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May 2013

FIRST LOOK: Paolo Seganti as Arturo Bandini on ‘One Life to Live’

As previously reported, Paolo Seganti (ex-Damien Grimaldi, "As The World Turns") has joined the cast of The OnLine Network's "One Life to Live" as Arturo Bandini, a wealthy, suave and sexy man whose family is very influential in the art world, beginning with the Thursday, June 27 episode. TOLN has released the first image of Seganti in his new role, which can be viewed above.

MEMORIAL DAY: Scheduling the Soaps

Monday, May 27 is memorial day and while CBS' "The Young and the Restless" and "The Bold and the Beautiful" will air original episodes (which aren't expected to count in the weekly Nielsen ratings), NBC's "Days of our Lives" will be preempted for coverage of the French Open, while ABC's "General Hospital" will air the real 50th Anniversary episode, which actually aired on Tuesday, April 2 after a March preemption pushed scheduling back a day ("GH" premiered on April 1, 1963). "All My Children" will air an original episode as…

Amazon Picks Up Mark Consuelos and John Goodman Comedy ‘Alpha House’

In mid-April, Amazon Studios launched the 2013 "Watch the Shows. Call the Shots." campaign in which viewers get to decide which pilot got picked up to series based on feedback and total views. This method differs from the traditional method in which executives at television networks such as ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, The CW, etc., order a project, decide which gets a pilot order, and then from the available crop decide which of those pilots gets picked up to series.

Camryn Grimes Returning to ‘The Young and the Restless’

With a first airdate set for Monday, July 8, a CBS spokesperson has confirmed to Soap Opera Network that Camryn Grimes is returning to "The Young and the Restless." The actress began filming her first scenes earlier today, details of which are being kept quiet. It is unclear at this time as to whether Grimes will be reprising her role of Cassie Newman on the show, either alive or as a ghost, or if she'll be portraying a brand new character.

Bradford Anderson Bumped to Recurring Status at ‘GH’

In a message posted today on his Twitter page, "General Hospital" star Bradford Anderson announced that he has opted to not renew his contract with the ABC Daytime drama series. As a result, he will continue portraying Damien Spinelli, a role in which he originated in 2007, as a recurring player. "Hey friends, I am still at 'GH' and will continue to be. Recurring isn't a bad word :) keep watching, great stuff is coming!" read Anderson's tweet.

‘One Life to Live’ Casts Matthew Buchanan’s Online Girlfriend, Michelle, and Jack Manning’s Attending Summer School!

Newcomer Amber Skye Noyes, whose brother, Tyler, portrayed a young CJ Roberts back in the early 1990's on "One Life to Live," has been cast as Michelle, Matthew Buchanan's (Robert Gorrie) online girlfriend. Viewers will recall that Matthew and Michelle began communicating via Facebook in recent episodes. Noyes debuts on the Thursday, June 27 episode of the soap.

CENTER STAGE: What’s In a Name? Kristoff St. John Discusses

When it comes to titles, “The Young and Restless’” Kristoff St. John (Neil Winters) is no stranger. He’s been called a heartthrob, an Emmy nominee, an Emmy winner, and even the “Denzel of Daytime.” The latter of which actually makes the New York native kind of blush! “That’s just a moniker for having staying power and lasting power in this medium,” he says with modesty of the Denzel Washington comparison. “I’m one of the longest running African American males on daytime, so I think that statement is more in honor of that.”

SOURCES: ‘All My Children’ and ‘One Life to Live’ Head Writers Were Released from Contracts

According to sources, the "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" head writing team changes occurred with Prospect Park deciding to release Marlene McPherson and Elizabeth Snyder ("AMC") and Thom Racina ("OLTL") from their contracts. This is in direct contrast to Susie Bedsow Horgan, who opted to exit her position as co-head writer of "OLTL" (with Racina) in early April, where we're told she cited personal reasons behind her decision.