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

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

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

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, 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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Dear Soaps, Do you know of any...

Dear Soaps,
Do you know of any other journalist with no formal schooling or training who is allowed to run a whole newsroom (i.e., Guiding Light's Reva Shayne)? If I'm not mistaken, even Victoria Newman on The Young and the Restless had to take a few classes before running the family business. -- Sj40plus

Dear Sj40plus,
Well, Y&R's Vicki doesn't run the entire family business, and I actually don't recall her ever taking any classes. In Reva's case, at least we know that she had worked as a photographer and collaborated with journalist Fletcher Reade on a series of articles back in the mid-'80s. She must have learned something about journalism through those experiences. As I recall, One Life to Live's Todd and both Kim and Katie on As the World Turns jumped into, respectively, the print and broadcast journalism games without much training. Personally, I'm far more concerned about those overnight doctors who read more

Dear Soaps, I know Josh Taylor...

Dear Soaps,
I know Josh Taylor was on Days of Our Lives many years ago, but he didn't play Roman Brady. What was the name of his character? -- Susan

Dear Susan,
From 1977-'87, Taylor played Chris Kositchek, a blue-collar and likeable bachelor in Salem who wore many hats. Over the years, he ran a health club (The Body Connection) and an eatery called Shenanigans. Chris was everyone's pal. His romantic interests included Mary Anderson, Amanda Peters, Leslie James, Savannah Wilder, and, ironically, his current TV sister, Kayla Brady. Chris befriended troubled teen Pete Jannings and took him under his wing after Chris discovered that his brother, Jake, was the Salem Strangler. At one point, a lawyer was needed for a storyline (involving Kimberly, as I recall) and so the writers established that Chris had gone to law school so he was therefore a lawyer! This prompted the offbeat character Calliope to apparently ad-lib in one scene, "Chris read more

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