When Maria Arena Bell was fired as head writer and executive producer of "The Young and the Restless" on Thursday, July 26, just one day earlier Soap Opera Digest reported that Scott Hamner, one of the soaps co-head writers, would also be leaving at the end of his contract. "I had decided to let my contract expire but Maria[Arena Bell, executive producer/head writer] asked if we could call it a sabbatical instead," explained Hamner in a statement. "She really didn't want me to leave, so I agreed to take a few months off. She has been so gracious and generous about my need to take a break and I appreciate that." Meanwhile, with the appointment of Josh Griffith as Bell's replacement as head writer, many began to wonder whether Hogan Sheffer would remain as the other co-head writer of the soap.
Best known for his portrayal of Lucky Spencer on ABC's "General Hospital," actor Greg Vaughan has joined the cast of NBC's "Days of our Lives" in the contract role of Eric Brady. Vaughan tweeted a picture of his first day arriving at the shows Burbank Studio lot on Wednesday, August 8, where he said to his followers, "Here's to to new beginnings's!!"
Based on the Vertigo comic book series "Y: The Last Man," which produced only 60 issues in the span of nearly five years (September 2002 to March 2008), "Y: The Last Man Rising" is a fan film that tells the story of Yorick (Travis Quentin Young), an artist who must be protected at all costs in order to ensure the continued survival of the human race. Special Agent 355 is the one tasked in protecting him by any means necessary. In July, IGN Entertainment debuted the film online that stars former "General Hospital" and "General Hospital: Night Shift" actress Kent King (ex-Dr. Lainey Winters) in the role of Agent 355. King co-produced the film alongside her husband Christian Cardona, who also served as writer, producer and director of the 21 minute long film.
On Thursday, July 26, Sony Pictures Television announced Josh Griffith as the new head writer of "The Young and the Restless." He replaced Maria Arena Bell, who also served as the soaps executive producer (she's been replaced by Jill Farren Phelps in that position). In the days following the announcement of his appointment at "Y&R," Griffith became a little more active on his Twitter account (@joshgriffith13).
America Media, Inc. (AMI) has purchased 37-year-old Soap Opera Digest from previous owner Source Interlink Media. As followers of Soap Opera Network knew, America Media licensed Digest from Source Interlink on April 14, 2011, wherein American Media would retain editorial, advertising, marketing and distribution control of the magazine and its sister publications Soap Opera Weekly and Pixie! (both now defunct), while ownership would remain with Source Interlink.
Entertainment Weekly's Lynette Rice gives viewers their first look at the DAYSaster as it continues on Monday, August 13 with the return of "Days of our Lives" to NBC.
On Saturday, July 23, 2011, "General Hospital" held its annual fan club weekend event at the Sportmen's Lodge Event Center. Incidentally, in the year that followed many were left wondering if the 2012 event would ever come to be amidst all the drama and rumors surrounding the cancellation, reincarnation (through the Disney/ABC Television Group/Prospect Park Productions deal that wasn't) and ultimate demise of "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" and the possible effect it would have on "GH" itself. On July 21, 2012, "GH" did indeed holds its annual fan event - again at the Sportsmen's Lodge Event Center - with a renewed focus and much hope for the future.
"Good Morning America" anchor Robin Roberts hosts a two-hour countdown of couples who have graced television with their amazing chemistry, hilarity, friendship and, in many cases, sexual tension. Whether it's Johnny Carson and Ed McMahon, Laverne and Shirley, Tony and Carmela Soprano, Homer and Bart Simpson, Mulder and Scully or Lucy and Ethel, there is no shortage of indelible duos on television. Who will be No. 1? Find out on "TV's Most Dynamic Duos: Presented by The Paley Center for Media," airing SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 2 (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
On the Friday, August 3 episode of ABC's "General Hospital" fans were shocked to learn that Jerry Jacks (Sebastian Roche) was back! This time the mastermind behind the Metro Court disaster is working with Ewen Keenan (Nathin Butler), and once again Mr. Jacks is playing with the life of Robin Scorpio (Kimberly McCullough) - he previously shot her under the guise of Mr. Craig.
Jason Thompson (Patrick Drake, "General Hospital") announced via Twitter late last week that he would be appearing on The CW's "90210," which returns for its fifth season in October.