Soaps in danger of production shutdown; the daytime ratings race heats up; and a DAYS star tests positive for COVID-19… Here’s everything you missed in the daytime world — with links — in the Soap Hub soap opera news wrap.
Soap Opera News: New Year, New Shutdown?
Could the soaps be in danger of shutting down production — again? The L.A. Health Department is asking the entertainment community to “strongly consider pausing for a few weeks.”
A surprise soap has taken the ratings’ lead in the coveted 18 to 49 demographic. Find out which one it is.
Melissa Ordway (Abby, The Young and the Restless), who splits her time between California and Tennessee, had plenty to say about the horrific explosion in Nashville on Christmas Day. Find out how it affected her family celebration.
Kristian’s New Role?
Heard the rumor about Days of Our Lives alumna Kristian Alfonso (ex-Hope) joining another soap? The actress set the record straight about her next project.
Behind the Scenes
Add Camila Banus to the list of soap stars, who tested positive for COVID-19. The Days actress explained all the details to her Instagram followers.
They might be playing villains, but Tamara Braun (Ava) and Mike Manning (Charlie) have some big fans behind the scenes at Days. Check out which actors are raving about them.
There was a secret behind Jack and Jennifer’s New Year’s Eve kiss on Days of Our Lives, and it had a connection to General Hospital. Plus, Freddie Smith revealed how he Zoomed into Salem on New Year’s Eve, for Sonny and Will’s special video chat.
Hanging with the GH Gang
Want to hang out with your favorite GH stars, virtually? We’ve got the details for two Zoom events on January 10, featuring Tristan Rogers (Robert), Lisa LoCicero (Olivia), Kathleen Gati (Liesl), and more.
Milestone for Genie
General Hospital superstar Genie Francis just celebrated a major milestone with the soap. It was 44 years ago that she taped her first scenes as Laura.
Believe it or not, Bryan Dattilo (Lucas, DAYS) is a real-life grandfather. The actor shared a photo of the new addition to his family.
New Year, New You
Courtney Hope (Sally, YR) shared her thoughts about resolutions and new beginnings in 2021. She’s a woman who believes in setting goals.
Eileen Davidson (Ashley, YR) has been channeling her inner Ina Garten during the holiday season. And she’s sharing some of her mouthwatering dishes with you.
GH’s Marcus Coloma (Nikolas) entertained fans with some music videos over the holiday season. Check out his rendition of the Hawaiian Christmas song, Mele Kalikimaka, among others.
Josh Swickard (Chase, GH) has been the victim of some digitally-manipulated photos from his modeling days. He explained exactly what was going on to fans.
Denise Richards (Shauna, The Bold and the Beautiful) is sharing her beauty secrets. The actress has partnered with a company to create new skincare line CBMe Beauty.
Lucci’s Wild Ride
It’s hard to imagine daytime icon Susan Lucci (ex-Erica Kane, All My Children) riding a mechanical bull, but it actually happened. Here’s the scoop.
A Loss and a Miracle
Dawn Wells, remembered as Mary Ann on Gilligan’s Island and who guested on BB as Alice, a buyer for Forrester Creations, passed away from causes related to COVID-19. She was 82.
After asking fans for prayers for her baby nephew, Orion, Adrienne Frantz (ex-Amber, YR and BB) happily reported that he was getting stronger every day. Frantz dubbed it a true “Christmas Miracle.”