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'Days of Our Lives': First look at gay wedding

Starting on Tuesday, Days of our Lives will feature the first daytime drama wedding between two men.

The NBC sudser will stretch the nuptials for Will Horton (Guy Wilson) and Sonny Kiriakis ( Freddie Smith) over three consecutive episodes.

This isn’t the first gay wedding in daytime. That milestone occurred in 2009 on ABC’s All My Children, when Eden (Bianca Montgomery) and Tamara (Reese Williams) donned designer dresses to mark the first-ever lesbian wedding.

NBC began developing its first-ever gay storyline in 2011 with the introduction of Sonny.

NBC renews 'Days of our Lives' through 2016

Sami Brady may be leaving but Days of our Lives will stick around for a few more years. NBC announced that it picked up an additional two years of the daytime sudser, just in time for its 50th year anniversary in November of 2015.

The new deal will keep Days on NBC through September of 2016. The news was announced a day after Alison Sweeney revealed that she’s leaving her gig as Sami — a role she’s held for 21 years.

“Days of our Lives’ continues to be a fan favorite for the daytime audience and we are thrilled to keep it going through its 50th season,” said NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke in a statement. “Days has shown year-to-year increases in key female demographics and remains both relevant and fresh creatively due to the hard work of the producers, writers, cast and crew who have worked tirelessly to make Days the ratings success it is today.”

Days is currently posting its best season in women 18-49 viewers in three years and biggest season in total viewers in four years.

'Young and the Restless' celebrates 25 years at No. 1 -- VIDEO

Celebratory cakes are pretty commonplace on the set of The Young and the Restless, but this milestone calls for a pretty huge one, with 25 layers.

For the week ending Dec. 2, the CBS drama marked its 1,300 consecutive week — or 25 years — as the most-watched daytime drama. Season-to-date, the drama has averaged 5.10 million viewers.

The show’s winning streak began the week of Dec. 26, 1988. Since then, it has produced more than 10,250 episodes.

To celebrate, the sudser put together this little ditty that’ll begin airing today. READ FULL STORY

'Lost' actress joins 'Young and the Restless' -- EXCLUSIVE

A Tailie is coming to Genoa City!

Cynthia Watros, best known for playing the psychologist Libby on ABC’s Lost, will begin recurring on CBS’ The Young and the Restless in November. She’ll play a character named Kelly who will have a profound influence on the lives of several characters, including Billy, Victoria and Chloe.

Watros started work on the sudser today in Los Angeles.

The actress is well known for playing a survivor on Lost who was in the tail section of the plane. (She also was a love interest for Hurley). But Watros began her career in daytime: from 1994-98, she appeared on The Guiding Light as Annie Dutton Banks, a role that earned her a Daytime Emmy.

In 1998, she took over the role of Victoria Hudson McKinnon on Another World while star Jensen Buchanan was out on maternity leave.

'Young and the Restless' hires new head writers

CBS’ The Young and the Restless is making another Head Writer change.

Two women will now hold the top job: Shelly Altman, who was promoted, and Jean Passanante, who has written for several ABC daytime sudsers. Additionally, Tracey Thomson has been upped to Co-Head Writer.

The women replace Josh Griffith, who was named Head Writer in 2012. Griffith played a key role in addressing the death of Jeanne Cooper (Katherine Chancellor) on the sudser this summer.

“Shelly has been an important part of the Y&R writing team since joining the show last year and Jean brings with her a wealth of daytime writing experience. We are excited to have these two talented daytime veterans leading our writing team at ‘Y&R,” said Steve Kent, Senior Executive Vice President, U.S. Programming at Sony TV, in a statement.  “We are also thrilled to have Tracey take on a new role and we look forward to her creative input to the show.”

Altman’s been at Y&R since 2012. Passanante has written for Another World, All My Children, As the World Turns, One Life to Live and General Hospital. Thomson comes from General Hospital.

'Days of Our Lives' to replace Chandler Massey

The NBC sudser Days of Our Lives said Monday that it will replace Chandler Massey, who shot his last scene Friday as Will Horton.

“As Chandler Massey announced back in June, he will be leaving the show to further pursue his education and other entertainment opportunities,” according to a show statement. “While Days of our Lives is disappointed to lose such a talent, the show understands and supports him in his future endeavors. Due to current storyline and the timely discovery of new talent that the show feels is the right recast for Will Horton, a mutual decision has been made for the changes to taken place immediately. Chandler will always be a part of the Days family and we wish him nothing but continued success.”

Massey won two daytime Emmys for playing a gay character on the soap that he joined in 2010. He released this statement on his last day at work: “I’m done. It’s bittersweet. These four years have been so amazing. I’ve built a family here. I’m so grateful to everyone for these amazing four years.”

Last February, Massey’s character finally kissed another man — a first for the NBC sudser. Will came out of the closet in 2011.

'Young and the Restless' says goodbye to Katherine -- VIDEO

The final goodbye to The Young and the Restless star Jeanne Cooper — who played Katherine Chancellor for 40 years until her death in May at age 84 — begins tomorrow on the CBS soap, when friends and family are summoned to the Chancellor mansion. The expectation is that the vacationing matriarch will be there to greet them, but instead they receive the sad news of her passing.

Here’s a sneak peek of the network promo: READ FULL STORY

CNN's Jake Tapper gets soapy on 'All My Children' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO


How, exactly, did CNN’s chief Washington correspondent end up with a part on All My Children‘s online reboot? Let the man himself explain:

“For months, we at The Lead have been covering the different ways content is provided in the modern world — from interviewing Garry Trudeau about his sitcom airing on to covering the rise of Netflix,” Tapper says. “We were interested when we heard that two soaps that ABC had canceled were finding new lives online — so I went up to Connecticut to report on that. My cameo came as a fun way to immerse myself in the soap experience. (I confess I had to be talked into it by my staff.)”

Tapper’s cameo won’t air until Monday, Aug. 12 — but you can get a sneak peek of it in the exclusive clip below. The seamless exposition! The way he gestures to that cameraman! Clearly, Tapper oughta be in pictures.


Jake Tapper to guest on 'All My Children'

CNN anchor and prolific tweeter Jake Tapper is ready for his close-up.

In 10 days, the newsman will make his acting debut on the revived online-only version of All My Children, which airs both on Hulu’s “The Online Network” imprint and Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network.

Naturally, he’ll be playing a reporter — specifically, one named Spencer Phillips who works for the generic-sounding Business News Update. (Then again, AMC‘s hometown is called Pine Valley…)

Apparently, Tapper’s casting wasn’t premeditated — as The Wrap writes, the Washington correspondent was “discovered” by AMC‘s producers while filming a segment for The Lead about the soap’s revival. Only in (Internet) Hollywood!

OWN to air 'All My Children,' 'One Life to Live'


The Online Network just scored a coup for its daytime soaps: OWN will air the first 40 episodes of All My Children and One Life to Live for a special 10-week run.

Half-hour episodes of each show will air Monday through Thursday on the Oprah Winfrey cabler beginning Monday, July 15. AMC will air at 1 p.m. ET/PT and OLTL at 3 p.m. ET/PT.

“These shows have proven to be very popular with a significant, loyal fan base, not to mention Oprah herself is a big fan,” said Erik Logan, president, OWN, in a statement. “Many of our viewers across numerous platforms have expressed their passion for the soaps so we are especially excited to air this limited engagement on OWN.”

“We are really excited to bring OWN viewers and our audience at large an opportunity to catch up on All My Children and One Life to Live on traditional television,” said Jeff Kwatinetz, CEO Prospect Park Networks in a statement. “We look forward to our millions of fans enjoying the first 40 episodes of the shows.”

TON has been airing original episodes of the old ABC soaps since April 29. They are produced by Prospect Park, which bought the rights to both serials after ABC dumped them. The deal with OWN should help offset the costs of producing AMC and OLTL and could be the start of a long-term relationship — assuming they perform well on Oprah Winfrey’s cable net.

Daytime Emmys: Complete Winners List

Days of Our Lives, George Lucas and Dr. Oz were among those honored at the 40th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, broadcast live on Sunday from Los Angeles on HLN.

The Daytime Emmys recognize network and syndicated programming. Game show icons Monty Hall and producer Bob Stewart were also given Lifetime Achievement Awards during the telecast that included a few surprises (Days won the top prize for the first time since 1975, Ricki Lake won for her canceled talker) and some embarrassing flubs (the ladies of The Talk were given the wrong envelope). But presenter Carrie Fisher did talk about dropping acid when presenting Lucas with a golden statue.

And the winners are:

Days of Our Lives, NBC

Ricki Lake, syndicated

Kristen Alderson, General Hospital, ABC

Chandler Massey, Days of Our Lives, NBC READ FULL STORY

'Young and the Restless' repeats to air on TVGN

The Young and the Restless just found a second home. The Sony-produced sudser that airs on CBS daytime will also air on the TV Guide Network beginning July 1.

Same-day episodes of the CBS soap will air every weeknight on TVGN at 7 p.m. ET/PT, with repeat airings the following morning at 10 a.m. ET/PT. CBS now shares ownership of the TV Guide Network with Lionsgate. To prepare for Y&R’s debut, TVGN will air a one-hour special on June 17 featuring behind-the-scenes footage, set secrets and interviews with the cast of Y&R.

Soap fans used to be able to find repeats of their favorite shows on cable via SOAPnet until Disney decided to shutter the channel in January 2012, when it became Disney Junior. Since then, the soap world went in a state of upheaval: All My Children and One Life to Live moved off ABC and are now on The Online Network.

'One Life to Live' and 'All My Children' production goes on early hiatus; new shows continue for now


The producers of the online shows One Life to Live and All My Children have announced that a new union dispute has led them to move up a scheduled filming hiatus, starting the break today, almost two weeks early. But new shows will continue on their recently adopted twice-a-week schedule at least through September.

Read the company’s June 5 statement below. READ FULL STORY


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