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There's been a teen explosion...

There's been a teen explosion on the daytime airwaves. From the virtual summer scene at the Glow by Jabot House web site on The Young and the Restless to the super youth sleuths trying to solve Ted's murder on General Hospital, teen stories are hot. What makes adolescent antics so compelling? Soap Center, the original news and entertainment program dedicated to the soaps, aims to answer this very question with its own teen special. The show, scheduled to air Aug. 25 at 6 pm/ET on SoapNet, is a first for the series. "Teen stories and characters have moved to the forefront of soaps, and they're an exciting, driving force in the genre," says Paula Rosenthal, SoapNet's executive in charge of original production.

Emmy Award winner David Tom (Billy, Y&R), Amber Tamblyn (Emily, GH) and Erin Torpey (Jessica, OLTL guest-host the hour-long program. "There were so many stars to choose from, and we're delighted we got t read more

Jennifer Roszell (Eleni, GL) has...

Jennifer Roszell (Eleni, GL) has joined the cast of High Infidelity, a new political comedy starring soap veteran Morgan Fairchild (ex-Jennifer, Search for Tomorrow, ex-Sydney/Debbie, The City) and recording artist John Davidson. Roszell plays Nurse Jane McAlpin in the show, which chronicles a senator's bid for the presidency and the crumbling marriage that stands in his way. This is not the first time Roszell has graced the stage. She has appeared in numerous productions across the country, including the School for Wives and I'm Not Rappaport. High Infidelity is now playing in New York City and runs until Sept. 24. For more information, visit highinfidelity.org.… The silver screen once again enters the world of daytime with Nurse Betty, a new film starring Renee Zellweger and Tia Texada (ex-Kacey, Malibu Shores). Betty Sizemore, played by Zellweger, is an avid viewer of the soap opera read more

If you haven't set your VCR yet,...

If you haven't set your VCR yet, now's the time to do so. Steve Burton's return to General Hospital is just one week away. On Aug. 25, Burton strolls back into town in the role that won him the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in 1999 and an adoring legion of fans. Jason Morgan's presence is certain to stir up emotions for people throughout Port Charles. The character skipped town when Burton left the show in January, but with so many loose ends to tie up, it seemed a return would be inevitable.

Burton has finished filming the premiere episode of his NBC television series, Semper Fi. In the new Steven Spielberg series, Burton plays the headstrong, self-appointed leader of a U.S. Marine Corps troop. While the two-hour pilot is in the can and the show has discussed a 13-episode commitment, Semper Fi is considered a midseason replacement and hasn't begun production on the next batch of episodes says a show spokesperson. It is this very read more

We've heard him playing his rock...

We've heard him playing his rock and roll music a few decibels too loud in the Black home; we've heard his voice snap back to his father John in typical teenage fashion. This week, Days of Our Lives puts a face with the name. Kyle Lowder makes his daytime debut as Brady Black on Aug. 21. Brady has been away at boarding school for the past few years, but he's back in Salem and ready to cause a commotion.

Lowder was born in St. Louis but grew up in the New York City suburbs. In high school he excelled in sports and theater. He split his time between both passions and won top accolades on the field and in the choir. "I was really busy in high school," says the young actor.

During his senior year, Lowder made the decision to pursue acting full-time and enrolled in Syracuse University's acclaimed drama department. As a college sophomore, Lowder flew to Los Angeles to participate in a series of workshops and showcases for actors. Inspired by the positive response of age read more

Dear Soaps, When Stephen Nichols...

Dear Soaps,
When Stephen Nichols played Patch Johnson on Days of Our Lives in the beginning of his stint he was involved with a blond woman. On General Hospital he has been with a pretty blond woman. Is this woman the same one from Days? They look very similar. Thank you for your input. — Mamacane71

Dear Mamacane71,
While Nichols (Stefan) seems destined to get involved with the very pretty Tava Smiley (Chloe, GH), a virtual newcomer to daytime, Nichols did enjoy on-screen romances with another very pretty blond actress, Mary Beth Evans (ex-Katherine, GH; ex-Kayla, Days) on both shows. Back when Nichols wore a patch and played a character by the same name, he got involved with sweet, innocent Kayla. The couple married not once, but twice — the first marriage was declared invalid when Patch's first wife, Marina, returned from the dead. On GH, Stefan and Katherin read more

Dear Soaps, Please settle a bet...

Dear Soaps,
Please settle a bet between my niece and I. She says Austin Peck is the original Austin Reed and Lisa Rinna was not the original Billie on Days. I say she is totally mistaken, as I have been watching Days for at least 30 years. — Anxious Auntie

Dear Anxious Auntie,
Looks like your niece owes you a fancy dinner, because you're right on both counts. Peck is not the first actor to play Austin Reed on Days. Introduced as a love interest for Carrie, Patrick Muldoon originated the role in 1992. He stayed for 3 years, then left to pursue a film career, starring in Starship Troopers with fellow soap alum, Casper Van Dien (ex-Ty, OLTL) and Dina Meyer (ex-Lucinda, 90210). Peck took over the role in 1995, and has happily been making it his own ever since. Turning over the cards, Lisa Rinna was indeed the original actress to play Billie Reed, the cocain read more

Dear Soaps, Have any African-American...

Dear Soaps,
Have any African-American women ever won any daytime Emmys? — B.D.

Dear B.D.,
The answer is yes! Yes! Yes! Angie Baxter Hubbard brought viewers to tears as she mourned the death of husband, Jesse, who was gunned down in the line of duty. For her unforgettable performance, Debbi Morgan (ex-Angie, AMC and The City; ex-Chantal, Generations; ex-Ellen, PC) became the first African-American actress to take home the top prize for Best Supporting Lead Actress in a Drama Series in 1989. She shared the title with Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis, GH) who won for her portrayal of Julia on Santa Barbara. Other black actresses have also been up for the prestigious award. The Young and the Restless boasts two nominees. Victoria Rowell has been nominated three times in the Best Supporting Actress category. In 1996, she ran against her fellow co-star Tonya Lee Williams (Olivia). (D read more

Dear Soaps, Is it just me or is...

Dear Soaps,
Is it just me or is it great to see Izzy B. [played by Staci Greason] back on Days of Our Lives? I wish they'd write her into more episodes. I had given up on Days a while ago, but I made sure to watch it when she was on. Also, when are the Internet poll results about Hope's baby going to be announced? — Michelle

Dear Michelle,
Any show worth its salt knows that bringing back an old fave is definitely going to generate viewer interest. Days certainly accomplished that with Isabella's short, but sweet return. It's a shame that Izzy B. died on-camera in John's arms. Otherwise, it'd be great to have her back on a regular basis, especially in light of her and John's son Brady being aged. Over 270,000 fans voted in the contest to determine the paternity of Hope's baby. It's been revealed that John is the father. (Did Stefano really need another child?) While viewers know who the true dad is, it will be a read more

Dear Soaps, Can you please let...

Dear Soaps,
Can you please let me know other than Port Charles and General Hospital what soaps Ron Hale has played in and his roles. — Desertbabe

Dear Desertbabe,
On GH, Mike is in desperate need of fast cash to pay off a hefty gambling debt, but this isn't the first time Hale's portrayed a character facing this very problem. As the villainous Dr. Roger Coleridge on the working class soap, Ryan's Hope, Hale's character stole $6500 to pay off his bad bets. Hale was a part of the original cast when the show premiered in July in 1975, and stayed on the show for its fourteen-year run. His magnetic performances earned him back-to-back Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Emmys for the 1978-79 and 1979-80 seasons. Before Ryan's Hope, Hale played another doctor, Dr. Jim Abbott, on Love Is a Many Spendored Thing. Hale only had the role for a few months before the show was cancelled in 197 read more

Dear Soaps, I have been out of...

Dear Soaps,
I have been out of the loop concerning Y&R for some time now. Could you please update me about Katherine's granddaughter Mac? I know that Kay met her in a homeless shelter and discovered that the girl was Brock's long lost daughter. But how did she make that conclusion? Is Mac indeed Kay's granddaughter or is she an impostor? How did Mac end up homeless in the first place? Why does Jill hate her so much? It seems like Billy causes more trouble than Mac does and that Mac is actually a sweet girl. Does Jill hate her simply because she is related to Kay? And where is Brock now? How does Raul fit in the picture? Why he first came on, I thought he was an older friend of Victoria's? Now, he plays a teenage role. — Angela

Dear Angela,
Boy, Angela, as Saturday Night Live's Roseanne Roseannadanna used to say to her favorite letter writer, Mr. Richard Feder of Fort Lee, New Jersey, "You sure ask a lot of questions!" H read more

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