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Guiding Light's Olivia and Natalia: Lez Be Frenemies?

Crystal Chappell and Jessica Leccia

Just as All My Children takes Bianca's new relationship to the next level, the Internet is abuzz with reports that Guiding Light is about to launch its own lesbian romance between Olivia and Natalia, the heterosexual — or so we thought — frenemies played by Crystal Chappell and Jessica Leccia.

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Come Back, Shayne! GL Recasts with AMC Hunk

Jeff Branson by Jordan Strauss/ WireImage.com

Jeff Branson, familiar to All My Children fans from his run as the troubled Jonathan Lavery, is joining the cast of CBS' Guiding Light in the recast role of Shayne Lewis. Though Branson's first air date as Shayne is Dec. 1, he actually has appeared on GL before, in another capacity — rather effectively playing a young Alan Spaulding in flashbacks surrounding 2004's Carrie Carruthers murder mystery.Shayne most recently was portrayed by Marty West, in August 2004. — Matt Mitovich read more

Casting Quickies for Days, B&B and GL

Tamara Braun by Mitchell Haaseth/NBC

Tune In Tamara: Say goodbye to Tamara Braun. The impossibly sublime actress will exit Days of Our Lives August 4 when it looks like her character, Ava, will stand trial for causing that pesky plane crash. But, before skipping town, she has one more sex romp with her brainwashed Robo-John.Storm Warning: The Bold and the Beautiful takes a dark turn August 5–6 when Storm Logan (William deVry), who killed himself last spring, returns in a fantasy sequence. His sister Katie, who is distraught over an unexpected pregnancy, will see him rise naked from the sea and urge her to join him in death. When she dives underwater after him, he morphs into a demon.Seeing the Light: Montel Williams steps into the role of Clayton Boudreau on Guiding Light for a two-day stint (August 1 and 5). Word is, the author-talk show host so impressed execs with his acting chops that they want him back. Now for the bad news: Clayton's return involves a heartbreaking tragedy, so have a hanky ready. — Mich... read more

Who Are Today's Sexiest Soap Stars?

TV Guide Network is looking to tally up and show off today's sexiest soap stars — both the chiseled, six-pack-toting fellas as well as the wavy-haired, born to come-hither femmes.Just to be clear, we are not looking for the prettiest or the most talented. We want sexy.Nominate your favorites here in comments. Just remember to spread the lust, giving kudos to both actors and actresses.Find out where your favorites landed when TV Guide Network counts down Soaps' Sexiest Stars on Sunday, July 13, at 8 pm/ET (the women) and Sunday, July 20, at 8 pm (the men). Ready... set... suggest! read more

Guiding Light Names Two Headwriting Teams

Guiding Light

This just in...."Christopher Dunn, Lloyd 'Lucky' Gold and Jill Lorie Hurst have been appointed headwriters of broadcast history's longest running program, Guiding Light, as announced today by the show's Executive Producer Ellen Wheeler. Dunn, Gold and Lorie Hurst will join current headwriter David Kreizman to create two new headwriting teams that will work together to bring their vision to the screen. "I am thrilled about the new roles that David, Jill, Chris and Lucky will play on the headwriting teams at Guiding Light," said Wheeler. "Since Guiding Light adopted its revolutionary new production model at the start of the year, we have made major changes to nearly every aspect of how we produce the show. I believe that appointing collaborative headwriting teams will help to expand the show's vision and storytelling ability in this new model. Our new headwriting teams are made up of extraordinarily talented individuals who all respect the rich history of Guiding Light and are all ver... read more

Guiding Light Star Weighs In on Weight-loss Story

courtesy Caitlin Van Zandt

There's a lot less of Caitlin Van Zandt these days. The plus-size Guiding Light star recently underwent Lap-Band surgery and has already dropped more than 40 pounds. The GL writers had her character, teenager Ashlee Wolfe, undergo the same weight-loss procedure in a plot that was intended to be inspiring. But all this has some of Van Zandt's fans riled up. We asked her about it. — Michael LoganTVGuide.com: Lap-band surgery isn't controversial — it's minimally invasive, unlike gastric bypass, and considered safe — yet your choice to have it stirred up controversy! What's up with that? Caitlin Van Zandt: I don't know why it's such a taboo topic, but it is! I'm always reading articles where celebrities talk about everything from their drug rehab stints to the people they've slept with, yet I've gotten flack on the internet for doing the Lap-Band as if I'm somehow being a bad role model. A lot of the fans relate to me because I'm real looking — which I think is wo... read more

Daytime Great Beverlee McKinsey Dead at 72

From the Los Angeles Times:"Beverlee McKinsey died May 2nd, 2008, in Los Angeles from complications due to a kidney transplant. She was 72 years old. Ms. McKinsey was an actor best known for roles in daytime television. She created the character Iris Carrington on NBC's Another World, and played the part from 1970-1979. She also created the role of Alexandra Spaulding on CBS' Guiding Light, and performed it from 1984-1992. In 1980, NBC developed the program Texas to capitalize on the popularity of her character, Iris Carrington; and Ms. McKinsey was the first and only performer in the history of daytime drama to receive star billing. "In 1998, the editors of Soap Opera Magazine voted her the best actor in the history of daytime television. TV Guide's Michael Logan wrote of her in 1992, 'For my money, Beverlee McKinsey is the greatest actress ever to grace daytime drama.'"GuidingLight.net will feature a vintage "Alexandra" clip in the coming weeks as a tribute to McKinsey. read more

Daytime Emmy Nominations Feeling Very Restless

Jeanne Cooper by Robert Voets, Peter Bergman by Robert Voets, Tracey Bregman by Tony Esparza/CBS

Nominations for the 35th annual Daytime Emmy awards were announced Wednesday, and CBS' daytime lineup has the early lead with 51 total nods — or for comparison purposes 12.75 nominations per soap. ABC netted 27 noms for its three sudsers, while NBC's Days of Our Lives and Passions amassed 10 bids between 'em.Among the noteworthy tallies, The Young and the Restless collected 11 acting nods, including at least one contender in every race, while Days made an atypically strong showing, scoring four acting nominees. Kudoscast host ABC, meanwhile, may want to instead broadcast a test pattern, as All My Children, General Hospital and One Life to Live netted just three acting nods combined. That said, both GH and OLTL are vying in both the outstanding drama series and writing contests.The major races:Lead ActressMaura West (Carly, ATWT)Crystal Chappell (Olivia, GL)Nicole Forester (Cassie, GL)Michelle Stafford (Phyllis, Y&R)Jeanne Cooper (Katherine, Y&R)Lead ActorDavid Canary (A... read more

"Smoother" Sailing Ahead for Guiding Light Fans?

Guiding Light by Robert Milazzo/PGP/CBS

CBS has renewed Guiding Light for one more year, which keeps it on the air through 2009. But that doesn't mean we're stuck with the show's new artsy-fartsy, überjumpy format. "I'm very pleased with some of it, and some of it needs to evolve," says CBS Daytime boss Barbara Bloom. "I agree that some of the camera work is shaky and frenetic and some of the close-ups are too tight — and that maybe we've broken rules that didn't need to be broken — but this is a work in progress. We're just a few weeks into this new production model. I think everybody who's complaining needs to lighten up." Oh, snap! — Michael LoganRelated:• Inside Guiding Light's Extreme Makeover read more

Michael Logan Rates Daytime's Big Returns

Debbi Morgan by Steve Fenn/ABC

Over the past couple of months, many daytime greats have returned to the suds — some in old roles, some in new ones. So how are these prodigal kids doing? Michael Logan shares his take.Debbi Morgan and Darnell Williams (All My Children) It's been worth a gazillion plot contrivances to see Angie back with her "dead" Jesse after 20 long years. Oh, how we've longed for her blazing soul and Earth Mother passion! How much we've missed his sass and cool and cut-to-the-chase honesty! And aren't they still incomprehensibly beautiful together? Watching these legends reunite in that terrific train-station scene made me realize how starved we soap fans are for true, epic love. Clearly, you can go home again.RATING: 5 out of 5 starsTamara Braun (Days of our Lives) She was the best and most electrifying of the four gals who have played Carly on General Hospital — save your irate letters, you can't change my mind! Now she's opened up a big can o' whoop-ass on Salem as Ava, a bodacious b... read more

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Premiered: June 30, 1952, on CBS
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Premise: Fictional Springfield is the home of daytime's grande dame, the only current soap rooted in the early days of the medium. It began on radio in 1937 and jumped to TV on June 30, 1952, capturing the daily travails of the Bauers, Coopers, Lewises and Spauldings, including the always vivacious character Reva (played by the award-winning Kim Zimmer), daytime's most outrageous heroine.

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