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Dear Soaps, I would like to know...

Dear Soaps,
I would like to know if you have any information on what Reiko Aylesworth, the actress who portrayed One Life To Live's Rebecca Lewis from '93-'94, is up to these days, and if there is a fan mail address for her. — Dina

Dear Dina,
You'll be happy to know that Aylesworth — whose alter ego, Rebecca, was taken hostage by Todd Manning during the Marty Saybrooke rape ordeal — is doing just fine. She's currently shooting six episodes for a new Aaron Spelling series titled All Souls, slated to run on UPN. You can send fan mail to Aylesworth care of M.J. Management, 130 West 57th Street, Suite 11A, New York, NY 10019. (DD)

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Dear Soaps, Are there any plans...

Dear Soaps,
Are there any plans to bring back Kristen or Felicia on The Bold and the Beautiful? Also are there any plans to make Maeve Quinlan (Megan) a main instead of recurring character? She is so pretty! — CuriousGuy

Dear CuriousGuy,
B&#038B doesn't comment on casting, but as the soap generally prefers to use original players, I can tell you that it's not likely we'll see Felicia anytime soon. Her portrayer, Colleen Dion, has reprised her role as Leslie on All My Children. Teri Ann Linn, who played Kristen, has been living and acting in Italy where B&#038B's a mega-hit. The actress did say in an interview earlier this year that it might be time for Kristen to return to Los Angeles. As for Quinlan, much of the drama has shifted away from the offices at Forrester, cutting down on Megan's airtime. Brooke's secretary has been popping up in the press lately and was quoted as saying it's time read more

Dear Soaps, I am a junior at Binghamton...

Dear Soaps,
I am a junior at Binghamton University. Can you tell me what song was playing on Oct. 23rd episode of Passions, when Theresa was crying because she thought Ethan was cheating on her? Thanks! — Monica

Dear Monica,
The song is called "Gone" and the artist's name is Jessica Riddle. It's off her new CD called "Key Of A Minor." (DD)

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Dear Soaps, What ever happened...

Dear Soaps,
What ever happened to the soap Love of Life? — Patharold

Dear Patharold,
According to The Soap Opera Encyclopedia by the late Christopher Schemering, Love of Life ran from September 24, 1951 to February 1, 1980. After the cancellation notice came down, the CBS show was hoping that it'd be picked up by another network so it left the storylines open. As the credits rolled for the last time, Tony Bennett's version of "We'll Be Together Again" played as director Larry Auerbach, who'd been with the show from the beginning, walked through the empty sets. LOL alumni include Audrey Peters (Vanessa), Christopher Reeve (Ben), Tudi Wiggins (Meg), Ron Tomme (Bruce), and the late Nancy Marchand (Vinnie). (MJM)

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Dear Soaps, Can you tell me where...

Dear Soaps,
Can you tell me where the new Jake on All My Children came from? I think this actor is truly the wrong match for Gillian. He has absolutely no chemistry with her and it pains me to see them together. It makes you believe that Gillian is really settling by staying with Jake. — Colette

Dear Colette,
Do you mean the character or the actor? Well, I'll answer both. After learning he was not the father of Liza's little girl, Colby, Jake left his new wife, Gillian, for wartorn Chechnya. Jake's latest portrayer, J. Eddie Peck, most recently played Cole Howard on The Young and the Restless. You say the new Jake has no chemistry with Gillian? Well, the man is suffering from impotence! But seriously, if Ryan is Gillian's true soulmate, and Jake is the obstacle that's keeping them apart, then it would be appropriate for us to think that Gillian is just settling with Jake. We can only hope that she and Ryan muster up t read more

Dear Soaps, Weren't the characters...

Dear Soaps,
Weren't the characters of Emily and Holden married at one point on As the World Turns? How come this is never mentioned, and how come the characters act as if they barely know each other in the (relatively few) scenes they have together? Wouldn't this make Emily and Molly having dated the exact same men a little more pronounced? — Nicole

Dear Nicole,
The writers have given Emily quite a few love interests (Tonio, Royce, Jef, Tom) since the character's quicky marriage and divorce to Holden in the late '80s, so that might be one reason that their past isn't mentioned. Also, a different actress, Melanie Smith, played Emily when she and Holden tied the knot. However, since new head writer Hogan Sheffer (who's doing a terrific job) honors the show's rich history, the Holden/Emily connection will likely be mentioned if a scene calls for it. It would be interesting if Emily and Holden were given more air time si 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

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.

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As The World Turns: Lia Yang returns...

As The World Turns: Lia Yang returns as Mei-Lin on Nov. 2…. James Shanklin plays INS Agent Halliwell, who accosts Simon, beginning Nov. 3.

The Bold and the Beautiful: Scott Lawrence appears as Mr. Jones, a private detective hired by Rick, on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1.

Days of Our Lives: Look for Austin's deceased father, Curtis Reed, to cause trouble for Greta and Austin in the virtual garden. Nick Benedict reprises the role on Nov. 1 and 2.

Guiding Light: Elizabeth Roby plays a nurse and Christopher Rivaro and Jose Antonio play guards on Oct. 30…. Maria Elena Ramirez begins as Ramona, the wife of the late Diego on Nov. 3.… Look for Steven Ogg to play Pete, the overseer of the illegal immigrants, and Jody Ashworth and Jason Mascartolo to play guards on Nov. 3.

Port Charles: Mark Kulor, Craig Davis and Shawn Howell take on the Scanlon brothers in 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

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