Alex Mendoza has taken over the...

Alex Mendoza has taken over the role of Joe Scanlon on Port Charles. His first airdate is Sept. 25. Mendoza's credits include guest roles on Pensacola: Wings of Gold, Charmed, Beverly Hills, 90210 and JAG. David Gail, who assumed the role in July 1999, has vacated the role citing personal reasons. read more

Joie Lenz, who has played the...

Joie Lenz, who has played the tumultuous life of her alter ego, Michelle Bauer, on Guiding Light for the past two years, will be leaving the role in early fall. While her fans may be disappointed to see her go, Lenz's departure is a positive beginning for the 19 year-old actress. "She'd like to get into film and more television, and that can be tough on a soap schedule" says her manager, Nancy Carson. "She made a two-year commitment to the show. She started in high school, and was able to go to her prom and all those things you can do while on a soap, but now it's time to move on." Making the decision was not an easy one for Lenz. "She loves the show," says Carson, "but she'd like to do more." Danny's return to the family business may be the catalyst for Lenz's exit as Michelle goes forward with her plans for divorce. Could Rebecca Budig or Rachel Miner, who both played Michelle before Lenz, be toying with the idea of reprising the role? Budig, who cu read more

It's official. Melissa Reeves...

It's official. Melissa Reeves is returning to Days of Our Lives, the show that made her a household name. "She is returning," confirms her manager. "The deal just happened." Reeves played the role of Jennifer Devereaux from 1985 to 1995.

Since leaving the show, Reeves has starred in the TV-movie Half a Dozen Babies with her husband, Scott Reeves (Ryan, Y&R). Reeves has auditioned for several other daytime and prime-time projects, but this marks her return to the soap canvas. Look for Michael Logan to have exclusive details in an upcoming issue of TV Guide. read more

Recording artists O-Town, the...

Recording artists O-Town, the Making the Band boy band, make their daytime debut Sept. 18 on All My Children. The fab five — Trevor Penick, Jacob Underwood, Dan Miller, Ashley Angel and Erik Estrada — are invited by Erica Kane (Susan Lucci) to perform their hit single Baby I Would at Bianca's (Eden Riegel) homecoming party.... Hayden Panettiere (Lizzie, GL) has been cast as Nicole Kidman's daughter in the upcoming film The Panic Room.... Panettiere can also be seen on the silver screen this fall in Remember the Titans with Denzel Washington.... Ryan Phillippe (ex-Billy Douglas, OLTL) stars in the new feature film The Way of the Gun. Phillippe plays Parker, a career criminal who kidnaps a surrogate mother (Juliette Lewis) who is carrying the child of a wealthy couple. He and his partner (Benicio del Toro) hope for a n read more

The wait is over as Nora returns...

The wait is over as Nora returns to Llanview this week. Nora awakes from her unconscious state in the convent, with no idea where she is or how she got there, but certain she has to escape. "Nora gets dressed in some nun's habit and leaves the convent. You don't know where she's going," says her portrayer, Hillary B. Smith. "The next thing you see is Sam and Nora's house, and everyone's there accusing Lindsay of doing something to Nora. All of a sudden, Todd shows up and he's got Nora with him." Family and friends are ecstatic to see that Nora is alive and well, but their happiness is short-lived when it becomes evident that Nora has lost her memory.

"Todd's basically a stranger, taking me to a strange house filled with strange people. They look at me like I've come back from the dead," says Smith with a chuckle. "And I don't remember anything until Hank walks in the door. And I'm like 'Oh yes, thank God you're here. Take me out of here. These people are wacky.' He takes me read more

Dear Soaps, My sister and I have...

Dear Soaps,
My sister and I have a question on The Young and the Restless. I say there was another actress who first played Sharon. She says the current Sharon is the one and only. If there was another one, why was she replaced? Where is she now? — Fergp

Dear Fergp,
Tell your sister she's wrong. Not one but two actresses, Monica Potter and Heidi Mark, each played the role briefly before Sharon Case assumed the role back in 1994. The show wanted to find just the right actress since the writers were making a long-term investment in the character. Casting Case in the role has certainly paid off. In addition to being a fan favorite, Case won the Supporting Actress Daytime Emmy in 1999. Potter and Mark haven't exactly remained idle since moving away from Genoa City. Potter's appeared in the films Patch Adams, Without Limits and Con Air. Mark was a regular on the short-lived revival series Lov read more

Dear Soaps, I vaguely remember...

Dear Soaps,
I vaguely remember a soap called Capitol which I think aired on CBS. It went off the air before I began watching soaps regularly, and I'd appreciate it if you could tell me anything about it. — Lwew

Dear Lwew,
Political intrigue, star-crossed lovers and a prime-time premiere. These were the elements that kicked off the CBS serial Capitol, which first aired March 26, 1982 at night — a first for a daytime drama. The half-hour weekday serial focused on the lives of two feuding families, the Cleggs and the McCandlesses. In true soap opera fashion, the show featured the secret love affair between college student Julie Clegg (Kimberly Beck-Hilton) and Air Force hero Tyler McCandless (David Mason Daniels), who feared the wrath of their sparring clans. The show boasted several faces which can be found on today's shows, including Constance Towers (Helena, GH) as Clarissa McCandless, read more

Dear Soaps, On As the World Turns,...

Dear Soaps,
On As the World Turns, do any of the children Lily gave birth to belong to Holden? Does he have any children from previous relationships? Thank you.
— Lisa

Dear Lisa,
For such a young couple, Holden and Lily sure do have a lot of children with other people. While Lily's son, Luke, is from her marriage to Damian Grimaldi, Holden has two kids with other women. Son Aaron is from a drunken one-night-stand Holden had with his brother Caleb's current wife, Julie Wendell. And recently Holden learned he has a daughter, Abigail, from a union with Molly during the time period B.L. (Before Lily — did life really exist before Lily?!). Together, Holden and Lily have a daughter, Faith. (DD)

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Dear Soaps, I've asked this twice...

Dear Soaps,
I've asked this twice before, hopefully this time it comes through and I'll get some answers. Recently, a friend and I were in a dispute over whether Y&R's Eileen Davidson, who plays Ashley Abbott now, was the original Ashley back when she was once married to Anthony or Tony (I believe that's what his name was). I have watched this show since I was 11 and I'm 21 now, but I could swear it was a different girl. Please end this confusion! — Christine

Dear Christine,
I will try to end your confusion. Ashley's current portrayer, Eileen Davidson, did originate the role back in 1982 and played her until 1988, before returning in 1999. According to your numbers, you've probably been watching since 1990, so that could be why you don't remember Davidson. You probably watched the actress who followed her in the role: Brenda Epperson Doumani, who played Ashley from 1988 to 1995. Ashley hasn't been married to read more

Dear Soaps, Now that we've found...

Dear Soaps,
Now that we've found out that Stefano is not the father of Hope's baby on Days of Our Lives, how many children does he have? — Anonymous

Dear Anonymous,
Stefano may be upset that Hope's little baby isn't his, but he's had the opportunity to say "I'm your daddy" on several other occasions. He has three children who are deceased: Tony, Renee and Megan. Add to the litter Lexie, Benjy, his adopted children, Peter and Kristen, and of course, Little Elvis, Susan Banks's boy. (MJM)

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