Nobody needs a Christmas miracle more than All My Children's Kendall Hart (Alicia Minshew). She's about to receive one — but it's not the one she's hoping for. On the soap's December 27 episode, the Pine Valley heroine, still in deep mourning over the plane-crash death of her husband Zach (Thorsten Kaye), has a visit from Father Clarence, the magical, mystical priest who always appears on the show at holiday time to help those in need. (The terrific Malachy McCourt who played the role for many years had to bow out this time. He's replaced by Michael McCarthy).
Not again! The trouble-plagued city of Port Charles has seen many epic disasters in recent years — a killer virus, a towering inferno, colliding passenger trains — and now it's time to put the kiddies in some holiday jeopardy. ABC's General Hospital will kick off the new year by sending its young ones — ranging in age from tots to teenagers — on a Christmas vacation bus trip to snow country. That bus is forced to take an unplanned route due to weather trouble and will skid on black ice and flip over during the December 29 cliffhanger. When the show returns January 3, the bus will plummet down a steep ravine, thanks to some cool CGI tricks.
"Every once in a while we like to put the opera back in soap opera," says exec producer Jill Farren Phelps. "It's a dangerous and terrifying incident and the emotional ramifications will roll out for some time to come because this affects every family in town." Kids involved include...
All My Children
ABC's flagship soap All My Children hasn't had a new opening credits sequence in ages — in fact, not since Julie Hanan Carruthers took over as executive producer in the 2002-03 season. But a brand new opener is set to debut Wednesday, December 22. Gone are the archival scrapbook photos seen in the current credits, as well as images of David Canary (Adam) and Ray MacDonnell (Joe), who have retired from the show, and James Mitchell (Palmer), who died early this year. That's not all that's missing: Carruthers decided to drop those stagey glamour shots of the AMC stars and replaced them with actual AMC clips for a fresher, more natural look. "The thought was to be more true to the characters and make their environments and lifestyles more specific in order to give the audience a window into Pine Valley," says Carruthers. TV Guide Magazine brings you this exclusive first look, after the jump...
Get out those hankies. One of the most beloved traditions in soaps, the decorating of the Horton Christmas tree on Days of Our Lives, will be a lot less cheerful this year due to the death of two major family members. Mickey, last played by Kevin Dobson, was killed off by the writers in January. Then grande dame Alice passed away in June, several months after the death of actress Frances Reid, who portrayed the feisty matriarch since Days debuted in 1965. But Salem's premiere clan is determined to press on and make the best of the holidays. TV Guide Magazine got the scoop from Melissa Reeves, who recently returned to Days after a four-year absence as Alice's granddaughter Jennifer Rose.
She's not just living a soap opera these days, she's also appearing on one. Big Brother 12 vixen Rachel Reilly just shot her fourth episode of The Bold and the Beautiful — airing January 24 — and it's proving to be a much-needed distraction from real-life events. Reilly recently became the innocent third party in a sex-Skyping scandal in which her man, Brendon Villegas, whom she met and fell in love with on Big Brother, sent photos of his naked genitals to a woman he met online. (In an apology video, Villegas claims he was being blackmailed).
General Hospital, James Franco
James Franco couldn't be cooler — and hotter — these days. The guy has earned the reviews of a lifetime for his performance in 127 Hours. He's considered a shoo-in Academy Award nominee for best actor. And he and Anne Hathaway have been picked to co-host the Oscar ceremony on Sunday, February 27. But he's not forgetting about General Hospital! Franco, who twice appeared on the ABC soap as a serial killer, has agreed to return for a two-episode stint airing the Friday before the Oscar telecast and the day after. It'll serve as a teaser for a longer story arc ...
What, no dancing dwarf? Psych pays homage to the 20th anniversary of Twin Peaks with "Dual Spires," a supersize episode that finds kooky crimebusters Shawn (James Roday) and Gus (Dule Hill) investigating the murder of a high-school girl in a quaint mountain town. It's David Lynch all the way — from the corpse wrapped in plastic to the guest cast, which includes ...
Still got your wallet? Hot Brit import Janet Montgomery — one of the stars of the Natalie Portman Oscar-buzz movie Black Swan — has joined Human Target as a cocky superthief simply known as Ames. "She was caught by the team in the middle of a heist, and she never gets caught," says Montgomery. "She's really ...
She can warm your heart and kick your ass from here to next Tuesday. Nobody plays action moms better than Linda Hamilton, who's gone from sci-fi in The Terminator flicks to spy-fi on Chuck, where she now plays secret agent Mary Elizabeth Bartowski. The character, who abandoned her offspring, Chuck (Zachary Levi) and Ellie (Sarah Lancaster), almost 20 years ago without explanation, appears to be in league with Russian meanie Alexei Volkov (Timothy Dalton). So how come she shows up unannounced in Monday's episode (Nov. 29, 8/7c, NBC) to have Thanksgiving leftovers with Chuck? Is Mom Bartowski truly bad or is she faking it? The series plans to keep fans guessing. TV Guide Magazine had a chat with the fabulous Hamilton and not even she knows the truth!