Patti D'Arbanville, who has portrayed...

Patti D'Arbanville, who has portrayed sassy and soulful Selena Davis for the past 2½ years, has been let go from Guiding Light. GL representatives confirmed her release. "It's storyline-dictated," says a show publicist. "But we have no last airdate as of yet."

D'Arbanville broke the news herself, posting a statement on her Internet message board over Labor Day weekend to inform fans that she had been let go. "I thought that I would take this opportunity to be the first to let all of you know that I will be leaving the show in October…" D'Arbanville wrote. "Many factors have entered into this decision, and although I am saddened, I only want what is best for this show." Fans of the actress have rallied together in an effort to stop D'Arbanville's departure. They have set up a Save Selena web page and are asking fans to e-mail and snail-mail GL executives to show their support of the character. Whether their efforts will save the characte read more

Afraid you won't be able to catch...

Afraid you won't be able to catch your favorite ABC daytime drama now that you're back on campus? No need to fret. ABC may be bringing its daytime lineup to your school. Tapping into its successful "Plunge In" campaign, which features younger ABC daytime actors, the network will host a series of college campus parties across the country this fall.

Arizona State University, Northwestern University and the University of Miami are just three destinations ABC will visit on its 27-school tour. The program is designed to be "an extension of our summer campaign to help us maintain and promote tune-in as college kids head back to school," says ABC director of marketing Gail Silverman. The program, which will take place at local bars, includes a video showcase featuring clips of Port Charles, All My Children, One Life to Live and General Hospital's young stars. Trading cards, temporary tattoos and rubber-band bracelets featuring words from the "Plunge In" read more

Tragedy strikes this week on Guiding...

Tragedy strikes this week on Guiding Light when the Spaulding project is sabotaged and Josh is trapped inside. Despite their separation, Reva rushes to be by Josh's side when she learns of the collapse. Alarmed by the poor conditions and the lack of proper safety equipment on the construction site, Josh takes matters into his own hands, which results in deadly consequences. "Josh has been sticking his nose where it doesn't belong," says Robert Newman who portrays Josh. "He kicks a bunch of construction workers, sort of a fly-by-night group, off the site." Jake, the unscrupulous foreman behind the nonunion crew, has been instructed by Maria Santos to stop Josh's meddling, so Jake plants a bomb on the site. "Josh is set up by this evil foreman, who waits for him to get into a certain place and then hits the button," says Newman. "The whole building comes down around him and he gets pinned underneath a structure as an entire floor collapses on top of him."

Reva learns o read more

Armed with a mic and her vast...

Armed with a mic and her vast arsenal of fashion knowledge, daytime's own couture guru, Linda Dano (Rae, OLTL), hits the red carpet Sunday to capture all the glitter and glamour at the Prime-Time Emmys. From the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, Dano will host a two-hour pre-Emmy program, which will stream on live video at Dano will provide insight on the fashion do's and don'ts of the evening and offer hot gossip on the night's festivities. The commentary begins at 6:30 pm/ET… Mark Consuelos (Mateo, AMC) and Diego Serrano (ex-Tomas, Another World; ex-Jesse, Time of Your Life) will be recognized as part of Generación n — up-and-coming Latino talent — at the 4th annual National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts (NHFA) 2000 Noche de Gala Dinner on Sept. 19 in Washington, DC. Consuelos, Serrano and other featured guests, including Jimmy Smits, Sonia Braga and Tipper Gore, wi read more

Dear Soaps, Is Matt LeBlanc of...

Dear Soaps,
Is Matt LeBlanc of Friends fame related to Christian LeBlanc (Michael, The Young and the Restless)? My daughter and I think there is a resemblance. — Kay

Dear Kay,
The two dark-haired, talented actors may bear a resemblance, but you and your daughter are incorrect on this one. They share the last name, but are not related. (MJM)

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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, I have read that Michelle...

Dear Soaps,
I have read that Michelle and Drew did not kill Mick (Danny's brother) on Guiding Light. Could you please fill me in on what I missed? — Jessica

Dear Jessica,
Wherever you read this, they steered you in the wrong direction. Thank goodness you've come to us for the real story. Mick's death was an act of self-defense; Michelle and Drew were there when Danny's brother Mick bit the dust, setting into motion Michelle's connection to the Santos family. (Michael J. Maloney)

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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, I was looking up a...

Dear Soaps,
I was looking up a recap of 1998 and came across a character named Jacara on One Life To Live.I have watched One Life to Live since 1991 and don't remember any character by that name. Could you please tell me the character's reason on the show, the length and the actress/actor who played Jacara? — Sean

Dear Sean,
You don't remember Jacara Principal? She was one of the coolest ladies ever to grace Llanview, albeit for too short a time. From 1997-98, Marva Hicks portrayed the confident businesswoman who was able to keep the ultra slick R.J. Gannon on his toes. She came to town when R.J. became a partner in her music company, Blue Jay Records. The show often used Jacara's business (and Llanview nightspot, Club Indigo) to showcase real life musicians like Chris Botti and Erykah Badu, but never really developed Jacara and R.J.'s romance or wove her more intricately into the show's fabric. (DD read more

Dear Soaps, In Australia, we are...

Dear Soaps,
In Australia, we are some years behind with Days of Our Lives. What happened to the romance between Carrie and Austin? — Kym

Dear Kym,
Are you sure you want the ending told to you now? OK, here goes: Austin was about to wed Sami when he learned that she had lied about him being Will's dad. Carrie punched her sister for her betrayal and in a surprise move, Carrie and Austin were wed (finally!). The honeymoon didn't last, however. Carrie was drawn to Dr. Mike Horton, and the two grew close. In time, Carrie returned Mike Horton's feelings of love and she and Austin drifted apart and eventually split up. When Roark Critchlow vacated his role of Mike, Christie Clark also expressed interest in leaving the show, too. The writers took advantage of these coinciding departures and wrote the couple off together. If the actors ever decide to return to the show, watch for this triangle to be re-explored. Meanwhile, read more

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