ABC/Matt Petit

ABC/Matt Petit

Soap operas often feature couples who eventually trade partners within their myriad of storylines over the years, so Tyler Christopher (Nikolas Cassadine, “General Hospital”) and Ronn Moss (ex-Ridge Forrester, “The Bold and the Beautiful”) should have no trouble with their latest challenge: They’ll be appearing on tonight’s edition of ABC’s “Celebrity Wife Swap,” where their wives will trade households, lifestyles and children for an entire week!

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Lisa Rose/JPI Studios

Lisa Rose/JPI Studios

Congratulations are in order for former “Passions” stars Natalie Zea (Gwen Winthrop) and Travis Schuldt (Ethan Winthrop): The couple got married last week!

According to Us Weekly, the soap alums wed on Wednesday, July 16 in a private residence in Hawaii in front of 18 family members, followed an intimate luau on the beach.

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The Young and the Restless Mast Head by Soap Opera Network
Howard Wise/JPI Studios

Howard Wise/JPI Studios

“The Young and the Restless” is no stranger to having sports stars visit Genoa City (Seattle Seahawk Superbowl champ Michael Robinson appeared earlier this year), but the next sports/soap opera crossover the sudser is planning has a bit of a twist: Instead of an athlete appearing on the show, it’ll be an athlete’s mother!

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 Jill Johnson/JPI Studios

Jill Johnson/JPI Studios

The marquees of Broadway theaters in New York City went dark for one minute on Friday, July 18th in memory of actress Elaine Stritch (ex-Wilma Bern, “One Life to Live”), who passed away due to natural causes at the age of 89.

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The Young and the Restless Mast Head by Soap Opera Network
Sean Smith/JPI Studios

Sean Smith/JPI Studios

“The Bold and the Beautiful” has set off for locations like Paris, Abu Dhabi, Monaco and many parts of Southern California, making it quite the globe trotting soap opera. And that has left many CBS Daytime fans wondering if its sister soap, “The Young and the Restless,” will follow suit and take some of its characters out of Genoa City and around the world. We spoke with network execs to find out!

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The Young and the Restless Mast Head by Soap Opera Network
Sean Smith/JPI Studios

Sean Smith/JPI Studios

She’s gone, but she’ll never be forgotten — a statement proven true by “The Young and the Restless” regarding Jeanne Cooper (Katherine Chancellor), who passed away last year but still remains quite central to storylines playing out in Genoa City. And the soap will once again honor her memory — exactly one year after Katherine’s onscreen death — with a remembrance ceremony in Chancellor Park that includes Tricia Cast (Nina Webster) and Michael Fairman (Patrick Murphy).

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Bell-Phillip Television Productions (Top); Sony Pictures Television (Bottom)

Bell-Phillip Television Productions (Top); Sony Pictures Television (Bottom)

Ratings Report for the Week of July 7-11, 2014

NOTE: Please do not copy and paste the entire ratings.  Thank you.

Numbers are based on Live+Same Day ratings

(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

Total Viewers
1. Y&R 4,478,000 (+157,000/-176,000)
2. B&B 3,687,000 (+238,000/+178,000)
3. GH 2,872,000 (+64,000/+423,000)
4. DAYS 2,391,000 (-12,000/-59,000)

Households
1. Y&R 3.3/11 (+.1/-.1)
2. B&B 2.7/89 (+.2/+.2)
3. GH 2.2/7 (+.1/+.4)
4. DAYS 1.8/6 (same/-.1)

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James White/CBS

James White/CBS

CBS’ daytime show “The Talk” continues to gain speed, and for the first time in its nearly four years on the air, it beat ABC’s “The View” in key demos!

According to Nielsen live plus same day ratings, the CBS talker — which includes co-hosts Sara GilbertSheryl UnderwoodAisha TylerSharon Osbourne and Julie Chen — topped “The View” in women 25-54 by +10% (1.1/07 vs. 1.0/07) and by +14% in women 18-49 (0.8/05 vs. 0.7/05) for the week ending Friday, July 11.

This comes hot on the heels of the news that controversial panelist Rosie O’Donnell will be returning to “The View,” which just recently lost panelists Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy.


NBC Universal

NBC Universal

Daytime fans who might be feeling a little nostalgic for the “good old days of soaps” now have something to smile about: Reruns of NBC’s former soap opera, “The Doctors,” will soon be airing on Retro TV!

Luken Communications officially announced via a press release that the network will begin airing the sudser, which originally ran on NBC from 1963 to 1982, later this year. The series — which starred James Pritchett, Elizabeth Hubbard (ex-Lucinda Walsh, “As the World Turns) and a host of others — revolved around Hope Memorial Hospital’s chief of staff and his dedicated employees.

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The Young and the Restless Mast Head by Soap Opera Network
Sean Smith/JPI Studios

Sean Smith/JPI Studios

“The Young and the Restless’” Christine (Lauralee Bell) boldly declared that Austin (Matthew Atkinson) will pay for the atrocities he’s committed as of late, but is that truly the case? Soap Opera Network caught up with the character’s portrayer to find out!

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