Dear Soaps, Please give your insight...

Dear Soaps,
Please give your insight on the John Black story line(s) on Days of Our Lives. Is it me or am I the only one who notices that anything that can happen has happened to John. First he was Roman Brady, then Father Black, then a mercenary, then a pilot, and now he imagines that he's a doctor. No telling what else he was/is. Is there no end to this? Will he ever be "normal" and quit trying to be The Pretender? — Cyndi

Dear Cyndi,
Days viewers have indeed needed a scorecard and graphics to keep track of the multiple jobs and identities held by John Black over the years. One reason there have been so many changes is that there have been so many head writer regimes since Drake Hogestyn (John) joined the show in 1986. To his credit, Hogestyn has tackled each new challenge and brought believability to the each and every new situation. Because the character can't remember much of his past, it provides the read more

Dear Soaps, I read your column...

Dear Soaps,
I read your column regularly and I am surprised that more mentions aren't made about the best soap ever, The Edge of Night. I would love to see a mystery soap like that return to TV. Are they planning on airing this show on SoapNet? It was an ABC show. What were the teenagers names on the show (I think her name was Jody and he was a drama teacher) and was the show cancelled for poor ratings or did they just want to open the time slot from 1/2 hour to 1 hour for local programming? — Bstone

Dear Bstone,
Who could forget the intricate mysteries and the savvy crime fighters featured on daytime's only crime melodrama, The Edge of Night. Born from the mind of Perry Mason writer Irving Vendig, The Edge of Night strayed from the traditional soap format, presenting year-long mysteries that were solved by several core characters and a revolving door of secondary characters in each new story. Live shoot- read more

Dear Soaps, I am trying to figure...

Dear Soaps,
I am trying to figure out who played Brandon (Lujack) Spaulding on Guiding Light when he came back years later and said he was his twin. Thank you. — Vickie

Dear Vickie,
The actor, Vincent Irizarry played Lujack from 1984-86 and then returned to GL from 1992-96 as Lujack's never-before-known twin brother, Nick McHenry. But Nick never claimed to be Lujack's twin. Their mother, Alexandra Spaulding, was the one who worked to convince Nick that he had to be her son. Of course, Nick's girlfriend (and Alex's nemesis), Mindy Lewis, also played a role in keeping it secret — she was afraid of losing Nick if he learned about his parentage. You can now catch Irizarry on All My Children. He plays Dr. David Hayward and was most recently involved with Erica Kane (Susan Lucci). (DD)

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Dear Soaps, Is Belle Marlena and...

Dear Soaps,
Is Belle Marlena and John's biological child or the child of Isabella and John? — Leisa

Dear Leisa,
Belle is indeed the biological child of Days's Marlena and John, conceived while Marlena was involved with Roman Brady. John was set to leave town after Marlena told him she was staying with Roman. Marlena went to say good-bye to John, but the two fell into a passionate embrace. Nine months later it was hello baby Belle, much to the dismay of her half-sister, Sami. Fearing John and Marlena's love child would cause heartache for her father Roman, Sami altered the blood tests to keep little Belle's paternity a secret. She then kidnapped the infant, and planned to put her up for adoption. Prior to this, John and his wife Isabella also had a child, but that child is Brady Black (Kyle Lowder). Now a teen, Brady is back in town, and ready to put his dad, John, through the ringer. (Delaina Dixon)

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Dear Soaps, What ever happened...

Dear Soaps,
What ever happened to Jessie Brewer on General Hospital? — Westva47

Dear Westva47,
Actress Emily McLaughlin died in 1991 after being on GH since it began in 1963. By the time she died, Jessie hadn't been on the show for a while, so GH never dealt with the character's disappearance. There was a brief mention after an episode, when the now deceased John Beradino (ex-Steve Hardy) talked about the actress's passing. It wasn't until many years later, when GH aired its 30th anniversary show, that anyone on-screen mentioned Jessie. Steve mentioned that she had died a few years before. (DD)

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Dear Soaps, What ever became of...

Dear Soaps,
What ever became of Keith Hamilton Cobb (ex-Noah, All My Children) and George Pilgrim (ex-J Chamberlain, Guiding Light)? Both of them left their soaps with lots of bad thing to say, and how they were "too good" to be wasting their time on soaps. I've seen neither hide nor hair of them since. — Anonymous

Dear Anonymous,
Cobb is set to star in the syndicated series Andromeda and has guest-starred on the show The Beastmaster. He also made an appearance on the much maligned sitcom Suddenly Susan. Pilgrim, a David Duchovny look-alike, has made fewer appearances, having worked on the films Addams Family Reunion and Cowboy and the Movie Star since leaving GL. In an interview last year, Cobb shared that he expressed an interest in returning to AMC for a few months since he was going to be in New York performing Shakespeare. Reportedly, AMC turned read more

Dear Soaps, Did Melissa Leo ever...

Dear Soaps,
Did Melissa Leo ever appear on All My Children in the role of Linda Warner, Cliff Warner's sister? Thank you. — Jakewha

Dear Jakewha,
Right you are! Leo (who went on to become a regular on Homicide: Life on the Street) was on AMC as Cliff Warner's kid sister from 1984-85. Linda arrived in town with her no-good boyfriend, Chris, who had been shot in a robbery. She wanted her goody two-shoes brother to help but not report the crime. Cliff gave in but paid for his kindness with the suspension of his medical license. Linda's other claim to fame was snapping pictures of a drugged Nina in wicked Zach Grayson's bed. Zach then tried blackmailing Cliff with the photos…that is until Marian Colby murdered Zach in self-defense. (DD)

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Dear Soaps, I recently read that...

Dear Soaps,
I recently read that Nash Bridges's Jodi Lyn O'Keefe was on Another World. Could you tell me who she played? Thank you. — Amy

Dear Amy,
The beautiful young actress/model, who has starred in several films, including Hallowen: H20 and She's All That, took a ride on AW's revolving world of Maggie Cory's. O'Keefe, Maggie No. 4, assumed the role in 1995 from Robyn Griggs (Nicole Shrink and Caitlin Roark had previously played the role.) While fans seemed to be responsive to her performance--she had encouraging fan letters posted on her dressing room wall — O'Keefe only got to call the role her own for a few months before she was temporarily replaced by Julie Nathanson. The role then went to its final portrayer, Lisa D. Brenner. O'Keefe had little time to mourn. She moved to Los Angeles to take on the role of Cassidy Bridges, Nash Bridges's d read more

As the World Turns: Daddy's home!...

As the World Turns: Daddy's home! Tony Musante has been cast in the recurring role of Joe D'Angelo, Rose's father. Musante mostly recently starred in the HBO drama series Oz and the feature film The Deep End of the Ocean with Jonathan Jackson (ex-Lucky, GH). Musante begins on Sept. 6.... Matt Kautz plays Bucky, beginning Sept. 7.

Bold and the Beautiful: Preston Brant plays Scott on Sept. 5.... Michelle Artigas appears as Helen on Sept. 6 and 7.... Victor Alfieri (ex-Franco, Days) returns as Giovanni beginning Sept. 11.

Days of Our Lives: Step back in time! Chelsea Butler and Dyllan Christopher appear as young Belle and Shawn on Sept. 14. Butler portrayed Belle before Kristen Storms assumed the role.

Guiding Light: Wesley A. Ramsey has been cast in the role of Sam Spencer, Olivia's reckless younger brother. Look for him to stir things up beginning Sep 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

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