AFF/CH/Steven Bergman

AFF/CH/Steven Bergman

For weeks gossip sites and celebrity magazines have been left wondering if former “Guiding Light” star Hayden Panettiere was indeed pregnant after pictures of the “Nashville” actress surfaced with what would appear to be a baby bump. As part of the social phenomenon known as the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, Panettiere put those pregnancy rumors to rest while challenging her unborn child to take part.

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The Young and the Restless Mast Head by Soap Opera Network
JPI Studios

JPI Studios

Richard Cartwright/ABC

Richard Cartwright/ABC

As they celebrated their first anniversary as hosts of “Soap Box with Lilly & Martha” on Thursday, August 21, former daytime soap stars Lilly Melgar (“General Hospital”) and Martha Madison (“Days of our Lives”) had soap journalist Michael Maloney, talent manager Michael Bruno and online soap reporter Michael Fairman on as guests as they discussed the week’s biggest soap opera news. No story was bigger this past week than the news of Justin Hartley (“Passions,” “Revenge,” “Mistresses”) returning to daytime television to portray a recast Adam Newman on CBS’ “The Young and the Restless.” According to Bruno, however, there was a chance that the role could have gone to Hartley’s former “Smallville” co-star Tom Welling, “Sex and the City’s” Jason Lewis or “Queer as Folk’s'” Gale Harold.

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A Blowup with Her Rival, Will Sami Make a Deal With Her Nemesis? And a Long Awaited Reconciliation

NBC

NBC

NBC

NBC

Whoever predicted “Days of our Lives'” Abigail Deveraux (Kate Mansi) would grow up to become Samantha Brady’s (Alison Sweeney) rival over a man, or just about anything, might be one rich person today if they made a bet with a millionaire. In a promo highlighting next week’s episodes, Sami has had enough of Abby, but will she be the one forced to play nice?

Things aren’t all bad for Sami, however, as it looks like EJ (James Scott) is ready and willing to reconcile with his lady love. But is she? “I don’t want to be back in your bed unless I’m back in your heart,” says the sexy DiMera. If Sami doesn’t want him, we know plenty of women that would take him in a heartbeat, sans the cheating aspect of course.

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A Sociopath Threatens Their Family and Will Push Them Over the Edge

CBS

CBS

CBS

CBS

On “The Young and the Restless,” Ian Ward (Ray Wise) has kidnapped Mariah (Camryn Grimes), who was just revealed to be Sharon Newman’s (Sharon Case) biological daughter after months of will they [the writers] or won’t they, and Sharon is none too pleased with the “sociopath.” She demands that he give her back her daughter, while Ian informs her that the clock is ticking. Meanwhile, Nikki Newman (Melody Thomas Scott) is dangling with bottle issues as she ponders how much more a woman can take without breaking into a million pieces, or in her case taking a drink.

Will this latest drama push Sharon, Nicholas (Joshua Morrow) and Nikki over the edge? Tune into CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” next week to find out!

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It’s Spencer vs. Barker!
Let the Fight Begin

CBS

CBS

CBS

CBS

Pow! Bam! Boom! Biff!

Okay, that sounds ridiculous to us as well, but those are some of the terms used in a promo highlighting Bob Barker‘s return to CBS’ “The Bold and the Beautiful” next week as he gets into an altercation with Wyatt Spencer (Darin Brooks), which you can learn more about by clicking here. In the meantime, enjoy watching Barker play a version of himself as he tells Wyatt, “I’ve still got it!”

READ ALSO: More on Bob Barker’s Return to ‘B&B’ + TMZ Goes Behind the Scenes

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OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network

On Sundays all-new edition of “Oprah: Where Are They Now?” on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, the show provides an update on the status of former “General Hospital” and “The Bold and the Beautiful” star Jack Wagner. In the episode, Wagner opens up about his real-life divorce from former “GH” on-screen love interest, Kristina Wagner (Felicia Scorpio), meeting his long-lost daughter for the first time, and his music career.

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ABC

ABC

Steven Bergman Photography

Steven Bergman Photography

via Press Release

Now in its 49th year, ABC will air the annual “MDA Show of Strength Telethon,” which benefits the Muscular Dystrophy Association, on Sunday, August 31. Celebrity presenters taking part include Alyssa Milano, Brad Paisley, Charles Esten, Chris Powell, Jann Carl, Jordin Sparks, Josh Groban, Kesha, Kevin Frazier, Laila Ali, Ludacris, Nancy O’Dell, Pete Wentz, ABC’s Dr. Richard Besser, Susan Lucci, Terry Fator, Tom Bergeron and Victor Ortiz.

“MDA’s telethon gives us a chance to celebrate the compassionate support of our celebrity friends, sponsors and individuals in communities across the country who give generously to help save and improve lives of those fighting muscle disease,” said MDA President and CEO Steven M. Derks. ”With clinical trials of potential new therapies underway, this is a time of hope and progress for the children and adults we serve. We urge families and friends to gather together on Aug. 31 to watch, whether via broadcast or online, and see the fantastic performers and inspiring stories of those who are fighting muscle disease with grace and courage.”

The telethon airs Sunday, August 31 at 9:00 PM ET/8:00 PM CT on ABC.

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Disney/ABC Television Group

Disney/ABC Television Group

Ratings Report for the Week of August 11-15, 2014

NOTE: Please do not copy and paste the entire ratings.  Thank you.

Numbers are based on Live+Same Day ratings

(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

Total Viewers
1. Y&R 4,399,000 (-39,000/-112,000)
2. B&B 3,429,000 (-93,000/+47,000)
3. GH 2,879,000 (+74,000/+336,000)
4. DAYS 2,463,000 (+59,000/+180,000)

Households
1. Y&R 3.2/11 (same/-.1)
2. B&B 2.5/8 (-.1/same)
3. GH 2.2/7 (+.1/+.3)
4. DAYS 1.9/6 (+.1/+.1)

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Days of our Lives Mast Head by Soap Opera Network
Howard Wise/JPI Studios

Howard Wise/JPI Studios

He’s had starring roles on “All My Children,” “As The World Turns,” “Guiding Light” and currently “Days of our Lives” as Aiden Jennings, but despite his long soap career as a serious actor you’d be surprised to learn what hidden talent Daniel Cosgrove keeps close to the vest. In a recent visit to the Burbank Studios, where “DAYS” is filmed, Soap Opera Network was given an exclusive and rare opportunity of witnessing Cosgrove beatboxing/rapping. Yes, you read that right.

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ABC

ABC

ABC

ABC

In a newly released promo, ABC is touting Thursdays as Thank God It’s Thursday (T.G.I.T.) with “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal” and “How to Get Away with Murder,” which were all created by writer/producer Shonda Rhimes.

The full night of operations, scandal and intrigue kicks off on Thursday, September 25 with “Grey’s” moving to 8:00 PM ET/PT, “Scandal” moving up to 9:00 PM ET/PT and the debut of “How to Get Away with Murder,” starring Oscar nominee Viola Davis, at 10:00 PM ET/PT.

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