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In May of this year, David Zaslav, CEO, Discovery Communications, stated that OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network would turn a profit for the first time at some point later this year. The network, which launched January 1, 2011 as a replacement of the Discovery Health Channel, has done it ahead of schedule.
It's been an eventful "General Hospital" Fan Club Weekend thus far and so far we've learned that Laura Wright (Carly Jacks) has renewed her contract with the ABC Daytime soap as the actress tells Soap Opera Network, "I just recently signed a four year contract." The actress joined the "GH" cast in November 2005.
With more than 30 years under her belt portraying Hope Brady on NBC's "Days of our Lives," Kristian Alfonso has signed a new contract with the daytime drama series that'll keep her in Salem for the foreseeable future, reports Soap Opera Digest.
While the soaps are all up year-to-year in total viewers and key sales demos, CBS' "The Talk" is also showing signs of solid growth. Last week (week of July 15-19, 2013), the daytime talk show, hosted by Sharon Osbourne, Aisha Tyler, Sara Gilbert, Julie Chen and Sheryl Underwood, recorded its largest weekly audience ever as the program averaged 2.62 million viewers.
Shortly after it was announced that Kelly Sullivan would be departing ABC's "General Hospital," as a result of the soap opting to write her characters (Kate Howard/Connie Falconeri) off the canvas, the actress stated on her Facebook page, "I am not returning to 'GH' after August. This is not a contract issue, I have been written off the show.” It was unclear at the time whether August meant airdate or tape date. Things have since become clear as the actress has revealed on her Twitter page that she will be taping her last episode of the daytime drama series today, which means her last airdate will be sometime in August.
Soap fans were thrilled when Oprah Winfrey’s network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, announced that it would be airing a summer soap opera fling in which the first 40 episodes of the online soaps “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” would broadcast over a 10 week period. And with the possibility of the network picking up both shows permanently if the ratings are high, a lot is on the line when it comes to those numbers! So just how did the sudsers perform?TV Media Insights just released the ratings for the first week, so you can see for...
Anyone who follows “General Hospital’s” Jack Wagner (Frisco Jones, ex-Dominick Marone, “The Bold and the Beautiful”) on Twitter knows that he’s used the social media site to air a lot of personal thoughts over the past few weeks following the death of his dog, Stanley. The actor has opened up about loss and addiction, among other things. But this week, he’s taken his admissions to a whole new level by bashing ‘GH’ and the way the executives and writers handled the sudser’s 50th anniversary!
Beginning Friday, July 26 and running through Sunday, July 28, "The Young and the Restless'" Leslie Stevens (Rose Turner) will join the cell block tango in "Chicago: The Musical." The actress will be appearing alongside such heavy weights as Lucy Lawless, Drew Carey, Stephen Moyer, Ashley Simpson and others at the Hollywood Bowl version of the Broadway hit.
Remember that rap video teaser showing Sean Kanan (AJ Quartermaine, "General Hospital") rapping alongside some of daytime's finest men including Ronn Moss (ex-Ridge Forrester, "The Bold and the Beautiful") and Joshua Morrow (Nicholas Newman, "The Young and the Restless")? Turns out you'll finally get a chance to view the video in its entirety during Kanan's upcoming November appearance schedule as part of his birthday bash weekend. From Saturday, November 2 (Kanan's actual birthday) through Sunday, November 3, Kanan has scheduled appearances in New York and New Jersey that'll include a screening of the rap video "I'm a Soap Star," stand-up comedy, an autograph signing, and posing with fans.
"Help me spread the word about #MatchItMondays. Today I will put my money where my mouth is and personally match," said actress Kimberly McCullough (ex-Robin Scorpio, "General Hospital"), who is donating her own money to match the haul donated towards her new independent film, "CREVE COEUR, MO. (aka Broken Heart, Missouri)," between the hours of 6:00 AM EST and 10:00 PM EST, today only.
After rumors began to spread over the last few weeks that Peter Reckell would be heading to Port Charles after not being able to come to a deal with Corday Productions that would have brought him back to Salem as Bo Brady on NBC's "Days of our Lives," the actor himself has taken to social media to set the record straight.

on Monday, July 22, 2013 @ 4:47 PM
Thursday, July 25 marks the official kick off to the annual "General Hospital" Fan Club Weekend taking place at the Sportsmen's Lodge Hotel and Events Center in Studio City, CA. With four events planned (three on-site and one off-site), fans of the ABC Daytime drama series will have ample opportunity to spot some of their favorite stars. To keep you in the loop on the who's and the what's, Soap Opera Network has compiled the Day One schedule for those looking to attend or for those needing a reminder.

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