Alison Sweeney as Sami Brady in "Days of Our Lives" (NBC)

‘Days of Our Lives’ Renewed Through 2014

The sands will keep flowing through the hourglass for another year. NBC has picked up its long running soap opera, “Days of Our Lives,” through September 2014. NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt hinted that he planned to renew the show at this week’s Television Critics Association panels. Today’s announcement makes it official. “We are thrilled […]

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Deep Soap: Best and Worst of the Year in Soaps

I thought 2012 would be a terrible year for soaps. It began it the darkest of places, as “One Life to Live,” the best soap of 2011, aired its final episode in January 2012. The deal to move it, and “All My Children” online had just fallen apart. All three of the networks seemed to […]

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Deep Soap: Another Star Leaves ‘The Young & The Restless’

Casting News of the Week Stephen Nichols (Tucker) is the latest star of “The Young & the Restless” to be fired by the show’s new producer, Jill Farren Phelps. The actor has already taped his final scenes. The billionaire who turned out to be Katherine’s long lost son and Devon’s father suffered from inconsistent writing […]

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Deep Soap: ‘The Young & the Restless’ Celebrates 24 Years as the No. 1 Soap

Y&R Celebrates 24 Years at the Top This week, “The Young & the Restless” hit an unprecedented milestone. It has now been the number one daytime show every week for the past 24 years, or 1248 consecutive weeks in Household Ratings. DVR the Next Episode of “Y&R” It has also been number 1 in women […]

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'The Bold and The Beautiful's Susan Flannery (Photo: CBS)

Deep Soap: Soap Reasons to Be Thankful

Last Thanksgiving was bleak for daytime fans. The day before the holiday, “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” were canceled for a second time when plans for the shows to continue online fell apart. There was every expectation at at least one more soap would be canceled in 2012. What a difference a […]

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Deep Soap: ‘General Hospital’ and ‘Bold & the Beautiful’ Say Goodbye to Their Stars

Requiem for a Black T-Shirt I have so many mixed emotions about the death of “General Hospital’s” Jason Morgan. Love him or hate him — and I did both, often simultaneously over the course of what will be looked back upon as the Jason Morgan decades  — his departure forever changed the show. I was […]

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Deep Soap: Eileen Davidson on Her ‘Days’ Absence and What to Expect Now That She’s Back

Eileen Davidson on Her Return to “Days of Our Lives” Thursday, Eileen Davidson returned to “Days of Our Lives” in the role of Kristen Blake after a fourteen year absence. Kristen’s father, Stefano (Joseph Mascolo)  asked her to return to Salem to help bring the DiMera family back together. Kristen was one of five characters […]

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Deep Soap: ‘General Hospital’s’ Wild Wedding Week

This week’s column is going to be all about “General Hospital” because a couple zillion things happened in Port Charles this week, while the other three soaps were so boring. “The Young & the Restless” has the excuse of transitioning from one headwriter to another. “The Bold & the Beautiful” ought to change its name […]

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