It's the confrontation of the century! Okay, so I exaggerate but not by much. On October 22, General Hospital fireball Carly Jacks (Laura Wright) will come face to face with the woman who's been making her life a living hell. That would be Brenda Barrett (Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo), the desperately needy international supermodel who recently returned to Port Charles and has all of Carly's men (Jax, Sonny, Jason) uncontrollably obsessed. But don't assume mantrap Brenda has the upper hand here. "Carly will eventually get the keys to the kingdom," GH head writer Bob Guza tells TV Guide Magazine. "She will wind up with the ammunition that can completely destroy Brenda in Port Charles." But let's not get ahead of ourselves. We spoke with the fantastic and woefully underappreciated Laura Wright — not one damn Emmy nomination ever! — to get her take on the long-awaited ...
Noelle Beck and Jon Hensley
How could the death of As the World Turns been avoided? Was Guiding Light the victim of low-ratings or something insidious? Are certain networks execs looking to save the soaps — or their own asses? That recent 113-degree heat wave in L.A. may be nothing compared to the upcoming scorcher Afternoon Delight: Why Soaps Still Matter (4th Street Media) due in 2011 from veteran journalist Carolyn Hinsey (Soap Opera Digest, New York Daily News). One of the most dynamic and provocative voices in the suds world, Hinsey says her book is packed with insider analysis and celebrity contributions but is also written from a true fan's perspective. And she will take no prisoners...
Don't mess with this guy! Emmy winner Michael Badalucco — aka Jimmy Berluti on The Practice — joins The Young and the Restless October 13 as a menschy but dangerous bookie named Hogan. He'll be after schemer Jeff Bardwell (Ted Shackelford) to cough up some overdue dough — or else. TV Guide Magazine spoke with Badalucco about his first suds experience and found out he's already been reprimanded by the voice of God!
Who ordered the Lucci Sandwich? Delicious Erica Kane returns to All My Children October 6 after a 10-week absence and walks right into a love triangle. The Pine Valley diva, played by Emmy winner Susan Lucci, has been away on a pre-honeymoon with fiancé Jack (Walt Willey) — a plot device to accommodate the actress' summer hiatus — and she discovers that her gruff mountain man Caleb (Michael Nouri) is now lookin' mighty fine. TV Guide Magazine had a little chit-chat with La Looch to get her take on ...
Lenny Platt, Nic Robuck, David Gregory
Maybe this will help put those pesky cancellation rumors to rest. TV Guide Magazine has exclusively learned from ABC that the network recently struck new deals with ...
Warning: This performance may contain a trace of nut. When Days of Our Lives needed someone to play the funeral director at a pet cemetery, they handed the part to French Stewart. The former 3rd Rock From the Sun funnyman will appear on the NBC soap September 27 and 29 in scenes involving Brody (Eric Martsolf) and the theft of his mom's remains. Stewart is popping up a lot lately: He will guest on ...
Can one soap possibly contain Erika Slezak, Robin Strasser and Kim Zimmer without imploding? We'll find out October 1, when Guiding Light alum Zimmer returns to One Life to Live as Echo DiSavoy, a role she was fired from 27 years ago. Back then, Echo sneakily seduced Clint Buchanan and tried to get him convicted of murder. And she's still a hell-raiser. ...
The Bold and the Beautiful is famous for its gutsy storylines, and this one's a jaw-dropper. In the cliffhanger of the September 24 episode, control-freak matriarch Stephanie Forrester — played by four-time Emmy winner Susan Flannery — will find out that she has stage 4 lung cancer. Stephanie will stubbornly refuse treatment and decide to keep the dire news from her family, choosing instead to spend her final months checking off items on her bucket list: She'll throw herself a birthday party complete with a Silly Slide, ride the rollicking roller coaster at the Santa Monica pier... that sort of thing. Only Stephanie's archenemy Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang) will be privy to the diagnosis — and that's by accident. TV Guide Magazine talked with B&B exec producer-head writer Brad Bell about this startling twist. And of course we hit him with the billion-dollar question — is Susan Flannery exiting the show? ...
Colleen Zenk Pinter
So you think your life's a soap opera? Tell it to Colleen Zenk! Few daytime actors are as beloved and admired as this brave As the World Turns star, who has survived a very public battle with deadly oral cancer and recently filed for divorce from her husband of 23 years, ex-ATWT actor Mark Pinter, on grounds of infidelity and abandonment. Oh, yeah, and her soap got canceled, too. (ATWT's final episode airs this Friday, Sept. 17 on CBS.) TV Guide Magazine spoke with Zenk, a real-life mother of six, as she's about to end her 32-year run as Oakdale firecracker Barbara Ryan. Prepare to...
Kimberly McCullough and Michael Sutton
He's Stoned again! Long-missing fan fave Michael Sutton returns to General Hospital September 28-29, some 15 years after his character, Stone Cates, died of AIDS in one of the most powerful and tragic love stories ever. This time around, Stone will appear to his girlfriend Robin (Kimberly McCullough), whom he unknowingly infected with HIV, when she's trapped in a well and devastated by a crapload of problems (her broken marriage, her husband's psycho ex-girlfriend). TV Guide Magazine spoke with the Emmy-nominated Sutton, who quit acting several years ago and became hugely successful in the L.A. restaurant and nightclub biz. He currently owns the hot West Hollywood lounge Guys & Dolls....