Sydney Penny and Crystal Chappell
The doctor is in! Daytime fan fave Sydney Penny — so triumphant as the tragic heroine Julia Santos on All My Children — is joining NBC's Days of Our Lives for a seven-episode stint. A network rep tells TV Guide Magazine that Penny will play Dr. Norman at the rehab center treating drug addict Carly Manning (Crystal Chappell).
And there's more cool casting news here. Carly's son, Nicholas Alamain, will return to the ...
Now Patrick Duffy fans don't have to settle for watching his daily Dallas reruns on SoapNet. The artist formerly known as Bobby Ewing reported to the Bold and the Beautiful set this week to start playing the contract role of Brooke's father, Stephen Logan. (The part was previously played by Robert Pine.) Duffy — who first airs on April 18 — isn't the first big Dallas alum to do B&B. Last year Linda Gray (aka Sue Ellen) played Priscilla, the meddling mother of Sydney Penny's Samantha.
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In Hallmark Channel's Hidden Places (premiering Saturday at 9pm/ET), Sydney Penny (All My Children, The Thorn Birds) plays Eliza, a Depression-era farmer's widow who, when times get very bleak, is offered assistance by a handsome stranger named Gabe (Jason Gedrick). Can she trust this angelic drifter? Helping usher things along is Eliza's Aunt Batty, played with a flourish by Academy Award-winner Shirley Jones. TVGuide.com welcomed the chance to talk with the woman best know as Oklahoma's Miss Laurey — even at the risk of spontaneous warbling.
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Love never dies, especially on soaps!
For a dead character, All My Children's Noah Keefer sure spends a lot of time on the front burner. Ever since Sydney Penny returned as Noah's "widow," Julia, she has bitched and moaned about his off-screen mob murder, vowing vengeance and conveniently setting up nostalgic old clips from Keith Hamilton Cobb's 1994-96 stint as Noah. So is Cobb coming back?
Well, the popular soap brooder, who was let go by The Young and the Restless earlier this year, is out of work. Sources close to the situation say Cobb has been approached by AMC, but no actual deal has been struck. As for Cobb's camp, his rep coyly states: "I can neither confirm nor deny anything."
"Right now, our story is about Julia, and she believes Noah is dead," AMC head writer Megan McTavish recently told TVGuide.com. "You can argue that down the road, who knows? People tend not to stay dead on soap operas