Dear Soaps, Weren't the characters...

Dear Soaps,
Weren't the characters of Emily and Holden married at one point on As the World Turns? How come this is never mentioned, and how come the characters act as if they barely know each other in the (relatively few) scenes they have together? Wouldn't this make Emily and Molly having dated the exact same men a little more pronounced? — Nicole

Dear Nicole,
The writers have given Emily quite a few love interests (Tonio, Royce, Jef, Tom) since the character's quicky marriage and divorce to Holden in the late '80s, so that might be one reason that their past isn't mentioned. Also, a different actress, Melanie Smith, played Emily when she and Holden tied the knot. However, since new head writer Hogan Sheffer (who's doing a terrific job) honors the show's rich history, the Holden/Emily connection will likely be mentioned if a scene calls for it. It would be interesting if Emily and Holden were given more air time si read more

Dear Soaps, What ever happened...

Dear Soaps,
What ever happened to the soap Love of Life? — Patharold

Dear Patharold,
According to The Soap Opera Encyclopedia by the late Christopher Schemering, Love of Life ran from September 24, 1951 to February 1, 1980. After the cancellation notice came down, the CBS show was hoping that it'd be picked up by another network so it left the storylines open. As the credits rolled for the last time, Tony Bennett's version of "We'll Be Together Again" played as director Larry Auerbach, who'd been with the show from the beginning, walked through the empty sets. LOL alumni include Audrey Peters (Vanessa), Christopher Reeve (Ben), Tudi Wiggins (Meg), Ron Tomme (Bruce), and the late Nancy Marchand (Vinnie). (MJM)

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Hogan Sheffer, who's been manning...

Hogan Sheffer, who's been manning the writing reins at As The World Turns since June, is certainly making a good impression on the cast. From intergrating old favorites and new characters to developing their distinct voices, the cast has put its faith in the daytime rookie writer and isn't afraid to praise his work so far. "He's awesome," exclaims Scott Holmes, who plays Tom. "I feel this show clawing its way back to the top. [Sheffer] hasn't really done daytime before, but he's got lots of stories to tell." While Sheffer's moved several favorite characters to the front burner fairly quickly, he still has more to go &#151 including Holmes. The patient actor doesn't seem to mind. "I know that he's doing it almost character-by-character to revoice the show. He hasn't gotten to us, but I think he will soon enough."

Sheffer is doing his homework, tapping into the back-story of characters from decades past, much to the actors' delight. "I really love what Hog read more

As The World Turns: Lia Yang returns...

As The World Turns: Lia Yang returns as Mei-Lin on Nov. 2…. James Shanklin plays INS Agent Halliwell, who accosts Simon, beginning Nov. 3.

The Bold and the Beautiful: Scott Lawrence appears as Mr. Jones, a private detective hired by Rick, on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1.

Days of Our Lives: Look for Austin's deceased father, Curtis Reed, to cause trouble for Greta and Austin in the virtual garden. Nick Benedict reprises the role on Nov. 1 and 2.

Guiding Light: Elizabeth Roby plays a nurse and Christopher Rivaro and Jose Antonio play guards on Oct. 30…. Maria Elena Ramirez begins as Ramona, the wife of the late Diego on Nov. 3.… Look for Steven Ogg to play Pete, the overseer of the illegal immigrants, and Jody Ashworth and Jason Mascartolo to play guards on Nov. 3.

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Reál Andrews (Taggert,...

Reál Andrews (Taggert, GH) just completed his second Ironman Triathlon in Hawaii &#151 and lived to talk about it. "They were the worst conditions ever," exclaims Andrews. "The winds were horrendous, people were getting blown off their bikes all over the place. The water was very choppy; it was a true test." Andrews finished the race in 15 hours and 26 minutes &#151 a half-hour less than last year. "I want to take two hours off next year," says Andrews. "That's my goal." To battle the impossible conditions, Andrews focused on his brother and his strong belief in God. "My brother's memory was my main motivator. In bible study, you sing to Jesus, so I decided to start training to Jesus. Instead of fighting [the conditions], I just pretended he was giving me a big hug and relaxed into it. My fiancée was also an incredible inspiration." While Andrew dreamed of macadamia nuts with "peanut butter and jelly" and that cold frothy beer at the finish line, he ne read more

Mimi Torchin, the top scribe at...

Mimi Torchin, the top scribe at the popular soap magazine Soap Opera Weekly, has been released from her editor-in-chief position. Lynn Leahey, the current editor-in-chief of Soap Opera Weekly's sister publication, Soap Opera Digest, is being promoted to editorial director with responsibility for both publications. Torchin, a soap celeb in her own right, interacted with soap fans through her weekly editor's column, Speaking My Mind.

According to the magazines's publishing company, Primedia, the surprising change is the result of the decline in soap opera veiwership and newsstands sales of all print publications. The company hopes to redesign the magazines as a more complimentary package and add new sections to Soap Opera Weekly as well, including more coverage of primetime serials. read more

Kimberlin Brown, who plays ruthless...

Kimberlin Brown, who plays ruthless psychiatrist Rachel Locke on Port Charles, may be taking a permanent vacation from her hospital rounds. Sources speculate that Brown will leave the show's canvas by the end of November sweeps. With the impending death of three major characters, Locke's demise &#151 and Brown's departure &#151 is virtually a done deal. When asked to confirm whether the actress had chosen to leave the show, Brown's agent would only say that they had no information at this time, but an official statement from Port Charles seems to support her departure. "Port Charles will be having an exciting and mysterious storyline this November, with many twists and turns that will lead to the demise of several characters," confirms the show in an official statement, "Look for three characters to depart." The show is keeping the identity of the characters under tight wraps so as to not compromise the excitement of its viewers.

Brown originated read more

Dear Soaps, I was wondering who...

Dear Soaps,
I was wondering who has legal custody of Starr. I had thought the signing of custody papers was just a scam by Blair to get Kelly to sign her rights away to The Sun and would never give up custody. But my mom insists that Kelly has legal custody of Starr. Can you clarify for us who has custody? Thanks. — Jackie

Dear Jackie,
I called my friends at OLTL to get the story on this one. We know that Blair got Kelly to sign over her shares of The Sun under the guise of signing custody rights for Starr. According to head writer Megan McTavish, right after Blair's devious trick on Kelly, Todd found out about the guardianship of Starr. He demanded that Blair destroy the papers since Starr is his kid, and he'll be the only one to get her if something happens to Blair. If Blair hadn't complied, Todd wouldn't have stopped the computer virus set to destroy Max. Although we never saw it on camera, we can assume tha read more

Dear Soaps, On Passions, it seems...

Dear Soaps,
On Passions, it seems as of now there is going to be a Gwen/Ethan/Theresa triangle. I would really like to know who you want to be with Ethan and why. Thanks! — Tjay

Dear Tjay,
Looks like there's going to be a love triangle? I think there's been a Gwen/Ethan/Theresa triangle since day one! While I believe Ethan does love Gwen, it's because his family has always instructed him to. He's never had to question that love. His feelings for Theresa were discovered on his own accord; every emotion he'll experience in this relationship will be one he's decided for himself. They say a man will do anything to be with the woman he loves. Ethan is ready to defy his family's wishes to be with Theresa, which proves the boy is serious. Lindsay Korman, who portrays Theresa, plays her passion for Ethan so purely, it just makes you want to root for her. And it's a pleasure to watch these two young talented performers share a read more

Dear Soaps, I know that Days of...

Dear Soaps,
I know that Days of Our Lives's Bo has not always been with Hope. I remember one woman that he was with had a drug problem, but I cannot for the life of me recall her name. Could you give me just a brief history of Bo's past flings? — Suzette

Dear Suzette,
Well, I hope Hope doesn't read this, but here goes — the other women in Bo's life include Megan Hathaway (who was Stefano's daughter and tricked Bo into thinking that he'd fathered a son with her; he hadn't). While Bo and Hope were broken up, he had a scene or two with Hope's younger cousin Melissa, played by Lisa Trusel. Personally, I liked the chemistry there, but the writers quickly ended that potential pairing, perhaps due to the age difference between the characters. Years later, after Hope was presumed dead, Bo fell for Dr. Carly Manning. When Carly found that her son, Nicky, with Lawrence Alamain was alive, the three of them left town together. N read more

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