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Sunset Beach Hunk Nick Stabile Appears on Tonight’s Real Housewives of Beverly Hills!

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If the hunk hanging out with Camille Grammer on tonight's episode of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills looks familiar, there's a reason—he's an ex-soaper! Sunset Beach alum Nick Stabile makes his first appearance on the docusoap tonight as a friend of Grammer. I hear he will continue on throughout the season. The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills airs at 9C/10EST tonight on Bravo!

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DC #583: Soap Scribe-turned-Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Showrunner Dave Rupel Talks GL’s Last Days and Previews Beverly Hills “Wives”!

He was with CBS Daytime's embattled soap opera Guiding Light as a writer, up until the bittersweet end. He even walked the picket lines as a Strike Captain for the sudser, as well as ABC Daytime's General Hospital, during the 2007 Writers Strike. Now Dave Rupel is back this week with the premiere of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, the latest in Bravo's line of successful docusoaps. Rupel, who serves as an executive producer and showrunner on the new series, premiering Thursday Oct. 14 (check your local listings), chats with Daytime Confidential about what it was like at GL during those lean, final years.

He shares his thoughts on the now-infamous change of Guiding Light's production model. Was it a network-mandated decision or did Guiding Light's last executive producer Ellen Wheeler make the call? Speaking of Wheeler, what did Rupel think of his experience working with the controversial actress-turned-producer?

Rupel also speaks out on why so many fans of continuing drama are now getting their "soap fix" from reality television. The man who helped create the flagship The Real Housewives of Orange County, and worked on such shows as Temptation Island and Big Brother U.K., as well as penning scripts for General Hospital, offers insight soap fans aren't generally privy to. He also provides soap opera writers with a viable option for future employment, as more and more reality producers look to soap writers. Then he takes us into the world of what could be the most glamorous Real Housewives ever! It's an interview soap fans and reality lovers alike won't wanna miss.
 

NBC to Cross-Promote DAYS With ‘Housewives’, a “New Sort of Daytime Soap”


Broadcasting and Cable has a promising new article up on their website today detailing how local NBC affiliates plan to refocus on the Peacock's daytime lineup, and according to the article, long-running, daytime sudser Days of Our Lives appears to be key to that strategy!

The group also will get an assist from its network and syndication marketing arms. They are partnering to create a cross-promotion featuring the network’s soap opera, Days of Our Lives, and Real Housewives that will rebrand the reality show as a new sort of daytime soap.

“From a network, we see it as a benefit for us,” says Scot Chastain, NBC’s senior VP of affiliate marketing and development. “By pairing the two, we send more of a youth audience to Days, and we expose an older audience to Housewives. There’s a lot of cross-blending potential there.”

Wendy Williams Discusses Victoria Rowell “Real Housewives” Rumor on Her Talk Show!


Popular urban blog DimeWars.com has posted a clip of Wendy Williams discussing those Victoria Rowell to The Real Housewives of Atlanta rumors. From the looks of the clip (after the jump) , Ms. Williams would we be down for seeing the soap opera diva mixing it up with the housewives! Williams did try to diss Rowell's Emmy Awards Obama dress though. Don't hate Wendy, don't hate!

DC Exclusive: Victoria Rowell Speaks on Those Real Housewives of Atlanta Rumors



The Internet is abuzz with speculation that former soap opera diva Victoria Rowell (ex-Drucilla, The Young and the Restless) is set to join the cast of the smash hit Bravo reality series The Real Housewives of Atlanta, possibly replacing either Nene Leakes or Kim Zolciak, who are rumored to be causing Bravo distress by constantly asking for more cash. 

The rumblings about Rowell possibly joining the reality soap started when urban celebrity blogger FreddyO posted the following item on his website on Dec. 16:

I have to tell yall, the entire ATL is going crazy to find out who is going to be the Next Atlanta House Wife. Several sources have told me that the one and only queen of day time television Victoria Rowell is going to be the newest wife to be added to the show, but nothing is set in stone just yet. She is best known for two high profile television roles: Drucilla Winters on the daytime drama The Young and the Restless, and her primetime role as Dick Van Dyke’s medical examiner, Dr. Amanda Bentley, on Diagnosis: Murder. I have been told that Bravo is looking at Victoria because she is full of drama and loves to fight. I have to tell yall, after working with people that have worked for her, “She would be the right one for the job”. They say ”she’s crazy, funny, and made for TV”. My only question is I didn’t know she lived in Atlanta.
After hearing about this from my ever-tweeting homegirl Jillian Bowe, I decided to find out myself. I called up Ms. Rowell, make that Mrs. Bailey, since she is now married to Radcliffe Bailey, a famed artist, collected by the likes of Elton John, who is based in Atlanta, where Rowell, the mother of two, and a stepmother to Bailey's children, does in fact divide her time between her fabulicious home in L.A.


The Real Housewives of Atlanta on Ellen


The Real Housewives of Atlanta dropped by the Ellen show on Tuesday, and while Nene is my favorite of the Housewives, it was the recent scenes of Sheree pulling Kim's wig that interested Ellen. The topic quickly deteriorated into an argument about bounced checks, name calling and accusations of affairs with married men. Ellen tried to separate Sheree and Kim by sitting on the couch between them, but by time they cut to commercial, Ellen almost looked relieved.

When they came back from commercials, the Housewives played one of Ellen's favorite games, blindfolded musical chairs, and hilarity ensued.  Watch a clip of the entire appearance after the jump.