Dear Soaps, I would like to know...

Dear Soaps,
I would like to know if Viki's husband Joe adopted Kevin. I have to settle this bet with my godbrother. Thank You. — Evelyn

Dear Evelyn,
Love to help out a family in need! First thing, Kevin did not have to be adopted by Joe Riley, because Joe is Kevin's biological father (as well as the biological father of Joey). Viki married Clint — who was hand-picked by her former husband Joe to take over at The Banner — after Joe passed away. Clint adopted Viki's sons, and the couple gave birth to their own daughter, Jessica. (DD)

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Now that Victoria Rowell has left...

Now that Victoria Rowell has left the Y&R canvas, could the show's execs be gearing up to find another powerhouse performer to fill the void? Word has it that several prominent actresses have been approached to audition for a newly created role that could become a possible love interest for Kristoff St. John (Neil). One name that seems to be gaining momentum is Lauren B. Martin (soon-to-be ex-Camille, ATWT). It would certainly be the perfect vehicle for Martin, who was let go from her current show due to lack of storyline. Crossing over to Y&R would put the talented actress in an environment dedicated to placing African-American characters on the front burner. Another top possibility is Sherri Saum (ex-Vanessa, Sunset Beach). Currently, Saum is shooting a film in Maine with the legendary Lauren Bacall and is on contract in the role of Casey Lennox with Showtime's Beggars and Choosers, but the actres read more

The soaps meet the squares as...

The soaps meet the squares as 17 of daytime's hottest stars show off their wit and game faces during Hollywood Squares's "Soap Opera Week" beginning Oct. 16. The stars of nine different soaps will field questions from Emmy Award-winning host Tom Bergeron. Guest participants include: Days's Matt Cedeno (Brandon) and Bryan Dattilo (Lucas); GH's Stuart Damon (Alan), Michael Saucedo (Juan) and Jacklyn Zeman (Bobbie); GL's Kim Zimmer (Reva); OLTL's Linda Dano (Rae); Passions's Galen Gering (Luis), Juliet Mills (Tabitha) and Josh Ryan Evans (Timmy); PC's Nolan North (Chris) and Julie Pinson (Eve), Y&R's Joshua Morrow (Nick); B&B's Hunter Tylo (Taylor) and Sarah Buxton (Morgan); and ATWT's Michael Park (Jack) and Eileen Fulton (Lisa). "I proved to myself that I'm damn smart," says Ful read more

Criminal charges have been dropped...

Criminal charges have been dropped against Rick Springfield (ex-Noah, GH), who was arrested last month for allegedly striking his wife. Springfield was arrested in his Malibu home after his sister-in-law reported he had slapped his wife, Barbara Porter, in the face and threw her to the floor during a heated argument. According to the L.A. Times, prosecutors have decided not to file charges against Springfield because the case is not provable. The only evidence to support the assault is the sister-in-law's testimony. Springfield has maintained that he grabbed his wife in self-defense after she threw a jar at him. Springfield's wife has since recanted her initial statements that her husband struck her.... We already know that GH's Réal Andrews is dedicated to keeping himself in top-notch shape &#151 he trains with martial arts guru Billy Blanks and will compete in the Ironman Triathlon on Oct. 14 &#151 but who doe read more

ABC has announced that Agnes Nixon...

ABC has announced that Agnes Nixon &#151 whose resignation had been all but confirmed in major publications and on the Web &#151 is actually expanding her role with ABC Daytime. Nixon has been named overall story consultant for the network. The creator of ABC's All My Children and One Life to Live, Nixon has been serving as AMC's head writer. In her new position, Nixon will oversee and consult on the creative direction for all ABC soaps. "Agnes's talent, experience and passion for the genre that she helped create is unrivaled," says the president of ABC Daytime, Angela Shapiro. "ABC considers her a valuable resource, and we have structured an environment in which her significant contributions will have the most impact." read more

All My Children: Fay Wolf plays...

All My Children: Fay Wolf plays Leila, a troubled teen whose life Gillian and Jake save on Oct. 27.... Ryan mends his broken heart in the company of Rosette, played by Joelle Carter, on Oct. 30.

Passions: Thor Edgell plays the Angel of Goodness, who combats the forces of evil on Oct. 18 and 19. No stranger to the drama canvas, Edgell has appeared on Seventh Heaven, The Practice and Days of Our Lives.

Port Charles: Due to a scheduling conflict, Robert D. Vito will step into the role of Neil Kanelos for Colton James on Nov. 1.

The Young and the Restless: Penn Badgley appears as Phillip Chancelor IV on Oct. 18.... Hunter Preisendorfer is back as little Noah on Oct 19 and 20.... Brody Hutzler continues as Cody on Oct. 20 and 23. That's Thad Luckinbill back as J.T. on Oct. 20 and 24.... Tamara Clatterbuck (Tammy, GH) skips Port Charles for a day to repris read more

Guiding Light may have lost Joie...

Guiding Light may have lost Joie Lenz (ex-Michelle), but it looks like her former onscreen counterpart, Paul Anthony Stewart, is still on board. "We came to an excellent deal, and I'm very excited to be staying with Guiding Light for three more years," confirms Stewart. Under his new contract, Stewart will have more flexibility to pursue his other passion: musical theater. Already armed with one Broadway performance under his belt &#151 he played Christian in Cyrano, the Musical &#151 Stewart is eager to seek more opportunities on the Broadway stage. "My executive producer, Paul Rauch, and my headwriter, Claire Labine, understand and appreciate my need and desire to perform in the theater. Now I'm just waiting for the right project to come knocking at my door."

Several rumors had questioned whether Stewart would follow in Lenz's footsteps and leave the show. "I'm not sure where all these rumors came from, but they didn't come read more

Brooke's recent confrontation...

Brooke's recent confrontation with Eliot over the death of her daughter Laura has been traumatic, but behind every cloud there's a silver lining. Brooke's adopted daughter, Laura Kirk English, is returning to town, and her presence is certain to perk up her mother's spirits. Laura Allen joins the cast in the contract role of Laura, previously played by Lauren E. Roman from 1995-1998. Laura has returned from China and is destined to take up with one of Pine Valley's many eligible bachelors. "The return of the character Laura is a welcome addition to Brooke's life in Pine Valley," says Julia Barr, who portrays Brooke. "[Allen and I] have already taped a couple of scenes together, and her openness and professionalism make her a pleasure to work with." Look for Allen to begin airing Oct. 26. read more

Dear Soaps, I thought that All...

Dear Soaps,
I thought that All My Children's Maria would have turned up, since they never found a body after the plane crash that "killed" her. Is she coming back soon? I thought Adam and Arlene never made love. Did they? Thanks a bunch. -- Tammy

Dear Tammy,
Now that Melissa Reeves (Jennifer, Days of Our Lives) has returned to soaps, the mantle of "When is she coming back?" can be officially transferred to Eva LaRue. Although the actress has no plans to return to All My Children at this time, one can predict that someday she'll likely reprise her fan-favorite role. Currently, the performer is testing the waters outside of Pine Valley. It may be a year or two more (hey, it took Melissa five years to come back), but it's safe to say that LaRue someday will be lured back to soaps. According to story recap, Arlene appeared to have seduced Adam in the early summer. Arlene may have lost her baby, but, thanks to Vanessa, read more

Dear Soaps, What happened to Frank's...

Dear Soaps,
What happened to Frank's wife, Eleni, on Guiding Light? -- Joyce

Dear Joyce,
According to Jennifer Roszell, the actress who most recently portrayed the character, Eleni left Springfield for California and has taken up with someone else. There's no word on if or when Eleni will return. (DD)

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