Dear Soaps, I was curious as to...

Dear Soaps,
I was curious as to whatever happened to Roxie Shayne and Johnny Bauer on Guiding Light. They still reprise the role of Rusty Shane but we never see or hear about Roxie! Cassie is a great way to revive the energy that Roxie brought to the show, but just imagine what they could do with Reva, Roxie and Cassie!!!! What a family reunion that could be! — Heather, a GL fan

Dear Heather,
Please! Sarah Shayne gets more airtime than Roxie does, and Sarah died! In 1990, Johnny was involved with Chelsea Reardon. He learned that Roxie, who had a mental breakdown after Johnny became ill with cancer, had started to make progress. She was moved from a facility in Switzerland to the United States. Johnny dumped Chelsea to be with Roxie. There's been little mention of the characters since that time. I agree that it would be great to see Roxie (played by Kristi Ferrell from 1984-88) back on GL. While Reva and Cassie are clos read more

If you're a Days of Our Lives...

If you're a Days of Our Lives fan, you'll want to make sure you set your VCR for Nov. 8. Days, which premiered Nov. 8, 1965, will celebrate its 35th anniversary with a limited-interruption broadcast. The program will include 10 minutes of extra story, weave highlights from Days's past throughout the current storylines and revisit some of the show's most memorable weddings, breakups, funerals and love scenes over the past three-and-half decades. "The 35th anniversary show is a gift to the fans of Days of our Lives," says Sheraton Kalouria, senior vice president, NBC Daytime Programs. "It is packed with great moments from the last 35 years and advances stories that are on air today. It is "must see" daytime TV." Look for original cast member Frances Reid (Alice), past favorites Bill Hayes (Doug) and Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie) and present favorites Deidre Hall (Marlena), Drake Hogestyn (John), Peter Reckell (B read more

With Jensen Buchanan returning...

With Jensen Buchanan returning as Vicky's ghost on As the World Turns Nov. 3, a lot fans are wondering if Marley, Vicky's twin sister on Another World, will become a more permanent fixture in to Oakdale. Thanks to the twists and turns new head writer Hogan Sheffer has added in the past few months, it certainly is a possibility. While Ellen Wheeler, who last played Marley, is happily situated in her role as one of the show's directors, she wouldn't rule out a return to the other side of the camera. "I would love to," reveals Wheeler. "I love Marley. I've grown up with her; she's always going to be a part of me. I've already got to do her one time on the show. If [the executives] decide to do that, especially with Jensen and Tom (Eplin) there, that would be so fun." While we're on the subject, though it is known that Vicky will have some direct interaction with Jake in the great beyond, ATWT is keeping under pretty tight wraps its g read more

What's the key to lasting in the...

What's the key to lasting in the soap opera business? "I have no idea," says Don Hastings (Bob, ATWT) with a chuckle. "I guess people like Dr. Bob." A humble response from a man who has been an anchor of his show &#151 and daytime as a whole &#151 for the past 40 years. Hastings, along with Helen Wagner (Nancy) and Eileen Fulton (Lisa) celebrated their long and illustrious ATWT careers during a private reception in New York City on Oct. 17. Flanked by past and present cast members, family and friends, the esteemed three reveled in and reminisced about their past four decades with the program. Wagner, the only surviving original cast member, celebrated her 44th year on the show. Fulton, like Hastings, rung in her 40th year. "I want to thank you for doing what you do," said ATWT executive producer Chris Goutman, who acknowledged that throughout their careers, Hastings, Wagner and Fulton have brought to every script a fresh discov read more

Sean Kanan (ex-A.J, GH; ex-Jude,...

Sean Kanan (ex-A.J, GH; ex-Jude, Sunset Beach) admits he wasn't looking to return to the soaps, but when he got the call to play Deacon Sharpe &#151 the no-good daddy of little Eric &#151 on The Bold and the Beautiful, he couldn't pass up the opportunity. "They called about Sean, and he didn't want to go back to daytime," reveals his manager. "We talked to [executive producer Bradley] Bell, and they convinced us because it's such a great show and they're great people to work for." Kanan has signed a short-term contract with the show, which allows him to pursue his film career in front of and behind the camera. Since leaving daytime last year, Kanan has produced and starred in the yet-to-be-released film March, with Rena Sofer (ex-Lois, GH; ex-Eve, Melrose Place) and former Knots Landing's star Michelle Phillips. Also, Kanan is set to star in a film he wrote; shooting begins in Montreal this Nove read more

You'd think a guy would make some...

You'd think a guy would make some enemies during a 40-year career, but that's far from the case for Don Hastings (Bob, ATWT) who has amassed only the utmost respect from his co-workers. "It's always a joy when Don is on the set, because we have some laughs," says Kathryn Hayes (Kim, ATWT), who has played Dr. Bob's main love interest for the past 28 years. "He's very funny. You don't see that in him as Dr. Bob, but he makes all of us happier when we have those really long days. We've had a lot of fun together over the years." Says cast mate Scott Holmes (Tom, ATWT): "If I could pattern my life after anybody, I'd pattern it after Don's. I've never seen anyone so universally loved in my life. His spirit precedes him into the room. He's one of the nicest people I've ever known.".... Erika Page (Roseanne, OLTL) married country singer Bryan White on Oct. 14 in Dallas, confirms a Warner Bros. Records spokesperson. The newlyweds are honey read more

As The World Turns: Lauren B....

As The World Turns: Lauren B. Martin's (Camille) last airdate is Oct. 26.

The Bold and the Beautiful: Scott Thompson Baker is back as Connor on Oct. 27.... E.E. Bell and Peggy Billo appear as Uncle Joe and Aunty Tilly respectively on Oct 27 & 30.

Days of Our Lives: Madison Mason returns as Gene Briscoe, Victor's attorney on Oct. 25 and 26.... Gregory White plays a priest on Oct. 27.

Guiding Light: Dr. Sean Kenniff, of Survivor fame does his rotations in Springfield Oct. 20, 23, 24, 26 and Nov. 3.... Christopher Rivaro plays a guard Oct. 23.... Ricardo Puente and Denia Branche play illegal immigrants on Oct. 23.... Boris McGiver plays Dr. Holt beginning Oct. 25.

The Young and the Restless: Adrian Sparks appears as Hugh Abernathy on Oct. 23.... Marissa Arena appears as Marissa Barton on Oct. 24. read more

Dear Soaps, Please explain how...

Dear Soaps,
Please explain how Margo, Craig, and Katie are all related on As the World Turns. Between the Hughes/Peretti/Montgomery puzzle, I'm all turned around! — AesBigRed

Dear AesBigRed,
The trio of half-siblings are all connected through their mother, Lyla Montgomery Peretti. Bart Montgomery fathered Craig (and his sister Cricket). Margo believed Bart was her dad, but it was revealed after her arrival in Oakdale that John Dixon was her father. The paternal revelation was so traumatic that Margo suffered a miscarriage. Hughes is Margo's married name, as Tom is her hubby. In the late '80s, Lyla wed a young doctor, Casey Peretti, and later gave birth to their daughter, Katie. Soon, Casey became ill and died, after Margo disconnected his life-support system. He didn't sign a living will before going into a coma; however, he did make Margo aware that he wanted no heroic measures used to save his life. (MJM)

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Dear Soaps, Could you please tell...

Dear Soaps,
Could you please tell me the name of the actress who portrayed Sloane Denning on the canceled CBS soap Capitol? Guiding Light's Crystal Chappell (Olivia) bears a strong resemblance to her, but there is nothing in her bio about Capitol. Thanks! — Shell

Dear Shell,
Capitol's Sloane Denning was played by Debrah Farentino, who appeared in Get Real, a one-hour drama on Fox, last year. While she and La Chappell could pass for sisters, they are not related. (MJM)

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Dear Soaps, I realize that because...

Dear Soaps,
I realize that because I haven't been able to watch The Bold and the Beautiful for a while, I have probably missed a few things. But I always try to keep up on the show by reading the soap opera section on the web site. Just answer this: How in the world did Kimberly go from being madly in love with Rick to being madly in love with Thorne? What's the deal? Has the girl ever heard of consistency? Thanks. — Jennifer

Dear Jennifer,
I think even regular viewers missed why Kimberly fell out of love with Rick so quickly. Once Amber's duplicity was exposed in the matter of little Eric, the path was cleared for Rick and Kimberly, who'd been played as star-crossed lovers, to get married. Perhaps the writers felt that the recast Rick (Justin Torkildsen) didn't have as much chemistry with Ashley Cafagna's Kimberly. At one point, Rick and Kimberly came into conflict over Kimberly's belief that Brooke (Ri read more

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