Eden Riegel by Jennifer Gonzelez/ABC; Anthony Herrera courtesy PGP Productions
Bad Timing: The insanely popular Eden Riegel returns to All My Children Oct. 17. Good news for us, bad news for her character, Bianca. Erica's youngest daughter shows up in Pine Valley just as a killer tornado hits. No one knows she's in town until Zach (Thorsten Kaye) finds her body in the rubble. And get this: Binks has a new lover, played by soap great Tamara Braun (ex-Carly, General Hospital)! BTW: If you're not into Riegel's outrageous web series, Imaginary Bitches, on YouTube, you're missing out on the most shameless pleasure ever.Survivor: Oakdale: This week, As the World Turns kills off supervillain James Stenbeck played by Anthony Herrera when he takes a flyer off a lighthouse. But is he really most sincerely dead? As veteran ATWT fans know, Stenbeck has come back from the dead many times even after a fall from an airplane. Herrera's quite the survivor, too. In 1997, he was diagnosed with terminal lymphoma but is still with us thanks to a stem-cell tran...
Nancy Lee Grahn by Bob D'Amico/ABC
On Wednesday, Oct. 1, General Hospital's Nancy Lee Grahn will host an online chat with friends and fans, to discuss the upcoming presidential election.Starting at 8 pm/ET at NancyLeeGrahn.com, Alexis' portrayer will be joined by GH mates Jane Elliot (Tracy), Kimberly McCullough (Robin) and Kelly Monaco (Sam), The Bold and the Beautiful's Susan Flannery and Heather Tom, The Young and the Restless' Michelle Stafford and Jeanne Cooper, Days of Our Lives' Deidre Hall and Mary Beth Evans, Guiding Light's Kim Zimmer, One Life to Live's Kassie DePaiva and Bree Williamson, All My Children's Debbi Morgan, and Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-Illinois). Following an hour-long discussion among the actresses and Schakowsky, the group will answer fan questions which can be posted to the website. Matt Mitovich
Jeff Branson by Jordan Strauss/ WireImage.com
Jeff Branson, familiar to All My Children fans from his run as the troubled Jonathan Lavery, is joining the cast of CBS' Guiding Light in the recast role of Shayne Lewis. Though Branson's first air date as Shayne is Dec. 1, he actually has appeared on GL before, in another capacity rather effectively playing a young Alan Spaulding in flashbacks surrounding 2004's Carrie Carruthers murder mystery.Shayne most recently was portrayed by Marty West, in August 2004. Matt Mitovich
Tristan Rogers by Craig Sjodin/SOAPnet
SOAPnet's General Hospital: Night Shift had an overload of material for its season finale, so the wrap-up is now being presented as a two-parter that ends Oct 21. The plot: Patrick's actions with a patient culminate in an explosion that rocks Port Charles. The finale also boasts a class reunion of GH '80s greats, including Robert (Tristan Rogers), Anna (Finola Hughes), Luke (Tony Geary) and — this is so cool! — Sean (John Reilly) and Tiffany (Sharon Wyatt). — Michael Logan
Jeanne Cooper by Robert Voets/CBS, Vincent Irizzary by Yolanda Perez/ABC
Storm Warming: A state-of-the-art tornado will hit All My Children's Pine Valley Oct. 16. "We're taking CGI effects to the next level," head writer Chuck Pratt says. "We're not just breaking the fourth wall, we're breaking the third wall, too. It's big, groundbreaking stuff." The devastation continues Oct. 23 when fan fave Vincent Irizarry returns to the soap as evil doc David Hayward.Double trouble: Veteran actress Jeanne Cooper Kay on The Young and the Restless finally won her first competitive Emmy this summer, after 11 nominations and a lifetime-achievement award. Will she make it two in a row? Cooper should have won the gold back in 1990 when she doubled as Kay's look-alike Marge, a greasy-spoon waitress with dubious morals, and may finally get her due. My spies tell me Marge will return to the show this fall, just as the unstoppable Cooper turns 80.Boss No More: There's been a big power shift at the No. 1 soap. Josh Griffith is out as exec producer of Y&R aft...
Robert S. Woods and John-Paul Lavoisier by Donna Svennevik/ABC
Were we too quick to proclaim sainthood on Ron Carlivati? I fear so.The lawyerturnedsoap scribe performed a miracle at One Life to Live last year when he transformed the sad-sack serial into an intelligent, romantic, richly emotional delight. Then this summer he trashed the show with goofy gimmicks Bo and Rex time-traveling to 1968, the political chicanery in mythical Mendorra and now were left wondering about our wonder boy. How can someone so clearly gifted go so wildly off track? Michael LoganRelated:• One Life Celebrates No. 40 with Blasts from the Past • Michael Logan's Best of 2007: OLTL "Wonder Boy" Ron Carlivati
Maurice Benard and Lisa LoCicero in General Hospital by Adam Larkey/ABC
General Hospital's Kate thinks her upcoming wedding to mobster Sonny Corinthos is cursed after finding blood on her reception dress. And now that curse can be confirmed. On Sept. 19, Kate's cousin Olivia who had a fling with Sonny back in high school will turn up at the nuptials with some startling scoop about Kate's oh-so-secret past. The role will be played by ABC soap stalwart Lisa LoCicero (Loving, The City, One Life to Live)."Sonny has invited Olivia to the wedding, unbeknownst to Kate," LoCicero says. "He doesn't know there was quite a rivalry between the two women or that Olivia has something under her belt that's going to create big excitementand a lot of friction."LoCicero nearly made her GH debut in 2004 when she was up for the recast role of Lois. (The gig went to Lesli Kay, now on The Bold and the Beautiful.) As a consolation prize, ABC cast LoCicero on OLTL as Sonia, who was part of a Puerto Rican mob story that annoyed viewers so much it was quickly...
Matthew Borlenghi by Michael Buckner/Getty Images
Years after Matthew Borlenghi concluded his role as Brian Bodine, he's returning to daytime. Starting September 18, the All My Children alum will join Days of Our Lives as the Mayor of Salem, where he promises that the new guy will be "shaking things up." Borlenghi gave TVGuide.com the scoop on what we can expect from a character he hopes viewers will "love to hate," who he'll be romancing and how long he'll be in office.TVGuide.com: As you get ready to arrive at Days of Our Lives, what can you tell us about your new character?Matthew Borlenghi: All that I can tell you without ending up in the principal's office is I'm playing a dicey mayor, Anthony Marino, who may be a bit unstable, and is coming and shaking things up in the Salem police department. The question is really to what end? What's his motivation? Whether he's doing things for the good of Salem, or for the good of Anthony Marino. TVGuide.com: In what ways will he be unstable?Borlenghi: Maybe a little bit psychologically...
Matthew Borlenghi by Todd Williamson/WireImage.com
Matt Borlenghi has just been voted in to Days of Our Lives as the mayor of Salem. Borlenghi was long known as Brian Bodine on All My Children , and later portrayed Ziggy Deadmarsh in The Bold and the Beautiful. During his six-year hiatus from the soap scene, the actor guested on shows including Dexter and Without a Trace.Borlenghi will make his return to the genre on Days starting this fall. Are you ready for him to take office? Anna Dimond
Jennifer Gareis by Monty Brinton/CBS
Watch out, she's off her meds again. Pam Douglas, the hilarious, bipolar baddie played by Alley Mills on The Bold and the Beautiful, is about to take her villainy one step too far. On August 2829, she follows her archenemy, Donna (Jennifer Gareis), up to the Forresters' mountain cabin, whereDonna makes the mistake of mocking Pam's famous lemon bars and telling her she's off her rocker. Deeply hurt and outraged, Pam knocks her out, ties her up, douses her with honey and leaves her to be killed by a bear."This tops everything Pam's ever done," says Mills, best known as the mom on The Wonder Years. "For a while, my character was more Lucy Ricardo with her antics, but now that she's stopped taking her medications, she's gone into Sybil land."Though the bear (a 600-pound, 8-foot bruiser named BamBam) is a trained professional with top credits, from CSI: Miami to Jackass, Mills says he "was too dangerous for Jennifer and me to be anywhere near him. We shot our scenes, then the bear ...