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Ilene Kristen Gets Familiar Company in ‘My Big Gay Italian Wedding’

(SoapOperaNetwork) -- Ilene Kristen's (Roxy) daytime co-stars Kristen Alderson (Starr) and Brittany Underwood (soon to be ex-Langston) join her in the Off-Broadway production of the hit play, which centers around two gay men planning their wedding and having to deal with overbearing friends and family along the way, from March 17-19. Also joining the show for those dates will be former "As the World Turns" stars Ellen Dolan (ex-Margo) and Marnie Schulenburg (ex-Alison). Ilene Kristen's run as…

ABC Deciding Fate of Daytime Lineup?

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- The sky is falling at ABC Daytime! At least that's what published reports have fans thinking after news broke yesterday that ABC is about to make "major decisions" relating to its daytime lineup of "The View," "All My Children," "General Hospital" and "One Life to Live." The Story Daytime Confidential is reporting that ABC will be making a decision in the coming weeks regarding its daytime lineup in the wake of Oprah Winfrey's impending…

Jennifer Aniston Reveals She is a Soap Fan

(SoapOperaNetwork) -- Sometimes even the biggest of television and movie stars keep up with the happenings in the world of daytime drama. In an interview earlier this month with "The View," Jennifer Aniston confessed that she is a fan of one of the central characters on "One Life to Live." After coming onstage to talk with the ladies of the ABC Daytime gabfest on February 10, Aniston stated that "I just met Viki from 'One Life to Live' in the elevator and I almost passed out."…

Ingo Rademacher Placed on Reduced Work Schedule?

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- Just as fans rejoice that Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth Webber) is staying on at "General Hospital," word comes that Ingo Rademacher (Jasper 'Jax' Jacks) has been placed on a reduced work schedule with the ABC drama series. While Ingo does remain on contract with "GH," it is shocking to see how the show has been treating its vets as of late. Of course with a reported budget cut looming over their heads, show producers could take a closer look at who is being featured every…

‘One Life’ Casting Call: Deadly Intentions?

(SoapOperaNetwork) -- The ABC soap is casting the minor role of "Dr. Campbell," for an upcoming storyline in which could be a matter of life or death for someone in Llanview. The scene opens with the "Detective" asking the doctor how the patient, named "Alice," is doing.  He tells him that they had to give her a lot of blood, but that her blood pressure has been holding steady, and that he is waiting for an operating room to become available so the surgical team can take care of her.  The doctor then orders the nurse to…

Seymour ‘Dreams Big’ with Role on ‘One Life to Live’

(SoapOperaNetwork) -- Some "One Life to Live" fans will be seeing a familiar face behind the counter at the Buenos Dias Diner on Wednesday (February 23), as reporter Shayna Seymour of WCVB-TV in Boston will play soap star for a day and profile her time in Llanview in a special segment of the station's news magazine show "Chronicle HD," entitled "Dream Big." The special two-part program begins tonight at 7:30 pm ET and will air on WCVB-TV and sister station WMUR-TV in Manchester, New…

ABC Releases Statement on Rebecca Herbst Staying

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- After firing Rebecca Herbst back in January, only to change their minds late last week, ABC has released a statement touting Herbst's staying on at the networks daytime drama "General Hospital." "Rebecca Herbst will continue on 'General Hospital' as Elizabeth Webber. The show is thrilled she will remain on the canvas to portray the beloved character in many more poignant and emotional stories. Fans will be pleased to see Rebecca continue the role she created." The…

‘AMC’s’ Christopher Dunn Heading to ‘DAYS’ Writing Team

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- Out with one Christopher and in with another as "All My Children" writer Christopher Dunn is heading to NBC's "Days of our Lives" to fill the void left by the recently fired Christopher Whitesell. Dunn is expected to end his run at "AMC" this month in order to join "DAYS" on the breakdown team. This marks the first move by Co-Executive Producer Gary Tomlin since news of Whitesell's ouster became public on Friday. In addition to his stint at…

First Look: Bullying at Large on ‘One Life’

The Tuesday, February 22 episode of "One Life to Live" will not only give viewers their first glimpse of Andrew Trischitta as a recast Jack Manning, but it will also be the day that the ABC soap begins telling the story of bullying in America. The topic, of course, especially hits home with many children as they prepare to go to school each weekday not knowing if they will be thrown into their lockers with a wedgie or hanging upside down waiting for their lunch money to be stolen by someone bigger than them. Some of them…

Mother Knows Best! Valerie Wildman Returns to ‘DAYS’

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- Fay Walker may be missing her daughter Nicole's (Arianne Zucker) wedding to EJ DiMera (James Scott) this week, but that won't stop actress Valerie Wildman from making a return visit to the NBC drama series before saying goodbye to recently fired on screen daughter Natalia Livingston (Taylor Walker). Last seen in July 2010, Wildman returns to Salem beginning Wednesday, March 9 for extended visit amidst the drama her daughters are going through. One daughter (Nicole) will have recently…

Wilson Bethel Returns to ‘Y&R’

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- Earlier this month rumors began circulating that CBS' "The Young and the Restless" would be bringing Wilson Bethel back as Ryder Callahan, now Soap Opera Network can confirm that the actor is indeed returning beginning next month. Bethel, last seen in July 2010, is back beginning with the Thursday, March 3 episode of the drama series as Ryder shocks Jana (Emily O'Brien) when he reveals himself during one frightfully cold night in Genoa City. Since leaving "Y&R"…

Ray MacDonnell and Lee Meriwether Return to ‘AMC’

(SoapOperaNetwork) -- Tad Martin's (Michael E. Knight) next marriage is set to be Pine Valley's biggest of the year; but will the Cad's parents impede his big plans? Ray MacDonnell and Lee Meriwether are returning to "All My Children" for a guest appearance this March. MacDonnell and Meriwether, of course, portray the husband and wife duo of Dr. Joe Martin and Ruth Martin on "AMC". MacDonnell, who will be 83-years old this March, is one of "AMC's" original cast members. He debuted on the ABC soap on January 5, 1970. The…