Don Diamont, Joanna Johnson, Ronn Moss
She's back on The Bold and the Beautiful and not because she needs a paycheck! Longtime fan fave Joanna Johnson — now a writer and co-executive producer of ABC Family's Make It or Break It — returns to the CBS soap July 22 for a four-episode stint as Karen Spencer. The plot finds Katie (Heather Tom) renewing her vows with Karen's brother Bill (Don Diamont) — a seemingly happy but complicated situation considering Bill's wandering eye. TV Guide Magazine had a chat with Johnson, who was also the creator and exec producer of the Kelly Ripa-Faith Ford sitcom Hope & Faith. Does she miss acting? Ha! Don't bet on it.
Days of Our Lives
The Independence Day connection isn't quite clear here but, heck, so what? This sounds like a hoot! Bad rain will hit Salem on the July 4 episode of NBC's Days of Our Lives, forcing the young ones — Gabi, Chad, Abigail, Kinsey and Melanie — to stay indoors and watch this year's Oscar DVDs at the Brady Pub. While trying to decide which flicks to choose, Melanie imagines herself and Bo in True Grit, while Chad fantasizes himself in The Social Network and Gabi goes for The King's Speech. Kinsey votes for The Fighter with Brady as Mark Wahlberg's character and the gals — from Nicole and Melanie to sassy Nurse Maxine — as the mouthy, trashtastic Eklund sisters. And look for Emmy winner Judi Evans (Adrienne) in the badass mom role that won an Oscar for Melissa Leo. The Days take-off we most can't wait to see? That'd be Black Swan, with the great Kristian Alfonso (Hope) in all her psychotic Natalie Portman glory.
Here's another great cancellation casting surprise! A rep for ABC's One Life to Live tells TV Guide Magazine that the wonderful Erin Torpey, who played Jessica Buchanan from 1990 to 2003, will return to the axed soap for one last ...
Who doesn't love them some Jessica Collins? The former daytime suds queen turned prime time stalwart will hit The Young and the Restless July 27 in the contract role of Avery Clark. A rep for the top-rated CBS soap tells TV Guide Magazine that Avery is a high-powered attorney — is there any other kind? — who will represent the accused murderess Sharon Newman. Who hires Avery? The Mustache! (And we know how much he likes hot blondes!)...
Sydney Penny and Crystal Chappell
The doctor is in! Daytime fan fave Sydney Penny — so triumphant as the tragic heroine Julia Santos on All My Children — is joining NBC's Days of Our Lives for a seven-episode stint. A network rep tells TV Guide Magazine that Penny will play Dr. Norman at the rehab center treating drug addict Carly Manning (Crystal Chappell).
And there's more cool casting news here. Carly's son, Nicholas Alamain, will return to the ...
Will General Hospital ever put an end to the 30-year feud between the Spencers and the Cassadines? Lord, let's hope not! The classy, fab-tastic Constance Towers returns to the soap June 30 as demon widow Helena Cassadine who, when last seen, had messed with the DNA tests of baby Aiden to make it seem he's a Cassadine when, in fact, he's a Spencer.
It's time for that annual exercise in hopelessness, pointlessness and foolishness — predicting the Daytime Emmys! I mean, seriously, why do we bother? You can think you have good taste and know award-worthy talent when you see it. You can spend hours upon hours reviewing the reels that each of the nominees has submitted to the judges. And then it can all blow up in your face with three little words: Drew Tyler Bell. Yes, my little soap peeps, anyone can win at the Daytime Emmys (which air Sunday at 8/7c, on CBS). Anyone. So, with that in mind, here we go...
These are bittersweet times for Debbi Morgan. The groundbreaking actress — daytime's first black female superstar — is once again riding high on All My Children in the sudsiest of plots. Her character, Angie Hubbard, stopped taking crucial medication and allowed herself to go blind when she discovered she was pregnant, only to deliver a stillborn baby. Angie has no idea her child died because her hubby, Jesse (Darnell Williams), pulled a switch and gave her an abandoned newborn. Meanwhile, the baby's real mother has been working as a housemaid in Pine Valley. This emotional time bomb has helped make Morgan a front runner in the best actress race for Sunday's Daytime Emmys. Fabulous, right? But then there's that damn cancellation. TV Guide Magazine spoke with the divinely dimpled diva about her shot at a second Emmy, the end of AMC and that report that said she's moving to a Sony soap!
Jennifer Bassey, Kate Collins, Melissa Claire Egan
All aboard the crazy train for Pine Valley! Josh Duhamel, Eva LaRue, Cady McClain and Thorsten Kaye aren't the only All My Children grads returning to the cancelled soap. An AMC rep tells TV Guide Magazine that the show will also bring back a trio of women ...br />
Daytime's most controversial — and, now, precarious — soap is ABC's General Hospital and it has a new head writer. His name is Garin Wolf and he's been on the GH team since 1997. This isn't his first time as chief scribe — Wolf helmed the soap during the Writers Guild strike of 2007-08 — but this is certainly his most critical stint. (You'll see his work begin to air the week of July 25.) Can Wolf save GH from being swallowed whole by Katie Couric? Can he redeem child-killer Luke Spencer? Will he cut back on the mobsters? TV Guide Magazine spoke with Wolf to get a preview of things to come.