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The Fight to Save ‘DAYS:’ New Writers, New Producers and Old Faces Brace for Impact

It has been three weeks since Ken Corday, Executive Producer and owner of NBC's "Days of our Lives," made his first move to save the soap from near oblivion with the firing of Head Writer Dena Higley and replacing her with former "Passions" scribes Marlene McPherson and Darrell Ray Thomas. In the weeks that followed, soap stars Crystal Chappell (Carly Manning), Louise Sorel (Vivian Alamain), Bren Foster (Quinn Hudson), Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe Lane), Tamara Braun (Taylor Walker), and Francisco San Martin (Dario Hernandez) were…

Baby Blues: ‘One Life to Live’ Launches Teen Pregnancy Video Blog

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Could Destiny Evans (Shenell Edmonds) be carrying a comatose Matthew Buchanan's (Eddie Alderson) baby? That's the topic up for discussion on "One Life's" latest online video blog hosted by Edmonds and her cast mate Kristen Alderson (Starr), whose character experienced her own teen pregnancy storyline in 2008. According to a spokesperson for the soap, Alderson will soon be drawn into the storyline when "Starr becomes a voice for reason for Destiny, who recently shared her first sexual experience with…

Noel Maxam Replacing Gary Tomlin as Co-Executive Producer of ‘Days of our Lives?’

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- After news broke on Thursday, June 9 that Gary Tomlin was out as co-executive producer of NBC's "Days of our Lives," the two questions left unanswered were whether or not the soap would replace Tomlin or if executive producer Ken Corday would take on full-time duties as the shows sole EP. According to sources, the soap has indeed opted to replace Tomlin with someone new. The name being circulated since news of Tomlin's ouster became public yesterday has been Noel Maxam, who…

OLTL First Look: LaChanze Comes to ‘Life’ in New Role

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — When Broadway star and Tony Award winning actress LaChanze joins the cast of "One Life to Live" later this month in the recurring role of Yvette, she won't be alone. Joined by Barret Helms (who will play Yvette's son Baz), the daytime newcomer will also share a surprising connection to several Llanview residents, the identities of which may surprise you. Since news of LaChanze joining "One Life" first broke nearly a month ago, fans have speculated that her character would be related to James' (Nic…

The ‘Write’ Stuff: Ron Carlvati Leaves Llanview for Port Charles

After fifteen years of working in various positions on the "One Life to Live" writing staff, including serving as the show's head scribe for the last three years, ABC has announced that Ron Carlivati will be joining "General Hospital" as a script writer. The move will fulfill the remainder of the three-year contract Carlivati signed with the network last September. A similar two-year deal was hammered out at the time with "One Life" Executive Producer Frank Valentini.

Mark Hapka Spending his ‘DAYS’ in Salem Once More?

With the news that "Days of our Lives" has let Gary Tomlin go as co-executive producer and Soap Opera Network unable to confirm who is replacing him at this time, rumors began swirling that actor Mark Hapka would be returning to the daytime drama series just days after reportedly stating that someone in particular (possibly Tomlin) was in the way of his employment with the show.

‘Days of our Lives’ Executive Producer Gary Tomlin Fired!

After a week of unconfirmed (by the show) firings of numerous actors, NBC's "Days of our Lives" has now fired its co-executive producer, Gary Tomlin. The news was first reported by TV Guide Canada's Nelson Branco on Twitter. News of Tomlin's firing comes on the heals of last months firing of head writer Dena Higley and the recent firings of actors Crystal Chappell (Carly Manning), Louise Sorel (Vivian Alamain), Bren Foster (Quinn Hudson), Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe Lane), and Tamara Braun (Taylor Walker).

Eva LaRue Returns to ‘All My Children’ this July

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- Another name has been added to the growing list of former "All My Children" stars who have returned or are confirmed to be returning to bid the ABC soap adieu before taping concludes on September 2. So far, that list includes Josh Duhamel, Cady McClain, Thorsten Kaye and Shannon Kane. This evening, in a press release, ABC reveals that "CSI: Miami" star Eva LaRue will join that returning group. The 44-year-old stunner is due to bring Dr. Maria Santos Grey back to Pine Valley this July. LaRue starred…

CONFIRMED: Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo Leaving ‘General Hospital’

On Monday, May 23, three days after news broke that Ingo Rademacher (Jasper 'Jax' Jacks) had been fired by ABC's "General Hospital," Soap Opera Network tweeted that we had exclusively learned that Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo (Brenda Barrett Corinthos) would be the next actor leaving the daytime drama series. On Thursday, May 26, just before the long Memorial Day Weekend, the actress confirmed our report when she revealed that her days with the soap were numbered via her Twitter page. Interestingly, the actress has been…

‘All My Children’ Confirms that Josh Duhamel is Coming Home

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- Soap Opera Network first reported news of a Josh Duhamel return being in the works at "All My Children" in May following the 38-year-old actor making curious comments relating to the cancelled ABC soap on "The Ellen Degeneres Show," Twitter and Facebook. On Monday, June 6, ABC confirmed speculation with the announcement that the "Transformers" star will indeed return to the serial drama that started his acting career this summer. Entertainment Weekly reports that Duhamel will make a cameo…

Tognoni & Degnan Bid Llanview Adieu

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — With only seven months left to go before the show becomes a part of television history, two more actors are about to depart from "One Life to Live." ABC Soaps in Depth reports that Gina Tognoni (Kelly) and Tom Degnan (Joey) will be both be leaving Llanview behind later this summer as their storyline winds down. But there is some good news for Joey and Kelly fans, however, as both characters expected to ride off into the sunset together. The news comes only weeks after their co-star Robin Strasser…