For the past two and a half weeks, I found myself in unfamiliar territory when it came to running the website as I was based out of Los Angeles. Normally, I run things here in New York. What I found unfamiliar, however, was finding out the true stories behind what many soap fans can't seem to get enough of - the Disney/ABC and Prospect Park connection as it relates to "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" and even "General Hospital." So what did I learn that I can share with you? Plenty!
It was Thursday, May 19 when word broke that Dena Higley was out as head writer of "Days of our Lives" and former "Passions" Associate Head Writers, Darrell Ray Thomas and Marlene McPherson were in. Since the announcement, a lot has been speculated, talked about and dissected by anxious fans waiting to get some ounce of news on what they can expect to see when "Days of our Lives" relaunches itself this September. On Thursday, July 28, Soap Opera Network visited the Burbank set that houses "DAYS" in studios 2 and 4 and talked with the shows new head writers outside of the now defunct Salem Place set about what fans can expect when their material debuts on Monday, September 26. The duo also give us a scoop on what the Friday, September 23 show that precedes their official debut is all about.
What started out as a typical week that began on July 25 ended up being one of the worst in Soap Opera Network history, but you wouldn't have known it from a behind the scenes perspective.
Esta TerBlanche and Shannon Kane will both return to "All My Children" later this summer. Kane, a rising film star, will reprise the role of Jesse Hubbard's (Darnell Williams) daughter, Det. Natalia Fowler, beginning on Friday, August 26. 38-year old South African beauty, TerBlanche reprises the role of the love of Ryan Lavery's (Cameron Mathison) life Princess Gillian Andrassy beginning on a date yet to be announced by the ABC soap.
Soap Opera Network first reported that Sarah Michelle Gellar was interested in returning to her roots for a guest appearance in May. Today, the same day that film-star Josh Duhamel first aired on "All My Children" in his return stint as Leo du Pres, it was announced that Gellar's interest had come to fruition. Early this afternoon, Soap Opera Digest broke the news that he 34-year-old actress will appear on "AMC" for one episode before the September 23 finale on ABC.
Beginning on Monday, September 12 look for John O'Hurley to debut in the role of film producer Kit Sterling on "All My Children." Mr. Sterling will approach Pine Valley's leading lady Erica Kane (Susan Lucci) in an effort to convince her to turn her new book, "Erica Kane: Uncensored," into a big-screen production. O'Hurley is best known for the recurring role of Elaine's (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) boss John Peterman on the former NBC mega-hit series "Seinfeld" and his stint on the first season of ABC's hit reality series "Dancing with the Stars." He also hosted the popular syndicated game show "Family Fued."

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