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A Familiar Face Brings New Drama to General Hospital

Will General Hospital's mysterious new arrival work alongside Jason Cook's Matt?

On Thursday, Jan. 15, General Hospital viewers — and eventually Nikolas — will do a double take when the late Emily Quartermaine appears to rise from the dead. The truth is, however, that Natalia Livingston (who left the role of Nik's great love) is back on the ABC soap in a new role, as a mysterious young woman named Rebecca. Livingston talked to us about how much sweeter GH is the second time around.

TVGuide.com: Is playing another character something that was suggested, or even joked about, when they wrote you and Emily off the show? "It's a soap opera, Nat — we can always bring you back as a look-alike."
Natalia Livingston: It was a talk that I had with [headwriter] Bob Guza, who had come up with an awesome idea for a storyline. It wasn't the right time at that moment, but now it is! 

TVGuide.com: So this "comeback plan" was in mind when you left?
Livingston: I knew that there was a possibility for a comeback, yeah. We ended up waiting... read more

Preview: Y&R's Michael Glimpses a Not-So-Wonderful Life

Paul guides Michael through a look at what might have been.

On Friday, Dec. 26, CBS' The Young and the Restless affords a despondent Michael a magical look at how life in Genoa City would have been different had he never been born. In this daytime riff on It's a Wonderful Life, Paul serves as Michael's guide.

"He has had a bad, bad week," Christian LeBlanc says, assessing his alter ego's sad state of mind. "We've seen this building ... read more

Former Sunset Beach Siren Is Now a Perfect 10

Susan Ward

Where in the world is Susan Ward?

The brunette beauty who launched her acting career playing plucky heroine Meg Cummings on the NBC sudser Sunset Beach has been somewhat MIA after enjoying a string of roles in such big-screen fare as Shallow Hal and The In Crowd, and the made-for-DVD Wild Things 2.

Well, Ward is hopefully on her way back to series television ... read more

I, Claudia: Sarah Brown Surveys Her General Hospital Future

Sarah Joy Brown, General Hospital

Last winter, Sarah Joy Brown was granted an opportunity presented to few actors (Leigh McCloskey excluded), to create a second, non-related character on a single daytime drama. Having first originated the role of General Hospital's Carly, for the past year Brown has been stirring a new, more dangerous kind of excitement as crime queen Claudia Zacchara. So much has the multiple Emmy winner enjoyed this new ride that she recently signed on for another year. TVGuide.com invited Brown to ponder what's ahead for Sonny's sometimes inconvenient wife of convenience.

TVGuide.com: Sarah Brown is never one to take her career moves lightly. What was important to you in deciding on another year with General Hospital?
Sarah Brown: Re-signing for me this time around was dependent on several major things ... read more

Labor of Love: How Eric Braeden Shepherded a Historical Saga

Eric Braeden with Armand Assante on the set of The Man Who Came Back

The Man Who Came Back, released this week on DVD (shop Amazon), is a compelling revenge film set in the 1870s, chronicling the second worst labor strike in American history. Bringing the tale to life was none other than Eric Braeden, famous for his long run on CBS' The Young and the Restless (where he plays the dynamic Victor Newman) as well as roles in such films as Titanic.

Braeden, however, did much more than ... read more

VIDEO: Is Guiding Light's Shayne Back to Stop a Wedding?

Jeff Branson — whom you likely know as All My Children's Jonathan Lavery, but who also guested on CBS' Guiding Light a few years back as a "young" Alan Spaulding — is back on GL, this time inhabiting the role of Shayne Lewis. The thing is, thus far Shayne is going by another name over in Germany, effectively eluding Dinah's radar.

Why the chicanery? Get the inside scoop on that and Shayne's plans to confront ex-girlfriend Marina, in the video after the jump. read more

Y&R Preview: Paul and Nikki Get Back in the Sack

Doug Davidson, The Young and the Restless

This has gotta be some sort of TV record. On the Nov. 25 episode of The Young and the Restless, Paul (Doug Davidson) and Nikki (Melody Thomas Scott) will have sex—three decades after the characters last did the deed! The surprise recoupling happens when Paul offers Nikki a place to stay while she copes with the death of her best friend, Kay (Jeanne Cooper), and recovers from her abusive relationship with Victor (Eric Braeden). They begin to reminisce about the past and end up in the sack.

"It's love ... read more

Days of Our Lives Mega-Stars Fired

Deidre Hall and Drake Hogestyn

Days of Our Lives' much-beloved romantic duo and longtime stars Deidre Hall and Drake Hogestyn have been cut from NBC's only soap as it deals with budget cuts, the show announced in a statement Wednesday.

The shocking layoffs of the highly-paid veteran soap actors who play Dr. Marlena Evans and John Black come after the show's producers cut spending earlier this month to keep Days on the air for at least another 18 months.

The good news, if any, for fans ... read more

Days of Our Lives Renewed for 18 Months

Days of Our Lives

Sorry soap fans, you can't blame Days of Our Lives' short-term contract renewal on the evil Stefano DiMera!

NBC has inked a deal with Sony Pictures TV to extend its run of the long-running daytime favorite Days for just 18 months, Variety reports.

The soap, which is celebrating its 43rd year on the air, had previously signed a renewal pact between Sony and Corday Prods. for a five-year term.

However, it's understood that another year could be tagged on to the 18-month contract if certain parameters on the show are met. That would keep Days on the air through September of 2011.

This is most likely a sign of uncertain times for the daytime scripted dramas, especially at NBC. The network has axed most of its soaps, including... read more

One Life to Live Exit: Tina Won't Be Home for the Holidays

Andrea Evans, One Life to Live

But Andrea Evans will. Six months after her celebrated return to her old stomping grounds, Andrea Evans is calling an end to her cross-country commute and ending her One Life to Live encore.

"There was always an understanding that it would be short-term," the daytime vet ... read more

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