the Restless," in its January 13, 2014 issue, the magazine included a quote from former executive producer and head writer, Maria Arena Bell. In the piece, Bell, who hired Muhney back in 2009, is quoted as saying, "Michael brought amazing dimension and complexity to the role of Adam Newman, and his and Sharon's [Sharon Case] was a great dark love story. Sadly, that story was seriously derailed in the last year, so I am not surprised that the show would look for a solution to their problematic storytelling decisions. It will be a tough role to recast."
On Tuesday, December 31, 2013, Disney/ABC touted its reigning champ WABC-TV as New York's most watched station in 2013 and the number one station in the country. While highlighting the success of "Live with Kelly and Michael," November's "The ING New York City Marathon," "The View," "The Chew," its Eyewitness News broadcasts, and ABC's strong primetime schedule, the company neglected to note the success of its sole remaining daytime soap opera, "General Hospital," on the station.

Victoria Rowell And Husband Headed for Divorce

Thursday, January 2, 2014 1:01 PM EDT
Just when you thought you’d heard it all when it comes to celebrity divorces, the recent drama for “The Young and the Restless’’ star Victoria Rowell (ex-Drucilla Winters) is adding another deliciously entertaining layer to the land of celeb Splitsville.

TODAY: Chandler Massey Says Goodbye to Salem

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Thursday, January 2, 2014 12:37 PM EDT
On today's episode of NBC's "Days of our Lives," Chandler Massey says goodbye to his multi-Daytime Emmy Award winning role of Will Horton. As previously reported, Massey planned to depart the daytime drama series when his contract was set to expire in December 2013, but show producers opted instead to replace the actor upon his completion of his filming of scenes in August of last year, citing the exit as being storyline dictated. Daytime newcomer Guy Wilson took over the role when he began filming scenes in September. He begins airing on Wednesday, January 8.
Best known for his portrayal as Philip Banks (aka: Uncle Phil) in NBC's widely popular sitcom "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," actor James Avery has died. According to his manager and publicist, Avery died on Tuesday, December 31 as a result of complications from open heart surgery. The actor appeared in October 2012 episodes of CBS' "The Young and the Restless" as Judge Daley, who ultimately dismissed a case against Phyllis Summers (Michelle Stafford).
Listed as a second unit director of photography during the third season of "The Bay: The Series," David Pregerson, 23, a recent graduate of UCLA, has died after succumbing to injuries sustained by a hit-and-run that occurred on the morning of Friday, December 27 in the Pacific Palisades neighborhood of Los Angeles, CA. According to police, he was walking home when he was hit by a vehicle and thrown into the bushes. The driver of the vehicle has yet to be identified. Pregerson died on Monday night after being taken off of life support.
Just as Sabrina Santiago learns that she is pregnant on ABC's "General Hospital," her portrayer reveals she is also pregnant in real-life, reports People magazine. "It feels wonderful. This is the most joyous time of my life,” said actress Teresa Castillo to the publication, where she announced she was expecting her first child - a girl - with husband Shane Aaron. "It feels great to finally be able to share it with the world," she added.
The wait is finally over for the launch of Sonia Blangiardo's "Taint Dreams: The Series," which features Alicia Minshew (“All My Children”), Terri Ivens (“AMC”), Grant Aleksander (“Guiding Light”), Kelley Menighan Hensley (“As the World Turns“), Walt Willey (“AMC”), Natalia Livingston (“GH“), Marnie Schulenburg (“ATWT”), Michael Lowry (“AMC,” “One Life to Live“), Nathan Purdee ("OLTL"), Austin Peck (“ATWT,” “Days of our Lives“, “OLTL”), Colleen Zenk (“ATWT”), Larkin Malloy (“The Edge of Knight,” “AMC”) Dina Manzo (“Dina’s Party” and “The Real Housewives of New Jersey”), Anthony Wilkinson (“My Big Gay Italian Wedding” and the new “My Big Gay Italian Funeral”), Lisa Marie Varon (“IMPACT WRESTLING”) and “Mr. PEC-Tacular” Jessie Godderz (“IMPACT WRESTLING” and “Big Brother”), Bobbie Eakes (“AMC,” “The Bold and the Beautiful“), Ilene Kristen (“OLTL,” “Ryan’s Hope”), James DePaiva ( “OLTL”) and Tonja Walker (“OLTL”), along with a host of newcomers, as viewers are treated to a behind the scenes look at the daytime soap "Painted Dreams."