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Dear Soaps, When Ned marries Alexis...

Dear Soaps,
When Ned marries Alexis on General Hospital, it will make six times he has walked down the aisle. I can only remember two of Ned's ex-wives, Lois and Katherine. Who were the other three? — Victoria

Dear Victoria,
If Ned actually makes it to the altar with Alexis on GH, she'll become wife number six, though Ned will be marrying for the seventh time. Ned was married to Dawn Winthrop for about a moment; she left him during their wedding reception when she learned Ned had had a brief fling with her mother, Monica Quartermaine. Ned then married Jenny Eckert, but sought a divorce once he learned Jenny had lied about being a virgin on their wedding night. Ned's family forced him to marry blackmailer Katherine Bell, even though he was already married to Lois Cerullo (as his alter ego, Eddie Maine). After Katherine and Ned divorced, he married Lois as Ned Ashton. Unfortunately their union crumbled, as Lois feared becoming read more

Dear Soaps, Are the feelings that...

Dear Soaps,
Are the feelings that Rick has for Amber on The Bold and the Beautiful genuine, or does he just want little Eric back? After all of the hurt that she caused him, (passing Becky's baby off as his) how could he now seem to be so infatuated by her? I know that we are supposed to forgive and forget, but come on! — Larolyn

Dear Larolyn,
You've raised an interesting point. Clearly, Rick's feelings for Amber have been colored by the fact that she is now the mother figure to little Eric, Rick's namesake and the child he raised as his own son for almost a year. Still, Rick fell for Amber once before, because she's dynamic and unpredictable. He felt betrayed by her lies, but, as the saying goes, time heals all wounds. What's interesting is how quickly Rick appears to have gotten over Kimberly. He was more mad at Thorne over what happened between him and Rick's mother Brooke than he was over Thorne smooching his ex-girlfriend. If read more

Dear Soaps, I've been trying to...

Dear Soaps,
I've been trying to remember the name of Dimitri's son who got involved with Kendall on All My Children. Can you refresh my memory? — Annie

Dear Annie,
Here's your brain refresher. Anton Lang is the son of Dimitri and Corvina Lang, who had seduced Dimitri when he was drunk. Dimitri almost became a father again when Erica Kane announced she was pregnant with his child, but she lost the baby. (Dimitri's first wife, Angelique, also suffered a miscarriage.) For a while, Dimitri believed he was the biological father of Maddie, presumably conceived during a night of passion with Edmund's late wife, Maria. Dimitri soon discovered that a scheming Skye had switched the paternity tests. Now that Dimitri has been reunited with his wife Alex, don't be surprised if more children he's never known about crawl out of the Wildwind woodwork. (DD)

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Dear Soaps, Your weekly polls...

Dear Soaps,
Your weekly polls often have to do with secrets coming out. Many times, stories are driven by a secret that is revealed and all its ramifications. My question is, are there any secrets from daytime shows that were NOT revealed? — Nik

Dear Nik,
Oh, sure. Plenty. One doesn't have to look too far into the past either to see that some soap opera secrets remain secret for a long time. On General Hospital, we still don't know who killed Katherine Bell. (Although, exiting head writer Bob Guza Jr. stated in a recent magazine interview that Helena did the deed.) The identity of Camille's father remains a secret on As the World Turns and will likely stay that way since Lauren B. Martin exited Oakdale on Oct. 26. But some soaps do get around to explaining secrets. Watch for The Bold and the Beautiful to reveal the father of little Eric. Also, Days of Our Lives's Bo is currently exploring why Stefa read more

Dear Soaps, I was curious as to...

Dear Soaps,
I was curious as to whatever happened to Roxie Shayne and Johnny Bauer on Guiding Light. They still reprise the role of Rusty Shane but we never see or hear about Roxie! Cassie is a great way to revive the energy that Roxie brought to the show, but just imagine what they could do with Reva, Roxie and Cassie!!!! What a family reunion that could be! — Heather, a GL fan

Dear Heather,
Please! Sarah Shayne gets more airtime than Roxie does, and Sarah died! In 1990, Johnny was involved with Chelsea Reardon. He learned that Roxie, who had a mental breakdown after Johnny became ill with cancer, had started to make progress. She was moved from a facility in Switzerland to the United States. Johnny dumped Chelsea to be with Roxie. There's been little mention of the characters since that time. I agree that it would be great to see Roxie (played by Kristi Ferrell from 1984-88) back on GL. While Reva and Cassie are clos read more

You'd think a guy would make some...

You'd think a guy would make some enemies during a 40-year career, but that's far from the case for Don Hastings (Bob, ATWT) who has amassed only the utmost respect from his co-workers. "It's always a joy when Don is on the set, because we have some laughs," says Kathryn Hayes (Kim, ATWT), who has played Dr. Bob's main love interest for the past 28 years. "He's very funny. You don't see that in him as Dr. Bob, but he makes all of us happier when we have those really long days. We've had a lot of fun together over the years." Says cast mate Scott Holmes (Tom, ATWT): "If I could pattern my life after anybody, I'd pattern it after Don's. I've never seen anyone so universally loved in my life. His spirit precedes him into the room. He's one of the nicest people I've ever known.".... Erika Page (Roseanne, OLTL) married country singer Bryan White on Oct. 14 in Dallas, confirms a Warner Bros. Records spokesperson. The newlyweds are honey read more

With Jensen Buchanan returning...

With Jensen Buchanan returning as Vicky's ghost on As the World Turns Nov. 3, a lot fans are wondering if Marley, Vicky's twin sister on Another World, will become a more permanent fixture in to Oakdale. Thanks to the twists and turns new head writer Hogan Sheffer has added in the past few months, it certainly is a possibility. While Ellen Wheeler, who last played Marley, is happily situated in her role as one of the show's directors, she wouldn't rule out a return to the other side of the camera. "I would love to," reveals Wheeler. "I love Marley. I've grown up with her; she's always going to be a part of me. I've already got to do her one time on the show. If [the executives] decide to do that, especially with Jensen and Tom (Eplin) there, that would be so fun." While we're on the subject, though it is known that Vicky will have some direct interaction with Jake in the great beyond, ATWT is keeping under pretty tight wraps its g read more

If you're a Days of Our Lives...

If you're a Days of Our Lives fan, you'll want to make sure you set your VCR for Nov. 8. Days, which premiered Nov. 8, 1965, will celebrate its 35th anniversary with a limited-interruption broadcast. The program will include 10 minutes of extra story, weave highlights from Days's past throughout the current storylines and revisit some of the show's most memorable weddings, breakups, funerals and love scenes over the past three-and-half decades. "The 35th anniversary show is a gift to the fans of Days of our Lives," says Sheraton Kalouria, senior vice president, NBC Daytime Programs. "It is packed with great moments from the last 35 years and advances stories that are on air today. It is "must see" daytime TV." Look for original cast member Frances Reid (Alice), past favorites Bill Hayes (Doug) and Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie) and present favorites Deidre Hall (Marlena), Drake Hogestyn (John), Peter Reckell (B read more

As The World Turns: Lauren B....

As The World Turns: Lauren B. Martin's (Camille) last airdate is Oct. 26.

The Bold and the Beautiful: Scott Thompson Baker is back as Connor on Oct. 27.... E.E. Bell and Peggy Billo appear as Uncle Joe and Aunty Tilly respectively on Oct 27 & 30.

Days of Our Lives: Madison Mason returns as Gene Briscoe, Victor's attorney on Oct. 25 and 26.... Gregory White plays a priest on Oct. 27.

Guiding Light: Dr. Sean Kenniff, of Survivor fame does his rotations in Springfield Oct. 20, 23, 24, 26 and Nov. 3.... Christopher Rivaro plays a guard Oct. 23.... Ricardo Puente and Denia Branche play illegal immigrants on Oct. 23.... Boris McGiver plays Dr. Holt beginning Oct. 25.

The Young and the Restless: Adrian Sparks appears as Hugh Abernathy on Oct. 23.... Marissa Arena appears as Marissa Barton on Oct. 24. read more

Sean Kanan (ex-A.J, GH; ex-Jude,...

Sean Kanan (ex-A.J, GH; ex-Jude, Sunset Beach) admits he wasn't looking to return to the soaps, but when he got the call to play Deacon Sharpe &#151 the no-good daddy of little Eric &#151 on The Bold and the Beautiful, he couldn't pass up the opportunity. "They called about Sean, and he didn't want to go back to daytime," reveals his manager. "We talked to [executive producer Bradley] Bell, and they convinced us because it's such a great show and they're great people to work for." Kanan has signed a short-term contract with the show, which allows him to pursue his film career in front of and behind the camera. Since leaving daytime last year, Kanan has produced and starred in the yet-to-be-released film March, with Rena Sofer (ex-Lois, GH; ex-Eve, Melrose Place) and former Knots Landing's star Michelle Phillips. Also, Kanan is set to star in a film he wrote; shooting begins in Montreal this Nove read more

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