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He's baaack! Soap hunk Steve Burton...

He's baaack! Soap hunk Steve Burton (ex-Harris Michaels, Days of Our Lives) will be steaming up Port Charles this summer with the return of his character Jason Morgan. "General Hospital is like a family to me, so it will be nice to spend time back home," Burton said in a statement. What will this mean for Carly and Sonny's turbulent romance? Only time will tell. Burton joined the cast of GH in 1990 as Jason Quartermaine and later evolved into the brooding Jason Morgan. Since taking time off from the soap world last year, Burton has been filming the upcoming TV series Semper Fi. Look for the sparks to fly starting Aug. 25. read more

In other GH news, Ingo Rademacher...

In other GH news, Ingo Rademacher will make the move to prime time next fall in the upcoming NBC series Titans. Rademacher will play David O'Connor in the Aaron Spelling drama about a wealthy Beverly Hills family. Rademacher will be joined by fellow soap vets Yasmine Bleeth (ex-Lee Ann Demerest Buchanan, One Life to Live; ex-Ryan Fenelli, Ryan's Hope), Perry King (ex-Hayley Armstrong, Melrose Place) and Victoria Prinicpal (ex-Pamela Jean Barnes Haynes Ewing, Dallas). read more

Soap alum Hunt Block (ex-Guy Donohue,...

Soap alum Hunt Block (ex-Guy Donohue, All My Children; ex-Ben Warren, Guiding Light; ex-Peter Hollister, Knots Landing) returns to daytime this month as Craig Montgomery on As the World Turns. Block, in this contracted role, will portray Montgomery as he returns to make amends with his son Bryant (Todd Rotondi) and crosses paths with Carly (Maura West). Block reprises the role originated by Popular's Scott Bryce and will arrive in Oakdale on July 19. read more

AMC: Eden Riegel has been cast...

AMC: Eden Riegel has been cast as the new Bianca Montgomery, Erica Kane's (Susan Lucci) anorexia-stricken daughter. Riegel was in the movie American Pie and has had stints on Guiding Light and ATWT.

ATWT: Don Chastain (ex-T.J. Reno, Another World; ex-Dr. Tom Baldwin, GH) returns to the soap in the recurring role of Cooley who will bring dander to Simon and Lily. Chastain played a character named Logan Andrews in 1987.

Days of Our Lives: We'll finally catch a glimpse of the troubled Mimi's family when Robin Riker joins the cast as Mimi's mother, Maureen Lockhart, and Austin Wolff arrives as her brother Conner on July 11. Ian Patrick Williams, who played Dr. Brock in 1997, will appear as Mimi's father, David, starting July 21.

Guiding Light: Soap vet Michael Sabatino (ex-Peter, ATWT; ex-Phillip, Sunset Beach; ex-Dr. Jonathan Kinder, AMC; ex-An read more

Dear Soaps, When did the daytime-soap...

Dear Soaps,

When did the daytime-soap version of Love Is a Many Splendored Thing air, and why was it canceled?
— Elena

Dear Elena,
LIAMST, which was created by Irna Phillips, ran from Sept. 18, 1967 to March 23, 1973. The cast featured such future soap stars as Constance Towers, Beverlee McKinsey, Leslie Charleson and Leon Russom. Christopher Schemering's incredible Soap Opera Encyclopedia reports that the show wasn't canceled due to low ratings; instead, Schemering says the show was dropped due to mismanagement. Sound familiar?

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Dear Soaps, Regardling last week's...

Dear Soaps,

Regardling last week's raves in Soaps News: How could you forget the episodes on The Bold and the Beautiful revolving around Becky learning she is dying and her wedding to C.J.? Talk about tearjerkers. I think I went through a box of tissues!
— Alex

Dear Alex,
No offense, but Becky's slow, sad trip to the grave is boring, a downer and makes no sense! Why are the Forresters being so nice to her? She's not the first girl to die, you know! However, I'd love to slip Macy one of Becky's painkiller smoothies; Macy's already hooked on booze, so what are a few prescription drugs among friends?

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Dear Soaps, On Days, did John...

Dear Soaps,

On Days, did John and Isabella ever have a child together?
— Pparagamian

Dear Pparagamian,
Yes, my friend! You're thinking of li'l Brady Black, who is now a teenager and is away at soccer camp, or baseball camp or has been sold into white slavery.

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Dear Soaps, Is Kim Zimmer the...

Dear Soaps,

Is Kim Zimmer the only actress ever to play Reva Shayne?
— Willie

Dear Willie,
Yes, yes, yes! Zimmer originated the role in 1983 and has played Reva on and off ever since.

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Dear Soaps, Did Peter Bergman...

Dear Soaps,

Did Peter Bergman (Jack, Y&R) appear in a famous TV commercial back in the 1980s?
— Bill

Dear Bill,
"I'm not a doctor, but I play one on TV" were the infamous words uttered by Bergman, as well as Chris Robinson (ex-Rick Webber, GH), in a commercial for Vick's cough syrup in the early '80s. Soap actors have always been perceived as medical authorities, so commercial producers have sought them out to hawk medicinal products. Bergman's spot ran for more than four years. (MJM)

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Dear Soaps, I seem to remember...

Dear Soaps,

I seem to remember a story on Days of Our Lives quite a few years ago where someone raped Sami. Am I nuts, or did this happen?
— Sean

Dear Sean,
You're not nuts; Alan Harris raped Sami in 1994. She retaliated by shooting him in the groin.

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