'Daytime Divas' Guest Stars Will Include Tammy Blanchard, Richard T. Jones, 'The View' Co-Hosts'

VH1 today announced a plethora of guest stars joining "Daytime Divas," including Star Jones, Tamera Mowry-Housley ("The Real") and the co-hosts of "The View," including Joy Behar, Sunny Hostin, Jedediah Bila and Sara Haines. Additional guest stars include Richard T. Jones ("American Horror Story"), Tammy Blanchard ("Talulah") and Ness Bautista ("Sense8"). The network announced that the series will premiere later this Spring.

The previously announced cast of "Daytime Divas" includes Vanessa Williams ("Ugly Betty"), Tichina Arnold ("Survivor's Remorse"), Chloe Bridges ("The Carrie Diaries"), Camille Guaty ("Scorpion"), Fiona Gubelmann ("Wilfred") and McKinley Freeman ("Hit The Floor"). Previous announced guest stars include Kristen Johnston ("3rd Rock from the Sun"), Norm Lewis ("Scandal"), Patti LaBelle, Eve ("Barbershop" franchise), Kelly Osbourne ("The Osbournes"), Tasha Smith ("Empire"), La La Anthony ("Power"), Rob Estes ("Major Crimes"), Scott Evans ("Looking"), Debby Ryan ("Jessie") and Janet Mock.

'This Is Us' Renewed for Two More Seasons by NBC

Justin Hartley as Kevin, Chrissy Metz as Kate. Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC
NBC has ordered two minimum 18-episode seasons of the best new drama of the season, This Is Us.

"We all got our wish that this is a hit show," said Jennifer Salke, President, NBC Entertainment. "This Is Us is as good as anything we've ever had, we're thrilled to renew it for two seasons and there's no doubt it will have a long life on NBC. On behalf of everyone at NBC, we're grateful for the artistry of the cast, crew, and producers assembled by our gifted creator, Dan Fogelman. In a world where there are literally hundreds of television dramas, we're proud to have one of the very best that is also one of the highest-rated."

Today in Soap Opera History (January 18)

1980: As the World Turns' Nick met Lisa. 1985: Santa Barbara's
Peter kidnapped Eden.  1987: Brenda Dickson won an award one
month after being fired from The Young and the Restless.
2007: Guiding Light's Tammy and Jonathan were married.
"More and more, I tend to read history. I often find it more up to date than the daily newspapers."
― Joe Murray

"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...

1937: Aunt Jenny's Real Life Stories premiered on CBS Radio. The popular radio soap opera ran until November 16, 1956.

1968: On Another World, Rachel (Robin Strasser) gave Ada (Constance Ford) some money and told her to take Mary (Virginia Dwyer) out to lunch instead of bringing her to their shabby apartment.

1973: On The Doctors, Martha Allen (Sally Gracie) visited her friend, Dr. Hank Iverson (Palmer Deane), at the hospital. Hank, working on the mobile unit, had been shot by a drug addict and was longing for his former love, a nurse turned chanteuse, Lauri James (Marie Thomas).

'Days of our Lives' Casting the Role of Alex

NBC soap opera Days of our Lives is currently casting the role of a dashing and confident man named Alex. The show is seeking a strong actor between the ages of 30 and 39 to play the part.

The casting notice reads, “Alex has spent the last ten years traveling the world and amassing a small fortune. His ambition grew and his success in the marketplace has given him an enough of a cocky confidence to come to Salem with an agenda to challenge his family for control of the business. When it comes to women, Alex can be a bit of a playboy like his dad used to be.”

You usually can't read too much into the name listed on the casting call, but there's always a chance that "Alex" is really "Alexander", the son of Justin Kiriakis and Anjelica Deveraux, and Sonny's half brother.

The role is set to begin taping in March.



'The Bold and the Beautiful' Star Pierson Fodé Shines in New Dan + Shay Video "How Not To"


The new music video released by country duo Dan + Shay on Monday includes a familiar soap star. Pierson Fodé, who plays Thomas Forrester on CBS soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful, is featured in the video for the song "How Not To." Check it out below.

Today in Soap Opera History (January 17)

1968: Dark Shadows' Barnabas kept Angelique's secret.
1980: ATWT's Dee and Ian arrived in Italy.
1988: Australian soap opera Home and Away premiered.
2007: General Hospital's Elizabeth made a confession.
"More and more, I tend to read history. I often find it more up to date than the daily newspapers."
― Joe Murray

"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...

1958: On The Edge of Night, Mike Karr (John Larkin) called Willy and asked him to put two investigators on Toni for protection.

1966: Charles Baxter debuted as attorney Fred Douglas on Another World.

1967: On Peyton Place, Lee Webber (Stephen Oliver) taunted Chris (Gary Haynes) at Ada's tavern. Later, Chris stole a gun.