Mrs. Bachelor Bob is back in the Fusion business. Rebecca Budig will reclaim the role of All My Children's Greenlee starting January 16. (What do you think about it? Vote here.) Also, Daytime Emmy winners Debbi Morgan and Darnell Williams are returning as Angie and Jesse Hubbard on Jan. 18 and 25, respectively this despite the fact that Jesse famously died in his wife's arms a bazillion years ago and has since made several ethereal visits as a ghost. "We are giving the fans what theyve been asking for Rebecca returns as Greenlee and a beloved super-couple have a second chance," says ABC Daytime boss Brian Scott Frons. "Fans can look forward to Greenlees storyline developing around her business, her friendships and her love life. Angie and Jesse made an eternal imprint on... viewers, and many fans will not believe he's alive." Seriously his ghost even gave Pine Valley that "magic box" one Christmas!When Budig returns to the role she created, Greens is...
ABC Daytime and SOAPnet have partnered on a first-ever "Hot Guys" calendar, featuring some of the (ahem) biggest stars from All My Children, One Life to Live and General Hospital. The 14-month 2008 calendars will first be made available at ABC's Super Soap Weekend (taking place Nov. 10 and 11 at Disney MGM Studios), then later at ABCTVStore.com."Who's the beef?" you ask? The calendar features AMC's Thorsten Kaye, Cameron Mathison, Aiden Turner and Jacob Young, OLTL's Kamar de los Reyes, Michael Easton, David Fumero, John-Paul Lavoisier and Trevor St. John, and GH's Maurice Benard, Steve Burton, Tyler Christopher, Jason Thompson and Greg Vaughan.OK, now where's my female soap stars calendar, featuring Bree, Kelly, Cady and Marie?! I'm envisioning a playful pillow fight theme.... Reporting by Matt Mitovich
Justin Bruening by LRRB and Co./WireImage.com
Stick with me here. Former The Young and the Restless heartthrob David Hasselhoff played Michael Knight in the original Knight Rider series. Now, former All My Children heartthrob Justin Bruening who on his ABC sudser played son to Emmy-winner Michael E. Knight has been tapped to play the son of Michael Knight in a TV-movie that will serve as a backdoor pilot to a possible Knight Rider reboot.Let me throw you one more nugget: Another onetime AMC cast mate of Bruening's is Las Vegas' Josh Duhamel, who this summer starred in Transformers and the new Knight Rider will feature a Transformers-like, shapeshifting K.I.T.T.
Celine Dion by Michael Caulfield/WireImage.com
And you thought the 1994 tornado was bad. This just in from ABC:"Grammy Award-winning superstar Celine Dion will be a guest star on All My Children on Wednesday, Nov. 21. The announcement was made today by Brian Frons, president, Daytime, Disney-ABC Television Group. 'Celine Dion represents another of today's top recording artists who are tapping into ABC's prime ratings position and garnering a presence with our daytime audience. This is the perfect blend of the power of music coupled with dramatic storytelling and enhancing the visibility of our brand across multi-platforms,' said Mr. Frons. "Ms. Dion will appear as a featured guest on Erica Kanes (Susan Lucci) talk show, 'New Beginnings,' and in addition will sing the title track from her new CD, Taking Chances."
Natalia Livingston and Tyler Christopher by Ron Tom/ABC
As the World Turns: And Baby Makes Five Paul (Roger Howarth) and Rosanna (Cady McClain) get hitched, but Paul may have impregnated Craig's gal Meg. Naturally, somebody will mess with the paternity test. Holden and Lily head for divorce court. Nutty moms Barbara and Iris team up for villainy. General Hospital: Murder at the Ball Nikolas (Tyler Christopher) throws a black-and-white ball climaxing in the death of a top character. The story rewinds 11 hours, then each episode moves forward one hour à la 24 to reveal what really happened. Who's going bye-bye? There's much buzz that it's Nik's ex-wife Emily (Emmy winner Natalia Livingston), but ABC is strictly mum. One Life to Live: What a Drag Baby snatcher Marcie (Kathy Brier) evades the law via an offbeat underground railroad that finds her performing with drag queens in Georgia and getting help from a Katrina family in New Orleans. Plus, Tuc Watkins, briefly sprung from his gay-neighbor gig on Desperate Housewives, ...
Nazanin Boniadi and Jason Thompson in GH: Night Shift by Adam Larkey/SOAPnet
New View cohost Sherri Shepherd has joined the lineup for the 12th-annual ABC Super Soap Weekend, to be held Nov. 10-11 at Disney-MGM Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. The complete list of talent includes these stars from your fave ABC shows: All My ChildrenSusan Lucci, Cameron Mathison, David Canary, Bobbie Eakes, Melissa Claire Egan, Thorsten Kaye, Michael E. Knight, Alicia Minshew, Aiden Turner and Jacob YoungGeneral HospitalBradford Anderson, Julie Berman, Tyler Christopher, Josh Duhon, Sonya Eddy, Rebecca Herbst, Kimberly McCullough, Kelly Monaco and Laura WrightGeneral Hospital: Night ShiftNazanin Boniadi, Dominic Rains, and Kent King will join GH regulars Thompson, McCullough, Anderson, and EddyOne Life to LiveKristen Alderson, Kathy Brier, Brandon Buddy, Kamar de los Reyes, Kassie DePaiva, Michael Easton, Forbes March, Erika Slezak, Trevor St. John, Tika Sumpter and Bree Williamson
Here's something you don't know about Cameron Mathison: The Canadian-born soap star was diagnosed with a degenerative hip condition (called Legg-Calvé-Perthes Disease) at the age of 2. He spent six months in the hospital and the next three and a half years in steel-framed leg braces and crutches. And now, at age 38, he's on Dancing with the Stars.
"I think I'm ready," says Mathison, who has played Ryan Lavery on ABC's All My Children since 1998. "I think I'm in decent shape. But my hips are very tight. And my hamstrings. Between the traveling and juggling two jobs, I know that this is really going to kick my rear end."
It's certainly going to be a challenging schedule: Mathison will be spending three days every week in New York taping the soap (and rehearsing
Kassie DePaiva by Yolanda Perez/ABC
One Life to Live star Kassie DePaiva (Blair) is letting her 10-year-old son James Quentin aka JQ do a guest stint on All My Children. "But I'm not pimping out my child here!" she assures us with a laugh. "There were just too many positives about this to say no."JQ, who was born deaf, can hear with the aid of cochlear implants. The three-day role (airing Sept. 20, 21 and 24) ties into a plot that has Kendall (Alicia Minshew) devastated because her little son Spike has lost his hearing in an accident. "Kendall has a conversation with Jason [JQ] backstage at Erica Kane's talk show and thinks he's just an average kid," reports DePaiva. "Later she's shocked to find out hes deaf." Mom can't tout the implants highly enough: "Without them, JQ wouldn't be able to hear a bomb go off. With them, he's just a regular kid having a wonderful life. It's miraculous." Reporting by Michael Logan
Bree Williamson by Steve Fenn/ABC
One Life to Live's Bree Williamson (Jessica) is ready to walk the planks, having scored the role of Corie in a production of Neil Simon's Barefoot in the Park, to run Aug. 23 through Sept. 23 at the John W. Engeman Theater in Northport, Long Island, TheaterMania reports.A few other soap-star sightings to keep an eye out for: Florencia Lozano (ex-Téa, OLTL) plays an affluent Manhattan mom in the CW's Gossip Girl (premiering Sept. 19).... Another Llanviewer, Trevor St. John, plays pop to Six Feet Under's Peter Krause in flashbacks in the pilot for ABC's Dirty Sexy Money (airing Sept. 26).... All My Children's Jeff Branson (Jonathan) makes a fleeting (yet hysterical) appearance in the indie film Delirious (now in theaters).
Laura Allen with Mahershalalhashbaz Ali, The 4400
USA Network's The 4400 tugs at the heartstrings this Sunday at 9 pm/ET when it stages a most unlikely reunion between the recently returned Richard and his late wife, Lily (who, in the guise of Tippi Hedren, died from old age at the start of Season 2). How can this be? It's The 4400! Still, TVGuide.com invited Laura Allen to shed more light on the emotional get-together, as well as tease the new-and-improved second season of FX's Dirt.
TVGuide.com: What was your reaction when you got the call to swing by The 4400 again?Laura Allen: I heard about it this spring when I was in New York. I always thought there would be an opportunity to go back there, becaus