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Elmarie Wendel Appears on ‘GH’

By Errol Lewis (SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- Elmarie Wendel joins the cast of "General Hospital" in the recurring role of Peg. While Jax (Ingo Rademacher) puts private investigators on the search for Michael (Dylan Cash) in order to ease Carly's (Laura Wright) pain over the disappearance of her son, Michael finds himself taking refuge in a cabin, where he encounters a craggy old woman beginning Thursday, February 28. Peg meets Michael as a result of his shooting Kate Howard (Megan Ward) with an illegal weapon on the February 18…

A New Villain Hits Pine Valley

By Errol Lewis (SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- David Rasche is returning to daytime television later this month as Pine Valley's newest devil in disguise. Last seen in daytime as Wes Leonard in the 1980's on ABC's "Ryan's Hope," Rasche will play Tad Martin's uncle, Rob Gardner, beginning Friday, February 29. Rob is the brother of Tad's biological father, Ray Garder (last seen in 2001 as played by Gil Rogers). The character is said to be intimately connected to the story of Jesse's (Darnell Williams) death twenty years ago. The…

Confirmed: Arianne Zuker Re-Joins ‘DAYS’

Finally! Confirmation Thursday, February 14, 2008 1:30 AM | By Errol Lewis (SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- After weeks of speculation, Soap Opera Network can now confirm that actress Arianne Zuker is returning to NBC's "Days of our Lives" in the role of Nicole Walker. Zuker, who left "DAYS" in 2006," was rumored to be returning to the soap after message boards began discussing what further changes the show would be making after it was announced that Martha Madison (Belle) and Brandon Beemer (Shawn D.) were being released from…

BREAKING NEWS: List of ‘Financial Core’ Writers

EXCLUSIVE: Soap Opera Network has learned the names of soap opera writers who declared “Financial Core” status to keep on working during the strike. By going “Fi-Core,” these writers can never be members of the WGA again but they continue to pay reduced union dues and the Guild is obligated to continue providing services such health insurance, pension and residuals. Though they can still work on Guild projects, Guild members will not be keen to hire them.

Claire Coffee Contracted to ‘General Hospital’

By Errol Lewis (SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- "General Hospital" bumps actress to contract status. Claire Coffeee, who portrays Nurse Nadine Crowell, has been put under contract with the ABC Daytime drama series effective immediately. Coffee began playing Nurse Crowell in 2007. Prior to joining "GH," the actress got her big break courtesy of NBC's "The West Wing," where she played Cassie Tatum for several episodes in 2003. She has also appeared in the Jerry Bruckheimer produced "Cold Case," "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," and…

One Less Lavery on ‘AMC’

Branson makes it official! Wednesday, February 13, 2007 11:15 AM | By Angela Rosa (SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- Ryan Lavery loses his last remaining sibling... Ending months of rumors and speculation, an "All My Children" spokesperson has finally confirmed that Jeff Branson has been let go from the soap. Branson will officially disappear from the "AMC" canvas this spring. The Emmy nominated actor has not taped a single episode of the soap this year and has not appeared on a single episode of "AMC" this year. For fans of the…

Marianna Introduces Ric to Her Past

By Errol Lewis (SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- "Ric, meet Randy...Randy, this is Ric!" Next week on "General Hospital," Ric Lansing (Rick Hearst) comes face-to-face with lady love Marianna's (Yeniffer Behrens) past mistake and his name is Randy. While specific storyline details are unavailable at this time, it is understood that Randy is revealed to be an abusive lover trying to control his better half and those around her. Violence ensues and lives hang in the balance. The role of Randy will be played by Jim Palmer. His first…

MacKenzie Mauzy Returns to ‘B&B’

By Errol Lewis (SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- MacKenzie Mauzy is returning to CBS' "The Bold and the Beautiful" later this month. Mauzy, who has portrayed the role of Phoebe Forrester, daughter to Ridge (Ron Moss) and Taylor Forrester (Hunter Tylo), since 2006, is returning to the drama series beginning Thursday, February 28 as the character returns to Los Angeles, CA with a new perspective in life. Phoebe was last seen in December during the Forrester Holiday Celebration. Specific storyline details were unavailable at press…

B&B Casting: Week of February 18 Edition

Who Knows What Can Happen? Wednesday, February 13, 2008 12:30 AM | By Errol Lewis (SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- Casting News for the Week of February 18. On the February 18 episode of "The Bold and the Beautiful," Tim Haldeman and Karnel Matthews guest-star. Haldeman, whose credits include guest roles on such primetime series as "Pacific Palisades," "Passions," and "Skin" will play the "Newspaper Editor." Matthews plays the "Layout Artist." Eric David portrays the "Pilot" and Carly Jane Steel portrays the "Flight Attendant" on…

Celebrate 35 Years of ‘Y&R’ In Style

Come Celebrate in Genoa City Tuesday, February 12, 2008 11:30 PM | By Errol Lewis (SoapOperaNetwork.com) -- CBS' "The Young and the Restless" launches "Monthly Dream Prize" Sweepstakes to celebrate upcoming 35th anniversary. Interested in winning a super prize package that includes first class airfare for two, 5 days/4 nights at a Beverly Hills luxury hotel with standard room accommodations plus one spa treatment for winner and guest, two tickets to "The Young and the Restless" 35th Anniversary Exclusive Event in Beverly…