Days of Our Lives
Cool news for fans of Days of Our Lives' John and Marlena...they're coming back! Only you won't find 'em on your TV. The legendary supercouple — played by Drake Hogestyn and Deidre Hall, who were axed in 2008 to cut production costs — will be among several MIA Days characters who appear in a new potboiler novel called Salem's Secrets, Scandals and Lies (Sourcebooks, Inc.). Due in November, just in time...
What's 33 years between soap gigs? Plenty! Eric Roberts got his first major role in 1977 — at age 19 —playing skirt-chaser Ted Bancroft on Another World. On July 23, he will return to daytime TV as ruthless attorney Vance Abrams on The Young and the Restless. In the interim, he exploded as a major film star via Star 80 and The Pope of Greenwich Village, won an Oscar nomination for Runaway Train, and scored on TV series like Less Than Perfect and Heroes...
Get ready for Francophrenia! When movie star James Franco returns to General Hospital, his character — serial killer and performance artist Franco — will stage an epic exhibition at L.A.'s Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) as part of his ongoing man-crush on mobster Jason Morgan (Steve Burton). The ABC soap will shoot Franco's grand opening on location at the real MOCA and is currently seeking some 200 GH fans to show up and witness the event...
Michelle Stafford, Sarah Joy Brown
Only one thing is certain about the 37th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards: My predictions will suck and as always I will blame it on those crazy blue-ribbon judges! Still, after re-watching each of the episodes submitted by the soap nominees, I can't resist my yearly exercise in embarrassment. So here goes...
Jason Thompson and Brianna Brown
We can't say we didn't see this coming. But it's still a stunner. On July 2, General Hospital surgeons Lisa Niles (Brianna Brown) and Patrick Drake (Jason Thompson) will get drunk and hit the sack while his wife, Robin (Kimberly McCullough), is away in Africa working with AIDS patients. That's not the surprising part. Lisa and Patrick were lovers back in college so it was only a matter of time before the past reared its naughty head. This is what throws us for a loop:
"Lisa is going to get very obsessive with Patrick and we will go into a Fatal Attraction story," says the soap's Emmy-winning head writer Bob Guza...
James Franco, General Hospital
Screw convention. Though James Franco has a red-hot movie career in progress — he'll be seen this summer opposite Julia Roberts in Eat, Pray, Love and as the famous gay Beat poet Allen Ginsberg in the upcoming Howl — this anything-goes actor returns to General Hospital June 30 for his second round of hell-raising and kinky perversion. His role: A sociopathic performance artist, also named Franco, who is obsessed with Port Charles mobster Jason Morgan (Steve Burton). In fact, Franco is so eager to get the hunky hit man's attention that he's about to stage his most outrageously psychotic exhibit yet — at L.A.'s Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA). What's behind the guy's creepy fixation? And why would an actor of Franco's caliber be spending so much time on a daytime soap? TV Guide Magazine sat down with the star to find out why he's such a show-biz nonconformist...
Sarah Joy Brown
Will she set a Daytime Emmy record? Sarah Joy Brown is a frontrunner in the lead actress race for her role as crazy-ass mob moll — and axe victim — Claudia Zacchara on General Hospital. She already has three Emmys as GH's original Carly, one in supporting, two as younger actress. If she wins again on June 27 (9/8c, CBS), she'll be the first to score a statue in all three performance categories. The bodacious Brown is already laying the groundwork for a 2011 nod for her current role as lovelorn Agnes Jones on The Bold and the Beautiful. Expect things to amp up June 17 when Aggie, who carries a secret torch for Nick (Jack Wagner), definitively learns what she's been suspecting for weeks — that Nick's wife Bridget (Ashley Jones) is pregnant by her loverboy Owen (Brandon Beemer). And, just one episode later, Aggie blabs the news to Nick! TV Guide Magazine spoke with Brown about the fine art of hell-raising...
Now this is Big Love! Days of Our Lives will celebrate the life, and honor the passing, of legendary actress Frances Reid with a farewell that's unprecedented in soap history. The beloved veteran, who played Salem matriarch Alice Horton from the show's debut in 1965 until her health became too fragile in 2007, died last February at age 95. On June 9, Days viewers will learn that Alice is rapidly declining, at which point several characters from the past will gather for a final visit...
It's the most controversial soap plot of the year but is it really what we think it is? General Hospital has sent teenager Michael Corinthos III (Chad Duell) to prison for the death of his stepmother and, while there, he's been repeatedly beaten and presumably raped by Carter (Joshua Wingate), an inmate who is in league with the psychotic artist Franco (James Franco). Though the soap is dropping all sorts of hints that Michael has been sexually violated, no one on screen is using the R word. Nor is anyone at ABC Daytime. In fact, last week a network rep told TV Guide Magazine that the show wants viewers to make up their own minds about what's happening to Michael. But now GH's Emmy-winning head writer Bob Guza is coughing up a bit more info.