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Lynn Leahey steps down at Soap Opera Digest & Weekly!

Well the soap genre is churning and turning and now one of our dearest compatriots, Soap Opera Digest and Soap Opera Weekly’s famed Editorial Director, Lynn Leahey has chosen to step down and leave the magazines she made a success.

Leahey sent out these comments to all that have known her and worked with her: “I’m writing to let you know that after 27 (!) years I am leaving Soap Opera Digest and Soap Opera Weekly, effective June 1. It has been a wonderful ride, and I loved working with all of you, and the incredible staffs at the magazines. Daytime is an industry filled with committed, passionate, talented people, and I’ll miss being part of it, but I feel now is the right time for me to try something new.

Of course, I’ll still keep up with my shows through Digest and Weekly, which will undoubtedly be better than ever with Stephanie Sloane at the helm, and the magazines’ team of dedicated editors. I thank all of your for your help over the years, and wish you the very best in the future!”

And as Lynn departs, we congratulate hard working SOD Editor, Stephanie Sloane in her new position as Editorial Director!

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You will be missed. You did a great job with both magazines. It is a shame what is happening to our soap world.


I do believe she had one time step away for bit.But she just didn’t like how the magazine was being run and she came back.Well it will be sad to see her leave the magazine world.But if that is what is going to make her happy then I truly hope she has done the right thing for herself.

Doreen Davidson
Doreen Davidson

Dear Lynn, I don’t know if you will remember me but I worked for SOD many yrs ago, I remember the day you joined the staff, you were always so nice to me, I thought you had the perfect look to be a soap star, I wish you all the luck in your new adventure, I enjoyed working with you, Meredith, Coleen, Robert and the list goes on! I’ve been away from NY many yrs but I continued to read SOD and to see what my old pals were up to, good luck to you, my regards to all my former co-workers at Soap Opera Digest. Doreen.

Mary ann Leahey
Mary ann Leahey

Hello Lynn I been wanting to write you for years, I Think you are my cuz, My Aunt Wilma said you were is your mother Julieanna ? And you live in Calf. Please let me know. I have been looking for my Aunt & Cousins. Write soon, Mary

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Clarification on Days of our Lives Rumors

Tuesday morning, daytime fans and those of NBC’s Days of our Lives woke up to an article run by TV Line that raised major concerns for them,  Contained with it was a report that revealed that the entire cast has been released from their contracts and the show is going on an indefinite hiatus.

However, Soap Opera Digest has spoken to a few key setside sources, who have clarified the situation further: “The show is currently taping eight months ahead of air, and that has resulted in the show’s pickup possibly coming after it has wrapped production for the current season.”

Another reveals that negotiations are currently underway to continue the iconic NBC soap citing: “NBC and Sony are in negotiations right now and everyone is hopeful.”

Of note from SOD: the cast has been aware of the brought-to-light break in production and hiatus for months now.  The article also shares that production is said to most likely resume in early 2020’s following the holidays.

In addition, the series is receiving much buzz right now due to the groundbreaking (for daytime soaps), time-jump, which has already generated excitement for what’s to come in on the series in the days and months ahead.  Now is a great time to see what has happened to the lives of those you love to love and love to hate in Salem.

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Anna to the Rescue As Finola Hughes Returns To General Hospital

If you caught the end of Monday’s episode of General Hospital, just as Cassandra Pierce (Jessica Tuck) was ramping up her efforts to threaten Charlotte (Scarlett Fernandez) on the pier, she is stopped in her tracks by none other than Anna Devane!  And with that, it signals the return of all-time GH favorite and powerhouse actress, Finola Hughes, who has been off the ABC daytime drama series for an extended period of time.

With the return of the mighty Hughes comes some intriguing romantic storypoints in that: the man who proposed to Anna before she left Port Charles, Hamilton Finn (Michael Easton), has found out that he is a father to Hayden’s (Rebecca Budig) child.  Previously, he thought the child had died, but Hayden lied and thus the two have moved from icy towards each other, to growing closer.

What will happen when Anna finds out what has gone in Port Charles while she was away?

ABC and GH released this week’s promo which teases a moment where Anna announces she has returned while Finn and Hayden are together.  You can check that out below.

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Amanda Setton Cast As GH’s New Brook Lynn Ashton

Former One Life to Live alum, Amanda Setton (Ex-Kimberly) is about to make her debut on General Hospital in the role of Ned (Wally Kurth)and Lois’ (formerly B&B’s Rena Sofer) daughter, Brook Lynn Ashton!

The news of the recast came via TV Line, and Setton is set to make her on-screen debut next Monday on the November 18th episode of the ABC soap.

In story, it looks like Ned and his current wife, Olivia (Lisa LoCicero) welcome Brook Lynn back to Port Charles. The role haas previously been played by Brooke Radding and Adrianne Leon.

In addition to her work as the former Mrs. Clint Buchanan in Llanview, (Kimberly started as a Las Vegas stripper who came to Llanview to help her best friend, Stacy Moraso played by Crystal Hunt) Setton has had numerous primetime roles including: Hawaii Five-0, The Crazy Ones, The Mindy Project, and Gossip Girl.

News of the return of Brook Lynn to GH comes on the heels of the return of Nikolas Cassadine now played by actor, Marcus Coloma.

What do you think of the return of Brook Lynn means for the characters of Port Charles? Who might be her romantic interest? Share your thoughts via the comment section below

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