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On Saturday, May 2 at 9:00 PM, ET/PT, get ready for Alison Sweeney ("Days of our Lives") and Cameron Mathison ("All My Children") to take America by storm when their Hallmark Movies & Mysteries original movie, "Murder She Baked: A Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder Mystery," premieres on the cable network. The movie, also starring "One Life to Live" alum Barbara Niven ("Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove"), is based on the bestselling series of books by Joanne Fluke and follows the story of Hannah Swensen (Sweeney), owner of the Cookie Jar shop where patrons frequently gossip about the latest happenings in town.
After several months of disastrous ratings returns that has left many in the industry wondering if "Days of our Lives" would survive its next renewal talks between NBC, Sony Pictures Television and Corday Productions, producers of the soap, the daytime drama series will welcome back veteran writer Dena Higley, and former "One Life to Live" and "The Young and the Restless" head writer Josh Griffith, as its new head writers. The two replace outgoing head writers Gary Tomlin and Christopher Whitesell.
After joining the cast of ABC's "General Hospital" in the contract role of Starr Manning in 2012, which she originated in 1998 on "One Life to Live" when she was just 6 years old, Daytime Emmy Award winner Kristen Alderson (Kiki Jerome) has decided to leave the daytime drama series.
Tuesday, January 6 marked the third season premiere of OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network's "The Haves and the Have Nots," created by Tyler Perry and starring "One Life to Live" alum Tika Sumpter (ex-Layla Williams) as seductress Candace Young, who has immersed herself into the complicated dynamic between the rich and powerful Cryer and Harrington families. A record 3.22 million viewers tuned in to all the antics going down.
Fans of online series "Youthful Daze" will soon get a dose of "The Young and the Restless'" Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki Newman), when she debuts in upcoming episodes as Nicole Wallace, the mother of resident bad boy Randy Milhouse (Reese Mishler). Scott's character is described as being "calculated and waspy."
Earlier this month we gave you your first look at "Days of our Lives" alum Casey Deidrick (ex-Chad DiMera) in MTV's upcoming suspense thriller, "Eye Candy," starring Victoria Justice ("Victorious"). The network has now released the official trailer of the series, which debuts Monday, January 12 at 10:00 PM ET/PT.
"In the immortal words of Cher, you better sit down, kids," wrote soap columnist Carolyn Hinsey, who has penned her final "It's Only My Opinion" for Soap Opera Digest magazine, which appears in the January 5, 2015 issue. "I've taken another job, which means I have to give up this column and I am really sorry about that."
In a posting on his Facebook page last week, former "Desperate Housewives" and "One Life to Live" star Tuc Watkins commented on his perception of gay stereotypes as shown on ABC's "Modern Family" each week. The actor's comments soon got picked up by the Greg in Hollywood blog, which got the attention of "Modern Family" actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson, who plays one half of the popular gay couple on the sitcom.