Dear Soaps, I hope you can help...

Dear Soaps,
I hope you can help me with this, PLEASE!!!! My husband and I were discussing a guy on Knight Rider. I say it's Ben on ATWT, and he doesn't think so. I haven't had a chance to view ATWT to get his real name, as I am at school during that time. Please tell me, am I right? — Kisha

Dear Kisha,
Rev up your engines. Peter Parros, who stars as neurosurgeon Ben Harris on ATWT, did appear on the action-packed series Knight Rider with David Hasselhoff (ex-Snapper, Y&R) and a cool talking Pontiac Trans Am called KITT. Parros joined the cast in its last season. He played Reginald Cornelius III, a.k.a. RC3, a streetwise mechanic who drove a specially equipped van that transported KITT to each adventure. (DD)

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As The World Turns: Searching...

As The World Turns: Searching for clues about the Lily and Rose connection, Iva and Lucinda meet Sister Mary Catherine, played by Tresa Hughes, on Sept 19… Kelly Mealia plays young Iva and Sean Patrick Reilly appears as Lucinda's attorney in a flashback on Sept. 19….At David's trial, Elaina Erika Davis plays prosecuter Corinne Lee, Richard Borg plays David's defense attorney and John Wojda plays the judge on Sept. 20.

Days of Our Lives: Harry Danner appears as Dr. Maxwell, a pediatrician, on Sept. 24…. Look for Nadia Bjorlin's (Chloe) real-life sister, Kamilla Bjorlin, to make an appearance on Sept. 26 and 28. She plays the Serpent in Austin and Greta's virtual Eden.

Guiding Light: Michelle Morgan plays an ICU nurse Sept. 19…. James Biberi plays a thug Sept. 20…. Justin Silverman is Bo, Marah's pushy admirer, on Sept. 21 read more

	General Hospital may be...

	General Hospital may be losing a powerful daytime duo, but its spin-off, Port Charles, is welcoming in a new team. Barbara Esensten and James Harmon Brown have signed on as headwriters for the 3-year-old soap. "We're excited by Barbara and Jim's vision for Port Charles, and I believe the fans are going to love what we have planned for the show," says Angela Shapiro, president, ABC daytime. Their stories will start to air in the first week of December.

	Esensten and Brown first began their collaborative effort in 1988, writing together for the primetime series Dynasty. They were part of the award-winning writing team on Guiding Light in 1993, before their appointment as headwriters of Loving. The team also wrote for the fast-paced cutting-edge serial The City. They returned to Guiding Light as headwriters in 1995.

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After three years in the top writing...

After three years in the top writing slots on General Hospital, headwriter Robert Guza Jr. and co-headwriter Meg Bennett (ex-Megan, Santa Barbara, ex-Julia, Y&R, ex-Liza, Search For Tomorrow) have given the show their departure notices. "It's been a great ride," says Guza in an official statement, "but we feel that it's time to move on."

Guza, who previously held the role of headwriter at GH, rejoined the writing staff in the fall of 1997. Bennett joined the team in 1998, fresh from the headwriting position on the defunct NBC soap Sunset Beach. Under their guidance, General Hospital wowed viewers with powerhouse storylines, which included revisiting the infamous Luke and Laura date-rape scenario that happened more than 20 years ago. Guza and his team took home the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series Writing Team for the 1998-1999 season.

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For all of you who have been itching...

For all of you who have been itching for more Robin Strasser since she left the daytime canvas, hold on to your hats! The talented soap veteran is moving to Passions, where she will play the role of Hecuba.

	Strasser was last seen on One Life To Live, where she played popular villanness Dorian Lord, a role that earned her an Outstanding Lead Actress Emmy. She appeared as Christina Karras on All My Children and originated the role of Rachel Davis on Another World.

	Passions came to Strasser with the idea of joining the cast. While there are only a few details available about Strasser's role, according the show's web site, Hecuba will be "like nothing you've ever seen on daytime." Could Strasser's character be somehow related to Tabitha, armed with her own bag of supernatural tricks? "Strasser seems happy with the direction of her character," says the actress's spokesperson. Look for Strasser to strut into Harm read more

It's going to be a lively weekend...

It's going to be a lively weekend in Salem, IL, as the town kicks off its 6th annual Days Fest. More than 18 states will be represented at the three-day event, says festival chairman and vice-president Barbara Schooner. Steve Blackwood (Bart) will perform at a blues/jazz concert Friday evening. Fans can catch Blackwood, Arianne Zuker (Nicole) and Austin Peck (Austin), who is stepping in for Bryan Datillo (Lucas), at the free outdoor festival on Sat. 16. Jason Cook (Shawn-Douglas) and Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe) round out the weekend with appearances on Sun. Sept 17. Lorraine Zenka, author of Days of Our Lives: The Complete Family Album and Days of Our Lives: A Tour Through Salem, will be on hand to sign copies of her books on both days. "There's a lot of activites, raffles, look-alike contests, auctions and autographed items from studios available," promises Schooner. For last-minute information, call 618-548-087 read more

Donna Swajeski, former headwriter...

Donna Swajeski, former headwriter of Another World and past director of daytime at NBC and ABC, is penning a new soap — on the Internet. She has created an interactive one-minute soap titled 4o'clock4play for "It's time to find ways of telling stories in a different way," says Swajeski. "I think the audience no longer wants to just watch, they want to get involved. It's an on-going soap with all the traditional elements of love and romance, and everyone can take something away from the show that's more than just the story."

	The show follows the lives of four characters in the virtual town Harbor's Edge, two of whom meet when they are sold the same apartment. "One character, Destiny Blair, she's sort of the Erica Kane of the digital age," explains Swajeski. "She's really unpredictable, wild, a lot of fun to watch, outrageous. And everybody is in love with somebody else."

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Dear Soaps, My husband and I have...

Dear Soaps,
My husband and I have a disagreement as to whom Genie Francis (Laura on General Hospital) is actually married to in real life. I say she is married to Captain Picard (I don't know his actual name) from Star Trek: The Next Generation. My husband says she is married to Captain Picard's "number one" (I don't know his actual name either). Put us out of this misery and then we can see which one of us wins the bet! Ciao Bella! —Laurice

Dear Laurice,
Hope this doesn't make you miserable, but your husband's correct. Genie Francis is wed to Jonathan Frakes, who played Commander William Riker, the "number one" to Patrick Stewart's Captain Jean-Luc Picard. Francis and Frakes worked together on the short-lived prime time soap opera Bare Essence. She was Patricia "Tyger" Hayes. He was Marcus Marshall. (Michael J. Maloney)

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Dear Soaps, I am trying to remember...

Dear Soaps,
I am trying to remember the name of Patch and Kayla's daughter on Days of Our Lives. And where is she right now? Is she with Kayla and did Kayla marry Shane? Or is her sister, Kimberly, married to Shane? I've been trying to remember but now I think that I am draining my poor brain! —Aim Liz

Dear Aim Liz,
Give that cranium of yours a rest! Patch and Kayla's daughter, who was born in February of 1990, was named Stephanie. Nine months later, Patch was killed. In 1991, Stephanie was kidnapped by her nanny, but was later recovered in Australia. She is currently living with her mother, Kayla, in Los Angeles. Shane isn't married to Kayla or her sister, Kimberly. He is living in Europe. (DD)

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Dear Soaps, I have been very impressed...

Dear Soaps,
I have been very impressed with head writer Claire Labine and company on Guiding Light. The dialogue has improved dramatically and it appears they are reviving the old families. Finally the veteran actors are getting the time they deserve! Do you think Guiding Light is on its way back or is it just wishful thinking? —Valerie

Dear Valerie,
It's too early to tell. I hope it's not wishful thinking. Labine and company have embraced the Reva/Josh couple which I'm glad about. The announcement that Patti D'Arbanville (Selena) is leaving was a surprise. The character was a fan favorite and worked extremely well with Justin Deas's Buzz. Whenever a new writing regime comes in, I look for history to be honored. Case in point: the Billy/Holly pairing is terrific, but have they addressed how the two were once related via the marriage of Billy's sister Trish to Holly's brother Andy? Wouldn't it be great read more

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