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Beloved Soap Actor Drowns After Filming

Witnesses thought Brazilian was acting

(Newser) - Brazil is mourning beloved actor Domingos Montagner, whose death strongly resembles a plot twist from the soap opera he starred in. The BBC reports that the 54-year-old drowned after going for a swim in the Sao Francisco River with co-star Camila Pitanga following a day of filming in the area.... More »

Soap Star Nathaniel Marston Dead at 40

Ex-'One Life to Live' actor succumbed to injuries from Oct. 30 car crash

(Newser) - One Life to Live fans are waking up to devastating news Thursday morning: Nathaniel Marston, the star who played Michael McBain on the long-running ABC soap opera, has died at the age of 40, People reports. Mom Elizabeth Jackson posted a heartfelt tribute to her son on Facebook Wednesday evening,... More »

5 VIP Celebs Who Got Their Breaks on Soap Operas

Julianne Moore even won a Daytime Emmy

(Newser) - Don't look down on soap operas: Some of today's biggest stars got started there. ETOnline rounds up 10 such actors. A sampling:
  • Julianne Moore: Played a dual role, half-sisters Sabrina and Frannie Hughes, on As the World Turns from 1985 to 1988—and even won a Daytime Emmy.
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Tab: Aniston Coming to Days of Our Lives

Actress hopes to boost ratings of dad's soap opera

(Newser) - Is Jennifer Aniston pulling a James Franco ? The Express reports that she’ll appear in several episodes of Days of Our Lives, on which her father has appeared for the past 24 years, in an attempt to save her dad’s job. NBC is looking to ax the show... More »

All My Children, One Life to Live to Live On— Online

Series will continue in digital only

(Newser) - Looks like All My Children and One Life to Live aren’t done for after all. ABC has sold online rights to the soaps, which were scheduled to go dark for good in September, to Prospect Park, a TV, film, and movie company that intends to continue them on the... More »

Hoover Pulls ABC Ads Over Canceled Soaps

'We were as disappointed as you are,' vacuum maker says

(Newser) - Hoover is furious about ABC’s daytime soaps cancellations —so much so that it’s decided to pull its ads from the network, the Consumerist notes. The vacuum company has long advertised with ABC, but no more, a VP writes on the firm’s Facebook page : “To all... More »

We'll Miss You, Erica Kane, Feminist Icon

Susan Lucci's character was 'an unlikely pioneer': Mary Elizabeth Williams

(Newser) - All My Children may be on the way out , but Erica Kane will remain with us in a sense, writes Mary Elizabeth Williams at Salon . Susan Lucci's character was "one of television's first unself-consciously feminist characters" and "an unlikely pioneer," writes Williams. Erica, for instance,... More »

ABC Cancels All My Children, One Life to Live

Long-running soaps go off the air in September and January

(Newser) - Oh, the indignity for Erica Kane: Not only is ABC pulling the plug on All My Children, it's replacing it with something called The Chew. The network also is canceling One Life to Live, though General Hospital survives for now. Exact dates aren't set, but AMC—which first aired in... More »

Chavez Whines About 'Little Hugo' Dog in Colombian Soap

TV company ordered to yank 'shameless' program

(Newser) - A diplomatic battle is brewing over the unlikeliest of things: a Colombian soap opera. Chepe Fortune features a dog named Little Hugo that Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is convinced represents him. It also features a character called Colombia and her little sister, Venezuela, who owns the annoying dog. Venezuela (the... More »

What Killed the Soap Opera

Working women, reality TV, and 24-hour news, among other things

(Newser) - With the Sept. 17 finale of As the World Turns looming—and View clone The Talk ready to replace it—only six soap operas are still on the air. The genre is weak and possibly headed for extinction, largely because ad spending is in freefall. Advertising Age tries to figure... More »

Helen Wagner Dead at 91

She spoke the first lines on 'As the World Turns'

(Newser) - Helen Wagner, a 54-year veteran of As the World Turns, died Saturday at age 91. Wagner spoke the first line (“Good morning, dear”) on ATWT’s 1956 premiere episode and appeared on the show for the last time April 5. Her role as Nancy Hughes earned her the... More »

Soap Operas Are Dying Because Everything's a Soap

Jon & Kate are the new As the World Turns

(Newser) - There are lots of reasons why As the World Turns, and with it the entire soap opera genre, is dying. But the one that trumps them all is that these days, everything’s a soap opera. Once, soaps had the market cornered on salacious, serialized drama, particularly for women, particularly... More »

CBS Axes As the World Turns

Soap ends 54-year run in September

(Newser) - CBS is canceling As the World Turns, ending a soap saga that has run for more than half a century. The last episode will air in September. The network's move, coming 3 months after the cancellation of Guiding Light, will leave just six soap operas on the air—and ABC's... More »

James Franco: Soap Role Is Performance Art

Guest stint on General Hospital will go down in art history

(Newser) - Finally, James Franco explains to us what in the world he’s doing guest starring on General Hospital: Performance art. In a look at the genre with which he is “obsessed,” Franco writes about its history—and his newfound spot in said history—for the Wall Street Journal... More »

Best Soap Opera Cameos

James Franco follows in the footsteps of Rosanne, Snoop Dog

(Newser) - James Franco’s much-hyped General Hospital guest stint began Friday, but can he live up to the true classics of the celebrity cameo genre? Many other luminaries have guested on daytime TV, and “they almost always shake things up like a schizophrenic with a fake pregnancy interrupting a wedding... More »

General Hospital More Sopranos Than Soap Opera

James Franco's guest stint highlights shows thuggery

(Newser) - Sure, it’s weird that James Franco is guest starring on General Hospital—but what’s weirder is that the soap is one of the small screen’s most violent creations, even by daytime television’s dubious standards. It stopped being a show about a hospital long ago, writes Willa... More »

Franco Joining Cast of General Hospital

Actor asked for, got part on long-running soap

(Newser) - James Franco—yes, that James Franco—is joining the cast of General Hospital in November for at least a few weeks. In fact, Franco—whose movie credits include Pineapple Express, Milk, and all three Spider-Man flicks—asked the soap’s producers for a role, reports Soapnet. They were only too... More »

Melrose Still Fun, Still Bad

Relaunch as trashy as ever, critics agree

(Newser) - Horrible and dramatic people once again fill the halls of Melrose Place, this time with a glossier look and a whodunit plot. Here’s what the critics are saying:
  • Reluctant longtime fan Linda Stasi of the New York Post was surprised that “the new tenants actually made me forget
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Sesame Street, View Among Daytime Emmy Winners

Susan Haskell, Christian Leblanc, Darin Brooks take home honors

(Newser) - The ladies of The View unseated Ellen Degeneres as Best Talk Show Host at yesterday's Daytime Emmy Awards, though they weren't at the ceremony, E! reports. Other big winners included Rachael Ray for Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show and Tyra Banks for Outstanding Informative Talk Show, while The Bold and the ... More »

Guiding Light's Lesbian Couple Finally Gets to Kiss

No, not during soap's last days...online

(Newser) - Thanks to the Internet, a popular lesbian soap opera couple will finally get their long-awaited kiss. Crystal Chappell, Guiding Light’s Olivia, is bringing friends and fans together to create a Web series after the soap goes off the air next month. And though never allowed to make out with... More »

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