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Exclusive: Crystal Chappell Dishes Her Newest Web Series, Beacon Hill

Beacon Hill

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.

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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

Daytime Emmy Watch: Fearless Predictions

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... read more

Sarah Joy Brown Goes for Daytime Emmy History

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... read more

General Hospital Leads Daytime Emmy Nominations

Sarah Joy Brown

General Hospital nabbed a leading 18 Daytime Emmy Award nominations Wednesday as it goes for its 11th outstanding drama series trophy.

The ABC soap, which has won outstanding drama series more times than any other show, will vie for the top honor against All My Children, defending champion The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless. General Hospital last won the award in 2008.

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Notably snubbed was the departing As the World Turns, but the long-running CBS drama fielded ...
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I, Claudia: Sarah Brown Surveys Her General Hospital Future

Sarah Joy Brown, General Hospital

Last winter, Sarah Joy Brown was granted an opportunity presented to few actors (Leigh McCloskey excluded), to create a second, non-related character on a single daytime drama. Having first originated the role of General Hospital's Carly, for the past year Brown has been stirring a new, more dangerous kind of excitement as crime queen Claudia Zacchara. So much has the multiple Emmy winner enjoyed this new ride that she recently signed on for another year. TVGuide.com invited Brown to ponder what's ahead for Sonny's sometimes inconvenient wife of convenience.

TVGuide.com: Sarah Brown is never one to take her career moves lightly. What was important to you in deciding on another year with General Hospital?
Sarah Brown: Re-signing for me this time around was dependent on several major things ... read more

Michael Logan Rates Daytime's Big Returns

Debbi Morgan by Steve Fenn/ABC

Over the past couple of months, many daytime greats have returned to the suds — some in old roles, some in new ones. So how are these prodigal kids doing? Michael Logan shares his take.Debbi Morgan and Darnell Williams (All My Children) It's been worth a gazillion plot contrivances to see Angie back with her "dead" Jesse after 20 long years. Oh, how we've longed for her blazing soul and Earth Mother passion! How much we've missed his sass and cool and cut-to-the-chase honesty! And aren't they still incomprehensibly beautiful together? Watching these legends reunite in that terrific train-station scene made me realize how starved we soap fans are for true, epic love. Clearly, you can go home again.RATING: 5 out of 5 starsTamara Braun (Days of our Lives) She was the best and most electrifying of the four gals who have played Carly on General Hospital — save your irate letters, you can't change my mind! Now she's opened up a big can o' whoop-ass on Salem as Ava, a bodacious b... read more

GH's Sarah Brown, Part 2: When Claudia Met Sonny....

General Hospital's Maurice Benard and Sarah Brown by Ron Tom/ABC

In Part 1 of our exclusive first sit-down with Sarah Brown, the three-time Daytime Emmy winner revealed what led her back to General Hospital and the concerns she had about doing so. Here in the conclusion of our Q&A, Sarah previews Claudia Zacchara's first encounter with Sonny, the inevitable face-off between "two Carlys" and the length of her new Port Charles visit. Be sure to take in every bit here, as the "lead" (that is, the truly juicy stuff) sort of got buried at the end. But oh, is it worth it. — Matt MitovichTVGuide.com: Of course, Laura Wright is now playing Carly, so you are creating a new role....Sarah Brown: I'm going to be playing Claudia Zacchara. She is the eldest daughter of Anthony Zacchara.TVGuide.com: Played by Bruce Weitz....Brown: Woohoo, I can't wait to work with him! TVGuide.com: Is Claudia totally a tough cookie or does she have a soft spot somewhere?Brown: Oh, she has a soft spot, because she's being played by me. [Laughs] I can't fathom playing a ... read more

GH Exclusive! Sarah Brown Previews Her "Wild" Return

General Hospital's Sarah Brown by Ron Tom/ABC

A funny thing happened in the six-plus years since Sarah Brown left General Hospital — the role of Carly, the hell-raising, rollerblading tomcat she created back in 1996, was recast. A lot. With Laura Wright now embedded in the role, when Brown resurfaces in Port Charles on Jan. 31, she will have a brand-new vixen to bring to life — Claudia Zacchara, the prodigal daughter of mob boss Anthony. Here in Part 1 of TVGuide.com's exclusive sit-down with Brown, the three-time Daytime Emmy winner shares how her GH return came about and reveals why she is excited to be back. — Matt Webb MitovichTVGuide.com: When did the talks to return to GH first start up?Sarah Brown: Oh, I want to say about five months ago. It was a really interesting happenstance. TVGuide.com: Was it a call from [ABC Daytime president Brian] Frons or...?Brown: No, it was nothing like that. First, I haven't seen Maurice [Benard, Sonny] or anybody from the show — except for Tava [Smiley, ex-Chloe] and St... read more

Preview: Has The Closer Met Her Match in Steven Culp?

Steven Culp, The Closer

Tonight at 9 pm/ET, TNT's The Closer kicks off a two-part season-ender that pits Brenda against one of her toughest-to-crack cases ever, and in turn a formidable adversary in the form of guest star Steven Culp. TVGuide.com asked the alum of Desperate Housewives to tease the drama ahead. Plus: What happened with ABC's Traveler? TVGuide.com: Obviously we don't bring in Steven Culp for just anything, so what have we got you doing these two weeks?Steven Culp: Well, I don't know how much I'm allowed to give away about the plot, but it's a two-parter, and I'm playing Lucas Cordry, a lawyer who's defending the guy accused of murder. TVGuide.com: So he has to go up against read more

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