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Days Of Our Lives (1965-cur­rent) is really amp­ing up the drama for the soapie’s 50th an­niver­sary – the lat­est sur­prise twist has seen Bo Brady (Peter Reck­ell), who was di­ag­nosed with an in­op­er­a­ble brain tu­mour, die in the arms of his one true love Hope (Kris­tian Al­fonso). We’ll see the heart­break­ing death in about three years’ time.

Amer­i­can Idol (2002-2016) is plan­ning to go big as they go home – when the fi­nal sea­son airs next year, ev­ery for­mer judge will be re­turn­ing to say good­bye. While we don’t yet know in what ca­pac­ity they’ll ap­pear, it’ll be great to see for­mer judges Si­mon Cow­ell, Paula Ab­dul, Randy Jackson, Steven Tyler, Ellen DeGeneres, Nicki Mi­naj, Kara DioGuardi and Mariah Carey back. The Walk­ing Dead (2010cur­rent) has cast iconic comic book vil­lain Ne­gan, who will ap­pear from the sea­son 6 fi­nale. Big names such as Matt Dil­lon (from Way­ward Pines, 2015) and Ti­mothy Olyphant (Jus­ti­fied, 20102015) were in the run­ning but the part has been snagged by Jef­frey Dean Mor­gan, last seen in sea­son 2 of Ex­tant (2014-2015). The cast­ing also means that his role in The Good Wife’s (2010-2015) up­com­ing sev­enth sea­son is likely to only be for one sea­son.

Su­per­girl (2015-cur­rent) is stag­ing a Glee re­union (2009-2015) now that Blake Jen­ner’s been cast for a mul­ti­ple-episode guest role as a po­ten­tial new love in­ter­est for Kara/Su­per­girl (Melissa Benoist). Blake and Melissa played Glee’s on/off couple Ry­der and Mar­ley and are mar­ried in real life.

Looks like the al­ready of­ten-ab­sent Thorne For­rester will be get­ting even less screen­time on The Bold And The Beau­ti­ful (1987-cur­rent). Win­sor Har­mon, who joined B&B in 1996, has been dropped from the soapie’s up­dated open­ing cred­its, while three new faces – Pier­son Fode (the new Thomas For­rester), Reign Ed­wards (Maya’s sis­ter Ni­cole Avant) and Rome Flynn (Zende For­rester) – have been added. We’ll see the new open­ing in SA next year.

The Black­list’s (2013cur­rent) Liz might be on the run in sea­son 3 but it’s go­ing to get trick­ier to hide ac­tress Me­gan Boone’s new role: as a soon-to-be mommy. The ac­tress is four-months preg­nant and will be ap­proach­ing her due date by the time film­ing of the 22-episode sea­son winds down. It’s not yet clear if her preg­nancy will be writ­ten into the sto­ry­line but that would make a great twist in the tale!

Shonda Rhimes is such a tease! The cre­ator of hit shows like Grey’s Anatomy (2005-cur­rent), The Fixer (2012-cur­rent) and How To Get Away With Mur­der (2014-cur­rent) let slip dur­ing her re­cent book tour that she’s killed off a char­ac­ter on one of her shows be­cause she didn’t like the ac­tor (or ac­tress) play­ing them. While the ru­mour mill’s spec­u­lat­ing that the vic­tim was likely Pa­trick Dempsey (Grey’s Dr McDreamy), it could eas­ily have been his for­mer Grey’s co-stars Eric Dane (Mark), TR Knight (Ge­orge) or Chyler Leigh (Lexie). Plus there’s Fixer’s Dan Bu­catin­sky (James) and Colum­bus Short (Har­ri­son) and nearly a dozen peo­ple on How To Get Away With Mur­der. Still, it’s fun to spec­u­late…

It’s al­most time to take your last sip of E!’s pop cul­ture clip show The Soup (1991-2015) – the se­ries, hosted by Joel McHale, has been canned and will air its last-ever episode on Fri­day 18 De­cem­ber af­ter 22 sea­sons.

Good news for fans of Amer­i­can Hor­ror Story (2011-cur­rent). The cur­rent fifth sea­son has proven so pop­u­lar that the fran­chise is get­ting a sixth sea­son and while it’s still too early to tell if she’ll do an­other sea­son, Lady Gaga’s of­fi­cially been asked to re­turn. Also get­ting re­newed are crime dra­mas Mur­der In The First (2014cur­rent) and Fargo (2014-cur­rent), both for third sea­sons.

The Real House­wives fran­chise is grow­ing, with two more ver­sions of the cat­fight­sand-cat­ti­ness re­al­ity show be­ing com­mis­sioned. In ad­di­tion to The Real House­wives Of Or­ange Coun­try (2006cur­rent), New York City (2008cur­rent), At­lanta (2008-cur­rent), New Jer­sey (2009-cur­rent) and Bev­erly Hills (2010-cur­rent), next year will see the launch of Real House­wives Of Dal­las and Real House­wives Of Po­tomac, which is near the United States cap­i­tal of Wash­ing­ton DC and is re­garded as the most af­flu­ent town in the US.

Liz from The Black­list.

Dr McDreamy is one of many char­ac­ters killed off by Shonda Rhimes.

Fans have gone gaga

for Lady Gaga.

Bo’s been booted from Days.

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