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Dear Soaps, Is the actor that...

Dear Soaps,
Is the actor that plays Philip Kiriakis on Days the same one I see in the Skechers ads in Rolling Stone? — Adummich

Dear Adummich,
Rip out that page and add it to your Days scrapbook! Jay Kenneth Johnson, sporting a much shorter haircut than he does on the show, is currently featured in the footwear company's splashy ad campaign and can be seen in several magazines, including Rolling Stone, Maxim and others. Before he made his daytime debut as Victor, Kate and Vivian's test-tube son, Johnson did a bit of modeling. Shot on location in downtown Los Angeles, the ads feature Johnson in two different poses: one where he is running through a tunnel and another that captures a close-up of Johnson's handsome profile. They've been blown up to near life-size proportions and are being displayed in retail locations where Skechers USA products are sold. You can also make a quick visit to skechers.co read more

Dear Soaps, I watch The Bold and...

Dear Soaps,
I watch The Bold and the Beautiful pretty regularly, but have missed some shows this summer. I'm totally confused by the Morgan pregnancy storyline. I knew she asked Ridge to father her child and he refused. Did he change his mind, because now Morgan is pregnant? Why is Ridge acting so surprised about the whole thing? Is she trying to keep her pregnancy a secret? Please shed some light on the situation. — Tracey

Dear Tracey,
Ridge initially refused to be the donor for Morgan, who wants desperately to have his baby. Then, Taylor went out of town to visit her ill father, Jack Hamilton. Sensing a window of opportunity, Morgan forged an email from "Taylor" telling Ridge that it was okay if he acted as the donor. Then, a vague phone message from Taylor led Ridge to believe that she had no problem with him fathering the child through a night of lovemaking. Ridge was duped. Neither he nor Taylor had any idea what Morgan was up 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, I haven't gotten to...

Dear Soaps,
I haven't gotten to watch the soaps for a long time. Whatever happened to Hope, one of Victor Newman's wives on The Young and the Restless. Did he divorce her? Did she die? What happened? — Melissa

Dear Melissa,
Hope decided that Victor didn't have room for her in his life, so she took their young son, Victor, Jr., and returned to her farm in Kansas. Ashley's pal, Kurt Costner, went with them. At the time, the writers presumably moved Hope off the canvas so they could tell the story in which Victor would marry Diane and then divorce her so he could wed a dying Nikki. There just wasn't room for Hope at the time. It's likely, however, that Hope and Victor Jr. will return down the line. (Michael J. Maloney)

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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, On Guiding Light,...

Dear Soaps,
On Guiding Light, I heard Michelle tell Claire that she and Danny went through a lot to be together. What exactly did they go through? — Kendra

Dear Kendra,
The real question is what haven't Danny and Michelle gone through? The couple didn't exactly get off on the right foot since Michelle had killed Danny's brother, Mick, in self-defense. Danny and Michelle agreed to fake romantic feelings for each other so that the Santos family would spare Michelle's life. Then, they fell in love for real. Next, Carmen, Danny's mom, orchestrated Michelle's conviction for the murder of Ben Warren. It looked like Danny and Michelle would be separated for quite a while after Michelle was put on death row. Danny helped clear Michelle, but she miscarried his baby after being released from prison. Memories of Carmen have been haunting Michelle, too. Currently, Danny believes that Michelle's mom, Claire, had nothing to do with Carmen's de read more

Dear Soaps, Recently, Nathan Hastings...

Dear Soaps,
Recently, Nathan Hastings was brought back to The Young and the Restless for a short time when a dying Olivia entered a spiritual plane. Many people I've talked to believe that this was the only actor to play Nathan. What other actors have played Nathan and which one returned for this recent appearance? — Bobbi

Dear Bobbi,
Three actors have played the role of Nathan Hastings. Nathan Purdee (who now plays Hank Gannon on One Life to Live) originated the role in 1985 and played it until 1992. The next Nathan was Randy Brooks, who played the part from 1992-93. Adam Lazzare-White was the third and final Nathan from 1994-96. Lazzare-White reprised Nathan during Olivia's recent trip to the great beyond. (MJM)

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Dear Soaps, I must have been snoozing...

Dear Soaps,
I must have been snoozing the week OLTL explained the relationship between Todd and Sam. They seem to have a significant past together that I can't quite figure out. Can you fill me in? — Becca

Dear Becca,
Explaining the intimate relationship between Sam and Todd, Kale Browne and Roger Howarth respectively, just might take a week, but I'll try to give you the concise version. While Sam is not Todd's biological dad, he has stood by Todd like a father figure, even when Todd has tested him beyond the limits of decency. Sam originally brought his legal expertise to Llanview to help Todd legally sort out his marriage-of-convenience to Téa Delgado. Sam quickly realized that Todd truly loved Tea and arranged for the couple to try a temporary reconciliation. Sam defended Todd when he was accused of holding half of Llanview hostage. When Todd recounted the abuse he suffered as a child, Sam realized that T read more

If you think you're seeing double...

If you think you're seeing double in Salem, you're perfectly right. This week, Andrea Hall-Gengler , Deidre Hall's (Marlena, Days of Our Lives ) twin sister, returns to the show in the recurring role of Hattie, a diner waitress who's a dead ringer for the caring psychiatrist and radio show host. This is not Hall-Gengler's first time on the show. In the late '70s, she played bad girl Samantha Evans, an alcoholic actress who took on her greatest role impersonating her twin, Marlena. Hall-Gengler reprised the role in 1982, only to fall victim to the Salem Strangler. Her return could spell Days déjà vu for the Hall sisters if Hall-Gengler's Hattie decided that Marlena's lifestyle is much more appealing and tries to take her identity. Hall-Gengler's first air date is Aug. 17. read more

For the moment, you can quell...

For the moment, you can quell any rumors that Shemar Moore (Malcolm Winters) is leaving The Young and the Restless. While Moore has heaped a lot on his plate — he's slated to star in a feature film and a TV pilot for Fox — the talented actor has no definite plans to leave Genoa City just yet.

Moore is currently shooting the film Brothas with comic D.L. Hughley for Sony Films. His television pilot, Celebrity, produced by Jersey Films, is currently being rewritten. "Right now, Shemar is planning on staying on Y&R," confirms a show publicist. "If the pilot does get picked up, then he'll have to make a decision."

Moore has said in the past that at some point he might leave Y&R, but the six-year veteran feels a strong bond of loyalty to the show. The program has made time for Moore to do other feature projects, including the HBO film Butter and the CBS miniseries Mama Flora's Family, and se read more

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