It seems like just yesterday that the world was ready to nail the lid on the coffin of daytime soap operas. Ratings were low across the board, and a slew of sudsers — “Guiding Light,” “As the World Turns,” “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” — were cancelled, leaving only “Days of our Lives,” “General Hospital,” “The Bold and the Beautiful” and “The Young and the Restless” on the air. But to the surprise of critics and many soap fans, 2013 saw a drastic turnaround: All four remaining soap operas saw a significant increase in ratings, and “The Young and the Restless” once again made a list of the top 10 most-searched television programs of the year, among popular series like “Breaking Bad” and “The Walking Dead.” So why the complete 180 in daytime soap popularity?
Soap Opera Network recently attended an event at The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, where soap opera insiders like John McCook (Eric Forrester, “B&B”), Anthony Geary (Luke Spencer, “GH”), Marnie Saaita (casting director for “DAYS”) and Michael Maloney (author of “The Young and Restless Life of William J. Bell: Creator of The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful”) discussed the recent resurgence and more. Read on to find out what these soap opera experts had to say about the genre’s past, present and future!
As previously reported, the annual “General Hospital” Fan Club weekend will take place from Thursday, July 31 through Monday, August 4 at the Sportmen’s Lodge Hotel and Events Center in Studio City, CA. Tickets for the Kick Off Cocktail Party, Main Cast and Blast from the Past – Part II events went on sale last week Monday.
Recently, the fan club announced additional events for several “GH” stars including mainstays Rebecca Herbst, Lisa LoCicero, Tyler Christopher, Laura Wright, Kelly Moncao, Kirsten Storms, Jason Thompson and Dominic Zamprogna. Joining the actors this year with their own events will be Michael Easton, Ryan Paevey, Kathleen Gati, and even the return of Karaoke night, now hosted by Sean Blakemore, Marc Anthony Samuel and Parry Shen.
As first reported by Soap Opera Digest, Ilene Kristen (ex-Roxy Balsom, “One Life to Live”) will again be reprising her “Ryan’s Hope” role of Delia Ryan on ABC’s “General Hospital.”
Kristen first re-appeared as the character on two episodes of “GH” back in October 2013. In those episodes, viewers learned that Delia is the mother of Ava Jerome (Maura West) and grandmother of Kiki Jerome (Kristen Alderson).
Anyone who’s been watching “General Hospital” as of late knows that the iconic sudser is seriously on fire — and from what we can tell, the flames don’t look as if they’ll die down any time soon! In fact, when Soap Opera Network caught up with executive producer Frank Valentini at this month’s Television Critics Association event at the Langham Hotel in Pasadena, California, he revealed that fans haven’t seen anything yet! Read on for the scoop on what’s to come in the weeks ahead, how interaction with the network heads has helped with the soap’s recent success and what to expect for the long haul when it comes to everything Port Charles!
Fans of “General Hospital’s” Kimberly McCullough (Robin Scorpio) have no doubt been thrilled to see the actress front and center on the canvas as of late, but the sad cat has officially been let out of the bag: She’ll soon be departing Port Charles! But just how will Anna’s (Finola Hughes) daughter be exiting the canvas? Soap Opera Network spoke with the actress to find out!
All it took was a simple tweet that said, “Can’t wait for the games today..btw I’m having another kid..have a great day. God bless,” and soap fans everywhere learned that “The Young and the Restless’” Steve Burton (Dylan McAvoy) and wife Sheree Gustin were expecting their third child.
While the sex of the baby is unknown at this time to the expectant parents, Burton shared that their newest bundle of joy is due in mid July and that it came as a surprise to them both when they got the news. The two are the proud parents of daughter Makena Grace, 10, and son Jack Marshall, 7. Burton noted he is “so ready,” when asked by a fan if he was ready for fatherhood again.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Donna Mills, famous for her portrayal of Abby Ewing on CBS’ “Knots Landing,” is joining the cast of ABC’s “General Hospital” in a BIG new role.
Per the website, Mills was the only choice for her mysterious character “particularly because the writers are major fans of her old primetime soap.”
While full character details (name, storyline, etc.) are unavailable at this time, the site says that viewers can expect to see Mills first air sometime in late February.
Ratings Report for the Week of January 6-10, 2014
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 5,472,000 (+159,000/+833,000) * <—- 5 year high
2. B&B 4,135,000 (+8,000/+576,000)
3. GH 3,289,000 (-41,000/+433,000)
4. DAYS 2,991,000 (-30,000/+426,000)
* New high for JFP/Altman/Passanante regime
* Highest since December 28, 2008 – January 1, 2009
1. Y&R 3.9/11 (+.2/+.5) * <—– 5 year high
2. B&B 2.9/8 (+.1/+.3) ** <—– 5.5 year high
3. GH 2.5/7 (+.1/+.4)
4. DAYS 2.2/6 (same/+.3)
* Last time at 3.9: Dec 28 – Jan 1, 2009
* New high for JFP/Altman/Passanante regime
** Last time at 2.9: April 28 – May 2, 2008
Just as we report Tristan Rogers‘ last airdate on “General Hospital,” we can now report on his first airdate on “The Young and the Restless.”
A rep for the CBS daytime soap tells Soap Opera Network that the actor will mark his return as Colin Atkinson beginning with the Wednesday, February 5 episode of the drama series.
As previously reported, the actor began filming last week for the first time since his character left the canvas in May 2012, and following a brief return stint at “GH,” which concludes on Thursday, January 30.
As previously reported, “Grey’s Anatomy” star Chandra Wilson (Dr. Miranda Bailey) will appear on the Wednesday, January 29 episode of ABC’s “General Hospital.” The actress will appear as a patient of Dr. Kevin Collins (Jon Lindstrom), who goes to General Hospital for her regularly scheduled appointment. Since we first reported last month on Wilson’s appearance on her favorite soap, many have been wanting to learn more about the character she will portray and now we can share all you need to know!