Former General Hospital star Marisa Ramirez has joined The Young and the Restless in a new contract role. "I play Carmen Mesta, a powerful PR woman from New York," she tells TVGuide.com. "I'm there to help save Jabot Cosmetics during the company's crisis with tainted moisturizer. That's all I know so far, but I think a little bit of Latin flavor will be good for the show!"
Ramirez makes her Restless
debut on May 8. The Los Angeles native played bitchy supermodel Gia Campbell on GH
from 2000 to 2002. She has also dabbled in the horror/fantasy genre, appearing in the indie thriller All Souls Day
and costarring with Skeet Ulrich
in ABC's supernatural drama Miracles
Desperate Housewife Eva Longoria (ex-Isabella, Young and the Restless) will serve as host and producer of the 2006 ALMA Awards, which air June 5 on ABC. The awardsfest celebrates Latino artistic achievement in TV, film and music, as well as positive Latino images in Hollywood. FYI, the muy caliente nominees for outstanding performance in a daytime drama are All My Children's Eva La Rue (ex-Maria) and One Life to Live's Kamar de Los Reyes (Antonio) and Melissa Gallo (Adriana). "I'm glad my performances on AMC before I left still fall within the eligibility period," La Rue enthuses. "This is such an honor."
Ever since The Young and the Restless wrapped the Tom Fisher murder case, Ted Shackelford — aka Genoa City prosecutor Will Bardwell — has been MIA. No worries, though. The Knots Landing grad returns when Will is needed to tackle legal issues that arise from Jabot Cosmetics selling tainted moisturizer.
Side note: Since Y&R
and The Bold and the Beautiful
both tape at L.A.'s CBS Television City, Shackelford is sure to run into Patrick Duffy
, who played his brother on Dallas
. It's Gary and Bobby, together again! (Just to refresh your memory, Duffy has been cast as Brooke's father
Young and the Restless star Lauralee Bell has been cast in a Lifetime movie.... Criminal Minds star Shemar Moore is not returning to Y&R as Malcolm.... SoapNet will begin airing same-day reruns of Y&R on April 24.
Two of daytime's most bland, boring characters have been cut from their soaps. General Hospital's Matt Marraccini — who plays policeboy Jesse — exits Port Charles in early April. And The Young and the Restless has axed Rachel Kimsey, the third actress to play Kay Chancellor's granddaughter, Mac. Neither role is being recast. Hey, it's nothing personal against the actors, but every time they appear on screen, I just... zzzzzzz... huh? Wait, what was I saying?
Here's some cheerier news for Young and the Restless fans: Starting on April 24, SoapNet will begin airing same-day reruns of the No. 1 daytime sudser. That's quite a coup for my fave cable channel, which also carries same-day reruns of the three ABC soaps and NBC's Days of our Lives.
Lauralee Bell and Shemar Moore, Young and the Restless
It's often said that Lifetime is television for women and gay men. Since gay men also love soaps, I must say it's a fabulous move to cast Young and the Restless star Lauralee Bell in Past Sins, a Lifetime movie scheduled to air June 5. Per The Hollywood Reporter, Bell plays Donna Erickson, a press-hungry lawyer defending a murder suspect who may've been framed.
This role should be a cakewalk for the actress, who has done lotsa legal drama as attorney Christine "Cricket" Blair on Y&R
. By the way, although Christine has been back-burnered in Genoa City lately, she remains on recurring status with the CBS sudser, which was created in 1973 by her esteemed parents, Lee Phillip Bell
and the late William J. Bell
Rebecca Holden and David Hasselhoff, Knight Rider
Question: On the show Knight Rider, what did K.I.T.T. stand for?Answer: Why, he and partner/driver Michael Knight (David Hasselhoff) stood for truth, justice and single-handedly lowering the auto-industry fleet's miles-per-gallon average by 10 miles or so. Weren't you watching?
Actually, K.I.T.T. stood for Knight Industries Two Thousand, the model name for the superpowered, computer-sentient car built by dying rich guy Wilton Knight. The hit series ran on NBC from September 1982 to August 1986, and as fans will know, Knight rescued undercover cop Michael Young, who'd been shot in the face while on the job. He paid for his plastic surgery, giving Young a new mug and a new name (Knight, which smacked of some ego, I thought) in the process. Then he handed his creation the keys to K.I.T.T., a black Trans Am with a
Young and the Restless heartthrob Don Diamont (Brad) ranks No. 1 on the "100 Sexiest Soap Hunks of All Time" list compiled by the Shrine to the Soap Hunks (www.soaphunks.net). Chock-full of drool-worthy eye candy, this frothy fan site rates suds actors based on face, body, overall sex appeal and how many years they've worked in daytime. (It's the only place in showbiz where age is actually an advantage!) While the judges' scoring is sometimes questionable — Days of our Lives' Kevin Spirtas (Craig) is hotter than Jensen Ackles (ex-Eric)?! — this soapy shrine is still my preferred place of worship.
Jerry Douglas and Christian LeBlanc, The Young and the Restless
In today's episode of The Young and the Restless, John Abbott gets a seven-year prison sentence for shooting the vile Tom Fisher (Roscoe Born). Daytime vet Jerry Douglas last airs on March 1, when the Abbott patriarch heads off to the slammer. Is this the bitter end for John? Not necessarily. Here, TVGuide.com gets the soap dish from the man himself.
TVGuide.com: You've had more airtime in this tale than you've had in years! I prefer to watch a pro like you over the teen rookies any day.
Jerry Douglas: Thank you. Even if I die tomorrow, I have had one of the greatest story lines an actor can ask for. I don't need more. If there's more coming, that's great. I think the work we've done will make them write more for John Abbott. I really want you to watch what happens in the da