TVGN (TV Guide Network) to Rebrand as 'POP'

TVGN (TV Guide Network), the entertainment channel owned by CBS Corporation and Lionsgate, seen in more than 80 million homes and delivering its highest primetime audiences in more than five years, announced today that it will rebrand as POP, a multi-platform destination dedicated to celebrating the fun of being a fan.

Leslie Moonves, President and CEO of CBS Corporation, and Jon Feltheimer, CEO of Lionsgate, said, “POP is an exciting new chapter for a cable network that has made great progress and generated significant ratings momentum over the past year. Our new brand not only positions the channel for continued growth, but reflects its identity, focus and fan base.”

Today in Soap Opera History (September 18)

2009: CBS aired the final episode of GUIDING LIGHT.
"History cannot give us a program for the future, but it can give us a fuller understanding of ourselves, and of our common humanity, so that we can better face the future."
― Robert Penn Warren

"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.

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1967: Love is a Many Splendored Thing premiered on CBS. The show, created by Irna Phillips, ran until March 23, 1973. In its finale months, Linda Fidler Wendell took over as executive producer.

1968: On Peyton Place, a confused Tom (Robert Hogan) returned home and announced he was divorcing Susan.

Seana Kofoed Coming to 'The Young and the Restless' as Madame Isadora

Seana Kofoed will appear in a few October episodes of The Young and the Restless as Madame Isadora, a psychic who has some predictions to share.

Kofoed's credits include Men in Trees, Windy Acres, Donna's Revenge, Suburgatory and Raising Hope.

She makes her first Y&R appearance on Friday, October 17. What kind of predictions will Madame Isadora be making? Stay tuned!

USA Starts Production on 'Complications'

USA Network today announced the start of production on its new high-octane original drama, Complications, which began shooting this week in Atlanta, Georgia. The 10-episode original series from Executive Producer and Burn Notice creator, Matt Nix, stars Jason O’Mara (Vegas) and is set to premiere in 2015.

“‘Complications is a story about the making of a hero - how an ordinary doctor’s split-second decision changes the course of his life and the lives of everyone around him,” said Nix. “It’s tremendous to be working with USA again and with such a talented cast. The writers’ room is going strong and I cannot wait for audiences to see this new series.”

Today in Soap Opera History (September 17)

2010: CBS aired the final episode of As the World Turns.
"History cannot give us a program for the future, but it can give us a fuller understanding of ourselves, and of our common humanity, so that we can better face the future."
― Robert Penn Warren

"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...

1959: On The Right to Happiness, Carolyn's (Claudia Morgan) husband Lee need (Les Damon) to make a sudden business trip to New York, which fed into her insecurity that Lee's priority was his beautiful widowed client, Sharon (Claire Niesen).

1962: Rex Ingram became the first African American featured on a daytime soap opera in a contract role when he appeared as an ordained minister named Victor Graham in The Brighter Day. Sadly, the soap aired its final episode 11 days later on September 28.

Jen Lilley to Host Celebrity Bowling Tournament to Benefit Childhelp


Days of our Lives star Jen Lilley will host "Stars Strike Out Child Abuse," a celebrity bowling tournament on October 19 to benefit Childhelp.

Join celebrities Jen Lilley, Nathan Kress (iCarly, Into the Storm), Chrishell Stause (All My Children, Days of our Lives) and Boo Boo Stewart (Twilight, X-Men) for an evening of spares, strikes and raising awareness of child abuse and neglect.

The event will be held Sunday, October 19, 2014 from 4-7 p.m. at the Pinz Bowling Center (12655 Ventura Boulevard, Studio City, CA).  Click here for more information.

Alicia Coppola To Guest Star in 'Sons of Anarchy'

Former Another World actress Alicia Coppola will guest star in the seventh and final season of FX drama Sons of Anarchy.

Coppola will play Mildred Treal, the Principal at the preschool where Jax and Wendy’s son, Abel, is a student.

In addition to Sons of Anarchy, Coppola can also be seen in the fourth episode of Criminal Minds' upcoming 10th season.

Today in Soap Opera History (September 16)

1966: Dark Shadows' Victoria had questions about a painting.
1979: The Edge of Night's Jody was harassed.  1994: General 
Hospital's Lois made a surprise entrance.  1994: One 
Life to Live's Marty was furious Todd was free.
"Prepare for the unknown by studying how others in the past have coped with the unforeseeable and the unpredictable."
George S. Patton

"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...

1960: On Young Doctor Malone, Jerry (William Prince) drove the shaken Marsha home after her traumatic discovery of her husband Ted with another woman. Marsha was heartened to see Ted's car back at their house, but her dreams of reconciliation were crushed by her errant husband's desire for a divorce.

1960: On The Right to Happiness, Carolyn and her husband Lee discussed the sad fate of Ann Braden, whose son Dick had just been sentenced to prison. Mrs. Braden had left her husband, Victor, because his involvement in Dick's trial. Ann returnd home to her daughter Kitty to attempt a reconciliation with Victor, only to reconsider when she saw him coldly smashing a record made by Dick, an aspiring pianist.

1966: On Dark Shadows, Victoria (Alexandra Moltke) went to the Evans Cottage to have dinner with Sam (David Ford) and Maggie (Kathryn Leigh Scott). Victoria was troubled by the painting of the woman that looked like her.