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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

Days of Our Lives: Eve Roberts...

Days of Our Lives: Eve Roberts plays Annie, a friend of Jennifer's, beginning Nov. 13.... Madison Mason returns as Victor's lawyer, Gene Briscoe, on Nov. 14.... Javier Grajedin reprises the role of Benny, Brandon's shady attorney friend, Nov. 15.... Morgan Sheppard returns as Charles, the caretaker of Princess Gina's castle, on Nov. 17.

One Life to Live: Brian Smiar steps in the role of Asa Buchanan on Nov. 16 and Nov. 17. Phil Carey was out with a brief illness.... Pamela Payton-Wright reprises her role of Addie Cramer, Blair's mother, who visitis Blair in a dream on Nov. 16.

The Young and the Restless: Patricia Cullen appears as Gail Wallace on Nov. 13.... Chantal Abbey returns as Chantal on Nov. 13.... Brad James appears as a limo driver Nov. 13. read more

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

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

Dear Soaps, I'm a little lost...

Dear Soaps,
I'm a little lost on something. Maybe you can help me out. It has to do with Barbara on As the World Turns. I started watching about the time she married John Dixon, and I remember her having two little kids. She was pregnant, and that baby (Johnny) died. Anyway, now she has two kids, but one of them is Adam, and I know Margo is his mom. So, did she just lose a kid, or what? I`ve never heard anything else about him. &#151 cc

Dear cc,
If you're asking how many children does ATWT's Barbara have, the answer is four (including baby Johnny). Babs is mom to a son, Paul, fathered by James Stenbeck; a daughter, Jennifer, whose pop is Darryl Crawford; and another son, Will (his daddy is Hal Munson). Barbara's also helping raise Hal's sons, Adam (whose mom is Margo) and Parker (Carly's son). Hal has a daughter, Nikki Graves, from a former marriage. It's quite a blend at the Munson home. Hope this clears things up for you. (MJ read more

Dear Soaps, A friend of mine and...

Dear Soaps,
A friend of mine and I are having a debate, and I am hoping you can clear up some confusion for us. Now I know Jack Wagner was on General Hospital, but, did he ever play a character on either Days of Our Lives or Another World? I never watched General Hospital growing up, but I know I've seen Wagner on the soaps I did watch. Was he on Santa Barbara, maybe? Help! &#151 Heather

Dear Heather,
Like they say, the third guess is a charm. Wagner did appear on Santa Barbara as the third Warren Lockridge from 1991-1993. Wagner also made a guest appearance on Sunset Beach; he played jewel thief Liam/Jacques DuMond in 1997. And you didn't mention any primetime soaps, but Wagner has done those too. He spent five years on Melrose Place playing Dr. Peter Burns. And you can currently catch Wagner on the new primetime show from Aaron Spelling, Titans. Jack plays Jack Willi read more

Dear Soaps, When Patch was buried...

Dear Soaps,
When Patch was buried on Days of Our Lives, Lawrence Alamain had the casket switched with another one. Do you think that Patch is dead or alive? I hope he is alive. I would like to see him back on the show. &#151 Patiently Waiting in IL

Dear Patiently Waiting,
Not only do I think that Patch is alive, but I have to say watching those coffins be switched was a welcome relief. The show laid the groundwork for a story that's very likely to someday happen. Why not give viewers something concrete to hang onto rather than say after the fact, "Oh, the coffins were switched"? Sometimes it's great to let the fans know that the door is open (or in this case, the coffin is closed) for an actor's return. Stephen Nichols (who played Patch) has, as viewers know, made two returns to daytime. First, he was the mysterious Skylar in the final weeks of Santa Barbara. Then, in 1996 he joined General Hospital as Stefan Cassadi read more

Dear Soaps, I was just wondering...

Dear Soaps,
I was just wondering if my memory is correct or not. Didn't Malcolm and Drucilla from The Young and the Restless make love years ago when she was married to Neil? Isn't he the real father of Lily? Am I the only one that remembers this? — Lost in NC

Dear Lost in NC,
No. You're not the only one who remembers it. I thought for a while everyone at Y&#038R had forgotten, since this storypoint has been dormant for a few years. Earlier this year, however, Malcolm and Dru addressed the night she was zonked out on cold medication and invited Malcolm into her bed, thinking that he was Neil. Still, no blood tests have revealed exactly who the father is. Years ago, Olivia asked her sister, Dru, if she could live with the truth if indeed Malcolm was Lily's dad. Dru couldn't, so she chose not to pursue the matter. With Dru back in Paris, the matter will likely remain unresolved until her return. Series creator/executive s read more

Dear Soaps, Who played the role...

Dear Soaps,
Who played the role of Kathleen McKinnon on Another World in 1991? What has she been doing since she left the show? &#151 BlueCountach

Dear BlueCountach,
Julie Osburn orginally played Kathleen, Cass's former wife, from 1984-86. I can't find much that she's done since leaving Bay City. I recall seeing her in a few commercials, and she appeared in the TV movie Dead of Night in 1989, before returning to Another World in 1991 and 1993. Hindsight's 20/20, but it would have behooved AW to bring back this fan-favorite character for Cass after his wife Frankie was brutally murdered. Like all McKinnon characters, there's always the remote chance that Kathleen could pop up on As the World Turns to visit family member Jake, who now hangs his hat in Oakdale. (MJM)

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Dear Soaps, Didn't Lily choose...

Dear Soaps,
Didn't Lily choose Damian over Holden before Damian "died" in the plane crash on As the World Turns? I'm surprised that no one mentions this given that Lily is "confused" again and can't make up her mind, but the mantra seems to be that no one has ever come between Lily and Holden before, and that she has always been true to him. Thanks! &#151 Kim

Dear Kim,
Lily did pick Damian over Holden, but not necessarily out of true passion. Lily decided to give her and Damian's marriage another try when she learned that she was pregnant. Even so, Lily was still pining for her "true" love, Holden, who actually delivered little Luciano (Luke) on the Snyder farm. In the As the World Turns: The Complete Family Scrapbook by Julie Poll, Martha Byrne, who plays Lily, is quoted as saying that Holden and Lily are a "forever kind of thing." Even though Lily has been torn between her feelings for Simon and husband Holden, he read more

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