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It was on Friday, January 25, when Soap Opera Network first reported that Prospect Park's "All My Children" was looking to recast the role of Cassandra Foster, the adopted daughter of Angela Hubbard (Debbi Morgan), who the good doctor found abandoned in a dumpster during her run on ABC’s “The City” back in the mid-1990′s. The character returned as an 18 year-old seeking comfort from mommy dearest in 2008 as played by actress YaYa DaCosta. Since then, the production company has now officially issued a casting call for the role. According to the casting call, the role is for an African-American in her early-mid 20's, "gorgeous with an air of sophistication." The character spent the majority of her time in Paris, France, which has helped her become "worldly, independent and a force to be reckoned with." The role is contract.
Just a short time ago, Prospect Park released the following statement to Soap Opera Network regarding the latest developments surrounding its discussions with Disney/ABC Domestic Television and the use of the characters Starr Manning, Todd Manning and John McBain.According to the company, shortly after deciding to postpone production of "All My Children" and "One Life to Live," they made an agreement with ABC that would allow "General Hospital" to utilize the characters so that they could "stay alive with the fans and also so that the actors could remain working." The company also tells Soap Opera Network that "Everyone at ABC and on the production staff of 'General Hospital' understood that this was a temporary arrangement until production started once again on 'One Life to Live.' Now the time has come to start production and Prospect Park needs to, once again, cast these characters including Llanview transplants Michael Easton (John) and Kristen Alderson (Starr)."
Beginning Wednesday, February 6, fans of "General Hospital's" Sean Kanan (AJ Quartermaine) can see/hear the actor in a different light as the daytime star has signed on with UBN Radio Network to launch a new radio show, "Kanan's Rules," with wife, Michele. The show will air live in both audio and streaming video via http://www.ubnradio.com from the Sunset Gower Studios in Hollywood.
Despite Michael Easton's announcement early this morning, where he stated that after February 8th he would be exiting "General Hospital," along with Roger Howarth and Kristen Alderson, due to "some ongoing legal this and that," an ABC spokesperson tells Soap Opera Network that all three will remain an essential part of the "GH" canvas for the foreseeable future.
As previously reported, Michael Easton along with Kristen Alderson and Roger Howarth are currently at the center of a legal dispute between Prospect Park and Disney/ABC Domestic Television, part of the Disney/ABC Telvision Group, over who has the right to use the characters of John McBain (Easton), Starr Manning (Alderson) and Todd Manning (Howarth)). In one corner you have Prospect Park and "One Life to Live" and in the other you have ABC and "General Hospital." Unfortunately for the fans, no one is "winning." According to one of the affected actors, after Friday, February 8, they "cannot be at 'General Hospital'" any longer.
Described as the love story behind "Doctor Zhivago," the award-winning play "Lightning from Heaven," written by "General Hospital" script writer Scott Sickles, will open for a limited engagement at New York City's WorkShop Theater beginning Thursday, February 14th.

My View of Llanview: January 2013 Edition

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Monday, January 28, 2013 3:35 AM EDT
What a difference a year makes, huh "One Life to Live" fans? Looking back through the Soap Opera Network archives, I happened upon the last column that I had written. It was November 30, 2011, nearly two weeks after Prospect Park made the now infamous decision to scrap their plans to revive "OLTL" online, just five days after the soap wrapped production on its ABC run. And now here we are just over a year later, with that plan seemingly resurrected and "One Life," along with sister soap "All My Children," a month away from resuming production for new episodes on the internet.

Ratings: DAYS Hits 2 Year High in Total Viewers

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Saturday, January 26, 2013 2:39 AM EDT
Ratings Report for the Week of January 14-18, 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) Total Viewers 1. Y&R 4,653,000 (+14,000/-408,000) 2. B&B 3,617,000 (+58,000/+146,000) 3. GH 2,800,000 (-56,000/+591,000) 4. DAYS 2,774,000 (+209,000/+246,000) ** New high for GT/CW regime * Highest since January 31-February 4, 2011Households 1. Y&R 3.4/10 (same/-.3) 2. B&B 2.6/8 (same/+.1) 3. GH 2.1/6 (same/+.5) 3. DAYS 2.1/6 (+.2/+.2)Women 18-49 Viewers 1. Y&R 823,000 (-83,000/-137,000) 2. B&B 731,000 (+32,000/+34,000) 3. GH 642,000 (-38,000/+112,000) 4. DAYS 634,000 (+55,000/+37,000) ** New high for GT/CW regimeWomen 18-49 Rating 1. Y&R  1.3/8 (-.1/-.2) 2. B&B 1.1/7 (same/same) 3. GH 1.0/6 (-.1/+.2) 3. DAYS 1.0/6 (+.1/+.1)Women 18-34 Viewers 1. GH 269,000 (+33,000/+136,000) 2. Y&R 201,000 (-24,000/-50,000) 3. DAYS 194,000 (+22,000/+29,000) 4. B&B 159,000 (-4,000/-16,000)Women 18-34 Rating 1. GH 0.8 (+.1/+.4) 2. DAYS 0.6 (+.1/+.1) 2. Y&R 0.6 (-.1/-.1) 4. B&B 0.5 (same/same)Day-To-Day Ratings - HH/Total ViewersB&B Monday: 2.8/3,811,000 Tuesday: 2.7/3,702,000 Wednesday: 2.6/3,495,000 Thursday: 2.6/3,680,000 Friday: 2.5/3,395,000DAYS Monday: 2.2/2,874,000 Tuesday: 2.1/2,985,000 Wednesday: 2.0/2,647,000 Thursday: 2.1/2,714,000 Friday: 2.0/2,650,000GH Monday: 2.1/2,896,000 Tuesday: 2.1/2,717,000 Wednesday: 1.9/2,566,000 Thursday: 2.1/2,945,000 Friday:...