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'Days of Our Lives' shakeup: Co-Exec Producer out

More changes on the NBC daytime serial Days of Our Lives — but this time, it’s behind the camera. EW has confirmed that Co-Executive Producer Noel Maxam is out and former Passions Executive Producer Lisa De Cazotte will take over, instead.

Maxam only joined the show in June along with Greg Meng, who will stay on board as co-executive producer. Soap Opera Network first reported the news.

Maxam and Meng were brought on to “reset” the daytime drama to include “more contemporary stories based on the solid foundation of the Days history of family, romance, and drama.” Translation: They’re trying to keep Days as relevant as possible to ensure that soaps continue to have a place in daytime for as long as possible.

Several high-profile changes have been made on the soap. Deidre Hall and Drake Hogestyn are back, as are Patrick Muldoon and Christie Clark. In the meantime, the producers have increased the size of the sets by adding the new Horton Town Square.

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More soap news:
 Young and the Restless: Jeanne Cooper’s on leave so her replacement is..
Noted General Hospital scribe joins The Bold and the Beautiful
General Hospital: See Carly and Shawn first kiss!

'Young and the Restless': Jeanne Cooper's on leave, so her stand-in is ... EXCLUSIVE

Katherine Chancellor is going to look a little different in the coming weeks. EW has learned exclusively that Michael Learned — best known for her Emmy-winning role on The Waltons — will fill in for veteran actor Jeanne Cooper (Katherine) on a temporary basis.

Cooper needed time off for medical reasons — rest assured, she’s okay — but the producers needed to continue her storyline so Learned will pick up the slack until the veteran soap star can resume taping in November. Cooper, who turns 83 on Oct. 25, has played Katherine for 38 years. READ FULL STORY

Noted 'General Hospital' writer moving to 'The Bold and the Beautiful'

The woman responsible for writing the highly-regarded revisitation of Luke Spencer’s rape of Laura – not to mention their high-profile marriage — is moving to The Bold and The Beautiful.

CBS announced that Michele Val Jean, who spent 18 years on the ABC soap opera, has joined the writing team of the CBS sudser. “With her vast wealth of knowledge, experience and creativity, Michele is sure to be a significant addition to The Bold and the Beautiful,” said Head Writer Bradley P. Bell in a statement.

In addition to GH, Val Jean wrote for Santa Barbara. In 1998, she received critical acclaim for the rape of Elizabeth Webber and also penned the scenes involving the 2007 rape of Jasper Jacks.

'General Hospital': See Carly and Shawn first kiss! -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS

Dang, now this is hot.

EW obtained an exclusive first look of the you-knew-this-was-going-to-happen-sooner-rather-than-later moment when Carly (Laura Wright) and Shawn (Sean Blakemore) get up front and personal on ABC’s General Hospital. The lip lock won’t actually occur until Oct. 27, but here’s a good idea of what we can expect.


'American Idol' runner-up Diana DeGarmo on 'Young and the Restless' -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTO

From American Idol to Broadway to… Genoa City? Hey, don’t knock it: The Young and the Restless needed a singer so they called upon season 3 runner-up Diana DeGarmo to play one – but with a bit of a twist.

Starting Oct. 31, DeGarmo will portray a Jersey girl named Angelina, the ambitious daughter of mob boss Angelo Veneziano (Mike Starr). His little angel wants a career in music, but she’s not exactly the next Mariah Carey. Check out DeGarmo’s get-up. (Eat your heart out, Fantasia?) READ FULL STORY

Ty Pennington joins ABC daytime's 'The Revolution'

Ty Pennington has signed on to join The Revolution, an ABC daytime talk show about health and lifestyle transformations from the team behind The Biggest Loser and Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition.

Pennington is joining previously named hosts Tim Gunn of Project Runway fame and fitness guru Harley Pasternak. “Ty’s passionate and deep connection to everyone he helps makes him the perfect choice to join The Revolution,” said Brian Frons, Daytime president for the Disney/ABC Television Group, in a statement. “Our goal is to include inspiring and informative motivators as we build The Revolution team and continue to evolve our lineup with the type of lifestyle programming that daytime viewers are interested in seeing.”

The Revolution will begin airing in January 2012 as a replacement for One Life to Live.

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'Young and the Restless' video: Welcome, Debbi Morgan!

All My Children may have ended its run today, but at least Angie Hubbard landed on her feet elsewhere!

Here is a sneak peek of the network’s promo touting Morgan’s much-anticipated arrival to CBS’ The Young and the Restless. Sadly, the network is keeping its lips sealed about the character, but here is what we can say about her new daytime alter-ego: She is not assuming the role of Drucilla Winters. (Only one gal can and should play that part!). She won’t be hooking up with Victor now that Diane is dead, nor will she be fingered in blondie’s death. She’s not even coming on to play a concerned sister/aunt/cousin to the preggers Sofia. READ FULL STORY

Kelly Monaco talks 'General Hospital' wedding and new show 'Dirty Soap'

General Hospital‘s Sam (Kelly Monaco) and Jason (Steve Burton) may have already said their vows on Thursday’s show, making it official at a Chinese food restaurant instead of at the big church wedding everyone else was planning to attend, but today is the day things really go down. “They wind up going back to the church where everyone is waiting, pissed off and angry. And they tell them, ‘Yeah, we did it. Deal with it,'” laughs Monaco. “Then they go off to the reception to have fun, while James Franco lurks and plans his next evil plot.”

Yes, psycho Franco is already back with his creepy smile, staging a new elaborate scheme to get back at Jason. Monaco hints that his return means that there’s more turmoil in store for Sam. She’s already been shot and blown up during her time on the show. What more could they do to her, right? “Oh, there’s plenty more,” she jokes. READ FULL STORY

'Days of Our Lives' teaser: Look who's back Monday!

Monday should be a particularly bittersweet day for soap fans: All My Children will be off ABC but Days of Our Lives will begin a new chapter on NBC in hopes of fighting off the cancellation demons. In fact, the writers made sure to make the sober reality very clear in Monday’s dialogue: Hope (Kristian Alfonso) declares how “this begins a new day in Salem.” Naturally, she’s talking about the opening of the sparkly new town square named after her grandparents, but Days fans know what she’s really driving at, don’t they? READ FULL STORY

'All My Children' holds onto Cameron Mathison and Lindsay Hartley for online run

The production company that will continue All My Children online just announced that Cameron Mathison (Ryan Lavery) and Lindsay Hartley (Dr. Cara Castillo Martin) will continue on the sudser once it goes online.

Prospect Park is expected to announce the start date of production in the coming weeks. All My Children will end its run on ABC this Friday.

This is the first casting announcement about All My Children’s future since Prospect Park acquired the sudser. The company also bought One Life to Live in an exclusive, multi-year deal that would allow the soaps to continue beyond their finale dates on ABC. One Life to Live is set to sunset in January. Prospect Park is a media and production company founded in 2009 by Jeffrey Kwatinetz and former Disney Studios head Rich Frank. (The company’s best known for producing Royal Pains for USA and Wilfred for FX.)

Earlier this month, Prospect Park announced that Erika Slezak (Victoria Lord), along with Ted King (Tomas Delgado), Michael Easton (John McBain) and Kassie DePaiva (Blair Cramer) have agreed to continue with One Life to Life. Prospect Park is still in the process of closing a deal for the actors with American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, which will enable the studio to sell a second window of the soaps to a cable network.

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'All My Children' actress Mary Fickett dies at 83

Mary Fickett — best known for playing Nurse Ruth Martin on All My Children — has died. Born in New York, the actress won an Emmy in 1972 for her work on the ABC drama. She was one of the sudser’s original cast members.

ABC released this statement today: “We at ABC were very saddened to learn about the passing of one of All My Children’s original cast members, Mary Fickett, who portrayed beloved nurse Ruth Brent Martin from 1970-1995 and again from 1998-2000. As we honor All My Children’s 41 years on ABC, we cannot help but recognize and remember Mary’s wonderful depiction of Pine Valley’s revered Ruth. Ruth’s marriage to chief of staff Dr. Joe Martin provided the bedrock upon which the town of Pine Valley was built. Their marriage was always a stabilizing force that represented ‘home’ for many.

“In memoriam, the network will dedicate the September 21 episode to Mary, which specifically focuses on the Martins. We extend our deepest sympathy and thoughts to Mary’s family and longtime fans.” Fickett also appeared on The Edge of Night.  All My Children ends it run on ABC Sept. 23.

'General Hospital': Wedding bells ring for Jason and Sam -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTO

Finally, a wedding we can talk about that doesn’t involve the words Kim and Kardashian: Jason (aka Steve Burton) and Sam (Kelly Monaco) will make it official this month on ABC’s General Hospital. The nuptials will kick off in what we hear is a very unlikely setting beginning Sept. 19.

But the bride isn’t exactly dripping in Neil Lane jewelry in this exclusive photo. Why isn’t she donning the Vera Wang? Is Jason about to offer tickets to the gun show? And is that the officiant in the background or is Teddy Chen Culver just playing a creepy observer? READ FULL STORY

E!'s 'Dirty Soap' cast sultry first look: Kelly Monaco, Galen Gering clean up -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTO

It was only a matter of time before daytime soap stars stopped trying to beat reality shows and teamed up to launch one of their own. E! has bottled such a sudsy concoction starring a who’s-who of daytime TV with Kelly Monaco (General Hospital), Nadia Bjorlin (Days Of Our Lives), Kirsten Storms (General Hospital), Brandon Beemer (Bold and the Beautiful), Farah Fath (One Life To Live), JP Lavoisier (One Life To Live) and Jenna and Galen Gering (Days Of Our Lives). Cameras will follow the stars as they navigate Hollywood and their own real life.

Dirty Soap premieres Sept. 25 at 10 p.m. Here’s your pic, below, showing a sultry cast that seems entirely uninterested in getting cleaned up …



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