Melody Thomas Scott and Steve Burton
If you're going to reveal a shocking, 33-year-old secret, at least wait for November sweeps! Fans of CBS's The Young and the Restless know that drama-prone socialite Nikki Newman — played by Melody Thomas Scott — was impregnated by a creepy cult leader many years ago and gave birth to a son. Nuns put the baby up for adoption and Nikki only recently learned that the child has grown up to become stressed-out war vet Dylan McAvoy (Steve Burton), who arrived in Genoa City this year after a stint in Afghanistan. She has yet to tell him he's her spawn. TV Guide Magazine spoke with Thomas Scott about the big, volcanic reveal, coming Nov. 22. It's a doozy!
When we last saw General Hospital's Scotty Baldwin — the fan fave rascal played by Kin Shriner — he was abruptly ending his marriage to Laura (Genie Francis) because he suspected she was still hung up on her ex-hubby Luke (Anthony Geary). But Scotty didn't flee Port Chuck to lick his wounds. Instead he vowed to stay in town and reclaim his old gig as D.A. Now the election campaign is about to kick off — but who the hell would vote for a guy whose rap sheet includes robbery, blackmail, kidnapping, assault and illegal burial? Well, for one, Shriner would!
General Hospital's Luke Spencer is slowly dying from polonium poisoning so what better time to interview the guy who plays him, seven-time Emmy winner Anthony Geary? TV Guide Magazine corralled daytime's lion king to discuss his character's current bout with mortality and other dishy topics — from his issues with Luke and Laura to the GH head writer who wanted him fired!
TV Guide Magazine: What's the trick to making us believe Luke is at death's door when we know damn well they'd never get rid of you?
Geary: That's very kind but, in the soap business, everyone is expendable and you never take anything for granted. That said, I'm not sure the audience does buy this. When that ex-KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko was poisoned with polonium a few years back — they think by Putin — he was covered in gruesome sores. It's a hellish death. I really wanted to go there but they wouldn't let me. [Laughs] I do love to look bad.
Asses don't come badder than Dollar Bill Spencer. The cutthroat publishing mogul of CBS's The Bold and the Beautiful — played by Don Diamont — put an end to his marriage to Katie (Heather Tom) by bedding her sister Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang). Now he's about to rub salt in the wound by asking for Brooke's hand in marriage. On Monday, Sept. 30, she says yes! TV Guide Magazine spoke with Diamont, one of daytime's most popular and enduring stars, about this latest ticking time bomb. Is he ready for the fallout?
Howard Overby won't be winning the grand prize on Wednesday's season finale of CBS's Big Brother (9:30/8:30c) because he was evicted from the game weeks ago. But the popular houseguest still has reason to smile. He's landed a guest spot on his mama's all-time favorite show, CBS's The Bold and the Beautiful! TV Guide Magazine spoke with Overby — a youth counselor from Hattiesburg, Miss. — about his two-day suds gig, airing October 24-25.
Is it too early to call Maura West the soap sensation of the decade? Oh, hell no! Already a two-time Emmy winner as the marvelously maddening Carly Tenney on As the World Turns, West hit General Hospital in May and has electrified the ABC show with her performance as mob spawn Ava Jerome. Next week, the deadly glamorpuss gets serious about her plan to steal Port Charles away from the town's current crime lord, Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard). What better time for TV Guide Magazine to sit down with the wild, wild West?
NBC is adapting the popular Venezuelan telenovela The Black Widow for American audiences. Sri Rao (General Hospital: Night Shift) will write the script. The Black Widow is based on Venezuela's telenovela La Viuda Joven, which premiered in 2011 and aired 142 episodes around the world.
Electus is producing. The Black Widow is one of three telenovelas that Electus is developing for NBC, with an eye toward one of them airing as a 13-episode series, with multiple episodes running each week, much like an actual telenovela.
One Life to Live
It might be a while before your next trip to Llanview.
Prospect Park has suspended One Life to Live indefinitely while it settles a lawsuit with ABC, The Los Angeles Times reports. However, writers are still working on scripts for a second season of All My Children, which also migrated from TV to Hulu this year.