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TVLine Items: Walking Dead Sneak Preview, Bachelorette Buzz Nixed, Soaps Dish and More!

Does this photo of Amy meeting her sad Season 1 fate have you dying for The Walking Dead to return? Well, you’re in luck…kinda.

AMC has announced plans to debut a first-look video of the zombie series’ highly anticipated second season during Breaking Bad‘s Season 4 premiere this Sunday, July 17 at 10/9c. So, have your popcorn — and blunt shovels! — handy.

Ready for more of today’s TV dish? Well…

• Will she? Or won’t she? Following her Bachelor breakup special Monday night, rumors have been swirling that the newly single Emily Maynard will be the next Bachelorette. Host and exec producer Chris Harrison has rebuffed such “greatly exaggerated” claims, telling Access Hollywood, “It is way too early, way too presumptuous of anybody to say she’s The Bachelorette.” (Translation: She probably will be the next rose-giver. We’re onto you, ABC.)

•  All My Children and One Life to Live may have been saved by the interwebs, but tons of questions still remain: Which big name suds stars will continue on with each series? And when will ABC daytime’s internet debut occur? Sources tell TV Guide Magazine that Prospect Park, the company salvaging the soaps, plans to keep the momentum going by premiering the reimagined AMC on Monday, September 26 — aka just days after its broadcast finale the prior Friday. Sources also tell the mag that head writer Lorraine Broderick and executive producer Julie Carruthers are staying onboard when the swap occurs and, what’s more surprising, that Susan Lucci has agreed to continue on… in some capacity.

• Elsewhere in AMC news, Pine Valley’s premiere duo will not be returning before its final (televised!) airdate. “We just can’t be in California when they need us to be,” Soap Opera Digest quotes Kelly Ripa as saying. The Live hostess calls the snafu “so upsetting,” but adds that thankfully things “ended on a high note” when she and on/off-screen hubby Mark Consuelos returned for AMC‘s 40th anniversary.

• NBC has confirmed that Drake Hogestyn will in fact join Deidre Hall back on Days of Our Lives beginning Monday, September 26, for what executive producer Ken Corday calls “a grand event.”

• Though Lauren German is boarding Hawaii Five-0 as a new series regular, Larisa Oleynik (The Secret World of Alex Mack) will reprise her role as ex-CIA analyst Jenna Kaye during the CBS action-drama’s second season, per TVGuide.com.

• “The Divine Miss M” Bette Midler has dropped out of HBO’s untitled Phil Spector flick due to severe back troubles — or what Deadline calls per “doctor’s orders.”

• CBS has announced additional celebs scheduled to trade lives with their commonfolk namesakes on their summertime unscripted series, Same Name: Boxer/Hangover star Mike Tyson will swap with a female nurse; funnylady Kathy Griffin will replace a fiberglass saleswoman; and NFL stud Reggie Bush trades places with a contractor. David Hasselhoff’s adventure kicks off the series Sunday, July 24.

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