She scored outrageous success with her landmark internet series Venice, now Emmy-winning actress-producer Crystal Chappell (Guiding Light, The Bold and the Beautiful) is about to bring us another web potboiler, Beacon Hill. The series, which begins streaming March 5, is set against the cutthroat world of Massachusetts politics and features lots of lesbian steam and a cast of daytime greats, including Sarah Brown (General Hospital), Alicia Minshew and Ricky Paull Goldin (All My Children), Tina Sloan and Ron Raines (Guiding Light), Melissa Archer, Jessica Morris and John-Paul Lavoisier (One Life to Live), Scott Bryce (As the World Turns) and Louise Sorel (Days of Our Lives). TV Guide Magazine caught up with the über-busy Chappell to get an exclusive preview.
Melody Thomas Scott and Ray Wise
He infamously killed Laura Palmer in Twin Peaks and starred as the Devil himself in Reaper. What evil does Ray Wise now have in store for The Young and the Restless? On Wednesday, Jan. 8, war vet Dylan McAvoy heads to Idaho in search of his birth father, Wise's character Ian Ward, who was a notorious cult leader back in the 1970s. But before Dylan can find Ian, Ian will show up in Genoa City! Wise gave TV Guide Magazine the wicked lowdown.
Sonia Baghdady and Robin Berzin
Move over, Dr. Oz! The new health and wellness cable channel Veria Living (veria.com) is kicking off 2014 with a daily, interactive series VLC (Veria Living Companion) that showcases the most recent developments in medicine, fitness, nutrition and beauty and lets the audience get involved in the broadest way possible.
Star Trek Enterprise
They boldly went into space a century before Captain James T. Kirk. Now the intrepid crew members of Star Trek: Enterprise are continuing their voyage into the universe of high def. Star Trek: Enterprise — Season 3 makes its Blu-ray debut Tuesday, Jan. 7 with a six-disc set that includes all 24 episodes, plus cast and crew commentaries, deleted scenes, archival mission logs and the all-new featurette "Temporal Cold War: Declassified."
Kelley Hensley and Walt Willey
The wait is over! TV Guide Magazine has an exclusive look at the first three episodes of Tainted Dreams, the much-anticipated, soap-within-a-soap webseries from Emmy-winning producer/director Sonia Blangiardo (All My Children, One Life to Live) that boasts more stars than there are in the heavens...
Jake and the Neverland Pirates
Shiver me timbers! Disney's animated preschool hit Jake and the Never Land Pirates returns for a new season Friday, Jan. 3, with "Treasure of the Pirate Mummy's Tomb," an episode that finds Jake and his pals going in search of the Never Land Ankh. This magical staff has the power to move sand — perfect for helping Captain Flynn (Josh Duhamel) dig his ship out of the desert. But finding the Ankh won't be easy! The gang must first...
David Tutera Plans a Wedding on The Young and the Restless
Who's getting hitched? David Tutera has thrown show-stopping weddings and epic parties for the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Star Jones, Matthew McConaughey, Shannen Doherty, Susan Lucci, Elton John and the Rolling Stones — now he's headed to Genoa City to do some business!
The famed designer and host of WE's My Fair Wedding with David Tutera will guest star on two episodes of The Young and the Restless where he'll help create dream nuptials for a certain couple. Will it be Neil and Leslie? Dylan and Avery? Tyler and Abby?
Greg Vaughan and Eileen Davidson
Best Soap: Days of Our Lives and General Hospital (tie)
Hey, we tried to pick one over the other — really, we did — but we simply couldn't. NBC's Days of Our Lives, the soap that once costarred Satan, continued to wow us with its awesomely trashy shocks: Stefano hires a hit man to cut off Rafe's penis! Sonny is forced to deliver his boyfriend's baby! Kristen beds a drugged-out priest and gets it all on video! But mostly Days did what it does best — bring us deeply involving relationship drama with characters we've loved and cherished for decades. Its Emmy Award for Outstanding Daytime Drama in June — the show's first in 35 years — was well-deserved.
Who Shot the Daytime Soap? logo
What went wrong? Daytime soaps are currently enjoying one hell of a ratings renaissance but it wasn't that long ago that they were considered dead as disco. How did such once-mighty shows as Guiding Light, As the World Turns, All My Children and One Life to Live get the ax in quick succession? Were there people at the networks who secretly wanted them gone? If so, why? And how come our beloved soaps are suddenly so damn hot again? Will it last?