Don your finest and bust out a bottle of bubbly, because “Days of our Lives” is making history this week with the first ever male-male wedding to be seen on a soap opera! The important and heartfelt marital ceremony between longtime lovers Will (Guy Wilson) and Sonny (Freddie Smith) officially begins today, Tuesday, April 1, and in celebration of the very special event, Soap Opera Network snagged a few comments from Smith and Alison Sweeney (Sami Brady)! Read on for their special sneak peek into WilSon’s big day!
Daytime fans might be used to presently seeing actor Wally Kurth as Justin Kiriakis on NBC’s “Days of our Lives,” but it wasn’t so long ago that the actor played “General Hospital’s” Ned Ashton. And guess what? It looks like he’ll be headed back to Port Charles in the near future!
“I had a nice day in Port Charles yesterday,” the actor tweeted on Wednesday, March 12. “Yes, Ned will be arriving in town soon. Stay tuned. Thanks for waiting!”
At press time, a rep for “GH” had no comment regarding Kurth’s return and first airdate.
Earlier today the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, in cooperation with the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, announced the Drama Performer Pre-Nominations for this year’s Daytime Emmy Awards.
All entrants that submitted this year were judged by their peers via an online ballot. Eligible judges viewed clips containing work of each performer and were required to select their top 10 performer choices. In the case of the Outstanding Lead Actress and Outstanding Supporting Actor categories, there were ties this year that resulted in more than 10 pre-nominees.
The candidates below will now advance to the blue ribbon screening round, which will determine both nominees and recipients. The final nominations will be announced May 1.
Deborah Blackwell, the former general manager of Disney/ABC Cable Network Group’s SOAPnet from 2001-2007, has died at the age of 63, reports Deadline Hollywood. She died yesterday, January 31, after a seven-year battle with Pick’s disease, a rare neurodegenerative disorder. Blackwell was surrounded by family in Virginia at the time of her passing.
Whether it’s parties or church events or cooking (oh my!), shopping or wrapping or snow shoveling (oh why?), the stars of “General Hospital” and “Days of our Lives” will be quite busy this holiday season! But don’t worry: Before the casts took off for their fun-filled Christmas break, Soap Opera Network managed to catch a few actors and get the scoop on how they plan to spend their holiday vacays!
TVGN is proving why it’s now the “the new way to watch soaps.” With the network already picking up encore airing rights to “The Young and the Restless” this past summer, and “The Bold and the Beautiful” earlier this month, the network plans to provide soap fans with even more “soap” for their viewing pleasure courtesy of the new documentary, “Who Shot the Daytime Soap?” Airing Monday, December 16 at 8:00 PM ET/PT, preceded by airings of “B&B” at 6:30 PM ET/PT and “Y&R” at 7:00 PM ET/PT, the documentary tackles the history of daytime soap operas as told by those who were there during the good times, the bad times and the new times.
“The past five years have seen a collapse of epic proportion within the soap opera industry. What was once a formidable lineup of no less than 14 network soap operas in the 1980′s has collapsed to just four – ‘General Hospital’ on ABC, ‘Days of our Lives’ on NBC and ‘The Young and the Restless’ and ‘The Bold and the Beautiful’ on CBS and now TVGN,” is the opening statement from the documentary that features interviews with several daytime legends, veteran stars, and a host of talents from behind the scenes that have helped make the soap opera genre the longest running form of television entertainment.
The rest of the country may have been preparing for Thanksgiving by sending out dinner invites, planning menus, buying turkeys, selecting table settings and betting on the day’s big game, but Soap Opera Network has been getting ready for the celebratory day in a different way: Reaching out to several of your favorite “Days of our Lives” stars and getting the scoop on what they’re most thankful for! Read on for their answers and then join in on the fun by leaving a comment below telling us what you’re most grateful for this holiday season!
When Ted Corday and Betty Corday watched “Days of our Lives’” NBC debut on November 8, 1965, they couldn’t have known that the soap opera they created would garner so much success. Now, 48 years later, the show not only is coming off of an Outstanding Drama Series win from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, it’s comprised of a talented and close-knit cast who all have very special memories regarding their time with the popular show. Soap Opera Network spoke with a few said castmembers, and in celebration of the show’s 48th anniversary, they were all too happy to share some of their favorite moments from the early days and beyond!
Deidre Hall (Marlena Evans)
“Oh my god, Wayne Northrop [ex- Alex North, Roman Brady] and I [used to pull pranks on each other all of the time]. It was merciless! Merciless! Nothing was sacred. At one point, he was sleeping in my foster child’s bed, so before my take, I said to my prop man, ‘Give me a bucket of warm water.’ And before he had to jump into bed, I poured it all over like the kid who wet the bed. He jumped into bed, and I had finished my part of the scene, and I began to run. He didn’t even finish the take! He hit that bed, came off that bed and came after me. The race was on, and I got thrown in the shower! I mean, it was crazy, crazy, crazy. But it’s a show filled with moments, and that’s what you remember with daytime. It’s been really wonderful, being a part of so many magical moments.”
As previously reported, Jack Wagner (“The Bold and the Beautiful,” “General Hospital,” “Melrose Place“), Wally Kurth (“Days of our Lives,” “GH”) and Eddie Cibrian (“The Young and the Restless,” “Sunset Beach“) will all be appearing on upcoming episodes of TV Land’s “Hot in Cleveland.”
Jack Wagner (“The Bold and the Beautiful,” “General Hospital,” “Melrose Place“), who was tentatively scheduled to appear in the Wednesday, July 3 episode of TV Land’s “Hot In Cleveland,” will instead appear in the Wednesday, July 31 episode, a TV Land representative has confirmed to Soap Opera Network. The actor will reprise his role as Dr. Aaron Everett, who was last seen in Season 2, Episode 4 entitled “Sisterhood of the Travelling SPANX.” Specific storyline details for Wagner’s upcoming appearance were unavailable at press time.