Wednesday, July 31, 2013 12:12 AM EDT
As previously reported, "The Bachelor's" Jake Pavelka will be making a return visit to CBS' "The Bold and the Beautiful" as the Forrester Pilot. When we first reported the news on Soap Opera Network, a first airdate hadn't been revealed but we can now report that the sometimes actor is scheduled to appear on the Friday, August 9 episode of the daytime drama series. It's understood he shares scenes with Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke Logan Forrester) and Jennifer Gareis (Donna Logan).
"We're going to bring you fresh faces, other faces, familiar faces...primetime, daytime, film stars...you're gonna be so excited! I'm bringing you bubblicious, soapalicous, down and dirty, evil dressing room dalliances, sexy, steamy...wow, I lost myself there," says Victoria Rowell enthusiastically and physically to viewers in a promo highlighting her Kickstarter campaign to help fund "The Rich and the Ruthless," a primetime pilot she hopes will placate fans of "The Young and the Restless," who for a number of years have been clamoring for her to return as Drucilla Winters. The potential series follows Rowell's success with her books "Secrets of a Soap Opera Diva," and "The Young and the Ruthless: Back in the Bubbles," which was released earlier this year.
After a Twitter hoax raised, then dashed the hopes of "General Hospital" fans looking to see John Reilly return to the ABC Daytime drama series as Sean Donnelly, rumors have continued to persist, but the actor has set the record straight via Soap Opera Network.
CBS Corporation and Time Warner Cable (TWC) have been embroiled in a carriage dispute since the expiration of their contract on June 30, and as a result the two sides gave Wednesday, July 24 as their deadline to come to an agreement before millions of CBS viewers were left in the dark. Thankfully, the two companies continued discussions and were able to extend their deadline several times since. Last night was the latest scheduled deadline, but both parties failed to come to an agreement yet again and have now set Friday, August 2 at 5:00 PM ET as the next deadline. The extension occurred nearly a half hour after TWC blackened CBS programming in various markets.

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013 5:12 PM EDT
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.

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Friday, July 26, 2013 8:17 PM EDT
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.