With just 10 days to go before it goes dark for good, one piece of several puzzles surrounding the end of SOAPnet was where some of the shows currently airing on the cable network would land once it said goodbye. In a press release, Pivot announced earlier this week that it has landed the rebroadcast airing rights to “Veronica Mars,” which joined the SOAPnet lineup in March 2012. In announcing its agreement with Warner Bros. Television, producers of the series, the network also announced that it has picked up rerun rights to “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” which starred former “All My Children” actress Sarah Michelle Gellar (ex-Kendall Hart), as well. “Mars” starred Kristen Bell in the title role.
Event planner David Tutera is known for his extraordinary, jaw-dropping parties and weddings for the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Matthew McConaughey, Elton John and “All My Children” star Susan Lucci (ex-Erica Kane), and now he’s headed to bring one lucky couple from “The Young and the Restless’” Genoa City his help in creating a magical, dream wedding!
A ‘Y&R’ spokesperson confirms that the host of WE’s “My Fair Wedding with David Tutera” will be appearing on two episodes of the famed sudser, where he’ll lend a helping hand to two mystery characters after they experience a very special Christmas Eve engagement!
Look for the first of Tutera’s episodes to air on Wednesday, January 22. And to get a peek at some of the planner’s fabulous weddings and parties, check out his official website.
“All My Children’s” Eden Riegel (ex-Bianca Montgomery) and husband Andrew Miller welcomed the newest addition to the family early this morning. The actress, who tweeted a picture from her hospital bed, gave birth to son Henry Isaac Miller at 9:23 AM. The baby boy weighed in at 9 pounds, 1 ounce. “We did it! @FYeahJackMiller, you’re a big brother!” she said in her tweet directed to her oldest son, Jack Oscar Miller, who was born May 21, 2011.
In addition to the happy news, Riegel also shared pictures of the healthy snacks and drinks she’s been partaking in post delivery.
Congrats to the family!
As we previously reported, former “All My Children” actress Rebecca Budig (ex-Greenlee Smythe) will be appearing on tonight’s episode of the drama series “Blue Bloods.”
Titled “Ties That Bind,” the episode features Budig as Connie, the wife of Mickey (Tom Cavanagh), a childhood friend of Danny (Donnie Wahlberg). And things might just get a bit crazy, because Mickey’s under investigation for having ties to an infamous mob family!
Click here for a preview, and tune into CBS tonight for the full episode, which airs at 10/9c.
There’s a rumor going around that former “All My Children” star Vincent Irizarry (ex-David Hayward) has been tapped to play the role of “General Hospital’s” Valentin Cassadine — a role former “AMC” star Matthew Borlenghi (ex-Brian Bodine) had been cast to play before the storyline was scrapped back in 2009. And when Borlenghi caught wind of the supposed recast, his online comments prompted “GH” headscribe, Ron Carlivati, to shed some news on the Irizarry casting rumor!
TVGN is proving why it’s now the “the new way to watch soaps.” With the network already picking up encore airing rights to “The Young and the Restless” this past summer, and “The Bold and the Beautiful” earlier this month, the network plans to provide soap fans with even more “soap” for their viewing pleasure courtesy of the new documentary, “Who Shot the Daytime Soap?” Airing Monday, December 16 at 8:00 PM ET/PT, preceded by airings of “B&B” at 6:30 PM ET/PT and “Y&R” at 7:00 PM ET/PT, the documentary tackles the history of daytime soap operas as told by those who were there during the good times, the bad times and the new times.
“The past five years have seen a collapse of epic proportion within the soap opera industry. What was once a formidable lineup of no less than 14 network soap operas in the 1980′s has collapsed to just four – ‘General Hospital’ on ABC, ‘Days of our Lives’ on NBC and ‘The Young and the Restless’ and ‘The Bold and the Beautiful’ on CBS and now TVGN,” is the opening statement from the documentary that features interviews with several daytime legends, veteran stars, and a host of talents from behind the scenes that have helped make the soap opera genre the longest running form of television entertainment.
It looks like “All My Children” and “General Hospital” alum, Eddie Matos (ex-Ricky Torres and ex-Peter Marquez, respectively) is headed to The CW’s popular series, “Hart of Dixie,” and a big dose of romance is coming along with him!
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Matos is joining the primetime sudser in the recurring role of Enrique, an attractive Latino driver for Grandma Bettie Breeland (Marcee Cheatham), who’s also a struggling poet. “Passionate, charming and incredibly romantic,” Enrique will be on a mission to win the heart of one of the Bluebell beauties!
Catch Matos, whose credits also include guest spots on “Psych,” “Awake,” and “House,” in the new season of the show, which returns to the screen on Monday, January 13.
Out of all the talent behind “All My Children” and “One Life to Live,” the one voice missing after news that neither series would be moving forward with new episodes was that of Daytime Emmy Award winning actress Erika Slezak (ex-Victoria Lord, “OLTL”). On her official website, Slezak has broken her silence via her 2013 Holiday Letter for fans. In it, Slezak says, “I loved being back at ‘OLTL’; I loved being back with all my friends on the show and we had a wonderful time although it was short lived. Still, I am very grateful for that brief opportunity to have played Viki once more.”
In a newly released interview with Soap Opera Digest columnist and “Tainted Dreams” blogger, Carolyn Hinsey, “The Bold and the Beautiful’s” Thorsten Kaye opens up about his role as Ridge Forrester on the CBS Daytime soap, but it’s his comments on Prospect Parks’ version of “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” that has all eyes open.
As previously reported, Tristan Rogers will soon be departing ABC’s “General Hospital” after his most recent stint as Robert Scorpio comes to an end. With his pending return to CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” in the new year, Rogers recently announced on Twitter his final film date at “GH” and his first film date back at “Y&R.”
While announcing his plans to vacation in Australia during the Christmas holiday break, Rogers revealed that he films his last scenes at “GH” on Thursday, December 19 and will begin filming scenes as his “Y&R” character, Colin Atkinson, beginning Wednesday, January 8. Viewers should expect to see the actor continue airing on “GH” through at least February, as noted by head writer Ron Carlivati. A first airdate on “Y&R” is not yet known. “I am passionate about daytime drama. Where ever I work. I want to do the best I can. So lets be bipartisan and support the genre,” said Rogers on moving from one soap to another.