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Retro TV has announced that its finally set a debut date for reruns of the classic soap opera, “The Doctors.” According to an official press release sent out today, the sudser will join the network’s afternoon lineup starting Monday, September 29!

Hillary B. Smith may best be known for her 20+ year run as “One Life to Live’s” legal eagle, Nora Buchanan, but she’s recently taken on a new role in life: Fashion designer! Soap Opera Network caught up with the busy actress — who also appears on and supervising produces the web series “Venice” — to get the scoop on her new fashion line, as well as her thoughts on what went wrong with “OLTL’s” second run and what she thinks about her former TV home, “The Doctors,” making a return to television!

Daytime fans who might be feeling a little nostalgic for the “good old days of soaps” now have something to smile about: Reruns of NBC’s former soap opera, “The Doctors,” will soon be airing on Retro TV!

There’s no doubt that the Daytime Emmy Awards play a large part of the daytime industry, but just how prevalent is the golden statue when it comes to the every day work lives of the people who make up the genre? Soap Opera Network spoke with performers, writers, producers and more to get their take on how often and how much the Emmys impact their work lives. Does the event and its promised accolades inspire them to work harder? Do they keep the Emmys in mind when filming, writing and performing scenes? And are the Emmy awards really necessary for the industry? There are varying opinions, so read on to find out what some of the genre’s heavy hitters had to say!

We've been hearing a lot about the talented cast that Open Book Productions and Bella Productions have assembled for "Beacon Hill" (see above), but today we finally learned how we'll be able to watch the show when it premieres Wednesday, March 5th!

On Thursday, June 20, Prospect Park announced that they had come to a resolution to the dispute between it and the I.A.T.S.E. (International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees) New York Production Locals 52, 161, 600, 700, 764, 798 and USA829, the union representing stage workers for the soaps, which alleged that Prospect Park had violated the labor agreement with the union. Prior to the resolution, Soap Opera Network spoke with "One Life to Live" star Robert Gorrie (Matthew Buchanan) about the early hiatus as a result of the dispute, his upcoming storyline with Amber Skye Noyes' Michelle, being a leading man on a soap opera and how his show is helping him grow.

Snoop Lion returns to The OnLine Network's "One Life to Live" beginning Tuesday, May 28. TOLN has released the following video highlighting Lion's upcoming appearance(s) on the soap as part of his collaborative work in the creation of "Brand New Start," the new theme song used by "OLTL," sung by IZA, who is newly signed to Boss Lady Entertainment and Snoop Lion‘s Berhane Sound System label.

When "One Life to Live" went off the air just over a year ago it was my favorite daily drama and it had been for quite some time. So, while the show’s ratings were rising, it was quite a shock to learn it had been canceled in 2011. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous with the series coming back, but this time without executive producer Frank Valentini and head writer Ron Carlivati.

Robert S. Woods has portrayed the contract role of Bo Buchanan on ABC's "One Life to Live" off and on for more than 30 years. Just a few months before the soap went off the air in January 2012, Woods joined several cast members in signing up for the Prospect Park version of the series, which was to pick up right where the ABC run ended mere days earlier. While things didn't materialize the way they were supposed to back then, Woods admits he's having fun now. "So far the scenes we've done are really fun. They're like the scenes we did early on that kind of endeared the characters to people because they like to watch them have fun," says the actor of scenes he's shared with onscreen love interest Hillary B. Smith's and her character Nora Buchanan.

As evidenced by the first episode of "One Life to Live," life in Llanview has continued long after the soap ended its ABC run in January 2012. No, we don't mean that the soap has jumped ahead five years as sister soap "All My Children" has done in order to progress its storylines, we mean characters didn't just walk upstairs to the attic and kept silent and still while the millions of fans mourned their reported last breaths. Scheduled to re-launch on Monday, April 29 via Hulu, Hulu Plus and iTunes, the soap is about to take things higher with the opening of Blair's new night club, Shelter, as the backdrop to getting things moving once more.