Question: What do you think about this for the three new characters they are looking for on Lost: Famke Janssen as the "leader," Elisha Cuthbert as the girl in her "early twenties" and Matt Cedeno (Days of Our Lives) as the "Latino hunk."
Answer: I've got three better ideas: Roberta Weiss (Santa Barbara), Emily VanCamp and Y Tu Mama Tambien's Diego Luna.
Are you a wealthy fan of Days of our Lives? Well, first of all, call me! Secondly, you should know that Deidre Hall's luxe Bel-Air pad is currently for sale, listed at just under $8.5 million. Per the Los Angeles Times, the amenities of Marlena's walled and gated half-acre compound include six bedrooms, a playroom and 11 bathrooms. Oh, there's also a pool, a detached guest house and a sports court. Hall and her husband, writer-producer Steve Sohmer, purchased the 6,800-square-foot estate in 1992 from Bob Newhart for around $3 million. In other news, this reporter can't even afford a lousy one-bedroom condo in the Valley. But I'm not bitter, I swear.
When Arianne Zuker (Nicole) left Days of our Lives in January, the NBC sudser chose not to explain her absence. On Monday viewers finally found out what the heck happened to Nicole! She's gone to work for Austin's company in Los Angeles. "I didn't want her anyway," Austin told Lucas. "She fell in love with some soap-opera actor and wants to get married and have a baby."
Of course, that's a cute nod to Zuker's real-life husband, Kyle Lowder
). The couple live in L.A., where they're both pursuing work in prime-time TV and films. And before you all start speculating, Days
wasn't dropping any hints with that line about having a baby. The show's rep tells TVGuide.com that Zuker is not pregnant.
Do soap operas really rot your brain like our parents warned us? A study published in the Southern Medical Journal reveals that elderly female soap fans ranked poorly in tests of memory, attention and mental quickness. However, that doesn't mean these viewers' love of daytime TV caused their cognitive decline; it might only be a symptom. Researchers suspect that seniors whose minds are already impaired may just find it easier to watch shows that involve "parasocial relationships," meaning that viewers at home feel a daily emotional connection to the people on screen.
Hmm... well, thanks to my job, I spend several hours a day watching my soaps, and this reporter's mind remains razor sharp and attentive, thank you very much. That said, I will concede that I feel emotionally connected to Days of our Lives' Austin Peck — especially whenever he takes off his shirt, which is often, god love him. Maybe those scientists should quit scrutinizi
NBC has unveiled the cast for Celebrity Cooking Showdown, premiering April 17. Working the stoves in tandem with the likes of Wolfgang Puck and Cat Cora will be supermodel Naomi Campbell, Days of our Lives' Alison Sweeney, country crooner Big Kenny, Tom Arnold, the Kansas City Chiefs' Tony Gonzales, rapper Ja Rule, volleyball stunner Gabrielle Reese and Miss USA 2005, Chelsea Cooley. Um, do any of those ladies even eat?
Here's some cheerier news for Young and the Restless fans: Starting on April 24, SoapNet will begin airing same-day reruns of the No. 1 daytime sudser. That's quite a coup for my fave cable channel, which also carries same-day reruns of the three ABC soaps and NBC's Days of our Lives.
My fave French Creole psychic friend is coming home to Days of our Lives! Starting on March 30, Tanya Boyd brings the long-absent Celeste back to Salem for about a month. "Celeste is here to stop Tek from destroying her daughter Lexie's marriage to Abe," Boyd reveals to TVGuide.com. "I start off with a major confrontation between Celeste and Tek. Then in the next scene, she's doing her tarot cards again — and she sees something that doesn't look good. 'Oh, no! Mon dieu!'"
Celeste's campy presence — she's all about big hats, colorful wigs and ominous predictions delivered in a hammy accent — has been missed. "It's funny," Boyd says. "When I came back, the actors were all asking me, 'Am I getting killed? Am I dying?' Usually when Celeste pops up, there's some gloom and doom getting ready to happen. Remember, she knew before anybody else when the Salem Stalker was going to strike, but nobody ever listens to her. You know how it is."
General Hospital's Tamara Braun (ex-Carly) isn't the only soap-opera sexpot dropping by ABC's sitcom Freddie. Next up, Krista Allen (ex-Billie, Days of our Lives) is romanced by Freddie Prinze Jr. in an upcoming episode entitled "Freddie and the Hot Mom." Look for Allen — who, naturally, plays the hot mom in question — to air on March 29.
McKenzie Westmore, Passions and Brody Hutzler, Days of our Lives
As TVGuide.com reported first, Days of our Lives hustler Brody Hutzler plays a sexy masseur on NBC's Las Vegas tonight at 9 pm/ET. His Days character, Patrick, is also poised to split up supercouple Bo and Hope (Peter Reckell, Kristian Alfonso). Here's what Brody has to say about all his skirt-chasing shenanigans....
TVGuide.com: So you and Hope just happened to end up on the same hot, sultry Caribbean isle.
Brody Hutzler: I need to get away, so I head off to a place I own on Morgan Island, but my house has accidentally been rented out to Hope. Whatever. So I get to my house and there she is. We have to stay there together.
TVGuide.com: Sounds like a classically cheesy Days coincidence.
Days of our Lives and General Hospital are now officially confirming what TVGuide.com told you last week: Soap vet John Ingle has left his gig as Days' Mickey Horton to reprise his signature role as GH's crusty patriarch, Edward Quartermaine.
"We were so fortunate that John Ingle was available to us at a time when we were desperate to fill story and were dealing with the departure of [Mickey's original portrayer] John Clarke," says Days chief Ken Corday. "We have loved having [Ingle] here, both professionally and personally, but also know a big part of his heart and history is with General Hospital. Our loss is certainly GH’s gain, and we wish John nothing but continued success. He will truly be missed!"