Reál Andrews (Taggert,...

Reál Andrews (Taggert, GH) just completed his second Ironman Triathlon in Hawaii &#151 and lived to talk about it. "They were the worst conditions ever," exclaims Andrews. "The winds were horrendous, people were getting blown off their bikes all over the place. The water was very choppy; it was a true test." Andrews finished the race in 15 hours and 26 minutes &#151 a half-hour less than last year. "I want to take two hours off next year," says Andrews. "That's my goal." To battle the impossible conditions, Andrews focused on his brother and his strong belief in God. "My brother's memory was my main motivator. In bible study, you sing to Jesus, so I decided to start training to Jesus. Instead of fighting [the conditions], I just pretended he was giving me a big hug and relaxed into it. My fiancée was also an incredible inspiration." While Andrew dreamed of macadamia nuts with "peanut butter and jelly" and that cold frothy beer at the finish line, he ne read more

Hogan Sheffer, who's been manning...

Hogan Sheffer, who's been manning the writing reins at As The World Turns since June, is certainly making a good impression on the cast. From intergrating old favorites and new characters to developing their distinct voices, the cast has put its faith in the daytime rookie writer and isn't afraid to praise his work so far. "He's awesome," exclaims Scott Holmes, who plays Tom. "I feel this show clawing its way back to the top. [Sheffer] hasn't really done daytime before, but he's got lots of stories to tell." While Sheffer's moved several favorite characters to the front burner fairly quickly, he still has more to go &#151 including Holmes. The patient actor doesn't seem to mind. "I know that he's doing it almost character-by-character to revoice the show. He hasn't gotten to us, but I think he will soon enough."

Sheffer is doing his homework, tapping into the back-story of characters from decades past, much to the actors' delight. "I really love what Hog read more

Kimberlin Brown, who plays ruthless...

Kimberlin Brown, who plays ruthless psychiatrist Rachel Locke on Port Charles, may be taking a permanent vacation from her hospital rounds. Sources speculate that Brown will leave the show's canvas by the end of November sweeps. With the impending death of three major characters, Locke's demise &#151 and Brown's departure &#151 is virtually a done deal. When asked to confirm whether the actress had chosen to leave the show, Brown's agent would only say that they had no information at this time, but an official statement from Port Charles seems to support her departure. "Port Charles will be having an exciting and mysterious storyline this November, with many twists and turns that will lead to the demise of several characters," confirms the show in an official statement, "Look for three characters to depart." The show is keeping the identity of the characters under tight wraps so as to not compromise the excitement of its viewers.

Brown originated read more

Mimi Torchin, the top scribe at...

Mimi Torchin, the top scribe at the popular soap magazine Soap Opera Weekly, has been released from her editor-in-chief position. Lynn Leahey, the current editor-in-chief of Soap Opera Weekly's sister publication, Soap Opera Digest, is being promoted to editorial director with responsibility for both publications. Torchin, a soap celeb in her own right, interacted with soap fans through her weekly editor's column, Speaking My Mind.

According to the magazines's publishing company, Primedia, the surprising change is the result of the decline in soap opera veiwership and newsstands sales of all print publications. The company hopes to redesign the magazines as a more complimentary package and add new sections to Soap Opera Weekly as well, including more coverage of primetime serials. read more

Dear Soaps, On Passions, it seems...

Dear Soaps,
On Passions, it seems as of now there is going to be a Gwen/Ethan/Theresa triangle. I would really like to know who you want to be with Ethan and why. Thanks! — Tjay

Dear Tjay,
Looks like there's going to be a love triangle? I think there's been a Gwen/Ethan/Theresa triangle since day one! While I believe Ethan does love Gwen, it's because his family has always instructed him to. He's never had to question that love. His feelings for Theresa were discovered on his own accord; every emotion he'll experience in this relationship will be one he's decided for himself. They say a man will do anything to be with the woman he loves. Ethan is ready to defy his family's wishes to be with Theresa, which proves the boy is serious. Lindsay Korman, who portrays Theresa, plays her passion for Ethan so purely, it just makes you want to root for her. And it's a pleasure to watch these two young talented performers share a read more

Dear Soaps, I've been asking people...

Dear Soaps,
I've been asking people that used to watch General Hospital and nobody could quite remember what happened to Holly Scorpio. I seem to remember that she lost out to Anna Devane in the contest for Robert but where she went from there, nobody can remember. Can you help? — Craig

Dear Craig,
Holly, a young English con artist, was involved with Luke Spencer and married Robert Scorpio to avoid deportation. She left Port Charles for London when she learned that Anna Devane was not only Robert's WSB partner, but his former wife as well. In 1992, Holly returned to Port Charles, shocking everyone who thought she had perished in a plane crash over Australia. Holly got involved with Bill Eckert, Luke's look-a-like cousin. (Anthony Geary played both roles.) She helped him locate his stolen painting "Summer at Provence", but stole it back when Bill took up with his first love, Victoria Parker. (The painting reminded Bill of Vict read more

Dear Soaps, Could you tell me...

Dear Soaps,
Could you tell me the last name of Royce, who was on As the World Turns a few years back? He was going to marry Emily Stewart, and I believe he is Lucinda's brother. Would you please help me with this question? Thanking you in advance. — RDW45

Dear RDW45,
Royce Keller is the half-brother Lucinda never knew about until she was grown. Royce wanted to marry Emily Stewart, but he had a terrible secret. Royce suffered from a multiple-personality disorder. His alter-ego, Roger, had caused the death of his sister and Lucinda's half-sister, Neal Alcott. Royce underwent psychological treatment to fuse his personalities, but quickly realized he was no longer the man who had first gotten involved with Emily. He left his bride-to-be at the altar. (DD)

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Dear Soaps, On The Young and the...

Dear Soaps,
On The Young and the Restless, I was wondering who are Christine (Cricket) Williams's parents, and what ever happened to them? I can't remember them ever being mentioned. — SP

Dear SP,
Christine's parents are Dr. Jim Grainger and the late Jessica Abbott Grainger. They came onto the scene in the late '80s. Jessica wed John Abbott, but she divorced him so that she could marry Jim and give Cricket a happy memory of her parents being together. Jessica was suffering from AIDS and died from an overdose of pills while in the hospital. (A nurse aided Jessica in her decision.) Jim went on to become involved with Nikki, but he left town after Jack manipulated a brief Nikki/Victor reunion. Jim has faded from the scene. He didn't even attend Christine's marriages to Danny or Paul. And just in case you didn't know, Christine is played by Lauralee Bell, daughter of Y&#038R creators William J. and Lee Philli read more

Dear Soaps, I was wondering who...

Dear Soaps,
I was wondering who has legal custody of Starr. I had thought the signing of custody papers was just a scam by Blair to get Kelly to sign her rights away to The Sun and would never give up custody. But my mom insists that Kelly has legal custody of Starr. Can you clarify for us who has custody? Thanks. — Jackie

Dear Jackie,
I called my friends at OLTL to get the story on this one. We know that Blair got Kelly to sign over her shares of The Sun under the guise of signing custody rights for Starr. According to head writer Megan McTavish, right after Blair's devious trick on Kelly, Todd found out about the guardianship of Starr. He demanded that Blair destroy the papers since Starr is his kid, and he'll be the only one to get her if something happens to Blair. If Blair hadn't complied, Todd wouldn't have stopped the computer virus set to destroy Max. Although we never saw it on camera, we can assume tha read more

Dear Soaps, I know that Days of...

Dear Soaps,
I know that Days of Our Lives's Bo has not always been with Hope. I remember one woman that he was with had a drug problem, but I cannot for the life of me recall her name. Could you give me just a brief history of Bo's past flings? — Suzette

Dear Suzette,
Well, I hope Hope doesn't read this, but here goes — the other women in Bo's life include Megan Hathaway (who was Stefano's daughter and tricked Bo into thinking that he'd fathered a son with her; he hadn't). While Bo and Hope were broken up, he had a scene or two with Hope's younger cousin Melissa, played by Lisa Trusel. Personally, I liked the chemistry there, but the writers quickly ended that potential pairing, perhaps due to the age difference between the characters. Years later, after Hope was presumed dead, Bo fell for Dr. Carly Manning. When Carly found that her son, Nicky, with Lawrence Alamain was alive, the three of them left town together. N read more

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