Sydney Penny and Crystal Chappell
The doctor is in! Daytime fan fave Sydney Penny — so triumphant as the tragic heroine Julia Santos on All My Children — is joining NBC's Days of Our Lives for a seven-episode stint. A network rep tells TV Guide Magazine that Penny will play Dr. Norman at the rehab center treating drug addict Carly Manning (Crystal Chappell).
And there's more cool casting news here. Carly's son, Nicholas Alamain, will return to the ...
Salem is about to get a lot less funny. That great fan favorite, and farceur extraordinaire, Louise Sorel has been pink-slipped from Days of Our Lives and will end her run as badass Vivian Alamain in the coming months. After several years away from Days, Sorel returned to the soap in 2009 with much fanfare and has continued to be one of its most acclaimed players. So what went haywire? TV Guide Magazine spoke with the star about her surprising exit.
TV Guide Magazine: What's the reason for not picking up your contract? Money? The recent change in head writers?
Sorel: My guess is that there's upheaval. The only thing I know for sure is that I'm...
Vincent Irizarry, John Aniston
Nominations for the 38th annual Daytime Emmy Awards won't be announced until May 11 but we can tell you right now which soaps are most likely to land in the Outstanding Daytime Drama competition. Here's a look at what each of the seven serials submitted for the top prize and how they stack up.
All My Children (episode 10,505; airdate November 23, 2010)
A strong, crackling hour during which Dr. David Hayward — not dead after all — walks into the courtroom during his murder trial and shocks the snot out of everyone in Pine Valley. Oddly, there are no out-of-the-park performances here but the noir-ish flashbacks detailing how the dastardly doc (played by fan fave Vincent Irizarry) faked his demise and tried to frame his rival Ryan are exceptionally well crafted and quite riveting. The stuff of grand memories? Not really. But this is good, solid work and in some years (like this one) that's more than enough to put a show in the race.
Smallville has tapped Sebastian Spence to play inventor-turned-superhero Ted Kord, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively.
Spence, 41, will appear in the Geoff Johns-penned episode, "Booster," which will feature the genesis of Jaime Reyes' Blue Beetle and his teaming with Booster Gold. (For you non-geeks out there, the translation follows: "Sweet!")
Smallville scoop: Lois and Clark's big day!
"We meet Ted Kord as...
Get out those hankies. One of the most beloved traditions in soaps, the decorating of the Horton Christmas tree on Days of Our Lives, will be a lot less cheerful this year due to the death of two major family members. Mickey, last played by Kevin Dobson, was killed off by the writers in January. Then grande dame Alice passed away in June, several months after the death of actress Frances Reid, who portrayed the feisty matriarch since Days debuted in 1965. But Salem's premiere clan is determined to press on and make the best of the holidays. TV Guide Magazine got the scoop from Melissa Reeves, who recently returned to Days after a four-year absence as Alice's granddaughter Jennifer Rose.
Young and the Restless
CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless has been renewed for three more years, the network announced Monday.
The Young and the Restless, which debuted in 1973, has ranked as the top-rated daytime drama for the last 22 years. The pick-up comes weeks after fellow Sony-produced soap Days of Our Lives was renewed for two more years.
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Days of Our Lives
NBC has renewed Days of Our Lives for two more years.
Lindsay Hartley was dumped by Days of Our Lives and her character, ex-undercover agent Arianna Hernandez, died last week from a hit and run. But shed no tears for this gal! She's moving from Salem to Pine Valley — with a stop along the way to battle Clark Kent. Starting December 8, Hartley will be seen on All My Children as ...
C'mon, you've all been thinking the same thing. How the hell does she go to the bathroom? Days of Our Lives' Vivian Alamain — played to madcap brilliance by Louise Sorel — is finally rescued from that sarcophagus this Friday (November 5) where she's been trapped for weeks without food, water or a loo. (You can play, too! Check out the Vivian's Escape game at nbc.com.) But get this: Before Vivian makes a break for it, she puts her arch-rival Maggie (Suzanne Rogers) in the sarcophagus instead! TV Guide Magazine fired some burning questions at Sorel, who seems just as mystified about this kooky plot as we are! ...
Warning: This performance may contain a trace of nut. When Days of Our Lives needed someone to play the funeral director at a pet cemetery, they handed the part to French Stewart. The former 3rd Rock From the Sun funnyman will appear on the NBC soap September 27 and 29 in scenes involving Brody (Eric Martsolf) and the theft of his mom's remains. Stewart is popping up a lot lately: He will guest on ...