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The cast and crew of “The Young and the Restless” have a major milestone to smile about: The CBS sudser has officially marked its 25 year anniversary of being the number one rated soap opera on national television! In honor of the very special occasion, Soap Opera Network spoke with longtime castmember Doug Davidson (Paul Williams), who’s been with the show since 1978, to discuss the elements that have gone into keeping “Y&R” in the coveted top-notch position for so long.
There’s a rumor going around that former “All My Children” star Vincent Irizarry (ex-David Hayward) has been tapped to play the role of “General Hospital’s” Valentin Cassadine — a role former “AMC” star Matthew Borlenghi (ex-Brian Bodine) had been cast to play before the storyline was scrapped back in 2009. And when Borlenghi caught wind of the supposed recast, his online comments prompted “GH” headscribe, Ron Carlivati, to shed some news on the Irizarry casting rumor!
TVGN is proving why it's now the "the new way to watch soaps." With the network already picking up encore airing rights to "The Young and the Restless" this past summer, and "The Bold and the Beautiful" earlier this month, the network plans to provide soap fans with even more "soap" for their viewing pleasure courtesy of the new documentary, "Who Shot the Daytime Soap?" Airing Monday, December 16 at 8:00 PM ET/PT, preceded by airings of “B&B” at 6:30 PM ET/PT and “Y&R” at 7:00 PM ET/PT, the documentary tackles the history of daytime soap operas as told by those who were there during the good times, the bad times and the new times.

Emily Wilson To Appear on ABC’s ‘Castle’

Friday, December 13, 2013 6:24 PM EDT
Speaking of "General Hospital's" Emily Wilson (Ellie Trout), the actress announced on Monday, December 9 that she will be appearing on ABC's "Castle" courtesy of a blurred out Twitter image. While she didn't post any character information or episode details, a rep for the show confirms to Soap Opera Network that the actress is in fact scheduled to appear in a future episode of the primetime procedural that stars "One Life to Live" alum, Nathan Fillion (ex-Joey Buchanan), as novelist Richard Castle.
An ABC representative confirms to Soap Opera Network that actors Bradford Anderson (Damien Spinelli) and Emily Wilson (Ellie Trout) will soon be departing "General Hospital." Per the rep, Anderson's last airdate as Damian Spinell is scheduled for Tuesday, December 17, while an exact airdate is unknown for Wilson at this time. However, in its newest issue, Soap Opera Digest spoke with head writer Ron Carlivati, who said of Wilson's exit, "It's kind of hinged on Bradford's desire to move on. We had kind of hitched Ellie's wagon to Spinelli's star, so in the desire to want to give him a happy ending, part of that involved Ellie going with him. I think it would have been sad to send him off by himself with this child, and also very hard to make sense, you know, that there was this great PI job that he couldn't turn down."
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."
For the week of December 2-6, 2013, ABC's "General Hospital" continued its ratings momentum from the week prior (week of November 25, 2013) with 3.31 million viewers, a 1.9 rating in Women 25-54 (1.18 million in actuals) and a 1.4 rating in Women 18-49 (880,000 million in actuals), per Nielsen Media Research Live + SD ratings data. This week marked the first time "GH" ranked a solid #1 in Women 25-54 in over six years and its best performance in Women 18-34 and Women 18-49, both since the week of July 16, 2007. The soap attracted its largest numbers since the week of January 21, 2008 in viewers, it's largest Women 18-49 rating in over two-and-a-half years (since week of March 11, 2011) and best performance in Women 25-54 rating in close to three years (since week of December 27, 2010), respectively. The soap continues to pace for its best season in seven years in total viewers (since 2006/2007 television season).
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."