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Preview: Goldin and Ehlers Light Up All My Children

Ricky Paull Goldin and Beth Ehlers by Heidi Gutman/ABC

All My Children is about to get very political. On July 24, fan fave Beth Ehlers — who recently fled from CBS' Guiding Light — will join the ABC soap as Taylor McBride, an Army lieutenant fresh from a tour in Iraq. She’ll be teamed once again with GL partner Ricky Paull Goldin, who defected from that troubled soap earlier this year. Clearly, ABC hopes to re-create their supercouple magic — but don't expect Jake and Taylor to be another Gus and Harley."Like many great romances, this one will be born of conflict," says AMC’s newly arrived head writer, Charles Pratt, Jr. "Jake and Taylor’s relationship, not unlike our current presidential campaign, is a clash of ideals — the liberal versus the conservative. Taylor represents the modern warrior who is gung-ho military. For her, it's all about her country, her unit, her mission, not about the politics."Jake, on the other hand, spent years working in Africa with Doctors Without Borders and has a "complet... read more

Will Days' Sami Get Another Visit from the Stork?

Alison Sweeney by Mitchell Haaseth/NBC

Life just got a little more complicated for the hardest-working gal in showbiz. Alison Sweeney, the NBC darling who is currently doing double duty as a star of Days of Our Lives and the host of The Biggest Loser, is pregnant with her second child, due Jan. 20. Days has yet to announce if her crazy-ass character, Sami, will also get knocked up, but Sweeney hopes she does. "I'd feel bad if the crew had to hide my pregnancy for months and months," she says. "Besides, Sami just gave birth to twins. What's one more?" Sweeney broke the news to the next batch of Loser contestants during their Episode 5 weigh-in. (It'll air when Season 6 of the series returns this fall.) "It's going to be so weird gaining weight while everyone's trying so hard to lose it," says Sweeney, who has no rest in sight. She'll start shooting Season 7 in September and host the live finale for Season 6 on December 16 — when she's at the eight-month mark. — Michael Logan read more

Will Jagger Find Night Shift Love with... Brenda?!

Antonio Sabato Jr. by Joel Warren/SoapNet

In Part 1 of this Q&A, Antonio Sabato Jr. talks of cheating death on Celebrity Circus. Meanwhile, on Season 2 of SOAPnet's General Hospital: Night Shift (arriving July 22), he will breathe new life into onetime rebel-without-a-cause "Jagger" Cates, whom he last played (on GH) in 1995. Sabato surveys what's ahead for the hood-gone-good. — Matt Mitovich Had ABC tried previously to get you back to GH proper?Antonio Sabato Jr.: There was some talk, but I didn’t really know about it. There were rumors, through the fan clubs and places, about Jagger coming back. And then it came to be this year. [GH casting director] Mark Teschner, who's a good friend of mine, called me up and said, "We'd love Jagger to come back, on Night Shift. You're the only one who has ever played him, and no one else can play him." That’s how it went. And then we had an issue [with Celebrity Circus], where I would lose a day of training. But I said, "I have to make both happen. They ... read more

Cyndi Lauper Brings Her "True Colors" to Oakdale

courtesy Cyndi Lauper

Oh, those crazy folks at As the World Turns! For months, they ran scared of anti-gay Christian groups outraged by the romance of Luke (Van Hansis) and Noah (Jake Silbermann) — so scared that the boys went 211 days between kisses! Now, in a wild, what-the-hell reversal, ATWT will throw a gay pride dance party on the July 3 episode, complete with Cyndi Lauper singing her GLBT power anthem "True Colors". Lauper rang us from her current 24-city U.S. tour to tell us about her World turn. — Michael Logan Did you know you were stepping into such a controversial story line?Cyndi Lauper: Yeah, but why is true love controversial? Those so-called "Jesus people" are so confused, so disconnected from their hearts. They don’t speak for Jesus. He would be horrified at their beliefs! What CBS has done here is groundbreaking and very courageous. Also smart, because a lot of gay people watch soaps. I'm honored to be a little part of it. Luke and... read more

And the Daytime Emmy Award Winners Are...

Jeanne Cooper by Raul R. Rubiera/

The 2008 Daytime Emmy Awards saw numerous repeat winners, as well as some newbies. Below, the highlights:• Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Jeanne Cooper, CBS' The Young and the Restless• Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Anthony Geary, ABC's General Hospital• Outstanding Drama Series: ABC's General Hospital• Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Gina Tognoni, CBS' Guiding Light• Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Kristoff St. John, CBS' The Young and the Restless• Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series: Tom Pelphrey, CBS' Guiding Light• Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series: Jennifer Landon, CBS' As the World Turns• Outstanding Drama Series Directing Team: One Life to Live• Outstanding Drama Series Writing Team: One Life to Live• Outstanding Legal/Courtroom Program: Cristina's CourtRelated:• And the Daytime Talk Emmy Winners Are...• Backstage at the Daytime Emmys Bri... read more

Backstage at the Daytime Emmys Brings Laughs, Tears

Ellen DeGeneres by Gregg DeGuire/

We were promised more energy, more fun and more excitement for this year's Daytime Emmy Awards, and the event delivered. Opening with multiple, overlapping spoofs on daytime television, hosts Sherri Shepherd and Cameron Mathison set the tone from the start. With an all-new, banquet-style set-up and an open bar for the guests, the sweltering L.A. evening outdoors was left far behind for the cool festivities inside the Kodak theater. Backstage in the press room, heard from the winners of each category, where the newly crowned Daytime Emmy recipients gushed about their new trophies.Tyra Banks was one of the first of the night to take home a win. For her acceptance speech, she took over the entire stage area with her team when they won for Outstanding Talk Show/Informative series, and she was no less outspoken when she arrived at the press room. Explaining that she'd had her own "ugly cry" after holding her composure on camera, she also spoke to her mother's emotions over th... read more

Judge Cristina Rules in New Daytime Emmy Category

Judge Cristina Perez

This year, the Daytime Emmys added a new category for Outstanding Legal/Courtroom Programs, a first in the history of the genre. Newcomer series Cristina's Court is one of the five nominees, which also include Judge Judy, Judge David Young, the Judge Hatchett Show and The People's Court. spoke with Judge Cristina Perez to hear more about the nomination, how she sizes up the competition and what the Daytime Emmys will have in store. — Anna What did you think when you heard the news?Cristina: I was thrilled, it was, for me, it was really exciting because I know everyone says, 'Oh, I'm just so excited to be nominated,' but I'd be lying to you if I told you I don't want to win. But truly, for us, for me, doing court shows in Spanish language, and crossing over to English language, for me it was just such a testament to the people who watch court shows, and for the fans who have followed me, and for my new fans, who got us. So the trophy was the nomina... read more

Daytime Emmys Aiming for Golden Globes Energy

Cameron Mathison and Sherri Shepherd by Steve Fenn/ABC

What ingredients go into a successful TV awards show? Hmm...fancy gowns, lots of energy, poignant about free-flowing alcohol?In an effort to mimic the unpredictable nature of the Golden Globe Awards, attendees at this evening's Daytime Emmy Awards (ABC, 8 pm/ET) will be treated to an open bar. They'll also be sitting at dinner theater-style round tables."Usually everyone is sitting in a row," The View panelist and Daytime Emmys cohost Sherri Shepherd told the AP. "This year, it'll be like a wedding. We're also going to do something so that fans will be able to get a view of what's going on at the different tables."Celebs will find digital video cameras at their tables to capture the evening's events. Video will be uploaded to throughout the evening so that viewers can follow all the fun and antics of their favorite daytime stars.Shepherd cohosts tonight's ceremony with All My Children hunk Cameron Mathison. "Liquor is always an added bonus," said Shepherd.... read more

Tristan Rogers Checks Back into GH

Tristan Rogers by Albert L. Ortega/

General Hospital icon Tristan Rogers — absent from the show since 2006 — will headline the second season of SOAPnet's General Hospital: Night Shift as Robert Scorpio when the series returns next month. Don’t expect his usual bad-boy superspy antics, however. Scorpio will arrive with "a major health issue that’ll have him grappling with his mortality," says a rep for the GH spin-off.Robert's daughter, Robin (Kimberly McCullough), will be his physician. Sounds pretty damn dire, but Rogers is thrilled. "This’ll be a real departure wherever it's headed," he says. "Robert and Robin will finally get a chance to connect as adults. The last time he was in town he was too busy battling a killer virus, so he's never even dealt with her being HIV-positive." But he’s got way more than that to deal with now: Robin is pregnant. — Michael LoganRelated:• Antonio Sabato, Jr. Working the GH Night Shift• New Night Shift Promises Continuity with Original GH read more

Antonio Sabato, Jr. Working the GH Night Shift

Antonio Sabato Jr. by Vince Bucci/Getty Images

Things are about to get steamy — make that very steamy — in Port Charles. Antonio Sabato, Jr. has signed on to join General Hospital: Night Shift. SOAPnet reports Sabato — who began his acting career on daytime's GH — will reprise his role as Jagger Cates.SOAPnet recently renewed Night Shift for a second season and says Sabato will appear in all 13 episodes of the upcoming season, which kicks off next month.Jagger's return to Port Charles is sure to stir up some painful memories for Dr. Robin Scorpio (Kimberly McCullough), who's got Dr. Patrick Drake's (Jason Thompson) baby in the oven. Jagger's brother, Stone, was her first love and his death from AIDS shattered her life. Jagger also returns with his 5-year-old son, named for his late brother. — J.R. WhalenRelated:• Tristan Rogers Checks Back into GH• New Night Shift Promises Continuity with Original GH read more

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