After a number of years being relegated to the 11:00 PM time slot (outside of the primetime hours of 8:00 to 11:00 PM), SOAPnet’s same day re-airings of NBC’s “Days of our Lives” are about to replace ABC’s canceled “All My Children” in the 8:00 PM ET/PT slot after the latter soap goes off the air on Friday, September 23.
SOAPnet, which has aired “AMC” in the time period since the networks inception in January 2000, also announced a restructuring of its full lineup that includes the removal of “Ryan’s Hope,” the addition of “Brothers & Sisters” and classic episodes of “All My Children,” “One Life to Live” and “General Hospital.”
According to Soap Opera Digest, the weekend preceding “All My Children’s” final week on television, SOAPnet will air ten “Best of AMC’” hours, which includes five hours on Saturday, September 17 (7:00 PM ET/PT to midnight) and five hours on Sunday, September 18 (7:00 PM ET/PT to midnight).
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Soap Opera Network is hearing contradicting reports on what Prospect Park is planning to do with “One Life to Live” once it completes production at the ABC Television Center on 66th St. and West End Ave in New York City.
While the show is staying in New York, as previously reported, we’re now hearing that Prospect Park is looking at three locations for “One Life to Live’s” new studio space now that the shows current ABC owned studio is being handed over to Katie Couric for her new talk show debuting in September 2012. On Friday, August 5, we had been told Prospect would move the show into three different studio locations.
Sources tell us that Prospect is deciding between two locations in Manhattan and one in Brooklyn. The Brooklyn location happens to be the former studio space for “As The World Turns,” which is better known as the JC Studios located at 1268 East 14th Street. Soap Opera Digest had reported the same information on July 27.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — A look at what’s happening on “One Life to Live” during the week of August 15, 2011.
THIS WEEK ON: ONE LIFE TO LIVE
On Monday, August 15, Destiny confides in Dani that she has changed her mind about the baby. Phylicia and Nora have a confrontation regarding their children. Starr and Baz are excited about making some music together. Kelly decides to return to London on Tuesday, August 16, and Joey decides to go with her. Dorian receives an interesting phone call. David gets a new job offer from his agent. Meanwhile, Dorian decides to make a run for the Senate.
The Inside Story: The One and Only
Téa and Blair become jealous of one another for kissing the two Todds on Monday, August 15. Tomas walks in on the fight with surprising news. Baz returns from Paris, shocked by recent developments. Viki and the Todds are shocked by the arrival of someone from the past. Tomas is surprised to learn that Blair kissed Todd. The DNA results are in on Wednesday, August 17, and the real Todd Manning is finally revealed. Starr has a heart-to-heart talk with her father. At the same time, the other Todd isn’t ready to accept the truth. Tomas tells Blair how he feels about her. By Friday, August 19, Blair is shocked to learn who Todd really is. Meanwhile, the real Todd Manning vows revenge on the imposter. Todd is hurt that Blair didn’t believe him. The fake Todd is forced to deal with the people in his old life. And Téa finds herself alone with her husband.
A Closer Look: Oh, for the Love of Strippers
John and Brody have a tense encounter involving Liam. On Tuesday, August 16, Brody considers Todd a threat to his happiness. Natalie asks John for the blank tape from Gigi’s crime scene, hopeful Delphina can give her an answer. Rex searches for answers regarding the “Spotted Pony” clue he got from Delphina, and receives another visit from the great beyond. David is also researching the riddle. Cutter pushes Aubrey to put the moves on Rex. Cutters has a surprising reaction to the physic’s clue. On Wednesday, August 17, David figures out that “Spotted Pony” is a strip club in Kentucky. Cutter overhears Rex’s conversation with Delphina, who helps Roxy try to make contact with Gigi. Delphina points Natalie in Todd’s direction. She then shares the information with Brody on Thursday, August 18. Brody tries to stall Natalie. Rex heads for Kentucky with Natalie. Cutter accuses Rama of sharing secrets withe Rex. On Friday, August 19, Natalie suffers a case of mistaken identity with the club manager. A dancer named Gigi catches Rex’s eye. Jessica’s anger reminds Ford of Tess and he kisses her. And Cutter and Aubrey reminisce about their past.
OLTL ALERTS: WEEK OF AUGUST 22, 2011
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Ratings Report for the Week of August 1-5, 2011
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 4,749,000 (-29,000/-119,000)
2. B&B 3,107,000 (+119,000/-67,000)
3. OLTL 2,912,000 (+100,000/+547,000) *
4. AMC 2,510,000 (-70,000/+133,000)
5. GH 2,504,000 (-5,000/-57,000)
6. DAYS 2,312,000 (-138,000/-97,000)
* 2.75 year high (2,912,000 on November 10-14, 2008)
1. Y&R 3.4/10 (same/-.1)
2. B&B 2.2/7 (same/same)
3. OLTL 2.0/6 (+.1/+.3)
4. GH 1.9/5 (+.1/same)
5. AMC 1.8/6 (-.1/same)
6. DAYS 1.7/5 (same/-.1)
Women 18-49 Viewers
1. Y&R 991,000 (+30,000/-122,000)
2. GH 735,000 (+38,000/-75,000)
3. OLTL 719,000 (+45,000/+31,000)
4. B&B 658,000 (+70,000/-34,000)
5. AMC 572,000 (+45,000/-43,000)
6. DAYS 567,000 (-106,000/-106,000) <—– new low *
* Previous low: 579,000 (June 20-24, 2011)
Women 18-49 Rating
1. Y&R 1.5/10 (same/-.2)
2. GH 1.1/7 (same/-.1)
2. OLTL 1.1/7 (+.1/+.1)
4. B&B 1.0/6 (+.1/same)
5. AMC 0.9/6 (+.1/same)
5. DAYS 0.9/6 (-.1/-.1) <—— ties low
Girls 12-17 Viewers
1. Y&R 69,000 (+12,000/+6,000)
2. OLTL 55,000 (+11,000/+11,000)
3. B&B 52,000 (-19,000/+4,000)
4. GH 29,000 (-9,000/-31,000)
5. AMC 26,000 (+7,000/-3,000)
6. DAYS 19,000 (-13,000/-12,000)
Women 18-34 Rating
1. Y&R 0.7/5 (same/-.4)
2. GH 0.6/3 (same/-.2)
2. OLTL 0.6/4 (same/same)
4. AMC 0.5/3 (same/-.1)
4. DAYS 0.5/3 (-.1/-.3)
6. B&B 0.4/3 (same/-.3)
Men 18+ Viewers
1. Y&R 1,049,000 (+17,000/+88,000)
2. B&B 646,000 (+53,000/+62,000)
3. OLTL 561,000 (+9/+163,000)
4. DAYS 510,000 (-26,000/+57,000)
5. GH 475,000 (+29,000/+18,000)
6. AMC 469,000 (-52,000/+8,000)
Day-To-Day Ratings – HH/Total Viewers
For the SEASON September 20, 2010 through August 7, 2011
1. Y&R 3.6
2. B&B 2.2
3. GH 2.1
4. DAYS 2.0
4. OLTL 2.0
6. AMC 1.9
Women 18-49 Rating
1. Y&R 1.6
2. GH 1.4
3. DAYS 1.2
4. OLTL 1.1
5. B&B 1.0
6. AMC 0.9
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” DVR Alerts for the Week of August 15, 2011.
ONE LIFE TO LIVE: DVR ALERTS
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Because we were working overtime trying to get the re-designed website up while also transferring servers, we didn’t get a chance to report on this. For those who may have missed out on it all, E! is debuting a new reality series that actually covers the behind the scenes lives of some of your favorite soap stars for a change and not those “Real Housewives” we’ve gotten bored with from network sibling Bravo.
“Dirty Soap,” debuting on Sunday, September 25 at 10:00 PM on E! stars Kelly Monaco (“General Hospital”), Nadia Bjorlin (“Days of Our Lives”), Kirsten Storms (“General Hospital”), Farah Fath (“One Life To Live”), John-Paul Lavoisier (referred to as “JP” in the reality series; “One Life To Live”), and Galen Gering (“Days of Our Lives”).
The series is being executive produced by former “All My Children” supercouple and real-life husband and wife duo Kelly Ripa (ex-Hayley Vaughan Santos; co-host “Live with Regis and Kelly”) and Mark Consuelos (ex-Mateo Santos).
via Press Release
E! LATHERS UP WITH NEW FALL DOCU-SERIES “DIRTY SOAP” TAKING VIEWERS INSIDE THE REAL LIVES OF TODAY’S HOTTEST SOAP STARS
Executive Produced By Kelly Ripa, Mark Consuelos, Amber Mazzola and Albert Bianchini, the Eight-Episode, Hour-Long Series Debuts September 25 at 10:00 PM, ET/PT on E!
LOS ANGELES – July 28, 2011 – They’ve been killers, ghosts, homeless, prostitutes, prisoners and even murder victims – but it’s off the set of their famous soaps where the real drama begins. Featuring a drop-dead gorgeous ‘who’s who’ of daytime television – Kelly Monaco (General Hospital), Nadia Bjorlin (Days of Our Lives), Kirsten Storms (General Hospital), Farah Fath (One Life To Live), JP Lavoisier (One Life To Live), and Galen Gering (Days of Our Lives) – “Dirty Soap” is a titillating look at these stunning thespians as they navigate high-profile careers during pivotal moments in the industry and deal with their own real-life drama, which often rivals that of their daytime counterparts. Executive produced by Amber Mazzola of Machete Productions and Kelly Ripa, Mark Consuelos and Albert Bianchini of Milojo Productions, the eight-episode, hour-long series, “Dirty Soap,” premieres September 25 at 10:00 PM ET/PT only on E!
The “soap bubble” is a small and intimate world and this cast of characters has played extremely significant roles in each others lives for years. They’ve been co-stars, best friends, worst enemies, boyfriends, girlfriends, and everything in between. Working together on set and spending time with each other in their down-time, they have formed substantial bonds and created a pseudo “soap family.” In the series we see them all begin a new chapter in their lives – some have left the soap world, some are doing film, some are focusing on family, and others are simply trying to determine what would be the best next move. Romantic relationships are tested when one person’s career rockets forward and the others is stuck at “go.” Jealousies arise as actors attempt to jump from one soap to another, and arch rivals must find a way to coexist in this sudsy microcosm without ripping each other to shreds. The softer side of these heartthrobs is also exposed as they interact with their families – one beauty meets her biological father for the very first time and another tearfully sends her brother off to the United States Army flight school. All the while their goals are clear – to grow their careers and to keep their hearts and heads above water in Tinseltown – where it’s so very easy to drown.
“The soap industry is at a defining moment and the time is ripe for a series that goes inside this iconic world and explores the unique bond that these actors share,” said Lisa Berger, President, Entertainment Programming, E! “No one knows the inner-workings of the soap community better than Kelly and Mark, and it is exciting for us to work with them, in addition to some of the reigning kings and queens of soap featured in the series.”
“We’re very excited to be behind this show for E!, and having met on the soaps we know all too well how much work and dedication it takes,” adds Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos.
Meet the Cast:
Kelly Monaco, a dazzling brunette beauty, is most famous for her starring role on the daytime drama “General Hospital” and being the first champion on “Dancing With The Stars.” In the mid-90’s, Kelly landed a recurring role on “Baywatch” and after numerous roles in film she eventually was cast as ‘Sam’ on “GH.” Kelly recently ended an eighteen year relationship with her high-school sweetheart and is cautiously getting ready to jump back into the dating pool in LA…but is she really ready to let go of her troubled past? One of Kelly’s best friends is Kirsten, who she met when Kirsten joined “General Hospital.”
Kirsten Storms has been acting since she was a young girl. A star on the Disney Channel, appearing in the hit movie franchise “Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century,” the bubbly blonde has been on set most of her life. Things really took off for Kirsten when in 1999 she landed the role of ‘Belle’ on “Days of Our Lives.” Kirsten is currently enjoying a successful run on “General Hospital.” Happy in her career, she is trying to figure out what happened between her and her former best friend and co-star Farah Fath – the duo hasn’t spoken in over three years. Will they be able to repair their old friendship? Kirsten is also working through some family issues; she has been on the outs with her immediate family for quite some time and just as she begins to make amends, her brother must leave to go to the United States Army flight school.
Farah Fath is a southern gal from Lexington, Kentucky, who was crowned “Miss Kentucky Preteen” in 1995. In 1999, Farah went to LA for her first audition and in less than a month she landed the role of ‘Mimi Lockhart’ (whose character was best friends with Storms’ ‘Belle’) on “Days of our Lives.” After 8 years on “Days” Farah moved to NYC and joined the cast of “One Life To Live.” Now, she is now bi-coastal and back in LA for a few months, looking for her next gig and preparing to live with her actor boyfriend, JP. Though she loves him, Farah needs some answers from JP – is this relationship serious or not? Once back in the sunshine state, the blonde beauty must face her “frienemy” Kirsten Storms, but luckily she has the help of her friend and former colleague, Nadia Bjorlin.
Nadia Bjorlin is a woman of many talents. Besides being breathtakingly beautiful, she is an accomplished opera singer with many accolades under her belt. Nadia didn’t have to wait long for her big break in acting when, just weeks after she secured an agent, she auditioned for the role of mysterious young opera singer ‘Chloe’ on “Days of Our Lives.” She nailed the audition, landed the role and moved out to Los Angeles. She has played ‘Chloe’ on and off since 1999 and has also had guest starring roles on “Two and a Half Men,” “CSI,” and many more. Now, Nadia is leaving “Days” to begin her career in film. Nadia has been living with her boyfriend, Brandon, for the past few years. They are both actors in transition mode – the big question is: what will happen if one of their careers takes off, and the other goes nowhere?
Galen Gering is currently a major character on “Days of Our Lives” playing Alison Sweeney’s love interest. He was raised by hippie parents in sunny southern California and in his late teens he moved to NYC and enjoyed a successful modeling career. Galen landed a role on “Passions” in 1999 and has been melting women’s hearts ever since. The soap star has been married for the past 11 years to his actress wife, Jenna, and the couple has two sons.
JP Lavoisier grew up in small town Pennsylvania and studied at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. His rugged good looks helped land him a role on “One Life To Live” in 2002 and he has been a soap stud ever since. For the last four years he has been dating Farah Fath, though he seems to have no plans to “put a ring on it” any time soon. In fact, he left his last girlfriend because she wanted more than he was able to give. What is going to happen with Farah when she clearly has marriage on the brain?
“Dirty Soap” premieres on September 25th at 10:00 PM, ET/PT on E!.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) – Matthew Ashford returns to NBC’s “Days of our Lives” this September when his character, Jack Deveraux, finds himself back in Salem facing many changes and new challenges. Soap Opera Network spoke with Ashford at the “DAYS” studio about his return to the soap, his work on the web based series “The Bay” and the most pirated movie of 2008!
With details of Ashford’s return still being kept under wraps as the drama gears up for a relaunch on Monday, September 26 with new head writers Marlene McPherson and Darrell Ray Thomas, Ashford wasn’t able to share much about Jacks’s return to Salem, but he did say that Jack “has been through some loss.” The actor also noted what’s to come for onscreen partner Melissa Reeves and her character Jennifer, who along with Ashford portray the popular couple Jack and Jennifer on the soap. “Jennifer has had some significant changes in her life. She’s had to make adjustments in her feelings and now Jack has to deal with that.” he said. Referring to Jack and Jennifer’s daughter Abigail (Kate Mansi), Ashford shared that “Abigail has grown and become quite the young lady.”
For more on what Ashford had to say about his return and how much daytime has changed since we last saw him check out our exclusive interview below.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — For the past two and a half weeks, I found myself in unfamiliar territory when it came to running the website as I was based out of Los Angeles. Normally, I run things here in New York. What I found unfamiliar, however, was finding out the true stories behind what many soap fans can’t seem to get enough of – the Disney/ABC and Prospect Park connection as it relates to “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” and even “General Hospital.” So what did I learn that I can share with you? Plenty!
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — What started out as a typical week that began on July 25 ended up being one of the worst in Soap Opera Network history, but you wouldn’t have known it from a behind the scenes perspective.
On Wednesday, July 27, I had posted that our server was being transferred to a new provider that would allow our readers to load us up faster than ever before and if you blinked, you would have missed the change in systems. Unfortunately, you kept on blinking and for three consecutive days Soap Opera Network was offline, no where to be found and no way to say TOLDJA! (gotta love our Nikki Finke at Deadline.com). On Saturday, July 30 and heading into Sunday, July 31, Soap Opera Network‘s Community Message Boards returned to the web with a new look courtesy of a software upgrade. Although it takes getting used to, I have to admit it is one of the better looking changes our boards have seen to date. We will be tinkering with minor details per recommendations from posters. Additionally, today, Soap Opera Network has debuted its new website using a new platform. While the old platform was nice and did us wonders for more than five years, times have changed and so have we. We hope you like the redesign and we will definitely be correcting any bugs you or we may come across in the hours, days and weeks to come, specifically in relation to links, etc. We hope you like the new design as much as we did in building it for you.
While we were offline and left to cleaning up the mess that we were forced into, we had learned that “General Hospital,” despite Prospect Park’s desire to have it did not sign a deal with Disney/ABC Television Group to bring the series to the World Wide Web when it debuts “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” in January 2012 (yes, ladies and gentleman this is now the confirmed debut month for the web launch for both soaps). We also learned that Tamara Braun is indeed returning to “GH” in the coming weeks despite the shows explicit denial to the contrary, although it remains unclear as to whom she will be portraying. But that wasn’t the biggest scoop of them all. Soap Opera Network has learned that when “One Life to Live” wraps filming at the ABC Television Center in New York City this November, it will indeed be moving its studio space when Prospect Park takes over production. But, despite reports that it will be moving to one studio somewhere in the Big Apple, we have learned that it isn’t just moving to one specific studio, but to three! According to sources, “One Life” will call one studio in Brooklyn and another in Queens home once production begins on v2.0. The third studio location wasn’t made clear at press time, nor were the names of the studios in the aforementioned boroughs, however we’ve been told that with the excess studio digs “One Life” crew members will not be forced to take down as many sets as they have been doing for much of the shows 43-year history on ABC.
Not one to leave another exclusive out, Soap Opera Network was in Burbank on Thursday, July 28 and visited the set of NBC’s “Days of our Lives,” where we spoke with newly appointed head writers Darrell Ray Thomas and Marlene McPherson, who have promised many things for fans who have felt the show has turned into something they no longer recognize. From the return of Deidre Hall and Drake Hogestyn as John and Marlena, to the debut of the Horton Square and even a sneak peek at what’s been going on with the characters before their material debuts on Monday, September 26, tune Soap Opera Network as we prepare you for new “DAYS” to come.
Until next Notebook…
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — A look at what’s happening on “One Life to Live” during the week of August 8, 2011.
THIS WEEK ON: ONE LIFE TO LIVE
Starr confesses to James that Baz kissed her. On Wednesday, August 10, Starr shows James just how much she loves him. Rex searches in vain to prove his visions of Gigi were real. Echo voices her concerns to Natalie, who summons Madame Delphina on Thursday, August 11. After making contact with an unknown spirit, Delphina provides a cryptic clue, which puzzles Rex and Natalie. Rex fears he will never find closure. Elsewhere in Llanview, Rama informs Cristian that she and Vimal are back together and tells him she’s sorry for leading him on. At the same time, Vimal tells Brody that Todd also knows his secret. Clint sentencing gets underway, and the judge considers his request. And Viki steps up for Clint on Friday, August 12.
The Inside Story: It’s All in the Genes
Todd’s loved ones react to the results of the DNA test on Monday, August 8. However, the Manning’s are soon delivered even more shocking news. With everyone still reeling, Dani comes face-to-face with the man with her father’s old face. One of the Todd’s requests a second DNA test. Todd is shocked when Viki suggests a new living arrangement for the man with the scar on Tuesday, August 9. Jack stands by Todd, while Blair and Starr have their doubts. Todd and Téa recall old times as do Viki and the man with her brother’s old face. Todd and Téa share a warm moment. Blair is hesitant about being with Tomas, who promises to get to the bottom of things. By Thursday, August 10, the two Todds await the new test results. Jessica has a heart-to-heart with the old Todd. Trying to prove who he really is, Todd works hard to convince Blair to believe him. Todd kisses Blair. The Todd’s have an encounter at Llanfair. Tomas seeks John’s help. Later, he joins John and Brody as they set out to unravel the mystery. The trio make a surprising discovery on Friday, August 12. David offers both Todd’s some food for thought. And Téa consoles Dani.
A Closer Look: Got Baby?
Nate confides in Dani on Monday, August 8. Nora is upset Bo didn’t arrest Nate, and later confronts him herself. Nora makes a tough call. Meanwhile, Destiny makes the difficult decision regarding her unborn baby. After receiving some advice from Vivian, she goes to talk things over with her (grand)mother. Reconciling, Phylicia agrees to honor Destiny’s decision. David visits his little brother. Later, Nora overhears Destiny telling Matthew what she decided to do about the baby. On Wednesday, August 10, Nora begs Destiny to reconsider and offers her an alternative. David is surprised to learn that Nate is still walking around free and runs off after Destiny. Bo learns he’s going to be a grandfather. Bo reassures David. By Friday, August 12, Phylicia thanks Vivian for her support. Destiny changes her mind about the baby. And Phylicia and Nora have it out.
OLTL ALERTS: WEEK OF AUGUST 8, 2011