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AMC: Eden Riegel has been cast...

AMC: Eden Riegel has been cast as the new Bianca Montgomery, Erica Kane's (Susan Lucci) anorexia-stricken daughter. Riegel was in the movie American Pie and has had stints on Guiding Light and ATWT.

ATWT: Don Chastain (ex-T.J. Reno, Another World; ex-Dr. Tom Baldwin, GH) returns to the soap in the recurring role of Cooley who will bring dander to Simon and Lily. Chastain played a character named Logan Andrews in 1987.

Days of Our Lives: We'll finally catch a glimpse of the troubled Mimi's family when Robin Riker joins the cast as Mimi's mother, Maureen Lockhart, and Austin Wolff arrives as her brother Conner on July 11. Ian Patrick Williams, who played Dr. Brock in 1997, will appear as Mimi's father, David, starting July 21.

Guiding Light: Soap vet Michael Sabatino (ex-Peter, ATWT; ex-Phillip, Sunset Beach; ex-Dr. Jonathan Kinder, AMC; ex-An read more


Mike Myers says Universal initially seemed "very understanding" about his decision to back out of the movie Dieter and was later surprised to discover a "thug" summons server in his driveway, according to The Toronto Sun. Myers says the server chased he and his wife, Robin, into their house and then screamed into their intercom, "I know Mike Myers lives here." Both Universal and Imagine Entertainment are suing the former Saturday Night Live funnyman for pulling out of the comedy last month. read more


Roger Ebert's No. 1 choice as a replacement critic for late partner Gene Siskel is believed to be fellow Chicago Sun-Times columnist Richard Roeper, according to The Boston Herald. Roeper, who's known Ebert for about 10 years, has served as guest co-host on Ebert and the Movies several times in the past few weeks. An announcement on who will get the coveted co-host seat is believed to be imminent. read more


Singer Bobby Brown was released from a Pompano Beach, FL, jail Friday morning after serving time for violating his parole on a 1996 drunk-driving conviction, according to AP. The singer was met by his pop-star wife, Whitney Houston, and comedian Chris Rock, who led a group of supporters in a mock vigil that will eventually appear on Rock's HBO comedy show. — Rich Brown read more

In other GH news, Ingo Rademacher...

In other GH news, Ingo Rademacher will make the move to prime time next fall in the upcoming NBC series Titans. Rademacher will play David O'Connor in the Aaron Spelling drama about a wealthy Beverly Hills family. Rademacher will be joined by fellow soap vets Yasmine Bleeth (ex-Lee Ann Demerest Buchanan, One Life to Live; ex-Ryan Fenelli, Ryan's Hope), Perry King (ex-Hayley Armstrong, Melrose Place) and Victoria Prinicpal (ex-Pamela Jean Barnes Haynes Ewing, Dallas). read more

He's baaack! Soap hunk Steve Burton...

He's baaack! Soap hunk Steve Burton (ex-Harris Michaels, Days of Our Lives) will be steaming up Port Charles this summer with the return of his character Jason Morgan. "General Hospital is like a family to me, so it will be nice to spend time back home," Burton said in a statement. What will this mean for Carly and Sonny's turbulent romance? Only time will tell. Burton joined the cast of GH in 1990 as Jason Quartermaine and later evolved into the brooding Jason Morgan. Since taking time off from the soap world last year, Burton has been filming the upcoming TV series Semper Fi. Look for the sparks to fly starting Aug. 25. read more

STAGE AND SCREEN: Catherine Hickland...

STAGE AND SCREEN: Catherine Hickland (Lindsay, OLTL) returns to QVC on July 18 with her popular line of skin-care products.... Grant Show (ex-Jake Hanson, Melrose; ex-Rick Hyde, Ryan's Hope) and Eva LaRue (ex-Dr. Maria Santos-Grey, AMC; ex-Margot Collins, Santa Barbara) will star in the upcoming ABC thriller Ice. The soap vets play two of the last people on Earth in this made-for-TV movie airing July 22.... Days's Peggy McCay has been cast to play James Dean's grandmother in the upcoming TNT telepic James Dean: An Invented Life.... Daniel Hugh Kelly (ex-Travis Montgomery, AMC) has been cast as President John F. Kennedy in NBC's upcoming miniseries Jackie, Ethel, Joan: The Women of Camelot. read more

Soap alum Hunt Block (ex-Guy Donohue,...

Soap alum Hunt Block (ex-Guy Donohue, All My Children; ex-Ben Warren, Guiding Light; ex-Peter Hollister, Knots Landing) returns to daytime this month as Craig Montgomery on As the World Turns. Block, in this contracted role, will portray Montgomery as he returns to make amends with his son Bryant (Todd Rotondi) and crosses paths with Carly (Maura West). Block reprises the role originated by Popular's Scott Bryce and will arrive in Oakdale on July 19. read more


Goofy character actor, director and former Match Game panelist Charles Nelson Reilly has opened a new one-man show, Save It for the Stage: The Life of Reilly, at the Falcon Theatre in Burbank, CA. Will he reminisce about doing those 1970s Bic ads dressed as a giant banana? Tickets are $30 each; the show runs through Aug. 27. read more


The critics have spoken — Wednesday night's debut of the CBS reality series Big Brother was b-o-r-i-n-g. The Toronto Sun's Jim Slotek writes: "I hereby take back everything negative I said about Survivor and nominate it for a Peabody Award." USA Today went so far as to say the "dopily lethargic" debut could kill the reality trend overnight. Still, the ratings were impressive — buoyed by a Survivor lead-in, Big Brother killed the competition with a 13.5 rating. read more

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