Ricky Paull Goldin by Donna Svennevik/ABC
One All My Children character is coming back from hell, another from heaven. On April 30, daytime megastar Ricky Paull Goldin who just exited Guiding Light will join AMC as the new Jake Martin. Viewers will learn that Jake, who left town in 2003 to join Doctors Without Borders in Africa, is currently held captive in Darfur, where he is being forced to treat wounded soldiers in one of the illegal armies. Two episodes later, Emmy-winner Cady McClain will rejoin the show as Dixie Martin in angel form. Fans were furious when the beloved character was killed last year with a batch of poisoned pancakes.Weirdly, the two returns are connected. AMC exec producer Julie Carruthers, who offered Goldin the gig when she heard he was quitting GL, tells me that Jake will be rescued by Aidan and brought back to America against his will. "Jake comes back emotionally scarred and with a very big secret," Carruthers notes. "He does not want to see his family. He wants to get back to...
Cady McClain by Charles Thompson
This just in, from ABC.com:"You wanted it, you got it! Cady McClain returns to All My Children as Dixie Cooney Martin on Friday, May 2."(This is where you rein in your expectations, and deservedly so. Back to ABC.com.... )"Dixie is back in Pine Valley with a mission: She's reuniting Tad with their long-missing daughter, Kate! As the audience knows, Kate was stolen at birth, put up for adoption and now lives with Nurse Julia under the name of Kathy. Only Adam Dixie's evil ex-husband and Tad's lifelong enemy knows the truth that Kathy is Tad and Dixie's child."When last seen in January 2007, Dixie fell victim to a serial killer.... "(You only thought she fell victim to a really bad storyline/inane manner of death. But I digress.... ) "Her ghost watched as Tad received a comforting hug from Kathy. It was then that Dixie realized Kathy was really her daughter. Now, with her angelic hand, Dixie will guide Tad into the loving embrace of their little girl. This is drama you c...
Debbi Morgan by Steve Fenn/ABC
Over the past couple of months, many daytime greats have returned to the suds some in old roles, some in new ones. So how are these prodigal kids doing? Michael Logan shares his take.Debbi Morgan and Darnell Williams (All My Children) It's been worth a gazillion plot contrivances to see Angie back with her "dead" Jesse after 20 long years. Oh, how we've longed for her blazing soul and Earth Mother passion! How much we've missed his sass and cool and cut-to-the-chase honesty! And aren't they still incomprehensibly beautiful together? Watching these legends reunite in that terrific train-station scene made me realize how starved we soap fans are for true, epic love. Clearly, you can go home again.RATING: 5 out of 5 starsTamara Braun (Days of our Lives) She was the best and most electrifying of the four gals who have played Carly on General Hospital save your irate letters, you can't change my mind! Now she's opened up a big can o' whoop-ass on Salem as Ava, a bodacious b...
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The 100-day Writers Guild walkout crippled most of showbiz, but all the daytime soaps stayed in production and most of them stayed in the pink no drastic ratings slides, no horrible creative collapses. In fact, some shows are in better shape because of the strike. Free of head writer Hogan Sheffer, Days of our Lives has regained its heart and emotional chutzpah. The reunion of Grandpa Shawn (Frank Parker) and his long-lost dying sister Colleen (Shirley Jones) left me blubbering like a fool; the subsequent plane crash where Shawn sacrificed his life for his loved ones was harrowing and poignant. Its been a long time since Days made us care this much. The Young and the Restless has quickly and vastly improved without exec producer/head writer Lynn Marie Latham, a wildly destructive force who fired many of the shows great longtime staffers and filled the writing team with cronies (including her husband and son). CBS will not bring her back. Best. Decision. Ever.All M...
Ricky Paull Goldin by Jim Spellman/WireImage.com
Well that didn't take long. Ricky Paull Goldin, who it was only recently announced is exiting Guiding Light when his deal runs out later this month, has been cast on All My Children in the contract role of Dr. Jake Martin.Jake, of course, is the younger brother of Tad, and in his last two incarnations was played by Michael Lowry and J. Eddie Peck's impeccable hair. Jake's love interests have included Liza, Gillian and (of course) Greenlee.Goldin, who cut his daytime teeth on Another World back in the day, is expected to make his AMC debut by the end of April. Matt Webb Mitovich
Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Alicia Minshew and Rebecca Budig by Steve Fenn/ABC
What does Maksim Chmerkovskiy know about pole dancing? Nothing. But that didn't stop All My Children from hiring him as an expert. The Dancing with the Stars stud will play himself on the Feb. 26 episode, where he'll teach the erotic art to several of Pine Valley's dishiest babes. "When I got to [AMC] they were shocked that I've never done pole-dancing before like, why would I? but I figured it out and tried to keep it clean," says Chmerkovskiy. He insists he has no interest in acting and has nixed most other non-dancing offers. "People have wanted to put me in a cowboy hat and make me the next Nashville Star," he says. "Trust me, that's not where my talent is. I'm like a peacock beautiful but you don't want to hear it sing."His impression of AMC? "It's really hard work but, to be honest, soaps are a bit cheesy," Chmerkovskiy says. "All the girls were telling me about their crazy storylines. One of them had been in a coma three times. Another one used to be a gho...
Justin Bruening in Knight Rider by Mitchell Haaseth/NBC Photo
It may not be the same as it was back in the '80s when the Hoff was showing off his chest hair, but none the less, we're really looking forward to seeing how the TV-movie remake turns out. Taking Hasselhoffs place in the movie is All My Children alum, Justin Bruening, playing ex-army ranger Mike Traceur. Val Kilmer as the voice of KITT will take some getting used, but the fact that the Hoffster will be making a cameo as Michael Knight makes everything a-OK. Watch it now! | More online videos
Maksim Chmerkovskiy by Craig Sjodin/ABC
Dancing with the Stars favorite Maksim Chmerkovskiy will guest-star on an upcoming episode of ABC's All My Children ultimately affording him a reunion with Season 5 hoofer Cameron Mathison.In the Feb. 26 episode, Maksim (playing himself) will teach the women of Fusion pole-dancing at the bequest of Greenlee, who has decided that her staff needs a fun diversion. Cue the arrival of Mathison's Ryan, who, ABC teases, "will get inspired seeing the Fusion women dancing the pole." I do not know what that means. Every idea I come up with just sounds all kinds of wrong. Matt Mitovich
Brandon Beemer, Martha Madison, Jay Johnson, Nadia Bjorlin by Paul Drinkwater/NBC
Days of our LivesFour top characters Philip, Shawn, Chloe and Belle will hop a private jet to Ireland to find Belle's kidnapped daughter. And go figure: Philip adds to the stress onboard by demanding Belle choose once and for all between Shawn and him. "Could there be worse timing?" Martha Madison says with a laugh. The actress, who plays the freaked-out mom, promises a "huge reveal in Ireland that will tie up over 20 years of story and explain why the DiMeras have such a vendetta against the Bradys." And we finally learn the true identity of Belle's father, John Black (Drake Hogestyn). "It'll change everything in a big way," Madison promises. "Belle's gonna be a DiMera! Who'da thought?"All My ChildrenIt's no secret All My Children's Erica Kane (Susan Lucci) likes men witness her 11 marriages and countless trysts but she's never enjoyed an interracial romance. Until now. Actor Mario Van Peebles joins the show this week as Erica's new love interest, Samuel...
Drake Hogestyn by Chris Haston/NBC
I knew we were in for a bumpy ride when All My Children started the year by murdering Dixie the show's heart and soul with a plate of poisoned pancakes. But hey, that meant more airtime for Zarf, a rude, suffocatingly hammy, penis-flashing transgender rock star who fell in love with Pine Valley's saintly lesbian Bianca. Appropriately, fans on the Internet named the couple "Barf." In a pathetic attempt to boost ratings, Days of our Lives pretended to kill its most popular male character, John, played by Drake Hogestyn. Even the cast was fooled. But with the Nielsens staying flat, Hogestyn is now back at work and we're left to wonder: How the hell can we ever invest in Days again?General Hospital viewers had a fit and threatened to stop watching when heartthrob Jax was held hostage and forced into sex by a loony Russian chick. Meanwhile, they didn't seem to mind when a Port Charles strangler killed three women.Things that made me cringe: Constantine Maroulis on The Bold ...