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First & Last Look: ‘One Life’ Casting Changes

(SoapOperaNetwork) -- "One Life to Live" is a buzz as Austin Peck is set to play a unique new character and Brittany Underwood ushers Langston Wilde out of Llanview in reel time. Peck, best known to soap fans for his roles on "Days of our Lives" and "As the World Turns," has been tapped by "OLTL" to play the role of "Rick" which, according to SOAPnet.com, is the type of guy "Llanview doesn't really have much of. You'll see what we mean." No first airdate has been announced, however he is expected to begin appearing sometime…

Shenaz Treasuryvala Fleshes Out ‘One Life to Live’ Role

(SoapOperaNetwork) -- The Indian actress, who has quickly become somewhat of a fan favorite since her first appearance as Rama Patal on "One Life to Live" back on January 20, shares a few ideas on how she envisions her new character's background. Treasuryvala, who has created a backstory for Rama, which includes how she and husband Vimal (Nick Choksi) first met, tells Soap Opera Weekly that "It was an arranged marriage. She was very young when she married him. But she has grown to love him, he is her family now and he is a…

‘Days of our Lives’ Wants You to Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Salem

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- NBC's "Days of our Lives" wants you to add a little bit of Salem to the life of the person you love (or yourself) by picking up a copy of its book "Days of our Lives Forty Five Years: A Celebration in Photos." "This hard cover, full color, coffee table book will escort readers on a journey through the production day - from the first cup of coffee in the morning until the director says 'it's a wrap!'" To purchase your copy, head on over to Amazon.com.

Walker Talks About Her ‘OLTL’ Return

(SoapOperaNetwork) -- As previously reported, Tonja Walker announced earlier this month via her Facebook page that she had been asked to return to "One Life to Live" and reprise the role of con artist Alex Olanov.  Now the she has taken to the social networking site again to reveal just how long her latest stint will last and to request a favor from fans. According to Walker, who is set to begin taping her scenes around mid-February, she has been been asked to shoot a couple of episodes to date.  She is also encouraging her…

ABC Now Selling ‘Hot Guys of ABC Daytime’ Merchandise

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- Just in time for Valentine's day, ABC today announced that it has begun selling merchandise on its website showcasing the "hot guys" of its daytime soaps including Jordi Vilasuso and Trent Garrett at "All My Children," Chad Duell and Brandon Barash at "General Hospital" and John-Paul Lavoisier, David Fumero, Nic Robuck and David Gregory at "One Life to Live." Items vary from posters, postcards, greeting cards, magnets, stickers, gym bags, tote bags,…

Oprah Winfrey Dedicates Upcoming Episode to Daytime Soaps

(SoapOperaNetwork) -- "The Oprah Winfrey Show" is looking for fans of "All My Children," "The Bold and the Beautiful," "Days of our Lives," "General Hospital," "One Life to Live" and "The Young and the Restless" to appear on an upcoming episode devoted to the soap opera genre. The show is also looking for those that were followers of the gone but not forgotten soaps including the more recently canceled "As The World Turns," "Guiding…

Jordana Brewster Lands Lead Role in ‘Dallas’ Pilot for TNT

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- Jordana Brewster is heading to the TNT based "Dallas" reboot according to a report by Nellie Andreeva of Deadline.com/TVLine.com. Andreeva reports that Brewster has joined the cast of the new era of "Dallas," the popular primetime soap that lasted from 1978 to 1991, which was order to pilot in late 2010 by TNT. The actress will play the role of Elena, "the the gorgeous daughter of the ranch's cook who is locked into a love triangle with Christopher and John," the…

An Apology to Rebecca Herbst and Her Fans

Two weeks ago ABC's "General Hospital" made the unthinkable decision of firing popular actress Rebecca Herbst after she put in thirteen years of loyal service to the series. Unfortunately, as the General Hospital Editor for Soap Opera Network, I did not report on Herbst's firing nor did I acknowledge anywhere on the website of its occurrence. Meanwhile, during that same week it was announced that Melissa Claire Egan had made the decision to depart "All My Children" and Brittany Underwood had…

‘Bold and the Beautiful’ Fires Lowder; Actor Told in ‘Respectful Way’

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- It came as no surprise late last week when word broke that CBS' "The Bold and the Beautiful" had fired demoted actor Kyle Lowder who portrayed Rick Forrester on the drama series after four years to recurring status. It was a surprise that it took so long. The actor joined "B&B" in January 2007 and while he enjoyed lead actor status on the soap for sometime, his character had become unnecessary and underutilized for more than a year now, so it was in best the interest of…

‘The Sound of a Kiss’ iTunes Cover Released

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- As previously reported, ABC's "One Life to Live" is set to release an iTunes exclusive album called "The Sound of a Kiss" with recordings by David Gregory (Ford) and Brittany Underwood (soon-to-be ex-Langston), among others. What we know is that the albums theme is love and it will be released on Tuesday, February 8, which is just in time for Valentine's Day. While details beyond that are scarce at this time, we've been assured, however, that more details on…

A Note from the Editor-in-Chief of Soap Opera Network

On January 30, 2011, Soap Opera Network launched its brand new website. The website, literally re-built from the ground up, now houses the latest news, interviews and all business headlines covering the genre of soap operas. Our goal is to not just cover what's happening in front of the camera for both daytime and primetime soaps, but to also inform our readers of what's happening behind the scenes. That isn't to say the "gossip" aspect of behind the scenes drama, but the business perspective. We…