Earlier this week Parade Magazine announced a tournament to determine the greatest soap opera of all time. According to Parade, “We need your help to crown the greatest daytime drama ever with a four-round tournament.” In this “Soap Opera Showdown,” fans are able to vote for their favorite soap to advance to the next round.
The contest began on Sunday, which saw “General Hospital” advance over “The Doctors,” “All My Children” advance over “Passions,” “One Life to Live” advance over “Search for Tomorrow,” “As the World Turns” advance over “The Young and the Restless,” “The Bold and the Beautiful” advance over “The Secret Storm,” “Days of Our Lives” advance over “Love of Life,” “Guiding Light” advance over “The Edge of Night,” and “Ryan’s Hope” advance over “Another World.”
Soap actress Eileen Davidson may have walked away from “Days of our Lives” for a short time, but the fan favorite is headed back to the Salem spotlight!
According to TV Guide, the actress (who also plays Ashley Abbott on “The Young and the Restless”) will begin filming at “DAYS” this March for “a powerful Kristen DiMera story arc” that will hit the air this summer!
Deidre Hall has been keeping busy as Marlena Evans on the NBC sudser “Days of our Lives,” but the busy actress took a break from the soapy shenanigans yesterday to film a special appearance on Hallmark’s lifestyle series, “Home & Family!”
In the episode, set to air Tuesday, January 28 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM EST/PST on Hallmark Channel, Hall will share secrets to healthy eating and make Red Pepper Soup with “Home and Family” co-host Cristina Ferrare. In addition to the healthy living initiative and how she became a proponent of healthy eating, Hall will also share details on the new “DAYS” oriented book “Days of our Lives Better Living: Cast Secrets for a Healthier, Balanced Life.”
For more information on the show, be sure to check out www.hallmarkchannel.com/homeandfamily.
On Friday, January 24, NBC’s “Days of our Lives” put rumors to rest when it officially announced that former “One Life to Live” actress Kassie DePaiva (ex-Blair Cramer) would be joining its cast in the contract role of Eve Donovan, a role which was originated by actress Charlotte Ross, who congratulated DePaiva on signing onto “DAYS” on Twitter.
Shortly after word broke that Kassie DePaiva would be taking on the role of Eve Donovan on NBC’s “Days of our Lives” later this summer, originator Charlotte Ross took to Twitter to congratulate the former “One Life to Live” actress on snagging the part and shared some of her own fondest memories of the character. Ross also announced she’ll be appearing in a future episode(s) of ABC’s “Nashville.”
On Monday, January 27, during the east coast broadcast of NBC’s “Days of our Lives,” actor Blake Berris (Nick Fallon) will tweet live with fans of the daytime drama series as viewers get more insight into where his character has been all these months and why he’s returned to Salem.
Meanwhile, CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” has scheduled live tweets with Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea), Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe) and Greg Rikaart (Kevin) on Tuesday, January 28 during the east coast broadcast of the soap, and Joshua Morrow (Nicholas) and Christian Le Blanc (Michael) will do the same on Friday, January 31.
“He’s returned from the dead. The good news? They didn’t kill him. The bad news? He wants revenge,” states next week’s promo for NBC’s “Days of our Lives,” which revealed on the Friday, January 24 episode that Nick Fallon (Blake Berris) didn’t die after Gabi (Camila Banus) knocked him over the head with a rock and subsequently shoved him into the river with the aide of Sami (Alison Sweeney) and Kate (Lauren Koslow).
Yesterday, it was announced that veteran soap actor Rick Hearst would be returning to ABC’s “General Hospital” for the first time since 2009 as his character Ric Lansing. Hearst is scheduled to first air on Monday February 24, but isn’t expected to speak until Tuesday, February 25, according to ABC Soaps In Depth. In honor of his grand return, the actor took to Twitter to thank the fans, “GH” executive producer Frank Valentini and head writer Ron Carlivati for making it all happen.
Ratings Report for the Week of January 13-17, 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)
1. Y&R 4,983,000 (-489,000/+330,000)
2. B&B 3,688,000 (-447,000/+71,000)
3. GH 2,936,000 (-353,000/+136,000)
4. DAYS 2,639,000 (-352,000/-135,000)
1. Y&R 3.6/11 (-.3/+.2)
2. B&B 2.6/8 (-.3/same)
3. GH 2.3/7 (-.2/+.2)
4. DAYS 2.0/6 (-.2/-.1)
As previously reported, former “General Hospital” actress Emily Wilson (ex-Ellie Trout) is set to appear in an upcoming episode of ABC’s “Castle,” entitled “Dressed To Kill.”
While the episode was previously set to air on Monday, January 27, an ABC rep tells Soap Opera Network that the episode has been pushed back and will now air on Monday, February 3 instead.