NEWS: Jensen Buchanan, Justin Hartley, Eric Braeden, Victoria Rowell, Bryan Cranston, Pablo Azar, Jeff Bezos

Jensen Buchanan, photo via Santa Maria Times.
Jensen Buchanan pleads not guilty to DUI crash charges
Buchanan, charged with felony DUI in a head-on collision just outside Buellton in May, pleaded not guilty in Santa Maria Superior Court on October 14.

Buchanan (Vicky on Another World, Sarah on One Life to Live, et al) appeared with defense attorney Meryl Chambers, who entered a not-guilty plea on behalf of her client. Deputy District Attorney Tiffany Dix is prosecuting the case.

Judge Patricia Kelly ordered the actress to remain at the sober living facility and continue wearing the SCRAM (electronic monitoring) bracelet on her ankle until further review next month.

Amazon chief Jeff Bezos watched Days of our Lives as a kid
Before he was a tech titan worth $70 billion, Bezos said he spent his childhood summers on a ranch with his grandfather watching the soap opera Days of our Lives.

Eric Braeden offers The Young and the Restless brass input on his character, Victor Newman
“To be frank with you, I think that over the last few years, the scales tipped toward [Victor] being a bad guy,” Braeden tells Soap Opera Digest. “And, I have asked them to kindly not pull back on it but to remember that Victor always justifies his actions because something preceded it.”

Victoria Rowell speaks out about her discrimination lawsuit against CBS and Sony
“Here in Hollywood, I have long championed diversity,” says Rowell, who played Drucilla Barber Winters for years on The Young and the Restless. “Not only for African-Americans, but for all minorities, for gender bias, et cetera.”

The upcoming trial is set to take place on April 17, 2017, and Rowell is confident that she’ll be pleased with the outcome.

“I believe that I will prevail,” she says.

Justin Hartley on Ellen.
This Is Us star Justin Hartley Strips Out of His Shirt for a Good Cause
In partnership with Ulta, Ellen DeGeneres asked the recent Young and the Restless alum up to get hit with water balloons during Thursday's episode of her daytime talk show, all in the name of breast cancer research.

The objective was simple—Hartley sat tight in a chair while DeGeneres and her other guest, Oscar nominee Rachel McAdams, took turns pulling sticks from a Jenga-styled contraption. As they pulled out the sticks, the balloons began dropping on the Hollywood hunk's head.

Watch Hartley's appearance on Ellen below.

Former daytime writer Suzanne Johnson shares experiences at Oswego State
Johnson, a story lead for Pocket Gems’ Episode Interactive mobile gaming app, spoke to students about her career on October 10.

During her career, Johnson worked her way up from an assistant to the vice president of programming and talent development for ABC Daytime for almost 20 years. She wrote for All My Children and oversaw One Life to Live.

General Hospital awkwardly works in mention of Marvel Comics movie Doctor Strange
Product placement has been popularized in the entertainment industry these days to boost promotion. This often happens between shows or films under the same mother company to help endorse a certain product. As for the unexpected Doctor Strange mention on General Hospital recently, viewers slammed the crossover for being totally irrelevant and obvious.

In a conversation of Ned Ashton (Wally Kurth) and Olivia Falconeri (Lisa LoCicero) where the former expressed his sweet talk to the latter saying "I missed you," Olivia blurted out, "Well, Dr. Strange is about to hit theaters pretty soon." The conversation went on with Ned saying, "You may be surprised to hear this, but if I can't see that movie with you, I won't see it." The scene ended with Olivia kissing Ned.

GH airs on ABC, which is owned by Disney, which owns Marvel, which is distributing Doctor Strange.

Y&R alum Darius McCrary cast in Lee Daniels' Star
McCrary (formerly Malcolm on Y&R) has booked a recurring role opposite Queen Latifah in new Fox series Star, created/executive produced by Lee Daniels and Tom Donaghy. Set in Atlanta, Star revolves around three talented young singers (Jude Demorest, Ryan Destiny and Brittany O’Grady) who navigate the cutthroat music business on their road to success. McCrary will play Otis Leecan, a nasty piece of work who’s obsessed with his foster daughter Simone (O’Grady). He will do everything in his power to drag her back from Atlanta after she runs away. He’s clever, manipulative and dangerous. But he’s met his match in Simone and her sister Star (Demorest).

Bryan Cranston reflects on his soap opera start on Loving
"There was something that happened when I turned 25, and I got a job in New York on that soap opera [Loving]. It wasn’t necessarily the soap opera that did it for me, it was the timing. I felt like I crossed a threshold. I felt like I belonged, that I wasn’t fooling anybody and deserved to be there. Even though that’s the Joe Stuart period where [the Loving producer] fired me unceremoniously. But even then, as you saw, I was licking my wounds, and I went to Central Park and saw the marathon and felt, I’m going to do this next year. And I did."

Jon Hamm and Jimmy Fallon get dramatic for Tonight Show soap opera sketch
Called In the Dust of Night, Hamm and Fallon played two friends and business partners who always find themselves in dramatic situations – usually ones that involve a cheating scandal with Fallon’s girlfriend. What truly separates this from other soap operas, though, is the turtle riding around the set in a toy car during takes.

Nutri-Brex prices surge in China following appearance on soap opera Ode to Joy
Weet-Bix, which is known as Nutri-Brex in China and U.K., is a cereal in the form of a biscuit. The cereal, which is highly popular in Australia and New Zealand, has been on the shelves in China for eight years.

It was only with its appearance on the popular Chinese soap opera Ode to Joy earlier this year, however, that millions more discovered the brand, spurring demand that emptied local supermarket shelves.

"We were doing okay then but then along came this opportunity and we just saw this huge spike in sales," Mark Roper, international business manager at Sanitarium Health & Wellbeing, which produces Weet-Bix, told CNBC's Street Signs on Wednesday.

Mary Boylan was Plattsburgh’s little known treasure
Boylan's credits included two daytime soap operas: The Secret Storm (playing Katie Logan) and As the World Turns.

He Stars in a Spanish-Language Soap. Why Is He Driving for Uber?
Pablo Azar, the green-eyed Mexican telenovela star, stepped out of a limousine and walked down the red carpet at an awards show here last year amid the usual celebrity mayhem. Cameras flashed. Fans shouted. Azar, 34, smiled broadly and walked inside.

But after the awards show, Azar did something his army of admirers would never have imagined: He changed out of his suit, climbed behind the wheel of his car and started his shift as an Uber driver, a job he relies on when he’s between acting gigs to pay his bills.

Azar's credits include Reina de corazones and Marido En Alquiler.

Netflix breaks up with Mexico’s Televisa in the most soap-opera way possible
The beginning of a recent Netflix Latin America ad explained to viewers that the streaming content company has just parted ways with Mexico’s main television station, Televisa. The video showed a preppy-looking young man with slicked-back hair, buttoned-up shirt and a high-pitched voice. He looks devastated. A young woman walks into the room.

— What is it, my love? Why the long face?

— Netflix took off my favorites series...

Netflix is making fun of what was some of its own most-watched content. The break-up means that Netflix no longer offers the content that Televisa was supplying, mostly soap operas. And it has chosen to tell viewers about it in the funniest way possible. The message is clear: “We are eliminating the soaps, but leaving you other much more interesting series.”

Former 'General Hospital' Actress Emily Wilson to Co-Host 'The Hero Effect' on OWN

Emily Wilson and Donald Driver co-host The Hero Effect on OWN.
Daytime alum Emily Wilson has landed a new primetime gig. The actress, who memorably played Ellie Trout in ABC soap opera General Hospital in recent years, will be co-hosting The Hero Effect with former Greenbay Packers star receiver Donald Driver. The 10-part docuseries will premiere November 12, with two 30-minute episodes on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.

Presented by United Way and produced by Dolphin Entertainment, The Hero Effect is an uplifting docu-series that brings to life the stories of ordinary individuals who are making extraordinary differences in their communities. Shot on location in ten different communities across the country, each episode will celebrate everyday heroes that facilitate beneficial, life-changing impact on the people around them. The heroes featured in the series were identified in part through nominations from the 1,200 local United Ways across the country. Each episode concludes with a call-to-action, encouraging viewers to visit and connect with their local United Way or other community-based organizations to create positive change.

"Instinctively, we all believe that there are quiet heroes out in the world, helping others in meaningful ways," said Bill O'Dowd, CEO, Dolphin Entertainment. "The Hero Effect hopes to create some noise around their efforts, in the hope of inspiring others to do the same. With the Oprah Winfrey Network and United Way, we have two strong partners who have built leading, recognizable brands on celebrating the power of the human spirit, and will help us to bang the drum for more heroes."

"Throughout my 35 years of working with communities at United Way, I've learned that the vast majority of people are eager to make the world a better place," said Brian Gallagher, President and CEO of United Way Worldwide. "The men and women featured in The Hero Effect are our local heroes, stepping forward to make a difference in their communities. We're incredibly inspired by their work and excited to help share them and their efforts with the world."

In addition to GH, Wilson's credits include Entourage, Castle and The Newsroom.

The Hero Effect will air monthly on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. ET/PT.

Below is an episode breakdown:

Episode One, "Mission United": Founded by Stephen Moss, who was inspired after his daughter returned from deployment injured, Mission United supports military veterans and their families.

Episode Two, "Café Momentum": Chef Chad Houser created this Dallas-based restaurant and culinary training facility to transform the lives of at-risk youth who have spent time in juvenile facilities.

Episode Three, "More too Life": Brook Bello used her story of survival as a way to reach out to other victims of human trafficking to help them heal and restore their own lives.

Episode Four, "Mary's Center": Maria Gomez, a nurse in the District of Columbia's Department of Health, founded this federally qualified health center to provide health care, family literacy and social services to individuals whose needs too often go unmet.

Episode Five, "Raising Readers in Story County": Carolyn Jons leads the effort to help improve language and literacy development in children, and nurture healthy family relationships.

Episode Six, "Rising Tide Car Wash": Founded by John and Tom D'Eri, Rising Tide Carwash hires individuals with autism and teaches them job skills to help them on a path towards independent living.

Episode Seven, "Treehouse": Founded by Judy Cockerton, Treehouse is a multi-generational affordable community connecting the elderly with families in foster care or who have been adopted.

Episode Eight, "Katie's Krops": 17-year-old Katie Stagliano started this organization to teach kids about growing vegetables and how providing those crops to disadvantaged populations can help fight hunger.

Episode Nine, "Cheyenne River Youth Project": Project leader Julie Garreau works with young people from poverty stricken Native American families in the Eagle Buttle, SD, community to create services that foster healthy choices and life practices.

Episode Ten, "Indo Jax Surf Charities": Jack Viorel leads this organization, which empowers disadvantaged, medically fragile and special needs children by exposing them to the ocean environment and teaching them to surf.

Daytime Ratings: 'The Young and the Restless,' 'The Bold and the Beautiful' and 'General Hospital' Up In Total Viewers

The Live + Same Day daytime ratings are in for October 10-14, 2016. According to Nielsen, The Young and the Restless (+61K), The Bold and the Beautiful (+52K) and General Hospital (+20K) were all up in total viewers versus the previous week.

Check out a breakdown below of the daytime soap opera Nielsen ratings by category:

Total Viewers (versus previous week/versus same week last year)
1. The Young and the Restless 4,511,000 (+61,000/-283,000)
2. The Bold and the Beautiful 3,771,000 (+52,000/+212,000)
3. General Hospital 2,691,000 (+20,000/+45,000)
4. Days of our Lives 2,208,000 (-10,000/-439,000)

Today in Soap Opera History (October 23)

1990: Steve Johnson died on Days of our Lives.
1995: British soap opera Hollyoaks premiered.
2001: As the World Turns' Bryant Montgomery died.
2006: ATWT's Oakdale learned Hal Munson had been killed.
"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...

1978: On Another World, Rachel Cory (Victoria Wyndham) cut off Jamie's (Tim Holcomb) allowance after finding out he had married Blaine Ewing (Laura Malone).

1981: On General Hospital, the residents of Port Charles wanted Luke (Anthony Geary) and Laura (Genie Francis) to have a big wedding.

NEWS: Ingo Rademacher, Rick Hearst, Pierson Fodé, Martha Byrne, Alicia Minshew, Terri Conn, Billy Flynn

Ingo Rademacher
Ingo Rademacher returning to General Hospital as Jax
The actor, who made his Port Charles debut in 1996 and most recently reprised the role of Carly’s ex-husband in July, announced his latest return with a succinct Instagram post (“Back! @generalhospitalabc”). When Jax appeared over the summer, it was hinted that he had played a larger role in daughter Josslyn receiving Nelle’s kidney on the black market than he was letting on. Expect the actor to be back on-screen during November sweeps.

General Hospital star Rick Hearst books multi-episode stint on Daytime Divas
Hearst (Ric on GH) has landed a multiepisode stint on the VHI series Daytime Divas, set behind the scenes of a fictional talk show. “Well Atlanta you definitely are showing me that relocation was wise,” Hearst posted on Instagram. “Just booked an arc to play opposite the multi talented, and stunning #vanessawilliams on the #vh1 series #daytimedivas.”

Terri Conn and Alicia Minshew join faith-based movie Wholly Borken
Terri Conn (formerly Katie on As the World Turns and Aubrey in One Life to Live) and Alicia Minshew (formerly Kendall on All My Children) are at work on a faith-based movie musical titled Wholly Broken, which is shooting in Hampton Bays, NY. “Hello Hamptons!!! So excited to begin filming #WhollyBroken w/ @alicia_minshew,” Conn tweeted.

Pierson Fodé
The Bold and the Beautiful's Pierson Fodé lands role in It's Time film
Fodé (Thomas on B&B) has been cast as Brad Gaines in the film It’s Time, which tells the story of NCAA players Roy Lee “Chucky” Mullins and Brad Gaines’s friendship after a tragic accident during a football game that left Mullins paralyzed. Fodé posted on Instagram, “So proud to be apart of such an incredible and heart breaking TRUE story. My life has already changed in so many ways since picking up this script. spending time with #BradGaines , understanding how tragedy rocked both his Chucky’s (portrayed by the great @sedale3t ) lives. Most importantly how a deep friendship and love was created and never lost. To see the story Check Fritz’s @espn 30/30 documentary “it’s time” on @netflix”

Days of our Lives star Billy Flynn books Blood River movie role
Flynn (Chad on Days) has been cast in the film D.O.A. Blood River. The film tells the story of pharmaceutical rep Sam Collins, who travels from Los Angeles to a small town in Louisiana for business. “So excited I can finally share this news!!!!” the actor enthused on Instagram. “I can’t wait to tell THIS story…with such an amazing cast and@stephencyrussepher at the helm it’s going to be a really special experience.#DOAbloodriver #werecoming #lovehard @deadline”

Martha Byrne and the cast of "In the Car with
Blossom and Len".
As the World Turns alum Martha Byrne returns to New York stage
Byrne (formerly Lily on ATWT) has joined the cast of "In the Car with Blossom and Len" at Queens Theatre from November 11-20.

Departing General Hospital star Bryan Craig: "I've learned a new work ethic"
"As an actor, I have grown just from being on set and constantly working," Craig (Morgan on GH) tells Soap Opera Digest. "As a person, I’ve learned a new work ethic. I’d never worked that often and with that much material ever in my life. I learned to prioritize, to be more responsible. I think I’ve grown up a lot in the three-and-a-half years that I’ve been there."

'General Hospital' Spoilers (October 24-28, 2016)

"This is not how my story is gonna end," Maxie tells herself.
Check out the day-to-day spoilers and a sneak peek video below to find out what's happening on ABC soap opera General Hospital during the week of October 24-28, 2016.

Monday, October 24
Kevin and Laura plan another date; Claudette fools Griffin; Finn and Hayden have an argument.