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‘The Bold and the Beautiful’ Celebrates 24 Years on Broadcast Television

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- As one soap learned that its demise was nothing but premature speculation based on rumors according to its executive producer, another was celebratings its 24th anniversary on broadcast television as today, March 23, marked CBS' "The Bold and the Beautiful's" birthday. Launched on March 23, 1987 by co-creators William J. Bell and Lee Phillip Bell, "The Bold and the Beautiful" is daytime's second most watched soap opera only behind parent series "The…

Anthony Geary on Taylor’s Passing: ‘She Was a Fierce and Loyal Friend and Tireless Advocate’

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- As previously reported, the world is in mourning after news of the passing of legendary actress Elizabeth Taylor broke early this morning. Now Anthony Geary, who portrays Luke Spencer on ABC's "General Hospital" and had the honor of working with Taylor when she appeared on the soap as his character was marrying Laura Webber (Genie Francis) in the most watched television event in daytime history, shares some of his fondest memories of Taylor in a statement released by the show.…

‘AMC’ Executive Producer Sets the Record to Worried Cast and Crew

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- After three consecutive days of waiting to hear whether or not "All My Children" was about to get the axe from ABC, as has been speculated since Deadline's article on the soap being in danger, executive producer Julie Hanan Carruthers took the time today to assure her cast and crew that the show was not being canceled by the network. As reported on Soap Opera Digest's twitter page, Soap Opera Network has learned through sources that Carruthers made…

‘General Hospital’ Comments on the Passing of Elizabeth Taylor

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- Today the world woke up to news that legendary actress and Academy Award winner Elizabeth Taylor, 79, had died. The cause of death was congestive heart failure according to her publicist, Sally Morrison, in a statement released to the Associated Press. Taylor, who died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, had recently gone under treatment for heart problems after years of medical setbacks. Although she was not one of the many honored guests and friends who attended the wedding of Luke Spencer (Anthony…

Recurring Character Leaves Pine Valley

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- One of “All My Children” semi-regular players is set to wrap up their stint in Pine Valley Ella Thomas ends her run as the mobster associate and jealous gal pal of hit-man “Reverend” Ricky Torres (Eddie Matos), Diana Holden, on "All My Children" this April. The stunning Thomas debuted on the ABC soap on February 18 as one-half of the pair responsible for the murder of Kendall Hart Slater's (Alicia Minshew) husband. Thomas enjoyed a career as a successful model prior to catching the acting bug.…

Insiders & Fans React to the ‘All My Children’ Rumor

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- ABC Daytime has a captive audience as the fate of "All My Children" appears to hang in the balance. On Monday morning, Deadline.com put soap fans on alarm when they reinforced the story Daytime Confidential first reported several weeks earlier: "All My Children" appears to be on the verge of cancellation! Since then, ABC's lack of confirmation which includes a glaring lack of denial has put soap fans even more on edge; a spokesperson for ABC continues to tell the media, including Soap Opera…

The Chronicles of Shady ‘AMC’ Writer

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- You know who you are, you know what you have done. While millions of viewers wait on pins and needles to find out if their favorite daytime soap is about to get canceled by the network it has aired on for over 41 years, you are looking for work in reality TV. Shame on you! As previously reported, rumors of ABC's "All My Children" getting canned in favor of a new (and cheaper) talk show in the fall escalated on Monday, March 21, when Deadline.com posted an article that industry…

‘One Life to Live’ Casting New African-American Character

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- "One Life to Live" looks to up its quota of minority characters by casting what appears to be yet another recurring role on the long-running daytime drama. As we previously reported, the soap recently released an audition script for the role of "Robbie" who, from the tone of the script seems to be have been involved in a volatile situation with a girl named "Rose" (Remember that "OLTL" often changes names in these scripts to distract viewers).  Soap Opera Network has since obtained more information…

First Look: Nafessa Williams on ‘One Life to Live’

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- As we previously reported, Nafessa Williams makes her daytime debut on Wednesday, March 23, as Deanna Forbes, the former girlfriend of James Ford (Nic Robuck), on ABC's "One Life to Live."  And, while Williams recently signed a four-year contract with the show, her time in Llanview was originally intended to be much shorter. Last fall, when the model and aspiring actress was first cast by the show, her character was only slated to appear in three episodes of the daytime drama.  Fortunately for…

Andrew Trischitta Upped to Contract Status with ‘One Life to Live’

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- Expect to be seeing more of Todd Manning's oldest son Jack in the coming months on "One Life to Live," as Andrew Trischitta has becme the soap's newest contract cast member, one month to the day after he first appeared on the show. The news, which was posted earlier today on ABC Soaps in Depth's Twitter page, may come as somewhat as a surprise to some "One Life" fans, considering Trischitta has only appeared on screen in a handful of episodes since joining the show earlier this year (his first…

‘The Talk’ vs ‘ATWT:’ Which Does/Did Better? Plus Full Daytime Ratings

Time and time again we've been asked how daytime shows (those airing only on ABC, CBS and NBC) such as "The View," "The Price is Right," "Let's Make a Deal" and even "The Talk" do in the ratings compared to the daytime soaps that we report on weekly here at Soap Opera Network. So we thought we would compile ratings for daytime programming, separate from just the soaps, and also see how CBS' "The Talk" is doing when compared to "As The World Turns," the show it replaced this season.

Pint-Sized ‘One Life’ Star ‘Loves’ His Day Job

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- He may have only recently taken over the role of Sam Manning, the son of reformed rapist Todd Manning (Trevor St. John) and the late, mentally disturbed Margaret Cochran (Tari Signor) on "One Life to Live," but five-year-old Patrick Gibbons, Jr. is already making the most of his time in the spot light.  The kindergartner says in an interview that he becomes "very excited when see myself on TV.  I love it." However, Gibbons' parents almost passed on the chance to audition for the long-running…