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.
The Nate Berkus Show is currently up for two Daytime Emmys — outstanding lifestyle program and lifestyle host — no small feat for a first-season series. But Berkus has even more to crow about. Following in the footsteps of his mentor, Oprah, the home-makeover whiz is turning movie mogul. And he's not starting small. Berkus is one of the executive producers of DreamWorks' hotly awaited August film The Help, based on Kathryn Stockett's bestseller about a secret sisterhood of women in 1960s Mississippi...
She said she'd only stick around a year and she damn well meant it. Emmy-winning diva Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo will conclude her current run as Brenda on General Hospital the week of July 18. The star gave TV Guide Magazine the scoop on her exit, what she really thinks about the way Brenda's return was written and the likelihood of coming back. You'll be surprised which character VGM wants Brenda to bed next!...
Salem is about to get a lot less funny. That great fan favorite, and farceur extraordinaire, Louise Sorel has been pink-slipped from Days of Our Lives and will end her run as badass Vivian Alamain in the coming months. After several years away from Days, Sorel returned to the soap in 2009 with much fanfare and has continued to be one of its most acclaimed players. So what went haywire? TV Guide Magazine spoke with the star about her surprising exit.
TV Guide Magazine: What's the reason for not picking up your contract? Money? The recent change in head writers?
Sorel: My guess is that there's upheaval. The only thing I know for sure is that I'm...
The queen of home-shopping mecca QVC, Lisa Robertson is more gorgeous, personable and, yes, popular than any soap star out there. And she could sell space heaters in hell. "I grew up in a small town of 4,000 people in the mountains of Tennessee where you didn't think — much less dream — of being on TV," says Robertson, now in her 16th year with QVC. "My mother was only wrong about one thing in her entire life. When I was in high school, she used to say, 'Lisa, you better study hard, because you will never get a job shopping and talking on the phone!'"
This week Robertson is heading to...
"This is not a wake we're holding. It's a celebration." That's what exec producer David McKenzie is saying about the 38th annual Daytime Emmy Awards airing Sunday, June 19 on CBS. The kudocast, live from the Las Vegas Hilton for the second year in a row, comes at a time of seismic change in the daytime TV industry, what with the exits of Oprah Winfrey, Regis Philbin and Meredith Vieira, the demise of All My Children and One Life to Live, and rumors that Katie Couric's $40 million talk-show deal with ABC may sink General Hospital...
As soap memoirs go, this one's a lollapalooza. TV Guide Magazine has had an early look at Kim Zimmer's autobiography, I'm Just Sayin'! (New American Library), which hits stores in August and — spoiler alert — it's sure to be a smash! Throughout her long and remarkable suds career, the four-time Emmy winning Zimmer — best known as Reva Shayne on Guiding Light — has wowed us with her take-no-prisoners performances and subversive, balls-to-the-wall interviews in the press. She delivers no less in this tantalizing tell-all.
No contest. Patrick Jane killing Red John was the shocker event of The Mentalist's season ender Thursday night. But RJ wasn't the only corpse left lying there when the dust settled. In another stunning development, FBI agent Craig O'Laughlin (Eric Winter) was revealed to be Red John's mole and he, too, was shot dead, leaving his fiancée, CBI agent Grace Van Pelt, with some major trust issues. "This is a life-changing, mind-bending experience for Van Pelt," says creator-exec producer Bruno Heller. "She will certainly come back next fall very damaged in some ways, but in other ways she will come out of this stronger and more ferocious." Oh, yeah? Tell that to Amanda Righetti, the flame-haired beauty who plays Van Pelt. TV Guide Magazine spoke with the actress, who doesn't know what to think about her character's crappy luck with men.
Simon Baker, The Mentalist
Did CBS cancel The Mentalist and forget to tell us? The smash-hit crime drama just wrapped its third season with Patrick Jane (Simon Baker) shooting and killing serial slayer Red John (Bradley Whitford) in the crowded food court of a shopping mall. But wasn't Jane's vengeful pursuit of Red John his raison d'être and the very point of this series? How could the plot wrap up so soon? Then again, did Jane kill the real Red John? Whether he did or he didn't, he's in deep doo-doo. "Patrick has just murdered a man in cold blood in front of hundreds of people and next season he will be tried in court," creator Bruno Heller tells us. "We won't dodge any issues. Patrick won't wake up and discover it was all a dream. There will be consequences." TV Guide Magazine spoke with Baker to get his take on the daring cliffhanger and where his show is headed from here...