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Sunday, January 24, 2010 2:00 AM ET | By Angela Rosa

( — The latest news on “All My Children’s” writing team scramble.

On Wednesday, January 20, ABC confirmed the news Soap Opera Network administrator Xavier Toups broke on Wednesday, January 13, David Kreizman and Donna Swajeski are “All My Children’s” new Head Writing Team. This left a lot of fans a little bit concerned … and wondering what the news meant for esteemed, long-time “AMC” writer and current interim Associate Head Writer Lorraine Broderick.

Sources close to daytime serial website Daytime Confidential  have indicated that Broderick has indicated that her stay at “AMC” would not be a long-term situation. “AMC” star Susan Lucci, who has played Erica Kane since the show’s debut in 1970, seems to be indicating that may not be the case. blogger and former Soap Opera Weekly reporter, Deanna Barnert, attended AFTRA and The Paley Center for Media’s welcome to Los Angeles soiree for “AMC” on Thursday, January 21, and reports that while praising the incoming Head Writing team, Lucci added that she was also “so thrilled [that] Lorraine Broderick and Kate Hall [would] remain with “AMC” in the writing group.”

As previously reported, Lorraine Broderick was a member of the “AMC” writing team from 1979 to 1991; she served as Associate Head Writer of the show from 1981 to 1991. In October 1995, Broderick returned to the ABC soap in the position of Head Writer. Despite three consecutive Emmy wins for Outstanding Writing in a Daytime Series, Broderick was fired in December of 1997 due to falling ratings. The popular writer quietly returned to handle the ship in the wake of Charles Pratt, Jr.’s firing in November 2009.

ABC has been very quiet on the Lorraine Broderick front. SON will keep its readers up to date as this story continues to develop.

As for Kreizman and Swajeski, top honchos at “AMC,” as well as its star Lucci, tout Donna Swajeski’s discreet stint as an ABC Daytime Executive (Director of Daytime) as giving her a familiarity with Agnes Nixon, the serials creator, as well as with the classic formula of “AMC.” Swajeski clearly has an affinity for Nixon, the writer notes occasionally sitting in “AMC” story meetings “and marveling at how [Nixon] always went right to the heart of scenes. How [Nixon] brilliantly crafted the dreamers, the strivers, the connivers, the heroes — so that we loved everyone of them.” ABC Daytime President Brian Frons, meanwhile, dusted off his usual release for new Head Writers, noting that “David and Donna are the perfect team to bring new ideas to “AMC” while remaining true to its core by telling stories with a focus on the integrity of the show’s history, its characters and families on the canvas.”

Kreizman, who is barely off the Head Writer seat at CBS’s “As the World Turns,” and Swajeski may begin getting to work on “AMC” some time in February (with their first scripts airing some time this spring). SON will keep its readers up to date as more information becomes available.

For more on Kreizman and Swajeski’s credits, and a clue as to why fans weren’t exactly thrilled with the news of the hiring, follow this link: BREAKING NEWS: ‘AMC’ Hires Kreizman and Swajeski

“All My Children” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings. “AMC” now also airs online at and can be accessed 24/7.

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    Sunday, January 24, 2010 12:15 AM ET | By Errol Lewis

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    ( — Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) is going down, albeit not for long (we all know that!).

    “Generall Hospital” has cast the recurring role of Federal Prosecutor Claire Walsh with actress Dahlia Salem, who begins taping on Thursday, January 28. According to sources, Walsh will represent the United States v. Sonny Corinthos, who is being prosecuted for the murder of Claudia Zacchara.

    Salem’s first airdate is scheduled for Wednesday, February 24.

    You may have seen Salem in such primetime dramas as “CSI: MIami” and “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “ER” or even more recently in the ABC series “the forgotton,” but it was NBC’s defunct soap “Another World” where the actress got her start. From 1995-1998, she portrayed the role of Sofia Carlino.

    “General Hospital” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet.

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      Saturday, January 23, 2010 11:20 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

      Photo: Ron Tom/ABC

      ( — Dante Falconeri (Dominic Zamprogna) is having a little nightmare next month on “General Hospital” thanks to his mobster daddy, Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard), who shoots his son during the all important February Sweeps period.

      On Tuesday, February 2, fans will get a glimpse into a comatose Dante’s childhood when the character has a nightmare. Youngster Matthew Johnson will play the “Kid,” who plays with a young Dante in the episode. It is unclear at this time who will be playing young Dante, however.

      Child star Adam Wylie (now 25) will play “Officer Church” on Wednesday, February 3. Sam (Kelly Monaco) tries to distract Church in order to get back incriminating evidence on Sonny. Wylie is best known for his appearances in such series as “Picket Fences,” “American Dragon: Jake Long” and “Legion of Super Heroes.”

      Claire Mills appears on the Friday, February 5 episode as “Gloria,” who brings her son “Jimmy” (Declan Beaty) to General Hospital due to minor burns.

      “General Hospital” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet.

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        ( — Sherri Saum is getting the last laugh after being let go from ABC’s new dramedy “The Deep End” last fall.

        Created by “How I Met Your Mother” Co-Executive Producer David Hemingson, “Deep End” premiered to low ratings on Thursday, January 21 drawing just 7.07 million viewers and a 1.8/5 in Adults 18-49, placing the series 3rd in viewers and 4th in the all important demo. By comparison, the series only beat The CW’s “Vampire Diaries” by  a mere 12.5% (1.8 vs 1.6) in Adults 18-49. “Deep End” was down 25% from what “FlashForward” had averaged in the same time period this season.

        In September, it was announced that Saum would be replaced by “Soul Food” actress Nicole Ari Parker in the role of Susan, the “sexy, smart, steely lioness of the firm’s litigation department whose husband, Clifford Huddle (Billy Zane), is the firm’s new managing partner.”

        The series stars Matt Long (”Jack & Bobby”) as Dylan Hewitt, a young attorney who starts working for the prestigious Los Angeles law firm Sterling, Huddle, Oppenheim & Craft. Former “Desperate Housewives” heart-throb Mehcad Brooks also stars.

        Despite its poor debut numbers, “Deep End is still scheduled to air on Thursday, January 28 at 8/7c on ABC.

        From 2001-2003, Saum portrayed Keri Reynolds on ABC’s “One Life to Live” and Vanessa Hart from 1997-1999 on NBC’s “Sunset Beach.” The actress has had numerous starring roles in such series as Showtime’s “Beggars and Choosers,” HBO’s “In Treatment” and the FX drama “Rescue Me.”

        Photo: Aaron Montgomery/JPI

        Saturday, January 23, 2010 1:15 AM ET | By Scotty Gore

        ( — It now appears that Barbara Garrick is back as Llanview’s favorite wackjob Allison Perkins.

        SON first told you last week that Garrick, who portrayed Perkins from from 1986-87 (and again from 2001-03, as well as in 2008), was photographed hanging around with the”One Life to Live” cast outside the soap’s studios by shutterbug Steven Bergman.

        Now, The Suds Report confirms that the actress will first air sometime “at the end of February….[and] will continue to air long after Roscoe Born’s Mitch leaves the canvas.”  Born is rumored to be departing from “OLTL” sometime after the upcoming February sweeps.

        When viewers last saw Allison, she lapsed into a coma following a serious fall from a high-rise balcony, all-the-while insisting she knew a shocking secret about Jessica Brennan. 

        SON will continue to follow this story.

        In other news…

        The Suds Report also states that, according to Robin Strasser‘s (Dorian Cramer Lord) hotline, the scribes at “OLTL” are currently working on a juicy long-term storyline for David Vickers, since portrayer Tuc Watkins is currently on hiatus from his prime-time gig “Desperate Housewives.”  Watkins has portrayed the comedic conman off and on since 1994. 

        Alfred Cerullo will portray a pilot on February 26th.

        And “OLTL” Music Director Paul Glass tweets that the soap will “Definitely have a few cool montages coming up hitting on big story. Working on Snoop Dogg today..his scenes and performance total blast!”

        “One Life to Live” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Anytime on and Check local listings.

        ‘AMC’ Loses Another Legend

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        Saturday, January 23, 2010 12:05 AM ET | By Angela Rosa

        ( — Accomplished actor and dancer, James Mitchell has died at the age of 89.

        “All My Children” star James Mitchell passed away on Friday, January 22, 2010. According to Soap Opera Digest complications from pneumonia aggravated a pre-existing condition (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) and proved to be too much for the elderly actor to fight.

        Mitchell was born in Sacramento, California on February 29, 1920. Prior to joining the ABC soap, Mitchell was best known for his work in musical theatre. The accomplished dancer appeared in Broadway productions of “Billion Dollar Baby,” “Bloomer Girl,” “Brigadoon,” “Paint Your Wagon,” and “Carnival!” to name a few and worked closely with theatre and dance legend Agnes de Mille. Mitchell’s career as a film star never really took off, but he did notably appear as Dream Curly in de Mille’s 1955 film-musical “Oklahoma!” His last appearance on the big-screen was in 1977’s “The Turning Point.” Mitchell’s career in television proved to be more fruitful, the actor burst into the television scene in 1964 as Captain Lloyd Griffin on the CBS daytime drama “The Edge of Night.” In 1969, the actor moved on to the CBS soap opera “Where the Heart Is” where he played the lead character, Julian Hathaway, for the sudsers entire run.

        The role that most daytime fans will remember Mitchell for is that of the villainous Palmer Cortlandt on “AMC,” a role that the actor played from 1979 to 2010. Mitchell earned seven Daytime Emmy nominations for the popular role. The popular actor also earned legions of fans as Adam Chandler’s match and daughter Nina and niece Dixie’s overbearing father/uncle (therefore Cliff Warner and Tad Martin’s worst nightmare). The filthy rich character, owner of Cortlandt Electronics, had a memorable romance with the lovely Daisy Murdoch, Nina’s mother, and then later with partner in crime, Opal Cortlandt, that produced son Peter Cortlandt. When not being manipulated by the likes of his last nutty wife, Vanessa, a softer Palmer came to the surface in the last decade – spending much of his time trying to reel in his bratty son Pete, straighten up his reckless grandson Bobby, and being a surrogate father and grandfather of sorts to the troubled Kane women. Mitchell’s schedule at “AMC” decreased in the last several years due to health issues and he officially retired from “AMC” in 2008. The show and Mitchell, who had relocated to the warmer climate of California, worked together to tape an appearance for the soaps 40th Anniversary episode (“AMC” was still being produced in New York at the time). That episode, which aired on January 5, 2010, marks the actor’s last appearance on the soap he spent more than 30 years on. There is no word out on how “AMC” will address the loss, but it’s a good bet that the show will honor James Mitchell and Palmer Cortlandt on-screen sometime in the spring.

        Soap Opera Network sends our condolences to Mitchell’s family, friends, and fans. Rest in Peace, James Mitchell (and Palmer Cortlandt).

        “All My Children” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings. “AMC” now also airs online at and can be accessed 24/7.

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          Roscoe Born Sings the ‘Pepsi Blues’

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          Friday, January 22, 2010 10:55 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

          ( — The “One Life to Live” star posts a music video of himself performing the Bob Dylan parody on Youtube.

          Born’s video is in response to 2009 Super Bowl commercial for Pepsi featuring the Black Eyed Pea’s  “I had already written this song about how there’s nothing he won’t steal, there’s nothing he won’t sell, because I knew he had done this Victoria’s Secret [commercial] a few years ago,” the actor tells Soap Opera Digest

          After revising the song to make it apply more to Dylan himself, Born teamed up with friend and fellow New York City musician Hugh Pool to record the video.  The two men have been pals since Pool’s days as a guitar player in Nick River’s (a character Born portrayed on “The City”) band back in the ’90s.

          Born admits that “It [the Dylan ad] sounds really good, but the whole thing just goes against my ’60s ethos.”  The video was filmed at Excello Recording Studios, with the aid of engineer Nathan Rosborough.

          You can watch Born perform Bob Dylan’s “Pepsi Blues” here:

          “One Life to Live” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Anytime on and Check local listings.

          OLTL Recap: Friday, January 22, 2010

          Friday, January 22, 2010 6:00 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

          ( — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Friday, January 22, 2010.

          IT HAPPENED TODAY “Already Gone”…

          Starr tries to give Danielle some insight into Todd. Todd and Téa are anxious to find Danielle. Todd wonders if it would be best if Téa just returned to Tahiti with Danielle but she assures him they’ll work together to explain things to their daughter.

          Brody plays into Mitch’s hands when he confronts him on the docks. John stops Brody from killing Mitch with his bare hands. Brody’s desperate to get to Jessica but an arriving Lowell orders his men to detain him. Lowell has John arrested after John stops the cops from going after Brody when he makes a run for it. Jessica falls into Nurse Charles’ clutches. Charlie and Dorian seal their pact.

          Langston doesn’t resist Ford when he kisses her.

          On the Next One Life to Live…

          • Danielle wants nothing to do with Todd.
          • Blair orders Ford to back off.
          • Brody’s worst fears come true.

          “One Life to Live” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Anytime on and Check local listings.

          Friday, January 22, 2010 6:00 PM ET | By Angela Rosa

          ( — “All My Children” Episode Recap – Friday, January 22, 2010.


          Adam surprises his family with the unconventional changes he’s made to his will.

          After enduring a few interruptions, Tad and Liza finally find themselves alone together and make love.

          Ryan admits to Erica that Greenlee has been on his mind lately. Erica confides to Opal that she wants to keep her relationship with Ryan out of the public eye in order to protect what they have.

          David insists to Greenlee that she’ll be better off without him in her life.

          On the Next All My Children…

          • Adam throws Annie for a loop.
          • Someone’s up to no good at Tad’s house.
          • Jesse grows suspicious of Damon.

          “All My Children” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.

          GH Recap: Friday, January 22, 2010

          Friday, January 22, 2010 6:00 PM ET | By Angela Rosa

          ( — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Friday, January 22, 2010.


          Michael remains hurt and angry over his belief that Sonny is choosing Dominic over him. Michael overhears a conversation between Johnny and Dominic.

          Jason asks Maxie to lie and not tell the cops she saw Michael with Sonny the night Claudia disappeared and she agrees to do so.

          Lucky apologizes to Luke. Luke admits to Tracy he’s afraid Lucky is turning out to be just like him. Lucky confronts Nikolas and Elizabeth about sleeping together.

          On the Next General Hospital…

          • Michael tells Sonny the truth about Dominic.
          • Carly urges Jason to take back what’s his.
          • Lucky has it out with Nikolas an Elizabeth.

          “General Hospital” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.