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“Passions’” alum Justin Hartley has done a lot of work since he left his role as Fox Crane in 2006, including a leading role as Oliver Queen/Green Arrow in “Smallville,” as well as a role as Will Collins in “Emily Owens M.D.” And now comes word of the actor’s next chapter: He’ll be playing the boyfriend of Melissa Joan Hart’s character in ABC Family’s “Melissa & Joey!”

Sunday, January 27, 2013 11:49 PM EDT
TMZ is reporting that former "Passions" star Brook Kerr (ex-Whitney Russell) and husband Christopher Warren, Sr., who are currently involved in a bitter divorce after 22 years of marriage, are being sued by their son Christopher Warren, Jr., who claims his parents stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from funds earned during his childhood acting career. The actor, best known for his role as basketball player Zeke Baylor in the "High School Musical" films, says his parents admitted to blowing through the money for "their own personal expenses." TMZ reports that the total amount stolen remains unknown. "Chris is now suing his parents for all the money back ... even though he's still not sure exactly how much they took," said TMZ.
In yet another holiday film from Lifetime starring former soap stars, actors Claire Coffee (ex-Nadine Crowell, "General Hospital") and Ryan McPartlin (ex-Hank Bennett, "Passions") are headlining "Holly's Holiday." In the film, Coffee portrays Holly Maddux, a New York advertising executive who can't help notice the window display she passes by on her way to work every day, the one with the perfect, hunky mannequin. When Holly slips one day on the ice in front of the store and hits her head, she wakes up to find a perfect gentleman by her side, helping her up. That gentleman is portrayed by McPartlin in the role of Bo. As Holly and Bo hit it off almost perfectly, Holly soon realizes that the pressure to be perfect all the time is not all that it's cracked up to be as she has to make a choice between the perfect life she's always dreamed of... and the real love that's been waiting for her all along. The fim also stars Jeff Ward ("Body of Proof") in the role of Milo Ames.
Michael Nader ("All My Children"), Matt Cedeno ("Days of our Lives"), Jade Harlow ("Passions"), Roark Critchlow ("Days of our Lives"), Bruce Michael Hall ("Passions") and Kelly Ripa ("All My Children") are just a few of daytime's brightest soap stars of recent past, and they have come together for volume 2 of "Soap Sessions Merry Download," a compilation holiday CD where some of your favorite stars sing (or speak) some of your favorite holiday classics.

Friday, March 23, 2012 6:31 PM EDT
Although the likelihood was expected thanks to the loss of long-time soaps "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" in 2011 and 2012, which were preceded by the departures of "Guiding Light" and "As The World Turns" in 2009 and 2010, news broke on Thursday, March 22 that after 22 years in publication Soap Opera Weekly would end its successful run as one of the premier soap opera magazines. The final decision to end the mag was just one of many blows the soap opera industry has felt in as many years. Soap Opera Network takes a by the numbers look at Weekly and how its readership levels helped lead to its ultimate demise.
As Soap Opera Network first reported yesterday evening, Lisa De Cazotte has been hired to fill the shoes of the departing Noel Maxam as Co-Executive Producer of NBC's "Days of our Lives." In a statement issued earlier today to the press, Co-EP Greg Meng confirmed that De Cazotte will be joining him as Co-Executive Producer and that, “[Executive Producer] Ken Corday is excited to have Lisa join the 'Days of our Lives' family."
After a week of unconfirmed (by the show) firings of numerous actors, NBC's "Days of our Lives" has now fired its co-executive producer, Gary Tomlin. The news was first reported by TV Guide Canada's Nelson Branco on Twitter. News of Tomlin's firing comes on the heals of last months firing of head writer Dena Higley and the recent firings of actors Crystal Chappell (Carly Manning), Louise Sorel (Vivian Alamain), Bren Foster (Quinn Hudson), Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe Lane), and Tamara Braun (Taylor Walker).