Brandon Beemer and Martha Madison are once again reprising their roles as Shawn Brady and Belle Black, respectively, on "Days of our Lives" beginning this fall.

Farah Fath is returning to NBC's "Days of our Lives" as Mimi Lockhart for a "handful of episodes." She last portrayed the character in March 2007.

Before "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills," Lisa Rinna was best known for her portrayal as Billie Reed on NBC's "Days of our Lives." Nearly five years since she last appeared on the soap, the actress is heading back to Salem for another go. Will it be Billie vs. Hope (Kristian Alfonso) 4.0, or will something else capture the character's attention?

During NBC's portion of the Television Critics Association summer press tour on Thursday, Jennifer Salke, president, NBC Entertainment, was asked questions about the upcoming 2017-18 television season and the success of the network's primetime lineup -- the network finished #1 in the key sales demo. But one question on the minds of many was the status of "Days of our Lives," which was renewed through September 2018 earlier this year.

"General Hospital" has promoted Chris Van Etten to the role of co-head writer. He replaces recently retired Jean Passanante in the position.

Networks break in for live coverage of the O.J. Simpson parole hearing. How did that impact your favorite soap? How can you catch up?

Ron Carlivati is officially ready to hit a home-run for NBC's "Days of our Lives." Will you be watching?

It's been months since it was announced that <strong>Ron Carlivati</strong> would be taking over head writing duties at "Days of our Lives" and we're finally just weeks away from seeing where he plans to take the folks of Salem.

With the Megyn Kelly drama now behind the network following news of the former FOX News Channel journalist taking over the third hour of "The Today Show" with her own new morning program, NBC has finally made a decision on the future of NBC's "Days of our Lives" and it's a positive one.

"The 43rd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards" nominations were announced today live on CBS' "The Talk," but several categories were not included during the television broadcast including Outstanding Drama Series Writing Team.

As <a href="https://www.soapoperanetwork.com/2016/02/ron-carlivati-led-gh-wins-wga-award-for-daytime-drama">previously reported</a>, the "General Hospital" writing team consisting of former head writer <strong>Ron Carlivati</strong>, and writers <strong>Anna Theresa Cascio</strong>, <strong>Andrea Archer Compton</strong>, <strong>Suzanne Flynn</strong>, <strong>Kate Hall</strong>, <strong>Elizabeth Korte</strong>, <strong>Daniel James O’Connor</strong>,<strong> Elizabeth Page</strong>, <strong>Jean Passanante</strong>, <strong>Katherine Schock</strong>, <strong>Scott Sickles</strong> and<strong> Chris Van Etten</strong>, took home the Writers Guild Award on Saturday, February 13 in the category of Daytime Drama. The soap beat out CBS' "The Bold and the Beautiful," the only other series nominated in the category. At press time, Carlivati's acceptance speech was unavailable. That has since changed.

Congratulations are in order for former "General Hospital" head writer <strong>Ron Carlivati</strong>. The writer, along with his team consisting of <strong>Anna Theresa Cascio</strong>, <strong> Andrea Archer Compton</strong>, <strong> Suzanne Flynn</strong>, <strong> Kate Hall</strong>, <strong> Elizabeth Korte</strong>, <strong> Daniel James O’Connor</strong>,<strong> Elizabeth Page</strong>, <strong> Jean Passanante</strong>, <strong> Katherine Schock</strong>, <strong> Scott Sickles</strong> and<strong> Chris Van Etten</strong>, took home the WGA Award in the category of Daytime Drama for their writing work on the anniversary episode of the soap opera.

With a new year on the horizon it's inevitable that you'll be seeing a multitude of best and worst lists covering every facet of the entertainment world, and soaps are no exception. In his Best and Worst of 2015 <a href="http://www.tvinsider.com/article/60478/the-best-and-worst-in-soaps-2015/" target="_blank">report</a>, <em>TV Guide</em>'s <strong>Michael Logan</strong> has named CBS' "The Bold and the Beautiful" daytime's best soap, praises "General Hospital" and "The Young and the Restless" for having the best actors and actresses, and calls out some of daytime's current and former writers for insulting viewers with tawdry storylines lacking direction.

With four soaps remaining on the air only ABC's "General Hospital" and CBS' "The Bold and the Beautiful" were able to eek out nominations for the 2016 Writers Guild Awards in the category of daytime drama.

As <a href="https://www.soapoperanetwork.com/2015/07/news-dump-friday-ron-carlivati-out-at-gh-altman-and-passanante-in">previously reported</a>, "General Hospital" will soon be saying goodbye to scribe <strong>Ron Carlivati</strong> and hello again to co-head writers <strong>Shelly Altman</strong> and <strong>Jean Passanante</strong> when the team officially takes over writing duties next month, with material not expected to fully hit the screen until mid-October, <a href="https://twitter.com/SoapOperaNetwrk/status/624711136110346240" target="_blank">according to insiders</a>. But what forced ABC to make a change in its writing regime? Ratings, of course! Thirteen consecutive weeks of ratings lows that is.

With <a href="https://www.soapoperanetwork.com/2015/07/ratings-gh-and-days-up-in-women-18-49-demo">13 consecutive weeks of record low ratings</a> in the key Women 18-49 sales demo, ABC announced today that it has decided to oust "General Hospital's" current head writer, <strong>Ron Carlivati</strong>, and replace him with newly appointed co-head writers <strong>Shelly Altman</strong> and <strong>Jean Passanante</strong>. The duo, who will officially take over writing reins beginning <strong>Monday, August 10</strong>, previously served together in the same capacity at CBS' "The Young and the Restless" up until January of this year. They won two consecutive Emmy Awards for Outstanding Drama Series Writing Team for their work on "Y&R" during their tenure.

When history is re-created to tell a new tale on a daytime soap opera some of us can't help but groan at the mere thought, especially when history is mined by use of re-created flashback scenes. Sure, we love that stories continue day-to-day, but ultimately we don't expect it to truly have much impact in today's storied world. As "General Hospital" celebrated its 52nd anniversary earlier today, with re-created flashback scenes with several of its current cast playing yesterday's important characters, one can't help but be amazed at how far we've come in our quest for drama on screen, be it scripted or reality. The lack of shootouts, sex scenes, romantic triangles, catfights, or whatever passes for drama today, took a back seat to character driven story.

After several months of disastrous ratings returns that has left many in the industry wondering if "Days of our Lives" would survive its next renewal talks between NBC, Sony Pictures Television and Corday Productions, producers of the soap, the daytime drama series will welcome back veteran writer <strong>Dena Higley</strong>, and former "One Life to Live" and "The Young and the Restless" head writer <strong>Josh Griffith</strong>, as its new head writers. The two replace outgoing head writers <strong>Gary Tomlin</strong> and <strong>Christopher Whitesell</strong>.