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Jack Wagner, 52, is a soap opera legend and singer, but for millions of viewers he's a dancing star courtesy of ABC's "Dancing with the Stars." The actor joined the 14th cycle (season) of the reality-competition series along with such celebrities as Melissa Gilbert (actor, "Little House on the Prairie"), Sherri Shepherd (talk show host and actress, "The View"), Jaleel White (actor, "Family Matters"), Gladys Knight (singer), Donald Driver (NFL star, "Green Bay Packers"), William Levy (latin soap star), Katherine Jenkins (opera star), Gavin DeGraw (singer), Martina Navratilova (tennis star), Roshon Fegan (actor, "Shake It Up!) and Maria Menounos (TV host and correspondent), but what fans truly want to know is if Wagner is heading back to ABC's "General Hospital" after being taken off contract by CBS' "The Bold and the Beautiful" in early February.

Friday, March 23, 2012 6:31 PM EDT
Although the likelihood was expected thanks to the loss of long-time soaps "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" in 2011 and 2012, which were preceded by the departures of "Guiding Light" and "As The World Turns" in 2009 and 2010, news broke on Thursday, March 22 that after 22 years in publication Soap Opera Weekly would end its successful run as one of the premier soap opera magazines. The final decision to end the mag was just one of many blows the soap opera industry has felt in as many years. Soap Opera Network takes a by the numbers look at Weekly and how its readership levels helped lead to its ultimate demise.
Prior to our posting the press release from the Disney/ABC Television Stations Group which revealed the premiere date of "Katie," Soap Opera Network learned via its sources that ABC had quietly been informing their affiliates of the pending cancellation of "The Revolution," which has greatly underperformed in key demographics and viewership compared to the series it replaced ("One Life to Live") back in January.
On Thursday, March 15, 2012, the Disney/ABC Television Stations Group released a press release (see below) informing stations across the country of its plans to launch the long anticipated talk show "Katie," hosted by news personality Katie Couric, on Monday, September 10. What wasn't stated was "General Hospital," which currently occupies the planned 3:00 PM ET/2:00 PT/CT timeslot for Couric's talk show, is likely to air its final episode in that timeslot on Friday, September 7. As we all know ABC is scheduled to turn over the timeslot to its affiliates, which will allow them to air various programming across their stations, including the option of airing "Katie."

Friday, March 9, 2012 3:24 PM EDT
On June 6, 2011, ABC finally announced (after months of rumors) that it had signed a deal with former "CBS Evening News" anchor Katie Couric to host a new daily syndicated talk show, and that said show would replace veteran soap opera "General Hospital" in the 3:00 PM ET/2:00 PM PT/CT timeslot. While initially the decision brought fear to soap opera fans, who only two months prior learned that ABC Daytime's two other veteran soaps ("All My Children" and "One Life to Live") would be replaced by two new food and lifestyle centered talk shows ("The Chew" and "The Revolution"). Now nearly a year since the announcement, it looks like Katie Couric may just be the lifesaver "General Hospital" desperately needs.