Julie Pinson by Mark Sullivan/ WireImage.com
You may best remember her as Port Charles' Eve, or maybe you didn't blink and caught her short turn as Days of our Lives' Billie. (And some of you may think of her as lucky-duck Billy Warlock's bride.) But Julie Pinson now has a truly "Juicy" role to grab onto. The voluptuous beauty is joining As the World Turns in the mystery role of Janet, a woman from Brad's past and one who in high school boasted the nickname "Juicy." (Akin to how my college sweetheart apparently had been dubbed "PBT" during her own torrid teen years... but I digress.) Pinson (presumably) puts the squeeze on Katie's romance with Brad starting May 8. Matt Mitovich
Van Hansis and Jake Silbermann by Jason Kempin/WireImage.com
Why won't As the World Turns let gay teens Noah (Jake Silbermann) and Luke (Van Hansis) kiss on screen, much less have sex? Are execs at the CBS Procter & Gamble soap homophobic? Are they running scared of antigay Christian groups? Or is this a brilliantly masterminded tease guaranteed to make salivating Nuke fans tune in tomorrow?Whatever the case, this is the biggest controversy to hit soaps in years. Legions of pissed-off Nuke-anistas a lot of them straight have spammed the media with complaints about bias against the duo, and many are calling for a viewer boycott. Meanwhile, the right-wing American Family Association reportedly wants the teens dropped from the soap and has asked P&G to make it happen. P&G has banned ATWT executive producer Chris Goutman from speaking to the press about Nuke, so I contacted CBS daytime chief Barbara Bloom to get her POV."I can assure you there is no homophobia on the part of the network, nor are we pandering to any group...
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They said they would recast, and they did. As the World Turns announced on Wednesday that Noelle Beck whom daytime fans surely remember as the super-dewy Trisha (as in Trisha-and-Steve/chump and Trisha-and-Trucker) on ABC's Loving will be succeeding Martha Byrne in the role of Lily Snyder beginning Thursday, May 8.Me, I thought the beautiful Beck's post-daytime career was definitely going somewhere when she turned up in Fletch Lives. But then... not much happened. Most recently, she appeared in an episode of Cashmere Mafia. Matt Webb MitovichRelated: Martha Byrne on Exiting ATWT: "I Was True to Myself" Martha Byrne Exits As the World Turns
Martha Byrne courtesy PGP
Martha Byrne wasn't planning to say much publicly about her shocking decision to quit As the World Turns. But then the show's executive producer, Chris Goutman, issued a statement saying, "We made Martha an incredibly generous offer in hopes that she would remain a valuable member of the ATWT cast. Unfortunately, Martha has decided to leave despite our best efforts to keep her." And that was something Byrne couldn't ignore. Here, the two time Emmy-winning actress who will end her run as Lily Snyder next month tells us what really went down in those contract talks. Michael LoganTVGuide.com: Your fans are furious about this, and I know because I'm one of 'em! What the hell happened here? Martha Byrne: This was the situation: Last year, I was asked to take a tremendous pay cut, and I did so willingly because I love ATWT and understood the financial situation the show was facing. I was willing to do anything to keep the show going, including giving up money, so...
All My Children courtesy ABC
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...
Van Hansis and Jake Silbermann by Stephen Lovekin/WireImage.com
Things are heating up for Luke and Noah on As the World Turns but it's not their sex lives.Instead, fans of the show are waging a campaign against the way the show has handled the couple's on-screen intimacy, which is to say, barely at all. While other couples suck face freely in daytime drama ecstasy, the fictional gay couple has locked lips exactly twice in the course of their TV relationship. After months of kiss-less dating, it was the Valentine's Day ep in which every couple on the show locked lips except Luke and Noah that spurred fans to speak up. Forget about their suppressed libidos: Fans say the show, which is owned, produced and written by Procter & Gamble Productions, is suppressing the portrayal of gay intimacy. But P&G denies the claim that they're squeaky-clean portrayal is simply their way of pleasing a "diverse audience."And As the World Turns has been, historically, a trailblazer for gay characters in the genre. The show was the first t...
Martha Byrne by Robert Voets/CBS
This totally sucks. Procter & Gamble has confirmed that two-time Emmy winner Martha Byrne will soon exit As the World Turns. Other websites are reporting that the fan fave — who plays Lily Snyder — nixed an insulting offer to re-sign her contract. Not so, claims the soaps executive producer Chris Goutman. We made Martha an incredibly generous offer in hopes that she would remain a valuable member of the ATWT cast, Goutman says in a statement. Unfortunately, Martha has decided to leave despite our best efforts to keep her. Those close to the situation swear thats no baloney. When Goutman says generous, he means it — the offer was generous by anyones standards, insists one longtime staffer. I dont know what else the show could have done for Martha. The actress, who is still taping episodes, will be off the air by April. Word is, a recast is likely. Michael Logan
Scott Bryce by Robert Voets/CBS
As the World Turns star Scott Bryce — one of the best badasses in the business — has been fired from his role as Craig Montgomery and fans are furiously bombarding the show with petitions for his return. Alas, it's a moot point, for now anyway. Craig will flee Oakdale Feb. 21 after trying to blow up his archrival Paul (Roger Howarth). Here Bryce — in his only exit interview — talks about his controversial axing. — Michael LoganTVGuide.com: Your followers, and they are legion, are having coronaries over this!Scott Bryce: I have to say an enormous thank you for their love and support. I'd started thinking to myself, "Wow, maybe I stink" but the response from the fans has been so amazing and overwhelming that it's helped soften the blow. It's touching and affirming and it means the world to me. TVGuide.com: Word is, your peeps at ATWT are pretty bummed.Bryce: The response from the cast and crew has been equally unbelievable. Hugs and kisses and shock and d...
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 ...