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Erika Slezak Finally Gets ‘Bumped’ by ‘One Life’

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — "One Life to Live" fans received a pleasant, yet unexpected surprise in the midst of Erika Slezak's (Viki) special episode Wednesday celebrating the six-time Daytime Emmy winner's 40th anniversary with the recently canceled ABC soap. After months of the same dozen or so mid and end show "bumpers" for other cast members being regurgitated and airing repeatedly in episode after episode, "One Life's" longest-running cast member finally gets her due.  The show unveiled Viki's new bumper today, airing it…

Kaye In-Talks with “All My Children,” Too

(SoapOperaNetwork) -- With "All My Children" scheduled to end production permanently in just a little over three months, news of the expected casting shake-ups at the soap are being revealed every day. Forty-eight hours after reports leaked that Cady McClain is in-talks to return as Dixie Cooney, the love of Tad Martin's (Michael E. Knight) life, comes the report that Thorsten Kaye is also in-talks to return as Zach Slater, the love of Kendall Hart's (Alicia Minshew) life. Just as many fans speculated after the April 14…

Air-Date Set for Lorraine Broderick’s Return to the Top at ‘AMC’

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- Following much speculation on the topic, a spokesperson for "All My Children" has revealed that Lorraine Broderick's first official script as Head Writer will air on Monday, June 27. "AMC" and "One Life to Live" creator Agnes Nixon will assist Broderick in scripting the shows final months. Broderick's promotion to the position was announced on April 2. The 41-year old serial drama is scheduled to air its final episode before the 2011-2012 television season officially debuts in September. Production…

‘DAYS’ Sets Bren Foster’s First Airdate and It’s Sexylicious

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- As previously reported, NBC's "Days of our Lives" has cast actor Bren Foster in the contract role of Quinn, a "charming businessman with an edge. He can be clean cut or not. He is sexy, mysterious and savvy, has an easy way with the ladies but can be formidable if crossed." According to sources, Foster's first scenes will be with Nadia Bjorlin's Chloe Lane. The two will meet at the Cheatin' Heart, where Quinn offers to buy Chloe a drink and one thing leads to…

More on the ‘GH’ Lawsuit That Rocked ABC Daytime and Other Court Drama

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- So you heard the story about ABC being sued for unpaid residuals owed to the estate of "General Hospital" creators Frank and Doris Hursley? Did you know that their children are Bridget Dobson, Deborah Hardy and Polly Keusnik? Why is that important? According to The Hollywood Reporter, two of the three women were writers on "GH" way back when and in the case of Bridget Dobson, she and her husband, Jerome, co-created NBC's cult classic "Santa Barbara." During the…

ABC Done Called the Cops on Ya’ll ‘Crazy’ Soap Fans

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- On Tuesday, April 26, soap fans, who were able to make it to protests in response to ABC's cancellation of "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" in major cities across the nation, found out the hard way that dictatorships (cough, television networks) don't play with crazy - they just call the cops on them! To be clear, by no means are we calling anyone crazy (except the boneheaded movers and shakers at ABC). Unfortunately, that is what some people believe when they…

The Behind the Scenes Drama at ABC Daytime Keeps on Popping as Network is Now Being Sued!

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- Oh ABC, ABC, ABC...or should I say ABC Daytime? In the two weeks since you opted to cancel the soaps citing poor financial returns and low ratings at "All My Children" and "One Life to Live," which caused backlash within the television community, a major advertiser pulls their ads off your network and then the incompetence of your top dog is uncovered by an employee to the press. So what else could you possibly have up your soapy sleeve? How about your being sued by the children…

Roger Howarth’s First ‘One Life’ Airdate Revealed

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — As we previously reported, Roger Howarth is set to return to "One Life to Live" this spring. And, while it isn't clear if he will be reprising his signature role as Todd Manning, or if he'll be playing someone else, fans can expect to see Howarth back in Llanview sooner than previously expected. Although he wasn't even scheduled to begin filming scenes until next month, ABC Soaps in Depth reports that Howarth will appear on screen beginning Friday, May 13, as the Todd storyline continues to unfold.…

‘Precious’ Star Barret Helms Joins Cast of ‘One Life to Live’

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — It seems that not even cancellation can stop the long-running ABC soap from introducing new characters. With less than nine months left until the final episode is set to air, "One Life to Live" has cast Barret Helms in the newly created contract role of "Baz." Fans may remember Helms from his role as Precious' dream boyfriend in the Oscar-nominated movie "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire." According to ABC, the character will have "a unique connection to one of Llanview's more…

Cady McClain Returning to ‘AMC’ to Usher Out Another Canceled Soap?

Earlier today, Soap Opera Digest posted breaking news on their website when they reported that actress Cady McClain would be returning to ABC's "All My Children" in the role of Dixie Cooney. Shortly afterward, Soaps in Depth posted their own version of the news. Who to believe? At this point, it doesn't matter as long as Dixie's back! Then again, Cady did return in early 2010 when Dixie, who died via poisoned pancakes (what were the writers thinking?), and her ghost/spirit was used to usher out Palmer Cortlandt, who had…

What You Talkin’ Bout Chrishell (Stause)?

UPDATE POSTED @ 12:49 PM ET: Chrishell Stause has updated her twitter page and noted that she's hearing confirmation on the rumors that we've all been talking about (which rumor is that exactly?). Meanwhile, she denied tweeting the picture of the Easter Eggs as posted by an anti-executive twitter account. Soap Opera Network apologizes for attributing that to Chrishell. So what rumor are we about to learn is true? Tune in to find out! PREVIOUS @ 4:37 AM ET (SoapOperaNetwork.com) --…

‘General Hospital’ Casts Brenda’s REAL Kid?

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- You got to love ABC Daytime for its usage of the word REAL in its on air promos when touting the return of Rebecca Budig as the REAL Greenlee Smythe on "All My Children" back in 2008, but this isn't about Greenlee so let's have none of that. On the networks "General Hospital," viewers have seen Brenda (Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo) holding onto hope that Lucian (played by cutie pie Elvis Martinez) is her long thought dead son with Alexander Janacek (the never seen son of…