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RUMOR NO MORE: Kassie DePaiva Joins ‘DAYS’

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Friday, January 24, 2014 2:03 PM EDT
After fans began speculating on her possibly joining a soap following a January 8 posting on her website, which said, "Good things are ahead this year and I hope to have more to report very soon," NBC's "Days of our Lives" made it official: Soap veteran actress Kassie DePaiva is joining the series in the contract role of Eve Donovan (originated by Charlotte Ross).
While he may no longer be portraying the role of Steve Webber on ABC's "General Hospital" that doesn't mean fans of the daytime drama series can't join in the fun with actor Scott Reeves during the upcoming General Hospital Fan Club Weekend taking place from Thursday, July 31 through Monday, August 4 at the Sportmen's Lodge Hotel and Events Center in Studio City, CA.
There’s so much excitement happening over at “General Hospital,” it’s tough to keep up! And when Soap Opera Network recently spoke with actress Finola Hughes (Anna Devane), she teased that the strong, layered storylines fans have been enjoying as of late will continue to pack a punch throughout 2014. But just what will this year have in store for the lovely lady? Read on to find out!

Rival Networks Congratulate ‘DAYS’ On Renewal

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014 10:21 PM EDT
Several “Days of our Lives” actors have tweeted short congratulatory messages in support of today’s news that NBC has renewed their series until the 2015-2016 season, but they’re not the only people celebrating the exciting news: Major personalities from the rival soaps have jumped aboard to give shout outs to the iconic soap, as well!
While it doesn't come as much of a surprise, Deadline Hollywood is reporting that ABC is renewing its commitment to "General Hospital" for the upcoming 2014-15 television season. The "GH" renewal follows the recent two-year "Days of our Lives" renewal by NBC, which was announced today, and last week's renewal of "The Bold and the Beautiful" and "The Young and the Restless" by CBS. Historically, as the network owns "GH" outright, ABC won't necessarily make an "official" announcement as CBS and NBC have for their daytime soaps.
There have been a slew of stories celebrating soap operas’ recent turnaround in the ratings game as of late, but it’s an unexpected trend worth repeating: Soaps are back, baby! And “General Hospital,” which was marching toward an ABC death similar to “All My Children” and “One Life to Live,” is doing particularly well. Soap Opera Network sat down with the sudser’s very own William DeVry (Julian Jerome), who discussed some particulars of why “GH” is on such an upswing. And while he was at it, he revealed some details on what’s to come in Julian’s life, as well!

REAL-LIFE: Are Soap Operas Too Dangerous For Viewers?

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014 8:41 PM EDT
The debate over whether violent television and movies cause violent behavior in real life has been raging for years. After every unimaginable violent act in this country, the question of whether or not the perpetrators were influenced by what they saw in entertainment is asked. Soaps aren't necessarily known for being extremely violent. Recently, however, foreign soap operas from two different countries have come under fire for promoting dangerous behavior.

Details on ‘Y&R’s’ Major Casting Shakeup!

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014 7:59 PM EDT
With many casting changes in place and new faces set to arrive in Genoa City, the next few weeks on “The Young and the Restless” may be a bit of a flurry. But no worries, because Soap Opera Network has got all the upcoming casting deets right here in one handy-dandy reference place!