Grab the latest ABC issue of Soaps In Depth to find out what happens on GH when Carly is less than thrilled to have Brenda back in Port Charles! Will the determined blonde succeed in ousting the supermodel from town, not to mention from the minds of its men? Then, AMC's Jacob Young explains why JR is so much like his dear old dad, Adam. Next, see if you can remember all the ups, downs and everything in between of OLTL's Viki. Finally, learn how a yummy idea by GH's Steve Burton (Jason) -- along with the culinary expertise of his daytime pals -- is helping out a worthy cause. Get all these exclusive stories -- plus previews from all your favorite shows -- only in the new ABC edition of Soaps In Depth, on sale now!
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There's going to be a family reunion this holiday season for GENERAL HOSPITAL's Jax! A show rep confirms to Soaps In Depth that Sebastian Roché will be bringing Jerry Jacks back to Port Charles on Monday, December 13!
Roché, who replaced Julian Stone in the role, first appeared on GH in January 2007 during the Metro Court hostage storyline as the diabolical mastermind Mr. Craig; soon after, it was revealed that he was actually Jax's MIA brother. The character was last seen in 2009 when Jerry seemingly left Jason for dead in a Mexican church.
ONE LIFE TO LIVE fans, you can put your fears of the soap being axed to rest: a spokesperson for ABC confirms that the network has just signed two of the show's executives to new contracts! Executive Producer Frank Valentini (above right) has inked a two-year deal, while headwriter Ron Carlivati has been secured to spin tales for Llanview's residents for three more years.
ONE LIFE TO LIVE setsiders report that Jason Tam (Markko) and Terrell Tilford (Greg) have been released from the ABC soap. Ironically, Tam just returned to the soap on September 24 after having taken the summer off to participate in The Public Theatre's Shakespeare Lab in New York City, while Tilford has been heavily involved in storyline the past few months... and was found to be at the center of the plot twist that Téa is actually alive.
For more, pick up the October 4th issue of Soaps In Depth!
In the past year, Sam Page (ex-Trey, ALL MY CHILDREN) has appeared in story arcs on the hit dramas GREEK, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES and MAD MEN... and now, he's adding GOSSIP GIRL to the list! The actor has joined the cast of the CW show for a multi-episode arc as a Columbia University teacher who captures the attention of Blake Lively's Serena. Page's first episode airs on Monday, October 11, at 9 p.m. EST.
He doesn't even have his feet out the Pine Valley door yet, but ALL MY CHILDREN's Adam Mayfield (Scott) has already landed his next acting job! Soaps In Depth has learned that he'll be starring opposite DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES daughter Andrea Bowen in the independent film The Preacher's Daughter. Currently shooting in Texas, the film follows Bowen's character, Hannah, as she is forced to return to her small hometown and the strict, religious household in which she grew up; Mayfield will play her love interest.
Although AMC has not yet announced a final air date for Mayfield, Daniel Cosgrove is set to return to the role of Scott in December.
GENERAL HOSPITAL's Kelly Monaco (Sam) has left the building! But don't worry, she'll only be gone for a few days! The actress was in Langley, British Columbia, Canada (near Vancouver), last week to shoot a Hallmark Channel film, and Monaco tweeted on Sunday that she was "back in LA for a few days to work on GH" before returning to Vancouver today to finish the movie. Soaps In Depth has confirmed that Monaco is filming the upcoming Hallmark Channel movie The Edge Of The Garden, playing Julie Rice, the angry fiancée of 90210's Rob Estes. An airdate for the film has not yet been set.
How'd you like to spend hours teaming up with a soap star to make someone's dream come true? Now you can! More than a dozen of your favorite GENERAL HOSPITAL stars are gathering together on Thursday, December 4, for Habitat For Humanity's 2nd Annual "The House that GH Fans Built" event. Among those attending to lend a hand are Bradford Anderson (Spinelli), Brandon Barash (Johnny), Julie Marie Berman (Lulu), Jason Cook (Matt), Jane Elliot (Tracy), John Ingle (Edward), Lisa LoCicero (Olivia), Ronnie Marmo (Ronnie), Kimberly McCullough (Robin), Nathan Parsons (Ethan), Kirsten Storms (Maxie), Jason Thompson (Patrick) and Dominic Zamprogna (Dante). And the list is growing every day! A $250 tax-deductible donation allows you the chance to build the walls to a home for a deserving family right alongside the actor of your choice. (Actor selection is first come, first serve at time of registration.) Click here for further details and to register today!
During the ONE LIFE TO LIVE fan club weekend, Kathy Brier (ex-Marcie) and Ilene Kristen (Roxy) are hosting a special event at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 9, 2010, at The Triad Theater in New York. Join the two crooners for a wild concert featuring their original music as well as songs performed on the soap opera. A meet and greet/photo opportunity will follow the concert. Tickets are $35 with a two-drink minimum in the orchestra and $25 with a two-drink minimum in the mezzanine, if purchased in advance. To order, visit wwww.kathybrier.com/tickets.php.
Kim Zimmer will return to ONE LIFE TO LIVE as Echo DiSavoy on Friday, October 1! The Emmy winning actress, who left the role in 1983 to join GUIDING LIGHT as Reva Shayne, will reportedly share screen time with Erika Slezak (Viki), Robin Strasser (Dorian) and former GL co-star Jerry verDorn (Clint). "I'm resurrecting a character I played nearly 28 years ago. I'm glad I'm still alive to do it!" Zimmer tells Soaps In Depth.
Eight of ONE LIFE TO LIVE's hottest young stars will be hosting their very first fan event together on Sunday, October 10! Join Kristen Alderson (Starr), Eddie Alderson (Matthew), Meghann Fahy (Hannah), David Gregory (Ford), Kelley Missal (Dani), Nicolas Robuck (James), Jason Tam (Markko), Brittany Underwood (Langston) and a surprise guest at Johnny Utah's in New York City as they "Saddle Up For Charity!" Tickets are $65 and all proceeds will be donated to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. The event is from 10 am - 12:30 p.m. EST, and hors d'oeuvres and non-alcoholic beverages will be served. To purchase tickets, visit www.kristenalderson.net.
Please note that this event has replaced the Kristen Alderson Breakfast; if you'd already purchased a ticket for that event, it will be honored at the Saddle Up For Charity event.
Kiko Ellsworth (ex-Stan, GENERAL HOSPITAL/NIGHT SHIFT; Jamal, PORT CHARLES) is spearheading "A Night In Paris," a not-to-be-missed theatrical modeling production taking place on Saturday, October 16, at the historic Million Dollar Theater in downtown Los Angeles. Benefiting Safe Passage (www.safepassagelives.org), an organization that gives extreme life makeovers to victims of domestic violence, the event will feature fashion, modeling, dance, comedy, live performances and more! "I've always had a calling to empower women and children," says Ellsworth, who also teaches self-defense techniques to Safe Passage's clients. "We're collaborating with Donna Rayford and Crown Jewel Studios to make this event really special, unique, and different." Tickets run $50-$150; visit www.crownjewelstudios.com.
Some of daytime's brightest stars are joining forces to rock the night away to benefit the American Red Cross! The 6th Annual Rock Show For Charity will be held on Friday, October 9, at the Red Cross Greater New York Headquarters, located at 520 West 49th Street. The evening will begin with a pre-show cocktail party hosted by ONE LIFE TO LIVE's Gina Tognoni (Kelly) and featuring the Bradley Cole Band. (Cole, of course, was GUIDING LIGHT's Jeffrey and GENERAL HOSPITAL's Warren.) Tickets are $150 and include complimentary drinks and hors d'oeuvres; doors open at 6:30 p.m., with the concert scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. The show will feature songs from the 1980s, and actors schedule to perform include Kim Zimmer (Echo, OLTL; Reva, GL), Mandy Bruno (Marina, GL), Karla Mosley (Christina, GL), Trent Dawson (Henry, AS THE WORLD TURNS), Vanessa Ray (Teri, AS THE WORLD TURNS), Saundra Santiago (Carlotta, OLTL; Carmen, GL), David Gregory (Ford, OLTL), Kristen Alderson (Starr, OLTL), Brittany Underwood (Langston, OLTL) -- and more! For more information, visit www.rockshowforcharity.org; tickets are available for purchase at ticketleap.com.
October means it's once again time for the Desi Geestman Foundations' Evening With The Stars benefit! The 7th Annual Celebrity Gala will take place on Saturday, October 9, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. PST at The Gilmore Adobe at the Los Angeles Farmer's Market. Stars scheduled to attend include GENERAL HOSPITAL's Lexi Ainsworth (Kristina), Steve Burton (Jason), Derk Cheetwood (Max) and Drew Cheetwood (Milo), Brianna Brown (Lisa), Ted King (Alcazar), Lisa LoCicero (Olivia), Ronnie Marmo (Ronnie), Ignacio Serricchio (Diego), Aaron Spears (Justin), Laura Wright (Carly), Dominic Zamprogna (Dante), ALL MY CHILDREN's Ricky Paull Goldin (Jake), and Heather Tom (Katie, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL; ex-Kelly, ONE LIFE TO LIVE).
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Look for Thorsten Kaye to bring Zach back to ALL MY CHILDREN starting Friday, October 22! Although the soap won't reveal the length of the actor's stay (Kaye had no interest in relocating his family to the West Coast following AMC's move to Los Angeles), headwriters David Kreizman and Donna Swajeski revealed in Soaps In Depth's Fall Preview that Kaye's character will stick around Pine Valley for most of October and November!
Don't miss Mary Beth Evans (Katherine, GENERAL HOSPITAL; Sierra, AS THE WORLD TURNS; Kayla, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) when she guest stars on CBS' CRIMINAL MINDS. In the episode, titled "Remembrance Of Things Past," the murders of several young women prompt Rossi to revisit a cold case from years past. Evans plays Candice DeLilly, the mother of one of the victims. "It was funny because I knew something had happened to my daughter but I didn't know what," Evans reveals. "I went in for the audition and I asked if a character that's related to me is alive or dead. They laughed and explained, 'It's CRIMINAL MINDS. They're always dead!'"
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Actress Gloria Stuart -- widely known for playing the older version of Kate Winslet's Titanic character, Rose, but familiar to GENERAL HOSPITAL fans for her turn as Faith Roscoe's grandmother -- passed away on Sunday, September 26, at the age of 100 in her West Los Angeles home. Stuart is survived by her daughter, four grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
GUIDING LIGHT alum Jeff Phillips -- he originated the role of Hart -- has been cast on ALL MY CHILDREN in the recurring role of Nick Pearson. Look for Nick to help Ryan's self-investigation into David's murder. Phillips will debut on Wednesday, October 13, and appear in six episodes.
Grab the latest ABC issue of Soaps In Depth to find out what happens on GH when Brenda is unable to fight off the Balkan's latest attack! If the beauty survives, will she return to Port Charles, and more importantly, Sonny? Then, learn why AMC's Stephanie Gatschet (Madison) thinks hand-holding just ain't enough in Pine Valley. Next, find out why two Buchanan girls are always better than one when we talk to OLTL's Bree Williamson (Jessica) and Melissa Archer (Natalie). Finally, GH's Chad Duell (Michael) wraps his head around his alter ego's anything-but-ordinary life. Get all these exclusive stories -- plus previews from all your favorite shows -- only in the new ABC edition of Soaps In Depth, on sale now!
"I see dead people!" No, your television isn't tuned to an afternoon showing of The Sixth Sense. It's just a ghost from Port Charles past paying a paranormal visit to a character in dire straits. After GENERAL HOSPITAL's Robin falls into an abandoned well and begins to show signs of hypothermia, her first love, Stone Cates who died of AIDS in 1995 "appears" and wills her to fight for her life. The big day is Tuesday, September 28, so set your DVRs!
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Adam Mayfield (Scott) will be exiting ALL MY CHILDREN this fall, and in his place, Daniel Cosgrove will return to the role he played from 1996-'98. Insiders tell Soaps In Depth that Mayfield and Brittany Allen (Marissa) were both let go from the soap in order to take the characters in a different direction, and that the role of Marissa will also be recast. Look for Cosgrove to return to the screen in December.
Tune in to ABC Family's new hit sitcom, MELISSA & JOEY, on Tuesday, September 28, to see Finola Hughes (ex-Anna, GENERAL HOSPITAL) guest star as the host of a local dancing competition! DANCING WITH THE STARS' contestant Mark Ballas also appears on the "Dancing With The Stars Of Toledo" episode, as he faces off against Joey Lawrence's Joey. And here's a fun fact: Not only was the episode a reunion for former BLOSSOM stars Lawrence and Hughes, but Ted Wass, who played patriarch Nick Russo on the early 1990s sitcom, directed the show!
A spokesperson for ONE LIFE TO LIVE confirms that the soap has tapped daytime veteran John Wesley Shipp (Kelly, GUIDING LIGHT; Doug, AS THE WORLD TURNS) to play Eddie, the MIA abusive father of the Ford clan. Look for Shipp -- who also played pop to the title character on DAWSON'S CREEK -- to arrive in Llanview in early November.
On the heels of the news that Brittany Allen (Marissa) and Adam Mayfield (Scott) have been let go from ALL MY CHILDREN comes word that two daytime fan favorites will be joining the show in new contract roles! Jordi Vilasuso (Tony, GUIDING LIGHT) will debut as Griffin Castillo on Tuesday, November 16, and Lindsay Hartley (soon-to-be ex-Arianna, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; Theresa, PASSIONS) will follow on Thursday, December 9, as Cara Finn. "I'm really happy," Vilasuso tells Soaps In Depth about his new gig. "They're a great group of people over there." Both characters will be connected to Jake and Amanda's storyline.
Soap veteran Kimberlin Brown (Sheila, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS/THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL; Paige, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; Rachel, PORT CHARLES) is headed to Pine Valley! ALL MY CHILDREN has cast Brown in the recurring role of the judge who will presiding over the murder trial of David Hayward. Look for Brown to first air in the short-term arc on Monday, October 18.
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ABC Daytime is partnering with the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center to present a benefit engagement of the musical revue The World Goes 'Round -- starring ALL MY CHILDREN's Bobbie Eakes (Krystal), Natalie Hall (Colby) and Jamie Luner and GENERAL HOSPITAL's Bradford Anderson (Spinelli) and Brandon Barash (Johnny)! Plus, each performance will be hosted by another star, who will welcome the audience, answer questions and offer exclusive previews for future episodes of AMC, GH and ONE LIFE TO LIVE!
The revue is being staged at The Gay & Lesbian Center's Renberg Theatre in Los Angeles on Thursday, October 7, with host Cameron Mathison (Ryan, AMC), Saturday, October 9, with host Christina Bennett Lind (Bianca, AMC), and Sunday, October 10, with host Walt Willey (Jackson, AMC). Proceeds will benefit the organization's Jeffrey Goodman Special Care Clinic. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.lagaycenter.org.
ONE LIFE TO LIVE's Jessica may still be pregnant, but her portrayer, Bree Williamson, is a proud new mother! The actress gave birth to son McGreggor Edward Roberts on September 21, weighing in 7 lbs., 14 oz. McGreggor is the first child for Williamson and husband Michael Roberts. Congratulations to the happy family!