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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Robert Voets/CBS

Robert Voets/CBS

Although CBS is not broadcasting the awards itself this year, the network announced today that it’ll celebrate “The 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards” with six days of Twitter chats with several of its stars, producers and executives from CBS Daytime’s “The Young and the Restless,” “The Bold and the Beautiful,” “The Talk,” “Let’s Make a Deal” and “The Price is Right.” The chats will take place every weekday beginning Friday, June 13 and running through Friday, June 20, leading up to daytime’s biggest night on Sunday, June 22.

While he isn’t nominated for an Emmy this year, “B&B’s” Sean Kanan kicks things off beginning tomorrow, June 13, which also happens to coincide with his return to the world’s most watched daytime soap opera when his character Deacon Sharpe reunites with his daughter, Hope Logan (Kim Matula). Also taking part in Twitter chats are “Y&R’s” Steve Burton (Dylan McAvoy), Doug Davidson (Paul Williams) and Christian Le Blanc (Michael Baldwin), “B&B’s” Heather Tom (Katie Logan) and Scott Clifton (Liam Spencer), “Deal” model Tiffany Coyne, “Price” executive producer Mike Richards and CBS Daytime Senior Vice President, Angelica McDaniel. “Talk” hosts Julie Chen, Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne and Sheryl Underwood will jump-start Daytime Emmy Week with a live group chat on Monday, June 16.

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Chris Barnes/OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network

Chris Barnes/OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network

On On Sunday, June 15, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network presents an all-new episode of “Oprah: Where Are They Now?” featuring several former daytime and primetime soap stars, along with Candy Spelling, the family matriarch famous for her 38-year marriage to legendary mega-producer Aaron Spelling, and who recently made headlines for her public feuds with daughter Tori. Spelling will be joined by “Knots Landing” veterans Joan Van Ark and Donna Mills and former “General Hospital” and “The Bold and the Beautiful” hunk Antonio Sabato Jr.

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Denis Guignebourg/JPI Studios

Denis Guignebourg/JPI Studios

Denis Guignebourg/JPI Studios

Denis Guignebourg/JPI Studios

As expected, on Wednesday, June 11, CBS’ “The Bold and the Beautiful” took home its ninth consecutive Golden Nymph at the International TV Audience Awards during the 54th Monte Carlo Television Festival in Monte Carlo. The soap won in the “Telenovela/Soap Opera” category.

“B&B” executive producer and head writer Bradley Bell and cast members Kim Matula (Hope Logan), Darin Brooks (Wyatt Spencer), Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke Logan Forrester) and Thorsten Kaye (Ridge Forrester) accepted the award on stage at the Closing Awards Ceremony at the Grimaldi Forum in Monte Carlo.

The International TV Audience Awards are determined by the sum of ratings across five continents and 66 countries as measured by Médiamétrie and Eurodata TV Worldwide. The win signifies that “B&B” delivered higher ratings worldwide in 2013 than any other telenovela or daily drama series. Created by Médiamétrie, Eurodata TV Worldwide distributes programming and audience information, based on its partnership with the national institutes operating people meter systems throughout the world.

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Alexx Henry Studios; LLC/Jeremy Lee

On the Wednesday, June 11 edition of the Mark Steines and Christina Ferrare hosted “Home & Family,” “The Young and the Restless’” Jessica Collins (Avery Bailey Clark) stopped by to share her personal touch on how easy it is to make a Blueberry Cobbler, while also revealing details of a recent scary fan encounter. Per Collins, a fan of “Y&R” loose on the actress while she was sharing personal time with her real-life mother, Ilene, about every little thing that her character on the CBS soap had done. Collins also revealed that she has a love scene ritual, which is to always shake hands with her scene partner “when we’re done with our hot steamy love scenes.”

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National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences

National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences

After announcing plans to stream “The 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards” for the first time online on Sunday, June 22, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) has updated daytimeemmys.net for a user friendly experience.

The update follows several iterations of the webpage going from a stage of “coming soon,” to requiring user authentication (via username/password), and finally a 403 Forbidden page. This of course was clearly due to the site currently being constructed in preparation for daytime’s biggest night. In a banner posted on the current design of the page (shown above), however, two things stand out.

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 James DePietro Photography

James DePietro Photography

Actor Robert Gant (“Queer as Folk”) is set to reprise the role of David Sherman, the son of longtime Chancellor lawyer Mitchell Sherman (William Wintersole), for mutliple episodes on CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” beginning next month, reports Soap Opera Digest.

Per the publication, Gant, who first appeared last fall following the reading of Katherine Chancellor’s will, finds his character returning to Genoa City in a major storyline involving the Newman clan.

Look for Gant on “Y&R” beginning Friday, July 11.