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Donna Svennevik/ABC

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Sean Smith/JPI Studios

When word had it that Cameron Mathison (ex-Ryan Lavery, “All My Children”) had been spotted on the set of CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” in late April, the rumor mill immediately lit up with speculation that the actor had secretly met with show producers and had signed on to portray the contract role of Adam Newman (previously portrayed by Michael Muhney). Earlier today, Mathison took to Twitter to clear up said rumors while visiting Israel for a friend’s wedding.

“Just to clear up some rumors… There is absolutely NO indication that I am going to ‘Y&R’ to play Adam Newman,” Mathison tweeted. He added, “Thanks for all the support tho.”

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The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences

As is the case for almost all of the awards shows these days, “The 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards” will include an online only voting component where fans are given the ability to vote on the first ever Fan Favorite Award.

“They’ve dominated on set, on screen and on social. They tweet, post, hashtag, selfie and keep it real! Now it’s time to give them the props they deserve!” reads the description of the award, which fans can vote on now through the conclusion of the Daytime Emmy Awards telecast on Sunday, June 22 via the official Facebook page of the Daytime Emmy Awards.

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The Bombshell That Will Change Their Lives Forever

CBS

CBS

After getting shot on last week’s “The Young and the Restless,” Paul Williams (Doug Davidson) needs a liver transplant and the only person who might be able to save his life is Dylan McAvoy (Steve Burton), but how is that possible? Well in a twist that’s about to rock Genoa City, it looks like Dylan might actually be Paul’s son with Nikki Newman (Melody Thomas Scott) and not Ian Ward’s (Ray Wise).

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Jill Johnson/JPI Studios

Jill Johnson/JPI Studios

On Monday, June 16, Michael Saucedo returns to ABC’s “General Hospital” as Juan Santiago, who is back in Port Charles to support his cousin, Sabrina Santiago (Teresa Castillo), during her hour of need. You’ll recall that Sabrina’s baby with Patrick Drake (Jason Thompson), Gabriel Drake Santiago, died last week following the hit -and-run car accident that forced the early delivery of the child in late April.

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Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Kevin Winter/Getty Images

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences

She’s hosted her own talk show on Bravo and has co-hosted CNN’s New Year’s Eve countdown presentation alongside Anderson Cooper on several occasions, but it’s her signing on as host of “The 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards” that promises to be one of the most memorable acts by comedian, actress, writer and producer, Kathy Griffin.

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) announced today that Griffin will host daytime’s biggest night for the first time on Sunday, June 22.

Griffin, who is no stranger to the Daytime Emmy Awards as she presented the award for Outstanding Drama Series Writing Team to CBS’ “The Bold and the Beautiful” during last year’s telecast, jokingly said of the show airing on the internet for the first time, “I am beyond thrilled to be hosting what I’m told is the most important television event of the year. Knowing that over 100 million people from every corner of the planet will be watching, I will try to keep my nerves at bay and deliver a great show.” She added, “I can only hope that at the end of the evening, critics and fans alike will compare it to the experience they once had watching Neil Armstrong take man’s first step on the moon. My only regret is knowing that this epic evening will distract millions of viewers from enjoying this year’s World Cup. I apologize to FIFA.”

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 John Paschal/JPI Studios

John Paschal/JPI Studios

Rumors of Billy Miller (ex-Billy Abbott, “The Young and the Restless”) joining the cast of ABC’s “General Hospital” have been out there almost as long as rumors of Michelle Stafford (ex-Phyllis Summers, “Y&R”)  joining the daytime drama series had been, but sometimes rumors turn out to have major truth to them, especially with Stafford recently joining the cast in the contract role of Nina Clay. Earlier this evening, TV Guide‘s Michael Logan tweeted, “Billy Miller. General Hospital. Done deal? This is what I’m hearing.”

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Disney/ABC Television Group

Disney/ABC Television Group

When a fan provided subjective commentary on the current “General Hospital” opening sequence recently, Nathan Varni, Manager, Current Series, ABC, responded to the viewer with news that there will be multiple new openings showcasing the talented cast of the daytime drama series in the near future. If you’re wondering how soon that’ll be, a representative for the soap tells Soap Opera Network, “Viewers will start seeing the new openings in early July.”

Varni credited “GH” executive producer Frank Valentini for spearheading the new openings for the show.


Mitchell Haaseth/NBC

Mitchell Haaseth/NBC

While the series only premiered just this past week, Soap Opera Network has learned that “Days of our Lives’” Mary Beth Evans (Kayla Brady) is set to appear in at least two episodes of ABC Family’s “Chasing Life,” beginning with the summer finale on Tuesday, August 12.

“Chasing Life” follows twenty-something April (Italia Ricci), a smart and quick witted aspiring journalist who is trying to work her way up the ladder at a Boston newspaper by trying to impress her hard-nosed editor. Sadly, just as she’s on the path to success, April gets the devastating news from her estranged uncle George (Steven Weber) that she has cancer.

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Disney/ABC Television Group

Disney/ABC Television Group

For the week of June 2-6, 2014, ABC’s “General Hospital” ranked as the week’s #1 program in daytime among Women 18-49 (680,000/1.1 rating – tied on rating) and placed an ultra-competitive #2 in Women 25-54 (909,000/1.5 rating), rising to 8-week highs in the target demos – since week of 4/7/14, per Nielsen Media Research ratings data.

“GH” set a 21-week high in Total Viewers (3.1 million) – since week of 1/6/14 – with the week placing among the series’ Top 5 weeks in nearly 6-and-a-half years (dating back to 1/28/08). The soap attracted the biggest year to year gains of any program in daytime in Total Viewers (+24% – 3.1 million vs. 2.5 million) and of any daytime drama in Women 18-34 (+24% – 216,000 vs. 174,000), Women 18-49 (+22% – 680,000 vs. 557,000) and Women 25-54 (+20% – 909,000 vs. 757,000).

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Ron Tom/ABC Family

Ron Tom/ABC Family

Disney/ABC Television Group

Disney/ABC Television Group

To coincide with the season five premiere of “Pretty Little Liars,” which aired on Tuesday, June 10, ABC Family’s Tom Ascheim, president, ABC Family, and Kate Juergens, Executive Vice President, Original Programming and Development and Chief Creative Officer, announced earlier this week that the network has picked up the widely popular series for a sixth and seventh season. The series is produced by Warner Horizon Television.

“’Pretty Little Liars’ has taken its place in the zeitgeist and reigns supreme in pop culture,” said Ascheim. “I am glad to bring another two seasons to our audience because ‘A’ has a lot in store for our Liars.”

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