Thursday, May 19, 2011 4:52 PM EDT
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- "Days of our Lives" Executive Producer Ken Corday has just released an official statement confirming our earlier reports that Dena Higley is out as Head Writer and Marlene Clark Poulter (aka: Marlene McPherson) and Darrell Ray Thomas, Jr. are in as Co-Head Writers. According to Corday the change in writing regimes is "effective immediately.""McPherson and Thomas will bring 'Days of our Lives' back to its core values by telling exciting stories with a fresh and contemporary approach including beloved characters," Corday said."Days of our Lives" tapes approximately two months in advance, so any writing changes will not hit the screen until late summer/early Fall.Ken CordayDena HigleyComings & GoingsDarrell Ray Thomas, Jr.Marlene Clark Poulter
Thursday, May 19, 2011 2:08 PM EDT
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- UPDATE 2:59 PM ET: Sources have confirmed our earlier report that NBC's "Days of our Lives" has fired Dena Higley as its head writer. Soap Opera Network has learned the series has hired Marlene McPherson and Darrell Ray Thomas, Jr. as its new Co-Head Writers. The duo had previously worked at NBC's "Passions" as Associate Head Writer's under James E. Reilly from the soaps debut season through its end in August 2008. Both McPherson and Thomas had worked at "DAYS" as Associate Head Writers. McPherson from 1993 to 1999 and Thomas from 1998 to 1999. McPherson won a Writer's Guild of America Award for her work at "DAYS." PREVIOUS 2:08 PM ET: BREAKING NEWS! SON Exclusive! Soap Opera Network can confirm that Marlene McPherson & Darrell Ray Thomas, Jr. have been named new Head Writers for "Days of our Lives." Stay tuned to SON as more details become available. Days...
Thursday, May 19, 2011 12:19 PM EDT
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- UPDATE 12:59 PM ET: Sources have confirmed to Soap Opera Network that Dena Higley has been let go as Head Writer of NBC's "Days of our Lives." Higley joined the writing team of 'DAYS' in 1985 as an Associate Head Writer. Higley was then promoted to Head Writer, her material lasting from March 7, 2003 - August 8, 2003. In September 2003 she became a script writer until her departure in November 2004. She left "DAYS" in 2004 to become Head Writer of "One Life to Live." Her first episode aired in December of that year. She remained at "One Life" until September 2007. After the WGA Writer's strike, Higley returned to "Days of our Lives" in April 2008 and was named Head Writer. PREVIOUS 12:19 PM ET: Exclusive! Soap Opera Network has learned "Days of our Lives" has fired Head Writer Dena Higley. Stay tuned to SON as more...
Thursday, May 19, 2011 8:10 AM EDT
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- "All My Children" DVR Alerts for the Week of May 23, 2011. ALL MY CHILDREN: DVR ALERTSMonday: Kendall learns that Ricky killed Diane. Ricky wants to marry Kendall immediately. Jake’s upset when Amanda tells him she stopped taking her birth control and might be pregnant.Tuesday: Ricky overhears Bianca telling Miranda to stay away from him. Cara misinterprets Tad’s intentions. Krystal senses something isn’t right with a loved one.Wednesday: Kendall injects Griffin with a syringe. Bianca has flashbacks of her rape. Ryan turns to Greenlee for support in hard times.Thursday: Kendall threatens to use her gun against Ricky. Cara thinks Griffin is dead after seeing a news report about danger in Afghanistan. Jake discovers Amanda’s deception.Friday: Kendall’s showdown with Ricky continues. Bianca continues to have flashbacks of Michael Cambias. Jake and Cara become intimate. Will they sleep together? All My ChildrenAlerts
Thursday, May 19, 2011 8:05 AM EDT
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- "One Life to Live" DVR Alerts for the Week of May 23, 2011. ONE LIFE TO LIVE: DVR ALERTSMonday: Bo and Nora are suspicious of Tomas. Matthew passes out. Joey confronts Aubrey.Tuesday: Viki asks Clint about Eddie's murder. Bo and Nora are concerned about Matthew. Téa is caught off guard when Todd suggests Tomas live with them.Wednesday: Brody questions Todd. Cutter tries to cut a deal with Clint and Viki. James plans a romantic evening for Starr.Thursday: Marty needs Todd's help. Brody tells John he's sorry. Roxy tries to help find Liam by hiring a psychic.Friday: Nate confides in Deanna. Rama tells Vimal the truth. Starr and James proclaim their feelings for one another. One Life to LiveAlerts
Thursday, May 19, 2011 8:00 AM EDT
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- "General Hospital" DVR Alerts for the Week of May 23, 2011. GENERAL HOSPITAL: DVR ALERTSMonday: Robin and Patrick have a trick of their sleeves. Anthony plots to use Brenda and her son as a way to weaken Sonny. Michael finds himself staring down the barrel of Anthony’s shotgun.Tuesday: Luke confides in Sonny his fear that he is becoming his father. Elizabeth is distracted by a vision of Jake and makes a potentially fatal mistake. Ethan comforts Kristina as she suffers through symptoms of withdrawal.Wednesday: Sonny flips out about Kristina’s crush on Ethan. Siobhan and Maxie admit to each other that they know Aiden’s paternity. Maxie treats Matt to a night out.Thursday: Lulu quits Crimson and decides to run the Haunted Star. Lulu worries that when her dad returns from rehab, he will no longer be the Luke Spencer she knew. Sam learns whether she...
Wednesday, May 18, 2011 11:27 PM EDT
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Say it isn't so! After playing Dorian Cramer Lord on "One Life to Live" on and off for the past thirty years, Robin Strasser is once again leaving Llanview. The actress broke the news on Twitter earlier today, saying that a medical issue would prevent her staying with the show, which was cancelled last month by ABC, until it wraps up production in mid-November. The final episode of "One Life to Live" is expected to air on January 20, 2012. According to Strasser, "I'll have to leave 'OLTL' sooner than the cancellation date, for compelling health reasons. Unable 2 meet high standards I owe our great show.BUMMER! Darn right. WISDOM indicates a GRACE-full exit, before I fall on my bum. Always leave 'em laughin". With Tuc and luck, hope I will!" The 66-year-old actress, who is also currently the oldest contract cast member on "One...
Wednesday, May 18, 2011 9:32 PM EDT
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Nearly a decade before he first stepped foot in Llanview as the the villainous Carlo Hesser, Thom Christopher played a role that was ahead of its time -- literally. In 1981, the soap vet originated the role of the half-man, half-bird warrior known as The Hawk in the sci-fi series "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century." Next month, he will reunite with his former "Buck Rogers" co-stars Gil Gerald and Erin Gray at Tulsa, Oklahoma's 2011 'Trek Fest,' billed as "The Southwest's Premiere Sci-Fi Event." Also in attendance at the event will stars from the various "Star Trek" incarnations, along with other current and past science fiction television show and movie actors. The actor tells Broadway World that "Gil (Gerard), Erin (Gray) and all the cast members were so considerate and generous with this character -- a new actor on their show wearing Black spandex, knee high boots,...
Wednesday, May 18, 2011 8:10 PM EDT
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Here's a glimpse at tomorrow's Pine Valley drama with a sneak peek of the first few minutes of Thursday's episode of "All My Children," courtesy of ABC.com. Ryan and Grenlee discuss the baby with Emma. Scott stays with Madison at the hospital. And Asher realizes he has little movement in his legs.All My ChildrenSneak Peek
Wednesday, May 18, 2011 8:05 PM EDT
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Here's a glimpse at tomorrow's Llanview drama with a sneak peek of the first few minutes of Thursay's episode of "One Life to Live," courtesy of ABC.com. John briefs his officers in their search for Marty. Meanwhile, Marty goes on the run with Liam, only to encounter Wes. And Clint offers a $1 million reward for his grandson's safe return.One Life to LiveSneak Peek