Wednesday, January 7, 2009 5:00 PM EST | By Angela Rosa

( — Final decisions. 


A heartbroken Pete ends his friendship with Colby. Amanda gives JR a dose of tough love. Bianca’s accusation sends Reese packing for Paris but the lovers soon end up back in each other’s arm. Aidan takes a few digs at Ryan before signing his and Greenlee’s divorce papers. Annie is convinced of what she needs to do after having a nightmare where Ryan is stabbed to death by Greenlee. An increasingly suspicious Dr. Sinclair puts Aidan in lock down after he sneaks back into Oak Haven. Reeling from another tense confrontation with Frankie, an upset Randi propositions the wrong man on Tuesday, January 13. Aidan explains his motives concerning Annie on Wednesday, January 14. Greenlee is wary of Annie’s claim of forgiveness. Amanda prays that she isn’t pregnant.

A Closer Look: Fallen
Krystal learns that taking an offense is not the best defense on Monday, January 12, when Tad gives her the boot in such a fashion that even Dr. Hayward is left stunned. Tad and David separately make moves to keep Krystal from Jenny. On Thursday, January 15, Adam, Tad and Opal all give damning testimony against Krystal who shows up in court high as a kite. Krystal accidentally sends her pills flying across the courtroom during an emotional outburst. Tad is granted full custody of Jenny. A sympathetic Tad tells Krystal she can visit Jenny whenever she wants but without David and without the pills. Angie and Jake take (illegal) action to uncover David’s law-bending.

The Inside Story: Desperate Measures
Josh heads to the casino determined to make Zach pay. Bianca and Josh have a close call. Zach grows desperate to get Kendall moved to the top of the heart transplant list after David informs him that his wife is going to die of heart failure in a matter of days. Back at the casino, a masked Josh stages an armed robbery. Zach finds himself staring down the barrel of Josh’s gun. Erica comes to a disturbing realization after hearing Reese’s description. Reese and Bianca grow suspicious of Erica. The three women soon find themselves facing an armed Josh who attempts to take Reese hostage. On Friday, January 16, a shot rings out as Zach and Josh face off at gunpoint.

All My Children News and Headlines

  • Pine Valley’s Ins and Outs
  • SON Top 10: Who was the best of the best on “AMC” during the week of January 5 – January 9, 2009? You decide! The SON Top 10 is back! Voting begins Friday’s at 4:00 PM, EST.


  • Monday: Erica faces a difficult decision. Amanda gets the news she’s been dreading. Angie and Jake get the goods on David.
  • Tuesday: The ABC Daytime line-up is pre-empted for President-elect Barack Obama’s Inauguration.
  • Wednesday: Kendall’s life is on the line. JR is at rock bottom. David turns the tables on Angie.
  • Thursday: JR’s discovers that Amanda’s pregnant. Angie becomes David’s latest victim. Tad accuses Krystal of letting David brainwash her.
  • Friday: Reese helps Zach face the truth about Kendall. Jake gives Amanda something to think about. Annie remembers killing Richie.

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

OLTL PreVUE: Week of January 12 Edition

Wednesday, January 7, 2009 5:00 PM EST | By Scotty Gore

( — January heats up in Llanview.


Marty returns to her self-destructive ways; Bo and Nora have their hands full with Matthew; Jessica uncovers a shocking secret; Renee is visited by an old friend; Cole ventures down a path of destruction; Todd vows to change his ways; Llanview High is smitten with Schuyler, and Shane is shocked by what he sees.

The Inside Story: Family Squabbles

Nora shares her discovery with Bo, who blasts Matthew for his actions. Matthew has tough questions for Nora and Bo. Meanwhile, Jessica returns to the scene of the crime in search of answers. Tess takes charge, while Jessica battles Bess. Later, Jessica learns a dirty little secret. Across town, Bo drags Matthew to the principal’s office to come clean, and later confides in Rex.

A Closer Look: She’s A Rebel

Janet asks her old friend Renee for assistance. Tea schedules a meeting with Schuyler to discuss his mother’s suicide. John gives Blair a dose of her own medicine when discussing Todd and Marty. Cole looks for Marty, finding her somewhere unexpected. Marty wants a change of scenery. Viki demands Todd pull himself up by his bootstraps. Starr and Schuyler begin to bond. Todd pours out his heart. Cole becomes a pill popper. Wes is none to pleased with his new boss. Todd makes a promise to Starr. John is upset at Marty’s new living arrangements. Roxy points out the obvious to Blair. Jessica and Brody recall thoughts in therapy. The Iraqi boy speaks to Brody for the first time. Wes assures Brody that he told the truth. Marty smarts off to Nora and runs away. Cole suffers from a bout of jealousy. Marty puckers up to one of the men in her life. Starr comes to a realization about Cole, but has her own problems to deal with. Wes has something he needs to get off his chest. Gigi has words of comfort for Brody.

What to Watch

  • Shane sees something he shouldn’t.
  • Rex and Shane have “the talk.”
  • Langston and Lola receive a letter from Ray.
  • Vanessa is suspicious of Tea.
  • Cristian confesses to Antonio.
  • Cristian and Vanessa become husband and wife in every sense of the word.
  • Madam Delphina comes to Dorian’s aid.
  • Dorian has her sights set on David.

SON ALERTS: WEEK OF January 19, 2009

  • Monday: Jessica’s three personalities start to become one; Marty sticks her claws in an old adversary; Brody’s world is shattered.

  • Tuesday: Pre-empted.

  • Wednesday: Todd pleads with Blair; Schuyler has secrets of his own; the Plain White T’s rock Ultra Violet.

  • Thursday: Jessica’s revelation stuns Natalie and Jared; Wes has a shoulder to cry on; John and Blair have a difference of opinion.

  • Friday: Janet is offered a deal; Dorian has an announcement to make; Matthew steals something from Cole.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009 11:06 AM ET | By Errol Lewis

( — In an update to a story Soap Opera Network first brought to you on Sunday, we have learned a little more about Shiva Rose’s appearance on “The Young and the Restless.”

Rose will be appearing as herself in the episode, not some made up character that the show created for inane reasons. She will be dealing primarily with Chloe (Elizabeth Hendrickson) and Billy (Billy Miller) in the episode. 

We have also learned that an old friend of Billy and Chloe’s comes to town and the two will freak out, thinking said friend might divulge their past together to Cane (Daniel Goddard) and Lily (Christel Khalil). It is unclear if this friend will be played by Shiva, who is playing herself (*wink* *wink*).

Rose’s “Y&R” appearance is scheduled for Wednesday, January 21. 

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

 Discussion: Update to Shiva Rose on ‘Y&R’

  • The Young and the Restless
  • Shiva Rose

    Monday, January 5, 2009 3:03 AM ET | By Errol Lewis

    ( — “She goes against the grain. With her, if I don’t feel like smiling, I don’t have to.”

    That’s “General Hospital’s” Natalia Livingston talking about her new character, Rebecca, to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution‘s Richard L. Eldredge in his Peach Buzz column.

    In the exclusive interview, the actress discusses her new role on “GH” and how different the character is from Emily Bowen-Quartermaine, a role she portrayed on the ABC soap from April 2003 through May 2008. Emily was killed off in November 2007, and resurrected as a ghost, or a tumor, until Livingston’s departure.

    “Her name is Rebecca and she works at the hospital,” Livingston admitted. “She’s going to come in and shake things up. It’ll be interesting to see how the characters react to her.”

    Livingston made it clear that unlike Emily, “Rebecca doesn’t feel the need to be nice to everyone.”

    For the full interview head on over to the Peach Buzz.

    Look for Natalia Livingston to mark her “GH” return on Thursday, January 15 as the soap gears up for its upcoming “Twist in Time” story arc.

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

    Discussion: Livingston: New Character, New Emotions

    • General Hospital
    • Natalia Livingston

      Monday, January 5 2009 2:31 AM ET | By Errol Lewis

      ( — On January 5, 1970, a little town in Pennsylvania rose from beneath Earth’s soil and came to be known as Pine Valley. This town has been home to the greatest dame in daytime and the most qualified doctor in his field. Here’s a warm welcome to 39 years later for actors Susan Lucci (Erica Kane) and Ray Macdonnell (Dr. Joe Martin).

      After celebrating 10,000 episodes in November 2008, ABC’s “All My Children” is now turning the ripe old age of 39 today. The soap has aired on the ABC Television Network since its first broadcast and also airs at night on ABC/Disney’s SOAPnet. The cable network has aired every “AMC” broadcast since the network launched on January 20, 2000. Lucci and Macdonnell are the shows only remaining original cast members.

      “All My Children” was created by Agnes Nixon, who also created ABC’s “One Life to Live.” Nixon appeared on both soap operas in 2008 as a relative ghost in honor of key milestones for each (10,000 shows for “AMC” and 40 years on the air for “OLTL”).

      In recent weeks, it was announced that Lucci, Macdonnell and Michael E. Knight (Tad Martin) had been asked to renew their contracts with the soap, but at reduced salaries. It is understood that they all accepted, and now receive approximately 40% less per year than they were receiving previously. This is inline with the 40% production budget cut that timeslot competitor “Days of our Lives” was forced into in November. “All My Children,” along with most soap operas, is facing record low viewership and possible cancellation due to advertisers pulling ad dollars from the genre.

      With budget cuts and cast trimming hitting the soap across the board (Colin Egglesfield Fired), rumors are flying that Julie Hanan Carruthers is on her way out as Executive Producer. If proven true, “Passions” and “General Hospital: Night Shift” Executive Producer, Lisa de Cazotte is said to be in the running. TV Guide Canada‘s Nelson Branco recently reported that de Cazotte has joined the soaps production team.

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

       Discussion: ‘All My Children’ Left Fighting After 39 Years

      • All My Children
      • Michael E. Knight
      • Susan Lucci
      • Ray McDonald
      • Days of our Lives

        Sunday, January 4, 2009 9:47 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

        ( — With 43-years of history and more supercouples currently on air than any other daytime soap opera, “Days of our Lives” is ready to join an elite club with show 11,000.

        On Wednesday, January 21, a day after President-elect Barack Obama is inaugurated as our nations 43rd President, the little soap that could, “Days of our Lives” will air its 11,000th telecast on NBC. It joins fellow daytime soaps “As The World Turns,” “General Hospital” and “Guiding Light,” as the only programs in television history to broadcast as many episodes.

        Marking the occasion will be the attempted murder of John Black (Drake Hogestyn) and Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall) by Dr. Charlotte Taylor (Sandra Ferguson Robinson). Also celebrating, Dr. Daniel Jonas (Shawn Christian) and Chloe Lane Black (Nadia Bjorlin) discuss their feelings, and Bo (Peter Reckell) and Hope Brady (Kristian Alfonso) celebrate a very Brady life together. However, don’t look for much of a real celebration honoring the shows pinncale moment. It’s business as usual for these Salemites.

        Debuting November 8, 1965 on NBC, “Days of our Lives” was a soap like no other. It took place in Salem, USA. There were no witches or warlocks, nor was a woman possessed by the devil (yet). You had your simple families like the Brady’s, the Horton’s, the Williams’ and the Carver’s. Years later you would have many families come and go, including the Robert’s clan headed by Kate Roberts. Unlike Kate, however, Alice Horton remains the quintessential rock that this soap needs to hold everything together. That rock, played by Francis Reid, has been with the show since its debut and is the only surviving original cast member still there.

        “Days of our Lives” airs Weekdays on NBC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.

         Discussion: NBC Daytime Embraces 11,000 ‘DAYS’

        • Days of our Lives
        • Francis Reid
        • Barack Obama

          Sunday, January 4, 2009 4:51 AM ET | By Errol Lewis

          ( — The people have voted and they want to see “As The World Turns” in Primetime.

          During the Wednesday, January 7 broadcast of “The 35th Annual People’s Choice Awards,” make sure to look out for “As The World Turns” during those long commercial breaks. Soap Opera Network has learned that Promotional spots starring actress Terri Colombino (Katie Peretti) will begin airing. This marks a turning point for the drama series, as CBS and many other broadcast networks have refused to air advertisements during primetime hours for  their daytime lineups in recent years. Daytime, however, is flooded with promotions for primetime programming.

          “The 35th Annual People’s Choice Awards” honors everything from TV, Movies and Music. The telecast will be hosted by singer/actress Queen Latifah. The ceremony airs Live at 9/8c on CBS from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, CA. Winners were chosen by viewers all across America via

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

           Discussion: The ‘People’ Love ‘As The World Turns’

          • As The World Turns
          • Terri Colombino
          • Queen Latifah
          • The 35th Annual People’s Choice Awards

            Sunday, January 4, 2009 4:12 AM ET | By Errol Lewis

            ( — Actress Shiva Rose is set to guest-star on “The Young and the Restless” later this month.

            According to sources, the actress and mother of two, is set to appear on the January 21 episode of the CBS drama series during a special get-together that will bring out most of Genoa City’s elite. While it is unclear as to what role she will play in the episode, it is understood that she will mainly interact with actors Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe Mitchell), Daniel Goddard (Cane Ashby), Billy Miller (Billy Abbott) and Christel Khalil (Lily Winters). 

            Rose has appeared in such series as Lifetime’s “The Division” and the ABC Drama’s “Gideon’s Crossing” and “The Practice.” On Friday, January 2, Rose’s divorce from “Practice” actor Dylan McDermott (Bobby Donnell) was finalized. The two were married for nearly thirteen years and have two daughters.

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

             Discussion: Being ‘Restless’ Takes ‘Practice’

            • Billy Miller
            • The Young and the Restless
            • Elizabeth Hendrickson
            • Shiva Rose
            • Daniel Goddard
            • Christel Khalil
            • Dylan McDermott
            • The Division
            • Gideon’s Crossing
            • The Practice

              Saturday, January 3, 2009 8:06 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

              ( — She played her cards and brought in the crowds. She is no fool, but she has your attention. Will 2009 bring about the return of one Vanessa Marcil? “General Hospital” better hope so.

              Vanessa Marcil (ex-Brenda Barrett), in a recent interview with Soap Opera Weekly magazine’s Gabby Winkel, has made it clear that 2009 could be the year that she finally returns to the ABC soap after a six-year absence. Vanessa left the soap after a six-month stint in 2003.

              “We were trying to fit it in this past year, but it didn’t work out, so maybe in ’09 we’ll find a way,” says Marcil. “It’s definitely in the cards at some point.”

              Marcil’s brief return to the ABC soap in 2002 marked the series’ best ratings performance in nearly a decade. During a single week in the all important February Sweeps period in 2003, “GH” had 4.1 million households and 5.3 million total viewers tuned into the trials and tribulations of Brenda and her series of men (Sonny Corinthos and Jasper “Jax” Jacks). Today, “GH” has lost about 86% of that audience as it hovers around a 2.2 household rating and just under 3 million total viewers. As you can see, the actresses possible return to the soap couldn’t come fast enough.

              Vanessa joined the cast of “General Hospital” as the conniving Brenda Barrett, whose mission was to tear apart Jagger Cates (Antonio Sabato Jr.) and Karen Wexler (then played by Cari Shayne), in 1992. In 1998, she opted to leave the cast of the series and join FOX’s “Beverly Hills, 90210″ as Gina Kincaid. She returned to “GH” in 2002, but moved onto NBC’s “Las Vegas,” which also starred Josh Duhamel (ex-Leo, “All My Children”) and James Caan in 2003. The series was cancelled in early 2008 during the infamous Writer’s Guild of America strike.

              Marcil currently stars in the Hallmark Channel Original Movie “The Nanny Express,” which airs Saturday, January 3 at 9/8c on Hallmark Channel.

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

               Discussion: Oh Vanessa, Vanessa, the ‘GH’ Jesta!

              • General Hospital
              • Vanessa Marcil
              • Antonio Sabato Jr.
              • Cari Shayne
              • James Caan
              • Josh Duhamel
              • The Nanny Express

                Friday, January 2, 2009 5:10 AM EST / Revised 2:13 PM | By Errol Lewis and Angela Rosa

                ( — What would a year end chart be without a look back at who hogged the most airtime in all of 2008?

                As the year 2008 came to a close, so did a years worth of tracking appearances of contract and recurring actors on daytime’s remaining eight soap operas. “General Hospital’s” Steve Burton (Jason Morgan) and “The Bold and the Beautiful’s” Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke Logan Forrester) top the list of appearances in 2008 as the duo appeared in 224 and 222 out of the 253 episodes of soap opera produced last year.

                ABC: As daytime’s most overexposed network, for the second year running, the network of “All My Children,” “General Hospital,” and “One Life to Live” held down 16.5 positions in the Top 20 Airhogs list. Yes, 16.5! (Two actresses played one of our top airhogs, don’t you know). “GH” and its star Steve Burton (Jason Morgan) led the wave as the soap had eight airhogs in the 2008 Top 20. “AMC” was a close second with 7.5 airhogs. In total, ABC clogged up the airwaves with 23.5 actors in the Top 30.

                CBS: The network with the most balance, CBS was led by “The Bold and the Beautiful” goddess Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke Logan Forrester) and “The Young and the Restless'” Eric Braeden, who ranked #14 on the list as Victor Newman appeared in 177 episodes of the drama series. Unfortunately, no “As The World Turns” or “Guiding Light” actor appeared in the Top 30, which excludes them from ranking. However, congratulations goes out to the two for having balance within their cast despite budget constraints effecting daytime as a whole. Had they ranked, they would have been led by Maura West (Carly Snyder, “ATWT”) and Marcy Rylan (Lizzie Spaulding, “GL”), who appeared in 147 and 145 out of 253 episodes, respectively.

                NBC: With only one soap left remaining on its schedule, NBC left the “Days of our Lives” cast fighting for airtime on this once flourishing daytime network. James Scott managed to top the “DAYS” list ranking at #23 thanks to dueling characters E.J Wells and Santo DiMera.

                Note: Due to a leave of absence in ’08, last years top Airhog, “All My Children’s “Alicia Minshew” (Kendall Hart), fell to #4 in the ranking (tied with “GH’s” Maurice Benard). In 2007, the actress appeared in 233 out of 256 episodes. Steve Burton remained a top draw at “GH,” as he appeared in the same amount of episodes year-over-year, and Laura Wright (Carly Corinthos Jacks) fell dramatically from #3 to #12. Thorsten Kaye also fell a few notches from fourth in ’07 (tied with “B&B’s Katherine Kelly Lang) to seventh in ’08.  Meanwhile, “AMC’s” Cameron Mathison went from #6 in ’07 to #8 in ’08 (tied with “GH’s” Brandon Barash) – he appeared in 16 less episodes this year.  “One Life to Live’s” Michael Easton had the biggest plunge as he fell from a #10 ranking in ’07 to #27 in ’08 (tied with “AMC’s” Darnell Williams). The actor appeared in 161 episodes in 2008 vs 203 in 2007. As two actresses played her in 2008, the character of Greenlee Smythe on “All My Children” takes the combined totals of actresses Rebecca Budig and Sabine Singh.

                In honor of the Soap Opera Network return of the SON Top 10, we present to you daytime’s top scene stealers (literally), who earned their paychecks (and then some) during a most dramatic year.

                The 2008 Daytime Airhog Awards

                Rank Actor (Character)
                Total Episodes Appeared
                 1. Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke Logan) The Bold and the Beautiful
                 2. Steve Burton (Jason Morgan) General Hospital 222
                 3. (Greenlee Smythe) Rebecca Budig and Sabine Singh All My Children (ABC) 220
                (Rebecca Budig, 211 / Sabine Singh, 9)
                 4. Maurice Benard (Sonny Corinthos) General Hospital (ABC) 203
                  Alicia Minshew (Kendall Hart) All My Children (ABC) 203
                 6. Julie Marie Berman (Lulu Spencer) General Hospital (ABC) 200
                 7. Thorsten Kaye (Zach Slater) All My Children (ABC)  197
                 8. Brandon Barash (Johnny Zacchara) General Hospital (ABC) 194
                 9. Cameron Mathison (Ryan Lavery) All My Children (ABC) 193


                Bradford Anderson (Damian Spinelli) General Hospital (ABC) 190
                 11. Melissa Claire Egan (Annie Lavery) All My Children (ABC)


                  Laura Wright (Carly Corinthos Jacks) General Hospital (ABC) 189
                 13. Sarah Joy Brown (Claudia Zacchara) General Hospital (ABC) 183
                14. Eric Braeden (Victor Newman) The Young and the Restless (CBS) 177
                 15.  Ronn Moss (Ridge Forrester) The Bold and the Beautiful (CBS)  176
                16. Joshua Morrow (Nicholas Newman) The Young and the Restless (CBS) 175
                17. Kirsten Storms (Maxie Jones) General Hospital (ABC) 173
                  Megan Ward (Kate Howard) General Hospital (ABC) 173
                19. Trevor St. John (Todd Manning) One Life to Live (ABC) 171
                  Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki Newman) The Young and the Restless (CBS)  171
                 21.  Aiden Turner (Aidan Devane) All My Children (ABC)  170
                22. Jennifer Gareis (Donna Logan Forrester) The Bold and the Beautiful (CBS) 167
                23. James Scott (E.J. Wells/Santo DiMera) Days of our Lives (NBC)  166
                24. Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth Webber) General Hospital (ABC) 165
                25. Tyler Christopher (Nikolas Cassadine) General Hospital (ABC) 164
                26. John Brotherton (Jared Banks/Clint Buchanan) One Life to Live (ABC) 162
                  Debbie Morgan (Angela Hubbard) All My Children (ABC) 162
                 27. Michael Easton (John McBain) One Life to Live (ABC)  161
                29. Darnell Williams (Jesse Hubbard) All My Children (ABC) 161
                30. Peter Bergman (Jack Abbott) The Young and the Restless (CBS)   160

                Our thanks goes out to those contributors who helped compile this list throughout 2008. Without you, we wouldn’t be able to pinpoint the hoggers from a pinto. Thank you, jcar03, jhc2010, y&r_fan, JAS0N47, dmarex, Scotty, Toups and Angela.

                Until next year…

                 Discussion: The 2008 Daytime Airhog Awards

                • The Bold and the Beautiful
                • All My Children
                • One Life to Live
                • The Young and the Restless
                • Days of our Lives
                • General Hospital
                • As The World Turns
                • Guiding Light