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Branson Leaps into the ‘Light’

Tuesday, September 23, 2008 5:25 PM EST | By Angela Rosa


(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — The prodigal son.

Jeff Branson is “Guiding Light’s” lucky seventh incarnation of Shayne Lewis.

Branson is most known for playing the role of Jonathan Lavery on ABC’s “All My Children.” The Emmy-nominated actor played the role of reformed serial killer Jonathan from June, 2004 until “AMC” stopped calling him in for tapings in late 2007. In the spring of 2008, the show officially announced that Branson had been let go. Ironically enough, Branson’s first role on daytime was a day role on “GL” as a young Alan Spaulding in 2003.

Shayne Lewis is the son of “GL’s” biggest super couple Reva Shayne and Joshua Lewis (Kim Zimmer and Robert Newman). The character was last seen on August 16, 2004 played by played by Marty West. Shayne’s return will be a welcomed surprise for his family; the Lewis’ have recently learned that Shayne is missing in Afghanistan.

Branson’s first airdate on “GL” is December 1.

“Guiding Light” airs Weekdays on CBS.


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    Two Hunks Bring Harmony to Salem

    Tuesday, September 23, 2008 5:17 PM EST | By Angela Rosa


    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — The look.

    Former “Passions” hunks Galen Gering and Eric Martsolf are joining the cast of NBC’s “Days of Our Lives.”

    Galen Gering played the very popular Luis Lopez-Fitzgerald on the now defunct soap, “Passions,” from it’s inception on NBC on July 5, 1999 to it’s cancellation on DirectTV on August 7, 2008. The 37 year-old actor has been cast in the role of an FBI Agent who comes to Salem working on a special case. Gering first airs on “DAYS” in late October. Word is that Gering’s character will be involved with Alison Sweeney’s character, Sami Brady.

    Eric Martsolf, who played the easily manipulated Ethan Winthrop on “Passions” from 2002 until the shows cancellation, will join his former cast-mate on “DAYS” in mid-November. Martsolf will be playing a recast of Brady Black, the son of John Black (Drake Hogestyn). We last saw Brady Black on September 16, 2005, played by Kyle Lowder (currently Rick Forrester on “The Bold and the Beautiful”). Mr. Black is back to settle some unresolved issues with his ex-wife, Chloe Lane (Nadia Bjorlin).

    “Days of Our Lives” airs Weekdays on NBC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.


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      ‘AMC’s’ Fall Returns

      Wednesday, September 17, 2008 2:30 PM EST | By Angela Rosa


      (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — The healing touch.

      Vincent Irizarry returns to “All My Children,” as Dr. David Hayward, on October, 23, one week after a devastating tornado hits the little town that the troublemaking doctor left behind almost two years to the date. Could David’s return have something to do with an ominous warning Opal (Jill Larson) issues to both Krystal Carey (Bobbie Eakes), the mother of David’s only living child, and the doctor’s former lover, Erica Kane (Susan Lucci), in the coming weeks or will we learn that the doctor has been lurking in the shadows all along?

      Irizarry started his daytime career on CBS’s “Guiding Light” where he played the popular Lujack Luvonaczek. The Emmy-nominated actor joined the cast of ABC’s “AMC” in 1997 where he would play Dr. Hayward until he was given the pink slip in late 2006. CBS’s number one rated soap “The Young and the Restless” quickly picked up the talented actor for the role of David Chow. Irizarry played this incarnation of David from January 2007 until last August when the unpopular character was killed off.

      “AMC” head writer Charles Pratt reports that the evil wind that blows through Pine Valley will also pave the path for the return of “probably the most loved character of the last 10 years that’s been on “AMC,” and that’s Bianca.” Eden Riegel is returning to “AMC” as Bianca Montgomery, again. Riegel tells ABC Soaps In Depth that she’s “not just stopping in,” she’s back with a contract. Pratt hints to the magazine that Bianca’s return with coincide with her “ever-suffering family going through one mother of a rough patch;” though it likely won’t be the only tragedy striking the family following the disaster that hits Pine Valley next month, a cryptic Pratt hints of Bianca being there in the wake of an all new horribleness that befalls Zach and Kendall (Thorsten Kaye and Alicia Minshew) that she’ll help heal.

      Pratt also reports that their will be three other surprise arrivals aside from Riegel’s – but points out that two of those arrivals will be directly connected to the character of Bianca’s return. Pratt previously reported to TV Guide that “a character from Erica Kane’s past returns to fundamentally change her life;” while that could mean anybody from her aforementioned daughter, Bianca, to Dr. Hayward, Soap Opera Network speculates that this may be one of those still to be announced surprise returns.

      In other “AMC” news, the role of Natalia has been cast. The character, likely one of those faces from Jesse’s past promised by Pratt in his fall previews, will start appearing regularly in early October. The character will indeed be circling the Hubbard family.

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


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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.


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          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.


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            • 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.


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