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It's been quite some time since Soap Opera Network last brought its readers a weekly breakdown of what's going to happen during the upcoming week of soaps. With our new sense of direction and focus as we get ready to enter a new year, and a new phase for the site, we thought it would be a great opportunity to get back into the previews game.
The last few weeks have been anything but easy for “Days of our Lives” Eric, who lost his position as a priest after an explosive sex tape scandal stunned the town of Salem. And according to his portrayer, Greg Vaughan, the character is in for an uphill battle with no end in sight. But it is a soap opera, after all, so you can bet there’s going to be a love twist within the darkness that currently encapsulates the former priest’s life! Read on to get Vaughan’s take on the weeks ahead and whether or not he thinks a romantic relationship between Eric and Nicole (Arianne Zucker) is in the cards for next year!
Whether it’s parties or church events or cooking (oh my!), shopping or wrapping or snow shoveling (oh why?), the stars of “General Hospital” and “Days of our Lives” will be quite busy this holiday season! But don’t worry: Before the casts took off for their fun-filled Christmas break, Soap Opera Network managed to catch a few actors and get the scoop on how they plan to spend the next two weeks ahead!

Monday, December 23, 2013 2:41 PM EDT
According to Soap Opera Digest, Daniel Cosgrove has joined the cast of NBC's "Days of our Lives" in the newly created role of Aiden. "This is the first time that I’ve ever played a daytime character that wasn’t played by someone else," said the actor to the magazine of his previous roles as Scott Chandler ("All My Children"), Chris Hughes ("As The World Turns") and Bill Lewis ("Guiding Light"), all played by several actors prior to his portrayal.
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.
The quick switcheroo from Chandler Massey to Guy Wilson in the role of “Days of our Lives’” Will Horton is about to commence: As previously reported, Wilson’s first day as Sami’s (Alison Sweeney) son will take place the first week in January, and an exact day has finally be revealed! Also revealed is when you'll get your last glimpse at Massey in Salem.
In its newest issue, Soap Opera Digest shed some light on Mark Collier's new role on NBC's "Days of our Lives." The actor, who debuts on the Wednesday, December 18 episode, is portraying Liam, who Adrienne Kiriakis (Judi Evans) sets up on a date with Jennifer Horton (Melissa Reeves). "I knew his first name was Liam, but not much more than that. He went to high school in Salem," shares the actor who began filming in August. Ironically, with Collier now on board, the "DAYS" cast now includes the first two actors who portrayed "As The World Turns'" Mike Kasnoff (Collier played the character from 2002-2007; Shawn Christian [Daniel Jonas] originated the role in 1994).
Each week Soap Opera Network publishes ratings reports that break down the highs and lows of the four remaining daytime soap operas - "The Bold and the Beautiful," "Days of our Lives," "General Hospital" and "The Young and the Restless" - in total viewers and the all important key women sales demos (Women 18-34, Women 18-49 and Women 25-54). Today, with both ABC and CBS noting the success of "GH" and "Y&R," respectively, TheWrap has published a piece entitled, "If Soaps Are ‘Dead,’ Why Are Their Audiences Growing?" In its report, the publication notes that each of the soaps are up season-to-date in all key ratings categories. Meanwhile, some of the replacements for the canceled ABC versions of "All My Children" and "One Life to Live," specifically talk shows, have all "come and gone like, um, sands through the hourglass."
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."