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Here are some of the news stories posted on Soap Central during 2001 that focus on or performers and shows that might not be able to be classified under another soap listing. To read any of the articles listed below, simply click on the appropriate link.

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January 2001
CDC Says Soaps Are Good For Your Health
A new report from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports that soap operas are an unlikely medical tool.

January 2001
Gellar Slays Buffy Execs
A maelstrom of controversy surrounds former All My Children star Sarah Michelle Gellar (ex-Kendall). The actress has found new fame on The WB series, Buffy The Vampire Slayer.

February 2001
Buchanan Sued for Breach of Contract
Two large companies battling to protect their secrets and a woman who works as a pseudo-double agent for both companies. It sounds like the perfect plot for a motion picture or even a soap opera Sweeps storyline.

Not quite. This is real life.

February 2001
It All Comes Down to One Final Ballot
Welcome to the first annual Soap Opera Central Awards, known affectionately as The Dankies. The Dankies honor the best of the best of soap operas. What's unique about these awards is that the winners are all chosen by you, the soap opera fan. Sure, some awards profess to be chosen by soap fans, but that's not the case.

February 2001
New Head Writers at GH and OLTL
ABC Daytime has confirmed a Soap Opera Central report that Megan McTavish has been named the head writer of General Hospital.

Angela Shapiro, President of ABC Daytime, made the announcement yesterday.

February 2001
Buchanan Sued for Breach of Contract: Update
Jensen Buchanan (ex-Vicky, Another World and As The World Turns, ex-Sarah, One Life to Live) is being sued by Televest Daytime Programs and Procter & Gamble Productions as well as the producers of As The World Turns in a breech of contract lawsuit.

March 2001
Y&R Actors Win Image Awards
The Young and the Restless was once again honored by the NAACP's Image Awards. In ceremonies held earlier this month, Shemar Moore (Malcolm Winters) and Victoria Rowell (ex-Drucilla Winters) were named Outstanding Actor and Actress in a Daytime Drama. For Moore, this was his fourth consecutive Image Award win.

April 2001
Changes Made to Soap Opera Central
This week marks the first week of some exciting changes here on Soap Opera Central. Because we are so proud of the changes that we're undertaking, we wanted to take a few moments to discuss them with you.

April 2001
Suit Against Jensen Buchanan Dropped
The dust has settled in the lawsuit filed against actress Jensen Buchanan (ex-Vicky, As the World Turns/Another World; Melissa, General Hospital). And from the looks of it, both sides have emerged as winners.

April 2001
Research Project Ends, SOC Users Provide "Massive" Amount of Data
A study being conducted in part on Soap Opera Central where soap opera viewers' reactions to Bianca's storyline on All My Children has come to end.

The study, being conducted by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), posed questions to soap viewers to gauge their reaction on a number of issues involving the character played by Emmy-nominated Eden Riegel.

May 2001
The Dankies a Two-Sided Show -- Generally Speaking
With the Daytime Emmys just around the corner, a lot of soap fans are still grumbling about their favorite soap's lack of nominations. Nearly every acting category was dominated by just two of the ten soaps currently on the air. In case you've been out of the loop since March (or you're just trying to pretend you haven't heard), those two soaps are CBS' As The World Turns and ABC's All My Children.

May 2001
SOC Panelists Pick Emmy Winners
With every awards show comes the endless parade of "experts" offering their thoughts on who will walk home victorious. Well, add another float to the parade.

May 2001
Complete Daytime Emmy Coverage:
ATWT Claims Top Prize as Emmy Records Are Broken
Records are meant to be broken - or at least that's the way the old saying goes. This year's Daytime Emmys took a new, novel spin on that parable: Records are meant to be equaled.

May 2001
SOC Goes Behind the Scenes at
This Year's Daytime Emmy Awards
Soap Opera Central was privileged to be among the media troupe assembled backstage at this year's awards. In this portion of our Emmy coverage, we'll take a peek at some of the stories that you didn't get to see on the Emmy telecast. Plus, we'll also share with you some of our exclusive photos.

June 2001
Writing ShakeUps at Several Soaps
The world of daytime television is in the middle of a serious shakeup. In the past few weeks, no less than four soap operas have had some sort of changes to their writing teams.

June 2001
ABC Focuses on the ABCs of Soaps
Sue Johnson, a network programming executive for One Life to Live, has been promoted to director of talent development for ABC Daytime. According to ABC, Johnson will be in charge of writer and production development for all four ABC soaps - Port Charles, All My Children, One Life to Live and General Hospital.

June 2001
Changes to the SOC FrontPage
When you visited the Soap Central site this week, you may have noticed that there's a bit of a new look on our FrontPage.

June 2001
Exploitation or Expansion?:
Soap Operas Courting Latino Viewers
The soap opera community is courting the Latino community with a fervency never before seen on daytime television. As recent census numbers show, the Latino population has boomed over the past ten years. Now, programming executives are moving to make their shows more appealing to this audience.

June 2001
Former Soap Writer Smith Dead at 75
Prolific scribe Patricia Falken Smith died on May 19th in Los Angeles. She was 75.

June 2001
Sorel Joining AMC; OLTL Rumors Persist
Louise Sorel, best known for her work as Vivian Alamain on Days of our Lives, will join the cast of All My Children in July in the recurring role of Judge Campobello According to a spokesperson, Alamain will appear in about seven episodes. A first airdate has not been set.

July 2001
Report: P&G Washing Hands of TV Biz
Procter & Gamble, considered the pioneer of the television-based soap opera, is reportedly looking to get out of the soap opera business.

September 2001
September 11, 2001: A Real Daytime Drama
It can safely be said that every American has been touched in some way by the terrorist attacks carried out against our country on September 11th. Whether or not an individual had a physical tie to a loved one lost or injured in these tragedies, everyone, everywhere felt the loss and heartbreak.

October 2001
Soaps Make Dramatic Changes In Wake of Attacks
The terrorist attacks against The United States on September 11, 2001 may have forever altered the American way of life. They may have also changed the way that soap operas entertain us.

October 2001
ABC Halts Mail to Daytime Stars
It's a case of yet another change being forced upon the daytime community in the wake of the terrorist attacks on September 11th. Due to growing concerns over the possibility of anthrax being sent through the mail, ABC has instituted some security measures concerning its mailroom and mail delivery to its stars.

November 2001
Networks Tighten Mail Security
You might want to hold off on sending that fan letter to your favorite soap star. Due to heightened security, your letter might never reach its intended addressee. The recent anthrax attacks have prompted networks and studios to re-evaluate their policies on delivering fan mail.

December 2001
SOC Names Port Charles Best Soap of '01
In the past ten years, new soaps have come and gone. It's increasingly hard to launch a new soaps. Viewers simply don't have the time to devote to a new show, especially when many are hard pressed to find time to watch the soaps that they've been watching for decades. Gone are The City, Sunset Beach and Generations. And fledgling soaps Port Charles and Passions are at the bottom of the ratings heap.

December 2001
The 10 Biggest SOC News Stories Of 2001
It's the end of another year, a year that by many standards will never be forgotten.

Soap Opera Central has turned its attention to the stories that have made news on our web site over the past twelve months -- and there were many. As we reviewed the hundreds of stories, we selected the ten stories that we feel were the biggest news stories of 2001.

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