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Who Are Today's Sexiest Soap Stars?

TV Guide Network is looking to tally up and show off today's sexiest soap stars — both the chiseled, six-pack-toting fellas as well as the wavy-haired, born to come-hither femmes.Just to be clear, we are not looking for the prettiest or the most talented. We want sexy.Nominate your favorites here in comments. Just remember to spread the lust, giving kudos to both actors and actresses.Find out where your favorites landed when TV Guide Network counts down Soaps' Sexiest Stars on Sunday, July 13, at 8 pm/ET (the women) and Sunday, July 20, at 8 pm (the men). Ready... set... suggest! read more

Daytime Emmys: One Life Takes Early Lead

The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences on Friday night handed out this year's Daytime Emmys in the creative arts categories, and ABC's One Life to Live bested all other soaps, with four wins. Here's who won what:Art/Set Direction: As the World Turns, The Young and the Restless (tie)Costume Design: OLTLMulti-Camera Editing: The Bold and the BeautifulHairstyling: Days of Our LivesLighting Direction: OLTLMake-up: ATWTSound Mixing: Guiding LightMusic Direction and Composition: GLTechnical Direction: All My ChildrenOriginal Song: "Chemistry," OLTL; "Little Starr," OLTL (tie) read more

Finola Hughes, Lawrence Zarian Bring Daytime Emmy Fans Backstage

Lawrence Zarian by Michael Tullberg/Getty Images

Have your backstage pass ready? Mr. Zarian will see you now. Fashion czar Lawrence Zarian will be joined by soap stars Finola Hughes, Rebecca Budig and Ricky Paull Goldin in granting Daytime Emmy fans backstage access (June 20 at 6 pm/ET, SOAPnet) leading up to the evening's ceremony on ABC at 8 pm/ET.All My Children's Budig (Greenlee Smythe Lavery) and Goldin (Dr. Jake Martin) catch the stars as they leave their limos in front of Hollywood's Kodak Theater and strut along the red carpet.Fashionista Hughes (General Hospital's Anna Devane) and Zarian will give the stars' fashion choices a once-over, complete with a "shoe cam" and culminating with the most "fashionable moment of the night". — J.R. WhalenRelated:• Cameron Mathison, Sherri Shepherd to Host Daytime Emmys• Heather Tom Takes Bold and Beautiful Step For Charity• Daytime Emmys Aiming for Golden Globes Energy read more

Nipped Tuck: Tweaked OLTL Tale Adds "Original" Jess

Erin Torpey by John Shearer/

What the Tuck? There's already a hitch in those fantastic One Life to Live 40th anniversary plans I revealed earlier this week. Fan fave Jessica Tuck, who was supposed to be seen in a Heaven sequence as her late, great character Megan, had to bow out of the gig yesterday due to a scheduling conflict. (Souces say the conflict is High School Musical 3, but I have no confirmation of that).This is not just a big disappointment for us Tuck-anistas, it's a big headache for the show because her appearance was no mere cameo. OLTL head writer Ron Carlivati had wanted Megan to serve as a celestial guide for her mama Viki (Erika Slezak), who will visit the Great Beyond after dying in a car crash — a major two-day plot twist (airing July 21-22) that riffs on one of the soap's most famous stories from the 1980s. The scenes shoot this coming Monday. The clock is ticking. What to do? Carlivati, who is quite the brain-stormer, quickly picked a different dead Megan to be Viki's guide — th... read more

One Life Celebrates No. 40 with Blasts from the Past

Erika Slezak by Donna Svennevik/ABC

Long before Passions came along, One Life to Live was daytime's wildest soap — especially back in the Reagan era, when Viki (Erika Slezak) had an out-of-body experience during brain surgery and wound up on a space ship to heaven. To celebrate the ABC soap's 40th anniversary next month, OLTL head writer Ron Carlivati will revisit that celestial 1987 plot by having Viki die — just momentarily, of course! — in a car crash. "This time, heaven will be a very modern high-rise — Viki will go up the elevator floor by floor, encountering all sorts of dead characters along the way," said Carlivati. Among the former stars making angelic returns are Phil Carey (Asa), Mark Derwin (Ben), Stephen Markle (Mel) and Jessica Tuck (Megan). OLTL's legendary creator, Agnes Nixon, will also appear in heaven.That's not all. Carlivati will redo the famous '80s plot where Tina (Andrea Evans) survived a plunge over the Iguazú Falls in Argentina, only this time, creepy Carlo (Thom Chri... read more

Guiding Light Names Two Headwriting Teams

Guiding Light

This just in...."Christopher Dunn, Lloyd 'Lucky' Gold and Jill Lorie Hurst have been appointed headwriters of broadcast history's longest running program, Guiding Light, as announced today by the show's Executive Producer Ellen Wheeler. Dunn, Gold and Lorie Hurst will join current headwriter David Kreizman to create two new headwriting teams that will work together to bring their vision to the screen. "I am thrilled about the new roles that David, Jill, Chris and Lucky will play on the headwriting teams at Guiding Light," said Wheeler. "Since Guiding Light adopted its revolutionary new production model at the start of the year, we have made major changes to nearly every aspect of how we produce the show. I believe that appointing collaborative headwriting teams will help to expand the show's vision and storytelling ability in this new model. Our new headwriting teams are made up of extraordinarily talented individuals who all respect the rich history of Guiding Light and are all ver... read more

AMC's Mathison Juggles a Host of Opportunities

Cameron Mathison courtesy TLC

The rest of us have one, maybe two jobs, but All My Children's Cameron Mathison at this moment is juggling four, upwards of four-and-a-half projects. Already the front man for SOAPnet's I Wanna Be a Soap Star, the daytime vet has now signed on to host TLC's Your Place or Mine?, a new game show premiering Sunday at 8 pm/ET. invited Cam to preview his latest gig, reflect on his Dancing past, and ponder the future of Pine Valley (Gillian's possible return included). — Matt Are you trying to pull a Joey Fatone and be everywhere at once?Cameron Mathison: I'm trying! Joey, I think, is "pulling a Cameron Mathison." I had it going before he My wife and I watch What Not to Wear most every night, and TLC is promo-ing Your Place Or Mine? like crazy!Mathison: They're publicizing the heck out of it, yeah. I think it's a good show. First of all, the game itself is a fun trivia game, because it's geared toward family and there's a dynamic of r... read more

Jimmy Kimmel Headlines Daytime Emmy Presenters

Jimmy Kimmel by Bob D'Amico/ABC

Jimmy Kimmel, Barbara Walters and Tyra Banks headline a slate of celebs scheduled to present at the 35th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards (June 20, 8 pm/ET on ABC).Kimmel will present the Lifetime Achievement Award to Regis Philbin, who is marking more than 40 years in television.The schedule of performers also includes numerous soap stars, including All My Children power couple Darnell Williams and Debbie Morgan, Jack Wagner of Bold and the Beautiful, and Anthony Geary of General Hospital.Montel Williams — who is ending his talk show atfer 17 years — is also scheduled to appear. — J.R. WhalenRelated:•Cameron Mathison, Sherri Shepherd to Host Daytime Emmys read more

One Life's Michael Easton Bares His Dark Soul

Soul Stealer cover art courtesy Christopher Shy, Michael Easton by Marina Chavez/ABC

For how much longer can One Life to Live hang on to its top male star? On June 27–28 Michael Easton — who plays crimefighter John McBain — will officially launch a new career when he appears at the Wizard World fan convention in Chicago with his first graphic novel, Soul Stealer (DMF Comics). (Check out the cover here.) It won't hit bookstores until July 1, but early copies are circulating in Hollywood, and Easton has already had meetings with producers eager to put Soul Stealer in your multiplex."I've been thinking strongly about moving to the other side of the business," Easton says. "It's getting to the point where, as a grown man, I'm finding it strange to put on a costume and makeup every day."Five years in the making, Soul Stealer is no ordinary comic book. The lavish 148-page epic—about a 3,000-year-old, love-tortured superhero who has the power to bring back souls from heaven or hell—has haunting artwork by comics giant Christopher Shy (Pathfinder) a... read more

All My Children Names Chuck Pratt Headwriter

All My Children courtesy ABC

This just in from ABC:Brian Frons, president, Daytime, Disney-ABC Television Group announced today that Emmy Award-winning writer Charles Pratt, Jr. will serve as headwriter and consulting producer for All My Children. Mr. Pratt will begin on June 23, 2008."Charles Pratt, Jr. is a master storyteller. His talents in writing today’s biggest primetime hits in conjunction with his vast experience with daytime dramas will undoubtedly elevate All My Children stories in new and exciting directions," says Mr. Frons. "I am incredibly excited to welcome Chuck as headwriter of All My Children. I look forward to his contemporary storytelling sensibility, his warmth and sense of humor enriching the entire canvas of Pine Valley," says executive producer Julie Hanan Carruthers.Mr. Pratt served as co-headwriter of General Hospital from 2002-2006. His additional TV credits include Desperate Housewives and Ugly Betty, in addition to Melrose Place, Titans, Manchester Prep, Sunset Beach, Pacific P... read more

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