NEWS: Melissa Archer, Alicia Coppola, Shannen Doherty, James Franco, Marcia Cross, Greg Vaughan

This week on Days, Chad and Serena's night takes an unpleasant turn.
Melissa Archer exits Days of our Lives this week
“I completely understood and somewhere, expected it,” Archer tells Soap Opera Digest about her leaving Days. “It was a very positive experience. I joke about it like, ‘Getting fired, it didn’t really feel like it.’ It was the most pleasant ‘getting fired’ conversation I’ve ever had. There was laughter. It was great, actually.” As for her overall Salem experience, she says, “Honestly, it was amazing. I’m not just saying this: I very wholeheartedly mean it that from the top to the bottom, I loved everybody. I thought that the sets were very relaxed. Professional and relaxed.” SPOILER ALERT: Serena is murdered this week on Days.

Greg Vaughan signs new contract with Days of our Lives and books Hallmark movie
Vaughan tweeted the news on Friday: "Great day today! Official contract extension @DaysofourLives & new movie @hallmarkchannel Truly Blessed!"

Without America’s soap operas, we would never have gotten Mad Men
General Hospital, and soap operas overall, are usually not considered especially innovative. On the contrary, they’re thought of as melodramatic and cliched. And yet, it’s likely longform television dramas like The Wire wouldn’t exist if soap operas hadn’t paved the way.

James Franco Recreates Friends, Breaking Bad and more
The Oscar-nominated actor and General Hospital alum turns his attention to television for Season 2 of Making a Scene With James Franco.

Empire is giving Gabourey Sidibe a love interest
Mo McRae will romance Becky as part of a three-episode arc in Season 2.

Beverly Hills, 90210 stars Shannen Doherty reveals she's battling breast cancer
"Yes, I have breast cancer, and I am currently undergoing treatment," Doherty, 44, told People magazine. "I am continuing to eat right, exercise and stay very positive about my life. I am thankful to my family, friends and doctors for their support and, of course, my fans who have stood by me."

Lighter Fare, High-Concept Comedies, Soaps & More Remakes On Networks’ Development Menus
The success of two breakout midseason Fox series — drama Empire and comedy The Last Man On Earth — is having a ripple effect early in the selling season, with big, broad, soapy dramas sought after, along with high-concept comedies.

NBC puts Shaun Cassidy and Jeff Kwatinetz family soap in development
NBC is reassembling the team behind its 2012 Western drama pilot Frontier. The network has put in development Talent, a drama with elements of music, from Frontier creator Shaun Cassidy and Jeff Kwatinetz’s newly relaunched company The Firm, whose predecessor Prospect Park produced the 2012 pilot (as well as the online versions of All My Children and One Life to Live).

Written by Cassidy, Talent is described as a family soap that centers around a music prodigy who has a unique way of dealing with the murder of his one true love.

Another World alum Alicia Coppola finds it difficult to find schools for her gifted children
"There are very few schools that focus solely on the highly/profoundly gifted students in our country. Those that do exist are private and very expensive, if you are fortunate enough to even live in a city where one exists."

Presenting a TV Channel Guide from the future
In Five years, will we have Vox, New York Times and BuzzFeed channels?

Grey’s Anatomy is giving Alex and Jo more to do next season
Says Shonda Rhimes: “We had a lot of stories we wanted to tell with them last season, and I promised the fans, ‘We’re going to tell all these Alex and Jo stories.’”

NBC becomes the second network to order a Kentucky bourbon drama
The Bourbon Kings, like Fox’s untitled Kentucky bourbon project, deals with a bourbon empire.

Is there too much good TV?
"Binge-watching,” says Mary McNamara, "isn't just the new sex — it's the new workout, the new book club, the new cocktail hour. Where once most new shows premiered in the fall, now they drop all the time, some in complete seasons.” But how do viewers cope? “The trick,” says McNamara, "is not to panic. Television viewing is not a competition or a test. No matter what appears to be occurring on social media, no law requires you, the average viewer, to be able to analyze the use of color in Mad Men or explain why the second season of True Detective was so terrible.”

Behind The Curtain Of The Night, A Life-After-Death Movie Stars Brendan Fraser, Marcia Cross
Talk about art imitating life. A writer/director who was pronounced clinically dead twice in his life and experienced an unusual phenomenon when he was “dead,” has written a semi-autobiographical film about his experience with Brendan Fraser playing a key role and Marcia Cross playing a character called ‘The Boss’ which is really God.

Ben McKenzie: What Gotham got wrong in Season 1
McKenzie says Season 2 of the Fox series will be closer to what fans want. “I think we made a mistake relatively early on in trying to introduce a villain and take care of that villain in one episode: catch them, send them to Arkham, do whatever,”

Another World alum Morgan Freeman to guest-star on Madam Secretary
Freeman, who serves as an executive producer and director on the CBS drama, will make a cameo in the drama’s premiere episode in October.

ABC Orders Marvel Pilot Starring Adrianne Palicki & Nick Blood
The proposed Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. spinoff is back on. ABC has given a pilot order to Marvel’s Most Wanted, a drama project starring Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. standouts Adrianne Palicki and Nick Blood and revolving around their respective characters Barbara “Bobbi” Morse, aka Mockingbird, and Lance Hunter.

Six Feet Under: The Oral History of HBO's Beloved Landmark Series
Ten years after its devastating finale, the show's creator and cast eulogize the life-after-death drama.

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