Dear Soaps, I recently saw that...

Dear Soaps,
I recently saw that Craig Montgomery has returned to As the World Turns. I know I saw the actor who portrays him on Guiding Light BUT I know I've seen him on another CBS soap. Can you please refresh my memory? — Trina

Dear Trina,
The man is question is none other than the talented Hunt Block. He took over the role of Craig Montgomery this past July. And yes, Block also appeared on Guiding Light. He was fiery lawyer Ben Warren, who arrived in Springfield to seek vengeance on his half-brother, Ross, and wound up falling for Ross's wife, Blake. Block also did a quick stint on All My Children as Guy Donohue earlier this year. The other CBS "soap" you saw him on was actually a primetime series. In the '80s, he was the dastardly Peter Hollister on Knots Landing. (DD)

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Sean Kenniff, arguably America's...

Sean Kenniff, arguably America's most famous doctor thanks to his stint on the phenomenal hit Survivor, is making a house call in Springfield. Last week, Kenniff taped a cameo appearance on Guiding Light playing — you guessed it — a doctor. Before slipping into his scrubs and makeup, Kenniff sat down with a host of journalists on the GL set in New York City to discuss his foray into the world of daytime. "I always thought that acting would be fun. To play a doctor on television, the most common location [you see them], other than the occasional primetime drama, are on soap operas," said Kenniff. "Every soap you can think of has a hospital." While Kenniff has been offered opportunities on other soaps, he decided to make his debut on daytime's longest. "Guiding Light is one of the premier soap operas on television," he explains. "The staff seemed pretty cool. With a novice like myself, that's what you need to be a comfortable as possib read more

Rebecca Budig (Greenlee, AMC)...

Rebecca Budig (Greenlee, AMC) puts her muscles to the test. She's co-hosting the new WWF HEAT, a 2 hour extravaganza of wrestling matches, music, celebrities and fan interaction, which will air on MTV on Oct. 1. "It's going to be a really fun show," says Budig. "The band Disturbed will be there this week." The show will broadcast live from the World Wrestling Federation Complex in New York City. MTV's DJ Skribble co-hosts the lively production with Budig. No stranger to emcee duties, Budig hosted The Sports Illustrated for Kids Show. "But I've never done anything live, so these guys are taking a risk," she says with a chuckle. Wrestling phenomenon Stone Cold Steve Austin will be one of Budig's guests, but don't look for Budig to challenge him in the ring. "There will be no wrestling," she exclaims. "I'll get my yellow flag out and say 'I surrender'." The games begin at 7 pm/ET...On Sept. 26, Passions's star Bruce Michael Hall read more

All My Children: James Handy joins...

All My Children: James Handy joins the cast in the recurring role of Alf starting Oct. 10.

As The World Turns: Michael Lucas plays Samuel on Oct 6.

Days of Our Lives: On Oct. 13, Melissa Reeves returns to the in the role of Jennifer along with Paige and Ryanne Kettner who reprise the role of Abby, Jennifer's daughter.

Guiding Light: Martin La Platney plays Father Shea, an Episcopalian priest on Oct. 2.

Port Charles: KDRV-TV Medford anchorman Brian Morton plays a reporter who interacts with a mysterious informant Oct. 5....Jack finds a new game buddy in Jason Flaunt who plays Kane beginning Oct. 11.

The Young and the Restless: Granville Van Dusen returns as Keith Dennison, Megan and Tricia's father, on Oct. 4. Look for Thad Luckinbill to return as J.T. on Oct. 5. Brody Hutzler returns as Cody on Oct. 5 & 6. Diane Charles apppears as Lis read more

Could you forgive someone who...

Could you forgive someone who took away the most important piece of your life? That will be one tough question to answer this week when Brooke learns that Eliot is the drunk driver who killed her daughter on All My Children. Eliot, the reformed ex-cop turned minister, originally returned to Pine Valley to banish his last, lingering demon of Laura's death. "One of the final things Eliot wanted to do was confess," says Julia Barr, who plays Brooke. "He tries to tell me on a number of occasions, but there are just too many things that intervene. Then they got involved, and it seemed like an impossible admission."

When Brooke and Eliot win physical custody of Ricky, who, like Eliot, suffered at the hands of a abusive parent, it sets off the chain of events that lead to the shocking revelation. "Because Hank [Ricky's father] is a policeman and part of the pipeline, he's found out who Eliot really is," says Barr. "The guy's extremely threatening. He breaks and enters my hom read more

Forget all the rumors you've heard...

Forget all the rumors you've heard about GH's Genie Francis taking an even longer break from the daytime screen. Francis is back where she belongs, on the set. "She's back, and she's having a great time," confirms her manager. "She's already taped four episodes." So where was Francis all summer? "She bought a house in New England and spent the summer there with her family," her manager explains. The well-rested Francis is primed and ready. And how will Laura make her grand entrance back on the GH canvas? Pining over the well-being of her estranged son, Lucky? Confronting Stefan or Felicia over past indiscretions? "We'll see Laura walk right into Luke's trial," says a GH spokesperson, where her presence is sure to cause some major sparks. Francis returns to the air Oct. 6 … And while we're on the subject of GH, there's been plenty of debate over who could fill the recently vacated top writing slot at the show. Some of the names thrown into h read more

Dear Soaps, Please help me! I...

Dear Soaps,
Please help me! I was watching One Life to Live and a commercial came on for Centrum. There was a blonde woman standing there with a chart marking off stuff, and she never spoke. I think it was Dr. Melanie MacIver from OLTL. This has been bugging me for weeks. Could you please help me? — Teresa.

Dear Teresa,
Looks like you got a double dose of Lanie that day. Not only does Darlene Vogel, who plays OLTL's Melanie, dole out prescriptions in Llanview, she's is the blonde hawking Centrum vitamins in the commercial. Good catch! (DD)

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Dear Soaps, Is the girl who plays...

Dear Soaps,
Is the girl who plays Mac on The Young and the Restless the same one who was the daughter on The Echo of Thunder, a Hallmark movie that ran about three weeks ago? Thanks. — Patty

Dear Patty,
Ashley Bashioum (Mac, Y&R) certainly looks like the girl featured in this family feature. But the Lara Ritchie character, who comes to live with her father and his family in the Australian outback, was actually played by Australian born actress Lauren Hewett.

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Dear Soaps, Please! Oh Please!...

Dear Soaps,
Please! Oh Please! Oh Please! Help me! My girlfriend claims that Days of Our Lives's character Lexie Carver is infertile, and that Lexie's doctor confirmed her infertility years ago, and that Lexie kept all of this from her husband Abe, making excuses as to why they shouldn't have a child. If this is true, why then has Lexie spent recent months trying to get pregnant? Is my girlfriend right about this? We've got a bet going and need to find the truth. We know you always tell the truth so please let's have it! — Veronica

Dear Veronica,
Boy, this sure sounds like a plot point that happened. But I can't find evidence of it anywhere! If Lexie had been told by a doctor that she couldn't have children, it was probably the same physician who keeps screwing up Victor Newman's vasectomies over on Y&R. Seriously, we do know that back in 1993 Lexie and Abe were discussing having a baby. However, Lexie tearfully opte read more

Dear Soaps, Whatever happened...

Dear Soaps,
Whatever happened to Trevor and Natalie? Are they still a part of All My Children? — Cgarnder

Dear Cgarnder,
Sadly, this fan favorite couple is part of Pine Valley history. Trevor left town at the beginning of this year to help clear his wife Janet of murder. Sadly, Natalie died in 1993, following injuries she sustained in a car wreck. (Melody Anderson had assumed the role of Nat from Kate Collins and fans never warmed up to her performances.) The character of Natalie, played by Collins, returned as an occasional apparition while members of the Dillon family were still on the canvas. (MJM)

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