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ABC Won’t Give Up General Hospital, While Prospect Park Shops Castless AMC and OLTL

For the past two and a half weeks, I found myself in unfamiliar territory when it came to running the website as I was based out of Los Angeles. Normally, I run things here in New York. What I found unfamiliar, however, was finding out the true stories behind what many soap fans can't seem to get enough of - the Disney/ABC and Prospect Park connection as it relates to "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" and even "General Hospital." So what did I learn that I can share with you? Plenty!

Darrell Ray Thomas and Marlene McPherson: Fixing Salem, Returning Fan Favorites and What Fans Can Expect

It was Thursday, May 19 when word broke that Dena Higley was out as head writer of "Days of our Lives" and former "Passions" Associate Head Writers, Darrell Ray Thomas and Marlene McPherson were in. Since the announcement, a lot has been speculated, talked about and dissected by anxious fans waiting to get some ounce of news on what they can expect to see when "Days of our Lives" relaunches itself this September. On Thursday, July 28, Soap Opera Network visited the Burbank set that houses "DAYS" in studios 2 and 4 and talked…

Blink and You Missed It: Systems A No Go

Honestly, the title sounds more interesting than what is actually happening. Later this evening, Soap Opera Network will be migrating to a new service provider that promises better and faster service than we've ever received in the (almost) 10 years we've been online. What that means is that we will not be posting new content on the site, including our message boards, after 8:00 PM ET/5:00 PM PT. The transition should be short and quick without any real interruption in service. In fact, everything will be so fast that we do…

What Happens Next? The Answers to the Questions Surrounding ABC and Prospect Park

As we reported yesterday, we likely have to thank our federal government for providing the funding necessary for Prospect Park to pick up "All My Children" and "One Life to Live," which were both canceled by ABC on Thursday, April 14. The announcement that ABC would be licensing the two iconic soaps to Prospect Park was made on Thursday, July 7, but according to sources the financial deal actually came together back in May, just in time for what is said to be the deadline period for the government to hand out grant money to…

Too Crazy to Be True, Too True to be Crazy: ‘AMC’ and ‘OLTL’ Live On Beyond ABC

It has been three months since we've learned that "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" have been canceled and would no longer be seen weekday afternoons on the ABC Television Network or weeknights on SOAPnet. It has been a truly unique period for this industry that has seen fans rallying together to try and help save shows that have become part of their everyday lives. Whispers, rumors and reports were trickling in at a record pace, often times we would find our heads spinning. Weeding through the information that we…

‘Sometimes They Come Back’ Becomes Reality on ‘General Hospital,’ Plus the Plan to Cut Costs

It was June 8 when newly appointed "General Hospital" head writer Garin Wolf previewed to TV Guide Magazine's Michael Logan that "sometimes they come back" in reference to what fans can expect from his tenure as the shows top scribe. Since then word broke that Leslie Charleson would be returning to the soap as Dr. Monica Quartermaine nearly a year after being placed on recurring status, but never seen or used since. Also expected to return in recurring capacities are Tyler Christopher (Nikolas Cassadine) and Ingo Rademacher…

‘What Are You Talking About?’ Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo’s Last ‘Hospital’ Visit Set

"What Are You Talking About?" has been a running joke with fans of "General Hospital," who have noticed Brenda Barrett Corinthos saying this exact line to a character in nearly every episode, but now we'll soon never have to hear it again (at least for now) as portrayer Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo's final airdate has been set after it was finally confirmed on Tuesday, June 7 that the actress would be departing the ABC daytime drama series after months of rumors. Marcil Giovinazzo filmed her last scenes on Thursday, June 9.

On the Red Carpet: Freddie Smith on Playing Gay on ‘DAYS’

On Thursday, June 23, "Days of our Lives" fans finally got their first glimpse of actor Freddie Smith and his character Sonny Kiriakis, despite the NBC drama series keeping mum on the actors casting for more than two months. On Sunday, June 19, on the red carpet at the "38th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards," Smith opened up about what it was like keeping such a big secret, portraying the shows first gay character and whether or not his character will be hooking up with Will Horton (Chandler Massey) as rumored.

On the Red Carpet: Casey Deidrick Talks Parties and Gay Storyline on ‘DAYS’

Casey Deidrick portrays Chad DiMera on the popular NBC daytime drama series "Days of our Lives" and he's grateful to be in the company of some fine actors. Soap Opera Network spoke with Deidrick on the red carpet at the "38th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards" on Sunday, June 19 and the actor shared some interesting information about the parties being held during Emmy weekend, the upcoming gay storyline hitting "DAYS" and the rumors surrounding co-star Chandler Massey, whose character, Will Horton, is said to play a major role in…

On the Red Carpet: The 38th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards Photo Gallery

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