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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) – Susan Lucci has taken to Twitter by announcing that she is heading into her final week of taping at ABC’s “All My Children,” although she doesn’t make it clear whether or not she will be moving on to the Prospect Park version of the soap when it debuts in January 2012.

Heading towards my last week of All My Children..very emotional time yet excited to see David Canary & Julia Barr again! – Susan Lucci

Wednesday, August 31 is the last day that cast and crew of “All My Children” will be employed by the network, leaving Prospect Park to sign deals with the soon-to-be unemployed talent in order to properly re-launch the show in the coming months. There is no official word on who is staying, although we already know that Debbi Morgan (Angie Hubbard) and Jacob Young (JR Chandler) will not be part of the soap when Prospect Park takes over as each are heading to “The Young and the Restless” and “The Bold and the Beautiful,” respectively.


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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Less than a week after first breaking the news that Barret Helms had wrapped up filming on “One Life to Live,” Soap Opera Network can now confirm the actor’s final airdate as Tomas Delgado’s (Ted King) long-lost son Baz Moreau.

Helms will last appear as Baz on Tuesday, September 20, exactly three months to the day after he first appeared on the show back on July 20. The actor, who finished taping last month, tweeted on July 21 that he had “just finished one of the craziest 13 week periods of my life!!”

As previously reported, 13 weeks is the length of time since beginning a contract that a soap can drop an actor no matter the initial length of said contract. The actor is not given the same courtesy (they must stay for the full duration).

Fans shouldn’t expect Baz to go out on a quiet note however, as he prepares to leave Llanview to return to Paris to be with his mother. In a tweet on August 22, Helms assured fans that he has “one more really good stint coming up!”

Keep your eyes peeled for an upcoming Soap Opera Network interview with Helms along with his former “One Life” co-star Nafessa Williams (ex-Deanna Forbes), where the two discuss their experience on the soap and its cancellation and how the series going online may not be such a bad thing for fans.

 


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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) – TVLine.com is reporting that Tamara Tunie is returning to daytime television after a two year absence. The actress, who portrayed attorney Jessica Griffin on CBS’ “As The World Turns” from 2000 through 2007 and again in 2009 is scheduled to appear on NBC’s “Days of our Lives” in November as a judge.

Tunie debuts on the Friday, November 18 episode per the website as Judge Weston, who is presiding over the trial case against John Black (Drake Hogestyn). Based on promotional materials released for the week of September 26, John will be arrested shortly after the launch of the new Horton Town Square.

In addition to her long stint on “World Turns,” Tunie appeared simultaneously on the soap opera and NBC’s “Law & Order: Special Victim’s Unit.” She joined the primetime drama during in its second season and became a series regular beginning with the seventh season.


GH Recap: Tuesday, August 23, 2011

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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Tuesday, August 23, 2011.

IT HAPPENED TODAY…

Elizabeth fears Lucky will blame her for some recent issues. Will Lucky find Siobhan’s mysterious message?

Carly and Shawn discuss family as Sonny takes vigil in his greatest regrets at the GH chapel. Sonny gets Michael on his side. Abby calls Michael out on his irresponsible support of his father over Jax.

Maxie takes Jackal, P.I., to Georgie’s grave in hopes that will jog his true identity.

On the Next General Hospital

  • Johnny overhears an important conversation between Anthony and Skye.
  • Dante arrives to find Sonny and Carly fighting.
  • Not much love between Sonny and Abby.

OLTL Recap: Tuesday, August 23, 2011

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Tuesday, August 23, 2011.

IT HAPPENED TODAY…

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Joey and Kelly prepare to say goodbye to Llanview and move to London. Aubrey returns her engagement ring and learns that Joey is leaving town with Kelly and wishes them the best. Elsewhere, Kelly gives John the news of her imminent departure and urges him not to let his pride get in the way of a possible future with Natalie.

Bo visits Asa’s grave on the anniversary of his death. There he runs into Renee, and the two have a heart-to-heart about the state of the family and Bo’s feelings that he’s let them all down. Clint settles into life at Llanfair, but broods that house arrest prevents him from keeping up a tradition he’s begun since Asa’s death, which requires his presence at the mansion. Clint compels Nigel to help him slip out and go to the mansion anyway, thus violating the terms of his sentencing.

Rex returns to Llanview. Rex tells Natalie about his run-in with Kim. Natalie extracts a promise from Rex that he’ll keep Kim’s whereabouts a secret especially from Clint. Rex goes on to say that he saw Gigi again. She urged him not to give up. Natalie suggests that the meaning behind Gigi’s statement is that he shouldn’t give up on his life. Kim visits the bedside of her mysterious friend and tells her about Rex’s surprise visit to The Spotted Pony. Kim, made aware of Clint’s reversal of fortune, decides to risk the wrath of David, return to Llanview and take another shot at her ex-husband.

Dorian’s career aspirations do not mesh with David’s but he chooses to sacrifice his career to stand by Dorian. Dorian is rattled after a visit from John which sends Dorian on a mission to complete one last bit of business.

At EOD: John comes face to face with Natalie. Viki, Joey and Kelly discover that Clint has disappeared. Rex asks Gigi for a sign that Natalie’s interpretation of her last message is correct; then Clint and Nigel arrive. Kim arrives at La Boulaie to see David. A bedside photo of the person in the Kentucky hospital room implies her true identity.
On the Next One Life to Live

  • Rex allows Clint to honor Asa.
  • The Buchanans assemble at the mansion.
  • The Cramers throw Dorian a farewell party.

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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “All My Children” Episode Recap – Tuesday, August 23, 2011.

IT HAPPENED TODAY…

David and Zach agree to a partnership. Greenlee finds Griffin staring at a picture of Kendall and advises him to not let go of his friendship with her. David taunts Griffin and Greenlee about losing their love interests. Zach tells Kendall she would be better off without him, angering Kendall. Greenlee doesn’t want to see Kendall’s marriage destroyed by David and she promises not to let that happen.  David tells Zach it will take a lot of work before he trusts him with anything besides finances. Griffin asks Zach to help him get David away from his sister. Kendall takes Griffin aside. Zach watches Kendall and Griffin from a distance. David arrives and pushes Zach’s buttons about Griffin.

Tad tries to warn Cara off David. Tad tells Jake about Cara working with David. Dixie has another flashback of David bending over her and wonders what he did to her and why she can’t remember. Cara tells David that their hook-up was just a one time deal but later agrees to go on a work-date to discuss the Orpheus Project. Griffin warns Cara that David is using her like he used him. Cara brushes off Griffin’s concerns. Tad issues David a warning. David tells Tad he isn’t the one who tossed Cara aside. Cara tells Tad she had sex with David.

Jake and Amanda discuss adoption. 

Maya tells Angie she heard Mookie has gone back to California. Maya’s affected as Dixie, Krystal, Angie and Amanda discuss motherhood. Angie tells Maya she will help her find her daughter.

On the Next All My Children

  • Dixie tries to remember what David did to her.
  • Griffin threatens to go to the FDA to testify against David and The Orpheus Project.
  • Erica demands to know who else David has saved.

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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — If you’re local ABC affiliate broke into “One Life to Live” and/or “General Hospital” today, you might have missed all or part of today’s episodes due to a 5.9 magnitude Earthquake that hit the east coast just before 2:00 PM. Thankfully, SOAPnet and ABC.com are here to save the day for those markets affected by the quake.

According to an ABC representative, if either show was interrupted by your local station due to Earthquake coverage it will be up to the local station to make up for it by airing the shows in a later hour or in the “overnights.” Otherwise, the episodes will be available in their entirety on SOAPnet and ABC.com’s Full Episode Player as scheduled.


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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — As reported back in June, the Disney/ABC Television Group has hired Katie Couric to host a new daily syndicated talk show that is expected to air on virtually all ABC affiliated stations, including the eight owned and operated stations that have already signed off on the deal. The show currently titled “Katie” will debut in September 2012 during the 3:00 PM ET/2:00 PM PT time slot currently occupied by ABC’s “General Hospital,” which will be forced to relocate to an as yet to be determined timeslot on the network.

According to TVNewser, Disney/ABC has begun sending marketing materials to station owners and advertisers in hopes of driving up support of the new show, which includes the first promotional poster for the talk show (seen at right).

“I think Katie is a unique brand in television,” said Jeff Zucker, “Katie” Executive Producer and former NBC Universal chief executive shortly after the announcement of the talker was announced in June. “The mere fact that you can just say Katie and know who we are talking about is evidence of that.”

Remembering the statements made to calm down “GH” fans, who are worried the 48-year-old soap will be the next canceled by ABC, the Disney/ABC publicity team stated back in the June the following:

“As you’ll note, we went out of our way to state that we continue to support the show,” Disney-ABC Television spokesman Kevin Brockman told CNN. “We have a long time between now and fall of 2012, so fans should be encouraged to continue watching and supporting.”

Brockman’s statement was echoed by Jori Petersen, Vice President, Publicity, ABC Daytime “The announcement does not mean the inevitable cancellation of ‘General Hospital,’” said Petersen. “Rather it means that in September 2012, we will program our daytime block with our three strongest shows. We’ll have options for the daytime daypart just like with do each year with prime-time. We believe in all of our shows and the ones that our viewers want will be the ones that continue. There are many options that could happen … only time will tell. We are simply giving ourselves options for the future, which is a smart way to do business. The best way to ensure a favorite show stays on the air is to watch it.”

According to TVNewser, “Social media and interactivity will play a big role in the show, which is still in the early stages of development. Disney-ABC is currently building out a few websites for the program, including www.TalkToKatie.com, which is expected to serve as a hub at which viewers and Couric can interact.”


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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Is there something special happening on this coming Thursday’s episode (August 25) of “One Life to Live?” We’re wondering because whatever was supposed to happen got changed and now everything about the episode is being kept tight lipped by the network. Other than it being Robin Strasser‘s second to last day as Dorian Lord and a big storyline about to kick off with some interesting (that’s saying it lightly) twists, we just can’t imagine what could actually be happening in the episode that would make it such a big secret.

What we can tell you is the episode kicks off a string of daily cliffhangers and the Tale isn’t over and is only just beginning!

Are you as curious as we are? Maybe we should all just tune into the episode and find out!? What do you think will happen?


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You’ve known her as Lulu Spencer on ABC’s “General Hospital” since October 2005, but you may not have known that Julie Marie Berman is also a big pet lover. The two time Emmy Award winning actress has joined together with husband Michael Grady and business partner William Busch in launching Better Buddies, Inc., which was designed to help pet owners find the best quality products with an eco-conscious mind. The company’s mission is to help with the adoption of pets by pet lovers.

In addition to her duties as co-founder and Director of Design for Better Buddies, Berman is an ambassador for the Best Friends Animal Society, which is a major non-profit animal rescue and adoption agency. Better Buddies donates 10% of its profits from each purchase to the Best Friends Animal Society, which directly supports the Guardian Angel program for the highest-needs pets and getting closer to where there’s a world with “No more homeless pets.”

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