Dear Soaps, Please help me with...

Dear Soaps,
Please help me with this, it is driving me crazy. Did the man who plays John Black on Days of Our Lives ever play a character on the 70's show Emergency? The one that I am talking about also played a character named John. &#151 Puzzled in Pa

Dear Puzzled,
Consider this puzzle solved. Drake Hogestyn (John, Days) did not appear on Emergency, which chronicled the trials of a paramedics team assigned to Squad 51 of the Los Angeles County Fire Department. You're probably thinking of Randolph Mantooth, who played paramedic John Gage, and has starred on several soap operas, including General Hospital (ex-Richard), Loving and The City (ex-Alex). Both men have dark hair and a mesmerizing gaze, so I can see why you might have confused the two. (DD)

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Dear Soaps, Who is the biological...

Dear Soaps,
Who is the biological father of Bo Brady on Days of Our Lives? My mother said it's Victor, but I thought I saw an episode where Caroline and Shawn Brady were referring to Stefano DiMera as being Bo's biological father. &#151 Carol

Dear Carol,
You got to give it to that old saying, "Mom's always right." Victor Kiriakis is Bo's biological father. Caroline Brady had had an affair with Victor, which resulted in the birth of Bo. Bo learned the truth of his paternal lineage when he followed his mother to Victor's hotel. After Victor's little tryst with Nicole in the limo this past week, could another Kiriakis heir be on the way? (DD)

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Dear Soaps, Refresh my memory....

Dear Soaps,
Refresh my memory. How did Tabitha lose her powers on Passions? &#151 Jenna

Dear Jenna,
I checked directly with the experts at Passions to get this answer for you. Here's the deal: The forces of Evil demanded the deaths of both Faith and Charity; Tabitha turned into the Hound from Hell and started the fire that killed Faith; however, due to the growing love between Miguel and Charity, Charity was saved, and therefore Tabitha failed. Her powers were exhausted from her efforts, and she asked the powers in the basement to restore them &#151 only to discover the basement was empty and the forces gone. The forces have since returned, but haven't given Tabitha her powers back. (DD)

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Dear Soaps, What was the name...

Dear Soaps,
What was the name of Victor's wife that he held prisoner at the ranch on The Young and the Restless? Wasn't it Laura's sister? I have watched Y&#038R since 1972-73. &#151 Cindy

Dear Cindy,
The only person I remember Victor keeping prisoner at the ranch was Michael Scott, the lover of Victor's wife Julia. Of course, in a sense, Victor has kept all of his wives "prisoners" in the sense that they never seem to get over him. They are prisoners of love. By the way, Y&#038R didn't debut until March 26, 1973. Maybe you were dreaming of its premiere a few months early. (MJM)

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Dear Soaps, Sad to hear about...

Dear Soaps,
Sad to hear about the Labines leaving Guiding Light. I had great expectations, especially after once again enjoying Claire Labine's classic Ryan's Hope daily on SoapNet. But, after great anticipation, I am not surprised. Their stories have been disappointing and big yawners &#151 the illegal workers, May and the Santos casino, the Richard and Cassie baby story &#151 the list goes on. Any ideas for a quick fix? Maybe former head writers Nancy Curlee or Pam Long could return? &#151 Mike

Dear Mike,
Michael and I have been discussing this ourselves. A quick fix? The quickest fix may be to put Reva and Josh back together. No matter how askew other storylines go, die-hard fans will always tune in when these two battle the demons of the world together. While the Labines had an interesting idea for a love triangle for Danny and Michelle, the story became problematic when Joie Lenz left the r read more

Dear Soaps, Why were Alan-Michael...

Dear Soaps,
Why were Alan-Michael and Lucy written off Guiding Light? &#151 Iam

Dear Iam,
They were written off because Alan-Michael and Lucy's portrayers, Rick Hearst and Sonia Satra, opted to not renew their contracts. Hearst left the show first in 1996 and was replaced by Michael Dietz. Alan-Michael and Lucy were written out in early 1997 after Satra's deal with the show expired. The couple decided to move to Europe and run Spaulding's overseas division to get away from all their family interference. Satra had a short run as One Life to Live's psychotic Barbara. Recently, Hearst returned to daytime as Matt Clark on The Young and the Restless. (MJM)

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Fans are in for an early holiday...

Fans are in for an early holiday treat when two soap alumni return to the daytime screen next month. Ramy Zada joins the cast of Port Charles in the recurring role of Harris, a diabolical man who is going to make life in the hospital's corridors tough for Ian (Thorsten Kaye). His first PC airdate is Dec. 6.

"He is a philanthropist," explains Zada of his latest daytime incarnation. "There's something he's trying to do with Ian, and there will be a very intense period of discovery between the two of them. We're going to go head to head."

Zada, who appeared as Jeffrey Morgan on Guiding Light and Martin Abbot on Melrose Place, says that after some initial trepidation he was eager to return to his daytime roots. "I wasn't quite sure in the beginning, and then when I got there, I actually became very excited," he shares. "They're really wonderful people at Port Charles, from the production to the cast. They've welcomed me with open arm read more

The fight for presidential electoral...

The fight for presidential electoral votes isn't the only battle brewing in Florida. ABC and NBC will vie for top title in the state as the two networks gear up to host star-studded soap celebrity weekends through Nov. 12. The "Fifth Annual ABC Super Soap Weekend" at Disney-MGM Studios, presented by Colgate Total &reg, will feature more than 30 stars from the network's four shows, which includes AMC's Susan Lucci (Erica), OLTL's Hillary B. Smith (Nora), GH's Jackie Zeman (Bobbie) and PC's Lynn Herring (Lucy). Fans will have the opportunity to participate in the ABC Super Soap Talk Show, the Super Soap Spin Game Show and celebrity autograph sessions. They can also catch their favorite ABC stars parade down the park's Hollywood Boulevard in the Grand Motorcade & Colgate Total &reg Street Jam. Music sensation BBMak will make a special appearance at the weekend festivities. NBC will kick off its first annual "NBC read more

General Hospital veteran Brad...

General Hospital veteran Brad Maule (Dr. Tony Jones) will be taken off contract and put on recurring status sometime early next year, reports the actor's official fan club web site. ABC officials confirm the announcement, but could not provide any more information surrounding the actor's contract status.

Maule's official site, which had petitioned to get Maule more airtime, is now campaigning to reverse the decision. "We don't want to see him go," says a fan club spokesperson. "We'd love to see Tony and Bobbie back together."

The actor joined the cast of General Hospital in 1984, receiving a nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series in 1997. read more

Emmy Award winner Claire Labine...

Emmy Award winner Claire Labine is relinquishing her position as top scribe at Guiding Light. According to the official statement from Procter & Gamble Productions, Labine and the show "have mutually agreed to discontinue their working relationship. Claire and her head writing team of Matt Labine and Eleanor Labine will continue with the show until a replacement is made."

Labine, who has written for several soap operas and co-created the highly acclaimed serial, Ryan's Hope, took over the reins in June from Barbara Esensten and James Harmon Brown (who have since joined the head writing team at Port Charles). Despite the Labines' efforts, Guiding Light still lagged in ratings at the end of October, ranking as the third-lowest-rated daytime drama on the air.

"This was a difficult decision for all involved," says Guiding Light's executive producer Paul Rauch. "I only have the utmost respect and affect read more

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