In 2012, Soap Opera Network published our own version of the annual TV Guide Magazine "TV's Highest Paid Stars" issue. In the time since it was published we've been quite shocked to see how many of you were curious to know how much some of daytime and primetime's biggest and brightest stars of yesteryear have gone on to make with their current work in primetime dramas and comedies, reality shows, and even daytime talk shows. Although we were unable to continue our report in 2013 due to circumstances beyond our control, we thought it would be a great opportunity to continue producing the soap opera edition of one of TV Guide's best selling issues with the release of the 2014 edition.
After saying goodbye to friends and colleagues on Friday, May 23 as she wrapped filming her 21 year run as Samantha "Sami" Brady on NBC's "Days of our Lives," Alison Sweeney is gearing up for the release of "Scared Scriptless," her fourth book. The actress will appear at the NBC Experience Store in New York on Tuesday, June 3 signing purchased copies of her book, which is being released by Hyperion the same day.
As previously reported, Billy Miller is departing CBS' "The Young and the Restless" and the role of Billy Abbott, which garnered him two Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. After the actor and Sony Pictures Television failed to reach an agreement on a new contract, the studio and CBS opted to replace Miller with David Tom, who actually originated the role of an adult Billy Abbott in 1999.
On the back cover of the newest double issue edition of TV Guide Magazine (dated April 22-May 5, 2013), those individuals who have yet to discover that "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" are now back in session will be in for a surprise when they see The OnLine Network's advertisement in the magazine proclaiming that "America's Favorite Dramas" premiere with new 30 minute daily episodes that can be viewed whenever they want, however they want and wherever they want via Hulu, Hulu Plus and iTunes beginning Monday, April 29.
As previously reported, tomorrow, April 12, The Paley Center for Media will present a panel discussion with the cast of ABC's "General Hospital" in honor of the soaps 50th anniversary. Also scheduled to join in are executive producer Frank Valentini and head writer Ron Carlivati.
In the 60th anniversary special double issue of TV Guide Magazine (April 8 - 21, 2013), ABC's "General Hospital" secured a four-page spread on its 50th anniversary, but Luke and Laura Spencer (Anthony Geary and Genie Francis) ultimately secured the biggest spotlight of them all. The dynamic duo, in their famous wedding shot compiled of past covers of TV Guide Magazine, received the back cover spot of the mag which features the hit shows from every decade since the publications launch including "I Love Lucy" (1950s), "Star Trek" (1960s), "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" (1970s), "The Cosby Show" (1980s), "The Simpsons" (1990s) and "Lost" (2000s) on special collector's edition front cover copies of the celebratory issue.
While tickets have already sold out quickly, fans of ABC's "General Hospital" won't have to miss out on their favorite actors as they take a chair with Will Keck, Senior Editor & Columnist, TV Guide Magazine, during an interactive panel conversation that will be streamed live at PaleyCenter.org on Friday, April 12 at 7:00 PM PT at The Paley Center for Media John H. Mitchell Theatre in Beverly Hills, CA.
When "One Life to Live" returns next month, things won't exactly going well for at least one longtime Llanview resident. According to "OLTL" Co-Head Writer Thom Racina, technology and tough economic times may have finally caught up with the town's matriarch Victoria Lord (Erika Slezak) and her family's newspaper The Banner.
According to a report by TV Guide's Michael Logan, former "Guiding Light" and "All My Children" star Ricky Paull Goldin is joining the cast of CBS' "The Bold and the Beautiful" in the recurring role of Jesse, who is the "badass" daddy of Maya's (Karla Mosley) child. Per a "B&B" rep, Jesse "will arrive on the scene, see Maya with Rick [Jacob Young] and immediately get jealous." Goldin is expected to begin filming scenes this week with a first airdate set for Monday, May 15.
On Sunday, July 28 from 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM, "General Hospital's" Kin Shriner (Scott Baldwin) will be hosting his first "GH" Fan Club Weekend event in a number of years. The event is currently titled "Kin Shriner Event (with Special Guest)," as per the Official "GH" Fan Club Website. The cost of the event is $60 per person. For more information, fans are asked to contact Jim Warren at [email protected]
As Soap Opera Network first noted last week, actor Jack Wagner has quietly returned to the set of ABC's "General Hospital" as he reprises the role of Frisco Jones on the daytime soap. According to set side sources and a recent report by TV Guide's Michael Logan, Wagner's return will coincide with "GH's" 50th Anniversary celebration. While details are scarce, sources tell Soap Opera Network that the network will kick off a week long celebration beginning with the Monday, April 1 broadcast that also happens to be the same day "General Hospital" aired its first episode 50 years prior.
Although it wasn't listed with the other "Hot" stuff in TV Guide Magazine's Annual "Hot List" issue (pages 16-35), "General Hospital" did earn a spot under Michael Logan's Daytime Highlights column (page 84) under the heading "Hot Again." NBC's "Days of our Lives" also made the cut under the heading "Hot Days, Hotter Nights" courtesy of daytime's hottest (and only) gay on screen couple, Will Horton (Chandler Massey) and Sonny Kiriakis (Freddie Smith).
For more than 12 years Sean Kanan has been portraying the role of the flawed Deacon Sharpe on CBS' "The Bold and the Beautiful" and "The Young and the Restless," but for fans of "General Hospital" he is best known for his portrayal of AJ Quartermaine. Last seen in 1997 as AJ went toe-to-toe with Carly Roberts (now Carly Jacks) as played by Sarah Brown, fans were shocked to find the role recast with actor Billy Warlock. According to published reports, Kanan had been fired by then executive producer Wendy Riche because of issues relating to alcohol use. In 2005, Warlock's AJ was killed off by a psychotic psychiatrist, but after a 15 year absence from the canvas does Kanan's return mean the show has decided to undo AJ's death?
TV Guide's Michael Logan pulls off another exclusive! In an interview with Steve Burton, the actor reveals that he has in fact decided to leave ABC's "General Hospital" after two decades at the drama series. First joining the cast in 1991, Burton had portrayed the role of Jason Quartermaine turned Morgan. He left the series in 2000, but returned in 2002, and has remained at the show ever since. He's also appeared on the “GH” spinoff, “General Hospital: Night Shift,” during the SOAPnet original series’ first season.
After her character was shamed out of Salem last year prior to the major "Days of our Lives" reboot, Nadia Bjorlin is returning to the NBC Daytime drama series in the coming months as a "stronger and more confident Chloe [Lane] who can really stand up for herself and not be bullied," so says the actress in an interview with TV Guide Magazine's Michael Logan.
A number of syndicated programs hit their season lows during the week of July 30, 2012 thanks to the Olympics on NBC, while others were so heavily preempted that Nielsen Media Research excluded them from the weekly ratings averages, which was the case for Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution's (WBDTD)' "Anderson," "Ellen" and "Extra," and CBS Television Distribution's (CTD) "Rachael Ray" and "The Doctors." In the case of daytime talker "Live! with Kelly," however, the show hit its lowest ratings in more than 20 years.
In an exclusive interview with TV Guide's Michael Logan, Bradley Bell, Executive Producer and Head Writer of "The Bold and the Beautiful," has revealed that he plans on recasting the role of Ridge Forrester now that Ronn Moss is departing the series after filming his final scenes later today.
In its newest issue, TV Guide Magazine has revealed some of televisions highest paid stars. As you can imagine, the list comprises of former daytime soap stars who've either gone on to host their own talk show or headline a top ranked primetime series, or in the case of primetime soap stars - gotten richer!
In an interview posted earlier today by TV Guide's Michael Logan, it looked like Co-Executive Producer Greg Meng was alluding to the possible ouster of actress Sarah Brown when he stated "we also brought in the wonderful Sarah Brown [Madison James] and threw her into a lot of material very quickly. Maybe too much too quickly." Sadly, it looks like he was indeed commenting on Brown's character on the show in past tense.
TV Guide's Michael Logan got the first real interview with "Days of our Lives" Co-Executive Producer Greg Meng, just days after the soap fired its head writing team and replaced them with the team of Gary Tomlin and Christopher Whitesell. In the interview, Meng promises some epic firings in the coming months!