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Exclusive: Michelle Stafford Reveals Her All-Star Cast for The Stafford Project Season Finale

Christian LeBlanc and Michelle Stafford

Does anybody say no to Michelle Stafford? Apparently not. The season finale of her sizzling new web series The Stafford Project —streaming Dec. 21 via YouTube and MichelleStafford.com — will feature daytime hotshots James Scott and Nadia Bjorlin (Days of Our Lives), Marco Dapper and Christian LeBlanc (The Young and the Restless), Finola Hughes and Ian Buchanan (General Hospital) and Crystal Chappell (The Bold and the Beautiful, Venice). Here's a sneak preview!

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Exclusive Preview: TVGN's Who Shot the Daytime Soap?

Who Shot the Daytime Soap? logo

What went wrong? Daytime soaps are currently enjoying one hell of a ratings renaissance but it wasn't that long ago that they were considered dead as disco. How did such once-mighty shows as Guiding Light, As the World Turns, All My Children and One Life to Live get the ax in quick succession? Were there people at the networks who secretly wanted them gone? If so, why? And how come our beloved soaps are suddenly so damn hot again? Will it last?

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Exclusive: Hot Scoop From Bold and the Beautiful Boss Bradley Bell

Katherine Kelly Lang and Thorsten Kaye

Will the next soap supercouple be Ridge and...Katie? On Dec. 13, the one and only Ridge Forrester returns to The Bold and the Beautiful after more than a year away in Paris. The superstar couturier — to be played by former All My Children star Thorsten Kaye is determined to reclaim his soulmate and frequent wife Brooke Logan (Katherine Kelly Lang), but he's in for a seismic shock! Exec producer-head writer Bradley Bell gave TV Guide Magazine the exclusive scoop. We also got the goods on Dollar Bill, Quinn, Rick, Caroline, Karen and more!

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The Biz: Why Soaps Are Bubbling

Susan Flannery, Lesley-Anne Down

Like a popular dead character suddenly coming back to life, the rising ratings of the remaining daytime dramas are a major surprise of the TV season.

All four soaps are seeing growth in total audience and at least one of the younger demographic categories (women ages 18 to 49 and women ages 18 to 34) that are important to advertisers. On CBS, The Bold and the Beautiful is up 12 percent in total viewers this season, giving the show its best start since 2007, while The Young and the Restless recently had its largest weekly audience since... read more

Exclusive: Billy Miller Exits The Young And The Restless And David Tom Returns

Billy Miller, David Tom

It's no real surprise that the splendid Billy Miller is out as Billy Abbott on CBS's The Young and the Restless. Reports have been circulating over the past few days that the Emmy-winning actor was in prickly talks to re-up his contract and, as many expected, no agreement could be reached. But whoda guessed things would end this way? In a startling move, execs at Y&R have decided to replace Miller with David Tom, who won raves in the role from 1999 to 2002 — widely considered the soap's last truly golden era. Like, Miller, Tom was awarded a Daytime Emmy for playing Billy.

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All My Children Dead (Again), Cast Members Say

Julia Barr

All My Children has been reportedly been canceled for a second time.

The long-running soap ended its first online season more than two months ago in the middle of a legal battle between ABC and Prospect Park, the production company which resurrected both All My Children and another recently axed ABC daytime drama... read more

Exclusive: What's Up in Port Charles? General Hospital Scoop From Head Writer Ron Carlivati

Finola Hughes, Ron Carlivati

Fifty years after it hit the air, ABC's General Hospital is still cooking with gas — but when a show's this hot it leaves us with burning questions! TV Guide Magazine called up head writer Ron Carlivati to get some answers. 

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Melody Thomas Scott on Nikki's Big Young and Restless Secret

Melody Thomas Scott and Steve Burton

If you're going to reveal a shocking, 33-year-old secret, at least wait for November sweeps! Fans of CBS's The Young and the Restless know that drama-prone socialite Nikki Newman — played by Melody Thomas Scott — was impregnated by a creepy cult leader many years ago and gave birth to a son. Nuns put the baby up for adoption and Nikki only recently learned that the child has grown up to become stressed-out war vet Dylan McAvoy (Steve Burton), who arrived in Genoa City this year after a stint in Afghanistan. She has yet to tell him he's her spawn. TV Guide Magazine spoke with Thomas Scott about the big, volcanic reveal, coming Nov. 22. It's a doozy!

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General Hospital's Kin Shriner Is Back. Will Scotty Be the New D.A.?

Kin Shriner

When we last saw General Hospital's Scotty Baldwin — the fan fave rascal played by Kin Shriner — he was abruptly ending his marriage to Laura (Genie Francis) because he suspected she was still hung up on her ex-hubby Luke (Anthony Geary). But Scotty didn't flee Port Chuck to lick his wounds. Instead he vowed to stay in town and reclaim his old gig as D.A. Now the election campaign is about to kick off — but who the hell would vote for a guy whose rap sheet includes robbery, blackmail, kidnapping, assault and illegal burial? Well, for one, Shriner would! 

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Exclusive: Thorsten Kaye Cast as the New Ridge on The Bold and the Beautiful

Thorsten Kaye

Soap news doesn't get much bigger — or cooler — than this! All My Children great Thorsten Kaye (Zach) has been cast as the new Ridge Forrester on The Bold and the Beautiful and will hit the CBS soap Dec. 13. Details about the character's return are few at this time but... read more

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