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‘OLTL’s’ Tika Sumpter Stars in New Oprah Winfrey Drama

Bummed you weren’t one of the lucky few who got a car from daytime legend Oprah Winfrey? Don’t be, because she’s giving the rest of us something pretty spectacular: “One Life to Live” actress Tika Sumpter (ex-Layla Williamson) in a new role!

Justin Hartley Set To Be Melissa Joan Hart’s New Boy Toy!

“Passions’” alum Justin Hartley has done a lot of work since he left his role as Fox Crane in 2006, including a leading role as Oliver Queen/Green Arrow in “Smallville,” as well as a role as Will Collins in “Emily Owens M.D.” And now comes word of the actor’s next chapter: He’ll be playing the boyfriend of Melissa Joan Hart’s character in ABC Family’s “Melissa & Joey!”

Already Nasty ‘Passions’ Divorce Brings About Lawsuit

TMZ is reporting that former “Passions” star Brook Kerr (ex-Whitney Russell) and husband Christopher Warren, Sr., who are currently involved in a bitter divorce after 22 years of marriage, are being sued by their son Christopher Warren, Jr., who claims his parents stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from funds earned during his childhood acting career. The actor, best known for his role as basketball player Zeke Baylor in the “High School Musical” films, says his parents admitted to blowing through the money for “their own personal expenses.” TMZ reports that the total amount stolen remains unknown. “Chris is now suing his parents for all the money back … even though he’s still not sure exactly how much they took,” said TMZ.

Former ‘General Hospital’ and ‘Passions’ Stars Headline Lifetime’s ‘Holiday’

In yet another holiday film from Lifetime starring former soap stars, actors Claire Coffee (ex-Nadine Crowell, “General Hospital”) and Ryan McPartlin (ex-Hank Bennett, “Passions”) are headlining “Holly’s Holiday.” In the film, Coffee portrays Holly Maddux, a New York advertising executive who can’t help notice the window display she passes by on her way to work every day, the one with the perfect, hunky mannequin. When Holly slips one day on the ice in front of the store and hits her head, she wakes up to find a perfect gentleman by her side, helping her up. That gentleman is portrayed by McPartlin in the role of Bo. As Holly and Bo hit it off almost perfectly, Holly soon realizes that the pressure to be perfect all the time is not all that it’s cracked up to be as she has to make a choice between the perfect life she’s always dreamed of… and the real love that’s been waiting for her all along. The fim also stars Jeff Ward (“Body of Proof”) in the role of Milo Ames.

It’s a Soap Star Holiday Courtesy of ‘Soap Sessions Merry Download, Vol. 2’

Michael Nader (“All My Children”), Matt Cedeno (“Days of our Lives”), Jade Harlow (“Passions”), Roark Critchlow (“Days of our Lives”), Bruce Michael Hall (“Passions”) and Kelly Ripa (“All My Children”) are just a few of daytime’s brightest soap stars of recent past, and they have come together for volume 2 of “Soap Sessions Merry Download,” a compilation holiday CD where some of your favorite stars sing (or speak) some of your favorite holiday classics.

Former ‘One Life to Live’ and ‘Passions’ Actors to Star in New Comedy

“One Life to Live’s” Matt Walton (ex-Elijah Clark/Elijah Kent) and “Passions” actress Erin Cardillo (ex-Esme Vanderheusen) have come together for a new comedy at the Pasadena Playhouse.

By The Numbers: The Demise of Soap Opera Weekly

Although the likelihood was expected thanks to the loss of long-time soaps “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” in 2011 and 2012, which were preceded by the departures of “Guiding Light” and “As The World Turns” in 2009 and 2010, news broke on Thursday, March 22 that after 22 years in publication Soap Opera Weekly would end its successful run as one of the premier soap opera magazines. The final decision to end the mag was just one of many blows the soap opera industry has felt in as many years. Soap Opera Network takes a by the numbers look at Weekly and how its readership levels helped lead to its ultimate demise.

Ratings Comparison of Last Five Cancelled Soaps

Here is a comparison of the last five cancelled soap operas.

‘DAYS’ Co-EP Greg Meng Confirms Noel Maxam Ouster, Lisa De Cazotte Hiring

As Soap Opera Network first reported yesterday evening, Lisa De Cazotte has been hired to fill the shoes of the departing Noel Maxam as Co-Executive Producer of NBC’s “Days of our Lives.” In a statement issued earlier today to the press, Co-EP Greg Meng confirmed that De Cazotte will be joining him as Co-Executive Producer and that, “[Executive Producer] Ken Corday is excited to have Lisa join the ‘Days of our Lives’ family.”

BREAKING NEWS: Shake Up at DAYS! Maxam OUT! De Cazotte IN!

EXCLUSIVE! Sources have confirmed to Soap Opera Network that “Days of our Lives” has fired Co-Executive Producer Noel Maxam. His replacement will be former “Passions” Executive Producer Lisa De Cazotte.

Soap Opera Network: 10 Years of Soap Opera Discussion, News and Much More

October 8, 2011 marks the tenth anniversary of Soap Opera Network, an online magazine celebrating the world of soaps past, present and future.

Ratings Comparison of Last Four Cancelled Soaps

Here is a comparison of the last four cancelled soap operas.

‘Days of our Lives’ Executive Producer Gary Tomlin Fired!

After a week of unconfirmed (by the show) firings of numerous actors, NBC’s “Days of our Lives” has now fired its co-executive producer, Gary Tomlin. The news was first reported by TV Guide Canada’s Nelson Branco on Twitter. News of Tomlin’s firing comes on the heals of last months firing of head writer Dena Higley and the recent firings of actors Crystal Chappell (Carly Manning), Louise Sorel (Vivian Alamain), Bren Foster (Quinn Hudson), Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe Lane), and Tamara Braun (Taylor Walker).

DAYS First Look: Lindsay Hartley on Set

Friday, July 31, 2009 2:55 PM PT | By Errol Lewis (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Lindsay Hartley…

Breaking News: ‘Guiding Light’ Cancelled by CBS

After 72 years on air between radio and television, CBS’s “Guiding Light” will cease broadcasting on the CBS Television Network due to low ratings. Love may save the world, but apparently it wasn’t enough to save television’s longest running daytime drama. Even with having its name published in the Guinness World Record Book and winning three Daytime Emmy’s for Best Drama Series (the most recent being in 2007), “GL” found itself unable to withstand the mass exodus of viewers from the traditional daytime soap format in recent years.

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.