Brooke's recent confrontation...

Brooke's recent confrontation with Eliot over the death of her daughter Laura has been traumatic, but behind every cloud there's a silver lining. Brooke's adopted daughter, Laura Kirk English, is returning to town, and her presence is certain to perk up her mother's spirits. Laura Allen joins the cast in the contract role of Laura, previously played by Lauren E. Roman from 1995-1998. Laura has returned from China and is destined to take up with one of Pine Valley's many eligible bachelors. "The return of the character Laura is a welcome addition to Brooke's life in Pine Valley," says Julia Barr, who portrays Brooke. "[Allen and I] have already taped a couple of scenes together, and her openness and professionalism make her a pleasure to work with." Look for Allen to begin airing Oct. 26. read more

Criminal charges have been dropped...

Criminal charges have been dropped against Rick Springfield (ex-Noah, GH), who was arrested last month for allegedly striking his wife. Springfield was arrested in his Malibu home after his sister-in-law reported he had slapped his wife, Barbara Porter, in the face and threw her to the floor during a heated argument. According to the L.A. Times, prosecutors have decided not to file charges against Springfield because the case is not provable. The only evidence to support the assault is the sister-in-law's testimony. Springfield has maintained that he grabbed his wife in self-defense after she threw a jar at him. Springfield's wife has since recanted her initial statements that her husband struck her.... We already know that GH's Réal Andrews is dedicated to keeping himself in top-notch shape &#151 he trains with martial arts guru Billy Blanks and will compete in the Ironman Triathlon on Oct. 14 &#151 but who doe read more

Guiding Light may have lost Joie...

Guiding Light may have lost Joie Lenz (ex-Michelle), but it looks like her former onscreen counterpart, Paul Anthony Stewart, is still on board. "We came to an excellent deal, and I'm very excited to be staying with Guiding Light for three more years," confirms Stewart. Under his new contract, Stewart will have more flexibility to pursue his other passion: musical theater. Already armed with one Broadway performance under his belt &#151 he played Christian in Cyrano, the Musical &#151 Stewart is eager to seek more opportunities on the Broadway stage. "My executive producer, Paul Rauch, and my headwriter, Claire Labine, understand and appreciate my need and desire to perform in the theater. Now I'm just waiting for the right project to come knocking at my door."

Several rumors had questioned whether Stewart would follow in Lenz's footsteps and leave the show. "I'm not sure where all these rumors came from, but they didn't come read more

ABC has announced that Agnes Nixon...

ABC has announced that Agnes Nixon &#151 whose resignation had been all but confirmed in major publications and on the Web &#151 is actually expanding her role with ABC Daytime. Nixon has been named overall story consultant for the network. The creator of ABC's All My Children and One Life to Live, Nixon has been serving as AMC's head writer. In her new position, Nixon will oversee and consult on the creative direction for all ABC soaps. "Agnes's talent, experience and passion for the genre that she helped create is unrivaled," says the president of ABC Daytime, Angela Shapiro. "ABC considers her a valuable resource, and we have structured an environment in which her significant contributions will have the most impact." read more

Dear Soaps, What happened to Frank's...

Dear Soaps,
What happened to Frank's wife, Eleni, on Guiding Light? -- Joyce

Dear Joyce,
According to Jennifer Roszell, the actress who most recently portrayed the character, Eleni left Springfield for California and has taken up with someone else. There's no word on if or when Eleni will return. (DD)

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Dear Soaps, General Hospital's...

Dear Soaps,
General Hospital's Sonny is a mobster, correct? Well I would like to know what he does that is illegal. He won't deal with drugs, weapons or laundering money. So what makes him such a criminal? I have been trying to figure this out and have asked everybody who watches General Hospital and nobody seems to know. Thank you, and I hope to get a response. -- Jazelle

Dear Jazelle,
This is an excellent question, and I've often wondered myself just what Sonny does that's so illegal. Does his coffee have more than caffeine in it? Is yelling at Mike against the law? Could Sonny be arrested for those awful things that he used to say to Carly? I think the reason viewers never see Sonny do anything illegal is because the audience might lose sympathy for the character. It's implied that he's dangerous, and everyone acts as if he's done bad things (although, they tend to overlook them as well), but nobody really knows what they are. Mayb read more

Dear Soaps, Please riddle me this:...

Dear Soaps,
Please riddle me this: Years ago, when Bianca was just a little girl and found out about Erica and Uncle Jackson's affair, she set her Barbie and Ken dolls (named Erica and Jackson) on fire, and the house caught on fire. What happened next? Did Jackson save her? Did anybody get hurt? I just can't remember. Was this Bianca's first foray into psychosis? -- Helene

Dear Helene,
Let's just say life has been a little maddening for Bianca from day one. Remember when her father, the late Travis Montgomery, hatched his own kidnapping, hoping to collect insurance money, to thwart a hostile corporate takeover by Adam Chandler? When the plan failed, the kidnapper snatched baby Bianca instead! Then Bianca suffered from Reye's syndrome. When Bianca caught her mother kissing Uncle Jackson, her father's brother, she did set her "Jack" doll on fire. The blaze went awry, and Erica tried to save her little girl, but she was overcome by smoke. Travis saved read more

Dear Soaps, I know Josh Taylor...

Dear Soaps,
I know Josh Taylor was on Days of Our Lives many years ago, but he didn't play Roman Brady. What was the name of his character? -- Susan

Dear Susan,
From 1977-'87, Taylor played Chris Kositchek, a blue-collar and likeable bachelor in Salem who wore many hats. Over the years, he ran a health club (The Body Connection) and an eatery called Shenanigans. Chris was everyone's pal. His romantic interests included Mary Anderson, Amanda Peters, Leslie James, Savannah Wilder, and, ironically, his current TV sister, Kayla Brady. Chris befriended troubled teen Pete Jannings and took him under his wing after Chris discovered that his brother, Jake, was the Salem Strangler. At one point, a lawyer was needed for a storyline (involving Kimberly, as I recall) and so the writers established that Chris had gone to law school so he was therefore a lawyer! This prompted the offbeat character Calliope to apparently ad-lib in one scene, "Chris read more

Dear Soaps, Do you know of any...

Dear Soaps,
Do you know of any other journalist with no formal schooling or training who is allowed to run a whole newsroom (i.e., Guiding Light's Reva Shayne)? If I'm not mistaken, even Victoria Newman on The Young and the Restless had to take a few classes before running the family business. -- Sj40plus

Dear Sj40plus,
Well, Y&R's Vicki doesn't run the entire family business, and I actually don't recall her ever taking any classes. In Reva's case, at least we know that she had worked as a photographer and collaborated with journalist Fletcher Reade on a series of articles back in the mid-'80s. She must have learned something about journalism through those experiences. As I recall, One Life to Live's Todd and both Kim and Katie on As the World Turns jumped into, respectively, the print and broadcast journalism games without much training. Personally, I'm far more concerned about those overnight doctors who read more

Dear Soaps, How did Todd on One...

Dear Soaps,
How did Todd on One Life to Live get that hideous scar on his face? Did Nora give it to him? -- Souffle411

Dear Souffle411,
The scar on Todd's face is his scarlet letter. No, Nora didn't give him the scar, though she could have; Todd has put this woman in more precarious positions than I care to remember. The scar is courtesy of Luna Moody. After Todd and his pals gang-raped Marty Saybrooke but were released due to a mistrial (Nora was his lawyer), Todd wanted to make Marty pay. After Marty had spoken of her attack on Luna's radio show, Todd cornered her in an alley and threatened to rape her again. Luna, a rape survivor herself, charged into the alley with a lead pipe. To protect Marty and herself, she took a swing, and voila! -- Todd's badge of dishonor. (Delaina Dixon)

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