Shari Belafonte may have looked cool, calm and collected during her "General Hospital" debut as Janice Lomax, mayor of Port Charles, on Tuesday, January 19, but inside she was "a wreck," the actress admitted to Soap Opera Digest. "They threw me into the fire the first day, shooting two shows."

From re-runs of soap classics "Dallas," "Dynasty," "Another World," "Port Charles," and "Falcon Crest," to the launches of original series "SoapCenter," "Soap Talk" and "General Hospital: Night Shift," SOAPnet was defined as the "new way to watch soaps" for much of its near 14-year run. With just 2 days left before SOAPnet is no more, we thought it would be a great opportunity to look back at the inaugural year of a network that gave diehard soap fans their own platform to shout with glee through the death of a network that outlived its purpose.

"Gilmore Girls" bad boy Milo Ventimiglia has joined the cast of NBC"s ratings deprived "American Dreams." Ventimiglia, who played Jess on the WB drama series, will star alongside former "Guiding Light" actress Brittany Snow (ex-Susan Lemay), who plays Meg Pryor on the series. He will portray her love interest, who is described as a radical high school senior whose family moves in next door to the Pryors.

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