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As previously reported, Ilene Kristen is returning to daytime television courtesy of ABC's "General Hospital" - the actress debuts today. While ABC wouldn't necessarily confirm which character Kristen would be playing - Delia Reid from "Ryan's Hope" or even Roxy Balsom on "One Life to Live" - when pressed for comment by Soap Opera Network on Friday, "GH" head writer, Ron Carlivati, spilled the beans over the weekend via Twitter.

Just one year ago it seemed likely that "Drop Dead Diva" would end its run after just four seasons with a huge game changing cliffhanger. In the weeks and months following the October 2012 season finale, Lifetime announced it had canceled "Diva" as it reportedly did not fit within their "brand" of programming. When all seemed lost Sony Pictures Television, producers of the series, was able to work out a deal with Lifetime that allowed the show to return for a fifth season. Today Lifetime and Sony announced that "Diva" will return for a sixth season in 2014.

Lisa Hackner has been named Executive Vice President, Daytime and Syndicated Programming, ABC Entertainment Group, it was announced today by Paul Lee, President, ABC Entertainment Group, with whom she will report. Hackner will be responsible for first-run development and production.

On Wednesday, October 23, Jacklyn Zeman tweeted, "@carlivatiron @valentinifrank Congrats on all you are doing, especially the past week. #GH rocks. I'm excited to be coming back. Good times!" With her simple tweet, fans across social media rejoiced as they learned that the actress would once again be reprising her role of Barbara Jean Spencer on ABC's "General Hospital."

If you happened to be tuning into today's episode of ABC's "General Hospital," and stayed long enough for the end credits, you may have noticed a familiar face interacting with Sam McCall (Kelly Monaco) and Silas Clay (Michael Easton). "One Life to Live" and "Ryan's Hope" fan favorite Ilene Kristen was seen serving coffee to the pair in what appears to be Kelly's diner in the previews for the next episode of the drama series - airing Monday, October 28.

Canadian fans of Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki Newman, "The Young and the Restless") will have multiple opportunities to meet the actress this weekend and next as she is scheduled to appear at the Calgary Women's Show in CALGARY, the West Coast Women's Show at Tradex in Abbotsford in VANCOUVER and The National Women's Show in TORONTO.

On Monday, October 28, CBS' "The Talk" will celebrate co-host Sheryl Underwood's 50th birthday with a special performance by Bobbie Brown, who will sing one of Underwood's favorite songs - "My Prerogative."

Beginning with yesterday's episode of CBS' "The Bold and the Beautiful," reality stars from "Big Brother" and "Survivor" are appearing on the drama series alongside series regulars Kim Matula (Hope Logan) and Darin Brooks (Wyatt Fuller) in episodes showcasing the shows Bikini Bar set, and next week on the set of the Forrester Boutique.

Been dying to ask “The Young and the Restless’” Billy Miller (Billy Abbott) and Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe Abbott) questions about their current storyline involving the hit-and-run death of little Delia? You’re not alone! Hundreds — if not thousands — of you had burning inquiries for the pair, who sat down for their first on-camera interview since the tragic storyline began playing out.

Ratings Report for the Week of October 14-18, 2013