This week on Passions, Ethan makes...

This week on Passions, Ethan makes a shocking confession as Theresa's life hangs in the balance. Ethan learns that a young woman has been injured in a motorcycle accident and takes off to look for Theresa, who was in a distraught emotional state after Ethan told her he doesn't love her in a romantic way. "Ethan's trying to tell Theresa that he's going to marry Gwen and she runs away," says his portrayer, Travis Schuldt. "He overhears Miguel saying that his motorcycle is gone. So Ethan kind of puts two and two together. He comes up on a scene of an accident; a car and a motorcycle that were in a wreck. He ask the bystanders and they say a girl that was actually on the motorcycle was taken to the hospital."

At the hospital, an unconscious Theresa fights for her life. The doctors advise that a testament of love may save her and Ethan admit his feelings, but does he mean what he says? "At first, Ethan's doing it because he wants Theresa to live, he doesn't want her to di read more

The newest crop of daytime performers...

The newest crop of daytime performers is coming from a most unusual source — reality based programming. Taking advantage of breakout stars from shows like CBS's megahit Survivor and others, daytime is giving these overnight sensations a chance to bring their natural spark to the soap canvas.

Mark Paredes is joining the Days cast in the role of Vito, an Italian chef. Casting director Fran Bascom called in Paredes after learning the former U.S. diplomat has a flair with languages-he speaks seven. Paredes had coincidentally just appeared as a contestant on the Fox game show Greed. Paredes will be whipping up exotic dishes at Moroni's restaurant in Italy, where he'll no doubt spice things up for Brandon and Sami. Paredes has some acting credentials to back up his newest role. He's been a soccer commentator in Mexico, a DJ in Italy, and a tour guide at Disney World. Survivor castaway Sean Kenniff will also grace the daytime scr read more

Mary K. Wells, former daytime...

Mary K. Wells, former daytime actress and Emmy Award winning writer for All My Children, died last week from a colon infection. Wells was 79.

Wells, a Nebraska native, expressed her interest in acting at an early age. She moved to Hollywood in her early twenties and landed small roles in several films, but would soon discover her true calling in the world of daytime. Wells began her soap career as a featured performer the NBC anthology serial, Modern Romances, which brought stories from the magazine of the same name alive on the small screen. She played several soap roles including Ellie Crown on Love of Life (1955-56), Louise Cole on As the World Turns (1956) and Nola Hollister on The Secret Storm (1971). Wells is best remembered as upper-class suburban housewife Louise Grimsley Capice on Edge of Night, a role she assumed in 1961 and played until 1970.

After a 20-year career portraying soap characters, Wells decided to mak read more

Dear Soaps, I am unclear on what...

Dear Soaps,
I am unclear on what happened between Kevin and Grace on Port Charles. I understand Rachel and Estelle both blame Kevin for Grace's death, but how did she have a daughter without Kevin knowing? — Alisia917

Dear Alisia917,
Well, it's a lot easier for a guy to not know he's fathered a child than it is for a woman to not know. The full details have yet to air; however, it's likely that Grace either didn't tell Kevin she was pregnant or she tried to and failed. Long lost children are a soap opera staple. They pop out of the woodwork all the time. Just ask As the World Turns's Dr. John Dixon or Days of Our Lives's Stefano DiMera. (MJM)

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Dear Soaps, How did the NBC soap...

Dear Soaps,
How did the NBC soap Sunset Beach end its three-year run? — TJay1777

Dear TJay1777,
The sun set on Sunset Beach with mostly happy endings when it aired for the last time on Dec. 31, 1999, just a few days short of its third anniversary. Annie and Olivia buried the hatchet as did Carmen and Gabi. Sean reunited with Emily. Casey and Sara looked toward the future. Gregory went to jail. In a classy move, actor Eddie Cibrian got time off from his prime-time show Third Watch so he could reprise Cole, who was reunited with Caitlin and Trey. Bette and A.J. began a romance. There was one bittersweet moment when Gabi announced that she was leaving Sunset Beach, following the revelation that she had betrayed Ricardo with his brother Antonio, a priest. Michael and Vanessa and Ben and Meg were wed in a double ceremony. Then, Meg woke up back in Kansas. All the Sunset characters were suddenly playing her read more

Dear Soaps, What is Shawn Christian...

Dear Soaps,
What is Shawn Christian (ex-Mike, ATWT) up to these days? Last I saw on him, he played Wayne on Beverly Hills, 90210? Thank you. — Lynn

Dear Lynn,
You'll be happy to know that this gorgeous blond hunk has been keeping himself busy on the small and silver screen. After leaving ATWT in 1997, Christian starred as Val in the short-lived series Wind on Water. He then appeared as Wayne, the pro beach volleyball player who gets involved with Donna, on Beverly Hills, 90210. Christian has made guest appearances on several shows, including Charmed, Pensacola: Wings of Gold and Jennifer Love Hewitt's now-canceled series Time of Your Life. He also stars in two independent films, Beautiful and Almost Lou. But his favorite role is definitely as a father. Christian and his wife welcomed their first baby, a boy, in early July. (DD)

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Dear Soaps, I recently heard that...

Dear Soaps,
I recently heard that Tara Reid from the movie American Pie played a role on Days of Our Lives. Could you please tell me who she played and how she was connected to the storyline? Thank you. — Mandy

Dear Mandy,
You heard correctly. Tara Reid, who starred as Viki, the girlfriend of one of four high school guys who make a pact to lose their virginity in the coming-of-age teen flick American Pie did appear briefly on the daytime canvas. Reid played Ashley, a friend of Samantha Brady, on Days of Our Lives back in 1995. You may recall the time Sami ran away to Seattle after she had slept with Austin and Lucas. She stayed with her friend Ashley while she was there. Ashley encouraged Sami to return to Salem, which Sami, who was pregnant, eventually did. Tara will be making some beautiful music in her next role. She's currently filming a movie version of Josie and the Pussycats. Tara plays Mela read more

Dear Soaps, I am a little confused...

Dear Soaps,
I am a little confused about Katherine Chancellor's son, Brock Reynolds. Why is the last name different from hers? Is he the son of Phillip Chancellor? If not, who's the father? — Mary

Dear Mary,
Your confusion is understandable, but Brock doesn't share his mother's (or, as he calls her, "Duchess") last name because he is not the son of her second husband, the late Phillip Chancellor II. Brock's father was the late Gary Reynolds, Katherine's first husband. All of this was backstory because when Y&R debuted in 1973, Katherine was already married to Phillip. Eventually we learned about her son Brock, who was off in Europe squandering his inheritance with Lori Brooks while attending college. (DD)

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Dear Soaps, Who played the original...

Dear Soaps,
Who played the original A.J. on General Hospital and how many actors have played him since then? — David435

Dear David435,
Since A.J., which stands for Alan Junior, was born on the show (who could forget Lesley Webber delivering him as Monica blurted out her baby's father was really Lesley's own husband, Rick, and not Alan? — though she was wrong), there have been a lot of actors who have portrayed him. Let's take a walk down memory lane. To date, seven actors have played the role of A.J. The first six were Abraham Geary; Jason Marsden; Christopher Ren Nelson; Justin Whalin, who went on to play Jimmy Olson on the prime-time series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman; Gerald Hopkins and Sean Kanan. Currently, Billy Warlock is playing the role of A.J., sporting a dark head of hair (at times A.J. has been blond and fair like his mother, Monica). W read more

Dear Soaps, Does Lindsay Korman...

Dear Soaps,
Does Lindsay Korman (Theresa) sing the theme song from Passions? — Irene

Dear Irene,
The voice that sings "Breathe," the main title theme of Passions, is certainly sweet enough to belong to Korman, but the song is actually sung by melodic songwriter Jane French. French, who has been performing music since the age of 8, co-wrote the Emmy-nominated song with her producer/manager John Henry, one of the show's composers. Back in 1998, French's mom sent her daughter's song demo to Henry. He was already familiar with her voice since he had produced her performances for several toy commercials, and was quickly captivated by her savvy songwriting. Henry encouraged French to submit some of her work for the Passions theme song, and as they say, the rest is history. Want to hear more from this talented singer? French is working on a solo project for NBC Records. Look for her first album to be rele read more

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