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Top 20 Most Memorable Soap Weddings of All Time

by Michael Maloney, posted Feb 17th 2011 2:00PM

Bo and Hope weddingSoap opera weddings are often the culmination of years of dealing with heartache and conquering adversity. But just because the couple exchanges "I do's" doesn't mean it's happily ever after -- as Sonny and Brenda's upcoming wedding on 'General Hospital' is proving.

Many, but not all couples on soaps get hitched for the right reasons. Sometimes the bride or groom is blackmailing the other or someone just wants to land a rich spouse!

One thing's for sure -- soap weddings are always memorable. Here's a look back at 20 soap wedding ceremonies (or post-ceremony moments) that fans remember fondly. Is your favorite not on the list? Let us know!

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Kim Zimmer Returns to 'One Life to Live' as Echo DiSavoy

by Michael Maloney, posted Oct 1st 2010 1:45PM

Here she is folks! Reva Shayne Lewis! Echo DiSavoy!

Four-time Daytime Emmy winner Kim Zimmer, best known to soap opera viewers as fan favorite Reva on 'Guiding Light,' is returning to the soap world. She will reprise the role she portrayed 27 years ago, pre-Reva -- Echo DiSavoy on the ABC soap 'One Life to Live.' Her first air date is Fri., Oct. 1.

The mysterious and passionate Echo, who first hit the scene in 1983, was a brief, but memorable romantic obstacle for super-couple Viki (Erika Slezak) and Clint (then Clint Ritchie, now played by Zimmer's former 'GL' cast mate Jerry verDorn, ex-Ross.) The role ended abruptly and Zimmer was soon scooped up by 'GL' where she won viewers' hearts and devotion with her portrayal of Reva.

Zimmer's got the answers to some burning questions: Why play Echo again? Did the 'So Long Springfield' tour achieve its goal? What's up with her upcoming memoir? The actress dished with TV Squad on all this and more. Read on for scoop from 'OLTL's' newest cast member!

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Daytime Emmy Predictions 2010

by Allison Waldman, posted Jun 25th 2010 3:30PM
general_hospital_abc_sonny_olivia_carnivalThis Sunday, June 27, CBS will broadcast the Daytime Emmys live from Las Vegas, starting at 9PM ET. The show should be fun, with Regis Philbin hosting, and Ryan Seacrest, Donny Osmond and Chubby Checker celebrating Dick Clark with a special tribute.

But for soap fans, the real fun will be seeing who's winning this year's top prizes. Here, then, are our predictions ... Please feel free to share your views in the comments and make your predictions, too!

Outstanding Drama Series
'The Bold and the Beautiful'
'The Young and the Restless'
'General Hospital'
'All My Children'

Last year, 'B&B' was the surprise winner in this category, landing the top Daytime Emmy after 22 years on the air.

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What to Watch for at the Daytime Emmys

by Michael Maloney, posted Jun 24th 2010 6:00PM
Emmy AwardThe emphasis will be on "entertainment" during the 37th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, set for Sun., June 27 at 9PM ET on CBS.

Regis Philbin, a nominee for hosting 'Live With Regis and Kelly,' is the kudofest's emcee. Producers for the awards gala are hoping to draw big numbers with a host of musical acts and star appeal with appearances by Simon Cowell, Susan Lucci and Cirque du Soleil.

Here are 10 highlights to watch for during the live broadcast ...

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What Did You Think of the Daytime Emmy Nominations?

by Allison Waldman, posted May 12th 2010 2:01PM
peter_bergman_michelle_stafford_young_and_restlessWe're you surprised when you read the Daytime Emmy nominations this morning? You're not alone.

There were some major surprises in the Daytime Emmy nominations today, starting with the fact that while 'General Hospital' garnered the most nods with 18, the two actors who had a chance to be nominated in the Outstanding Lead Actor category, Maurice Benard and Anthony Geary, were shut out.

Also, the lead actress recognized, Sarah Brown, is off the show now. Still, the likelihood for 'GH' walking away with the top prize is pretty good.

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ABC Gives 'One Life to Live' A Vote of Confidence

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 29th 2010 9:08AM
erika_slezak_as_viki_one_life_to_live_abcIt's been a tumultuous few months for ABC's daytime drama 'One Life to Live.' Recently, we reported that Tuc Watkins is returning, and they are bringing in a former scribe to be the associate headwriter, and the gay couple -- Kyle and Oliver -- were dumped. All that hubbub had us speculating about the future of 'One Life to Live' in an era when longtime soaps like 'Guiding Light' have been canceled and another legendary daytimer, 'As the World Turns' is ending it's run in September.

Well, fans are concerned, too, especially after the story emerged last week about ABC Daytime developing a talk show for Tori Spelling. TV Guide went to the Jori Petersen, the head ABC Daytime PR, to ask if the Spelling show might threaten the future of 'One Life.'

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CBS Replacing 'As the World Turns' With 'Pyramid'?

by Kim Potts, posted Apr 12th 2010 9:30AM
The Wayne Brady-hosted 'Let's Make a Deal' revival that replaced 'Guiding Light' has been a hit for CBS, and now, the network is cooking up another classic game show remake to replace another departing soap opera.

'As the World Turns' leaves the CBS daytime line-up in September after 54 years, and the network has ordered a pilot for a remake of 'Pyramid' as a possible replacement. 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire' producer Michael Davies will produce the remake, based on the Dick Clark-hosted game show that first hit airwaves in 1973.

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And Still More Fanesia Moments: Conan, 'The West Wing,' and Barney Fife

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 8th 2010 5:03PM
ConanSeveral years ago on this very blog I introduced the concept of fanesia. That's not a new soft drink or an 'American Idol' contestant, it actually stands for 'fan amnesia,' those TV moments that we refuse to acknowledge even happened on our favorite shows. Past examples I've used have included Fitzwallace dying on 'The West Wing,' the last episode of 'Seinfeld,' Mark dying on 'ER,' and 'Will & Grace' not speaking to each other for years in their final episode. In my mind, those things never happened on those shows.

Here are four more. Let us know your favorite Fanesia moments in the comments.

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Soaps' Most Famous Dual Roles: Heche, Moore, Canary and More

by Michael Maloney, posted Mar 18th 2010 5:00PM
Julianne Moore's return to her role as Frannie Hughes on 'As The World Turns' and the upcoming retirement of David Canary from his part as Adam Chandler on 'All My Children' got us thinking: some of the best performances on daytime television have come from actors who've played dual roles!

Here's a look back at ten stars that have done double-duty (and sometimes more) in TV's most demanding genre.

Anne Heche, 'Another World'
Played:
Marley Love. The sheltered sister of Donna and Peter Love, Marley had traditional teen woes before discovering her family tree had a case of root rot -- Marley was, in reality, Donna's daughter.

Check out the rest after the jump.

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'The Young & the Restless' Adds Eden Riegel and Marcy Rylan

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 7th 2010 3:15PM
The_Young_and_the_Restless_logo_CBSThere's a great history of 'The Young and the Restless' acquiring stars who were once tearing up the screen on 'All My Children.'

Peter Bergman, Elizabeth Hendrickson, Billy J. Miller, are just a few of the 'AMC' alums who have found great characters and thriving story lines among the Genoa City citizenry.

And now you can add another almost iconic Pine Valley actor. Eden Riegel is joining 'The Young and the Restless' taking on the role of Heather Stevens. Currently, Vail Bloom's been playing the assistant district attorney, Paul's daughter, but she's been pink-slipped in favor of Eden.

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'General Hospital' Hits 12,000 Episodes

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 12th 2010 8:01AM
general_hospital_logo_abcSince April 1, 1963, 'General Hospital' has been broadcast on ABC. If you're keeping count, and they are at the network, that means 'General Hospital' will air episode 12,000 on February 23. It's a remarkable achievement, especially when coupled with the fact that in that the past 47 years, 'GH' has won the Daytime Emmy as Outstanding Drama Series ten times. That's more than any other soap opera; and the Daytime Emmys only began being doled out in 1971!

To commemorate the 12,000th show, SoapCentral.com reports that 'General Hospital' has conjured up a new opening for the show. The current one, with music by Dave Koz, includes a collection of images of the stars. It also ends with one of the best endings ever for a credit sequence. All the men are gathered for a big group shot, sitting and posed in a variety of ways. They're all in black and white on a white set.

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All My Children hires two new head writers

by Allison Waldman, posted Jan 21st 2010 6:02PM
all_my_children_logo_bookIt's been weeks since All My Children dropped head writer Charles Pratt Jr. Today, the ABC soap which has just celebrated its 40th anniversary on the air, made a decision about the future story lines for the show. David Kreizman and Donna Swajeski are the new co-head writers of All My Children. The duo have worked together in the past; in 2007 they were winners of the Writers Guild Award for heading up the Guiding Light writing staff.

ABC Daytime prez Brian Frons, was effusive in praising the writers, saying, "David and Donna are the perfect team to bring new ideas to All My Children while remaining true to its core by telling stories with a focus on the integrity of the show's history, its characters and families on the canvas." It helps that Donna actually began her soap writing career at AMC, working directly with the show's creator, Agnes Nixon.

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CBS exec: NBC's Leno experiment didn't work - TCA Report

by Joel Keller, posted Jan 10th 2010 10:39AM
Nina Tassler at the Winter 2010 TCA CBS exec sessionIt was a long, long, lonnnng first official TCA day yesterday, with CBS, Showtime, and the CW trotting out their newest and finest in front of the critics, followed by the epic Survivor anniversary party Bob mentioned the other day. I'll spill out some highlights later on. But I wanted to quickly start with CBS entertainment president Nina Tassler's very confident executive session.

Why was she so confident? Shows that are often winning their time periods helps. But she also seems to be in a "told ya so" mood about NBC and its Leno / Conan mess. In her opening remarks, for instance, she mentioned how good the freshman slate of shows was doing on every network... except NBC. During the Q&A, she said that the other networks "fared very well during this experimental phase for NBC."

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It's time to start worrying about One Life to Live

by Allison Waldman, posted Jan 6th 2010 2:02PM
one_life_to_live_logoIn 2009, the television industry closed shop on Guiding Light. In 2010, CBS will pull the plug on As the World Turns. Is it time to start worrying about One Life to Live, too? I'm afraid so. Over the holidays, One Life to Live posted horrible Nielsen numbers, the lowest ever in fact.

There are other reasons to be concerned about One Life to Live. All My Children was the New York soap opera that ABC decided to move to Hollywood. It was also the show that was transitioned to HD. One Life was not only left behind in New York -- in AMC's old studio space -- but the plans for it to begin broadcasting in high-def was delayed. ...It doesn't take a Rhodes scholar to see that One Life to Live is vulnerable and the network is not doing much to alter that impression.

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Merry Christmas on the soaps: Days dumps Dattilo, B&B hires Conroy

by Allison Waldman, posted Dec 24th 2009 2:06PM
bryan_dattilo_lucas_days_of_our_livesHow's this for coal in your stocking? Right before the holiday break, the powers that be at Days of our Lives axed Bryan Dattilo. They told the 16-year veteran that he didn't have to return after the New Year. He and the character of Lucas Roberts are done.

Bryan has been through this revolving door before, ironically. In 2001, he was also let go from Days of Our Lives and re-hired a year later. So, perhaps, he's not too concerned about losing the job.

What's interesting is that his current contract was good through February 2010 and at least based on what's happening now, there doesn't seem to be an exit for the Lucas character.

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