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Kathryn Joosten Brings the Reality of Cancer to The Bold and the Beautiful

Kathryn Joosten

Cancer survivor Kathryn Joosten is taking her real-life drama to a daytime soap. The veteran actress, a two-time Emmy winner as feisty Karen McCluskey on Desperate Housewives, will appear as herself on the 6000th episode of The Bold and the Beautiful (airing February 7). The show's matriarch Stephanie Forrester (Susan Flannery) is currently battling lung cancer, which Joosten has kicked twice — in 2001 and 2009. The anniversary plot finds Stephanie going online to try to form a lung-cancer support group. Joosten decides to join up, as do several other real-life lung-cancer survivors who will also appear in the episode. TV Guide Magazine spoke with Joosten about her very Bold guest stint... read more

Ellen Greene Soaps Up for a Gig on The Young and the Restless

Billy Miller, Ellen Greene

And baby makes three? That terrific character actress Ellen Greene of Little Shop of Horrors and Pushing Daisies fame joins The Young and the Restless for a five-episode stint starting January 7. Longtime fans of the soap will get a kick out of this: Greene will play Primrose DeVille, who is the niece of black market baby racketeer Rose DeVille, a notorious character played back in the '80s by the late, great Darlene Conley. Primrose will connect with Billy Abbott (Billy Miller) soon after he and wife Victoria (Amelia Heinle) get word from the doc that it'll be near impossible for them to conceive children. Y&R has Greene under gag order about plot details but, as you can see in the photo, Primrose does hand Billy a newborn. And Daisy (Yvonne Zima) gives birth to her baby this week and abandons it in a church. Are the bambinos one and the same? We'll leave it up to you to connect the dots. In the meantime, here's what Greene had to say to TV Guide Magazine about her trip to Genoa City!

TV Guide Magazine: What a cool way to kick off 2011! How did Ellen Greene — famous for her quirky choices — land on Y&R?
Greene: Here's what happened: A long time ago when I was very young I played a nurse on one of the New York soaps — I can't even remember which one — and it just terrified me! The whole experience! I just hated it! [Laughs] So I swore ...
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A Yuletide Visit From the Doctor

Dr. Who

It's Christmas in Who-ville! Charles Dickens pretty much invented our modern concept of Christmas and now his fellow Brits are messing with it. Doctor Who: A Christmas Carol, the latest in a series of crazy-popular holiday specials, will find the kindly, time-traveling doc, played by Matt Smith, working some Ghost of Christmas Past-style magic. The plot: Harry Potter favorite Sir Michael Gambon guests as a Scrooge-like nasty, Kazran Sardick, who does his evil best to destroy the spirit of Christmas in an interplanetary city called Sardicktown. In the ultimate humbug, a space liner carrying newlyweds Amy and Rory (series regulars Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill) is about to crash there, and the all-powerful Sardick will do nothing to help them. To the rescue — and down the chimney — comes the Doctor to set the jerk straight... read more

Major General Hospital Reveal: Daniel Benzali is The Balkan!

Daniel Benzali

Some of you saw it coming. A lot of you didn't. Whatever the case, last Friday's General Hospital cliffhanger couldn't have been more delicious! Theo Hoffman, the cranky hypochondriac who is suing the hospital for malpractice, was revealed to be the Balkan! This international crime lord — played by the terrific Daniel Benzali of Murder One fame — seems to be seeking revenge on supermodel Brenda Barrett for the death of his son and now he's secretly wormed his way onto her legal team. It's fabulously creepy! TV Guide Magazine had an exclusive chat with Benzali, who gave us a tantalizing hint of doom to come.

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Alanna Ubach is Loving Men

Alanna Ubach

Alanna Ubach scares the hell out of men — and it's proving to be a brilliant career move. The actress currently juggles gigs on two hot cable series, playing Thomas Jane's sexually voracious next-door neighbor Yael on HBO's Hung and Ray Romano's pushy lady love Michelle on TNT's Men of a Certain Age.

In tonight's episode of Men (10/9c, TNT), Michelle spends the night with Romano's character, Joe, then gives him a macho crotch grab before dashing out the door for work. It throws Joe for a loop and straight into the arms of another woman... read more

Ricky Gervais Goes On the Offensive

Ricky Gervais

Get ready for the sickest joke ever told. But before Ricky Gervais hits you with it near the end of his HBO special Ricky Gervais: Out of England 2 — The Stand-up Special (Saturday, 10/9c, HBO), the badass Brit takes on gay animals, famine in Africa, fat people on planes and, of course, the Bible. Nothing's sacred!

TV Guide Magazine: You push envelopes we didn't know existed, yet insist you're never offensive and will never apologize for a joke. What's up with that?
Gervais: I'm not a comic who thinks comedy is your conscience taking a day off. Mine never takes a day off. So I don't ... read more

The Force is With Seth Green's Robot Chicken — and Another Mysterious Star Wars Project

Robot Chicken Star Wars

Darth Vader discos! Boba Fett kills Chewey! R2-D2 gets sexually aroused by Padme Amidala! Is the George Lucas universe out of alignment? Nope, it's Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III (airing Sunday, 11:30/10:30c, on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim), yet another raunchy, irreverent spoof on the Lucas legacy from writer-producers Seth Green and Matt Senreich. This stop-motion hour — featuring the voices of ... read more

Dayzee's Christmas Surprise on The Bold and the Beautiful

Susan Flannery

The folks at The Bold and the Beautiful have done an admirable — and Emmy worthy — job drawing attention to the homeless. And they're sticking to it. On December 22, cancer victim Stephanie Forrester (Susan Flannery) will purchase the show's hipster hangout Insomnia Café and then, on Christmas Day, she'll hand the keys over to Dayzee (Kristolyn Lloyd), the Skid Row youth she befriended several weeks ago. The place will be renamed Dayzee's. What's more, two real-life residents of L.A.'s Union Rescue Mission shelter, Anthony Ortega and Leilani Zachary, have joined ... read more

Robin Strasser is Naughty (Not Nice) on One Life to Live's Christmas Episode

Robin Strasser

Are those reindeer hooves we hear on the roof? Nope, it's that One Life to Live pain in the ass Echo DiSavoy (Kim Zimmer), who will come down the chimney in a Santa suit on the soap's December 22 episode. But there's nothing festive about it. Echo is being punk'd by that wicked little elf Dorian Lord, played by ... read more

The Best in Soaps 2010

Don Diamont and Heather Tom

Best Soap: The Bold and the Beautiful

How can one show be both gloriously uplifting and dirty as hell? That's the marvel of B&B! After back-to-back Emmy wins as best soap, this CBS serial should make it three in a row thanks to its daring lung-cancer plot involving big mama Stephanie Forrester (Susan Flannery) who nearly chose death over life. Episodes with Stephanie visiting the homeless on L.A.'s Skid Row, and giving them a chance to tell their life stories, made for important and transcendent TV. read more

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