Actor updates from November 14 – 20:

This past week found former “All My Children” actors leaving, joining and creating Primetime. There was also a hilarious spoof of soaps from the Queen of Daytime herself. And in sad news, Daytime said goodbye to one of their own.

Barbara Esensten passes away:

Esensten wrote for several soaps including “Loving,” “The City,” “Guiding Light,” “Port Charles,” “One Life to Live” and “All My Children.” On “AMC” she served as co-head writer in 2008 and scriptwriter from 2010 until its end in 2011. She died on November 14. She was 75-years-old. Read more in DOOL Writer Barbara Esensten Dies.

Kim Delaney out at Army Wives:

The rumors have been confirmed. TVLine reports that Kim Delaney’s (ex-Jenny) character has been written out of “Army Wives.” She played Claudia Joy Holden for six seasons, but when season 7 premieres, her character will be killed off, launching a reboot of the series.

Josh Duhamel co-creates drama about soaps:

The fan favorite who played Leo is getting back in the soap game. Duhamel co-created and will executive produce the ABC show set in the behind the scenes world of a soap opera. The drama will feature the over the top personalities and egos as they try to keep their show on the air. Oliver Hudson (“Rules of Engagement”) will also serve as an executive producer. Both Hudson and Duhamel could appear in front of the camera if the series is picked up.

Susan Lucci on The Colbert Report:

Stephen Colbert called upon the Queen of Soaps Susan Lucci for an assist in explaining the soapiness of General Petraeus’ affair. Lucci put her spin on things, including giving Colbert her trademark slap while standing all the way across the room. Impressive. Watch the clip for yourself with Lucci coming in around the 3:30 mark.