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Will ATWT Fans Be Loving Lily Recast Noelle Beck?

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They said they would recast, and they did. As the World Turns announced on Wednesday that Noelle Beck — whom daytime fans surely remember as the super-dewy Trisha (as in Trisha-and-Steve/chump and Trisha-and-Trucker) on ABC's Loving — will be succeeding Martha Byrne in the role of Lily Snyder beginning Thursday, May 8.Me, I thought the beautiful Beck's post-daytime career was definitely going somewhere when she turned up in Fletch Lives. But then... not much happened. Most recently, she appeared in an episode of Cashmere Mafia. — Matt Webb MitovichRelated:• Martha Byrne on Exiting ATWT: "I Was True to Myself"• Martha Byrne Exits As the World Turns read more

Martha Byrne on Exiting ATWT: "I Was True to Myself"

Martha Byrne courtesy PGP

Martha Byrne wasn't planning to say much publicly about her shocking decision to quit As the World Turns. But then the show's executive producer, Chris Goutman, issued a statement saying, "We made Martha an incredibly generous offer in hopes that she would remain a valuable member of the ATWT cast. Unfortunately, Martha has decided to leave despite our best efforts to keep her." And that was something Byrne couldn't ignore. Here, the two time Emmy-winning actress — who will end her run as Lily Snyder next month — tells us what really went down in those contract talks. — Michael LoganTVGuide.com: Your fans are furious about this, and I know because I'm one of 'em! What the hell happened here? Martha Byrne: This was the situation: Last year, I was asked to take a tremendous pay cut, and I did so willingly because I love ATWT and understood the financial situation the show was facing. I was willing to do anything to keep the show going, including giving up money, so... read more

Martha Byrne Exits As the World Turns

Martha Byrne by Robert Voets/CBS

This totally sucks. Procter & Gamble has confirmed that two-time Emmy winner Martha Byrne will soon exit As the World Turns. Other websites are reporting that the fan fave — who plays Lily Snyder — nixed an insulting offer to re-sign her contract. Not so, claims the soap’s executive producer Chris Goutman. “We made Martha an incredibly generous offer in hopes that she would remain a valuable member of the ATWT cast,” Goutman says in a statement. “Unfortunately, Martha has decided to leave despite our best efforts to keep her.” Those close to the situation swear that’s no baloney. “When Goutman says ‘generous,’ he means it — the offer was generous by anyone’s standards,” insists one longtime staffer. “I don’t know what else the show could have done for Martha.” The actress, who is still taping episodes, will be off the air by April. Word is, a recast is likely. —Michael Logan read more

Michael Logan's Best of 2007: Supersized Edition!

Catherine Hickland by Donna Svennevik/ABC; Melody Thomas Scott courtesy CBS; Jon Hensley courtesy CBS

Best Soap: One Life to LiveIt started the year utterly crappy thanks to head writer Dena Higley, but after Erika Slezak (our hero!) royally blasted Higley on the Web, ABC fired the scribe and promoted wonder boy Ron Carlivati. Like magic, the show instantly regained its heart, its thrills, its smarts. The cast is a dream, especially Slezak, whose Viki found heaven in a Texas diner, Catherine Hickland as crazy (or is she?) Lindsay and Tuc Watkins as that gold-digging man-whore David. Once again, we're loving Life!Best Actress: The Young and the Restless' Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki)As the distraught mama faced with divorce and a comatose daughter, she pulled out all the stops, then pulled out a few more we never knew existed. This was deep, blistering work. Plus the lady gets extra points for acting sans makeup on high-def TV!Best Actor: As the World Turns' Jon Hensley (Holden)His quiet, no-baloney performance was a relief in a year of so much male showboating. Whether playing Holden'... read more

As the World Turns fans, our wish...

As the World Turns fans, our wish is granted! Italian stallion Paolo Seganti — who played Lily's ex-husband, Damian Grimaldi — reports back to work on the CBS soap's set in mid-April. That means Damian will return to Oakdale just in time for May sweeps.

"Part of what interested me in coming back is that my son Luke (Van Hansis) is gay," Seganti tells TVGuide.com. "This story line is so different, and that's cool."

Between ATWT stints, Seganti has done film work in Europe and spent quality time with his family on their 20-acre property in Tuscany. "Martha Byrne (Lily) and I are still best buddies. She's always asking me to come back, and one day I got a call from [executive producer] Chris Goutman," he says. "I could stay for th read more

As the World Turns' gay teenager,...

As the World Turns' gay teenager, Luke Snyder, played by the adorable Van Hansis, is finally cracking open that closet door! Viewers have known for a while that Luke has a secret crush on his cute pal, Kevin (Karl Girolamo). In today's episode, Luke finally opens up about his feelings in a candid conversation with Oakdale newcomer Jade (Elena Goode). It's a brave first step in Luke's coming-out journey, which is sure to stir up more conflict with his parents, ATWT supercouple Lily and Holden (Martha Byrne, Jon Hensley). Video Sneak Peek: Want an early look at Luke's gaytime drama? Watch TVGuide.com's exclusive video preview read more

As the World Turns' gay teenager,...

Martha Byrne and Van Hansis, As the World Turns

As the World Turns' gay teenager, Luke Snyder, played by the adorable Van Hansis, is finally cracking open that closet door! Viewers have known for a while that Luke has a secret crush on his cute pal, Kevin (Karl Girolamo). In the Friday, March 3, episode, Luke finally opens up about his feelings in a candid conversation with Oakdale newcomer Jade (Elena Goode). It's a brave first step in Luke's coming-out journey, which is sure to stir up more conflict with his parents, ATWT supercouple Lily and Holden (Martha Byrne, Jon Hensley). Video Sneak Peek: Want an early look at Luke's gaytime drama? Watch TVGuide.com's exclusive video preview read more

Good news! As the World Turns...

Congrats, Martha!

Good news! As the World Turns superstar Martha Byrne (Lily) has stork scoopage to share exclusively with TVGuide.com. "I'm having a baby," she beams. "It's baby No. 3. I'm due in the late spring and you'll be the first one to put the news out there!

"My husband and I are both thrilled," adds the 34-year-old mom of two sons. "We don't know [the baby's gender] yet. I found out the last two but I'm gonna wait this time. I feel different, but I could just be old. I'm a little more tired, a little more cranky and very sleepy, but life is wonderful and I'm very blessed."

World Turns exec producer Chris Goutman has not yet decided whether Byrne's pregnancy will be written into Lily's story line. However, Goutman has worked her other "baby" into the show — that being her latest album, The Other Side. "I wrote a song called 'Find My Way Back' for Holden and Lily," the soap songbird says. "They have been pla read more

Could that Birkin bag be more...

Nip/Tuck

Could that Birkin bag be more mismatched for vintage-cords-and-old-baby-T's Rory? More importantly, why did overdyed crocodile skin score such high relationship points? Emily is convinced the bag means security. I'm not quite sure what Rory thinks, though who could believe she had no idea how expensive and coveted that bag really is? (Surely her mother once made some witty reference to proud owners Gwyneth, Madonna or Martha.) What an opportune time to tell Logan she loves him! (At least she didn't do it as she was hugging that pink monstrosity.) I'm sorry, but I'm just not seeing it. Expensive gifts, whirlwind trips, wild parties… whatever. The guy always has that something-smells-bad look on his face, and all he does is complain. Couldn't he have come up with a better response to Rory's three little words? "I've told a lot of girls I love them and didn't mean it." Charming. read more

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