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.
Like “As The World Turns,” “Days of our Lives,” “General Hospital” and “Guiding Light” before it, producers of CBS’ “The Bold and the Beautiful” have announced a new partnership with Pan Macmillan and its digital-first imprint, Momentum, in which the publishing company will release a series of novellas surrounding several characters from “B&B.”
The titles, beginning with Forbidden Affair by Amy Andrews and Collision Course by Shannon Curtis, will be released simultaneously in print via Pan Macmillan and digitally via Momentum and will recount new love stories created through collaboration between authors of each novella and “B&B” executive producer and head writer, Bradley P. Bell.
To benefit Habitat for Humanity, fans of “As The World Turns” icon, Eileen Fulton (ex-Lisa Grimaldi) will have a once in a lifetime opportunity to hear from the actress as she discusses her career, personal endeavors and much, much more. The event is scheduled to take place on Sunday, November 24 at 7:00 PM at the Metropolitan Room, located at 34 West 22nd Street, New York, NY. There is a $25 cover to benefit Habitat for Humanity. Additionally, there is a 2 drink minimum. For reservations call (212) 206-0440.
Get ready to scream in fright (or perhaps delight), because Soap Opera Network managed to get our hands on some deliciously devilish Halloween pictures from a few of your favorite “Days of Our Lives” and “The Young and the Restless” stars! From a pretty princess to a sinister slicer, these actors really know how to dress the part! But do you dare read on to find out witch was witch? If so, be warned: It’s hair-raising, spirit-satisfying fun!
Hold onto your hats, because one hunky soap star is headed to “Days of our Lives’” Salem: former “As The World Turns” star Mark Collier!
A rep for the show confirms that the actor, who played “ATWT’s” Mike from 2002-2007, has indeed joined the NBC sudser and will begin airing in late December. However, no additional details are being released at this time.
Funny enough, this casting tidbit has caused soap worlds to collide: “DAYS” star Shawn Christian (Daniel Jonas) originated the role of “ATWT’s” Mike, the very role which Collier began playing when the now-defunct soap decided to bring the character back to the canvas in 2002!
It’s been a whirlwind past few days for Jordana Brewster (Elena Ramos, “Dallas;” Nikki Munson, “As the World Turns”) and her husband, Andrew Form, who are proud to announce to the birth of their son, Julian Brewster-Form.
“They welcomed their son via surrogate, and the parents are overjoyed,” Brewster’s rep told People magazine on Tuesday, September 10.
Congratulations to the happy couple and their new bundle of joy!
Things are about to start looking a bit different in Genoa City, as “The Young and the Restless” has named its new headwriters: Current ‘Y&R’ scribe Shelly Altman and daytime writer Jean Passanante will share the position, along with ‘Y&R’ scribe Tracey Thomson, who’s been promoted to co-headwriter within the new, all female headwriting team.
“Tainted Dreams” is truly turning out to be the dream of a soap opera as the new series has added “One Life to Live’s” Nathan Purdee to its cast. The actor joins the previously signed Alicia Minshew (“All My Children”), Terri Ivens (“AMC”), Grant Aleksander (“Guiding Light”), Kelley Menighan Hensley (“As the World Turns“), Walt Willey (“AMC”), Natalia Livingston (“GH“), Marnie Schulenburg (“ATWT”), Michael Lowry (“AMC,” “One Life to Live“), Austin Peck (“ATWT,” “Days of our Lives“, “OLTL”), Colleen Zenk (“ATWT”), Larkin Malloy (“The Edge of Knight,” “AMC”) Dina Manzo (“Dina’s Party” and “The Real Housewives of New Jersey”), Anthony Wilkinson (“My Big Gay Italian Wedding” and the new “My Big Gay Italian Funeral”), Lisa Marie Varon (“IMPACT WRESTLING”) and “Mr. PEC-Tacular” Jessie Godderz (“IMPACT WRESTLING” and “Big Brother”), Bobbie Eakes (“AMC,” “The Bold and the Beautiful“), Ilene Kristen (“OLTL,” “Ryan’s Hope”), James DePaiva ( “OLTL”) and Tonja Walker (“OLTL”).
“Tainted Dreams,” the new web series from the creative mind of “All My Children” supervising producer Sonia Blangiardo, which looks to provide a rare, realistic view behind the scenes of producing a daily scripted drama (show within a show – “Painted Dreams”), has added Bobbie Eakes (“All My Children,” “The Bold and the Beautiful”) to its cast. Eakes joins the recently signed Ilene Kristen (“One Life to Live,” “Ryan’s Hope”), James DePaiva ( “OLTL”) and Tonja Walker (“OLTL”) to round out an all star cast of soap stars.
Although it had been rumored, Deadline Hollywood has confirmed that Mackenzie Mauzy (ex-Phoebe Forrester, “The Bold and the Beautiful”; ex-Lizzie Spaulding, “Guiding Light”) has joined the cast of Disney’s “Into the Woods” playing Rapunzel opposite Billy Magnussen (ex-Casey Hughes, “As The World Turns”), who will play her prince, in the studios Rob Marshall directed film. “Woods” is an adaptation of the 1987 Broadway musical and will be produced by Marc Platt.