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April 2009

Soap Stars Play Ball for Charity

Thursday, April 16, 2009 1:37 AM EDT | By Scotty Gore (SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- Actors from "As the World Turns," "Guiding Light," and "One Life to Live" sign up to attend celebrity softball tournament. Now in its eleventh year, the Tammy Rubin Rice Celebrity Softball Game, whose namesake died of breast cancer, is sponsored by the Shorefront Friends for Hospice. The voluntary organization offers supportive health services for terminally ill patients. Scheduled to represent ABC at this year's game are the following cast…

SOAPnet Celebrates ‘Starr-Crossed’ Mothers

Wednesday, April 15, 2009 11:15 PM ET | By Scotty Gore (SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- SOAPnet invites you to spend Mother's Day with Blair Cramer and Starr Manning. It has been one hell of a ride the past two years for Llanview's popular mother-daughter duo, who have dealt with everything from teen pregnancy and losing a child, to being stabbed by a serial killer and held hostage by a convicted rapist. But, just in case you missed any of the drama, SOAPnet is offering fans a chance to relive some of Starr and Blair's most…

My View of Llanivew: April 15 Edition

Wednesday, April 15, 2009 2:07 AM EDT | By Scotty Gore(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- A critical look back at the successes and failures of recent Llanview returns. Since becoming Head Writer of "One Life to Live" in 2007, Ron Carlivati has brought back for than his share of former cast members and characters. Ranging from Tina Roberts and the original Marty Saybrooke, to Jackie McNaughton and Madam Delphina, Carlivati has interwoven both major and minor past "OLTL" characters into various storylines. However, not all of those…

Billy Dee Williams is Back in Port Charles

Tuesday, April 14, 2009 8:33 PM ET | By Errol Lewis (SoapOperaNetwork.com) --  Actor Billy Dee Williams joins the cast of ABC's "General Hospital" later this year, reprising his role on "General Hospital: Night Shift" as Toussaint DuBois. Last seen on the SOAPnet original series as a janitor at General Hospital, Toussaint will "return to Port Charles during a tour break with the Saints," confirms a 'GH' spokesman. "He'll want to see Epiphany and other residents in town." In "Night Shift," Billy Dee found himself working…

GH Casting Report: April Edition

Monday, April 13, 2009 8:30 PM ET | By Errol Lewis (SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- As a new Michael is set to join the cast, "General Hospital" is ready to reduce the appearances of two contract players. According to published reports, actors Rick Hearst (Ric Lansing) and Megan Ward (Kate Howard) have been bumped to recurring status by the ABC Daytime drama series. Ironically, Hearst recently re-signed a new contract after joining the cast in 2002. Ward joined the cast in May 2007. Rumors began circulating last month that five…

Deidre Hall Guest-Hosts ‘Hollywood CLOUT’

Monday, April 13, 2009 7:45 PM ET | By Errol Lewis (SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- Legendary soap opera actress, Deidre Hall (ex-Marlena Evans, "Days of our Lives"), to guest-host online radio show "Hollywood CLOUT" during the week of April 13-17, 2009. Joining Hall on Monday's edition (April 13) will be Author, Rory Freedman ("Skinny Bitch"), talking about the "Meatless Monday" campaign on Air America. On Tuesday (April 14), look for Sex and Relationship Expert Alison Armstrong and on Thursday (April 16), look for "Wheel of…

‘GH’ Launches PSA on Postpartum Depression

Monday, April 13, 2009 7:15 PM ET | By Errol Lewis (SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- On ABC's "General Hospital," Dr. Robin Scorpio recently gave birth to a baby girl, but finds herself unable to bond with her. Mother's across America suffer through the same problem day after day untreated, now the soap has joined together with Postpartum Support International (PSI) to get the word out with the hope of helping mothers everywhere. On Thursday, April 16, immediately following that days airing of "General Hospital," look for an…

ABC Daytime and SOAPnet Present Stagecoach

Sunday, April 12, 2009 8:05 PM ET | By Errol Lewis (SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- ABC Daytime and SOAPnet have signed on as presenting sponsors of Stagecoach - California's Country Music Festival taking place on Saturday, April 25 and Sunday, April 26 at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California. Actors Steve Burton (Jason Morgan, "General Hospital"), Bobbie Eakes (Krystal Martin, "All My Children"), and Bree Williamson (Jessica Brennan, "One Life to Live") are set to appear as part of Weekend Festivities. Stagecoach…

Happy Easter and Good Friday!

Thrusday, April 9, 2009 10:56 PM EDT | By Scotty Gore (SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- May your Easter and Good Friday holiday celebrations be safe and happy. From all of us here at Soap Opera Network, we would like to wish each and every one of our members and guests a safe and wonderful Good Friday and Easter Sunday. May the Easter Bunny overflow your baskets with eggs and goodies, and may the Lord bless you today as always. Praise God for your friends and loved ones, and remember that He is the real reason for this holiday. Set…

An Interview with Nancy Curlee

Nancy Curlee is a former soap opera writer who has written for "Guiding Light." She began writing for the show in 1985 as a Script Writer and quickly rose up the ranks, holding positions as Breakdown Writer, Script Editor, Associate Head Writer, Co-Head Writer and then eventually becoming the show’s Head Writer from 1990–1993 (she shared the position with James E. Reilly, Stephen Demorest, and Lorraine Broderick). She is a three time Daytime Emmy winner (including one as part of the Head Writing team in 1993) and a Writers…

‘One Life’ Prom Dress Give-Away

Wednesday, April 8, 2009 11:51 PM EDT | By Scotty Gore (SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- Want to go to prom, but can't afford a dress? Then "One Life to Live" may be able to help. For many high school students, prom is the most magical time of the year. That will certainly be the case at Llanview High next month when The Pussycat Dolls perform "Jai Ho (You are My Destiny)," the English version of the popular song from the Oscar-winning film "Slumdog Millionaires." But the fun doesn't end there. "One Life to Live" is teaming up with…