Ilene Kristen, One Life to Live
It's bad enough One Life to Live is going off the air. Now the show's soap-within-a-soap, Fraternity Row, has gotten the ax, too! But can Roxy Balsom save it? The dippy beautician, played by that irrepressible diva Ilene Kristen, is Fraternity Row's number one fan (who knew?) and is leading the charge in Llanview to keep the show on the air. TV Guide Magazine spoke with Kristen who will headline a special fantasy episode of OLTL airing Monday, Dec. 19 in which Roxy faints while visiting the set of Fraternity Row. When she wakes up, she's Lorraine, the leading lady of the show!
Great news...or a sign of bad things to come? TV Guide Magazine has learned exclusively that suds superstar Finola Hughes is returning to General Hospital as Anna Devane, the globe-trotting mother of Dr. Robin Scorpio (Kimberly McCullough). The Emmy-winning actress starts shooting the ABC soap in mid-to-late January and will hit the air during February sweeps. A GH spokesperson tells us the gig is "recurring, but front and center. Finola will be on our canvas for a while and be very involved with Robin and Patrick [Jason Thompson]."
David Giuntoli, Grimm
Is it a riff on the old Pied Piper story...or Glee gone bad? On a special Thursday episode (10/9c) of NBC's fairy-tale-inspired crime series Grimm, a teacher at a performing-arts school will die gruesomely, leaving many of the students on the suspect list Nick (David Giuntoli) must investigate. "It's a very...
He's sure no poster boy for GLAAD. Will Horton, the Days of Our Lives teenager played by Chandler Massey, is gay and deeply, desperately in denial about it. And his coming-out story won't take the politically safe route. Days currently has another young gay character — Will's friend Sonny, played by former 90210 star Freddie Smith — who is out and proud and inspiringly comfortable in his own skin. But Will's saga will be packed with guilt, rage, violence, drinking and blackmail — and that's weeks before the kid even has his first gay kiss! TV Guide Magazine spoke with Massey to get some exclusive deets on where this landmark plot is headed. Spoiler warning!
Jason O'Mara, Stephen Lang
Don't expect the season finale of Fox's Terra Nova to end with a bang — it starts with one! Airing December 19, the two-hour episode kicks off with the colonists warily awaiting the arrival of the 11th Pilgrimage. They're not sure if this is good news or bad. Bet on the latter. "Our evil guys, the Phoenix Group, will send somebody through the portal with a bomb, and it explodes," says exec producer René Echevarria. "Jim Shannon [Jason O'Mara] is hit by the blast and wakes up three days later to a very surreal scene — Phoenix soldiers have taken command of the colony."
David Frei and John O'Hurley
The National Dog Show — that most surprising of Thanksgiving TV traditions — will air for the 10th year right after the Macy's Parade (Thursday, noon/11c, NBC). We got the program's esteemed cohost, pup expert David Frei, to unleash a few thoughts.
The kid's a real star, but it's a wonder he's survived. Australian-born, Texas-raised heartthrob Nathan Parsons joined ABC's General Hospital nearly three years ago in the role of con man Ethan Lovett but the writers have never given him a real storyline — much less a romance — to call his own. Normally, that'd be death in the soap world. But it's a testament to Parsons' acting chops — and his edgy, dangerous, True Blood brand of cool — that he's still around, especially given the ghastly budget cuts at GH. In fact, it's pretty damn miraculous. Now his fortune's about to change! On December 2, Ethan will ...
First, the good news. They're not replacing him. Now, the bad. Four-time Emmy winner Jonathan Jackson, citing physical and emotional exhaustion, will exit ABC's General Hospital the week of December 19 when his character, Lucky Spencer, leaves Port Charles for yet another trip to Ireland. In recent months, Lucky has been hit by one shattering tragedy after another — the hit-and-run death of his little boy Jake, the disgusting downfall of his drunken dad Luke, and the death of his wife Siobhan, all of which led to the character's own descent into drugs and hallucinogenic madness.
Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa
What's hotter than being timeless? On Friday, our fave curmudgeon Regis Philbin will depart Live! With Regis and Kelly, a 28-year New York gig that's helped land him in the Guinness World Records as the performer with the most hours ...
Not so fast! One Life to Live 's John McBain — the broody cop played by Michael Easton — is preparing to leave Llanview in dismay this week because Natalie, the woman he loves, is about to marry Brody (Mark Lawson).