Monday, July 6, 2009 7:05 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel ( — As we entered the 2nd half of 2009 last week and we gear up for a new television season in September on the broadcast networks, you’d think no network would be thinking ahead of the pack and setting its sights on what’s ahead in 2010. You’d be wrong.

SOAPnet, the new way to watch soaps, is moving in a new direction according to sources within the network. SOAPnet is making it known that they plan to break out as a full-fledged ad-supported cable network next year with its recently introduced programming. The network is said to be emphasing less daytime soap and more original “soapy” dramas.

“SOAPnet is moving in a new direction with original programming that tells stories from an insider’s point of view – featuring strong, aspirational and relatable women,” the network says in promotions geared towards potential advertisers.

New Look. New Attitude. New Style. New Shows.

Now available in 71.4 million homes according to Nielsen Universe Estimates for June ’09, the cable network has green lit a series of original scripted programs and reality shows in lights of its new identity as the “home of character-driven soapy drama.” These shows include the recently introduced “Being Erica,” a Canadian import, which has turned out to be one of SOAPnet’s highest rated original series after bringing in over half-a-million new viewers to the network during its inaugural first season. The series about 32-year-old Erica Strange (Erin Karpluk), who can go back in time to relive a past regret each week, returns for a second season with twelve all-new episodes in early 2010. The network is also ready to launch “Holidate,” which was originally ordered as a one-off reality special. “Holidate,” which follows two women, per episode, who are looking for love with no luck, who switch places and try their hat in each others cities, will now be featured as a ten episode series set to debut on Wednesday, July 29 at 10:00 PM ET/PT. SOAPnet is currently running the hit reality series “Southern Belles: Louisville” Thursday’s at 10:00 PM. The season finale is set to air Thursday, July 23.

In addition to “Holidate” and “Belles,” SOAPnet will premiere new reality series “Bank of Mom and Dad” on Wednesday, September 30 at 10:00 PM ET/PT. “Bank” is an adaptation of the BBC series of the same name, which follows women in their 20′s and 30′s who have to face their Mom’s and Dad’s moving in with them for one week in order to help their daughter’s get their personal and financial lives back on track. CNBC and MSNBC financial expert Farnoosh Torabi will guide viewers into the lives of these women during the10-episode run of the series from BBC WorldWide Productions. Reportedly the network is working on a new docu-drama going by the name of “Mommie Dearest,” but no details have come to light about the project. Ironically, last year SOAPnet acquired the movie rights to the film “Mommie Dearest” starring Meryl Streep, though it is unclear if the reality series is a take-off of the horror movie.

Recently, the network launched its 6th incarnation of its web portal since the networks launch in January 2000. The site houses news, sneak peeks, streaming video and promos, daily recaps, message boards, games and information on its national tour sponsorship “Soap Nation.”

Original Scripted Dramas

In addition to “Being Erica,” SOAPnet is also working on two new original scripted dramas – “Julia’s Tango” and “Santa Monica.”

“Julia’s Tango,” a one hour scripted drama series, follows Julia, a woman who takes an impromptu trip to her hometown of Buenos Aires and finds there has been something missing in her life all this time. The series is produced by SOAPnet in conjunction with Endemol. “Santa Monica,” a one hour scripted dramedy, is about four twenty-something best friends who live together in Santa Monica, California and try to reach life’s ambitions and aspirations.

New Acquired Series. More Movies.

The former CW/WB hit series “Gilmore Girls” starring Alexis Bledel and Lauren Graham joins SOAPnet’s re-run heavy lineup of teen oriented dramas, which includes FOX’s “The O.C.” and “Beverly Hills, 90210,” and The CW/WB’s “One Tree Hill.” During its seven season run on TV, “Gilmore Girls” consistently ranked as one of television’s highest rated series in numerous female demographics, including Women 18-34 and Women 18-49. In addition to “Gilmore Girls,” SOAPnet has acquired the movie rights to numerous Hollywood films as part of its “Sunday Night Movie” franchise including the Bledel starrer “Tuck Everlasting.” The 2002 film also starred Jonathan Jackson (ex-Lucky Spencer, “General Hospital”). “How Stella Got Her Groove Back,” starring Angela Bassett and Whoopi Goldberg (Co-Host, “The View”), and the films “Brokedown Palace,” “The Truth About Cats & Dogs,” “The Object of My Affection,” “Illegally Yours,” “Loverboy,” and “Uptown Girls” were also recently acquired.

More Days. Less Hospital.

After signing a deal in 2003 to exclusive same-day airing rights to NBC’s “Days of our Lives,” which began on the network in March 2004, SOAPnet has extended its original five-year deal with Sony Pictures Television, producers of the soap for an unspecified duration. The new deal includes digital streaming rights of the soap.

While “DAYS’” future on the cabler seems secure for now, the same can not be said for ABC’s “General Hospital.” Soap Opera Network has learned that the network’s reliability on debuting its shows in the 10:00 PM ET/PT timeslot Monday-Friday, which routinely displaces the soap, is being eyed as a potential launching pad for a block of programming set to debut next year. It is understood that the soap might be pushed back an hour to 11:00 PM, which would then push “DAYS” to 12 midnight. The idea behind the timeslot switcheroo stems from success stories from other cable networks finding audiences available at the later hour. Should “GH” be moved, it will be the first time an ABC soap has permanently lost its timeslot since helping launch the network in January 2000.

A spokesperson for SOAPnet was not readily available for comment on our story as the offices of ABC Daytime and SOAPnet remained closed Monday in honor of the long Independence Day weekend.

Discussion: SOAPnet Ready to Break Out

  • Days of our Lives
  • SOAPnet
  • General Hospital
  • Beverly Hills
  • 90210
  • Jonathan Jackson
  • The O.C.
  • Gilmore Girls
  • One Tree Hill
  • Erin Karpluk
  • Alexis Bledel
  • Lauren Graham
  • Whoopi Goldberg
  • Angela Bassett
  • Farnoosh Torabi
  • Being Erica
  • Holidate
  • Southern Belles: Louisville
  • Bank of Mom and Dad
  • Julia’s Tango
  • Santa Monica
  • How Stella Got Her Groove Back
  • Brokedown Palace
  • The Truth About Cats & Dogs
  • The Object of My Affection
  • Illegally Yours
  • Loverboy
  • Uptown Girls

    OLTL Recap: Monday, July 6, 2009

    Monday, July 6, 2009 6:00 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

    ( — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Monday, July 6, 2009.


    “Or 4ever hold your peace”

    Blair is infuriated by Téa’s presence when she arrives for Starr’s wedding after having been invited by Todd. Cole eases Starr’s doubts, assuring her they are nothing like her parents. Neither Todd nor Blair want Starr to get married but have no choice but to go along with it once the Justice of the Peace arrives.

    Meanwhile, John pleads his case to Judge Runyon, who finally agrees to let him use Cole to try and bust the drug ring in Llanview. John interrupts Starr and Cole’s wedding just as they’re about to be pronounced husband and wife.

    Rex tells Gigi he hasn’t been able to find the bag of donor blood that could save Shane and get them out from under Stacy’s thumb. Rex avoids Stacy’s attempts to get him into bed. Schuyler decides not to tell Gigi that Stacy told him she and Rex slept together, at least for the time being.

    Natalie apologizes to Jessica for having misjudged Brody. Bo encourages Brody to apply to the Police Academy.

    On the Next One Life to Live…

    • Viki gives Clint some insightful pearls of wisdom.
    • Rex shares his plan to take down Stacy with Gigi.
    • Cole learns that he’s not going to prison.

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

    Monday, July 6, 2009 6:00 PM ET | By Angela Rosa

    ( — “All My Children” Episode Recap – Monday, July 6, 2009.


    Annie stops short of choking the life out of Erica. Erica seethes when Adam takes Annie’s side over hers. JR tries to convince Adam that Annie probably killed Stuart but he staunchly defends her. Kendall turns to Ryan for help with her plan but hides when Erica arrives. Kendall goes to see Adam, saying she has a plan to prove Annie’s guilt. Kendall hides in the tunnel as Adam tells a panicky Annie that he remembers exactly what happened the night Stuart was shot.

    North becomes violent as he forces himself on Randi, who smashes a bookend into his head to defend herself. Randi runs from the room, leaving North crumpled on the floor. North thinks Madison will help him when she arrives in the room but she has something else in mind. Realizing her earring fell off in the room, a shaky Randi returns there and fears she killed North when she finds him dead. Jesse walks in to see Randi kneeling beside North’s dead body.

    On the Next All My Children…

    • Adam tests Annie.
    • Jesse goes to great lengths to protect Randi.
    • JR tries to make amends with Marissa.

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

    Monday, July 6, 2009 6:00 PM ET | By Angela Rosa

    ( — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Monday, July 6, 2009.


    Dominic asks Kristina to help him get into Sonny’s house so he can learn more about his organization. Sonny orders Jason and Johnny to eliminate the Zacchara gunman who menaced Carly and the boys. Johnny leads Jason to a Zacchara hideout in the woods and they kill the two gunmen who are there but Dominic has already left. Dominic grabs Olivia.

    Carly surprises Michael when she doesn’t throw a fit about him having taken Morgan for a drive. Sonny tells Michael he’s forbidden to drive until he gets his license and is thrown for a loop when Carly presents Michael with a temporary permit.

    Andrea eavesdrops on Robin as she tells Patrick that she’s come to believe that Andrea is the person who killed Brianna. After coming up with a plan, Andrea sneaks into Alexis’ house but is unaware that Kristina is still home.

    Spinelli overhears Maxie asking Patrick to get Coleman to abandon Karaoke Night so that Spinelli won’t embarrass himself with his horrible singing voice.

    On the Next General Hospital…

    • Sonny has a closer tie to his enemy than he could ever imagine.
    • Carly and Sonny reach an agreement about Michael.
    • Kristina believes the worst about Alexis.

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

    Sunday, July 5, 2009 10:37 PM ET | By Venus Stone

    alt ( –Out of control…


    Tom begins to dig into Riley’s background on Monday, July 6. That same day, Liberty and Parker slowly rebuild their friendship. Lily and Dusty work together to get the goods on what happened to Damian’s boat, Thursday, July 9.

    The Inside Story: Hitting Rock Bottom

    With her wedding quickly approaching, Carly is a basket of nerves when she can’t come up with an idea on how to design her dress. Desperate, Carly heads to Fashions and buys a dress, quickly cutting the tags in order to pass it off as something she made. Shortly after, Rosanna arrives at Carly’s and spots the dress. Carly quickly covers but is later busted when they head back to Fashions where Rosanna spots the exact same dress. Rosanna realizing that Carly is not being honest with her begins snooping at her house and finds the cut tags along with alcohol hidden throughout her home. When confronted Carly quickly lies and tells her it’s only on ocassion but Rosanna tells her she doesn’t believe her. Upset by this, Carly hustles her sister over to Margo and Tom’s to join everyone else for the wedding. The minute Ro leaves, however, Carly puts on her dress and instantly starts in on the drinking; even knocking more back inside the limo. At Tom and Margo’s Rosanna lays into Craig for turning a blind eye to Carly’s drinking, unaware that she has arrived and has heard everything. Upset and humiliated at being discussed, Carly turns back around and gets into the limo and starts drinking again. Everyone realizes that Carly hasn’t arrived and Craig covers his feelings. Carly, in the meantime, has found her way over to Lily’s but finds herself face-to-face with Holden, who tries his best to be there for her. Upon her request, Holden takes her to the Wagon Wheel where she comes on to him and it is then Holden realizes how drunk she is Things get bad for Carly when she passes out and has to be taken to the hospital by Holden and Jack, who he called for assistance, and learn that her stomach had to be pumped due to alcohol poisoning. Rosanna and Craig arrive shortly after to see about her. While there, Rosanna pulls Jack asside and tells him that he needs to be the one to help her with Carly. Jack, unfortunately doesn’t want to get in the middle since Janet has fussed in the past about his being Carly’s knight in shining armor.

    A Closer Look: Letting Go
    After dealing with everything going on with his father, Noah and Luke both agree that it is time to move in with one another. While packing Noah discovers a box of things belonging to Col. Mayer and he freaks out leaving Luke concerned. Damian arrives and talks to Luke about what’s going on with Noah and the two go in search for him. When they find him, Noah confides in Damian, letting him know that it’s hard to forget his dad and all the things he has done. Feeling for the young man, Damian makes the suggestion that he burn his father’s belongings as a ritual to him.

    What To Watch

    • Hunter’s meeting with Susan hits a huge snag
    • Katie has had enough of Henry’s antics

    As the World Turns News and Headlines

    • Congratulations to Maura West (‘Carly’) and husband Scott DeFreitas newest edition to the family. Birdie West DeFreitas arrived, Tuesday, June 16 at 5:33 PM, weighing 7 lbs 13 oz.
    • Vanessa Ray will come to the show as ‘Teri Ciccone’, Janet’s sister. She will arrive on the show at the end of July
    • Lynn Herring will join the show as ‘Henry Coleman’s’ mom, Audrey. Herring’s first airdate is Friday, July 24
    • Michael Woods will appear on the show as ‘Jay’, the boyfriend of ‘Audrey’. His first airdate on teh show will be Friday, July 31
    • Austin Peck and Julie Pinson will join other daytime stars as they set sail on Soap Cruise, The Third Voyage on Thursday, January 28 throughMonday, February 1, 2010. Please visit Soap Cruise or call 1-888-381-4654 for more detailed information.
    • SON Top 10: Who was the best of the best on “ATWT” during the week of June 29 – July 3, 2009? You decide! The SON Top 10 is back! Voting begins Friday’s at 4:00 PM, EST.


    • Meg sees Paul in a new light
    • Bonnie is the one to give Dusty hope
    • Rosanna and Craig come to Sage’s aid

    “As the World Turns” airs Weekdays on CBS. Check local listings.

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    Discussion: ATWT PreVUE: Week of July 6 Edition

    Sunday, July 5, 2009 10:00 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

    ( — After weeks of speculation and reports of backstage drama, this is the week to watch CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” as fans of Adam Newman (Michael Muhney) and Rafe Torres (Yani Gellman) get their first look at the two getting intimate. How far will they go? Tune in to find out!

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    Discussion: Rafe and Adam Get Intimate on ‘Y&R’

    • The Young and the Restless
    • Y&R
    • Michael Muhney
    • Yani Gellman
    • Adam Newman
    • Rafe Torres
    • Spoilers
    • Soap Opera

      Sunday, July 5, 2009 5:00 AM ET | By Errol Lewis

      ( — Lynn Herring is joining the cast of CBS’ “As The World Turns” as Audrey, mother of Henry Coleman (Trent Dawson), beginning Friday, July 24. Soap Opera Network has your first look at the actress whose return to daytime has sparked significant interest from fans of her work on ABC’s “General Hospital” and “Port Charles.”

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      Discussion: ATWT First Look: Lynn Herring

      Sunday, July 5, 2009 4:20 AM ET | By Errol Lewis

      Lisa LoCicero ( – Just three months after bumping Megan Ward (Kate Howard) to recurring status, ABC’s “General Hospital” has upgraded Ward’s onscreen sister cousin, Lisa LoCicero (Olivia Falconeri), to contract status.

      Since joining the cast of “General Hospital” in 2008, LoCicero’s Olivia has enjoyed a taudry affair with Johnny Zacchara (Brandon Barash) and a flirtation with Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard). Recently, it was revealed that Olivia’s son with Sonny, Dante, has come to Port Charles in the form of hired hitman Dominic (Dominic Zamprogna).

      LoCicero got her start in the 1994 short-film “Murder Too Sweet.” She would later join the cast of ABC Daytime’s “Loving” as Jocelyn Roberts Brown, a character which she took to “Loving” spin-off “The City” in 1995. Upon that soaps cancellation in 1997, the actress began appearing in a number of high profile primetime dramas including NBC’s “Law & Order” and ABC’s “NYPD Blue.” From 2004 to 2007, she appeared as Maria Storm in the Comedy Central series “Reno 911.”

      Fans of Megan Ward don’t fret, you can next see the actress on the soap on Wednesday, July 15, when Kate gives Maxie some financial assurance.

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

      Discussion: Who Needs Kate? Lisa LoCicero Placed on Contract

      • General Hospital
      • GH
      • Megan Ward
      • Lisa LoCicero
      • Loving
      • The City
      • NYPD Blue
      • Law & Order
      • Reno 911

        Sunday, July 5, 2009 3:30 AM ET | By Errol Lewis

        Christian Alexander ( — If you thought you saw the last of Christian Alexander and his character Keifer Tate on ABC’s “General Hospital,” think again!

        Soap Opera Network has learned that Alexander has been bumped to recurring status and will return for a series of episodes in July beginning with the Tuesday, July 14 episode of the soap. In the episode, Michael (Drew Garrett) senses something is off with Keifer and tries to protect his sister, Kristina (Lexi Ainsworth), from harms way. Will he be too late? Tune in to find out!

        Christian Alexander has been making a name for himself since marking his television debut on the Nickelodean series “Zoey 101″ in 2006. Since then he has appeared in such programs as NBC’s “Medium” (2007), ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” (2008), ABC Family’s “Lincoln Height’s”(2008) and Disney Channel’s “The Suite Life on Deck” (2008). Come fall, look for Alexander to appear in the new ABC Primetime series “Eastwick,” which stars former “General Hospital” starlet Jaime Ray Newman (ex-Kristina Cassadine). He will portray a character by the name of Gus.

        Recently, Alexander starred in the film “Half Truth” along-side “GH’s” Carolyn Hennesy (Diane Miller). The film is a quirky coming-of-age indie film set in the rural south and centered around an insecure, teenaged outcast, Donell (James Earl), an enigmatic wonder-boy, Johnny (Alexander), and the intimate relationship they forge while on a madcap escape from their oppressive lives. The film was written and directed by Wade Gasque.

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

        Discussion: Who’s That Boy? ‘GH’s’ Christian Alexander

        • General Hospital
        • GH
        • Drew Garrett
        • Lexi Ainsworth
        • Christian Alexander
        • Carolyn Hennesy
        • Jaime Ray Newman
        • Zoey 101
        • Grey’s Anatomy
        • Medium
        • The Suite Life on Deck
        • Eastwick
        • Half Truth

          Y&R PreVuE: Week of July 6 Edition

          Sunday, July 5, 2009 1:18 AM ET | By Venus Stone

          alt ( — A return worth explaining…


          Heather gets the taste slapped out her mouth by a furious Phyllis, on Tuesday, July 7. That same day Nick decides to break the law. Phyllis decides to go to Sharon for a listening ear on Wednesday, July 8.

          The Inside Story: A Homecoming Unexplained
          After the shock of learning that Cane has lied to all about being Jill’s son, they are even further floored when the real Phillip enters very much alive and well. Katherine filled with shock and disbelief falls to the ground and is quickly rushed to the hospital. Olivia, who’s on call instantly takes charge and learns that Katherine has had a stroke. Meanwhile back at the Chancellor estate, everyone still wants answers from both Phillip and Cane. Phillip explains that at the time of his ‘accident’ he was not only an alcholic but also in a depressed/suicidal state; deciding to end it all by arranging to kill himself in the car. He goes on to tell all how he came upon Cane in Australia and made arrangements for him to pretend to be him. Billy, who has happened upon the revelation with Chloe, decks Cane. Cane soon admits to Billy and Chloe that he knew that Billy was always the father of Cordelia; stating that at the time of the paternity test, he used Phillip’s blood when making the determination of who the baby’s father was. Lily, along with Neil, is furious that Cane has been lying to her for years. Cane tries in vain to get Lily to understand that in all the times that he has been with her, he not once lied about his feelings for her. Unwilling to listen to anything he has to say, Lily snatches off her wedding ring and gives it to him, while Neil warns him to stay away from his daughter; or else. Once alone with Phillip, a furious Cane demands to know why Phillip suddenly decided to come back to Genoa City after all.

          A Closer Look: Demented and Dangerous
          Doing her best to keep her true identity underwraps, Mary Jane works hard at keeping her enemies in line. Mary Jane, arriving at the hospital, peeks in on a comatose Summer and sits by her bedside ‘talking’ to her on how everything will work out as she hopes. Victor, who is also at the hospital spots Mary Jane in his granddaughter’s room and instantly tells the woman to leave her alone. Back at her office, Heather, thanks to Mary Jane’s lies, works hard to figure out how she intentionally came in contact with peanuts. Victor, who is beginning to wonder about Mary Jane, heads over to her suite at the G.C.A.C. When he arrives he finds himself looking at a collage of photos of Jack, Sharon and Phyllis. The minute Mary Jane returns to her suite she is stunned to find him there and begins to question why he snuck into her room. Keeping his cool, Victor announces to her that he thinks that a trip out of town for a bit would do her some good.

          What To Watch

          • Sharon is plaqued by a guilty conscious
          • Someone may be on to Victor
          • Amber may not like her past coming back to life

          The Young and the Restless News and Headlines

          • “Ed Stanley will appear on the show as ‘Summer’s’ doctor on on Friday, July, 10
          • Steven Richard Harris will reprise his role as ‘Aidan’ the bartender that had a tryst with Jill. His airdates are Tuesday, July 14 and Wednesday, July15. For more information on Steven Richard Harris, go to the latest news here on Soap Opera Network.
          • John Driscoll will appear as the long awaited ‘Phillip Chancellor IV’ on Thursday, July 16
          • Actress Vail Bloom, who plays legal eagle ‘Heather Stevens’ will make an appearance on the hit HBO series ‘Entorage’ Sunday, July 26.
          • Congratulations are in order for onscreen and offscreen married couple Thad Luckinbill, ‘JT Helstrom’ and Amelia Heinle, ‘Victoria Newman Helstrom’ who are expecting another addition into their family. Word is that the couple will be welcoming a baby girl this time around.
          • SON Top 10: Who was the best of the best on "Y&R" during the week of June 29 – July 3, 2009? You decide! The SON Top 10 is back! Voting begins Friday’s at 4:00 PM, EST.

          SON ALERTS: WEEK OF JULY 13, 2009

          • Adam and Mary Jane join forces
          • Colleen comes back home and finds herself in close quarters
          • Nina’s son comes back home

          "The Young and the Restless" airs Weekdays on CBS. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings .

          Discussion: Y&R PreVUE: Week of July 6 Edition

          • The Young and the Restless
          • Y&R
          • CBS
          • John Driscoll
          • Jeanne Cooper
          • Thom Bierdz
          • Jess Walton
          • Spoilers