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BREAKING NEWS: ‘DAYS’ Fires Dena Higley

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- UPDATE 12:59 PM ET: Sources have confirmed to Soap Opera Network that Dena Higley has been let go as Head Writer of NBC's "Days of our Lives." Higley joined the writing team of 'DAYS' in 1985 as an Associate Head Writer.  Higley was then promoted to Head Writer, her material lasting from March 7, 2003 - August 8, 2003.  In September 2003 she became a script writer until her departure in November 2004. She left "DAYS" in 2004 to become Head Writer of "One Life to Live." Her first episode aired in…

Robin Strasser Set to Leave ‘One Life to Live’ in Show’s Final Months

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Say it isn't so! After playing Dorian Cramer Lord on "One Life to Live" on and off for the past thirty years, Robin Strasser is once again leaving Llanview. The actress broke the news on Twitter earlier today, saying that a medical issue would prevent her staying with the show, which was cancelled last month by ABC, until it wraps up production in mid-November. The final episode of "One Life to Live" is expected to air on January 20, 2012. According to Strasser, "I'll have to leave 'OLTL' sooner…

Thom Christopher Brings ‘The Hawk’ to ‘Trek Expo’

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Nearly a decade before he first stepped foot in Llanview as the the villainous Carlo Hesser, Thom Christopher played a role that was ahead of its time -- literally. In 1981, the soap vet originated the role of the half-man, half-bird warrior known as The Hawk in the sci-fi series "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century."  Next month, he will reunite with his former "Buck Rogers" co-stars Gil Gerald and Erin Gray at Tulsa, Oklahoma's 2011 'Trek Fest,' billed as "The Southwest's Premiere Sci-Fi Event." Also…

‘The Doctors’ Gives Soap Fan Style Makeover and Trip to Vegas for Daytime Emmy’s

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- CBS Television Distribution's daily strip of medical series/talk show "The Doctors" has given soap opera fan Lisette Davila the ultimate makeover just in time for next months Daytime Emmy Awards set to be broadcast on CBS on Sunday, June 19. In the episode airing Thursday, May 19, television personality Maria Menounos joins 'Doctors' co-hosts Dr. Andrew Ordon, Dr. Jim Sears, Dr. Lisa Masterson and Dr. Travis Stork as they talk with her about how she keeps in shape without…

Kurt Caceres, DaJuan Johnson and Michelle Krusiec Join ‘General Hospital’ Cast in Recurring Roles

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- As summer begins to heat up in Port Charles, ABC's "General Hospital" has cast a number of recurring characters. One is dangerous, another is slick and cocky and the last is an Asian attorney. Beginning Friday, June 24, actor Kurt Caceres joins the cast in the recurring role of Javier. The character is described as a shady, dangerous and charming man. Caceres appeared in the 2006 film "World Trade Center" as a Fireman. The film starred Nicholas Cage. Caceres'…

‘Life’s’ Good for Edmonds Following BET Award Nom

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Shenell Edmonds, who has played the sassy, outspoken Destiny Evans on "One Life to Live" since 2009, has been nominated for her first BET Young Star Award. The 17-year-old actress faces some stiff competition for the award, including  Will Smith's actor/musician offspring Willow and Jaden Smith, Run-DMC co-founder Joseph Simmons (aka Rev Run) rapper son Daniel "Diggy" Simmons, and Keke Palmer, star of the Nickelodeon show "True Jackson, VP." Evans thanks her fans for their support on her Facebook…

NBC Takes Attention Off of ABC Upfront With Clever Advertising Platform

Long before ABC's Upfront presentation got underway at around 3:45 PM on Tuesday, May 17, when invited guests began scuttling into the Avery Fisher Hall, the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) looked to take attention off of the American Broadcasting Company (ABC) by promoting its new fall programming with a rotation of more than a dozen Grayline and CitySearch NYC buses that were filled with wide open spaces or a lack of passengers in this case. While the seats may have been empty, no one could miss the colorful brand…

Brian Frons Spotted Chuckling as Soap Fans Protest His Decision to Change Daytime Television

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- Brian Frons, President, Daytime, Disney/ABC Television Group (pictured right wearing sun glasses), went into the ABC Upfront on Tuesday, May 17 knowing he was the most hated man in television today. Frons inherited the title from former NBC Universal CEO Jeff Zucker and all it took was a bunch of protesting fans to get the message across as they booed the executive while he walked across the street from Lincoln Center to an ABC After party at the Atlantic Grill restaurant. So how does the man that…

Fans Protest ABC’s Decision to Cancel ‘All My Children’ and ‘One Life to Live’

On Tuesday, May 17, fans of ABC's recently canceled "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" protested outside of the Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City as the ABC Television Network presented its 2011-2012 broadcast television schedule to its owned & operated stations, affiliates, advertising partners, and the dozens of press outlets gobbling up everything said during the networks upfront presentation. Joining protesting fans were Colleen Zenk (ex-Barbara Ryan, "As The World Turns"), Mimi Torchin…

‘OLTL’ Casting Call: ‘Life’ After Death?

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — "One Life to Live" issues a new casting call for a character who appears to have risen from the dead. The newest audition script is for the role of "Irene." The scene opens with Mr. Baker (played by Jonathan Earl Peck, who debuted last Friday, in scenes opposite Roger Howarth) visiting a visibly upset Mrs. Irene Williams at her office. Baker tries to explain what happened, saying the situation had gotten seriously out of control. Irene laments that she should have sent someone else to do the job,…

Former ‘One Life’ Starlett Katrina Bowden Named Esquire’s ‘Sexiest Woman Alive’

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — She may have only appeared in two episodes of the long-running ABC soap, and she may not be a household name for many soap fans, but 22-year-old actress Katrina Bowden topped a recent Esquire online reader's poll, to gain the magazine's top honor last month, garnering more than two millions votes. Bowden, who has played Liz Lemon's (Tina Fey) assistant Cerie on "30 Rock" since 2006, originated the role of bad girl Britney Jennings on "One Life to Live" on September 26th of the same year. However,…