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.
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
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.
Robin Strasser, One Life to Live
Soap fans who ring Robin Strasser's recorded hotline at (212) 414-5300 are regularly treated to very colorful chatter from the One Life to Live star. Last week, Dorian Lord's feisty portrayer gave us the 411 on her current status at her ABC sudser.
"I just had a meltdown," Strasser told callers. "I was so upset because I thought that my new ABC contract would be signable, and then I open it and read it and it's not what I was told I could have.... I can live with the enormous pay cut I took in order to return to the show [in 2003]. I cannot seem to get any significant improvement, so I'm making half of what I did in 1999. But still, it's a living and it's work I love."
In short, the diva will stay on, even if she's duly grumpy about the budgetary belt-tightening soap vets are facing today. In happier news, La Strasser and her fellow OLTL costars — many of whom are talented singers with Broadway cred — have joined forces to make a hurricane-relief CD
Wanna win a walk-on role on All My Children, General Hospital or One Life to Live? All it takes is a photo and a 50-word essay explaining why you're the biggest fan of your chosen sudser. According to an ABC Fan February contest release, AMC's winner will dance with the soap's stars at an elegant ball hosted by Erica Kane, while GH's No. 1 fan will experience fear when a health scare hits Port Charles, and OLTL's victor will witness a surprise marriage proposal. Sounds fun, huh? Well, except for maybe that "health scare" one. See abc.com for contest details.
Veteran character actor (and former Screen Actors Guild president) Richard Masur joins All My Children on Jan. 13 as TV network exec Jesse Johnson. He'll get involved with Erica Kane's fictional talk show, New Beginnings.... Julia Barr has announced she'll remain on AMC as Brooke for "at least another year," despite rumors to the contrary.... It's still unknown whether Hillary B. Smith, whose Nora character is currently comatose, will stay at One Life to Live. As previously reported, Smith's contract expires this month.... Sources say Playboy pinup Sung Hi Lee (ex-Sophie, Days of our Lives) recently auditioned to play General Hospital's Dr. Kelly Lee. However, as you read here first,
As the World Turns alum Scott Bryce — who romanced Meg Ryan's Betsy back in the '80s as the original Craig Montgomery — is coming back to daytime. But instead of returning to Oakdale, he's headed for One Life to Live's Llanview as police psychiatrist Ed Crosby. He'll begin counseling broody cop John McBain (Michael Easton) on Jan. 4. Click here for more info from Bryce himself!
One Life to Live's Scott Bryce and Michael Easton team up
As the World Turns alum Scott Bryce — who romanced Meg Ryan's Betsy back in the '80s as the original Craig Montgomery — is coming back to daytime. But instead of returning to Oakdale, he's headed for One Life to Live's Llanview as police shrink Ed Crosby. He'll begin counseling broody cop John McBain (Michael Easton) on Jan. 4. Can't wait 'til 2006 for the details? Just read on....
TVGuide.com: Welcome back to soaps! We sure missed you.
Scott Bryce: Thanks! Well, it's a recurring role, so we'll see how long I'm around. They've scheduled eight episodes for me so far, so I'll be airing into February on OLTL.
TVGuide.com: Before we get to that, Hunt Block is a fine actor, but for many ATWT fans, you're the one and only Craig. His Craig was very different from your more lovable version.
Bryce: Aww... he was playing a different part with the same name. They needed to give him connecti