As previously reported, Billy Miller is departing CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” and the role of Billy Abbott, which garnered him two Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. After the actor and Sony Pictures Television failed to reach an agreement on a new contract, the studio and CBS opted to replace Miller with David Tom, who actually originated the role of an adult Billy Abbott in 1999.
According to TV Guide Magazine‘s Michael Logan, Miller will complete filming at the CBS Television Center Studio on Thursday, December 19, just before the Christmas break. Miller’s last airdate is scheduled for Thursday, January 30, the first day of February Sweeps. Meanwhile, a rep for the show tells Soap Opera Network that Tom will begin filming on Tuesday, January 7 with a first airdate scheduled for Monday, February 3.
It’s time to bust out your party hats, because “All My Children’s” Michael E. Knight (ex-Tad Martin) is finally back in the spotlight! As TV Guide’s Michael Logan reports, the ‘AMC’ veteran — who played Tad the Cad for nearly 30 years when the sudser was on ABC — has landed a guest-starring role on Lifetime’s “Drop Dead Diva.”
According to TV Guide‘s Michael Logan, Rena Sofer (ex-Lois Cerullo, “General Hospital”) is joining the cast of CBS’ “The Bold and the Beautiful” as Quinn Fuller, the mother of Darin Brooks‘ Wyatt Fuller. “Not a lot of deets yet, except that Mama is as mysterious as Sonny Boy and both have secrets that will rock the soap,” the publication reported.
In addition to her Emmy award winning role on “GH,” Sofer has appeared in episodes of CBS’ “NCIS” and “Two and a Half Men.” Most recently, the actress portrayed Queen Eva in an episode of ABC’s “Once Upon a Time” and appeared as Sabrina Meyer on The CW’s “Beauty and the Beast.”
In the 60th anniversary special double issue of TV Guide Magazine (April 8 – 21, 2013), ABC’s “General Hospital” secured a four-page spread on its 50th anniversary, but Luke and Laura Spencer (Anthony Geary and Genie Francis) ultimately secured the biggest spotlight of them all. The dynamic duo, in their famous wedding shot compiled of past covers of TV Guide Magazine, received the back cover spot of the mag which features the hit shows from every decade since the publications launch including “I Love Lucy” (1950s), “Star Trek” (1960s), “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” (1970s), “The Cosby Show” (1980s), “The Simpsons” (1990s) and “Lost” (2000s) on special collector’s edition front cover copies of the celebratory issue.
May sweeps are a month away, but it looks like the upcoming onscreen drama won’t be able to hold a candle to the real-life drama brewing between Prospect Park’s “One Life to Live” and ABC’s “General Hospital.”
After Prospect Park’s plans to reboot both “OLTL” and “All My Children” for the web fell through in November 2011, the company was approached by ABC who was interested in transplanting the characters of Todd Manning, Starr Manning and John McBain to Port Charles as portrayed by their originators Roger Howarth, Kristen Alderson and Michael Easton. The understanding at the time between ABC and Prospect Park was that the characters would be utilized on “GH” until plans to reboot “OLTL” came back into play as Prospect Park didn’t want to hold the Llanview 3 from working. Since their debuts in Port Charles in early 2012, the characters have tested very high with both viewers and focus groups and have played a large role in the overall audience growth for “GH” compared to its 2011 performance in the Nielsen ratings. Unfortunately, things behind the scenes weren’t looking as good.
When “One Life to Live” returns next month, things won’t exactly be going well for at least one longtime Llanview resident. According to “OLTL” Co-Head Writer Thom Racina, technology and tough economic times may have finally caught up with the town’s matriarch Victoria Lord (Erika Slezak) and her family’s newspaper The Banner.
According to a report by TV Guide‘s Michael Logan, former “Guiding Light” and “All My Children” star Ricky Paull Goldin is joining the cast of CBS’ “The Bold and the Beautiful” in the recurring role of Jesse, who is the “badass” daddy of Maya’s (Karla Mosley) child. Per a “B&B” rep, Jesse “will arrive on the scene, see Maya with Rick [Jacob Young] and immediately get jealous.” Goldin is expected to begin filming scenes this week with a first airdate set for Monday, May 15.
On Sunday, July 28 from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM, “General Hospital’s” Kin Shriner (Scott Baldwin) will be hosting his first “GH” Fan Club Weekend event in a number of years. The event is currently titled “Kin Shriner Event (with Special Guest),” as per the Official “GH” Fan Club Website. The cost of the event is $60 per person. For more information, fans are asked to contact Jim Warren at [email protected].
As Soap Opera Network first noted last week, actor Jack Wagner has quietly returned to the set of ABC’s “General Hospital” as he reprises the role of Frisco Jones on the daytime soap. According to set side sources and a recent report by TV Guide‘s Michael Logan, Wagner’s return will coincide with “GH’s” 50th Anniversary celebration. While details are scarce, sources tell Soap Opera Network that the network will kick off a week long celebration beginning with the Monday, April 1 broadcast that also happens to be the same day “General Hospital” aired its first episode 50 years prior.
On Monday, January 7, former “General Hospital” star Steve Burton (ex-Jason Morgan) will appear on CBS’ “The Talk” with a huge announcement, according to a promo released Friday by the network. Does that mean he will announce his joining “The Young and the Restless?” It’s definitely a possibility!
It was back in August when Daytime Confidential first reported that Burton would likely be departing “GH” after opting not to renew his contract with the series. Shortly afterward, Soap Opera Network began hearing rumblings over at CBS that former “GH” executive producer and current EP at “The Young and the Restless,” Jill Farren Phelps, was hoping to snag the star over to daytime’s most watched soap. Of course, Burton himself played down those rumors in an exit interview with Michael Logan a few days later. “Jill is one of my dearest friends. [Laughs] I’m never going to say never because, as soon as I do, I’ll be popping up over there!” said Burton at the time. Late last month, Logan reported that he was now hearing Burton was joining “Y&R” in a major role.