Tuesday, August 12, 2008 5:00 AM EST | By Errol Lewis

Dear Readers,

When we came up with the Bringing.Drama.Closer campaign on Soap Opera Network many years ago, we never thought that 2008 would bring some of the biggest controversies in the daytime world, nor did we think it would be happening off screen and behind-the-scenes.

So far we have had the “Days of our Lives” online scandal a few weeks back as reported by TV Guide Canada’s Nelson Branco and now we have reports that Carolyn Hinsey of Soap Opera Weekly and Soap Opera Digest fame has been fired by both magazines’ owner Source Interlink, Inc. due to supposed “budget cuts.” Jossip, the website that broke the news, has found a record number of responses to its article with over 1,000 replies and has subsequently published a few of the well thought out discussions in a second article posted a day later. Even our very own message board has discussed this topic through tooth and nail, albeit with much of the discussion centered on the scandals being “outed” at the Jossip site. The ruckus reminds me of the days of a website known as the DataLounge, where such topics as whose dating who, who slept with whom, who rose to the top with their legs in a twist and much more tenacious acts were the talk of the town with thousands of replies in near daily threads. The outlandish discussion, however, forced the website itself to shut down such threads and discussions due to the enormity that some posters would stoop to in order to make their “news” something to remember.

Hinsey’s firing will possibly go down as one of the biggest soap stories in recent memory, not because of the drama it seems to be causing, but because a woman who has been in this industry for decades and has had a stronghold on the daytime community as a whole, has been taken out by a publisher who holds the key to two important assets this industry has left – Soap Opera Digest and Soap Opera Weekly. These two magazines are the longest running soap centered publications still in existence that cover the entire daytime industry. If it weren’t for these magazines, Soap Opera Network itself wouldn’t be where it is today. My hope is that this isn’t signaling the beginning of the end for either magazine despite their falling readership.

Guiding Light Fan Club Luncheon

The Guiding Light Fan Club luncheon, autograph and photo session will be held on Saturday, September 27, 2008 at the Marriott Marquis, located at 1535 Broadway (Between 45th & 46th St.) in New York City. The event will last from 12:00 Noon until 4:00 PM with doors opening at 10:30 AM. A $20.00 Non-Refundable Deposit Per Person will Reserve your Seat in the order it is received. Final Payment due No later than August 1, 2008. The price for current Fan Club Members is $120.00 Per Ticket and $130.00 for non-Fan Club members. Tickets Purchased after August 1, 2008, must be paid in Full by Money Order Only! Children Under 5 years of age are not permitted. If you wish to sit together Money must be Mailed in together – No exceptions! 10 People per table and additional people cannot be added to your party or table at a later date! Please make check or money order payable to:


    (Canada – We only accept Postal Money Orders in US Funds)

    (All other Countries – We only accept International Money Orders in US Funds)

    GUIDING LIGHT FAN CLUB / Luncheon Tickets

    P.O. Box 455

    Lynbrook, NY 11563-0455


    There are a limited number of rooms available at the Marriott Marquis at a special rate for Fan Club Members. Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, single or double for $359.00. For HOTEL reservations please call 800-843-4898 and mention Guiding Light Fan Club. Note: Normal rates are $459.00 per night for this weekend.

    Until next time…this is myNote and I’m out!



Monday, August 11, 2008 5:30 PM EST | By Angela Rosa

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Dre’s (Sterling Sulieman) support system vanishes.

Don’t expect to see much more of Yaya DaCosta’s Cassandra Foster on “All My Children” after Monday, August 25. On that date Cassandra will bid adieu to her handsome boyfriend, Dre Woods, and her mom, Angie (Debbie Morgan), and then board a plane that will move her back to Paris, France where her father Jacob resides. Though no official word is out on whether the actress is out permanently, it is highly likely that we’re in the the last days of DaCosta’s run as Cassandra. DaCosta premiered on “AMC” in April. The “America’s Next Top Model” runner-up began starring on the off-Broadway play “The First Breeze of Summer” on August 5.

While watching the next several weeks of “AMC,” it may look like the claims of Mario Van Peebles exit from “All My Children” being imminent are correct. After a several week long hiatus, expect to see Samuel Woods back in Pine Valley in mid-September. Is the character returning to give a politically correct farewell or for much more? We’ll have to stay tuned for that answer; new “AMC” head-writer Charles Pratt does tell TV Guide that he’s not sure where Samuel and Erica’s (Susan Lucci) romance is going due to Van Peebles busy schedule. The actor is currently taping episodes of the FX drama “Damages,” starring Glenn Close, and is also directing episodes of FX’s motorcycle drama, starring Ron Perlman (known on the big screen as Hellboy), “Sons of Anarchy.”

“AMC” fans can rest assured that the soap will not be pulling another Jeff Branson (ex-Jonathan Lavery) act with Colin Egglesfield. The handsome actor who portrays Joshua Madden will be making a spurt of appearances on the soap in early September. The actor, who was recently dropped to recurring status, last appeared on the daytime drama on June 19.

Correction: Soap Opera Network previously reported that James Mitchell would make one of his rare and very welcomed appearances on “AMC” during the week of August 11. Mitchell will actually appear on Monday, August 18.

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

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    Monday, August 11, 2008 4:02 PM EST | By Angela Rosa

    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Has “The Young and the Restless” found the perfect Billy?

    Billy Miller, 28, has been cast in the role of Billy Abbott, son of Jill Foster Abbott (Jess Walton) and the late John Abbott (Jerry Douglas), on CBS’s “The Young and the Restless.”

    The role of Mr. Abbott was most notably played by David Tom, 30, sister of soap legend Heather Tom (ex-Victoria Newman, Y&R; ex-Kelly Buchanan, OLTL; and current Katie Logan, B&B), from 1999 to 2002. Tom won a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Younger Lead Actor for his work in the role in 2000. Ryan Brown and Scott Seymour would play future incarnations of Billy Abbott but neither actor caught on with the audience. A “Y&R” star thinks the soap has finally found the right actor to successfully take over the role, the cast member tells Soap Opera Digest that Miller “is a winner.”

    There is no word out on Miller’s first airdate on the west coast based soap. As of today, Miller is still taping at the east coast based soap where he started his daytime career on in the summer of 2007, “All My Children;” “AMC” audiences will continue to see Richie Novak haunt his sister, as well as the woman who murdered him, Annie Lavery (Melissa Claire Egan), at least through mid-September.

    “All My Children” airs Weekdays on ABC. “The Young and the Restless” airs Weekdays on CBS. Both programs air Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.

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      Monday, August 11, 2008 11:28 AM EST | By Errol Lewis

      (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — New York Magazine profiles five young soap stars to watch on website.

      “Five Young Soap Stars to Watch” is an online feature currently on the website of New York Magazine, in which the mag profiles young stars from New York based soaps that they believe are ready for super-stardom. The magazine enlisted the aide of well-known soap journalists Connie Passalacqua Hayman, a longtime soap journalist and professor of journalism at Marymount Manhattan; Carolyn Hinsey, former editor of Soap Opera Weekly according to reports; Michael Logan, columnist TV Guide; Terry Morrow, TV critic for Knoxville News Sentinel; and Ed Martin, TV editor for JackMyers.com as judges.

      Included in the feature are Marcy Rylan (Lizzie Spaulding, “Guiding Light”), 27, Caitlin Van Zandt (Ashlee Wolfe, “Guiding Light”), 23, John-Paul Lavoisier (Rex Balsom, “One Life to Live”), 28, Van Hansis (Luke Snyder, “As The World Turns”), 26, and Kristen Alderson (Starr Manning, “One Life to Live”), 17.

      On the Web: Five Young Soap Stars to Watch

      While there, check out the magazines interview with “Guiding Light” Executive Producer, Ellen Wheeler (see story).

      • One Life to Live
      • As The World Turns
      • Van Hansis
      • Guiding Light
      • Kristen Alderson
      • John-Paul Lavoisier
      • Caitlin Van Zandt

        Monday, August 11, 2008 10:30 AM EST | By Errol Lewis

        (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Questioning of the minds.


        Lulu’s path to destruction continues as visions of Logan escalate. Jason manages to save Carly and Claudia from danger, but is unable to learn who was shooting at them. Fearing for Lulu, Johnny contacts Claudia in hopes of finding out a little more about Laura Spencer and what she was like before she had her breakdown years ago. Karpov orders Jerry to kill Jason or else. While trying to deflect Nadine’s advances, Nadine becomes suspicious of Nikolas’ involvement with Elizabeth. Robin and Patrick finally learn the sex of their baby on Tuesday, August 12.

        A Closer Look: Spinelli has a brain tumor?

        After once again being rescued by Maxie, Spinelli tries to prove his manhood by suggesting that he and Jason stakeout Karpov’s warehouse. Unfortunately for Spinelli, he is rushed to the hospital after passing out due to a heatstroke. Maxie rushes to be by Spinelli’s side and is angered by Dr. Hunter’s insinuation that Spinelli might have a brain tumor.

        The Inside Story: A Town at Large

        Everyone in Port Charles is willing to put everything on the line to safely return Johnny and Lulu to Port Charles. Trevor threatens Alexis, Alexis feeds Nikolas information, Nikolas feeds Claudia information, Anthony threatens Alexis’ family through his presence, Sonny tells Kate that Johnny and Lulu are Jason’s problem, etc. The one cool factor is that the connection between Nikolas and Claudia is growing, but is romance truly in the air?

        What To Watch

        • Lourdes witnesses Lulu’s latest meltdown.
        • Jerry has a warning for Kate.
        • Jax returns on Wednesday, August 13, but is he back for Carly?
        • Lucky steps in to save Sam.

        General Hospital News and Headlines

        • “Sopranos” star Vincent Pastore is coming to Port Charles (see story).
        • “General Hospital” is working on a new opening sequence (see story).

        • Genie Francis is returning as Laura Spencer beginning Tuesday, August 26 (see story).

        SON ALERTS: WEEK OF AUGUST 18, 2008

        • Monday: Johnny and Lulu are about to reach the end of their journey; Karpov continues his quest for Carly; Sam and Lucky confess all to Elizabeth.
        • Tuesday: Lulu continues down an unwanted path; Jason is tormented by his actions; Alexis seeks help from Johnny.
        • Wednesday: Sonny gives Johnny some sobering news; Spinelli and Jason are at odds; Sonny opens up to Kate.
        • Thursday: Johnny and Lulu are desperate to be together; Patrick and Robin discuss their future together; Lucky gets tough with Lulu.

        • Friday: Maxie and Spinelli are on a stakeout; Lulu’s visions get more violent; Robin comes to an important decision.

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          Monday, August 11, 2008 9:30 AM EST | By Errol Lewis

          (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — After shooting a set of new promos for ABC Daytime last month, “Sopranos” star Vincent Pastore has agreed to mentor the people of Port Charles on what mob life is truly like.

          According to EW.com‘s Abby West, Pastore will join the cast of ABC’s “General Hospital” in the guest-role of Maximus Giambetti, a well-known mobster who comes to Port Charles in order to reunite with sons Max (Derk Cheetwood) and Milo (Drew Cheetwood). Maximus comes to town thinking that his eldest son Max is the local crime lord, but soon learns that that is further from the truth.

          The actor is most famous for his his long-running stint in HBO’s “The Sopranos,” where he played “Sal ‘Big Pussy’ Bonpensiero” from 1999-2007. He was also the voice of under-water creature “Luca” in the 2004 box-office smash “Shark Tale,” starring Will Smith, Angelina Jolie and Renée Zellweger. The film grossed over $160 million. He can next be seen in the film “Tricks of a Woman,” which is set for limited release on September 8.

          Prior to joining “GH,” Pastore had a guest-role on ABC’s “One Life to Live” in 2003 as “Rack ‘em up Ross,” a character that interacted with Melissa Archer’s Natalie Buchanan.

          Pastore first arrives in Port Charles this October.

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

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            Power struggles…
            Sunday, August 10, 2008 8:30 PM | By Venus Stone

            (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Adam gets trumped when Neil becomes the chosen one…


            The results for the DNA testing on Chloe’s baby come in. As Nikki’s guilt consumes her, she’s tempted to go back to the bottle.Another fight breaks out between Phyllis and Sharon of Restless Style. Brad relishes in kicking Nikki when she’s already down. Traci comes home for a visit. Daniel and Colleen both try their best to overcome their exes. Jana can’t wait to be wed. Tyra has more confessions to make. Michael is still in pursuit of finding his father


            Adam is more than determined in taking over Newman Enterprises while Victor is away. Neil gets news as to what Victor wants for the company; him in charge. Neil immediately sets Adam in his place, telling him exactly what his father wants. A bitter Adam lashes out at Victoria and Nick when they discuss ways on keeping the company is safe standing. Alone with Adam, Neil reminds him that he needs to be there for his father in his time of need; which means following his father’s wishes for Newman Enterprises. Victoria, however, sets her sights on gaining some control.

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            Sunday, August 10, 2008 8:10 PM EST | By Venus Stone

            (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — A madman plays with the lives of many…


            Neal returns to Oakdalefor business and a chance to woo Carly again. Lily and Holden have a run in and seem to have a pleasan exchange until Holden announces that he’s moved back to the farmhouse. Lily angrily insults him by rubbing Carly in his face. Holden leaves and soon finds himself at the Lakeview. While he is there, he sees Carly and Neal having lunch and immediately becomes peeved and sulks off. Seeing Holden still has a hold of Carly, Neal asks if she still has feelings for him. Later, Carly calls Holden and he shares some bad news with her. When she arrives to console him, he tells her he wants to start over with her and leans in for a kiss. A flustered Carly puts on the breaks telling him that she can’t take it further and leaves. Mike, on the other hand, pays Lily a visit. He sees that she’s still upset about Holden and tells her that any man would want to be with her. Lily seizes him for a kiss, which Mike tries to slow down. Lily, however, desperate for more, continues until the two are in bed together.

            The Inside Story: A Mad Man Holds All the Cards

            After doing a careful investigation, Margo learns that Rick Decker has poisoned those he felt have wronged him. She immediately sets out to arrest him but is stopped when Paul and Barbara tell her he holds the antidote to save those who were poisoned. Margo agrees to let Rick formulate the antidote but tells him he will be arrested after all have been saved. Rick, not wanting to go back to prison, takes matters into his own hands when he knocks the police guard out. When he rounds the hospital he comes upon Susan. He immediately tries to force a kiss on her but when she rejects him, he injects her with the poison. Margo soon learns that Paul and Barbara made a deal with Rick and have then followed. She soon finds him preparing to escape and when he sees her, he runs back into the hospital and takes all those he’s infected hostage. Chris, who has come up with the antidote tries to get to those that need it. He’s soon stopped by Rick, who has a gun on him. Paul and Margo soon find themselves in the middle of the hostage situation. Paul makes a dive for Rick while Tom tries to get the gun, only to suffer a heart attack in the process. Aaron tries to reach the hostages but is shot when he falls out of one of the hospital vent. Emily manages to get to Tom to help him. Chris advises Margo to let Rick go because he has the antidote. Rick flees but takes Alison with him. Chris hands the antidote to Bob, who proceeds to administer it. Chris manages to chase Rick and get Alison back to the hospital. Unfortunately when he brings her back, Bob has used the last of the antidote on Susan.

            OLTL PreVUE: Week of August 11 Edition

            Wednesday, August 6, 2008 5:36 PM | By Scotty Gore

            (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — A love that transcends time.


            Nora confronts Dallas about her feelings for Clint. After meeting with a contractor, Tess’ plan for revenge against Jared and Natalie is full steam ahead. Antonio prepares to return to Mendorra to bring Talia home. And Cord and Tina are reunited…. but for how long?

            The Inside Story: Will Lightning Strike Twice?

            Professor Del Fina warns Bo and Rex that their one chance at leaving 1968 is fast approaching. Back in 2008, Madam Delphina gets a vibe from the past as she and Gigi head for the
            Buchanan Ranch. Rex and Gigi tighten their resolve to locate one another. Meanwhile, back in 1968, Bo (as Asa) and Rex (as Bo) do what they can to get through Bo’s farewell party as he prepares to head off for Vietnam. At the same time they remain anxious to get through the time portal in time to return to 2008. However, their trip home is jeopardized when Clint learns that Asa sent Maria away, and punches Rex. Back in the 21st century, Gigi confesses to Delphina why she has been lying to Shane about his father. Gigi and Delphina are on the edge of their seats as they await Gigi’s opportunity to be transported to 1968 and be reunited with Rex. Brody informs Layla that he wants to make things right with Gigi when she returns to Llanview. Bo makes himself act more like Asa to keep Clint in the dark and allow him and Rex to return to the present. Brody makes a surprise discovery after intercepting a package to Gigi from Adrianna. Gigi’s love for Rex causes her to overcome her fear of being struck by lightning. Bo, Rex, and Gigi all pray for a miracle as the lightning strikes, and are forced to deal with the consequences.

            A Closer Look: All’s Fair in Love and War

            Todd continues to play the victim in front of Marty, while Blair vents about Todd to Brody after stopping by Rodi’s for a drink. After being joined by John, he and Blair attempt to figure out the identity of the woman Todd is hiding. Blair confesses to John how she humiliated herself in front of Todd and Keys. Todd, meanwhile, is moved by the effect Marty is having on him as he continues to place his own spin on their history. However, Marty is successful in getting Todd to discuss his feelings for Blair. Dorian treats herself and Blair to a day at the spa, and is ecstatic to learn of Blair’s tryst with John. Unfortunately, Dorian puts Blair on the spot when she calls John on her behalf. Todd sneaks into Starr’s bedroom in an attempt to surprise his daughter. Starr is confronted by Todd, who tells her that she’ll regret her decision to give up the baby for the rest of her life. Before he leaves, Todd gives Starr a voodoo doll of Cole.
            At the same time, Blair and John prepare for their date, and have only one thing on their minds. Starr and Cole remain on the outs.

            What to Watch

            • Clint is surprised with a visit from Cord.
            • Cord bumps into Tina while looking for Sarah at Llanfair.
            • Cord and Tina admit their love for one another.
            • Cord crushes Tina by admitting they can never be together again.
            • Tess has ominous plans in store for Natalie.

            SON ALERTS: WEEK OF August 18, 2008

            • Monday: As Gigi arrives in 1968, Rex is cozying up to another woman; Michael and Marcie realize their marriage is on life support; Marty and John dream of one another.
            • Tuesday: Rex admits his true feelings for Gigi; Todd feels awkward being close to Marty; Bo finally overcomes his daddy issues after a visit from Asa’s ghost; Brody reassures Shane.
            • Wednesday: Marcie, Starr, and Blair see a sonogram of the baby; Clint offers Jared a chance to redeem himself; Tina wonders what is going on the basement at Llanfair; Clint digs into Langston’s background.
            • Thursday: Marcie offers Starr and Blair a place in the baby’s life; Cole, Langston, and Markko contemplate their futures; Todd uses blackmail to get what he wants; Antonio sets off to rescue his beloved.

            • Friday: Rex prepares to leave for Vietnam; Delphina has disappointing news for Brody; Todd realizes that Tess has returned; Bo suffers a case of déjà vu after returning to Llanview.

            Wednesday, August 6, 2008 5:00 PM | By Angela Rosa

            (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Love and war.


            Jesse turns a blind eye as Tad breaks into Annie’s garage and searches her car on Monday, August 11. Tad and Jesse theorize that the tire iron that’s missing from Annie’s trunk could be the murder weapon that did in Novak. Krystal tells Adam that she doesn’t love him anymore. Kathy dismay is obvious when Krystal’s efforts to repair her marriage to Tad prove successful. JR enlists Adam in his plan to get Fusion for Babe, meanwhile Babe’s resistance to JR’s plot begins to wane when she finds Kendall and Greenlee absent from work again. Colby and Carmen bond. Jack tells Erica it’s time they both moved on. Erica turns to Samuel and gives him the false impression that she’s the one who finally broke things off with Jack. Aidan and Greenlee make love for the first time as husband and wife. Zach thinks he and Kendall should focus on themselves. Jake’s mystery woman gives the flirtatious doctor her name, Taylor (Beth Ehlers), but not much else. Kathy acts out against Krystal.

            The Inside Story: Leaving Las Vegas

            Kendall realizes that Zach thinks Annie might have murdered Richie. Ryan, meanwhile, convinces Annie that he really does want to renew their wedding vows. Ryan, Annie, Kendall and Zach are stunned to find Greenlee and Aidan in the middle of a marriage ceremony upon their arrival at the chapel. Ryan’s heart breaks as he watches Greenlee marry Aidan. Kendall reaches out to Ryan who does his best to cover his true feelings when he later shares a dance with the new bride. Zach subtly questions Annie. Annie believes things are looking up for her and Ryan but then sees a vision of Richie at the gaming tables. Zach, Kendall, Ryan, Annie, Greenlee and Aidan all end up flying back home together. On Friday, August 15, Greenlee and Ryan manage to get stuck in the plane’s bathroom together. Richie comes out to play with a disgruntled Annie. Annie, later, nervously covers when Kendall asks her about the hidden key at Fusion.

            A Closer Look: New Kids on the Block

            Amanda offers Randi a job unaware that Babe has already hired Carmen for the same job at Fusion. Carmen makes a hasty retreat when she runs into Randi. Carmen and Randi later meet up at Confusion where it becomes clear that the two women share a past. Carmen points out that Randi is as cynical as ever where men are concerned. Carmen’s observation sends Randi straight to Frankie where she leaves him with a sweet goodnight kiss. Randi starts her first day of work at Fusion on Wednesday, August 13, while a determined Carmen returns to Adam’s side to reclaim her old job. Amanda tells Randi that she knows about her past as a hooker but doesn’t judge her. Carmen tries to get Randi to open up as they reminisce about visiting Myrtle’s boutique when they were young. Taylor looks up her old friend Frankie. Taylor explains to Angie and Jesse that she and their son served together in Iraq and returns a special item to Frankie. Randi jumps to the wrong conclusion when she sees Taylor and Frankie in an embrace.

            SON ALERTS: WEEK OF AUGUST 18, 2008

            • Monday: Ryan can’t hide his feelings for Greenlee. Jack asks Carmen out on a date. Kathy doesn’t want to share Tad with Krystal.
            • Tuesday: Frankie sets the record straight with Randi. Jesse throws a monkey wrench in Cassandra’s plan to skip town. Adam schemes behind JR’s back to get Fusion for himself.
            • Wednesday: Greenlee has a sexy surprise in store for Aidan. Erica is bitten by the jealousy bug when she questions Carmen about Jack. Something is troubling Jesse.
            • Thursday: Kendall is one step ahead of Annie. Fletcher warns Frankie that his time is running out where Randi is concerned. Adam is up to his old tricks.

            • Friday: Kendall and Greenlee set out to uncover Annie’s secret. Babe gets on board with JR’s plan to take over Fusion. Annie figures out what Adam is really up to.