Hillary B. Smith, One Life To Live and Tristan Rogers, General Hospital
As you read here first, One Life to Live fully intends to rouse its comatose district attorney, Nora Hanen, now that Hillary B. Smith's contract has been renewed for another year. And no OLTL fan is more pleased than the ABC sudser's head writer, Dena Higley.
"I hate [feeling like] the child of divorced parents," Higley jokingly tells TVGuide.com. "When you've got an actor and the network in some sort of legal battle, you're just sitting there going, 'What do I do?' I have my preferences, but I don't get a vote. It's just so much better now that I can go ahead and burn on [Nora's] story. What a relief!"
So when exactly will Nora wake up? "Late March or the beginning of April," Higley predicts. "I had to wait for the green light [from ABC] and we're writing really far ahead rig
Soap she-devil Kimberlin Brown's final airdate as Y&R's Sheila is Jan. 11.... Southern suds vet Sharon Wyatt (ex-Tiffany Hill, General Hospital) has been unmasked on Passions as Rachel, the red-fingernailed mystery woman.... One Life to Live has recast Dr. Paige Miller yet again.... Watch out, Tess! Kerry Butler joins OLTL in the recurring role of Nash Brennan's ex-fiancé, Claudia Reston, on Jan. 18.... William deVry reprises his All My Children role as Bianca's late, hated rapist, Michael Cambias, on Jan. 27.
Is Soap Talk cohost Ty Treadway — who played troubled twins Colin and Troy MacIver on One Life to Live — actively courting The Bold and the Beautiful for a part? Click here for TVGuide.com's full report and get the truth behind the rumors!
Ty Treadway, Soap Talk
Is Soap Talk cohost Ty Treadway — who played troubled twins Colin and Troy MacIver on One Life to Live — actively courting The Bold and the Beautiful for a part? Well, yes and no. Reports published elsewhere have suggested that he's aggressively campaigning to be on Brad Bell's serial about L.A. fashionistas. Now Ty wants to clarify things a bit.
"Let me tell you exactly what that was about," Treadway says. "My cohost Lisa Rinna and I were on location in Hawaii doing interviews with reporters to promote Soap Talk's Season 4 launch. Lisa said, 'You know what show would be great for you? B&B. It's a half hour, it films close to your house, it's one of the top soaps on the air and Brad Bell is great with developing characters. We're gonna put that out into the universe!'
"Lisa's always putting stuff out into the universe," he adds with a chuckle. "Within a month, three
Out of respect for her privacy, TVGuide.com has chosen to wait until after the holidays to report that One Life to Live's Renée Elise Goldsberry (Evangeline) suffered a miscarriage. Although she had cut short her run in Broadway's The Color Purple specifically because she was expecting, Goldsberry still left the production as planned.
Passions hottie Justin Hartley's final airdate as Fox is Feb. 10. Keep an eye on this column to learn who will play NuFox.... Southern soap vet Sharon Wyatt (ex-Tiffany Hill, General Hospital) has been unmasked on Passions as Rachel, the red-fingernailed mystery woman.... One Life to Live has recast Dr. Paige Miller yet again.... Watch out, Tess! Kerry Butler joins OLTL in the recurring role of Nash Brennan's ex-fiancé, Claudia Reston, on Jan. 18.... William deVry reprises his All My Children role as Bianca's late, hated rapist, Michael Cambias, on Jan. 27.... Guiding Light starlet Crystal Hunt has
CBS has ordered a script for Red Doors, a prime-time sudser centered around a Chinese-American family with three daughters and based on an award-winning indie film by writer-director Georgia Lee. Entirely unreliable sources say that One Life to Live's Kassie DePaiva is battling Mia Korf for one of the leads.
Planning to be in New York City this month? FYI, Hairspray songbird Kathy Brier (Marcie, One Life to Live) stars in A Broadway Diva Christmas through Dec. 31. "A friend told me he never knew Christmas could be so sexy!" laughs Brier, who can't resist sharing soap scoop with TVGuide.com. "There's going to be a wedding in Marcie's future. Valentine's Day tends to be a magical time for Marcie, so the viewers will [find out] what's going to happen around then." Will the groom be Dr. Michael McBain or A.D.A. Hugh Hughes? Whoever Marcie chooses, she can send the hunky reject over to my place for consoling. (Visit abroadwaydivachristmas.com for details on Brier's holiday spectacular.)
One Life to Live has recast Dr. Paige Miller yet again. Cady Huffman, who played the part on a recurring basis, last airs on Jan. 23. Soap veteran Alexandra Neil steps in as NuPaige on Jan. 27. Unlike her predecessor, Neil joins the ABC sudser as a contract player. "They wanted to take the character in a different direction," an OLTL rep tells TVGuide.com.
Let's just hope this
actress takes! Huffman didn't last long after replacing Paige No. 1, Kimberlin Brown
, who was wooed away by The Young and the Restless
. Before Brown, Mary Beth Evans
(Sierra, As the World Turns
) agreed to play Paige, only to back out. We know soap characters are blind to recasts, but eventually Bo Buchanan is gonna wonder why his girlfriend keeps changing faces.
Tari Signor and Hillary B. Smith, One Life to Live
Glad tidings for the holidays! One Life to Live definitely intends to rouse Llanview D.A. Nora Hanen from her comatose slumber, TVGuide.com has confirmed.
This fall Hillary B. Smith
visited SoapNet's Soap Talk
, where she jokingly questioned the timing of Nora's sudden brain aneurysm and subsequent coma, considering that her contract was set to expire in December. Fortunately, Smith has just re-signed with OLTL
. Although ABC wouldn't get into specifics, the webmistress of Smith's official site posted this: "Our beautiful Hillary will be sticking around as Nora for at least another year. Yippee!" Keep reading for more cheery OLTL