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

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010 5:38 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

Photo: SOAPnet

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Dahlia Salem has extra baggage coming with her when she debuts as Federal Prosecutor Claire Walsh on Wednesday, February 24 on ABC’s “General Hospital.”

Soap Opera Network has learned that actors John Burke and Dakin Matthews will be appearing that day as Everrett Dawson and Judge Carroll, respectively. According to sources, this episode kicks off a major turning point in the upcoming Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) story-arc which finds the mobster fighting for his freedom.

Viewers may remember Dakin Matthews from his numerous appearances on ABC’s “Desperate Housewives” as Reverend Sikes or for his role on CBS comedy “The King of Queens” when he played Joe Heffernan.

In March look for actress Jennifer Lyons to appear as “Jennifer Biles” on the Wednesday, March 3 episode of the soap, while on the Friday, March 5 episode Carolyn Hennesy’s (Diane Miller) real-life husband, Donald Agnelli, returns as a Biker at Jake’s Bar.

“General Hospital” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet.


  • General Hospital
  • Maurice Benard
  • Dahlia Salem
  • John Burke
  • Dakin Matthews
  • Jennifer Lyons
  • Donald Agnelli


    ‘AMC’ February 2010 Casting Notes

    Photo: Yolanda Perez/ABC

    Wednesday, January 27, 2010 2:30 AM ET | By Angela Rosa

    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — February promises to bring along some changes to “All My Children.”

    “All My Children” fans may start seeing some things a little differently as February sweeps in – things like sets. Many of the sets airing on the Tuesday, February 2nd episode will have a West Coast flare to them. February 2nd is the airdate of the first episode the soap taped at the Andrita Studios in Los Angeles. Executive Producer Julie Hanan Carruthers assures that while they were able to “upgrade and modernize some of [their] environments” that over ninety percent of the sets and props were shipped to L.A. and “AMC” will look familiar to the audience. Among some of the cosmetic changes accumulated from the move to Los Angeles, look for the Chandler Mansion to get a noticeable face lift, while ConFusion and Fusion will just have a little extra pop from a paint job and new light fixtures. Look for a new set or two to pop up as well, word is Erica Kane (Susan Lucci) will finally move out of her Yacht Club room and into a penthouse.

    Stuart’s mother makes her last appearance on “AMC” on Tuesday, February 2nd. Look for Damon’s (Finn Wittrock) instability as a father and his growing connection to Colby Chandler (Natalie Hall) to contribute to the character’s exit. In real life, the young actress – who debuted on “AMC” last October in the recurring role of Bailey – decided it wasn’t the right time for her to change coasts. Sofia Black-D’Elia taped her last episode of “All My Children” in New York on December 10th. Speculation is that baby Stuart will leave the Pine Valley scene with his mother.

    Walt Willey will have his most active month as Jackson Montgomery on “AMC” since July 2009. The actor is slated to appear in at least a handful of episodes beginning on the week of the 8th. Look for the Willey’s first episode back – on Monday, February 8th – to be opposite Mr. Montgomery’s true love, Erica. If everything is as it appears, fans will approve of the swift effect this meeting of the minds has on Ms. Kane’s romantic life. Look for Jackson to also tangle with his trouble-making daughter, Greenlee (Rebecca Budig). Jackson’s last appearance on “AMC” was on January 6.

    Alicia Minshew, who plays Erica’s first born Kendall, recorded a segment to air on “AMC” on Tuesday, February 9th. Minshew recorded the appearance during the soaps last week of taping at their New York studios. The popular actress and real-life new mother is currently on an extended maternity leave.

    “AMC” will get a little bit political on the week of February 15th. The Mayor of Los Angeles, Antonio Villaragosa, will appear on the Wednesday, February 17th episode of the soap. Mayor Villaragosa will play himself. The mayor will mix it up with his old acquaintance, Erica Kane, at Pine Valley hot-spot ConFusion. City Council President Eric Garcetti will mix it up with Adam Chandler (David Canary). In the segments set to air, the men will discuss some of the initiatives they are taking together to make Chandler Enterprises more environmentally friendly. Garcetti airs on Tuesday, February 16th.

    Many, many “AMC” fans are licking their chops over this long over-due casting tidbit: Julia Barr brings Brooke English back to “AMC” on Tuesday, February 23rd. The popular and acclaimed actress is back for what is reported to be a great three-month story arc. How will the current Mrs. Chandler, Annie (Melissa Claire Egan), handle the torch of adoration Mr. Chandler still has for his favorite ex-wife? Look for Brooke to reclaim top position at Tempo courtesy of Adam. While the Chandler clan may occupy most of Brooke’s time, “AMC” insiders assure that the soaps best set of frenemies ever, Erica and Brooke, will get in their fair share of sparring.

    As previously reported, all of the children of Pine Valley have been (or are in the process of being) recast due to move from New York to Los Angeles. This includes Lucy Merriam, who played the part of Emma Lavery since 2006, Alexa Gerasimovich, who played the part of Kathy Martin since 2006, Rory and Declan McTigue, whom played Adam Chandler the third since 2008. Look for the new children of “AMC” to begin airing some time in February. Will there be an overdose of SORAS (Soap Opera Rapid Aging Syndrome)? Stay Tuned.

    “All My Children” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings. “AMC” now also airs online at ABC.com and can be accessed 24/7.


    • All My Children
    • Alicia Minshew
    • AMC
    • Walt Willey
    • Julia Barr


      ‘OLTL’ February Casting Highlights

      Photo: Yolanda Perez/ABC

      Tuesday, January 26, 2010 10:00 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

      (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — The latest casting comings and goings for “One Life to Live.”

      It appears that Robert Krimmer will be making another appearance in Llanview as Andrew Carpenter sometime in near future.  It was reported that the information was leaked by some of the “One Life to Live” cast members present at the January 7th “Cramer Women Press Luncheon,” who stated that the actor was scheduled to tape scenes the following day.  A spokesperson for the show had no comment.  When viewers last saw the good reverend, he was officiating Llanview’s mass gay nuptials.   

      Stephen Markle makes yet another ghostly appearance as Mel Hayes on Monday, February 8th, when he tries to reason with a defensive Dorian.  But is it too late to stop what she has already been put in motion? 

      Eric Nelsen tweeted earlier this evening that he “Hung out with Kristen Alderson today before my One Life to Live audition. It went really well. Good vibes!”  Kristen responded with “YAY!! love ya!” It remains to be seen exactly which role Nelsen auditioned for, although it could be for the part of “Cody.” (See below).

      Natalie Neckyfarow will play a patron at Capricorn when Snoop Dogg performs on Wednesday, February 24th.  Last summer the actress portrayed a customer at the Buenos Dias Café.

      Mellini Kantayya portrays a nurse on Friday, February 12th and Wednesday, February 17th.

      Is the new character Emile, a sauve businessman, about to make his “OLTL” debut?  Not sure…but look for a “handsome stranger” to send Kelly and Adriana glasses of champagne as the cousins get re-acquainted while dining at a Paris café on Friday, February 12th.  Remember that a casting call for the recurring role was issued late last year.

      “OLTL” has released a another new audition script, this time for the role of “Cody (FKA Darren).”  The scene opens with “Cody” telling “Kate” how wonderful her audition for the school musical was, and that they will be together a lot while working on the play. Kate sarcastically says thanks, and begins to mock Cody.  Then he tells her that they can go to “Heather’s” Sweet 16 together.  Kate agrees, but then quickly says that the musical will take up a lot of her time, and that she won’t be able to finish her big term paper if she goes to the party.  Cody doesn’t take no for an answer however, and reminds her that it will be at the country club and everything.  Instead, Kate suggests that he help her with her paper.  She goes on to say that, if he helps her, that he will be rewarded, and then proceeds to rub his cheek.  As the scene ends, Cody says he will go to the library and check out some books, and Kate thanks him. 

      Remember that, per “OLTL” policy, the names in these casting calls are frequently changed to throw off viewers.  In addition, this appears to be a recycled version of an audition script from 2007, which involved teens Henry Mackler (Jonathan Groff) and Britney Jennings (Portia Reiners).  Therefore it remains to be seen if the show is casting a similar character, or using the old script to secretly cast another role.  Although it has been RUMORED that “Cody” will be a potential love interest for Destiny.

      And “One Life” is penning another high school musical in May.  Executive Producer Frank Valentini tells TV Guide that the soap wanted to do a musical last year, but the timing wasn’t good for the characters, many of which had very little sing about.  This year’s event, like the one in 2007, is expected to center around Starr and Cole. 

      From the Twitter files…

      Bree Williamson writes (Jan. 23rd): “Snow storm in llanview = awesome tv!! Yee haw!!!!”

      Kassie DePaiva writes (Jan. 24th): “Having a great weekend in the Catskills . Watching the NFL playoffs. Working all week at Oltl.”

      Kristen Alderson tweeted (Jan. 25th): “OMG what a good episode!! Can’t wait until next week. hahah”

      Terrell Tilford teeted on January 9th that he was shooting scenes with Erika Slezak [Viki] & Jerry VerDorn [Clint] this AM! they inspire me!” Three days later he wrote that was “Shooting with Frankie Faison (as my dad) and Tonye Pitano (as my mother) tomorrow…how awesome is that!? Then with Erika & Jerry again!” Tilford also comments that he had “2 scenes down…8 more to go,” and that he “had a really looooonnnngggg day shooting today [January 12th]… yeah I know, ‘get over it!’ hmmm, okay I have. time for a glass of malbec.” And the actor was apparently on set when Snoop Dogg recently taped his upcoming February 24th appearance tweeting, “Good hangin’ with Snoop and FOI at ‘OLTL’… keepin’ it real!”  Additionally, the actor tweeted on Jan. 23rd that he “is having a glass of cabernet and working on his script for next week’s shoots…OOooo, if y’all only knew what was coming up! Whoa! Whew!”

      And “OLTL” Music Director Paul Glass comments that the song at the end of today’s (Jan. 26th) episode was Jared Lee‘s “Who Am I?”   

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



      Monday, January 25, 2010 1:25 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

      Photo: John Paschal/JPI Studios

      (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Stephen Nichols debuts this week on CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” as a recast Tucker McCall, taking over from the departing William Russ. His first airdate is scheduled for Wednesday, January 27.

      On his first day on the job look for Nichols’ Tucker to butt heads with numerous corporate sharks in Genoa City including Victor Newman (Eric Braeden).

      Prior to his joining “Y&R,” Nichols enjoyed a number of years playing Steve “Patch” Johnson on NBC’s “Days of our Lives.” He left the soap last year after being dropped by show producers due to budgetary concerns. He portrayed the popular role of Stefan Cassadine on ABC’s “General Hospital” from 1996 – 2002 and again for a couple of months in 2003.

      “The Young and the Restless” airs Weekdays on CBS. Weeknights on SOAPnet.


      • Days of our Lives
      • General Hospital
      • Stephen Nichols
      • Eric Braeden
      • William Russ


        Photo: “One Life to Live’s” popular ‘Kish’ storyline earns the soap a GLADD Media Award nomination, pitting it against three other daytime drama series.

        Sunday, January 24, 2010 8:00 AM ET | By Scotty Gore

        (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — ABC and CBS soaps compete for top honors.

        “The GLAAD Media Awards recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and the issues that affect their lives,” according to the organization’s website.  “The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) is dedicated to promoting and ensuring fair, accurate and inclusive representation of people and events in the media as a means of eliminating homophobia and discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation.”

         The nominees for outstanding achievement in a daily drama series are as follows:

        • All My Children, ABC
        • As the World Turns, CBS
        • Guiding Light, CBS
        • One Life to Live, ABC

        The 21st Annual GLAAD Media Awards will be handed out in New York City on March 13th, 2010 at the Marriott Marquis; in Los Angeles on April 17th at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza; and in San Francisco on June 5th at The Westin St. Francis. For the complete list of nominees visit http://www.glaad.org/mediaawards/21/nominees.

        “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Anytime on ABC.com and SOAPnet.com.  “As the World Turns” airs Weekdays on CBS.  Anytime on CBS.com. Check local listings.




        The 41st NAACP Image Award Nominations

        Photo: CBS Daytime leads the way with 6 NAACP Image Award nominations, compared with only 4 for ABC.

        Sunday, January 24, 2010 8:00 AM ET | By Scotty Gore

        (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — African-American actors from the ABC and CBS serials compete for top honors.

        “Established in 1967, at the height of the civil rights movement, the NAACP Image Awards is the nation’s premier event the outstanding achievements and performances of people of color in the arts (motion picture, television, recording, and literature), as well as those individuals or groups who promote social justice through their creative endeavors,”  according to a press release. 

        The NAACP Image Awards honors projects and individuals that promote diversity in the arts in television, recording, literature, and motion pictures. The nominees for outstanding achievement in acting peformances in the daytime drama series categories are as follows:

        OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A DAYTIME DRAMA SERIES

        • Bryton James – Devon Hamilton on “The Young and The Restless” (CBS)
        • Cassius Willis – Gil Wallace on “The Young and The Restless” (CBS)
        • Cornelius Smith, Jr. – Frankie Hubbard on “All My Children” (ABC)
        • Terrell Tilford – Greg Evans on “One Life To Live” (ABC)
        • Texas Battle – Marcus Walton on “The Bold and the Beautiful” (CBS)

         

        OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A DAYTIME DRAMA SERIES

        • Daphnee Duplaix – Rachel Gannon on “One Life to Live” (ABC)
        • Debbi Morgan – Angie Hubbard on “All My Children” (ABC)
        • Eva Marcille – Tyra Hamilton on “The Young and the Restless” (CBS)
        • Tatyana Ali – Roxanne on “The Young and The Restless” (CBS)
        • Tonya Lee Williams – Olivia Winters on “The Young and the Restless” (CBS)

         

        In addition, several soap veterans were also earned nods in various categories.  Morgan Freeman(ex-Roy Bingham, “Another World”) was nominated for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture for the film “Invictus.” Lamman Rucker (ex-T. Marshall Travers, “As the World Turns;” ex-Garret Williams,  “All My Children”) is competing in the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for “Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns.”  Tichina Arnold (ex-Zena Brown, “Ryan’s Hope;” ex-Sharla Valentine, “All My Children”) is up for the award in the Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series category for her role on the  “Everybody Hates Chris.” And musician Mary J. Blige (who made appearances on “One Life to Live” in 2006 & 2008) is up for Outstanding Female Recording Artist.

        “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” airs Weekdays on ABC. “The Bold and the Beautiful” and “The Young and the Restless” airs Weekdays on CBS. “AMC,” “OLTL,” and “Y&R” also air Weeknights on SOAPnet. And “AMC” and “OLTL” are available for viewing anytime at ABC.com and SOAPnet.com. Check local listings.




        The 62nd Annual DGA Award Nominees

        Photo: CBS’s “The Young and the Restless” picks up two Director Guild of America Award nominations.

        Sunday, January 24, 2010 8:00 AM ET | By Angela Rosa

        (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — ABC and CBS serials compete for top directing honors.

        In releasing the 62nd Annual Director Guild of America nominations, DGA President Taylor Hackford best described the director contribution to the production process, “directors play a crucial role in eliciting performance, advancing the story and establishing the look and feel in all genres of television.” In 1991, the DGA began awarding directors of Daytime Serials. Michael Stich, a director for CBS’s “The Bold and the Beautiful,” earned the first win in the category. “One Life to Live” director Larry Carpenter earned last years win in the category. “The Young and the Restless” received two of the six nomination awarded this year. The nominees for outstanding achievement in direction of a Daytime Serial at the 62nd Annual DGA’s are as follows:

        • Casey Childs is nominated for the “All My Children” (ABC) episode titled “Bianca and Reese Get Married.” Childs team included Barbara M. Simmons, Anthony Pascarelli, Penny Bergman, Rusty Swope, Fritz Brekeller, Jennifer Minda, Marika Brancato. This is Childs’ fourth DGA Award nomination. He was previously nominated in this same category for “AMC” “Episode #9669″ in 2007, “Episode #9297″ in 2006 and “Episode #7919″ in 2000.
        • Christopher Goutman is nominated for the “As the World Turns” (CBS) episode titled “Once Upon a Time.” Goutman’s team included Michael Kerner, Carol Sedwick, Nancy Barron, Jennifer Blood, Brett Hellman, Alexandra Verner Roalsvig and Jared Lynch. This is Mr. Goutman’s fourth DGA Award nomination. He was previously nominated in this same category for “ATWT” “Episode #12971″ in 2007 “Episode #12,166″ in 2004, and “Episode #10,446″ in 1997.
        • Dean Lamont is nominated for “The Young and the Restless” (CBS) episode titled “Billy’s New Year’s Eve Revelation.” Lamont’s team included Marc Beruti, Christopher S. Mullen, Robbin Phillips, Thomas J. McDermott, Herbert A. Weaver Jr., Vanessa Androus and Erica Meyer. This is Lamont’s first DGA Award nomination.
        • William Ludel is nominated for the “General Hospital” (ABC) episode titled “Macho Men.” Ludel’s team included Christine Magarian-Ucar, Penny Pengra, Denise Van Cleave, Pete Fillmore, Dave Macleod, RC Cates, Craig McManus, Crystal Craft, Lisa Kaseff and Christine Cooper.This is Ludel’s sixth DGA Award nomination. He won DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Daytime Serials for “GH” “Episode #9801″ in 2001 and “Episode #8248″ in 1995; Ludel’s last nomination was for “GH’s” “Luke in Purgatory” episode in 2008.
        • Sally McDonald is nominated for “The Young and the Restless” (CBS) episode titled “Six Minutes and Counting.” McDonald’s team included Marc Beruti, Christopher S. Mullen, Robbin Phillips, Herbert A. Weaver Jr., Thomas J. McDermott, Vanessa Androus, Erica Meyer and Nancy Ortenberg. This is McDonald’s third DGA Award nomination. She was previously nominated in this same category for “Y&R” “Episode # 7784″ in 2003 and “Episode # 6437″ in 1998.
        • Cynthia J. Popp is nominated for “The Bold and the Beautiful” (CBS) episode titled “Fashion Challenge Sabotage.” Popp’s team included Steven A. Wacker, Clyde A. Kaplan, Jennifer L. Howard, Catherine A. Sedwick, Laura L. Yale, Douglas J. Hayden, Lisa M. Winthur-Huston, and Barbara Roche. This is Popp’s first DGA Award nomination.

        The 62nd Annual DGA Awards Dinner will be handed out on Saturday, January 30, 2010 at the Hyatt Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles. For the complete list of DGA nominees visit http://www.dga.org.

        “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” airs Weekdays on ABC. “As the World Turns,” “The Bold and the Beautiful” and “The Young and the Restless” airs Weekdays on CBS. “AMC,” “GH” and “Y&R” also air Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.




        The 2010 WGA Award Nominees

        Photo: CBS’s “As The World Turns” was the 2009 Writers Guild of America Award winner for Outstanding Achievement in a Daytime Serial.

        Sunday, January 24, 2010 8:00 AM ET | By Angela Rosa

        (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — ABC and CBS serials compete for top writing honors.

        Every year since 1949, The Writers Guild of America has awarded the best in scripted media. In 2010, writers will be rewarded for their work in movies (screenplays), television (primetime and daytime), radio, news, promotional writing, and graphic animation. For most of these categories, the WGA committee will just look at raw scripts in both choosing the nominees and picking the winners. Over the past several years, CBS’s “As the World Turns” and “The Young and the Restless” have alternated WGA wins for Outstanding Achievement in a Daytime Serial  and are among the 2010 WGA nominees in the category. The 2010 WGA nominees for Outstanding Achievement in a Daytime Serial, which awards scripts that aired between October 1, 2008 and September 30, 2009, are as follows:

        • All My Children (ABC) Written by Jeff Beldner, Joanna Cohen, Kate Hall, Chip Hayes, Michelle Patrick, Charles Pratt, Jr., Rebecca Taylor, Tracey Thomson and Addie Walsh.
        • As the World Turns (CBS) Written by Peter Brash, Lisa Connor, Susan Dansby, Cheryl L. Davis, Leah Laiman, David A. Levinson, Leslie Nipkow, Jean Passanante, Gordon Rayfield and Courtney Simon.
        • One Life to Live (ABC) Written by Shelly Altman, Ron Carlivati, Anna Theresa Cascio, Aida Croal, Carolyn Culliton, Janet Iacobuzio, Frederick Johnson, Sharon Lennon, Elizabeth Page, Melissa Salmons, Katherine Schock, Scott Sickles and Chris Van Etten.
        • The Young and the Restless (CBS) Written by Amanda L. Beall, Tom Casiello, Lisa Connor, Janice Ferri Esser, Eric Freiwald, Jay Gibson, Scott Hamner, Marla Kanelos, Beth Milstein, Natalie Minardi Slater, Melissa Salmons, Linda Schreiber, James Stanley, Sandra Weintraub and Teresa Zimmerman.

        The actual episodes that were submitted for consideration for the four soaps are not known at the moment. Once we get those details, we’ll update the readers of Soap Opera Network.

        The 2010 Writers Guild Awards will take place in Los Angeles and New York on February 20, 2010. For a complete list of the 2010 WGA Award nominees visit http://www.wga.org.

        “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” airs Weekdays on ABC. “As the World Turns” and “The Young and the Restless” airs Weekdays on CBS. “AMC,” “OLTL” and “Y&R” also air Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.




        Photo: ABC

        Sunday, January 24, 2010 2:00 AM ET | By Angela Rosa

        (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — The latest news on “All My Children’s” writing team scramble.

        On Wednesday, January 20, ABC confirmed the news Soap Opera Network administrator Xavier Toups broke on Wednesday, January 13, David Kreizman and Donna Swajeski are “All My Children’s” new Head Writing Team. This left a lot of fans a little bit concerned … and wondering what the news meant for esteemed, long-time “AMC” writer and current interim Associate Head Writer Lorraine Broderick.

        Sources close to daytime serial website Daytime Confidential  have indicated that Broderick has indicated that her stay at “AMC” would not be a long-term situation. “AMC” star Susan Lucci, who has played Erica Kane since the show’s debut in 1970, seems to be indicating that may not be the case. MSN.com blogger and former Soap Opera Weekly reporter, Deanna Barnert, attended AFTRA and The Paley Center for Media’s welcome to Los Angeles soiree for “AMC” on Thursday, January 21, and reports that while praising the incoming Head Writing team, Lucci added that she was also “so thrilled [that] Lorraine Broderick and Kate Hall [would] remain with “AMC” in the writing group.”

        As previously reported, Lorraine Broderick was a member of the “AMC” writing team from 1979 to 1991; she served as Associate Head Writer of the show from 1981 to 1991. In October 1995, Broderick returned to the ABC soap in the position of Head Writer. Despite three consecutive Emmy wins for Outstanding Writing in a Daytime Series, Broderick was fired in December of 1997 due to falling ratings. The popular writer quietly returned to handle the ship in the wake of Charles Pratt, Jr.’s firing in November 2009.

        ABC has been very quiet on the Lorraine Broderick front. SON will keep its readers up to date as this story continues to develop.

        As for Kreizman and Swajeski, top honchos at “AMC,” as well as its star Lucci, tout Donna Swajeski’s discreet stint as an ABC Daytime Executive (Director of Daytime) as giving her a familiarity with Agnes Nixon, the serials creator, as well as with the classic formula of “AMC.” Swajeski clearly has an affinity for Nixon, the writer notes occasionally sitting in “AMC” story meetings “and marveling at how [Nixon] always went right to the heart of scenes. How [Nixon] brilliantly crafted the dreamers, the strivers, the connivers, the heroes — so that we loved everyone of them.” ABC Daytime President Brian Frons, meanwhile, dusted off his usual release for new Head Writers, noting that “David and Donna are the perfect team to bring new ideas to “AMC” while remaining true to its core by telling stories with a focus on the integrity of the show’s history, its characters and families on the canvas.”

        Kreizman, who is barely off the Head Writer seat at CBS’s “As the World Turns,” and Swajeski may begin getting to work on “AMC” some time in February (with their first scripts airing some time this spring). SON will keep its readers up to date as more information becomes available.

        For more on Kreizman and Swajeski’s credits, and a clue as to why fans weren’t exactly thrilled with the news of the hiring, follow this link: BREAKING NEWS: ‘AMC’ Hires Kreizman and Swajeski

        “All My Children” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings. “AMC” now also airs online at ABC.com and can be accessed 24/7.


        • All My Children
        • Susan Lucci
        • AMC
        • David Kreizman
        • Donna Swajeski
        • Lorraine Broderick


          Sunday, January 24, 2010 12:15 AM ET | By Errol Lewis

          Photo: IMDb

          (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) is going down, albeit not for long (we all know that!).

          “Generall Hospital” has cast the recurring role of Federal Prosecutor Claire Walsh with actress Dahlia Salem, who begins taping on Thursday, January 28. According to sources, Walsh will represent the United States v. Sonny Corinthos, who is being prosecuted for the murder of Claudia Zacchara.

          Salem’s first airdate is scheduled for Wednesday, February 24.

          You may have seen Salem in such primetime dramas as “CSI: MIami” and “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “ER” or even more recently in the ABC series “the forgotton,” but it was NBC’s defunct soap “Another World” where the actress got her start. From 1995-1998, she portrayed the role of Sofia Carlino.

          “General Hospital” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet.


          • General Hospital
          • CSI: Miami
          • CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
          • ER
          • Dahlia Salem
          • Mauurice Benard
          • Another World
          • the forgotten








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