We can't say she didn't warn us. After 25 years, three Emmys, and several hints that she's contemplating retirement, Susan Flannery has chosen to exit her role as Stephanie Forrester, the grand matriarch of CBS's The Bold and the Beautiful. That has exec producer-head writer Bradley Bell planning a landmark sendoff, one sure to go down in the TV record books. In the episode set to air Friday, Oct. 12, Stephanie learns that her lung cancer, which had gone into remission, is back and now beyond treatment. Come December, the beloved character will die. TV Guide Magazine spoke exclusively with Bell about his plans for this startling and profound story.
You can fire her. But you can't stop her. Soap superstar Eileen Davidson, who returns to Days of Our Lives on Thursday, Oct. 11 as nutty hell-raiser Kristen Blake, hasn't been on the NBC serial in 14 years. And she wouldn't be on it now if she hadn't been unceremoniously dumped from her long-running role as heroine Ashley Abbott on CBS's The Young and the Restless.
Drake Hogestyn and Deidre Hall
They barely look a day over 11,000! The cast and crew of NBC's Days of Our Lives gathered on Friday, Sept. 28 to celebrate a remarkable TV milestone — the filming of the soap's 12,000th episode. Days icons Deidre Hall (Marlena) and Drake Hogestyn (John), seen here, were among those on hand, along with executive producer Ken Corday whose late dad, Ted Corday, was a cocreator of the show. Episode 12,000 will air on Jan. 11, 2013. In the meantime, check out TV Guide Magazine's exclusive photo gallery from the big day here!
Jake and the Never Land Pirates
Halloween can't come soon enough for us — and apparently it's the same for the folks at Jake and the Never Land Pirates! Disney Channel's animated preschool hit will air its Halloween episode, "Season of the Sea Witch," on Friday, Oct. 5 (8:30am/7:30c), featuring a wickedly delicious guest appearance by Emmy winner Carol Kane.
Jake, the top-rated cable series for boys 2-5, is known for attracting cool guest stars, including Josh Duhamel, Sharon Osbourne, Tori Spelling, Jerry O'Connell, Tiffani Thiessen, Ariel Winter, Adam West and Jane Kaczmarek.
Billy Burke and Tracy Spiridakos
It's a lot easier to keep your secrets when the world has been plunged into darkness. But, sooner or later, they get out anyway. NBC's post-doomsday adventure series Revolution — about the fight to reestablish America in the years after a worldwide blackout — continues tonight with startling revelations about Miles Matheson, the moody, Han Solo-esque swordsman played by Billy Burke.
"This is the episode where the audience will finally understand why we're calling our show Revolution," creator Eric Kripke says. "We've set up our chessboard and are about to have the first battle in the ongoing war between the Monroe militia and the rebel freedom fighters. With that comes a big bombshell. So far, all we know about Miles is that he's a real badass. Now we find out why."
Catching up with Marie Osmond to talk about the debut of her new Hallmark Channel talk show Marie (Monday, Oct. 1 at noon/11am c) ain't easy! She shoots two episodes a day in L.A., hops a 4 p.m. flight for Las Vegas, performs her show with brother Donny at the Flamingo Hotel, grabs a midnight flight back to L.A. and then starts all over again!
The CBS-Sony soap The Young and the Restless owed Josh Griffith a huge debt of gratitude when he did double duty as exec producer and head writer during the 2007-2008 Writers Guild strike. Not only did the three-time Emmy winning Griffith keep Y&R afloat during that treacherous time, he improved the show drastically. But no good deed goes unpunished in Soapland! When the strike was over, Griffith was pushed out. Now he's back as head writer, working with new exec producer Jill Farren Phelps to get this once-mighty serial back in shape after the devastating reign of Maria Bell.
Chandler Massey and Freddie Smith
This isn't the first time Days of Our Lives buddies Will and Sonny have technically locked lips. Their first kiss, which aired last month on the NBC soap, was such a hot awkward mess it sent Will straight to bed with (gasp!) a girl. But TV Guide Magazine now has the first look at the real deal. And it's going to change Days history.
Sofia the First
They have much more in common than tiaras. The beloved Disney princess Cinderella will come face-to-face with the company's newest and youngest princess — both of them former commoners — in Sofia The First: Once Upon a Princess, a Disney Channel animated movie premiering Sunday, November 18 (7pm/6c). And TV Guide Magazine has this first-look video preview!
The annual "Treehouse of Horror" anthology episode of The Simpsons, airing October 7, spoofs the Mayans' end-of-the-world prophecy, the Higgs boson "God particle" and the Paranormal Activity flicks.