Days of our Lives Mast Head by Soap Opera Network
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Howard Wise/JPI Studio

The chemistry between “Days of our Lives’” Hope and Aiden started out as a slow burn, but its since built into an inferno of flames searing through television sets across America. Never one to miss a hot story, Soap Opera Network sat down with portrayers Kristian Alfonso and Daniel Cosgrove, who opened up about the storyline and their real-life professional connection in their first joint interview ever! Read on to get the scoop — which they reveal in between plenty of jokes and laughter!

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Courtesy of Bellum Entertainment

Courtesy of Bellum Entertainment

Antonio Sabato Jr. (ex-Dante Damiano, “The Bold and the Beautiful;” ex-Jagger Cates, “General Hospital”) has just recently been announced as a contestant on the 19th season of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars,” but that’s not all that’s been keeping the former “Melrose Place” actor busy: He also has a brand new syndicated home improvement show debuting next week!

Courtesy of Bellum Entertainment

Courtesy of Bellum Entertainment

Called “Fix It & Finish It,“ the series follows Sabato as he and a team of contractors swoop into homes across America and completely re-do particular spaces. “It’s a whole new ride,” the actor shares with Soap Opera Network of trading in acting for home construction, at least for the time being. “We’ve been on the road since May, and it is amazing, what we’ve seen, what we’ve been through, just helping beautiful people through all of these beautiful projects. So far, it’s been an incredible blessing.”

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Jill Johnson/JPI Studio

Jill Johnson/JPI Studio

Season 19 of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” will be hot, hot, hot! This season’s cast was announced today, and in addition to the many well-known celebs putting their hat in the ring for the popular mirror ball award are two former soap stars who will be hitting the dance floor, as well!

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

“The Young and the Restless’” Genoa City became a powerhouse place today with the return of Eileen Davidson’s Ashley Abbott, but she’s not the only one set to turn the canvas completely upside down in the weeks to come!

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 Maura West Twitter Page

Maura West Twitter Page

It’s been merely a hot rumor for several months, but yesterday, whispers that Billy Miller (ex-Billy Abbott, “The Young and the Restless”) will be taking over the role of “General Hospital’s” Jason Morgan became official. Fans seem quite supportive of the casting announcement, but what about his future soapmates? Seems some are quite ecstatic, as well!

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Days of our Lives Mast Head by Soap Opera Network
 Jill Johnson/JPI Studios

Jill Johnson/JPI Studios

Being that “Days of our Lives’” Marlena Evans is not only one of the most compassionate, understanding and accepting characters in daytime, but also a bona fide psychiatrist, it’s no surprise that people across America wish they could sit down with the character and have her advise on all of life’s most difficult questions and conundrums. That may be impossible (unless one could somehow magically pop into Salem), but Marlena’s alter ego, Deidre Hall, is offering the next best thing: She is currently taking to video to answer fans’ questions on her website!

Called “A Kitchen Minute,” the special segments show Hall responding to a myriad of questions regarding life’s mysteries, from relationship woes, to health concerns to everything in between.

“We’ve had hundreds upon hundreds of questions come pouring in, which was a little bit of a surprise,” the actress shares with Soap Opera Network. “We’re calling it ‘A Kitchen Minute,’ because a minute is about the amount of time you can videotape and not go through some other dance, and the kitchen is where we all live. That’s where we’re safest and most comfortable and most nurtured.”

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General Hospital Mast Head by Soap Opera Network
 John Paschal/JPI Studios

John Paschal/JPI Studios

It’s been the hottest rumor of the summer, but now it is official, Billy Miller (ex-Billy Abbott, “The Young and the Restless”) is joining the cast of ABC’s “General Hospital” in the contract role of Jason Morgan.

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Howard Wise/JPI Studios

Howard Wise/JPI Studios

Judith Light (Judith Ryland, “Dallas;” ex-Karen Wolek, “One Life to Live”) is probably best known for her onscreen comedic entanglement with Tony Danza on “Who’s the Boss?,” and her next project is set to be just as funny — but with an unconventional twist!

The actress stars in Amazon’s new half-hour, 10-episode dark comedy, “Transparent,” which follows a Los Angeles family headed by Maura (Jeffrey Tambor), who previously spent her life as Mort — the family’s patriarch! When she reintroduces herself to her family, everyone’s secrets finally start to come out, including the secrets of her ex-wife Shelly (Light), and their children: meandering Ali (Gaby Hoffmann), record producer Josh (Jay Duplass), and sexually conflicted Sarah (Amy Landecker). Each family member spins in a different direction as they begin to figure out who they are going to become.

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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 August 18-22, 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 4,468,000 (+69,000/+14,000)
2. B&B 3,490,000 (+61,000/+200,000)
3. GH 2,780,000 (-99,000/+162,000)
4. DAYS 2,390,000 (-73,000/+7,000)

Households
1. Y&R 3.3/11 (+.1/same)
2. B&B 2.6/9 (+.1/+.1)
3. GH 2.1/7 (-.1/+.1)
4. DAYS 1.8/6 (-.1/same)

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Disney/ABC Television Group

Disney/ABC Television Group

J Graylock/JPI Studios

J Graylock/JPI Studios

As previously reported, ABC’s “The View” is currently in reinvention mode. While it gets ready to launch its new season on Monday, September 15, the show will not only have a new studio, new color scheme and logo, it’ll also have a new behind the scenes executive team who will spearhead the production of the talk show with c0-hosts Whoopi Goldberg and Rosie O’Donnell leading the way in front of the camera. The network officially announced that Bill Wolff, previously of “The Rachel Maddow Show,” will take over as executive producer. He succeeds Bill Geddie, who helmed the show from its beginnings in 1997 until this past season. Brian Balthazar, who helped launch the fourth hour of “The Today Show” has been appointed co-executive producer.

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