Jacob Young, All My Children
All My Children's Jacob Young (J.R. Chandler) is the latest New York soap star with plans to moonlight on Broadway. He starts a 10-week run on May 9 in the stage production of Disney's Beauty and the Beast. His incandescent role? Lumiere, the French candlestick who roots for his beastly boss to win Belle's heart.
"I'll have to learn to work with pyrotechnics — actual fire — and act with my hands above my head the whole time," Young tells TVGuide.com with a laugh. "It'll be challenging. I'll also be doing AMC
and the play simultaneously, which means a grueling schedule. You might say I'm burning the candle at both ends!"
In TVGuide.com's weekly Soaps Poll, we asked suds fans to weigh in on All My Children's tale of Erica Kane's "unaborted" son, Dr. Josh Madden. A whopping 70 percent rejected the rewriting of such a vital piece of AMC history. (Susan Lucci's Erica had TV's first legal abortion back in 1973. Only now it turns out the fetus was somehow stolen, not aborted!) The remaining 30 percent of voters said they love to hate Erica's long-lost demon spawn, who's played by sexy model Colin Egglesfield.
Is there room for two queen bees on All My Children? Martha Stewart appears in the March 28 episode as a guest on "New Beginnings," the fictional talk-show-within-a-soap hosted by Erica Kane. Of course, it won't be the first time Stewart and Susan Lucci have done daytime TV together. La Lucci was among the domestic goddess' inaugural guests when Martha debuted last fall. To refresh your memory, here's a lovely photo.
All My Children is SORASing some Pine Valley kids.... As the World Turns is seeking new actors for two key roles.... General Hospital is seeking a young hottie to play Lulu's (Julie Marie Berman) love interest.... One Life to Live has cast Dorian Lord's new assistant.... Young and the Restless stars Shemar Moore (Malcolm) and Victoria Rowell (Dru) will be honored at the NAACP Image Awards tonight at 8 pm/ET on Fox.... Not only is Lisa Rinna fixing to cohost Season 3 of Dancing with the Stars, the Soap Talk sasspot will be Access Hollywood's
When Desperate Housewives' Andrew seeks to be emancipated from his mother's watch, look for legendary funny lady Carol Burnett to hit Wisteria Lane as Bree's tightly wound stepmother, Eleanor Mason. "I thought this would be a hoot," Burnett, who is tentatively slated to first air April 9, tells USA Today. "I've watched All My Children for a hundred years, and this, too, is a very campy soap." But once Eleanor's stay is over, will Bree be saying, "I'm so glad we had this time together"?
Variety reports that Jenny McCarthy and Ivan Sergei (Charmed) will star in the ABC Family original movie Mary Christmas. McCarthy will play Santa's ambitious businesswoman daughter and, hopefully, wear one of those cute "naughty elf" costumes at some point.... Lifetime Television has tapped All My Children alumna Abigail Spencer — one of the nicest gals you could ever meet and a hottie in her own right — for the lead in Emily's Eyes, a procedural about an FBI agent seeking to right the wrongs of her treasonous CIA-operative parents. Thus far ordered for 13 episodes, Emily's Eyes could premiere as early as this summer.
Word is, All My Children is recasting Adam and Liza's daughter, Colby, as well as Palmer and Opal's son, Petey. Both characters are currently away from Pine Valley. They'll come home SORASed — that's short for Soap Opera Rapid Aging Syndrome — into randy teenagers, just in time for summer. An AMC rep had "no comment."
This week's All My Children explosion will claim at least one casualty: corporate titan Ethan Ramsey Cambias, played by the handsomest man in the northern hemisphere, James Scott. FYI: Although Ethan will breathe his last on Monday, Feb. 24, word is Scott will continue to air on AMC either in ghostly visitations, fantasies or flashbacks. Let's hope another soap snaps up this British looker soon! Doing him in is truly a sin.
Renee Elise Goldsberry, One Life to Live and Tracey E. Bregman, Young and the Restless
All of soapdom was buzzing on Wednesday when the Daytime Emmy nominations were announced. Here's how your sudsy faves reacted to all the big news....
First-time nominee Renee Goldsberry (Evangeline) had a mixed reaction to being One Life to Live's lone acting anointee. "It's bittersweet because I saw some great work on my show last year," the supporting-actress contender told TVGuide.com. "I don't want to single anybody out, but I can't help it: Bree [Williamson, Jess/Tess], I thought was absolutely wonderful, [as were] John-Paul [Lavoisier, Rex], Robin Strasser (Dorian)... I also thought that Tari [Signor, Margaret], who was [pre]nominated in [my] category, was really, really great. Michael Easton (John) should get a little shout-out as well, because you're only as good as your partner."
"It was shocking that I was even nominated," said
Jason O'Mara, In Justice
On ABC's mid-season hit, In Justice (Fridays at 9 pm/ET), Jason O'Mara and Kyle MacLachlan head up the National Justice Project, a group that works hard (and TV-fast!) to get wrongfully convicted people pulled out of prison. TVGuide.com spoke with O'Mara about his transition from rugby star to actor, about In Justice's upcoming controversial episode, and about — get this — the woman he and this writer have in common.
TVGuide.com: For starters, I want to say that I love the show and have it on my TiVo list. Good stuff!
Jason O'Mara: Yeah, last week's episode was good, wasn't it? We sort of felt it was a bit of a watershed for us because it