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Clearing Up the Statements: What Will ABC Daytime Look Like in Fall 2012?

After news broke today that ABC would be bumping "General Hospital" from its long time 3:00 PM ET/2:00 PM PT timeslot beginning in September 2012 in favor of a new Katie Couric talk show, the network was forced to calm the nerves of fans who are still reeling from the cancellations of "All My Children" and "One Life to Live." Unfortunately, the network is just delaying the inevitable to placate fans from believing that their favorite soap could be next.

Katie Couric Bumps ‘General Hospital’ While ABC ‘Chews’ Its ‘Revolution’

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- While "The Chew" and "The Revolution" have yet to debut nor have "All My Children" or "One Life to Live" even taped their last episodes, the ABC Television Network is already making moves with its fall 2012 daytime schedule. The network announced today plans to launch a Katie Couric hosted syndicated daytime talk show which provides the failed evening news host with a hefty $20 million a year salary plus ownership of her program and reunites her with failed…

Freddie Smith’s First ‘DAYS’ Set Plus Details Surrounding Possible Gay Storyline

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- While "Days of our Lives" has still not officially confirmed that actor Freddie Smith has joined the cast of the NBC daytime drama series, Soap Opera Network confirmed two weeks ago that Smith had signed on with the show and will be portraying the role of Sonny and we can now confirm his first airdate will be Thursday, June 23. If that was't all, we can also confirm that Sonny is in fact one of Adrienne and Justin Kiriakis' (Judi Evans and Wally Kurth) son's. To be precise,…

Comic Strip Acknowledges Loss of ABC Soaps

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Soap cancellations giving you the blues? If so, maybe this will help brighten your day. The Wednesday, June 1 edition of the popular comic "Marvin," created by Tom Armstrong, paid homage to the recently canned ABC sudsers "All My Children" and "One Life to Live," by capturing the mood prevalent among most soap fans about to lose two of their favorite daytime dramas. "Marvin" focuses on the lives of a little boy named Marvin, his parents Jeff and Jenny Miller, their dog Bitsy, and several other…

‘OLTL’ Casting Spree Continues: Troubled Llanview Teen Gets New Dad

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — David Aaron Baker returns to "One Life to Live" in a new recurring role, and will share a connection to one of Llanview's less than honorable teen citizens. Soap Opera Digest is reporting that that the actor has been cast as Brad's (Frank Dolce) father. Remember that Brad has been Jack's (Andrew Trischitta) sidekick the past few months, while the Manning heir has been tormenting Shane Morasco (Austin Williams). Long-time fans may recall that this isn't Baker's first stint in Llanview. He originated…

Llanview Casting Gossip: June 1 Edition

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Minor casting notes and appearances for the month of June on "One Life to Live." Paul Rolfes reprises his recurring role of Dr. Jay Gangemi on June 1 and then again on Friday, June 17, when he confers with the ER doctor regarding a potential donor heart for Clint (Jerry verDorn). Fans can look forward to seeing more of Patrick Gibbons, Jr. in the coming weeks as Todd Manning's youngest son Sam. As we previously reported, on Friday, June 10, look for Sam to becomes a little too curious about what…

Tognoni’s ‘Life’ in Llanview May Be Nearing An End

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Only one year after returning to "One Life to Live" as Kelly Cramer, is Gina Tognoni already leaving the show? The answer is yes, according to one of her co-stars. Tognoni reprised the role of Kelly, which she originated in 1995, on February 10, 2010. From 2004-2009 she portrayed Dinah Marler on "Guiding Light." Robin Strasser, who plays Kelly's aunt Dorian Lord on "OLTL" and scheduled to leave the soap this summer to have back surgery, set the Internet abuzz over the Memorial Day weekend when she…

Robin Strasser Set to Tape Her Final Episode of ‘One Life’

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — As we previously reported, Robin Strasser announced earlier this month that, due to impending back surgery, she would be forced to leave "One Life to Live," where she has played fan favorite Dorian Lord off and on for nearly thirty years, before the show is scheduled to wrap production in mid-November. Now Strasser reveals the date she will tape her final scenes for the show, putting a sense of finality on one of Llanview's most legendary characters. Sounding upbeat, the outspoken soap vet again…

He’s Back, Again! Tuc Watkins Comes Home to Llanview

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — In a move that should surprise no one, Tuc Watkins will be returning to "One Life to Live" for the umpteenth time this summer as his onscreen alter ego David Vickers Buchanans comes back to Llanview fresh from taping his biopic "Vicker Man," to settle into married life with Mayor Dorian Lord (Robin Strasser). That's right, Watkins is making another world-wind trip to the "One Life" revolving door. The actor began filming his scenes several weeks ago, which was recently confirmed by both Strasser,…

Casting for ‘Life’: Early Summer Odds & Ends

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — "One Life to Live" issues another casting call, and other comings and goings for the month of June. The scene opens with Rhonda urging "Alice Gordon" to take the deal, which could result in her being released on good behavior in eight years. However, if she decides not to take the deal, she would face the maximum punishment for murder that the state allows, even if the person she killed was "Donald Beck." Alice maintains her innocence, to which Rhonda asserts that she doesn't believer her. She…

‘DAYS’ Star Bren Foster Appears in Latenight Cinemax Series ‘Femme Fatales’

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- "Days of our Lives" star Bren Foster (Quinn) will be guest-starring in the Friday, May 27 episode of the Cinemax original series "Femme Fatales," which tells the story of powerful, sexy and dangerous women. Very much in the vein of “Twilight Zone” and “Tales from the Crypt,” each episode is introduced by a mysterious and enigmatic host Lilith, played by Tanit Phoenix, and features different casts and storylines, some of which are intertwined. In…

CONFIRMED: Freddie Smith Joins ‘Days of our Lives’ Plus Who He’ll Be Playing

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- On Friday, May 13, we reported that there were rumors that "90210" actor Freddie Smith was in talks to join the cast of "Days of our Lives." Since that time Soap Opera Network can now confirm exclusively that the actor has already begun taping! How is that for a shocker? How about we know who he'll be playing! While full character details were not available at press time, Soap Opera Network has learned that Smith began taping in early April and that his character is…