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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) – Greg Meng along with Noel Maxam were named Co-Executive Producers of NBC’s “Days of our Lives” on Tuesday, June 14, when the series released the first set of changes hitting the soap after the hiring of new head writers Marlene McPherson and Darrell Ray Thomas. While the writing duo shared with Soap Opera Network what fans could expect from the soap when their material hits the airwaves starting Monday, September 26, Meng took the time to tell viewers why they should continue tuning in before that day comes.

“There are surprises even coming up very soon on the show, so don’t wait until September 26, which is the big revitalized relaunch of the show, but there are surprises between now and then,” said Meng, who also discussed those “mini-plots” you’ve been seeing on your screens since Monday, August 1 (Please Note: This interview took place on Thursday, July 28) and what exactly caused the show to make such drastic changes just a few short months ago both on and off screen.

For more from our interview with Greg Meng, tune into the clip below.


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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “All My Children” Episode Recap – Monday, August 8, 2011.

IT HAPPENED TODAY…

Bianca wonders how Tad is going to react to Dixie being alive. Cara tells Krystal and Opal about Janet’s claim that Dixie is alive. Opal doesn’t believe it and Krystal says she is happy for Cara and Tad. Tad continues talking to Dixie unaware that she’s close by. The realization of who he is sets in and Dixie calls out to him.

Ryan asks about the Orpheus Project and David explains. Ryan admits he put a GPS tracking chip into David’s cell. Greenlee realizes she isn’t dreaming and Zach is alive. Kendall tells Bianca about the Orpheus project and Griffin’s involvement.

Jake won’t leave Amanda alone with Janet.

On the Next All My Children

  • Kendall insists Zach is not alive.
  • Dixie sees Tad and Cara’s wedding photo?
  • David gets a warning from Krystal not to hurt Angie.

GH Recap: Monday, August 8, 2011

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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Monday, August 8, 2011.

IT HAPPENED TODAY…

Robin’s regime as Chief of Staff continues to wreak havoc for Patrick, Matt and Steve. Later, Patrick and Robin get romantic but are interrupted when Patrick is called back to the hospital for an emergency.

Elizabeth wakes up from the car accident and discovers Siobhan unconscious. She finds Jason unresponsive in the other car and Carly injured. Meanwhile Sam starts to get excited about her wedding date! Sam gets a call from Monica.

Shawn and Jax, with Josslyn in his arms, face off, but Shawn suffers a PTSD attack.

Jackal, P.I., takes interest in Lulu, to Maxie’s chagrin.

On the Next General Hospital…

  • Patrick does not have a good prognosis.
  • Carly is determined to get her daughter.
  • Like father like son regarding Sonny and Michael.

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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) – Matthew Ashford returns to NBC’s “Days of our Lives” this September when his character, Jack Deveraux, finds himself back in Salem facing many changes and new challenges. Soap Opera Network spoke with Ashford at the “DAYS” studio about his return to the soap, his work on the web based series “The Bay” and the most pirated movie of 2008!

With details of Ashford’s return still being kept under wraps as the drama gears up for a relaunch on Monday, September 26 with new head writers Marlene McPherson and Darrell Ray Thomas, Ashford wasn’t able to share much about Jacks’s return to Salem, but he did say that Jack “has been through some loss.” The actor also noted what’s to come for onscreen partner Melissa Reeves and her character Jennifer, who along with Ashford portray the popular couple Jack and Jennifer on the soap. “Jennifer has had some significant changes in her life. She’s had to make adjustments in her feelings and now Jack has to deal with that.” he said. Referring to Jack and Jennifer’s daughter Abigail (Kate Mansi), Ashford shared that “Abigail has grown and become quite the young lady.”

For more on what Ashford had to say about his return and how much daytime has changed since we last saw him check out our exclusive interview below.


Y&R PreVUE: Week of August 8 Edition

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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — A look at what’s happening on “The Young and the Restless” during the week of August 8, 2011.

THIS WEEK ON: THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS

Daniel and Lily share another kiss, as she moves forward in ending her marriage to Cane, on Monday, August 8. That same day, Nina gets the shock of her life when she sees Ronan back in town. Genevieve and Victor meet for the first time. Tuesday, August 9, Jack breaks Kyle’s heart with the news about his mother. Jack and Victor play tug-o-war for Kyle.

The Inside Story: Scrambling to Hide the Truth
Ronan continues to investigate each suspect that would have wanted to see Diane Jenkins dead. His list of suspects start scrambling to keep out of trouble. Ronan notices that Diane had a bruise on her arm. The bruise has an imprint of a Harvard class ring. Meanwhile, Adam calls his one night stand, Elena, to request her to lie for him about his whereabouts. She goes along with the idea; until Ronan shows up, where she learns about Diane’s murder. After his questioning of Adam, Ronan returns with a search warrant. He finds the Harvard ring. While Ronan is busy gathering up evidence, Nick, Tucker, Victor and Ashley all remember their encounters with Diane at the footbridge. Nick remembers his threats to kill Diane; Tucker has a flashback where he is grabbing her fiercely, while Ash and Victor also recall their heated exchanges with the woman. Phyllis, who is also on the suspect list, finds herself being blackmailed by Deacon, who informs her he seen her that night.

A Closer Look: Billy Goes MIA
Jill becomes worried when she can’t get in contact with Billy, who she wants to tell about Chance. She soon learns from Victoria that Billy left Genoa City. When Jill becomes upset, Colin immediately comforts her. As for Victoria, she is heartbroken that he left without wanting to makr things work. Word gets back that Billy’s phone was found in Hong Kong. Billy’s being gone unsettles Chloe and it causes a strain in her relationship with Kevin.

What To Watch

  • Víctor acuses Adam of Diane’s murder
  • Ashley makes a deal with Kay
  • Cane vows to win Lily back

The Young and the Restless News and Headlines

  • Peter Porte has been cast as Paul and Isabella’s son, Ricky Williams. Porte’s first air date is Tuesday, September 13
  • Genie Francis has another project in the works and will briefly depart the show but will return
  • Debbi Morgan is joining the cast of the show. Her slated air date is to be sometime in September

Y&R ALERTS: WEEK OF AUGUST 15, 2011

  • Colin is torn between Jill and Genevieve
  • Lily continues to grow more closer to Daniel
  • Tucker’s long lost son could be close to finding

Y&R ALERTS BONUS: SUMMER 2011

  • Nikki returns with a vengence
  • A new lady comes into Neil’s life
  • New lawyer Avery Bailey Clark could have past connections in Genoa City
  • Reconciliation could be thwart by new issues for Victoria and Billy
  • Tucker finds out who is his son is
  • Adam continues to be a problem for Sharon
  • Genevieve plays herself in the middle of Jack and Victor’s latest battle

Disney/ABC Television Group

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — 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!

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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) – - Jacqueline Macinnes Wood makes her big screen debut this month in the 3D supernatural horror-thriller “Final Destination 5″.

Wood, who currently portrays young spitfire vixen Steffy Forrester on CBS’ “The Bold and the Beautiful”, can be seen in the fifth installment of the “Final Destination” horror film series when it hits theaters this Friday, August 12, 2011. Wood portrays Olivia, one of the survivors of a bridge collapse, who later finds herself in a dangerous predicament while going through laser eye surgery (see clip below).

“Final Destination 5″ also stars Nicholas D’Agosto (“House,” “Supernatural”), Emma Bell (“Supernatural,” “Law & Order”), David Koeschner (“Saturday Night Live,” “Hank”), P.J. Byrne (“ER,” “Desperate Housewives”), Courtney B. Vance (“FlashForward”, “The Closer”) Ellen Wroe (“Gary Unmarried,” “Huge”), Arlen Escarpeta (“American Dreams”), Miles Fisher (“Gossip Girl,” “Mad Men”), and Tony Todd (“24,” “Boston Public”).

WARNING: Clip contains material that may not be suitable for children under age 14.


Gilles Toucas

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) – - A look at what’s happening on “The Bold and the Beautiful” during the week of August 8, 2011.

THIS WEEK ON: THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL

Liam tells Hope he’s ready to take the next step with her and doesn’t know how much longer he can wait. Ridge thinks Bill has an agenda against the Forrester family. Bill makes a decision based off guilt. Hope and Steffy exchange heated words about their feuding families.

  • Monday, August 8 – Ridge apologizes to his daughter; Katie gives Bill an ultimatum regarding their marriage.
  • Tuesday, August 9 – Bill gives Steffy bad news; Nick wants Jackie and Owen to find somewhere else to live.
  • Wednesday, August 10 – Jackie is bothered when she learns Steffy was the one who purchased her loft; Brooke and Hope support Katie.
  • Thursday, August 11 – Ridge is in both protective and defensive mode when it comes to Bill and Steffy; Liam wonders how his father will make his marriage work.
  • Friday, August 12 – The Logan’s vs. the Forrester’s heats up in regards to the Spencers; Seeking revenge on Ridge, Bill propositions Nick about being a partner at Jackie M.

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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — 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.

Side Note: Please pardon the wind, it wasn’t something we could control. Also, yes we are aware that Marlene’s name was misspelled in the intro part of the video. We’re working on trying to correct this ASAP. Thanks for understanding!


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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — 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.

On Wednesday, July 27, I had posted that our server was being transferred to a new provider that would allow our readers to load us up faster than ever before and if you blinked, you would have missed the change in systems. Unfortunately, you kept on blinking and for three consecutive days Soap Opera Network was offline, no where to be found and no way to say TOLDJA! (gotta love our Nikki Finke at Deadline.com). On Saturday, July 30 and heading into Sunday, July 31, Soap Opera Network‘s Community Message Boards returned to the web with a new look courtesy of a software upgrade. Although it takes getting used to, I have to admit it is one of the better looking changes our boards have seen to date. We will be tinkering with minor details per recommendations from posters. Additionally, today, Soap Opera Network has debuted its new website using a new platform. While the old platform was nice and did us wonders for more than five years, times have changed and so have we. We hope you like the redesign and we will definitely be correcting any bugs you or we may come across in the hours, days and weeks to come, specifically in relation to links, etc. We hope you like the new design as much as we did in building it for you.

The Scoops You Came For

While we were offline and left to cleaning up the mess that we were forced into, we had learned that “General Hospital,” despite Prospect Park’s desire to have it did not sign a deal with Disney/ABC Television Group to bring the series to the World Wide Web when it debuts “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” in January 2012 (yes, ladies and gentleman this is now the confirmed debut month for the web launch for both soaps). We also learned that Tamara Braun is indeed returning to “GH” in the coming weeks despite the shows explicit denial to the contrary, although it remains unclear as to whom she will be portraying. But that wasn’t the biggest scoop of them all. Soap Opera Network has learned that when “One Life to Live” wraps filming at the ABC Television Center in New York City this November, it will indeed be moving its studio space when Prospect Park takes over production. But, despite reports that it will be moving to one studio somewhere in the Big Apple, we have learned that it isn’t just moving to one specific studio, but to three! According to sources, “One Life” will call one studio in Brooklyn and another in Queens home once production begins on v2.0. The third studio location wasn’t made clear at press time, nor were the names of the studios in the aforementioned boroughs, however we’ve been told that with the excess studio digs “One Life” crew members will not be forced to take down as many sets as they have been doing for much of the shows 43-year history on ABC.

Not one to leave another exclusive out, Soap Opera Network was in Burbank on Thursday, July 28 and visited the set of NBC’s “Days of our Lives,” where we spoke with newly appointed head writers Darrell Ray Thomas and Marlene McPherson, who have promised many things for fans who have felt the show has turned into something they no longer recognize. From the return of Deidre Hall and Drake Hogestyn as John and Marlena, to the debut of the Horton Square and even a sneak peek at what’s been going on with the characters before their material debuts on Monday, September 26, tune Soap Opera Network as we prepare you for new “DAYS” to come.

Until next Notebook

 

Errol Lewis