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Dear Soaps, Give us your insight...

Dear Soaps,
Give us your insight on the Young and the Restless storyline involving Mac not wanting her mother to know where she is? I've heard and read rumors that her stepfather is the one she is scared of. What's your take on this? — Melissa

Dear Melissa,
There's been some indication that Mac's stepdad is indeed the one she's trying to hide from, but in true Y&R fashion, the details are being released slowly. Some well-known soap actresses read for the part of Mac's mother, Amanda, last year, but the role was never cast. Sources say the search is back on. If the show casts an actress who can go to the mat with the likes of Jess Walton's Jill, viewers could be in for some powerhouse scenes. Stay tuned. (Michael J. Maloney)

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Dear Soaps, Whatever happened...

Dear Soaps,
Whatever happened to Kristen and Susan on Days of Our Lives? Rozcat

Dear Rozcat,
It seems that a lot of people miss the Elvis-loving Susan, who was a dead ringer for the manipulating Kristen. Stefano originally hired the pregnant Susan to pose as Kristen, who had lost her baby during an explosion in Stefano's underground cave, but was still pretending to be pregnant so she could stay with John Black. After numerous encounters with Kristen, who was determined to get custody of Susan's baby, Susan fled to England with the baby, who she had named little Elvis. Kristen kidnapped Susan's sister, who actually was a sister — Sister Mary Moira Banks — to lure Susan back to the country. Kristen then sold Susan into slavery and planned to head to England to claim the baby. When a body was found in the pool who looked like Kristen, everyone in Salem believed Kristen was dead. Kristen, who assumed Susan's personality, pret read more

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

Dear Soaps, On Guiding Light,...

Dear Soaps,
On Guiding Light, did Beth ever "die"? People at work try to tell me this all the time! — Laurence

Dear Laurence,
Do soap characters ever really die? Seriously, in 1986, when the popular Judi Evans, who most recently played Paulina on the canceled Another World, decided to leave her Emmy-winning role, the show handled Beth's exit in a most interesting way. The character of Professor Blackburn kidnapped Beth. Soon Blackburn turned up dead but there was almost no sign of Beth. Phillip's father, Alan, who had never really approved of Beth, didn't want his son to suffer the burden of not knowing what happened to his beloved, so he fabricated evidence to make it appear Beth had also died. It probably wasn't a huge shock for Alan when Beth returned in 1989, in the form of its current portrayer, Beth Chamberlin, alive and well. (DD)

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Dear Soaps, Is the guy who plays...

Dear Soaps,
Is the guy who plays FBI agent Larkin on General Hospital the real-life brother of Timothy Gibbs, who plays Kevin on One Life to Live? They look so much alike. — Radrobd

Dear Radrobd,
While there may be a strong resemblence, David Gibbs, Timothy Gibb's older brother, does not play the role of FBI agent Larkin on GH. That lofty job goes to actor Scott Connell. But David has wielded a badge on another soap. He played officer Brian Tibbs alongside his brother on Another World, who originated the role of Gary Sinclair on the show. David also played a bit part on As the World Turns in the late '90s. (DD)

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Dear Soaps, I was under the impression...

Dear Soaps,
I was under the impression that Ashley faked out her brother as to who she actually slept with on the cruise she took? Yet there seems to be a mysterious question as to whether or not it may be Victor's baby. Now Diane is carrying Victor's baby. Did both these women dip into the sperm deposit without Victor's knowledge or consent? BunnyLindaRabbit

Dear BunnyLindaRabbit,
Victor might want to look into hiring his own security at the sperm bank. My guess is that Ashley's carrying his baby. But we might not know that for a while. Look at how long it took to find out that Diane was carrying his baby. Ashley did lead Jack to believe that her baby's father was a shipboard romance. But viewers saw Ashley sneaking into the apartment where Diane was keeping Victor's sperm, so it's likely (and most dramatically effective) that Victor is the father of Ashley's baby. The question is will Ashley tell Victor? Back in the mid-'80s, Ashley read more

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

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

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