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Daytime Emmy Watch: Handicapping the Best Soap Nominations

Vincent Irizarry, John Aniston

Nominations for the 38th annual Daytime Emmy Awards won't be announced until May 11 but we can tell you right now which soaps are most likely to land in the Outstanding Daytime Drama competition. Here's a look at what each of the seven serials submitted for the top prize and how they stack up.

All My Children (episode 10,505; airdate November 23, 2010)
A strong, crackling hour during which Dr. David Hayward — not dead after all — walks into the courtroom during his murder trial and shocks the snot out of everyone in Pine Valley. Oddly, there are no out-of-the-park performances here but the noir-ish flashbacks detailing how the dastardly doc (played by fan fave Vincent Irizarry) faked his demise and tried to frame his rival Ryan are exceptionally well crafted and quite riveting. The stuff of grand memories? Not really. But this is good, solid work and in some years (like this one) that's more than enough to put a show in the race.

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Cat Deeley Gets Mad About the Royal Wedding

Cat Deeley

They're goofy. They're giddy. OK, let's be frank, they're borderline stalkers! In the two-part reality special Royally Mad, adorable Brit host Cat Deeley (So You Think You Can Dance) tours London with five Americans — four gals and a gay guy — who are insanely obsessed with the royal family, especially Prince William and Kate Middleton's April 29 nuptials at Westminster Abbey.

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Dr. Oz Continues to Make Gains With 700-Pound Woman

Dr. Oz

He's not just trying to save a life, he's also trying to save a marriage. On today's episode of The Dr. Oz Show, Dr. Mehmet Oz brings back severely obese viewer favorite Colleen Williams and her husband, Derrick, for their third appearance on the syndicated show. The 31-year-old Phoenix woman, who recently tipped the scales at 700 pounds, is working... read more

Getting to Know Mildred Pierce's Scene Stealer Evan Rachel Wood

Evan Rachel Wood

She Plays: Snobby opera star — and mega-bitch daughter from hell — Veda Pierce in the HBO Depression-era epic Mildred Pierce. "Veda craves money, status and getting even with her poor mother [Kate Winslet]," Wood says. "She is so horrible I worry that no one will feel bad for her in any way. Playing her almost killed me because I was constantly in this dark head space. There are no light moments with Veda. No relief. It's the most difficult part I've ever done."

Where You've Seen Her: Wood made a smashing transition from playing complex kids... read more

Hulu Picks Up Season 2 of Web Series Workshop, Starring Passions Vet Phillip Jeanmarie

Phillip Jeanmarie

It's smart, it's sweet, it's snarky, it's Workshop! That terrific web dramedy about a band of struggling Hollywood actors has returned for its second season and is now available via Hulu (hulu.com/workshop). This is the first time Hulu has distributed an independent half-hour series, so kudos to Nate Golon, the show's gifted creator/exec producer/star, and to Daytime Confidential gossip kings Luke Kerr and Jamey Giddens, who recently signed on as associate producers. To help kick off Season 2, TV Guide Magazine had a chat with actor Phillip Jeanmarie, who plays Workshop wannabe Adam Saltair. Of course, he's better known to the fans of Passions for his landmark work as Vincent Clarkson, the psychotic, incestuous, sperm-stealing, she-male tabloid reporter who made life in Harmony a living hell... read more

ABC Daytime Update: All My Children Hires New Head Writer

Susan Lucci

The plot thickens. In an effort to do damage control after my recent report that ABC plans to end both All My Children and One Life to Live, a rep for the network emailed me and other suds reporters over the weekend with a tip that veteran scribe Lorraine Broderick has been re-hired as head writer at AMC.

No surprise here. The current head writers, Dave Kreizman and Donna Swajeski, have not been successful and were at the end of their contracts... read more

One Life to Live Spoiler Alert: Eddie Ford's Killer Revealed!

One Life To Live

It's no April Fools' joke. At the very end of today's episode of One Life to Live, viewers learned that the killer of creepy psychopath Eddie Ford (John Wesley Shipp) is none other than Matthew Buchanan, the high-school junior played by Eddie Alderson. We all know Matthew's mom ...
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Breaking: Is ABC Preparing to Cancel All My Children and One Life to Live?

Susan Lucci, Erika Slezak

God, I hope I'm wrong about this. In recent weeks, there has been a lot of highly reliable buzz about the possible cancellation of ABC's All My Children. But TV Guide Magazine has learned that... read more

General Hospital Scoop: Brenda's Kid, Ingo Rademacher's Future, Jason and Liz and More!

Vanessa Marcil and Elvis Martinez

General Hospital has devastated — okay, outraged — many of its viewers with the accidental hit-and-run death of four-year-old Jake Spencer, an unthinkable tragedy compounded by the revelation that Jake's killer was his own grandfather, Luke (Tony Geary). Now, thankfully, here's some good news on the Port Charles kiddie front: On April 5, heroine Brenda Barrett (Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo) will come ...
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Starz's Camelot Gets Down and Dirty With a New Take on the Legend of King Arthur

Jamie Campbell Bower and Tamsin Egerton

They brought us the wildly carnal and grotesque Spartacus: Blood and Sand. Now the folks at Starz are having a go at King Arthur. Their sprawling new series Camelot — shot in Ireland — is a risqué, politically feverish reboot of Arthurian lore that twists and turns the ...
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