‘Rock the Soap Cruise’

Thursday, August 21, 2008 10:27 AM ET | By Errol Lewis

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — What does Bradford, Ricky, Kassie, Jason, Kimberly, Bryan, Van, Rebecca and Bob all have in common?

Well, if you saw the image at the right-hand side of this article, you’ve probably guessed…they are all part of the newest soap cruise, which allows fans the opportunity to get closer to their favorite daytime stars than ever before.

For four days and three wonderful nights, fans will get the chance to spend time with their favorite stars from all of daytime television including Bradford Anderson (Spinelli, “General Hospital”), Brandon Barash (Johnny, “General Hospital”), Kathy Brier (Marcie, “One Life to Live”), Rebecca Budig (Greenlee, “All My Children”), Bryan Dattilo (Lucas, “Days of our Lives”), Kassie DePaiva (Blair, “One Life to Live”), Bobbie Eakes (Krystal, “All My Children”), Ricky Paull Goldin (Jake, “All My Children”), Van Hansis (Luke, “As The World Turns”), Susan Haskell (Marty, “One Life to Live”), Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe, “The Young and the Restless”), Thorsten Kaye (Zach, “All My Children”), Thad Luckinbill (JT, “The Young and the Restless”), Constantine Maroulis (Constantine, “The Bold and the Beautiful”), Kimberly McCullough (Robin, “General Hospital”), Alicia Minshew (Kendall, “All My Children”), Kelly Monaco (Sam, “General Hospital”), Eden Riegel (Eden, “Imaginary Bitches”), Greg Rikaart (Kevin, “The Young and the Restless”), Jake Silbermann (Noah, “As The World Turns”), Aiden Turner (Aidan, “All My Children”), Bree Williamson (Jessica, “One Life to Live”), Jason Thompson (Patrick, “General Hospital”), and Bob Guiney (“The Bachelor”). Ok, so Bob isn’t a daytime soap star, but he is married to one (Budig).

Setting sail on Friday, March 20, 2009 to Ensenada, Mexico, the “Rock the Soap Cruise” not only gives fans a chance to mingle with their favorites, they’ll also get complimentary meals, full use of cruise facilities, 24-hour room service and nothing but ocean water and cool breeze. Ship of choice is courtesy of Carnival Cruise Lines.

Events include:

* Rock The Soap Cruise Welcome Cocktail Party with open bar

* Rock The Soap Party with DJ Aiden Turner

* Rock The Soap Talk Show with celebrity interviews, clips and stories

* Rock The Soap Meet and Greet Session with all your favorites

* Rock The Soap Fantasy Camp where fans act out scenes with celebs

* Rock The Soap Trivia Contest with special prizes

* Rock The Soap Concert with your favorite soap stars & Bob Guiney Band

* Rock The Soap Karaoke Contest and Duets with your favorite stars

* Rock The Soap Farewell Cocktail Party with open bar

* All events hosted by TV Personality Bob Guiney

* Full Access to all of Carnival’s activities and facilities!

* Chances to enter other onboard drawings for exclusive Rock The Soap Events!

The first 300 passengers will receive VIP Breakfast with the Stars, and will be entered in a special drawing to receive front row tickets to the Rock The Soap Concert.

To get more information on how to purchase tickets and see a cool introductory video produced by Bob Guiney, go to rockthesoapcruise.com.

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    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Gary Tomlin officially takes over “Days of our Lives” from Ed Scott.

    In the most unusual press release ever issued by a television studio or network, Sony Pictures Television and Corday Productions, Inc., producers of “Days of our Lives,” put rumors to rest and officially announced that former “One Life to Live” Executive Producer, Gary Tomlin, would be taking over Co-Executive Producer reins at the NBC soap opera. He replaces Ed Scott.

    “I have decided that it’s in the best interest of the show’s future to make this change in order to improve ‘Days’ both visually and emotionally,” said Ken Corday, Executive Producer. “We at ‘Days’ are grateful to Ed Scott for all of his contributions and amazing energy over the past year. Gary Tomlin brings a long successful history of being an actor’s producer and a writer’s producer to our cast and crew and I know the viewers will see the immediate results of this change for the better.”

    Scott was reportedly fired on Friday, August 15, after rumored battles with Corday and the soaps head writer, Dena Higley.

    “I’m very happy to be back at ‘Days’ where I began behind the scenes in the early 80’s,” said Gary Tomlin, new Co-Executive Producer. “It’s wonderful to be given the opportunity to work with Ken Corday.”

    Tomlin began his career in daytime in 1973, when he was cast in the contract role of Bruce Carson on “Search for Tomorrow.” He later appeared as Morgan Simpson on NBC’s “Another World” in 1979. His work behind-the-scenes began in 1980, when he joined “DAYS” as its co-head writer. He held the position until 1981. Later, he went on to co-head write at his old stomping ground, “Another World” for two years starting in 1984. In the late 1980′s/early 1990′s, Tomlin began writing scripts for “Santa Barbara” and directing episodes for both “Another World” and “One Life to Live.” In 1995 he joined “All My Children” as a producer. Upon the debut of NBC’s “Sunset Beach” in 1997 through its last airing in 1999, Tomlin was credited as the shows Executive Producer. He joined “One Life to Live” as its Executive Producer in November 2000, but his first credited episodes did not air until January 2001. He left the ABC soap in August 2003. He was replaced by current “One Life” Executive Producer, Frank Valentini.

    For his work on “One Life to Live,” Tomlin won the soap its one and only Outstanding Drama Series Emmy Award in 2003. The series turned 40 years-old on July 15, 2008.

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

    Josh Griffith Fired?

    Thursday, August 21, 2008 5:15 AM ET | By Errol Lewis

    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “The Young and the Restless” is about to get a new Executive Producer according to published reports, but are those reports accurate?

    According to TV Guide Canada‘s Nelson Branco in his latest Suds Report column, “Young and Restless” Executive Producer, Josh Griffith, was fired the same day that Ed Scott was replaced by Gary Tomlin as Executive Producer at “Days of our Lives.” However, according to a statement released by Sony Pictures Television, producers of “Y&R,” to Soap Opera Digest, everything indicates that all is honky-dory in Genoa City.

    Josh Griffith is “still here and still the executive producer,” said a “Y&R” representative.

    Griffith was named Executive Producer and Head Writer of “The Young and the Restless” in November 2007 after going fi-core status during the WGA Writer’s Strike. He replaced Lynn Marie Latham, who also pulled double duty as Executive Producer and Head Writer. Latham was fired along with her husband Bernard Lechowick, who served as a Creative Consultant, and writers Marina Alburger and Lynsey Dufour in February 2008.

    The producer is best known for his work on ABC’s “One Life to Live,” where he served as co-head writer along-side Michael Malone in the early 1990′s. The duo won the Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series Emmy for “One Life” in 1994. Griffith got his start in television as a Breakdown Writer/Script Writer for NBC’s “Santa Barbara” in 1988.

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

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      Llanview Welcomes New, Familiar Faces

      Thursday, August 21, 2008 1:45 AM EDT | By Scotty Gore

      (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — It may still be the lazy days of summer, but “One Life to Live” is abuzz with activity in the casting department.

      As summer readies to morph into autumn, “One Life to Live” prepares to make some changes in the casting department. Those changes include the return of a recently departed actress, the addition of a soap veteran, and a cameo appearance of a teenage girl “OLTL” consulted when penning Starr’s pregnancy storyline.

      “OLTL” fans can expect Rex and Gigi’s budding romance to encounter a roadblock next month as Melissa Fumero reprises her role as Rex’s estranged wife Adriana Cramer Balsom. According to a recent interview with her husband/ex co-star David Fumero (Cristian Vega), Ms. Fumero will be returning to Llanview for a handful of episodes in September to help tie up a few loose ends concerning Rex and Adriana’s relationship. Fumero left “OLTL” in June shortly after Rex and Adriana were joined in holy matrimony; she joined the soap as the long-lost daughter of Dorian Lord in January of 2004. While no first airdate has been set, viewers can expect to see Adriana resurface in Llanview sometime in September, for a reported fifteen-episode stint.

      While Melissa Fumero is only returning to Llanview for a few episodes, fans can expect to see more of her husband David Fumero in the coming months. Earlier this month Fumero inked a new contract with “OLTL” to keep his character Cristian Vega rooted in Llanview for the foreseeable future. Fumero has portrayed the younger Vega brother on and off since 1998.

      Soap veteran A. Martinez joined the cast of “OLTL” on August 5th. The 59-year-old Martinez won a Daytime Emmy for his portrayal of Cruz Castillo on “Santa Barbara” (1984-1992). He also portrayed FBI Informant Roy DiLucca on “General Hospital” from 1999-2002. Between 2000 and 2002, Martinez also won three consecutive American Latino Media Arts (ALMA) Awards. Other television credits include appearances on the primetime dramas “Profiler, “LA Law,” and “CSI,” as well in the feature films “Powwow Highway” and “What’s Cooking?.” And in 2003, he released his first album, entitled “Fragrance and Thom”.

      When asked about his decision to join “OLTL,” Martinez told Soap Opera Digest that “I have a lot of faith in ‘OLTL’s’ storytelling,” and that “I’ve been watching Bob Woods [Bo], like the rest of the country, my whole life!” Martinez, who will portray Langston Wilde (Brittany Underwood)’s uncle Ray Montez, is reported to first air on September 10th. His character is expected to be involved in Clint Buchanan’s attempt to regain control of Buchanan Enterprises from Dorian Lord. It is speculated that the character of Ray Montez will soon be joined by his wife and daughter, since “OLTL” recently announced it was in the process of bringing a new Latino family to Llanview.

      Despite reports to the contrary, Thom Christopher remains a part of the “OLTL” cast and will continue to air through at least September, as Carlo Hesser enacts his revenge against Cristian Vega.

      Kevin Spirtas exits “OLTL” on August 28th when his character Jonas Chamberlin is humilated by new bride Talia Sahid and her lover Antonio Vega. The former “Days of Our Lives” actor made in “OLTL” debut in June.

      In other casting news…

      Scott Evans returns as Oliver Fish on September 2nd when John McBain enlists the rookie cop’s aid in identifying Todd Manning’s ‘mystery woman.’ Evans was last seen early this year when he joined the Cherryvale PD, which allowed Officer Talia Sahid to remain in Llanview.

      Ashley Wilkens makes her acting debut August 20th on “OLTL” as an assistant at Starr’s obstetrician’s office. The 18-year-old Indianapolis native successfully found a caring family to adopt her baby after she became pregnant at the age of 16. Since then, Wilkens has worked closely with The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. Wilkens urges pregnant teen girls to consider adoption as an alternative, and has shared her touching story with People, “The Montel Williams Show,” and Soap Opera Digest. Before crafting the storyline in which 16-year-old Starr Manning became pregnant following a one night roll in the hay with boyfriend Cole Thornhart, the “OLTL” writing crew consulted with Wilkens on how best to handle the storyline, which included Starr’s decision to allow Marcie Walsh McBain to adopt her baby.

      On that same date, Maureen Mueller first airs as Dr. Joplin, Starr’s obstetrician.

      Jack MacGruder reprises his recurring role as Simon Kenton, Asa Buchanan’s P.I., on August 20th when Clint orders him to dig up dirt on Langston. MacGruder was last seen in Llanview doing Asa’s dirty work in 2006.

      Brian Victor Johnson portrays a young Asa Buchanan on August 22nd, while Robert S. Woods’ (Bo Buchanan) real-life son Tanner Woods makes an appearance as a younger version of his father’s character on August 26th.

      Todd Manning gets a new bodyguard (portrayed by Shawn T. Andrew) beginning August 25th.

      Lea DeLaria (Madam Delphina) was recently signed to a short-term contract by “OLTL.”

      Look for Tallulah Bean, the female Shit-zu who portrays the canine David Vickers, to continue to appear on screen through at least October, and perhaps longer.

      DeWanda Wise, who recently premiered on “OLTL” as the woman whom Vincent Jones used to cheat on Layla Williamson, has been signed to a contract by the daytime drama.

      Look for Erika Slezak (Viki Davidson) to return from her annual summer vacation in early October.

      Look for more dayplayer roles in the coming weeks.

      And “OLTL” is currently working to cast the role of “Lola,” who may turn out to be Langston’s cousin.

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

      AMC PreVUE: Week of August 25 Edition

      Wednesday, August 20, 2008 5:45 PM EST | By Angela Rosa

      (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — The twisted game of love.


      After having a nightmare, Kathy thinks she needs to protect Tad from Krystal. Kendall and Greenlee allow Babe and Amanda to go ahead with their project to create a new, affordable fragrance for Fusion with a few conditions. Amanda ponies up the cash to launch “Bella.” Angie shares an emotional goodbye with Cassandra, who leaves for Paris. Jesse’s men find a lug wrench with blood in the woods. Jesse is evasive when Angie questions him about his missing years. Pete offers to help Adam sabotage Fusion’s new fragrance in exchange for Adam’s help in getting Colby to like him.

      A Closer Look: Mixed Singles

      Aware that Carmen is meeting Jack for a date at the yacht club, a devious Adam invites Erica to join him for dinner at the same location. Sure that Jack is just using her to make Erica jealous, Carmen plants a big kiss on Jack in front of Erica. A frustrated Jack demands that Erica leave Carmen out of her childish game playing. Adam delights in the trouble he’s helped stir up. Jack tells Carmen that he honestly wants to get to know her better and pulls her into a real kiss, which doesn’t go unnoticed by Erica. Erica finds Carmen at Jack’s place and realizes they spent the night together. Erica assures Carmen she has no problem with her involvement with Jack, but after some soul searching realizes she may still want her ex. Will the scorching kiss Adam plants on Erica’s lips on Friday, August 29 point the diva in a whole new direction?

      Jake and Taylor both end up with the keys to Jamie’s old apartment. Taylor realizes her assumption about Jake’s sexual orientation is wrong when Amanda arrives. Amanda suggests that Jake move into David’s old cabin. Jake and Taylor get into a heated discussion about the war in Iraq. Taylor is haunted by memories of her time in Iraq and later loses her cool when Frankie suggests she might not be as well adjusted as she claims to be. On Thursday, August 28, Jake and Amanda christen Jake’s new home with some love making. Taylor sees Jake and Amanda having fun. Jake and Amanda tend to Taylor after she trips and hurts her ankle. Wanting to keep a close eye on her potential competition for Jake’s affection, Amanda invites Taylor to be her roommate on the yacht.

      The Inside Story: The Truth Hurts

      Hoping to destroy Greenlee and Kendall in the process, Annie offers Adam her assistance in his plot to take over Fusion; meanwhile Annie’s rivals reveal her baby making treachery to her husband. Kendall and Greenlee are taken aback as Ryan directs his anger at them. Ryan insists that both women stop meddling in his life. Kendall tells Greenlee the truth about Ryan. Confronted with the truth, Annie admits to Ryan that she deliberately lied to him to become pregnant with his child in order to try and hold onto him. Ryan assures Annie that he’s not leaving her but is clearly troubled by her behavior. Greenlee insists to Kendall that she only loves Ryan as a friend and becomes angry when Kendall refuses to drop the topic. Zach questions Ryan about Annie and offers Mr. Lavery some advice. Greenlee dismisses Kendall’s reservations over hiring Annie back at Fusion. Fed up with her preoccupation with everyone else’s life, a frustrated Zach pulls Kendall into a passionate kiss. Zach tells Kendall he wants her to focus on them. Greenlee asks Ryan for the truth. Ryan struggles to keep his emotions in check as he gives Greenlee what she wants. Aidan goes after Ryan after Greenlee lets her ex-husband’s confession slip. Greenlee is horrified to find Ryan and Aidan in the middle of a fist fight. Greenlee returns home with Aidan where they make love, meanwhile Annie walks out on Ryan after he’s completely honest with her.


      • Monday: Encore Presentation.
      • Tuesday: Babe unwittingly invites the enemy into her home. Adam sticks to his part of the deal with Pete. Kathy acts out against Krystal with dangerous results.
      • Wednesday: Krystal is fed up with Tad believing Kathy can do no wrong. Jesse gets the news he was hoping for. Taylor comes to Randi’s rescue when Fletcher attacks her.
      • Thursday: Annie warns Aidan to keep Greenlee away from Ryan. Adam shares his master plan with Pete. Kendall cautions Amanda not to get too used to being in charge.

      • Friday: Zach is out for Josh’s blood. Jesse begins to open up to Angie about his life on the run. Greenlee refuses to stay away from Ryan.

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      Episode 3: Camera Ready

      Premiered: June 27, 2008

      Synopsis: Go behind the scenes with, and into the life of, “General Hospital” star Bradford Anderson in Episode Three of the SOAPnet original web series.

      Monday, August 18, 2008 8:55 AM ET | By Errol Lewis

      (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Yes, it was created as a “day off for the working man,” or the official end of summer according to many, but Labor Day is also a day where ABC Daytime gets to remember the good stuff they’ve aired in the recent past.

      On Monday, September 1, instead of showing first-run episodes of your favorite ABC Daytime dramas like “All My Children,” “General Hospital” or “One Life to Live,” the network has opted to air repeat episodes of the soaps. These episodes are said to be defining moments in each soaps current storylines.

      • “All My Children” Episode #9881 (original air date 5/27/08) — All hell breaks loose on Angie and Jesse’s wedding day. Jesse rescues Angie from the helicopter after Rob kidnaps her but Tad is shot. Julia refuses surgery knowing she is going to die. Dixie visits Julia and thanks her for taking care of Kate. Kendall tells Ryan that she had sex with Aidan and that Greenlee found out at the wedding. Zach visits Greenlee and finds her throwing Aidan’s belongings out of the apartment. Greenlee pulls Zach into a kiss.
      • “One Life to Live” Episode #10232 (original air date 7/22/08) — This is the second of the 40th Anniversary episodes and features Viki’s emotional reunion with Ben in heaven. Ghost Mel and David ask Dorian to save Viki and she does after David’s promise to divorce Addie. Clint has a phone call from Cord and Cristian fights to get to Sarah and save her from the falls.
      • “General Hospital” Episode #11592 (original air date 7/708) — In this episode Lulu witnesses Logan attacking Maxie. Logan tries to make Lulu understand, but in defense, she winds up stabbing him. Jax and Kate are caught in a compromising position when she accidentally drops her engagement ring and has to lean over him to retrieve it. Carly vents to Jason that she plans to destroy Kate and get her to leave town. He calls her out on sleeping w/Sonny but she explains that away. Claudia and Anthony have a heated discussion in which a bit of her past is revealed.

      Original episodes of your favorite ABC soaps return Tuesday, September 2 – just in time for Fall Previews!

      “All My Children,” “General Hospital,” and “One Life to Live” air Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.

      Monday, August 18, 2008 8:00 AM EST | By Errol Lewis

      (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Families coming together.


      After safely getting Sam home without blowing her cover in the process, Lucky calls Elizabeth over to tend to Sam’s wounds. Elizabeth learns that Sam and Lucky’s breakup was staged. Sam and Elizabeth reach a new understanding on Tuesday, August 19. In a moment of weakness, Nikolas kisses Nadine. Jason has an opportunity to take out Karpov, but due to unforeseen events he finds himself is a crippling position. Later, Jason rejects Sasha’s advances, which are misinterpreted by Spinelli, who reveals his theory to Maxie. Jax can’t allow himself to get sucked back in by Carly. Robin has a warning for Nadine as far as Nikolas is concerned. Elizabeth reminds Nikolas that Emily would have wanted him to be happy.

      The Inside Story: Is Lulu Crazy?

      Lulu and Johnny are caught and subsequently separated as Lulu’s family works overtime in trying to get her the help she needs, while the Zacchara’s are fearing the worst where Johnny is concerned. Claudia stands up to Scott, who is reveling in the fact that Johnny has been caught. Lulu is comforted by her brothers – She tells Nikolas that she is having visions of Logan, while Lucky promises her that he will be by her side supporting her during her ordeal. Anthony threatens the lives of Alexis’ children if she doesn’t drop the charges against Johnny. Meanwhile, Scott torments Lulu with thoughts of testifying against Johnny. Alexis meets with Johnny. Sonny discusses matters with both Johnny and Lulu. Lulu has another tormenting vision of Logan.

      A Closer Look: Patrick and Robin’s New Beginning

      As the due date becomes ever closer, Patrick becomes increasingly worried about raising a daughter. He tries to make up for his chauvinistic behavior, but manages to go overboard in his endeavor. Robin sets the record straight for her mother when she jumps to the wrong conclusions over Patrick. Patrick decides to propose to Robin in a very public way. Will Robin accept Patrick’s proposal or will she turn him down? Find out on Friday, August 22.

      What To Watch

      • Kate is supportive of Sonny when he brings up the subject of his bipolar disorder.
      • Nikolas and Nadine share an intimate dance on Friday, August 22.
      • Jason and Spinelli are at odds.
      • With orders from Jason, Cody keeps a tail on Karpov.

      General Hospital News and Headlines

      • “Sopranos” star Vincent Pastore is coming to Port Charles (see story).
      • Finola Hughes joins sister-soap “General Hospital: Night Shift” (see story).

      • Genie Francis first airdate changed (see story).


      • Monday: A miracle occurs when Lulu comes face-to-face with her mother, Laura; Spinelli’s life is on the line; Claudia realizes that she needs Ric’s help in order to clear Johnny.
      • Tuesday: Laura and Lulu have a mother-daughter talk that leads to hopes for the future; Claudia and Nikolas become allies; Carly reveals the truth to Jax about her association with Karpov.
      • Wednesday: Maxie gets emotional over thoughts of losing Spinelli when he takes a turn for the worse; Jax puts a stunned Kate in her place; Ric prepares for battle with Scott and Alexis over Johnny.
      • Thursday: Jax becomes the latest person to become Karpov’s enemy; Lulu tells Laura the truth; Robin’s family and friends think she’s making a life-changing mistake.

      • Friday: Matt confesses the truth to Maxie, which is overheard by Jerry; Lulu’s visions of Logan continue; Jason and Elizabeth act on their feelings.

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

      Monday, August 18, 2008 7:05 AM EST | By Errol Lewis

      (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Plotting revenge and asking questions.


      Nicole asks EJ if he meant what he said when he claimed he wanted to give their relationship a shot. Chloe and Nicole team up to get their men and leave Sami out in the cold. EJ and Tony agree to work together in a plan to take back their share of the DiMera empire from John. Steve and Kayla find baby Joe and fear what has been done to him on Thursday, August 21.

      The Inside Story: Marlena Wakes Up

      While unconscious, Marlena is visited by her dead twin who has some advice for her. Meanwhile, Stefano vows to get revenge on the “new” John Black. Afterward, Marlena regains consciousness and has just one question for John.

      What To Watch

      • The role of “Young Stefano” will be played by Davide Schivone. “Young Stefano” will air on Wednesday, August 20.

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

      Monday, August 18, 2008 6:45 AM EST | By Errol Lewis

      (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “The Bold and the Beautiful” Comings & Goings for the Week of August 18 Edition.

      Patrick Duffy returns as “Stephen Logan” on August 21, 22 and 26.

      Sean Whalen returns as “Lab Technician Carl” on August 20.

      Dan Martin returns as “Lt. Baker” on August 21, 22, 25 and 26.

      Mykel Shannon Jenkins returns as “Detective Charlie Baker” on August 21, 22 and 25.

      Jacqueline Hahn returns as “Dr. Caspary” on August 22.

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