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May 2011

Special Report: Lying to Her Face, ABC Sets Susan Lucci Up for Embarrassment; Plus Timeline to Demise of ABC Daytime Soaps

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- After beginning her press tour in promotion of her new memoir "All My Life," Susan Lucci vehemently denied rumors of "All My Children's" demise as anything but and that said rumors were not coming from ABC. While ABC didn't publicly create the rumor, they sure didn't deny it either...except to Lucci and the cast members and crews at "AMC" and "One Life to Live" after the idea of the two being canceled escalated beyond the networks control in…

My View of Llanview: May 15 Edition

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — The less we see of the mess called Wes, the better. Leave it up to Ron Carlivati to kill a good story. Okay, so the story wasn't all that great to begin with. Even so, with one swoop of his pen, Carlivati effective ruined the Jessica/Tess/Bess/Wes/Hess/Dess/whoever storyline last week. As if Jessica and her rhyming alternate personalities weren't already ridiculous enough (and yes, I realize that Viki has a rhyming alter as well, but that's beside the point), this latest action was the icing on the…

Todd or Not, ‘OLTL’ Closing Credits Leaves Roger Howarth a Man Scarred for ‘Life’

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — "One Life to Live" fans have yet to learn if Roger Howarth is indeed playing his old alter ego Todd Manning, or if he is playing someone else entirely. However, one thing is for certain. On the same day that Howarth made his much anticipated return to Llanview after a decade's long absence, his character has already been credited with a less-than-subtle name. Upon close inspection of Friday's on-air closing credits of "One Life to Live," Howarth's on-screen persona was referred to only as "Man with…

Exclusive First Look: ‘It’s a Brand New Day’ at ABC Daytime this Fall When Network Debuts ‘Chew’ and…

As we all know, four weeks ago Brian Frons, President, Daytime, Disney/ABC Television Group, visited the set of ABC's "All My Children" to announce the cancellation of the 41-year-old soap live and in person to cast members while also canceling "AMC's" sister soap "One Life to Live," whose cast members learned via video feed of the 42-year-old daytime dramas fate. According to Frons, with "The Chew" and "The Revolution" the network will be saving between 30-40% a week on programming costs. It's easy to see why as Soap Opera…

AMC Video Sneak Peek: Monday, May 16, 2011

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Here's a glimpse at tomorrow's Pine Valley drama with a sneak peek of the first few minutes of Monday's episode of "All My Children," courtesy of ABC.com. Scott, Ryan, and Greenlee await news regarding the condition of Madison's baby. Kendall tells Griffin she was worried about him. AndAll My ChildrenSneak Peek

OLTL Video Sneak Peek: Monday, May 16, 2011

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Here's a glimpse at tomorrow's Llanview drama with a sneak peek of the first few minutes of Monday's episode of "One Life to Live," courtesy of ABC.com. Matthew asks Destiny why she has been so distant from him since they had sex. Marty encounter the teens as she tries to escape with Liam. And John asks Natalie if she remembers what happened.One Life to LiveSneak Peek

GH Video Sneak Peek: Monday, May 16, 2011

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Here's a glimpse at tomorrow's Port Charles drama with a sneak peek of the first few minutes of Monday's episode of "General Hospital," courtesy of ABC.com. Carly keeps Luccian safe. Dante takes Suzanne into custody. And Brenda vents to Spinelli.General HospitalSneak Peek

Clearing Up the Rumor: Chrishell Stause is Not Leaving ‘All My Children’

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- In its latest issue on newsstands now, Soap Opera Digest is reporting that there are rumors that "All My Children's" Chrishell Stause (Amanda Martin) will be leaving the recently canceled soap opera prior to its January 2012 finale, even though the soap last airs on Friday, September 23, 2011 and yes, they wrote that in their magazine, not I. Either which way, Soap Opera Network spoke with Stause herself right after the Twitter controversy that sparked Digest's report. The…

Lynn Leahey Steps Down as Editorial Director of Soap Opera Digest and Soap Opera Weekly

On Thursday, May 12, Soap Opera Network broke news when we reported that layoffs occurred earlier this week at Soap Opera Digest and Soap Opera Weekly after American Media, Inc. officially took over editorial, advertising, marketing and distribution control of both publications from Source Interlink Companies, which retains ownership of both titles. Now comes word that Lynn Leahey, Editorial Director of both magazines along with lesser known title Pixie, is stepping down. We're told it was her decision.

AMC Recap: Friday, May 13, 2011

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- "All My Children" Episode Recap - Friday, May 13, 2011. IT HAPPENED TODAY... Griffin breaks into Ricky’s room and Kendall frantically calls to warn him that Ricky is on his way back. He gets out in time and goes to the warehouse where he consoles Kendall. In an effort to keep Ricky away from Kendall, Bianca tells him that there was a leak at the Yacht Club. When he returns to his room, Ricky senses someone was there and wonders if Bianca was trying to keep him away from Kendall. The doctors try to…

OLTL Recap: Friday, May 13, 2011

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- "One Life to Live" Episode Recap - Friday, May 13, 2011. IT HAPPENED TODAY... John’s stunned to find Natalie broken and bleeding in Angel Square, but miraculously, she’s alive. She manages to utter one word: Liam and indicates the roof. Brody, who’s come in on the scene, tears up to the roof to find “his” son. John’s buried love for Natalie is evident. When they arrive at the hospital, Natalie is frantic for news about Liam, but John can’t reach…

GH Recap: Friday, May 13, 2011

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- "General Hospital" Episode Recap - Friday, May 13, 2011. IT HAPPENED TODAY... Sonny, Dante and Carly track down Suzanne. But Suzanne still has a trick up her sleeve. Sonny is in jeopardy as Dante is forced to shoot, possibly hitting his own father. Jax and Brenda commiserate over Sonny and Carly’s bond and the jeopardy the mob puts on children. Jason tries to stop Jax from taking Josslyn to his home. Brenda tries to squeeze Spinelli for intel, but to little success. Elizabeth and Jason share a…