It's impossible to keep up with all of the twists and turns from the world of soaps. Luckily, soapcentral.com has done it for you. Our News Archive has a listing of every news story ever posted on our site.
Here are some of the news stories posted on soapcentral.com during 2001 that focus on or performers and shows that might not be able to be classified under another soap listing. To read any of the articles listed below, simply click on the appropriate link.
To access articles from other years or to review articles with similar themes, please see the News Archive links below this text to access a specific year. Or to view a listing of all years for which news stories are available, simply click here.
A new report from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports that soap operas are an unlikely medical tool.
A maelstrom of controversy surrounds former All My Children
star Sarah Michelle Gellar (ex-Kendall). The actress has found new fame on The WB series, Buffy The Vampire Slayer.
Two large companies battling to protect their secrets and a woman who works as a pseudo-double agent for both companies. It sounds like the perfect plot for a motion picture or even a soap opera Sweeps storyline.
Not quite. This is real life.
Welcome to the first annual Soap Opera Central Awards, known affectionately as The Dankies. The Dankies honor the best of the best of soap operas. What's unique about these awards is that the winners are all chosen by you, the soap opera fan. Sure, some awards profess to be chosen by soap fans, but that's not the case.
ABC Daytime has confirmed a Soap Opera Central report that Megan McTavish has been named the head writer of General Hospital
Angela Shapiro, President of ABC Daytime, made the announcement yesterday.
Jensen Buchanan (ex-Vicky, Another World
and As The World Turns
, ex-Sarah, One Life to Live) is being sued by Televest Daytime Programs and Procter & Gamble Productions as well as the producers of As The World Turns in a breech of contract lawsuit.
The Young and the Restless was once again honored by the NAACP's Image Awards. In ceremonies held earlier this month, Shemar Moore (Malcolm Winters) and Victoria Rowell (ex-Drucilla Winters) were named Outstanding Actor and Actress in a Daytime Drama. For Moore, this was his fourth consecutive Image Award win.
This week marks the first week of some exciting changes here on Soap Opera Central. Because we are so proud of the changes that we're undertaking, we wanted to take a few moments to discuss them with you.
A study being conducted in part on Soap Opera Central where soap opera viewers' reactions to Bianca's storyline on All My Children has come to end.
The study, being conducted by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), posed questions to soap viewers to gauge their reaction on a number of issues involving the character played by Emmy-nominated Eden Riegel.
With the Daytime Emmys just around the corner, a lot of soap fans are still grumbling about their favorite soap's lack of nominations. Nearly every acting category was dominated by just two of the ten soaps currently on the air. In case you've been out of the loop since March (or you're just trying to pretend you haven't heard), those two soaps are CBS' As The World Turns
and ABC's All My Children
With every awards show comes the endless parade of "experts" offering their thoughts on who will walk home victorious. Well, add another float to the parade.
Records are meant to be broken - or at least that's the way the old saying goes. This year's Daytime Emmys took a new, novel spin on that parable: Records are meant to be equaled.
Soap Opera Central was privileged to be among the media troupe assembled backstage at this year's awards. In this portion of our Emmy coverage, we'll take a peek at some of the stories that you didn't get to see on the Emmy telecast. Plus, we'll also share with you some of our exclusive photos.
The world of daytime television is in the middle of a serious shakeup. In the past few weeks, no less than four soap operas have had some sort of changes to their writing teams.
Sue Johnson, a network programming executive for One Life to Live
, has been promoted to director of talent development for ABC Daytime. According to ABC, Johnson will be in charge of writer and production development for all four ABC soaps - Port Charles
, All My Children
, One Life to Live and General Hospital
When you visited the soap
site this week, you may have noticed that there's a bit of a new look on our FrontPage.
The soap opera community is courting the Latino community with a fervency never before seen on daytime television. As recent census numbers show, the Latino population has boomed over the past ten years. Now, programming executives are moving to make their shows more appealing to this audience.
Prolific scribe Patricia Falken Smith died on May 19th in Los Angeles. She was 75.
Louise Sorel, best known for her work as Vivian Alamain
on Days of our Lives
, will join the cast of All My Children
in July in the recurring role of Judge Campobello According to a spokesperson, Alamain will appear in about seven episodes. A first airdate has not been set.
Procter & Gamble, considered the pioneer of the television-based soap opera, is reportedly looking to get out of the soap opera business.
It can safely be said that every American has been touched in some way by the terrorist attacks carried out against our country on September 11th. Whether or not an individual had a physical tie to a loved one lost or injured in these tragedies, everyone, everywhere felt the loss and heartbreak.
The terrorist attacks against The United States on September 11, 2001 may have forever altered the American way of life. They may have also changed the way that soap operas entertain us.
It's a case of yet another change being forced upon the daytime community in the wake of the terrorist attacks on September 11th. Due to growing concerns over the possibility of anthrax being sent through the mail, ABC has instituted some security measures concerning its mailroom and mail delivery to its stars.
You might want to hold off on sending that fan letter to your favorite soap star. Due to heightened security, your letter might never reach its intended addressee. The recent anthrax attacks have prompted networks and studios to re-evaluate their policies on delivering fan mail.
In the past ten years, new soaps have come and gone. It's increasingly hard to launch a new soaps. Viewers simply don't have the time to devote to a new show, especially when many are hard pressed to find time to watch the soaps that they've been watching for decades. Gone are The City, Sunset Beach and Generations. And fledgling soaps Port Charles and Passions are at the bottom of the ratings heap.
It's the end of another year, a year that by many standards will never be forgotten.
Soap Opera Central has turned its attention to the stories that have made news on our web site over the past twelve months -- and there were many. As we reviewed the hundreds of stories, we selected the ten stories that we feel were the biggest news stories of 2001.