Dear Soaps, When was Larry Pine...

Dear Soaps,
When was Larry Pine on One Life to Live? He looks so familiar, but I can't place him. Thanks. ? Barbara

Dear Barbara,
Pine, who most recently appeared as Barry Shire on All My Children, spent most of his time on One Life to Live "down under." Pine, who joined the cast in 1988, played Roger Gordon, the father of Viki's daughter, Megan. Viki's father had commissioned Roger's father, Danton, to build the underground city of Eterna, which would store Victor Lord's secret stash of gold. Viki, Roger and several other characters were trapped in Eterna by Michael Grande, who wanted to steal the gold. Sealed inside, Roger revealed he and Viki were Megan's parents. Viki, Roger and the others were rescued by Viki's husband, Clint Buchanan, who would soon learn Viki had not only given birth to Roger's child but had married Roger years before, and it was still legal! If you're wondering why Viki doesn't remember her pre read more

Dear Soaps, I love the Lily/Rose...

Dear Soaps,
I love the Lily/Rose storyline. With Iva back in town, it got me to wondering: If Iva is Lily's natural mother, and Holden is Iva's brother, wouldn't that make Lily married to her uncle? ? Indiana Franny

Dear Indiana Franny,
We are going to have to climb the Snyder family tree to explain this equation. Iva was actually adopted by the Snyder clan, so she isn't related to Holden by blood. Iva was raped by her cousin Josh Snyder a.k.a. Rod Landry at age 13 and got pregnant. Lily fell for Holden and began to hang around the Snyder farm. Things got complicated when Josh showed up at the farm to find out what had happened to the child he fathered. Lily learned of her true parentage when Iva thought she saw Josh hovering over Lily in a menacing position. Iva screamed for him to get away because Lily was his daughter. Iva had given up her baby for adoption; that's how Lily became a Walsh. Josh is not a Snyder either. His parents are Cal Stric read more

Dear Soaps, My sister and I have...

Dear Soaps,
My sister and I have been wondering for a long time just how tall is Josh Duhamel (Leo, AMC)? He looks extremely tall, especially when he's in a scene with Rebecca Budig (Greenlee). Could you also tell me how tall she is. Either he is very tall or she is very short. Thanks — Michael

Dear Michael,
I've been actually thinking that very same thought, so when I recently had the chance to speak to Budig, I asked. "I'm 5'1," says the petite actress. "And he's 6'3. He and Cameron Mathison (Ryan) call me peanut because I'm so short and they're so big." Pairing up petite actresses with tall leading men is nothing new on AMC. The formidable Susan Lucci (Erika) who measures in at a trim 5'3 has played opposite several leading men over 6 feet, including Walt Willey and Michael Nader. (DD)

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All My Children: James Handy joins...

All My Children: James Handy joins the cast in the recurring role of Alf starting Oct. 10.

As The World Turns: Michael Lucas plays Samuel on Oct 6.

Days of Our Lives: On Oct. 13, Melissa Reeves returns to the in the role of Jennifer along with Paige and Ryanne Kettner who reprise the role of Abby, Jennifer's daughter.

Guiding Light: Martin La Platney plays Father Shea, an Episcopalian priest on Oct. 2.

Port Charles: KDRV-TV Medford anchorman Brian Morton plays a reporter who interacts with a mysterious informant Oct. 5....Jack finds a new game buddy in Jason Flaunt who plays Kane beginning Oct. 11.

The Young and the Restless: Granville Van Dusen returns as Keith Dennison, Megan and Tricia's father, on Oct. 4. Look for Thad Luckinbill to return as J.T. on Oct. 5. Brody Hutzler returns as Cody on Oct. 5 & 6. Diane Charles apppears as Lis read more

Sean Kenniff, arguably America's...

Sean Kenniff, arguably America's most famous doctor thanks to his stint on the phenomenal hit Survivor, is making a house call in Springfield. Last week, Kenniff taped a cameo appearance on Guiding Light playing — you guessed it — a doctor. Before slipping into his scrubs and makeup, Kenniff sat down with a host of journalists on the GL set in New York City to discuss his foray into the world of daytime. "I always thought that acting would be fun. To play a doctor on television, the most common location [you see them], other than the occasional primetime drama, are on soap operas," said Kenniff. "Every soap you can think of has a hospital." While Kenniff has been offered opportunities on other soaps, he decided to make his debut on daytime's longest. "Guiding Light is one of the premier soap operas on television," he explains. "The staff seemed pretty cool. With a novice like myself, that's what you need to be a comfortable as possib read more

Rebecca Budig (Greenlee, AMC)...

Rebecca Budig (Greenlee, AMC) puts her muscles to the test. She's co-hosting the new WWF HEAT, a 2 hour extravaganza of wrestling matches, music, celebrities and fan interaction, which will air on MTV on Oct. 1. "It's going to be a really fun show," says Budig. "The band Disturbed will be there this week." The show will broadcast live from the World Wrestling Federation Complex in New York City. MTV's DJ Skribble co-hosts the lively production with Budig. No stranger to emcee duties, Budig hosted The Sports Illustrated for Kids Show. "But I've never done anything live, so these guys are taking a risk," she says with a chuckle. Wrestling phenomenon Stone Cold Steve Austin will be one of Budig's guests, but don't look for Budig to challenge him in the ring. "There will be no wrestling," she exclaims. "I'll get my yellow flag out and say 'I surrender'." The games begin at 7 pm/ET...On Sept. 26, Passions's star Bruce Michael Hall read more

Forget all the rumors you've heard...

Forget all the rumors you've heard about GH's Genie Francis taking an even longer break from the daytime screen. Francis is back where she belongs, on the set. "She's back, and she's having a great time," confirms her manager. "She's already taped four episodes." So where was Francis all summer? "She bought a house in New England and spent the summer there with her family," her manager explains. The well-rested Francis is primed and ready. And how will Laura make her grand entrance back on the GH canvas? Pining over the well-being of her estranged son, Lucky? Confronting Stefan or Felicia over past indiscretions? "We'll see Laura walk right into Luke's trial," says a GH spokesperson, where her presence is sure to cause some major sparks. Francis returns to the air Oct. 6 … And while we're on the subject of GH, there's been plenty of debate over who could fill the recently vacated top writing slot at the show. Some of the names thrown into h read more

Could you forgive someone who...

Could you forgive someone who took away the most important piece of your life? That will be one tough question to answer this week when Brooke learns that Eliot is the drunk driver who killed her daughter on All My Children. Eliot, the reformed ex-cop turned minister, originally returned to Pine Valley to banish his last, lingering demon of Laura's death. "One of the final things Eliot wanted to do was confess," says Julia Barr, who plays Brooke. "He tries to tell me on a number of occasions, but there are just too many things that intervene. Then they got involved, and it seemed like an impossible admission."

When Brooke and Eliot win physical custody of Ricky, who, like Eliot, suffered at the hands of a abusive parent, it sets off the chain of events that lead to the shocking revelation. "Because Hank [Ricky's father] is a policeman and part of the pipeline, he's found out who Eliot really is," says Barr. "The guy's extremely threatening. He breaks and enters my hom read more

Dear Soaps, Please! Oh Please!...

Dear Soaps,
Please! Oh Please! Oh Please! Help me! My girlfriend claims that Days of Our Lives's character Lexie Carver is infertile, and that Lexie's doctor confirmed her infertility years ago, and that Lexie kept all of this from her husband Abe, making excuses as to why they shouldn't have a child. If this is true, why then has Lexie spent recent months trying to get pregnant? Is my girlfriend right about this? We've got a bet going and need to find the truth. We know you always tell the truth so please let's have it! — Veronica

Dear Veronica,
Boy, this sure sounds like a plot point that happened. But I can't find evidence of it anywhere! If Lexie had been told by a doctor that she couldn't have children, it was probably the same physician who keeps screwing up Victor Newman's vasectomies over on Y&R. Seriously, we do know that back in 1993 Lexie and Abe were discussing having a baby. However, Lexie tearfully opte read more

Dear Soaps, Whatever happened...

Dear Soaps,
Whatever happened to Trevor and Natalie? Are they still a part of All My Children? — Cgarnder

Dear Cgarnder,
Sadly, this fan favorite couple is part of Pine Valley history. Trevor left town at the beginning of this year to help clear his wife Janet of murder. Sadly, Natalie died in 1993, following injuries she sustained in a car wreck. (Melody Anderson had assumed the role of Nat from Kate Collins and fans never warmed up to her performances.) The character of Natalie, played by Collins, returned as an occasional apparition while members of the Dillon family were still on the canvas. (MJM)

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