Rebecca Herbst Leaving 'General Hospital'?

Rebecca Herbst
According to Daytime Confidential's Jamey Gidden, General Hospital star Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth Webber) has reached an impasse in her contract negotiations with the ABC soap. In addition, rumors are swirling that NBC's Days of our Lives is interested in adding Herbsts to their cast.

Herbst originally auditioned for the role of Sarah Webber, but General Hospital created the role of Elizabeth Webber for her to play instead. She debuted in 1997 and became so popular that when ABC announced in 2011 that Herbst would be leaving the soap, a fan protest reversed their decision. Will she really leave for good this time? Stay tuned.

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Today in Soap Opera History (February 9)

1968: Dark Shadows' Josette jumped off Widows' Hill.
1984: Days' Roman convinced Abe he was innocent.
1996: AMC's Laurel was shot and killed.
2007: Y&R's Lauren killed Sheila.
"The present contains nothing more than the past, and what is found in the effect is already in the cause."
― Henri Louis Bergson

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential eveents 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...

1968: On Dark Shadows, Angelique (Lara Parker) tried to fool Barnabas (Jonathan Frid) using Josette's voice to go to Widows' Hill. Barnabas guessed what her plan was and left to save Josette. Josette climbed to Widows' Hill where Angelique showed her a vision of what she would become if she stayed with Barnabas. Barnabas arrived but Josette was frightened by him. He grabbed her to save her from the cliff but Josette pulled away and jumped to her death.

Friday Pop TV Ratings: 'The Young and the Restless' Watched by 364,000 Viewers, 'The Bold and the Beautiful' Delivers 189,000

Rena Sofer and Scott Clifton star as Quinn and Liam on B&B.
Friday evening's same-day repeat of CBS daytime soap opera The Young and the Restless was watched by a 364,000 viewers on Pop TV, down 8,000 from Thursday's episode. The cable network airs Y&R each weeknight at 7 p.m. ET.

In the Adults 18-49 demographic, Y&R had a 0.08 rating (up 0.02 from Thursday). The show ranked 116th out of all cable programs on Friday, January 28.

The Bold and the Beautiful ranked 146th, with a 0.05 Adults 18-49 rating and 189,000 total viewers.

Days of our Lives did not rank in the Top 150.

Daniel Cosgrove Returning to 'Days of our Lives'

Daniel Cosgrove
Actor Daniel Cosgrove is returning to NBC soap opera Days of our Lives, and is currently taping episodes set to air this summer.

Cosgrove's character, Aiden Jennings, died on-screen in November after trying murder his new bride, Hope Brady (Kristian Alfonso). Does this mean Aiden is still alive? Will Cosgrove play a lookalike hired to torture Hope? Is he going to play a whole new character? Stay tuned!

In addition to Days, Cosgrove has appeared on daytime dramas All My Children, Guiding Light and As the World Turns, as well as primetime's Beverly Hills, 90210, All Souls and Dirty Sexy Money.

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Today in Soap Opera History (February 8)

1974: CBS aired the final episode of The Secret Storm.
1978: UK serial Grange Hill premiered. 1977: Ryan's Hope's Frank
was devastated over Jill. 1995: Days' Sami and Lucas had sex.
"The present contains nothing more than the past, and what is found in the effect is already in the cause."
― Henri Louis Bergson

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential eveents 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...

1955: On Love of Life, Ben (David Lewis, who later won a Daytime Emmy Award for his portrayal of Edward Quartermaine on General Hospital) gave Judith (Virginia Robinson) a warning, and Paul (Richard Coogan) received pressure to marry Judith from her father.

Thursday Pop TV Ratings: 'The Young and the Restless' Watched by 372,000 Viewers

Thursday evening's same-day repeat of CBS daytime soap opera The Young and the Restless was watched by a 372,000 viewers on Pop TV, down 5,000 from Wednesday's episode. The cable network airs Y&R each weeknight at 7 p.m. ET.

In the Adults 18-49 demographic, Y&R had a 0.06 rating (down 0.02 from Wednesday). The show ranked 134th out of all cable programs on Thursday, February 4.

The Bold and the Beautiful and Days of our Lives did not rank in the Top 150.