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Treadway Brings Game to Llanview

Thursday, August 28, 2008 11:24 PM EDT | By Scotty Gore


(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Ty Treadway returns to Llanview to host a new game show starring Rex Balsom.

Psychopath Colin MacIver may be dead, but that won’t stop his spirit from invading the inner thoughts of Rex Balsom. Cashing in on the success of Ty Treadway’s new game show “Crosswords,” “One Life to Live” brings their former star back to town as what else–a game show host.

This fall, Rex’s past comes back to haunt him as he lies on the operating table after being shot. As he drifts in and out of conscious, he dreams he is a panelist on a game show entitled “So You Think You Can Be Shane Morasco’s Father” hosted by the late Colin MacIver.

The dream, which is expected to last for two days, will expose Rex’s fears and concerns about being a good father to 10-year-old Shane, whom he only recently discovered was his. It will also serve to highlight his past misdeeds and how he has changed since arriving in Llanview.

Treadway portrayed the mentally unstable Colin on “OLTL” from 2000-2001. After Colin met his demise, Treadway returned as his twin brother Troy later that same year. After developing an obsession with Nora Buchanan (just as Colin did), Troy went insane and was sentenced to life in Statesville in 2003. In early 2004, Treadway exited “OLTL” a second time.

The dream sequence scenes, which were taped on the set of ABC’s “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,” will air on October 1st and 2nd.

There is also talk of Jessica Morris may reprise her role as Jennifer Rappaport (albeit in spirit form) sometime this fall for an episode or two in scenes involving her ex-lover Rex. Morris portrayed the role of Lindsay and Sam’s daughter from 2001-2005.

“One Life to Live” air Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.




Thursday, August 28, 2008 11:12 PM ET | By Errol Lewis


(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — New “All My Children” Head Writer, Charles Pratt Jr., shakes up canvas with a natural disaster hitting Pine Valley.

Just in time for the all important November sweeps period, ABC’s “All My Children” is looking to entice new viewers with a major tornado that will hit Pine Valley in October. Soap Opera Network can also confirm, as reported by TV Guide Canada‘s Nelson Branco, that two major characters will die during the tornado and that there will be a number of guest appearances from past “All My Children” cast members.

A tornado last hit the fictional Pennsylvania town in 1994, when Julia Santos (Sydney Penny) received a scar after a chandelier fell on her during a party held at the Chandler mansion in honor of Adam (David Canary) and Gloria (Teresa Blake).

Stay tuned to Soap Opera Network as further storyline details become available.

“All My Children” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.


  • All My Children


    Wednesday, August 27, 2008 3:49 PM ET | By Errol Lewis


    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — While CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” turned 35 years-old in March 2008, its 20th Anniversary on French television is a time to really celebrate.

    The show is heading to Paris, France in October to film on-location scenes for an upcoming storyline involving the likes of Nicholas Newman (Joshua Morrow), Sharon Abbott (Sharon Case), Ashley Abbott (Eileen Davidson) and Victor Newman (Eric Braeden). No other actors will be attending, according to a spokeswoman for Sony Pictures Television, producers of the soap. While specific storyline information won’t be available for a number of weeks, the first couple of scenes are expected to begin airing during the all important November Sweeps period in the US. This will be the first time the show has ever filmed in France.

    Davidson’s inclusion is surprising as the actress and her character currently work for the worlds most watched daytime soap opera, “The Bold and the Beautiful.” Will Ashley finally find romance in the city of love?

    The location shoot precedes the shows upcoming 20th anniversary on French TV Network TF1, which began airing “The Young and the Restless,” aka: “Les Feux de l’Amour” in France, on August 16, 1989. The series debuted March 26, 1973 on CBS.

    On the Web: The Young and the Restless and Les Feux de l’Amour.

    “The Young and the Restless” airs Weekdays on CBS. Anytime on CBS.com. Check local listings.


    • The Young and the Restless


      Tuesday, August 26, 2008 7:24 AM ET | By Errol Lewis


      (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — The little girl that grew up on ABC’s “General Hospital” is not so little after all. In fact, she’s the toughest thing to hit ABC since “NYPD Blue.” Nathan Fillion (“One Life to Live”) is also jumping onto the police beat.

      Amber Tamblyn, 25, who portrayed Emily Bowen-Quartermaine on “GH” from 1995-2001, has found herself with an “Unusual” dramedy that the ABC Entertainment Division (that is primetime tv for us daytime folk) thinks is the next great procedural. The network has given a mid-season order to “The Unusuals,” which stars Tamblyn as Casey Shraeger, an NYPD vice detective posing as a Lincoln Tunnel hooker before being transferred to the homicide division. Casey quickly realizes that not only does everyone in her new department have a distinct sense of humor but everyone also has their own dirty little secret.

      The series also stars Jeremy Renner, Terry Kinney, Kai Lennox, Adam Goldberg, Monique Gabriela Curnen, Joshua Close and Harrold Perrineau.

      After leaving “General Hospital,” Tamblyn got a starring role in the short-lived CBS drama “Joan of Arcadia,” in which her character talked to god.

      ABC has also given the go-ahead to Nathan Fillion’s “Castle,” in which he plays Nick Castle. Nick is a handsome writer who seems to have it all – fame, fans, and females at his fingertips. When Nick kills off his premiere character in his popular book series, a “real-life” copycat killer starts taking scenarios from the books and staging murders in the “real world.”

      Molly Quinn, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Susan Sullivan, Stana Katic, and Monet Mazur also star.

      Fillion recently appeared in ABC’s “Desperate Housewives” as Dana Delaney’s husband. “Housewives” is televisions most watched drama series.

      “Unusuals” is a production of Sony Pictures Television. “Castle” comes from ABC Studios, a division of the Walt Disney Company.


      • One Life to Live
      • General Hospital
      • Amber Tamblyn
      • Nathan Fillion


        Tuesday, August 26, 2008 6:32 AM EST | By Errol Lewis

        (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — In the 1980′s, ABC Daytime generated 3/4′s of the entire ABC networks revenue, making the lineup the most lucrative in all television. Since then ABC Daytime has become what fans call the “wicked step-child” of the ABC Television Network, a division of the Walt Disney Company. Now the network is showing some love to its most loyal and avid audience.

        Consisting of popular talk-show “The View” with Barbara Walters and her crew of co-hosts, soap operas “All My Children,” “General Hospital” and “One Life to Live,” ABC Daytime is littered with fan complaints on how its executives do not care about the product they provide five-days a week.

        With ratings continuing to fall, stars exiting to stage left onto other networks, and promotional campaigns bashing one actresses abilities by touting the “real”ness of another, ABC has shown that they are not interested in growing their lineup the nice way. The network keeps stale writing teams (think “General Hospital”), re-hires a specimen of said writing team to another show (Charles Pratt Jr. to “All My Children”) or takes an eternity to re-tell stories long forgotten (Mendorra or the beginnings of the Buchanan’s on “One Life to Live”). But hey, why not promote the shows good or bad? After all, even during their heydays, these shows weren’t without their problems either behind-the-scenes or in front of the camera. No show is perfect!

        In the latest issue of TV Guide, ABC bought out all available ad spaces, a first for any company in the 55-year history of the weekly magazine. Advertisements not only included pages on the networks new and returning primetime shows, but there was enough room to tout morning news, daytime, evening news and latenight tv.

        “We are delighted ABC has chosen TV Guide for this innovative and unprecedented partnership,” said Scott Crystal, president, TV Guide. “This collaboration with ABC is another example of our willingness to disrupt’ the norm in terms of advertising placement and execution with the goal of being both memorable and more engaging to our readers.”

        Daytime was placed on the inside back cover of the issue.

        In related news, earlier this month ABC began airing primetime promos for their September premieres. The network was also able to find space to combine said promos with those of morning news, daytime, evening news, and latenight tv as well. Is this a turning point for ABC where all of their shows get equal billing in promotions? Well, no.

        We are in a time where a writers strike, a possible actors strike and a delayed primtime television slate has opened the doors for networks to think outside of the box and embrace change. Sooner or later we will be watching our favorite shows online as they air simultaneously on our bigger televisions screens. ABC is just furthering things along as we “Start Here” and end up watching their programming via our iPod’s, computers or on DVD.

        This is Errol Lewis…Keeping you Wired.


        • TV Guide


          Monday, August 25, 2008 8:42 AM EST | By Angela Rosa


          (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Susan Lucci is due to find out the answer to that age old question: Is it more easy to win a snazzy disco ball trophy or a Daytime Emmy?

          The internet web site Gossip Sauce announced the stars of the new season of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” last week. On the morning of Monday, August 25, “Good Morning America” confirmed most of that list with the official announcement of the roster for the seventh season of the popular reality-competition series.

          “All My Children’s” Susan Lucci, 61, will take on the torch of representing daytime television when the dance competition premieres this fall; she will be partnered with Tony Dovolani. After a rough start, “General Hospital” star Kelly Monaco was eventually crowned the champion on the inaugural season of “DWTS;” Lucci’s co-star Cameron Mathison finished the competition in fifth place in season five; former soap stars Lisa Rinna (NBC’s “Days of Our Lives”) and Mario Lopez (CBS’s “The Bold and the Beautiful”) also competed in the competition; Rinna finished in forth place in season two, while Lopez was runner-up to season three winner Emmitt Smith.

          In the history of popular culture, it is likely that there will never come into existence an actor more synonymous with the medium of the daytime serial than “AMC’s” petite star. Thirty-eight years on the popular daytime serial, and a marriage or twelve for her alter ego Erica Kane, has contributed to Lucci’s fame, but it was eighteen Daytime Emmy nominations in the lead actress category, including an astounding streak of 14 consecutive nominations from 1980-1993, without a win that made her into a household name. Lucci’s streak made the Daytime Emmy’s must-see television through 1999, when Lucci finally took home the elusive award. During the losing streak, Lucci was invited to host NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” an impressive feat for a daytime actor. Lucci has appeared on numerous made for television movies, as a commercial spokesperson for many products including Ford automobiles, starred on Broadway and is also a successful businesswoman/entrepreneur.

          The rest of season seven’s competitors include:

          • Film and television star, Cloris Leachman, 82. The oft-time comedic actress (“The Facts of Life” and “Malcolm in the Middle”) and legend has won eight Primetime Emmy’s, one Daytime Emmy and a measly Oscar as well. Leachman is the oldest star to ever compete on the dance show, Wayne Newton, 65, formerly held that distinction. Corky Ballas, father of Mark Ballas, will be Leachman’s dance partner.
          • Comedic actor Ted McGinley, 50. McGinley is best known for his stint on FOX’s raunchy comedy “Married with Children” where he played Jefferson D’Arcy from 1991-1997; he also played Charley Shanowski on the former ABC sitcom “Hope & Faith.” McGinley will be paired with “DWTS” newcomer Inna Braye.
          • Professional beach volleyball player Misty May-Treanor, 31, who just took home a gold medal with teammate, Kerri Walsh, at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. May-Treanor is not used to defeat; she and Walsh have not lost a beach volleyball game in a whopping 103 matches. May-Treanor will dance with the sexy Maksim Chmerkovskiy.
          • Olympic champion sprinter Maurice Greene, 34. Greene earned two gold medals in the 2000 Sydney Olympics, and a Silver and Bronze Medal in the 2004 Athens Olympics. Greene is paired with another two-time champion, Cheryl Burke.
          • 2003 Super Bowl champion, with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Warren Sapp, 35. The retired football’s player talent and popularity earned him seven trips to the Pro Bowl. Sapp will dance with Kim Johnson.
          • Six-time Grammy Award winner Toni Braxton (“Un-Break My Heart”), 40. Recently, Braxton has been more recognizable for financial problems that led her to file for bankruptcy. Braxton will dance with Alex Mazo.
          • Lance Bass, 29, is the former bass singer of the pop boy band ‘N Sync. Bass came out of the closet as a homosexual in 2006. His former bandmate Joey Fatone was the runner-up on season four of “DWTS.” Bass teams up with Lacey Schwimmer.
          • Cody Linley, 18, is a young actor who is best known for his work on numerous Disney channel series. His most notable role is that of Jack Ryan on the Disney comedy “Hannah Montana.” Linley will dance with Julianne Hough.
          • Top celebrity chef and cookbook author Rocco DiSpirito, 41. In 2003 and 2004, the hot cook starred on his own reality series (“The Restaurant”) on NBC. DiSpirito will be paired with Karina Smirnoff.
          • Brooke Burke, 36, when not hitting the pages of popular lad mags “Maxim,” “Stuff” and “FHM” can typically be seen as a hosting personality (E’s “Wild On!” and CBS’s “Rock Star”). Burke is romantically linked to former “Baywatch” star David Charvet, the couple have two children together. Burke partners with Derek Hough.
          • Sex-tape star turned reality-show star, Kim Kardashian, 27, will fill the famous for no good reason void on season seven of the series. Kardashian will share the spotlight with dancer Mark Ballas.
          • Jeff Ross, 42, is a popular insult comic. While Ross probably won’t dazzle us with his dancing, audiences can likely look forward to some colorful exchanges between Ross and judges Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli. Edyta Sliwinska gets the honor of teaching Ross how to shake his bon-bon.

          The new season of “DWTS” premieres on Monday, September 22 on ABC.

          “All My Children” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.


          • All My Children
          • Susan Lucci
          • AMC


            Sunday, August 24, 2008 11:34 PM ET | By Errol Lewis


            (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Former “As The World Turns” star, Scott Holroyd, joins the cast of “Dirty Sexy Money.”

            According to Michael Ausiello in his Ausiello Files column, Scott Holroyd, who portrayed Paul Ryan on CBS’ “As The World Turns” from 2001-2003, is joining the cast of the ABC primetime soap “Dirty Sexy Money” this fall. Holroyd will play the brother of Kiersten Warren’s Ellen Darling.

            Currently, Ellen’s husband, Senator Patrick Darling (played by William Baldwin), is having an affair with transsexual Carmelita (played by real-life transsexual Candis Cayne), who mysteriously disappeared in the last episode of the shows first season.

            Holroyd’s character is said to not be taking the news of Patrick’s sexual escapes as easy as his sister did.

            Since leaving “World Turns,” Holroyd has appeared in such shows as “Law & Order: SVU,” “That 70′s Show,” “Ghost Whisperer” and “In Justice.” In November 2007, he married childhood friend Allison Munn.

            “Dirty Sexy Money” airs Wednesdays 10/9c on ABC.


            • Scott Holroyd



              Saturday, August 23, 2008 6:09 AM EST | By Errol Lewis


              Sony Produces Best Soap Not on TV

              After firing the writing teams of “Days of our Lives” and “The Young and the Restless” during the infamous Writer’s Strike earlier this year, Sony Pictures Television, producer of both soaps, continues to house power struggles behind-the-scenes between executives and writers at the top ranked daytime soap operas. Is it any wonder why fans call the series of events the best drama not on TV?

              February 2008 will not only go down as the end of the first writer’s strike in nearly 20 years, but it will also go down as a time when striking writers learned whether they’d have a job to come home to, at least if you were a writer for a Sony produced daytime drama series.

              On February 2, Soap Opera Network broke the news that Hogan Sheffer and the majority of his writing team were fired from NBC’s “Days of our Lives.” Then, on February 13, CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” handed out pink slips to its head writer and Executive Producer, Lynn Marie Latham, her husband Bernard Lechowick, and key members of her writing team. Immediately after the “Days of our Lives” firings, the Writer’s Guild of America (WGA) got involved and questioned the legalities of whether or not the studio and its co-owner of “DAYS,” Corday Productions, Inc., were able to release their writers while they were on strike. While no news had come out about how the WGA was handling that situation at the time, it is clear, however, that they are involved now. The reason? Dena Higley.

              If you have ever come across a “DAYS” message board and saw postings about the quality of the show, you’d probably come to realize that Dena Higley is quite possibly the most hated writer in daytime. Yes, she even beats mob lover, Robert Guza Jr (Head Writer, “General Hospital”).

              Higley, 49, got her start as Associate Head Writer at “Days of our Lives” in 1985, a position she held for 18 years. She was named Head Writer in 2003. In 2004, she left the show only to join ABC’s “One Life to Live” as its Head Writer. She was later fired in June 2007 after disastrous storylines angered fans and the soap started hitting record lows in the Nielsen ratings. Later that year she came back to “DAYS” as Co-Head Writer alongside Hogan Sheffer. During the Writer’s Strike, however, Higley was outed by former Soap Opera Weekly Editor, Carolyn Hinsey, as going Fi-Core. “Fi-Core” is short for “financial core,” in which WGA membership is reduced to its core necessities such as the inability to vote in elections, hold a seat on the board, or have any say in how the guild conducts its business. A writer that partakes in such activity will never be able to return to full guild privileges for however long they shall live. Sure sounds like a broken marriage agreement, no?

              Hinsey’s claims were validated when actor James Reynolds (who plays Abe Carver on the soap) was quoted by TV Guide Canada‘s Nelson Branco in saying “Dena is our head writer,” and that he’d been enjoying her work, “especially the episodes that are airing now.” His comments were notable at the time as Dena had not received writing credit on the show, though her husband Mark Christopher Higley and friend Victor Gialanella did elect to go “Fi-Core.” Higley was named Head Writer shortly after the strike was over. According to sources, since the end of the strike, the WGA has been investigating claims as to whether Higley did indeed go “Fi-Core.” Also at the end of the strike, after a two-year absence, Rick Draughon returned to the show as a Script Writer. On June 1, it was revealed that he had been bumped up to Co-Head Writer with Dena, while Gialanella was demoted to Script Editor.

              As the height of the summer season approached, word broke out that “DAYS” Executive Producer Ed Scott and an unnamed “diva” were re-writing Higley’s scripts and telling everyone they were in charge of the show. This claim was also made of Josh Griffith, Executive Producer of “The Young and the Restless,” of Head Writer Maria Arena Bell’s scripts. Griffith, Bell and Paula Cwikly were all revealed to have gone “Fi-Core” during the strike. Hogan Sheffer, who himself also went “Fi-Core” during the strike, but at “DAYS”, was named Co-Head Writer of “Y&R” in May. Recently rumors were circulating that Josh Griffith had been fired, however, a “Y&R” rep denies those claims.

              It has been speculated that Higley, angered with the working environment she was placed in, went to the Writer’s Guild and asked them to intervene. The WGA was said to have issued a cease and desist letter to the show. On Friday, August 15, Ed Scott was fired and replaced by former “One Life to Live” Executive Producer and onetime “DAYS” Head Writer, Gary Tomlin. On August 22, Soap Opera Network once again broke news that Tomlin had hired Christopher Whitesell as another Co-Head Writer for “DAYS.”

              Now the question remains, how many head writers does it take to end this never ending storyline where one woman holds so much power at NBC’s sole daytime soap opera, before fans do not recognize their show by refusing to watch and NBC cancels the 43 year-old show in favor of cheaper programming? The only one who knows that answer is Ken Corday, owner of the soap, who is currently said to be paying off the remainder of James E. Reilly and Hogan Sheffer’s contracts, which were interrupted after their respective firings by Corday himself.

              Seriously Sony, get your act together. If only the drama on screen was as juicy as the one going on behind-the-scenes, you’d find yourself with daytime’s #1 drama…oh wait, “Y&R” already holds that title. Maybe “DAYS” could bump up to #2? One can dream!

              This is Errol Lewis…Keeping you Wired.

              Correction (9:48 AM ET): Hinsey “outed” Higley as a “scab” writer, not a “Fi-Core” writer as mentioned in the article above. A “scab” is one who unofficially crosses the picket line during a strike and chooses to work for the party a union is rallying against. When someone chooses “Fi-Core” they are officially informing their union that they have chosen to work, instead of striking with other union members.


              • The Young and the Restless
              • Days of our Lives
              • Ed Scott
              • Ken Corday
              • Gary Tomlin
              • Christopher Whitesell
              • Carolyn Hinsey
              • Josh Griffith
              • Dena Higley
              • Sony Pictures Television


                Friday, August 22, 2008 10:00 PM ET | By Errol Lewis


                (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — As we approach our 7th year online in October, Soap Opera Network is looking toward the future and has come up with an aggressive plan to “Bringing.Drama.Closer” than ever before to the fans of daytime and prime soap operas. In order to do this, we need individuals who would like to cover the following soap operas and provide visitors with news, previews and interviews with today’s biggest and brightest stars:

                • 90210
                • The Bold and the Beautiful
                • Brothers & Sisters
                • Desperate Housewives
                • Dirty Sexy Money
                • Days of our Lives
                • Gossip Girl
                • Grey’s Anatomy
                • Guiding Light
                • One Tree Hill
                • Private Practice
                • Ugly Betty

                Show Editors will be required to provide up-to-date News and Previews for their respective show.

                Soap Opera Network is also looking for episode recappers for the daytime soaps.

                If you are interested in any position, please contact me at ELewis@sonuni.com. In your subject line, please indicate which show or area you are interested in covering. A writing sample should be attached in your email.

                Note: At this time all available positions are based on a volunteer basis only.


                • Soap Opera Network








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