(SoapOperaNetwork.com) – TVLine.com is reporting that Tamara Tunie is returning to daytime television after a two year absence. The actress, who portrayed attorney Jessica Griffin on CBS’ “As The World Turns” from 2000 through 2007 and again in 2009 is scheduled to appear on NBC’s “Days of our Lives” in November as a judge.
Tunie debuts on the Friday, November 18 episode per the website as Judge Weston, who is presiding over the trial case against John Black (Drake Hogestyn). Based on promotional materials released for the week of September 26, John will be arrested shortly after the launch of the new Horton Town Square.
In addition to her long stint on “World Turns,” Tunie appeared simultaneously on the soap opera and NBC’s “Law & Order: Special Victim’s Unit.” She joined the primetime drama during in its second season and became a series regular beginning with the seventh season.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — On Thursday, July 21, ABC Soaps in Depth reported that Kelly Sullivan had been hired as a recast Kate Howard after more than a year since we last saw the character (last played by Megan Ward). Now Soap Opera Network has learned when you can catch your first glimpse of the actress.
In In Depth‘s posting they indicated that Kate “will be looking a bit different after all that time recently spent in Paris and Milan,” but that’s only half the story! Just wait until Kate comes face-to-face with Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard), her high school boyfriend and supposedly the loves of each other’s lives, or she was until Sonny remembered Brenda Barrett (Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo) at this point last year.
In addition to “GH,” Sullivan has appeared in episodes of “As The World Turns” and “One Life to Live” along with a guest-stint in “Law & Order: Criminal Intent.” She’ll appear in the film “333″ co-starring with “The Young and the Restless’” Camryn Grimes (ex-Cassie Newman) which is set for release in 2012.
Sullivan’s first airdate is scheduled for Monday, September 12.
“One Life to Live” star Kassie DePaiva (Blair Cramer) had many fans in attendance at last weekends “One Life to Live” Fan Club Weekend Luncheon scratching their heads when she said “I was told by our executive producer [Frank Valentini] yesterday, that on Wednesday [August 10] we tied with ‘Y&R.’” Considering “The Young and the Restless” is daytime’s #1 soap, we thought she may have made a mistake too, but it turns out she wasn’t wrong at all.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Soap Opera Network is hearing contradicting reports on what Prospect Park is planning to do with “One Life to Live” once it completes production at the ABC Television Center on 66th St. and West End Ave in New York City.
While the show is staying in New York, as previously reported, we’re now hearing that Prospect Park is looking at three locations for “One Life to Live’s” new studio space now that the shows current ABC owned studio is being handed over to Katie Couric for her new talk show debuting in September 2012. On Friday, August 5, we had been told Prospect would move the show into three different studio locations.
Sources tell us that Prospect is deciding between two locations in Manhattan and one in Brooklyn. The Brooklyn location happens to be the former studio space for “As The World Turns,” which is better known as the JC Studios located at 1268 East 14th Street. Soap Opera Digest had reported the same information on July 27.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Best known for her portrayal of Carly Corinthos and later Claudia Zacchara on ABC’s “General Hospital,” Sarah Brown is returning to daytime for another go after being dropped to recurring status earlier this year by CBS’ “The Bold and the Beautiful,” where she portrayed Agnes ‘Aggie’ Jones. The three-time Emmy Award winning actress has signed with NBC’s “Days of our Lives” to play the contract role of Madison James beginning Tuesday, October 4.
Brown’s new character is described as a “ a powerful and seductive CEO who looks to take on, one way or another, Sami [Brady, Alison Sweeney], Kate [Roberts, Lauren Koslow], Brady [Black, Eric Martsolf], and Victor [Kiriakis, John Aniston].” In a statement, Brown shared that she’s “excited to join such a talented cast as well as to play such a strong yet feminine character that will inspire our female viewer.”
For his part co-executive producer Greg Meng stated “”We are thrilled to have Sarah join our family at ‘Days.’ We needed a strong actress who can mold this character and go toe-to-toe with other strong actresses such as Alison Sweeney and Lauren Koslow. Madison defines a new femininity, displaying confidence, savvy, and elegance.”
via Press Release
THREE-TIME EMMY AWARD WINNING ACTRESS SARAH BROWN JOINS CAST MEMBERS ALISON SWEENEY & DEIDRE HALL ON ”DAYS OF OUR LIVES”
Actress Joins the Newly Revitalized Show in a Provocative & Powerful New Role
Sarah Brown, perhaps best known to fans for her creation of the iconic, tortured troublemaker Carly on “General Hospital,” has joined the cast of “Days of our Lives,” NBC’s longest-running scripted television series. Brown is considered one of daytime television’s best working actresses, having won a jaw-dropping three Emmy Awards for ” General Hospital,” and delighting fans on “As the World Turns” and “The Bold & the Beautiful.” She joins “Days of our Lives” as it begins revolutionary changes to focus on heroic love, intrigue, core family values, and the triumphant return of daytime royalty Deidre Hall and Drake Hogestyn as Marlena Evans and John Black.
Brown will play “Madison James,” a powerful and seductive CEO who looks to take on, in way or another, Sami, Kate, Brady, and Victor. “‘Days of our Lives’ is one of television’s historic gems,” Brown says. ”I’m excited to join such a talented cast as well as to play such a strong yet feminine character that will inspire our female viewer.” Brown joins former cast members Matthew Ashford, Christie Clark, and Patrick Muldoon, who are returning to the show, in celebrating its 46th season on the air. Greg Meng, Co-Executive Producer, commented, “We are thrilled to have Sarah join our family at ‘Days.’ We needed a strong actress who can mold this character and go toe-to-toe with other strong actresses such as Alison Sweeney and Lauren Koslow. Madison defines a new femininity, displaying confidence, savvy, and elegance.”
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Beginning on Monday, September 12 look for John O’Hurley to debut in the role of film producer Kit Sterling on “All My Children.” Mr. Sterling will approach Pine Valley’s leading lady Erica Kane (Susan Lucci) in an effort to convince her to turn her new book, “Erica Kane: Uncensored,” into a big-screen production. O’Hurley is best known for the recurring role of Elaine’s (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) boss John Peterman on the former NBC mega-hit series “Seinfeld” and his stint on the first season of ABC’s hit reality series “Dancing with the Stars.” He also hosted the popular syndicated game show “Family Fued.”
O’Hurley is very familiar to the world of daytime television. He was married to “AMC” star Eva LaRue, who is among the many returning actors to “AMC” this summer, from 1992 to 1994. The actor appeared on ABC’s “Loving” and “General Hospital,” CBS’s “As the World Turns” and “The Young and The Restless” and NBC’s “Santa Barbara.” The dancing champion has also guest-starred on numerous series and with a distinctive tone has found success doing voice-over work, as well.
Look for O’Hurley to appear in several episodes of the 41-year-old daytime drama this September. “AMC” last airs on ABC on Friday, September 23. Production company Prospect Park has licensed ”AMC” and “One Life to Live” from ABC. Following their extinction on ABC, new episodes of both soaps are expected to be available to fans again in some form at some point in 2012.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — ABC’s “General Hospital” has announced that effective immediately Garin Wolf will replace outgoing Robert Guza Jr. as its head writer. The announcement was made by Brian Frons, President, Daytime, Disney/ABC Television Group.
“Garin is a talented writer and storyteller who has been a part of the ‘General Hospital’ family for nearly 15 years,” said Frons. “His in-depth knowledge and adoration for the show’s legacy will help make a smooth transition and an immediate impact on story,” said Frons. “I’m sure he will succeed in taking ‘General Hospital’ to new heights as he develops characters and storylines that will engage and thrill our viewers.”
According to ABC, Wolf has been part of the “General Hospital” writing team since 1997 for which he won two Daytime Emmy Awards. In addition to his time at the flagship ABC soap, Wolf had written for CBS’ “As The World Turns” and SOAPnet’s “General Hospital: Night Shift.” While he’s best known for his work on soaps, Wolf is also credited for his time at animated series “Batman” and “Tiny Toon Adventures.” He won a Writer’s Guild of America Award for his work on “GH.”
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Earlier today, Soap Opera Digest posted breaking news on their website when they reported that actress Cady McClain would be returning to ABC’s “All My Children” in the role of Dixie Cooney. Shortly afterward, Soaps in Depth posted their own version of the news. Who to believe? At this point, it doesn’t matter as long as Dixie’s back! Then again, Cady did return in early 2010 when Dixie, who died via poisoned pancakes (what were the writers thinking?), and her ghost/spirit was used to usher out Palmer Cortlandt, who had “died” on the soap a few months after his real-life portrayer, James Mitchell, passed away.
This will mark the second time that McClain has returned to a soap shortly after it had received its walking papers from its broadcast network. McClain returned her character Rosanna Cabot, which garnered her second Daytime Emmy Award in 2004 in the category of Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, to “As The World Turns” just weeks before the soap ceased filming after 54-years in production. McClain won her first Emmy in 1990 in the category of Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series for her portrayal of Dixie on “AMC.” “As The World Turns” last aired on Friday, September 17, 2010.
According to Soap Opera Digest
Soap Opera Digest has learned that Cady McClain will be back in Pine Valley as Dixie before the show’s September finale — and that the deal to bring her back was in the works before the show’s cancellation. McClain’s last appearance (as Dixie’s spirit) was in 2010, when Dixie welcomed Palmer to heaven in April.
According to ABC Soaps In Depth
Despite reports saying that Cady McClain will be bringing Dixie back to ALL MY CHILDREN before the soap ends in September, Soaps In Depth has learned that the fan favorite’s return isn’t completely carved in stone just yet. A source close to the actress shares that while negotiations are underway with AMC, nothing has been signed for McClain to reprise the role of Tad’s love.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live’s” Robert S. Woods (Bo) will be among those honored at HeartShare Human Services of New York‘s Annual Spring Gala on Thursday, March 24. Woods will be honored withThe Linda Dano Heart Award for his support of the organization, which is “dedicated to improving the lives of people in need of special services and support.”
The award is named after actress Linda Dano (ex-Rae, “OLTL”), who serves on the HeartShare Board of Directors and presents the honor on an annual basis to an individual or group in the entertainment industry who “exemplifies a commitment to improving the lives of children,” states a press release. Previous recipients of the award include Cameron Mathison and Susan Lucci from “All My Children,” along with the cast and crew of “As the World Turns,” “One Life to Live,” and “The View.”
Woods will be among four individuals recognized for their support and contributions. The others include Mark C. Healy, President and CEO of the American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, LLC., who will receive The Monsignor Thomas G. Hagerty Humanitarian Award; Vincent Theurer, Sr., President of the Approved Oil Company of Brooklyn, who is the recipient of The George A. Cincotta Community Development Award; and Lorraine M. Tazzo, President of The Genie Foundation, who will be presented with The HeartShare Genie Foundation Award.
Scheduled to attend from “One Life to Live,” in addition to Woods and Dano, include Eddie Alderson (Matthew), Kristen Alderson (Starr), Farah Fath (Gigi), David Fumero (Cristian), Susan Haskell (Marty), John-Paul Lavoisier (Rex), Mark Lawson (Brody), Sean Ringgold (Shaun), and Hillary B. Smith (Nora), as well as former cast member Billy Warlock (ex-Ross), and novelist Peter Straub (who has appeared on “OLTL” several times). Other soap stars in attendance include Julie Pinson Warlock (ex-Janet, “As the World Turns”) and Thorsten Kaye (Ex-Zach, “All My Children”). For a listing of other television, radio, and entertainment personalities attending, click here.
The 2011 HeartShare Spring Gala and Auction will be held on Thursday, March 24, at the New York Marriott Marquis in New York City. Cocktails and the silent auction begin at 5:30 pm ET, with the dinner to follow at 7:00 pm ET. For more information, call (718) 422-3210, email [email protected], or click here. And to learn more about HeartShare, please visit their website.
Who hogged the most airtime in all of 2010? Steve Burton slips out of the number one slot due to competition from a relatively new co-star’s record-breaking year.
As the year 2010 came to a close, so did a years worth of tracking appearances of contract and recurring actors on daytime’s remaining soap operas. “General Hospital’s” Dominic Zamprogna (Dante Falconeri) and Steve Burton (Jason Morgan) top the list of appearances in 2010 as the male duo from the ABC soap respectively appeared in 234 and 224 out of 249 episodes. Those totals denote a noticeable rise from the amount of episodes 2009′s leaders Burton (208) & “Days of Our Lives” Arianne Zucker (Nicole Walker; 207) appeared in. In 2010, airing in 234 episodes, Zamprogna also beat the record formerly held by “All My Children’s” Alicia Minshew (Kendall Hart Slater) and Lindsay Hartley (as Theresa Lopez-Fitzgerald on NBC’s “Passions”) for most appearances in a year; Hartley appeared in 233 episodes in 2006 and Minshew appeared in the same amount of episodes in 2007. Enjoying an eight month long maternity leave in 2010, Minshew missed the list this year. Meanwhile, swapping from NBC to ABC and the time off in-between kept Hartley off the 2010 list, as well. ABC, CBS and NBC produced between 249 and 252 episodes of soap opera hours for each soap (except for the canceled CBS sudser “As the World Turns”) last year.