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Due to a White House press conference, ABC's "General Hospital" will be preempted today, December 20, 2013. As a result, episodes will be pushed back and today's previously scheduled original will instead air on Monday, December 23. In a statement, ABC says, "We apologize for any inconvenience and hope you'll tune in Monday for a fantastic episode!"
Although it had long been rumored, Disney/ABC Domestic Television made it official today that it has canceled "Katie," the daytime talker hosted by Katie Couric. “While production will continue on 'Katie' through June 2014, we’ve mutually agreed that there will not be a third season of the show,” the company and Couric's team said in a joint statement. "We’re very proud of everyone’s contributions to making 'Katie' the #1 new syndicated talk show of 2012-2013, and we look forward to the rest of the season."
For the week of December 9-13, 2013, ABC's "General Hospital" continued to pace for its best season in seven years in total viewers (since 2006/2007 television season), and is turning in its best performance in the key women sales demos in 2 1/2 to 4 years. The soap was number 1 in Women 18-49 for the second consecutive week (779,000/1.2 rating), which is the first back to back win the soap has had in the demo in six-and-a-half years (since week of 5/21/07). "GH" turned in its 2nd-most-watched week in over two years in Women 18-49 and in over two and a half years in Women 25-54 (1.06 million/1.7 rating), behind only last week and since weeks of 8/15/11 and 3/21/11, respectively. Moreover, the past three weeks have been the show’s Top 3 most-watched weeks in nearly three years in Total Viewers – since week of 12/27/10. Additionally, "GH" posted the largest year-to-year increases of any broadcast daytime drama in Women 18-49 (+28% – 779,000 vs. 610,000) and Women 25-54 (+37% – 1.06 million vs. 774,000).
Ever walk into a room and get a resounding boo? “General Hospital’s” Parry Shen (Brad Cooper) sure has, but the New York native took it in stride. When several people at this year’s "GH" Fan Club weekend shouted their disapproval upon Shen’s arrival to the event, he laughed it off and took it as par for the course.
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.