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    Official Dates Set for Daytime Emmy Awards

    It’s been a long time coming, but the date for the 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards has officially been set: A spokesperson for the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences confirms that the ceremony will be taking place on Sunday, June 22 at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles. More

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    ABC Countersues Prospect Park Networks!

    In a cross-complaint suit made available by Deadline.com, ABC is now suing PPN for “all unpaid series fees owned up to and through the date of the trial of this action as a result of Prospect Park’s failure to pay in breach of the License Agreement.” More

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    DGA Rule Change Leaves Daytime Serials to Compete With Likes of ‘Breaking Bad,’ ‘Game of Thrones,’ and ‘House of Cards’

    Last night marked the 66th annual Directors Guild of America Awards Dinner at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles, but none of today’s daytime drama directors received a nomination. Why? Because the “Daytime Serials” category was integrated into the “Dramatic Series” category following a June 22, 2013 DGA National Board meeting that voted on rule changes, which forces daytime and primetime dramas to compete against internet distributed dramas such as “House of Cards,” which essentially leaves daytime itself shut out from ever receiving a nomination as the dynamics of daytime is no where near the likes of 2013 nominees “Breaking Bad” (AMC), “Game of Thrones” (HBO), “Homeland” (Showtime), or even the aforementioned “House of Cards” (Netflix). “Bad” won the award for those wondering. More

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    ABC Being Sued By Former Co-Head Writer of ‘One Life to Live’ Over Royalties Owed

    According to Law360.com, Allison “Sam” Hall, a former co-head writer of ABC’s “One Life to Live,” is suing the network over what he claims are royalties owed since the soap transitioned to the web via Hulu and iTunes, and broadcast during summer 2013 on OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network), courtesy of Prospect Park – the company that licensed the rights to both programs from Disney/ABC in 2011. Hall reportedly filed his complaint against American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. (ABC) on Tuesday, January 7, in New York. Hall was named co-head writer of the soap in 1984, and remained with the series until 1985. More

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    TONIGHT OnTV: ‘Revenge’ Has Amnesia

    Sunday, January 5 marks the return of guilty pleasure TV with all new episodes of ABC’s “Revenge,” CBS’ “The Good Wife” and the returns of “The Bachelor” and PBS’ “Downton Abbey.” Which to choose to watch? It’s hard to say, but Soap Opera Network is providing you with a lowdown on what to expect on “Revenge.” More

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    TONIGHT OnTV: The Wedding of the Century Begins on ABC’s ‘Revenge’

    Tonight on ABC’s “Revenge,” which returns from a three week hiatus, the wedding of Emily Thorne (Emily VanCamp) and Daniel Grayson (Josh Bowman) is fast approaching and Emily must put the finishing touches on her final takedown – Victoria Grayson (Madeleine Stowe) herself. In tonight’s episode, entitled “Surrender,” Victoria learns that Emily is pregnant after a supposed altercation with a recently revealed alive Lydia results in Emily slipping and falling. More

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    Pacing For Best Season In Seven Years, ‘General Hospital’ Reaches Largest Audience In Nearly Six Years

    During the week of November 25 through 29, 2013, ABC’s “General Hospital” reached its largest audience in nearly six years (since week of January 21, 2008), when 3.3 million viewers tuned into the happenings of Port Charles. The soap is currently pacing for its best season in seven years in total viewers (since the 2006-2007 television season). In addition to an increase in viewers, the daytime sap reached an over 2-and-a-half-year high in Women 25-54 (1.04 million/1.7 rating) and an over 2-year high in Women 18-49 (774,000/1.2 rating) – since weeks of 3/21/11 and 8/15/11, respectively – to rank a strong #2 for the week in the key female sales demos. More

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    ABC Reduces Episode Order For ‘Scandal’

    An ABC representative has confirmed with Soap Opera Network that it has cut the third season episode order of its red hot soap, “Scandal.” Originally expected to air 22 episodes this season, “Scandal” will now only air 18. While the network did not give a reason for the episode reduction, it’s understood that with series star Kerry Washington pregnant and it being harder to hide a pregnancy for a lead character on a primetime series than one on daytime, due to how much time it takes to film each episode, it’s likely that the reduction occurred for this reason. More

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    While ‘The Chew’ Celebrated Episode 500, Soap Fans Continue To Mourn Loss of ‘All My Children’

    On Monday, September 26, 2011, ABC premiered a new daytime talk show that brought food back to the table and into our everyday lives. Now in its third season, “The Chew” is currently enjoying one of its highest rated on record in both total viewers and key women sales demos. As the talk show celebrated its 500th episode yesterday, fans of the ABC version of “All My Children” continued to mourn the loss of their favorite daytime soap opera, which made Susan Lucci and her character Erica Kane a household name to mainstream viewers. More

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    ABC and Gray Television Launching New Affiliate in Laredo, Texas

    The ABC Television Network and Gray Television, Inc. announced today that they have reached a new affiliation agreement that allows Gray Television to broadcast ABC’s full programming schedule in Laredo, Texas beginning in February 2014 using KGNS digital channel 8.2. Programming includes ABC’s primetime lineup, “Good Morning America,” “World News,” “Jimmy Kimmel” and ABC’s Daytime programming including “General Hospital.” More

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    BET Picks Up ‘Scandal’ Season One and Two Airing Rights; Network Will Air New Episodes Eight Days After ABC Broadcast

    BET announced earlier this week that it has signed a deal with ABC Studios which enables the cable network to begin airing seasons one and two of ABC’s primetime drama series, “Scandal.” The network is expected to begin airing said episodes sometime in the summer. Additionally, BET has also licensed the rights to air current season episodes beginning with season three. Each episode will air on BET no earlier than eight days after its original broadcast on ABC. More

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