Melody Thomas Scott
Our long national nightmare is over! Execs at The Young and the Restless have finally seen the light and are bringing Melody Thomas Scott back to the show. She will resume work in October and hit the air at Thanksgiving. The immensely popular actress — who plays lush-in-distress Nikki Newman — has been off the CBS serial since the end of April, with rumors flying that Sony, which owns the soap, was cutting corners and didn't want to renew her contract just yet. Not a smooth move, considering Thomas Scott was at the top of storyline — and giving the performance of her career — when Nikki suddenly left Genoa City and went into rehab. Curiously, those money issues at Y&R didn't stop the suits from hiring lots of new high-profile faces in recent months, including Emmy-winning suds greats Genie Francis and Debbi Morgan — a fact that did not go ignored by Thomas Scott's legion of irate fans who organized a massive Twitter campaign to bring their girl back. TV Guide Magazine spoke with Thomas Scott to get the scoop on her return and what really went down between her and the penny-pinchers...
Sarah Michelle Gellar
All My Children will soon end its staggering 41-year run but not before one of its most famous grads drops in to say goodbye. Ringer star Sarah Michelle Gellar, who won a 1995 Daytime Emmy as Kendall Hart, the wicked, sexually audacious daughter of Erica Kane, will return to the ABC soap September 21.
Gellar approached the show herself, specifically asking not to play Kendall
Bill Hayes, Susan Seaforth Hayes
There has been a lot of hoopla — understandably! — about the September 26 relaunch of NBC's Days Of Our Lives and the return of supercouple Drake Hogestyn and Deidre Hall. But, truth be told, we're just as excited that Bill Hayes and Susan Seaforth Hayes — the true First Couple of Salem — are also headed back to the show. Watch for them September 23 through 28 when their characters, Doug and Julie Williams, appear for the dedication celebration of the new Horton Town ...
Former kid sensation Henry Thomas (E.T.) has been set to appear on CBS's The Mentalist as bounty hunter Tommy Lisbon, the brother of Robin Tunney's character, CBI senior agent Teresa Lisbon. The sibs will meet up in an episode airing in late October on a case concerning the death of a police officer.
"Everyone else in the Lisbon family is a policeman or fireman so Tommy is considered a bit of a black ...
Why'd she do it? All My Children star Susan Lucci tells TV Guide Magazine that the scorching new chapter in the paperback edition of her book All My Life — in which she blasts ABC Daytime chief Brian Frons as "that fatal combination of ignorance and arrogance" — was written at the request of her publisher, HarperCollins.
Two-time Emmy nominee Ashley Jones is heading back to The Bold and the Beautiful as Bridget Forrester, the scandal queen who split town last year after giving birth to her father-in-law's baby. She begins shooting the CBS soap the week of September 12 and hits the air October 18.
Big Brother, Cassi
She was among the first to be ousted from the Big Brother house this season, but Cassi Colvin is wanted big time by The Bold and the Beautiful! The twangy, Texas-born model will appear on the CBS soap in a role that won't require much stretching — she'll play a runway model named Cassi who is involved with the hot new "Hope for the Future" fashion line. She will tape her scenes Sept. 15, the day after she appears on the Big Brother season finale, and will air mid-to-late October.
All My Children
ABC is kicking All My Children to the curb but the network's hit talk show The View will help send it there in style with a special full-hour homage airing September 23, the same day the soap ends its 41-year-run. Emmy winner Susan Lucci (Erica) will co-host the show, along with...
Prepare for a soapgasmic experience! The Young and the Restless' Michelle Stafford (Phyllis) will come face to face with former All My Children star Sarah Michelle Gellar on Gellar's new CW show Ringer. The plot of the series finds Gellar playing estranged sibs Bridget and Siobhan. The former, a recovering alcoholic, is on the run after witnessing a mob murder and assumes the identity of her well-to-do sister in Manhattan, only to find that the sister is also marked for death. Stafford plays a blabby society dame in the September 27 episode.