Port Charles is about to get a new resident in the form of daytime actor William deVry, who took to Facebook to announce that he has joined the sudser in a contract role. “Finally! I just got word I can tell you I just finished my first day of work on ‘General Hospital,’” the actor wrote. “It is a contract role. Very rare these days indeed. And I come to town as the character of Derek Willis.”
According to NBC, "Days of our Lives" is up by more than 30% year-to-year in the key sales demos of Women 18-49 (+30%), Women 25-54 (+34%) and Women 18-34 (+42%). The soap is also up 14% year-to-year in total viewers with the soap averaging 2.7 million viewers last week compared to 2.3 million during the same week last year. For the just completed second quarter, "DAYS" ranked 5th among ABC, CBS and NBC in the women 18-49 demo (1.0 ratings, 7 share) and tied for 4th place in women 18-34 (0.7 rating).
For weeks "Days of our Lives" fans have been asking that question after actor Drake Hogestyn (John Black) tweeted he last taped an episode of the NBC Daytime drama series on March 18 (scheduled to air Wednesday, July 17). In his tweet he said, "Given a chance off the bench, I'm sure I could hit a homer for J&M. #putmeincoach." Fans were given some hope when Soap Opera Digest reported in its June 24 issue that the actor "has reported back to work after a brief hiatus from the show." The report was found under the "Stuff We Know (and shouldn't tell you)" section. Sadly, the mag didn't actually know as Digest semi-retracted its reporting per the Tuesday, July 9 issue citing comments from Hogestyn's daughter, Alex, who took to Facebook to say that her father was not filming again. "[The] report is not true. My dad has not been back filming, I wish he was though!"
As has been the case for the last several years, ABC will be airing a re-run of "General Hospital" on Independence Day (Thursday, July 4). The episode scheduled to air is the Wednesday, March 27, 2013 episode (#12,773), which found an injured Nikolas injected by Luke as he prepares to search for Lulu on the missing Haunted Star with Dante and Anna’s help. Laura arrives in time to join Luke on the adventure. Meanwhile, Carly debuts the Metrocourt Ballroom to Lucy and Sabrina and Felix find themselves in a tiff as they prepare for the Nurses Ball. Alexis and Shawn get a sweet surprise from Sam, Molly and TJ.
With "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" having successfully re-launched earlier this year via Hulu, Hulu Plus, iTunes and iTunes Canada by Prospect Park's The OnLine Network (TOLN), it was only a matter of time before "A Tribute to Pine Valley" and "Loving Llanview" no longer became necessary. Today, Celebrity Events Group announced that now is your last chance to purchase merchandise featuring the ABC incarnations of both soaps on T-shirts, mugs, champagne glasses, sweatpants, magazines, and more. "Our Warehouse is Closing!" read a message sent out to subscribers of its mailing list.
Proving you can't believe everything you read or see tweeted, earlier this evening a Twitter posting said to be by John Reilly, who portrayed Shawn --- on ABC's "General Hospital" from --- , stated the actor would be returning to the soap after nearly a 20 year absence. The tweet raised the hopes of many fans of the soap only to have those hopes get dashed not too longer afterward. A spokesperson for the soap confirms to Soap Opera Network that the tweet was not by Reilly and that the handle is a fake. "Not the real John Reilly," the spokesperson said.
"I heard you! You posted, you tweeted, you Facebook'd, and I listened and now they're here!" exclaims Oprah Winfrey in a new promo released by The OnLine Network and OWN promoting the launch of "All My Children" and "One Life to Live," which will have a summer fling with the cable network beginning Monday, July 15. "Pine Valley, Llanview, Victoria Lord, Adam Chandler, Angie and Jesse...ALL of your favorites. We're having a summer fling with the soaps," she continued.
OWN announced today plans to air a mini-marathon of its summer fling consisting of "All My Children" and "One Life to Live."As previously reported, both "AMC" and "OLTL" will join the OWN lineup airing Mondays through Thursdays. However, on Monday, July 15, both soaps will launch with a marathon of back-to-back half-hour episodes airing in different timeslots. The first three episodes of "AMC" will air from 12:00-1:30 PM ET/PT, with the third episode repeating at 1:30 PM ET/PT. From 2:00 PM-3:30 PM, "OLTL" will air its first three episodes with the third episode repeating at 3:30 PM ET/PT.