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Typical rap song lyrics are coming to life for “The Vampire Diaries” star Zach Roerig (ex-Casey Hughes, “As the World Turns;” ex-Hunter Atwood, “One Life to Live”): According to TMZ, the actor is battling a woman named Alanna Turner for sole custody of their shared child!

Broadway star and former soap actress Valarie Pettiford (ex-Sheila Price, “One Life to Live;” ex-Courtney Walker, “Another World”) is about to take a bite out of something new: She’s joined the sixth season of the super popular HBO vampire series “True Blood!”

On the heels of the news that “Guiding Light” alum Grant Aleksander (ex-Phillip Spaulding) and “All My Children” alum Terri Ivens (Simone Torres) have joined the cast of the online drama series “Tainted Dreams” comes news that “General Hospital” alum Natalia Livingston (ex-Emily Bowen-Quartermaine; ex-Taylor Walker, “Days of our Lives”) has also joined the Internet sudser.

Set your DVRs folks, because Susan Lucci (ex-Erika Kane, “All My Children;” Genevieve Delatour, “Devious Maids”) is headed to the daytime talk show, “Katie!”

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.”

Corday Productions/Sony Pictures TelevisionRatings Report for the Week of June 24-28, 2013NOTE: Please do not copy and paste the entire ratings.  Thank you.Numbers...

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!"

Earlier today SOAPnet posted a new promo featuring intriguing moments and mystery on "Days of our Lives" (‘Everyone’s Dark Side Will Be Exposed in the Light of DAYS’) and now the network has published the "General Hospital" equivalent.

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.
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