‘AMC’ Actress Out?

Monday, May 11, 2009 1:28 PM EST | By Angela Rosa

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Is Janet’s little girl hitting the road?

Long-running soap opera publication, Soap Opera Digest recently backed up the claims that the popular website Daytime Confidential first reported over a month ago: Chrishell Stause will most likely leave the cast of “All My Children” when her contract expires this summer. This is despite the news that the stunning 27-year old actress, who started in the role of the adult version of Amanda Dillon in May 2005, recently extended her contract. The extension to the contract is reportedly a short one.

Questioned about claims of her impending departure, Stause recently told her Twitter followers “I really wish I could address all the contract rumors. I will have an answer very soon!! As soon as I get clearance I will tell you first.” Although it’s not written in stone, typically when actors are put under some form of a gag order it coincides with an impending departure that the network doesn’t want revealed quite yet.

There’s no word out on whether or not the role of Amanda Dillon, a character who is currently in a hot romance with Dr. Jake Martin (Ricky Paull Goldin) and carrying Dr. David Hayward’s (Vincent Irizarry) child, will be left vacant or recast in the event of Stause’s departure. Soap Opera Network will keep you updated on the latest developments.

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

  • All My Children
  • Chrishell STuase

    Monday, May 11, 2009 11:30 AM ET | By Errol Lewis

    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Well that was fast! Just days after it was announced that Rick Hearst would be leaving ABC’s “General Hospital”, TVGuide.com is reporting that the actor has signed on the dotted line with CBS’ “The Bold and the Beautiful” to reprise his organic character Whipple ‘Whip’ Jones III.

    Last seen in August 2002, Whip left town after divorcing Brooke Logan Forrester (Katherine Kelly Lang) once their charade of a marriage began to unfold. He is back from working abroad for Forrester International. It is understood that Stephanie Forrester (Susan Flannery) sends for Mr. Jones as she feels he is the best person to handle a PR Campaign for Jackie M. Knowing Whip, he isn’t back in Los Angeles just to get work done.

    Hearst’s first airdate on “B&B” is scheduled for Friday, July 17. His final appearance on “GH” as Ric Lansing is set to air in June, but ABC yet to confirm a last airdate.

    In addition to his extensive work in daytime, Rick has appeared in a number of primetime series including The WB’s “Charmed”, FOX’s “Beverly Hills, 90210″ and USA Network’s “Pacific Blue”. In 2005, he joined an all-star soap opera cast in the Corbin Bernsen film “Carpool Guy”. The film told the story of a guy named Joel (Hearst), who finds himself stuck in life – not in traffic. He is aided by a homeless man (played by Anthony Geary, Luke Spencer “General Hospital”) that sets him on the right path. The film also starred Patrika Darbo (ex-Nancy Wesley, “Days of our Lives”), Sharon Case (Sharon Newman Abbott, “The Young and the Restless”), Sean Kanan (ex-Deacon Sharpe, “The Bold and the Beautiful”), Lesli Kay (Felicia Forrester, “The Bold and the Beautiful”) and Kristoff St. John (Neil Winters, ”The Young and the Restless”).

    “The Bold and the Beautiful” airs Weekdays on CBS. Anytime on CBS.com. Check local listings.

    Discussion:  Hearst Ready to Whip ‘B&B’ Back into Shape

    • The Bold and the Beautiful
    • The Young and the Restless
    • Days of our Lives
    • General Hospital
    • Katherine Kelly Lang
    • Rick Hearst
    • Susan Flannery
    • Corbin Bernsen
    • Anthony Geary
    • Patrika Darbo
    • Sharon Case
    • Sean Kanan
    • Lesli Kay
    • Kristoff St. John
    • Charmed
    • Beverly Hills
    • 90210
    • Pacific Blue
    • Carpool Guy

      Sunday, May 10, 2009 11:58 PM ET | By Venus Stone

      alt (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Torn in two…


      While trying to fix Jade and Hunter up, Alison finds herself bonding with the young man, Monday, May 11. Carly finds herself hitting the bottle again and on Friday, May 15, Janet discovers exactly what Craig has been up to.

      The Inside Story: Baby Woes

      Still upset at learning that Henry is the true father of Vienna’s baby, Katie finds it hard to cope. Vienna, realizing that they have hurt their best friends, still wants to give Brad and Katie the baby to have as their own. Unfortunately Henry begins to have a change of heart and decides he doesn’t want to give the baby to them after all. Later that day Brad bumps into Vienna as she is shopping and goes off on her about the fact that Katie is at home depressed. Vienna quickly heads over to her house to comfort her. As the two estranged friends are talking, Vienna asks Katie if she would like to touch her stomach to see if she can feel the baby move. As Katie is doing so, she asks Vienna to reconsider her decision and still let her and Brad have the baby. Unwittingly without really thinking it through Vienna gives the okay to her request. When Henry learns of what Vienna has done, he points out that he doesn’t want to give their baby to someone only to have another baby. pointing out that the siblings wouldn’t be raised together. Brad, at the same time tells Katie that he doesn’t want them to have Vienna and Henry’s baby and later heads over to let the couple know. Upset once again about letting their friends down, Vienna and Henry try to come up with another solution.

      A Closer Look: A Daughter’s Betrayal
      When Dusty has a hard time dealing with a stubborn Johnny, he wonders if something could be wrong with him and takes him to the hospital. Lucy appears to check on him but Dusty initially refuses her to see him but relents when he sees that Johnny is responsive to her. That same day, Craig is given a court order that gives him custody of Johnny but when he arrives with Carly at Dusty’s he’s told that Dusty took the little boy to the hospital. Craig calls Dusty demanding that he brings Johnny to him and smugly toasts his victory. Carly, not pleased with Craig’s attitude admits that she feels bad that Johnny is being torn between two people who love him. Meanwhile, Dusty shows up at the Lakeview, minus Johnny, in hopes of talking to Craig about having a place in Johnny’s life. Craig quickly denies him but Carly, seeing how hurt Dusty is, talks Craig into giving Dusty a chance. Carly later arranges a lunch with Craig and invites Lucy as well. When Craig shows up he is upset that Lucy is there. He makes it clear that Lucy took precious time away from him by keeping Johnny and that he will never forget what she’s done. Hurt by his words, Lucy departs and Carly immediately lays into Craig for his behavior letting him know that he can forget being with her if he can’t move forward and forgive his daughter. When they head over to find Lucy at the hotel they find Dusty there instead and he lets them know that Lucy is already gone.

      What To Watch

      • Meg pops the question to Paul
      • Parker rebellious streak goes one step further

      As the World Turns News and Headlines

      • Word is that Daniel Hugh Kelley is on his way back to Oakdale as ‘Noah’s’ father, ‘Col. Winston Mayer’ some time in June.
      • Cady McClain comes back as ‘Rosanna Cabot’, Wednesday, May 20
      • Marnie Schulenburg, who plays ‘Alison’ will appear in a production of the Flux Theater Ensemble’s Pretty Theft. The show ran from April 23 and will continue till May 17 at the Access Theater’s Gallery, located at 390 Broadway. For ticket information, please call 866-4111
      • Ellen Dolan, who plays ‘Margo Hughes’ is appearing in a production of Sophistry, which started April 22 and ends its run June 6 at the Samuel Becket Theater on Theater Row, located at 410 W. 42nd. For ticket information, please contact [email protected]
      • ‘As the World Turns’ fans have an opportunity to bring out their charitable side in them by joining Kelley Menighan Hensley, Jon Hensley, Michael Park and Martha Byrne at the Inaugural Angels for Hope Gala Friday. May 29. The event begins from 7 PM to 11 PM at the Estate at Florentine Gardens, located at 97 Rivervale Road in River Vale, NJ. Angels of Hope is the first major fundraiser event that is held on behalf of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Bergen County. Those in attendence will have the opportunity to enjoy a night of fine dining, cocktails, music and dancing along with a silent auction. Tickets are $200.00 each with limited seating. Please visit Angels for Hope or call (212) 239-3239 to reserve.
      • SON Top 10: Who was the best of the best on “ATWT” during the week of May 4 – 8, 2009? You decide! The SON Top 10 is back! Voting begins Friday’s at 4:00 PM, EST.

      SON ALERTS: WEEK OF MAY 18, 2009

      • Paul finds himself face-to-face with a familiar face
      • Meg gets some comfort from Damian
      • Jack uproots the kids from Milltown

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        Discussion: ATWT PreVUE: Week of May 11 Edition

      Sunday, May 10, 2009 11:35 PM EST | By Venus Stone

      (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “Young and the Restless” viewers will continue to see a lot more of Michael Graziadei’s “Daniel Romalotti’ now that he’s renewed his contract on the daytime soap opera.

      Although there is no word yet as to how long Graziadei’s new contract will be, the renewal itself seemed to have come right on time as a new storyline for his character Daniel begins the week of May 11th, where ‘Daniel’ is asked to go undercover for the FBI.

      Graziadei, who joined the cast of “Y&R” in 2004 and nominated for two Daytime Emmy awards and one ‘Soap Opera Digest Award, has had time to work on guest star appearances in such shows as “Castle”, “Criminal Minds” which gave him the chance to work with former “Y&R” star, Shemar Moore, and “90210″. Graziadei also has several film roles under his belt, which includes: “Into the Blue 2: The Reef”, and “The Outsider”, which is in post production.

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

      Discussion: Graziadei Continues His Time on ‘Restless’

      Sunday, May 10, 2009 11:00 PM ET | By Venus Stone

      (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Wedding rings on the brain…


      Nick learns that Sharon is moving back in the Abbott mansion. Murphy comes through for Amber and Kevin after bonding with the Governnor, Monday, May 11. Adam hasn’t shed his scheming side when he once again starts plotting on Tuesday, May 12.

      The Inside Story: Finally to the Alter
      Lily and Cane are busying themselves with wedding preparations when Katherine pays Cane a visit. She offers Cane a very elaborate gift, however, Cane feels uneasy with accepting it and makes the suggestion that she instead offers up a donation for homeless children instead. After she as departed, Cane and Lily go off by themselves to talk to one another about their woes in their past relationships. Lily, however points out to Cane that unlike Daniel or Billy, he’s an honest, stand-up guy that will always truly love her. As the wedding draws near, Neil presents Lily with Drucilla’s wedding gown to wear. Lily is instantly touched and agrees to wear it. Moments later, Lily and Cane exchange wedding vows and prepare to finally have a happy life together.

      A Closer Look: Another Suprising Proposal

      Paul, wanting to move his relationship with Nikki to the next level, decides to pop the question. Nikki however is floored by the proposal and instantly begin to have doubts as to whether it is the right decision for their relationship and requests that Paul give her some time to think things through. When she leaves she goes to see Katherine to discuss what just happened. Katherine gives Nikki heart-felt words letting her know that she does deserve to be happy, and Paul does that for her. Realizing that Kay’s words are true, she goes back to Paul and lets him know that she accepts his marriage proposal. Later on, Nikki announces to her loved ones that Paul and she are engaged. Victor, who has heard the news, offers his congratulations to Nikki, but later goes to Victoria and lets her know that he feels his ex is making a rash decision.

      What To Watch

      • Jill’s plotting with Jeffrey and Gloria could cost her dearly
      • Rafe has a surprise for Adam
      • Victor finds a recorded tape

      The Young and the Restless News and Headlines

      • James Handy will come on the show, Monday, May 11 as the ‘Governor’, who gives Amber and Kevin hope
      • David A. Kimball appears as ‘Dr. Lurie’ Monday, May 11 as Adam’s eye doctor
      • Eamonn Roche will come on as ‘Howard Aucker’, Monday, May 11 and Tuesday, May 12 and will interact with Daniel Romalotti
      • Tricia Cast will return as ‘Nina Webber’ on Tuesday, May 12 and Friday, May 15 with a big offer for Katherine
      • Tatyana Ali will reprise her role as ‘Roxanne’, Devon’s girlfriend, who will help celebrate Lily and Cane’s wedding on Friday, May 15
      • David Wells will appear as the ‘Minister’ who will wed Lily and Cane
      • As previously mentioned on SON, Tom Casiello has joined the writing team of Y&R. His first scenes began airing April 20 and April 28 and will continue on May 12 and May 19.
      • Nia Peeples returns on Thursday, May 14 as ‘Karen Winters’ to settle things with Neil
      • SON Top 10: Who was the best of the best on “Y&R” during the week of May 4 -8, 2009? You decide! The SON Top 10 is back! Voting begins Friday’s at 4:00 PM, EST.

      SON ALERTS: WEEK OF MAY 18, 2009

      • Jana begins to question Daniel’s behavior
      • Ashley’s increasingly strange behavior send warning signs for Olivia and Victor
      • Jill could get herself an unlikely ally.

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

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        Discussion: Y&R PreVUE: Week of May 11 Edition

      Sunday, May 10, 2009 10:32 PM EST | By Venus Stone

      (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Congratulations are in order for the four final couples that have been selected for the final phase of ‘The Young and the Restless’ A Wedding of a Lifetime contest.

      Starting now until May 31st at 12:00 PT, viewers can go to Wedding of a Lifetime to watch the four finalist video repsonses sharing their most romantic moment together. After viewing, fans will have the opportunity to vote once per day on their favorite couple and made the determination as to who should win the wedding of a lifetime at MGM Grand.

      The winning couple will then be notified on May 31st and then on June 1st, the announcement of the winner will be shared live on the “Young and the Restless wedding website. The winning couple will have their wedding witnessed by “Y&R”s Christian Jules LeBlanc (“Michael Baldwin”) and Tracey E. Bregman (“Lauren Fenmore Baldwin”), with Grand Prize packaging provided by the Las Vegas Conventions and Visitors Authority and MGM Grand Las Vegas.

      Congratulations goes out to the following semi-finalists:

      • Gina R. and Matt M. from St. Petersburg, FL
      • Julie R. and Brian S. from Billerica, MA
      • Charlene L. and Willie W. from Bronx, NY
      • Cortnie G. and Chris V. from Corona, NY

      The Grand Prize winners will receive the following:

      Travel and Accommodations for Four

      • Roundtrip coach airfare to Las Vegas, hotel accommodations in the luxurious and romantic suites of The Signature at MGM Grand, transportation to/from the Las Vegas airport in MGM Grand limousines and $1,000.00 spending money.

      A Wedding Ceremony, Vow Renewal or Commitment Ceremony and Celebration that includes

      • A unique and romantic ceremony poolside at The Signature at MGM Grand.
      • Exquisite floral arrangements from the Forever Grand Wedding chapel at MGM Grand.
      • Ceremony music performed by the musicians of Cirque du Soleil’s “O” at Bellagio- a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
      • Photography package.
      • Dinner for six at Joël Robuchon, the only Michelin three star, Mobil Five-Star, AAA Five Diamond restaurant- the top accolades for each organization.
      • A beautiful and delicious hand-made wedding cake from MGM Grand’s award-winning pastry team.
      • Wedding attire including a wedding dress, bridesmaid dress and two tuxedo rentals.
      • Wedding bands for the couple.

      Pampering and Extras

      • Couple’s Dreaming Ritual signature spa treatment in an MGM Grand private spa suite.
      • Custom hair and make-up from Christophe Salon at MGM Grand- For more than 20 years, Christophe has tended to the tresses of rock and celebrity royalty from Beverly Hills to New York City.
      • VIP tickets for four to Cirque du Soleil’s “O” at Bellagio- an aquatic tapestry of artistry, surrealism and theatrical romance in a timeless production.

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

      Discussion: ‘Y&R Wedding of Lifetime Moves to Finals

      Saturday, May 9, 2009 11:41 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

      (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — After portraying the role of Ric Lansing on ABC’s “General Hospital” since November 2002, actor Rick Hearst is ready to say goodbye to the role that awarded him two Daytime Emmy Awards and the soap that brought him full circle.

      In April, Soap Opera Network reported that Rick had been dropped to recurring status along with co-star Megan Ward (Kate Howard). Now a month later, Hearst has decided to move on from the daytime drama series and seek new endeavors.

      While it is unclear at this time why the actor opted to leave the show, the network has confirmed that his character will leave with a bang.

      “We’re saddened for ‘GH’ fans but personally thrilled for Rick. We wish him nothing but success. Rest assured that the character of Ric Lansing will have an exit you won’t want to miss,” ABC said in a statement released via SOAPnet.com.

      Prior to his work on “GH”, Hearst starred in a number of daytime drama’s including NBC’s “Days of our Lives”, “CBS’ “The Bold and the Beautiful”, “Guiding Light” and “The Young and the Restless” He won his first Daytime Emmy Award in 1991 for his role on “GL” portraying Alan-Michael Spaulding.

      His last airdate is set for June.

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

      Discussion:  Rick Hearst Bids ‘GH’ Adieu

      • The Bold and the Beautiful
      • The Young and the Restless
      • Days of our Lives
      • General Hospital
      • Rick Hearst
      • Guiding Light
      • Megan Ward

        Happy Mother’s Day from SON

        Sunday, May 10, 2009 12:00 AM ET| By Soap Opera Network

        (SoapOperaNetwork.com) – Happy Mother’s Day to one and all.

        On behalf on the staff and management of Soap Opera Network, we hope that mothers everywhere will enjoy their special day of pampering, praise, and love.  Celebrate the day with friends and loved ones, and bless you for the sacrifices you have made and for the tough love you have given your children over the years. 

        Thank you for giving us safety, encouragment, comfort, and love in all that you do.  May you have a safe and wonderful Mother’s Day, and the understanding that your job is deeply appreciated and respected.  Happy Mother’s Day!

        Saturday, May 9, 2009 11:04 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

        (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — CBS weighs its options on a possible replacement for “Guiding Light.”   

        Since canceling daytime’s longest running drama series early last month, the Eye Network has explored several options in the search for a potential replacement.  Expanding “The Early Show,” creating a new talk show, and giving the time slot back to the local affiliates, have been among the ideas discussed by network executives.  Even a revival of the popular ’80s game show “Pyramid” has been mentioned as a possibility. 

        However, despite the recent chatter concerning the classic game show once hosted by America’s oldest teenager Dick Clark, it now appears that plans for an updated “Pyramid” incarnation have fallen by the wayside.  Instead, the network could now be looking at creating a game show “power hour” consisting of new versions of two other legendary game shows, “Let’s Make a Deal” and “The Dating Game.” 

        According to Variety, CBS will film a pilot for “Let’s Make a Deal” later this month for viewing by the network brass.  If things go well, the search for a host will get underway and another pilot will be shot.  Original “Deal” emcee Monty Hall is said to have been consulting in the process by meeting with potential hosts, which is reported to include some big names.

        “Let’s Make a Deal” debuted in 1963, and featured audience members dressed in costumes, vying for the chance to play games and win prizes.  After alternating between ABC and CBS, the original version ran off and on before coming to an end in 1991.  Updated versions ran on NBC Daytime from 1990-1991 (hosted by Hall), and Primetime in the summer of 2003 hosted by Billy Bush, “Access Hollywood” new correspondant and nephew and cousin of former U.S. Presidents George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush, respectively.

        As for “The Dating Game,” plans are still in the inital stages and nothing has been confirmed thus far.  Featuring a bachelor or bachelorette asking questions to three members of the opposite sex without seeing their faces, the Chuck Barris created game show premiered on ABC in 1965 and ran until 1980.  Subsequent syndicated versions aired between 1986 and 1999.  Hosts have included Jim Lange, Elaine Joyce, Jeff McGregor, Brad Sherwood, and Chuck Woolery.   “The Dating Game” was rumored initally to have been paired with counterpart “The Newlywed Game,” when GSN (formerly Game Show Network) announced plans to remake the classic game first hosted by Bob Eubanks.  However, those plans soon fell through, and the latest version of  “The Newlywed Game”  debuted on GSN on April 6th of this year.

        “Guiding Light” was canceled by CBS on April 1st, and is expected to end its iconic 72-year run on September 18th. Created by Irna Phillips in 1937, the soap has earned a spot in the record books as the longest running daytime serial in the history of the genre.  

        SON will continue to follow this story as it develops.

        “Guiding Light” airs weekdays on CBS.  Anytime on CBS.com.  Check local listings.

        Discussion: CBS Looks to the Past to Replace ‘Light’

        Daytime Divas to Rock CMA Music Fest

        Saturday, May 9, 2009 9:35 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

        (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — The ‘Divas of Daytime TV’ are set to perform and chat with fans at this summer’s CMA Music Fest in Nashville. 

        “One Life to Live’s” Kathy Brier (Marcie McBain) and Kassie DePaiva (Blair Cramer), and “All My Children’s” Bobbie Eakes (Krystal Carey), the ‘Divas of Daytime TV,’ will be appearing at this year’s Country Music Association Music Fest on Saturday, June 13th.

        The event includes a Breakfast Meet and Greet from 8:00 until 11:00 am ct (9:00 through noon et), at BB King’s on 152 Second Street North in Nashville.  Tickets are $65 a person, and requires an additional $4.99 if paying with Paypal.  Checks and money orders can be mailed to Tonya Wiesen (Attn: Divas Breakfast), P.O. Box 346, Foxsworth, Mississippi 39483.  You can also register to attend online by clicking here.  Included is a full concert by the ‘Divas,’ a continental breakfast, and a special meet and greet session.  Call (615)-256-2727 for more information.

        Also on the agenda is a mini-concert at the Acoustic Center inside the Nashville Convention Center later that afternoon from 1:15-1:45 pm ct.  It will be followed by a autograph sessions with Brier, DePaiva, and Eakes in booth 229.  Times will be announced at a later date.  Contact Tonya Wiesen by phone at (601)-818-2531, or click here to e-mail for additional details.

        To learn more about the ‘Divas of Daytime TV,’ and for information on other upcoming appearances, visit the trio’s official website.

        “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” air weekdays on ABC.  Weeknights on SOAPnet.  Check local listings.

        Discussion: Daytime Divas to Rock CMA Music Fest