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
Jack Wagner, The Bold and the Beautiful with soap fan Cookie Sheehey
Bold and the Beautiful star Jack Wagner (Nick) was the big winner during Wheel of Fortune's Soap Stars Week. Solving Vanna's puzzles like a pro, he scored $142,550 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in honor of his brother, Dennis, who is currently in remission with chronic lymphocytic leukemia. In so doing, Wagner not only did a really good deed, he won the most cash any celebrity contestant has ever won on Wheel. Nice going, Jack!
"I was fortunate to be involved in this unique and magical moment on Wheel of Fortune," Wagner told TVGuide.com via e-mail. "I hope and pray that my brother can be an inspiration to families and patients who suffer from this illness."
Last week's second-biggest winner was Days of
Scoop! There's currently a Bold and the Beautiful audition script floating around that features an emotional scene between Ridge and Phoebe. This all but confirms longtime buzz that the CBS sudser will recast Phoebe and Steffy, who are Ridge and Taylor's identical teenage daughters. Even so, B&B's rep insists to TVGuide.com that "there is no truth to the rumor that we are recasting [the twins]. Alex and Addison Hoover are recurring in those roles." Well, for now, anyway.
Saved by the Bell grad Mario Lopez — who once donned a Speedo to play gay Olympic diving champ Greg Louganis — is now plunging into the soap suds. Lopez joins The Bold and the Beautiful's cast on March 20 as Dr. Christian Ramirez. He's the hunky younger brother of L.A. firefighter Hector Ramirez, who's played by Lorenzo Lamas. Sounds muy caliente!
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
Although Bold and the Beautiful honcho Brad Bell has admitted to feeling tempted to keep Lesli Kay on the canvas, the CBS sudser will kill off the dying Felicia Forrester as planned. Bummer!
"Isn't she marvelous?" Susan Flannery
(Stephanie) asks TVGuide.com. "I'm sad to lose her, too, but it's such a powerful story."
Despite Kay's popularity, her TV mom thinks it'd be a mistake to reverse Felicia's terminal cancer diagnosis just to keep her around. "Doesn't that kind of burn the audience?" Flannery says. "We have to go down this path and pay off the story in the right way."
Word is, Felicia's unfortunate demise will give rise to a Bold
new saga: a tussle over her baby son, Dominick. Look for Italian stallion Dante (Antonio Sabato Jr.
) to start asking, "Who's your real
Fans of The Bold and the Beautiful demand to know: Where is Rick Forrester? Surely he would have an opinion on Nick's incestuous love triangle with Rick's mom and sister, Brooke and Bridget. Not to mention the sudden remarriage of his parents, Brooke and Eric! Look for Justin Torkildsen to return (albeit briefly) as Rick on Nov. 4, 7 and 8. As the CBS sudser's rep tells TVGuide.com: "Rick comes back to L.A. when Stephanie summons the family together to make a revelation." Sounds juicy, huh? Well, be sure to read this Friday's Soaps News to learn which old Bold character is getting a new, yet familiar face. (I know, I'm a total tease.)
In other Bold news, Shanelle Workman has been pink-slipped from her role as Gaby Forrester. Click here for the full report.
Jennifer Finnigan has returned home. Having started out on The Bold and the Beautiful (where she won three consecutive Daytime Emmys in short order), the actress, after a flirtation with NBC prime time, is back on CBS in Close to Home (premiering Oct. 4 at 10 pm/ET). As prosecutor Annabeth Chase, she will get to the bottom of crimes in the seemingly cozy suburbs while juggling working motherhood and butting heads with her superior (played by Kimberly Elise). TVGuide.com spoke with Finnigan about her roles past and present, and her future as wife to The Single Guy's Jonathan Silverman.
TVGuide.com: I just watched the pilot and loved it. So did TV Guide's Fa
The world of daytime drama has lost its lion king. William J. Bell, the groundbreaking, taboo-busting mastermind behind CBS' The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful, died April 29 from complications of Alzheimer's disease. He was 78. Bell cocreated both shows with his wife, Lee Phillip Bell, and is credited with writing and producing some 15,000 soap episodes in a four-decade career.
His slow, hypnotic storytelling style was rooted in romance and family, but Bell also embraced controversy with landmark plots about crack babies, AIDS, incest, date rape, euthanasia and homelessness.
Bell was just as audacious off camera: He was a tough and supremely confident showman who paid no mind to focus-group research and tolerated no interference from the CBS "suits." In exchange for that autonomy, he gave the network two wildly popular cash cows: Y&R, now in its 32nd year, has been the No. 1 soap since 1988. The 18