Barbara Bloom Writing for 'General Hospital'

In January 2011, Barbara Bloom left CBS Daytime after 8 years with the network, leaving her mark in a number of ways including overseeing the demise of iconic soap operas As the World Turns and Guiding Light. Before that, she served as a network executive at ABC, and head writer for Port Charles. According to a new report by Daytime Confidential, Bloom is back on the daytime scene, this time writing for General Hospital.

"I've had the great fortune to work with an extraordinary group of executives, producers and talent who make CBS #1 in daytime," Bloom said at the time of her CBS exit. "With CBS Daytime teed up for success and stability for many years ahead, the timing feels right for me to make a change now and seek something different. I've been a writer, a producer and a programming executive, and now I'm excited to see what the next chapter has to offer."

“Barbara artfully led CBS through several key transitions in her eight years here," added Nina Tassler, President, CBS Entertainment. "She helped usher in a new era on The Price is Right with Drew Carey and guided delicate programming changes from two daytime dramas to successful game and talk shows while maintaining CBS's leadership position in the daypart. All of these efforts have positioned CBS very well for the future. Daytime is successful, profitable, refreshed creatively and has more variety of programming for our audience."

Bloom is now writing outlines for General Hospital, a hire sure to make fans of drama drama wonder yet again why there are rarely any new faces behind the scenes.

Tamara Braun Returning to 'General Hospital'?

Emmy winning actress Tamara Braun is close to inking a deal to return to ABC soap opera General Hospital, according to a new report by Daytime Confidential's Jamey Giddens.

Braun because GH's second Carly in 2001 when she replaced Sarah Brown in the role. This time around, Giddens says she would be playing a new character, a pivotal one in the show's upcoming "Tale of Two Jasons" story. Laura Wright would continue to play Carly.

Stay tuned!

Today in Soap Opera History (September 20)

1979: The Edge of Night's Trent arrived in Monticello.
1985: Santa Barbara's Augusta crashed into Brick and Janice.
1990: Knots Landing's Danny wanted to hurt Gary.
2001: MTV aired the final episode of Spyder Games.
"History is a vast early warning system."
― Norman Cousins

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

On this date in...

1948: On radio soap opera Claudia, Claudia (Patricia Ryan) and David (Richad Kollmar) Naughton spent an evening at home.

1952: The first commercial UHF television station in the world, KPTV, began broadcasting in Portland, Oregon on channel 27.

1968: On Another World, Bill Matthews declared to his mother, Liz (Audra Lindley): "As far as I'm concerned, I have no mother."

1979: On As the World Turns, Kim Stewart (Kathryn Hays) and the Stewart family dealt with the aftermath of Dan's death, while Melinda Gray (Ariane Munker, now Ariana Chase) turned to her sister, Barbara Ryan (Colleen Zenk), for comfort after Beau told her in a letter he was never coming back to Oakdale.

Jessica Tuck Joining 'General Hospital'

Jessica Tuck is the latest addition to the cast of ABC soap opera General Hospital. GH confirmed on social media that the One Life to Live fan favorite, who played Megan from 1988-92, is joining the show. She will debut on Wednesday, September 20. Check out the reveal below.

DOOLMoji App Launching Thursday, Features Emoji Renders of 'Days of our Lives' Characters

As the show approaches its 52nd anniversary, fans of long-running NBC drama series Days of our Lives will have something else to celebrate this fall. On Thursday, September 21, in commemoration of five thrilling decades on TV, the daytime drama is excited to announce the global launch of the official DOOLMoji app, a first of its kind for a daytime drama series.

“After more than a year developing and fine-tuning the emojis, we are excited to finally release the DOOLMoji app!" says Greg Meng, Co-Executive Producer, Days of our Lives and Executive in Charge of Production, Corday Productions Inc.. "We've created this for our family of passionate and loyal fans to use to express their thoughts and feelings about their favorite soap—whether they’re loving it or loving to hate it!”

The DOOLMoji app, developed by Corday Productions, is the show’s first dive into the digital realm with more to come. The DOOLMojis have been created as an exciting new way for fans to communicate with each other and with the show via social media platforms as well as through text messaging apps and SMS. Days of our Lives is the first daytime television series to create emoji renders of its characters in an effort to enhance interaction with its passionate fanbase. With additional emojis releasing later this year, the first collection of emojis will include depictions of many fan-favorite characters such as, Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall), Hope Brady (Kristian Alfonso), John Black (Drake Hogestyn), Kate Roberts (Lauren Koslow), Rafe Hernandez (Galen Gering), Chad DiMera (Billy Flynn), and Jennifer Horton (Melissa Reeves), as well as much anticipated returns including Will Horton (Chandler Massey) and Sami Brady (Alison Sweeney). In addition to show characters, the app will also feature emojis of memorable moments, objects, and symbols including: the infamous Sami/Carrie b*tchslap of 1997 and Marlena’s levitation of 1994.

Matt Labine Dead at 58

Emmy winning writer Matt Labine passed away peacefully on September 1, after a lingering illness. He was 58.

Born to Roland and Claire Wood Labine in New York on May 5, 1959, Matthew Arnold Labine was a graduate of St. Ann's School in Brooklyn Heights and Yale University (B.A. Economics 1981).

In three years on the Yale varsity heavyweight crew, Labine won two Eastern Sprint Championships, had an undefeated season of 2,000- meter racing, competed in the finals of the Grand Challenge Cup at the Henley Royal Regatta in the U.K., and won the Championship Four at the Head of the Charles. He was also in the Yale varsity boat that bested Harvard in the 4- mile race on the Thames River in 1981 -- the first time in 18 years that a Yale crew had defeated Harvard in "The Race."

After college, he was on two US National Men's Rowing Teams and won a bronze medal in the 1981 World Championships. He was a finalist in the US Olympic trials in 1980 and in 1984. Labine has been coaching rowing at Fairfield University since 2010.

Labine was a talented television writer and won an Emmy Award and four Writers Guild Awards for his work on several daytime dramas, including Ryan's Hope, General Hospital, One Life to Live, Loving and Guiding Light.

Labine is survived by his wife Catharine, son Michael and daughter Ann; sister Eleanor and brother John; father Roland "Clem" Labine and step- mother Deirdre Lawrence; mother-in-law Claudia Scholtz and father-in-law Andrew Scholtz.

- Clare Labine: We Love Soaps Interview Archive