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Deadline is reporting that former "Days of our Lives" star Matt Cedeno (ex-Brandon Walker) has landed a recurring role on Lifetime's "Devious Maids," which stars Susan Lucci ("All My Children"), Ana Ortiz ("Ugly Betty"), Roselyn Sanchez ("Without a Trace"), Grant Show ("Melrose Place") and Brianna Brown ("General Hospital"). Cedeno is said to be featured in the tweaked pilot, which was originally conceived as a possible series for ABC during last seasons development cycle, and will likely be upped to series regular if the show is picked up by Lifetime for a second season. Cedeno will play the role of Alejandro Reyes, "a successful recording artist. Back home after three long months on tour, Alejandro wants to lounge by the pool - while behind his back, Odessa and the new maid Carmen are maneuvering themselves for Total War."

L.E.A.D.E.R.S.H.I.P.1ST along with ElliptiGO will present STAND UP AMERICA, taking place at the WorldBeat Center in Balboa Park on Saturday, Nov 24th, and featuring celebrity elliptical riders who believe in the message “ Stand Up America.” A number of high profile celebrities have committed to supporting this initiative including Arianne Zucker, who plays Nicole Walker on NBC’s “Days of our Lives,” and Lorenzo Neal, future Hall of Famer and Former SD Charger.

Due to the Thanksgiving Holiday, ratings for the week of November 12-16, 2012 will be delayed. Check back on Monday, November 26 to see how your favorite shows fared.

Michael Nader ("All My Children"), Matt Cedeno ("Days of our Lives"), Jade Harlow ("Passions"), Roark Critchlow ("Days of our Lives"), Bruce Michael Hall ("Passions") and Kelly Ripa ("All My Children") are just a few of daytime's brightest soap stars of recent past, and they have come together for volume 2 of "Soap Sessions Merry Download," a compilation holiday CD where some of your favorite stars sing (or speak) some of your favorite holiday classics.

For more than 10 years fans of daytime soap operas have been coming to Soap Opera Network to find out how their favorite soap was faring in the weekly ratings report. From time to time we would also provide analysis of how they stacked up when compared to their broadcast counterparts in the talk show and game show genres, but we've never looked at how the broadcast soaps (and to a lesser extent the broadcast talk and game shows) compared to syndicated television. Not that it wasn't easy to provide a comparison, it was just never something we found necessary. In recent months, with the introduction of several syndicated talk shows including "Katie" and "The Steve Harvey Show," which together took over the 3:00 PM slot from "General Hospital" in much of the country this past September after "GH" moved to 2:00 PM, and the second season without "The Oprah Winfrey Show," things have changed. Recently, Broadcasting & Cable came out with a report that showed how syndicated programs might be a solid alternative to our soaps in the key demographics when it comes to Madison Avenue buying advertising time. While we wouldn't want advertisers to give up on our favorite shows, B&C does provide a solid rationalization and even highlights the value of soap operas when it comes to the all important key women demos (Women 18-49, Women 25-54, etc).

On Wednesday, November 14, 2012, the world of soaps lost a true legend in Barbara Esensten, who passed at age 75. Esensten co-created "The City" along with her more than 20 year long writing partner James Harmon Brown. The duo worked together on such shows as "Dynasty," "All My Children," "Days of our Lives," "One Life to Live," "Port Charles" and "Guiding Light."

Ratings Report for the Week of November 5-9, 2012

Although it wasn't listed with the other "Hot" stuff in TV Guide Magazine's Annual "Hot List" issue (pages 16-35), "General Hospital" did earn a spot under Michael Logan's Daytime Highlights column (page 84) under the heading "Hot Again." NBC's "Days of our Lives" also made the cut under the heading "Hot Days, Hotter Nights" courtesy of daytime's hottest (and only) gay on screen couple, Will Horton (Chandler Massey) and Sonny Kiriakis (Freddie Smith).

ABC's "General Hospital" posted its largest overall audience in nearly 21 months (since week of February 21-25, 2011) as the daytime drama series averaged 2.82 million viewers during the week of November 5-9, 2012. This was the programs largest overall audience under executive producer Frank Valentini and head writer Ron Carlivati.The series was up 21% compared to the same week last year (week of November 7-11, 2011) in Total Viewers (2.82 million vs. 2.27 million), 54% in Women 18-34 (266,000 vs. 161,000) and 23% in Women 18-49 (679,000 vs 571,000). "General Hospital" edged "The Young and the Restless" in Women 18-34 with its largest competitive advantage in nearly 4 1/2 years (since week of June 23, 2008).

Ratings Report for the Week of October 29 - November 2, 2012
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