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!"
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.
General Hospital's Tyler Christopher (Nikolas) has been cast on a new prime-time soap.... GH is seeking a young hottie to play Lulu's (Julie Marie Berman) love interest.... GH's bed-headed doctor Jason Thompson (Patrick) is reportedly dating Charmed vixen Alyssa Milano.... There may be a double recast in the works on Bold and the Beautiful.... Soap vet John Ingle has left Days of our Lives to check back into GH.... Passions' Heidi Mueller (Kay) has broken off her engagement.... Young and the Restless
Young and the Restless heartthrob Don Diamont (Brad) ranks No. 1 on the "100 Sexiest Soap Hunks of All Time" list compiled by the Shrine to the Soap Hunks (www.soaphunks.net). Chock-full of drool-worthy eye candy, this frothy fan site rates suds actors based on face, body, overall sex appeal and how many years they've worked in daytime. (It's the only place in showbiz where age is actually an advantage!) While the judges' scoring is sometimes questionable — Days of our Lives' Kevin Spirtas (Craig) is hotter than Jensen Ackles (ex-Eric)?! — this soapy shrine is still my preferred place of worship.
Former Days of our Lives star Victor Alfieri is heading back to daytime! On April 19 the Italian stallion lands on NBC's other soap, Passions, during the upcoming Roman mystery you first read about here. Alfieri's character, Gianni, is said to be a lothario with a taste for pretty heirheads like Fancy Crane (Emily Harper). Sounds like Gianni's cut from the same scummy mold as Franco Kelly, the Days gigolo Alfieri played from 1996 to 1998. If you recall, Sami faced lethal injection for Franco's murder until the real shooter, Lucas, saved her from the needle.
Meanwhile, Alfieri guest-stars on CSI: Miami
on March 6 as a blackmailing pimp who meets an unpleasant end. Um, does anyone else sense a career trend here?
Scoop! Actually, make that a double scoop: Days of our Lives dude Bryan Dattilo (Lucas) guest-stars on CSI: NY on March 8. His episode — entitled "Cool Hunter" — features Dattilo playing an in-your-face defense lawyer. As the World Turns alum Brian Bloom (ex-Dusty) also makes a cameo as a drug-abusing doctor who's accused of murder.
Days of our Lives star Matthew Ashford has given TVGuide.com an exclusive update on his MIA character Jack Devereaux. Click here for the latest!
Bold and the Beautiful star Antonio Sabato Jr. (Dante) will soon figure into a paternity plot.... As previously reported, Friday, Feb. 10 is the final airdate for both Brad Maule (Dr. Tony Jones, General Hospital) and Justin Hartley (Fox, Passions).... Linda Dano alert! The soap vet guest-stars on WB's What I Like About You on Feb. 17.... Days of our Lives hustler Brody Hutzler (Patrick) plays Vanessa Marcil's sexy masseur in the March 10 episode of NBC's Las Vegas.... Beth Maitland (Traci Abbott) comes back to The Young and the Restless on March 1. Traci will be in Genoa City to support her troubled papa, John, and share
Scoop! Days of our Lives hustler Brody Hutzler (Patrick) will report to the set of NBC's Las Vegas on Monday to tape a guest gig. His role? A sexy masseur who oils up and rubs down Ms. Vanessa Marcil (ex-Brenda, General Hospital) in the March 10 episode. Hold on a sec: Vanessa abandoned the daytime suds for prime-time TV and she's still getting sensual healing from my fave soap hunks? No fair!
Matthew Ashford, Days of our Lives
Back in December, Matthew Ashford departed from the Days of our Lives canvas when his suicidal character, Jack Devereaux, drove his car off an icy bridge. Despite this, the NBC sudser insists that Ashford — who has "died" and returned to Days before — is still under contract. Here, TVGuide.com gets answers from the fan-fave himself.
TVGuide.com: Days says you're still under contract. True?Matthew Ashford: Yes. I was back [on Jan. 26] shooting a scene where Jennifer (Melissa Reeves) finds a pair of Jack's cufflinks. It wasn't specified, but I think I'm not [there as] a ghost. I think I'm just a figment of Jen's imagination. I just say, "Jennifer, get on with it. If you want to give Frankie a kiss, go ahead, move on." It wasn't maudlin, it was very upbeat. [Editor's n