How WATCH ABC Changes Will Affect Viewing of 'GH,' 'The View' and 'The Chew'; Shows Also on Hulu Plus

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Oprah Winfrey Dedicates Upcoming Episode to Daytime Soaps

(SoapOperaNetwork) — "The Oprah Winfrey Show" is looking for fans of "All My Children," "The Bold and the Beautiful," "Days of our Lives," "General Hospital," "One Life to Live" and "The Young and the Restless" to appear on an upcoming episode devoted to the soap opera genre. The show is also looking for those that were followers of the gone but not forgotten soaps including the more recently canceled "As The World Turns," "Guiding Light," "Passions" and "Port Charles."

This will be your last chance to see Oprah Winfrey cover the soap genre before her show exits the tv landscape in September.

Full Press Release

Are you a devoted soap opera viewer? Do you plan your day around watching soap operas? Do you record the soaps while you are at work and rush home to see what your favorite characters did that day? Do your favorite stars feel like members of the family? Do you live vicariously through their triumphs and struggles? Do you remember where you were when Luke and Laura got married or when Erika Kane walked down the aisle for the tenth time? Who are your favorite characters? Which couples did you desperately want to see together again? Which storylines made you laugh, cry or changed your life? Which soap that is no longer on the air do you miss the most? If you are a fan of the soaps and are willing to share your love of daytime dramas on The Oprah Winfrey Show, we want to hear from you!

To apply to appear on the show, go to

  • The Bold and the Beautiful
  • All My Children
  • One Life to Live
  • The Young and the Restless
  • Days of our Lives
  • General Hospital
  • As The World Turns
  • Port Charles
  • Passions
  • Guiding Light
  • Oprah Winfrey
  • The Oprah Winfrey Show

    Jordana Brewster Lands Lead Role in 'Dallas' Pilot for TNT

    ( — Jordana Brewster is heading to the TNT based "Dallas" reboot according to a report by Nellie Andreeva of Andreeva reports that Brewster has joined the cast of the new era of "Dallas," the popular primetime soap that lasted from 1978 to 1991, which was order to pilot in late 2010 by TNT. The actress will play the role of Elena, "the the gorgeous daughter of the ranch's cook who is locked into a love triangle with Christopher and John," the sons of J.R. and Bobby Ewing stuck in a bitter rivalry over who will run the Ewing dynasty.

    The actress will be joined by original cast members Linda Gray and Patrick Duffy (also appearing on "The Bold and the Beautiful" here and there), who have already signed on to reprise their roles as Sue Ellen and Bobby Ewing. Larry Hagman, who portrayed J.R. Ewing in the original, has verbally committed to the series, but has not officially signed a deal with Warner Bros. Television.

    For soap fans, Brewster is best known for her portrayal of Nikki Munson on CBS' "As The World Turns" from 1995 to 2001 and a brief appearance on "All My Children." After leaving the soap world behind, Brewster landed roles in such films as "The Fast the the Furious" franchise and "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning." In 2007, the actress starred in the ABC pilot "Mr. and Mrs. Smith," the TV version of the popular 2005 film of the same name starring Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. Brewster can next be seen in the fifth "Furious" film called "Fast Five," which is due for release in theaters on April 29, 2011.

    Should the pilot be well received by the programming brass at TNT you can expect the series on the network at some point later this year.

    • All My Children
    • As The World Turns
    • Patrick Duffy
    • Jordana Brewster
    • Dallas
    • Larry Hagman
    • Linda Gray
    • Angelina Jolie
    • Brad Pitt
    • Mr. and Mrs. Smith
    • The Fast and the Furious
    • Fast Five
    • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning

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      An Apology to Rebecca Herbst and Her Fans

      Two weeks ago ABC's "General Hospital" made the unthinkable decision of firing popular actress Rebecca Herbst after she put in thirteen years of loyal service to the series. Unfortunately, as the General Hospital Editor for Soap Opera Network, I did not report on Herbst's firing nor did I acknowledge anywhere on the website of its occurrence. Meanwhile, during that same week it was announced that Melissa Claire Egan had made the decision to depart "All My Children" and Brittany Underwood had also been fired by "One Life to Live." Those news items did in fact go up on the website.

      While we work as a team here at Soap Opera Network, it was ultimately my responsibility to report on all things relating to "General Hospital" itself, including the ouster of Herbst. Therefore, I would like to take this opportunity to apologize to Rebecca Herbst, her fans and loyal followers, as well as our readers for not reporting the news when it happened.

      I personally wish Ms. Herbst the best of luck in the future and I hope that includes seeing her on a new series that will see the true talent that she can bring or on the big screen co-starring with Hollywood's top elite.

      • General Hospital
      • Rebecca Herbst
      • Brittany Underwood
      • Melissa Claire Egan
      • Comings & Goings

        'Bold and the Beautiful' Fires Lowder; Actor Told in 'Respectful Way'

        ( — It came as no surprise late last week when word broke that CBS' "The Bold and the Beautiful" had fired demoted actor Kyle Lowder who portrayed Rick Forrester on the drama series after four years to recurring status. It was a surprise that it took so long.

        The actor joined "B&B" in January 2007 and while he enjoyed lead actor status on the soap for sometime, his character had become unnecessary and underutilized for more than a year now, so it was in best the interest of the soap and the actor to part pays. Lowder alluded to that fact in an interview with Soap Opera Digest where he explained that executive producer/head writer Brad Bell "felt terrible that they haven't been able to generate enough story for the character." According to the actor "he [Bell] felt it was in everybody's best interest that we go in different directions."

        "From my standpoint, it's an amicable situation," said Lowder. "Obviously, it's their choice, but at the same time, the story has been slow for over a year-and-a-half and like any professional in any line of work would do, you prepare yourself for the next step. So, it wasn't a surprise that it was going to happen, but it was handled in the most respectful way and I have huge respect for Brad. I had a great four years there and I thank him for the opportunity. And now, onto the next thing."

        According to a show representative via Soaps In Depth, "Kyle is a superb actor and a fine gentleman. Kyle will continue on with the show on a recurring basis."

        • The Bold and the Beautiful
        • Soaps in Depth
        • Soap Opera Digest
        • Kyle Lowder

          'The Sound of a Kiss' iTunes Cover Released

          ( — As previously reported, ABC's "One Life to Live" is set to release an iTunes exclusive album called "The Sound of a Kiss" with recordings by David Gregory (Ford) and Brittany Underwood (soon-to-be ex-Langston), among others. What we know is that the albums theme is love and it will be released on Tuesday, February 8, which is just in time for Valentine's Day.  While details beyond that are scarce at this time, we've been assured, however, that more details on the album are expected this week. In the meantime, here is your first look at the albums cover.

          • One Life to Live
          • David Gregory
          • Brittany Underwood
          • iTunes
          • The Sound of a Kiss

            On January 30, 2011, Soap Opera Network launched its brand new website. The website, literally re-built from the ground up, now houses the latest news, interviews and all business headlines covering the genre of soap operas. Our goal is to not just cover what's happening in front of the camera for both daytime and primetime soaps, but to also inform our readers of what's happening behind the scenes. That isn't to say the "gossip" aspect of behind the scenes drama, but the business perspective.

            We hope you enjoy our new look as well as the types of content we will be providing you with going forward.


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            • The Bold and the Beautiful
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            • The Young and the Restless
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              Larry Carpenter Wins Fourth DGA Award for 'One Life to Live'

              ( — Last night at the 63rd Annual DGA Awards Dinner at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Los Angeles, veteran "One Life to Live" director Larry Carpenter won his fourth Director's Guild Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievment in Daytime Serials for his work on the ABC daytime drama series in 2010. He won for "Episode #10,687" or commonly known as " 'Starr X'd Lovers: The Musical, Part Two, " which aired on May 17, 2010.

              Carpenter previously won this award in 2008 for "So You Think You Can Be Shane Morasco's Father," again in 2007 for "Episode #9947," and in 2003 for "Episode #8849." This was the directors seventh nomination in this category and overall as a director. He was previously nominated for "Episode #9686" in 2006, "Episode #9385" in 2005 and "Episode #8655" in 2002.

              Carpenter's Directorial Team:

              • Associate Directors: Teresa Anne Cicala, Tracy Casper Lang, Paul S. Glass, Mary Ryan, Jen Pepperman, Barry Gingold
              • Stage Managers: Alan Needleman, Keith Greer, Brendan Higgins
              • Production Associates: Kevin Brush, Nathalie Rodriguez
              • Kristen Alderson
              • Paul S. Glass
              • Mary Ryan
              • Larry Carpenter
              • Teresa Anne Cicala
              • Tracy Casper Lang
              • Jen Pepperman
              • Barry Gingold

                Llanview Casting Gossip: January 29 Edition

                Llanview Casting Gossip: January 29 Edition

                ( — "One Life to Live" casting insights and other news.

                With Bo Buchanan (Robert S. Woods) just beginning to uncover his big brother Clint's (Jerry verDorn) tangled web of lies and deception, one would suspect that it would only be a matter of time before Bo's oldest son David Vickers (Tuc Watkins) re-enters the picture. When we last saw David a few weeks ago, he was in the midst of desperate, feeble attempt to escape and return to his beloved Dorian (Robin Strasser). Now Soap Opera Network has learned that Watkins will return to the set in the coming weeks to tape additional scenes from his Moroccan prison cell with his prison guards Amir-Rashad (Alex Tavis) and Kahid (Donnie Keshawaz), which will likely air sometime in March. Could a jailbreak be in his future? Uncle Clint better watch his back…

                In related news, "One Life to Live" recently released a new audition script for the role of a "Warden." Remember that "OLTL" changes character names in these scripts to try and confuse viewers, however in this case, it appears to involve David Vickers. The scene opens with him asking "Chris" if he was the American who wished to speak to him. Chris says yes, and that he understands he is holding a fellow American cistern by the name of Tyler Marks captive. The Warden responds that there was a misunderstanding, and that he has no prisoner by that name. Chris tells him that Mr. Marks may have been imprisoned under another name, and show him a photo of him. Undeterred, the warden maintains that he does not recognize him. Presenting him a large sum of cash, Chris asks if it changes his mind and that it is nearly the same amount of money that was given to him by his sister Lucy. The Warden is offended at that someone thinks he would take a bribe and orders Chris and his friend to leave. Angry, Chris says the man with him is not his friend, and that he's not leaving without Tyler. The scene ends with the Warden calling for "Hassen," one of his guards to escort the men out.

                And on a hilarious note, Kristen Alderson (Starr) tweeted Thursday that "this made me laugh 2day….me-'The snow is SO crazy right now!' OLTL publicist-'Blame Clint.Clint is behind everything evil.' LOL But all jokes aside, we love Clint ; ) he's just a little upset at the moment….with the he'll get better..we hope."

                In other news…

                "One Life to Live" is looking for an Asian, Hispanic, or African-American woman in her late 20s or early 30s for the dayplayer role of Skye, who is described as a "porn star, trashy, and well endowed."  Skye is said to be a "'famous' porn star, or so she thinks she is."  This casting call seems to tie in with a similar audition script released last week for the role of "Zoe."

                John Herrera played Reverend Dennis on Friday, January 28, in the baby christening scenes.

                David A. Gregory (Ford) lists his February airdates on his Facebook page as the 3, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, 25, and 28. 

                Tonja Walker (Alex) commented on a photo of Aubrey (Terri Conn) on the "One Life to Live" Facebook page, saying that "She looks like me.  Daughter?  This Aubrey looks a little like me.  hmmmm."

                Mandy Evans booked another "Under 5" role on "OLTL" on January 17, and taped her scenes three days later, according to her website.

                Brittany Underwood (Langston), who was recently fired from the show, thanked her fans, saying that "You guys are the best, really and truly, thank you for all of the support through the years, it has really meant a lot to me. Some of her current and former co-stars also sent her warm wishes. Kristen Alderson (Starr), tweeted "Thanks to all of the fans for your kind words about Brittany .This is a tough time4us all but she'll be my sister no matter what <3." And John Wesley Shipp (ex-Eddie) writes "Brittany is the brightest and the best, I always knew that if I looked her way, scripted or not, she would give me something spicy. She will thrive. I believe it is the show's loss." Click here to check out some of Underwood's on and off-set videos on her Youtube page.

                In case you missed it…

                Matt Walton (ex-Elijah Clarke) is co-host of a new comedic sports show on Comedy Central called "Onion SportsDome," which debuted on January 11. Walton, whose "One Life" run ended when his character was killed off last fall, has also appeared in recent months in various Old Navy commericals.

                What could have been…

                Want to check out some aspiring actors who read for the parts of Joey of Aubrey?

                Click here and here to see videos of two men auditioning for the role of Joey.

                To see the Aubrey audition, click here.

                And to see an audition for the role of Glenn, the script for which was released last year, here.

                "One Life to Live" airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Anytime on and Check local listings.

                • One Life to Live
                • Tonja Walker
                • Kristen Alderson
                • Robert S. Woods
                • David Gregory
                • Tuc Watkins
                • Brittany Underwood
                • Matt Walton
                • Robin Strasser
                • Mandy Evans
                • Alex Tavis
                • Wendy Williams
                • Donnie Keshawaz
                • John Herrera
                • Terri Conn

                  Former ‘DAYS’ Star Joins ‘OLTL’

                  Photo: NBC

                  ( — Best known for his roles on "Days our Our Lives" and "As the World Turns," controversial daytime heartthrob Austin Peck lands a role on "One Life to Live."

                  Soap Opera Digest is reporting that the soap vet, who was abruptly fired from "ATWT" in 2009 amid rumors he was having an affair with a co-star, has joined the cast of "OLTL" is an undisclosed role.

                  Scheduled to begin taping scenes on Monday, January 31, Peck tells SOD that "In a lot of ways, it's a compliment that they feel I can play this character. I don't know what kind of legs this character will have; hopefully, he'll have strong ones. It all depends on how they write him and what I do with what they give me. No matter what, I am going to do my best to bring it alive and have fun."

                  The move allows Peck and Terri Conn (Aubrey), who are currently dating, the chance to work together again. "We both lamented over the past year how much we miss working with each other. Who knows whether our characters will have any interaction, but the fact that we'll be on the same set on some of the same days is quite a consolation."

                  Peck made his daytime debut as Austin Reed on "Days of our Lives" in 1992. After leaving the show in 2002, he returned from 2005-2006, and again briefly in 2010. From 2007-2009 he played Brad Snyder on "As the World Turns." Other television and film credits include "Sabrina the Teenage Witch," "Charmed," "Dating Games People Play," and "The Blue Tooth Virgin." In addition, he has also appeared in Playgirl and YM. Peck and former "DAYS" co-star Christie Clark (Carrie) received a Soap Opera Digest Award for Hottest Romance in 1997.

                  "One Life to Live" airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Anytime on and Check local listings.

                  • One Life to Live
                  • Terri Colombino
                  • Austin Peck
                  • Days of Our Lives

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