The last time People Magazine offerred a collector’s edition of a soap opera was in September 2011, when the mag celebrated the life and history of the then canceled “All My Children.” This time the magazine is celebrating the continued life and history of “General Hospital” with a special 50th Anniversary collector’s edition that finds Luke and Laura Spencer (Anthony Geary and Genie Francis), Maxie Jones (Kirsten Storms), Sonny Corinthos and Brenda Barrett (Maurice Benard and Vanessa Marcil), Duke Lavery and Anna Devane (Ian Buchanan and Finola Highes), and Jagger Cates (Antonio Sabato Jr.) gracing the cover.
UPDATE 8:28 PM ET: Easton’s management team tells Soap Opera Network, “Currently we have no plans to return to ‘One Life to Live.’ The rest is to be determined.”
PREVIOUS 3:13 PM ET: On Thursday, February 14, Soap Opera Network was first to report on Roger Howarth returning to “One Life to Live.” In our initial reporting it appeared that the actor would be returning to the soap full-time, but as the day progressed we soon learned that it would only be for four weeks with Howarth scheduled to begin filming on Monday, March 18, at the Stamford, CT studios for the online reboot of the series, per the actors management. Why the initial confusion? It looks as though Roger’s deal to return to “OLTL” was just being signed as Soap Opera Network went to press, per Howarth’s management, so word of his return to “OLTL” was correct, but length was unclear.
Earlier today we posted our ratings report for the week of February 4-8, 2013 and it looks as though the debut of Steve Burton on “The Young and the Restless” and Jack Wagner‘s return to “General Hospital” have helped bring new (or returning) viewers back to daytime television.
On Thursday, February 21, during the east coast broadcast of ABC’s “General Hospital” (2:00 – 3:00 PM ET/11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PT) fans of Lynn Herring (Lucy Coe) will be able to chat live with the soap star as she discusses her characters crazy antics in an episode that finds Lucy being transferred to Ferncliff, while Molly (Haley Pullos) comes in with recent pictures of Sam (Kelly Moaco), which she hopes will help the police find Sam and her baby. Lucy is fearful for Sam and her baby and believes they are in serious danger, so Lucy concocts a plan to help secure her freedom as she believes she can help save the two.
With just a week to go before production is set to begin once more on “All My Children” and “One Life to Live,” after more than a year since both series aired their last episodes on ABC, a number of behind the scenes personnel have been hired on to help spearhead the soaps into the digital world via Hulu and iTunes later this spring.
When we reported that Marlene McPherson (pictured right, with former “DAYS” co-head writer Darrell Ray Thomas) had been hired on as head writer of Prospect Park’s version of “All My children” back on January 23, it was unclear at the time as to whether she would be joined by a co-head writer. Soap Opera Network has since learned that it’ll be a “Days of our Lives” reunion of sorts for “AMC” as McPherson will be joined by Elizabeth Snyder, who was an Associate Head Writer at “DAYS” from 2011-2012.
Ratings Report for the Week of February 4-8, 2013
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 4,764,000 (+66,000/+9,000)
2. B&B 3,588,000 (+51,000/+238,000)
3. GH 2,818,000 (-29,000/+625,000)
4. DAYS 2,572,000 (-52,000/+111,000)
1. Y&R 3.5/11 (same/same)
2. B&B 2.6/8 (same/+.1)
3. GH 2.1/6 (same/+.5)
4. DAYS 1.9/6 (-.1/+.1)
“General Hospital’s” Jon Lindstrom (Dr. Kevin Collins) directed and co-produced “How We Got Away With It,” a gripping, taut and explosive tale of a young man and his friend’s violent reaction to an unexpected tragedy during their annual all-weekend summer reunion. “Got Away With It” is a troubling and sometimes difficult piece about abuse, secrets, denial and revenge.
Screenings of the film will take place during the Macon Film Festival in Macon, GA beginning today, February 15, starting at 4:15 PM at the 567 Center for Renewal, which is located at 533 Cherry St. Macon, GA 31201. A Q&A will follow the screening. Another screening will take place on Saturday, February 16 at 6:00 PM at the Douglass Theater located at 355 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Macon, GA 31201.
For Tickets: http://www.maconfilmfestival.com
“How We Got Away With It” Trailer
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On Monday, February 11, Paos Revolution, the team behind the upcoming “On Air” film starring “All My Children’s” Jordi Vilasuso (Dr. Griffin Castillo) and Alicia Minshew (ex-Kendall Hart) announced the launch of their official website. “The launch of paosrevolution.com is the first step of our plan to connect fans to the soap actors and insiders they love. Founding partners Jordi Vilasuso, Dock (Jeff Dockweiler) and John Homa are committed to creating an interactive actor friendly environment,” said a press release announcing the launch.
On the Monday, February 18 edition of “The Jeff Probst Show,” John Stamos will appear as a guest and in an exclusive clip posted by TV Guide, the actor revealed that “General Hospital” had contacted him about reprising his 1980′s character Blackie Parrish, but he nixed the idea when the series asked him to play the drums while Rick Springfield‘s Noah Drake sang “Jessie’s Girl.”