Saturday, December 23, 2006

SPOILERS! Week of Dec. 25th

AMC: Bianca is floored when she answers the door.
ATWT: Iris and Jade threaten to expose Gwen’s secret.
B&B: Stephanie discovers Jackie’s shameful past; will she use it to her advantage?
Days: Patrick kidnaps Hope right before she goes into labor.
GH: Maxie uses her “miscarriage” to gain sympathy from Lucky.
GL: Lizzie’s dreams of a perfect beachside honeymoon get swept out to sea.
OLTL: Marty stops John from making a huge mistake.
Passions: Whitney’s doubts about Chad re-emerge shortly after their wedding.
Y&R: Dru makes a confession after more DNA evidence is found on Devon.
-- Dana

Thursday, December 21, 2006

"General Hospital" Favorite Returns

Bad boy Scott Baldwin (played by Kin Shriner) returns to "GH" just in time for February sweeps. The reason for his return has been kept on the DL, but we can't wait to see what he has in store for Port Charles' residents.

Many fans speculated that he would return in time for Luke and Laura's remarriage (much like his debut at their wedding 25 years ago when he emerged from the shadows to catch Laura's bouquet). But their wedding has come and gone, and still, no Scotty.

“I look forward to returning to the General Hospital family," Shriner said. "The fans are going to be very excited to see my character return to town with a well-crafted and edge of your seat storyline. Some very important questions about Luke, Laura and Scotty will be answered."

To add a bit of a twist, here is what ABC has said about Shriner's return: "[Shriner's] return will coincide with an explosive story line for the upcoming February sweep where a new storytelling technique will be used, a first in daytime."

Hmmmm ... what could it be? Anyone have any guesses?

Monday, December 18, 2006

SPOILERS! Week of Dec. 18th

AMC: Kendall arranges a secret DNA test to see if Ryan is Emma’s father.
ATWT: Katie is surprised to see whom Mike is with at the Snyder farm.
B&B: Stephanie finds a surprise on her doorstep for Christmas.
Days: Stefano reveals EJ’s true identity.
GH: Nikolas faces his worst nightmare at the Christmas pageant.
GL: Coop resorts to manipulative tactics in his attempt to start a new life with Ava.
OLTL: Blair and the life of her unborn child are in great danger.
Passions: Fancy’s investigation of a peeping tom has heartbreaking consequences.
Y&R: Brad and Sharon share a special moment during the winter storm.

Sunday, December 17, 2006

As the Revolving Casting Door Turns

Each week we get news of someone in the soap world not renewing their contract, or the show not renewing it for them, and then in return we see some new faces gracing our screens. It's always upsetting to hear that one of your favorite stars is leaving daytime, but also realize there is a good chance he or she could return after trying their luck in Hollywood. I love seeing soap stars succeed in primetime and movies, but I love it even more when one of my favorite stars comes back.

One such star is Jay Kenneth Johnson, who is returning to Salem ("Days of Our Lives") as Philip Kiriakis starting Jan. 12th. Johnson had a role on the now-defunct primetime series "North Shore" and a recurring role as the cutest gynecologist ever on the NBC sitcom "Scrubs." I'm not sure how long his stay will be in Salem -- if it's a typical 3-year contract or just a quick stint to wrap up Philip's storyline – but, either way, savor him while he lasts because he's young, talented and pretty enough to want to give primetime stardom a shot again someday.

Also coming back is Elizabeth Hendrickson as Maggie on "All My Children." Now I do know this is just a short-term gig, but fans are thrilled anyway. Now that Eden Reigel is back full-time as Maggie's partner, Bianca, everyone keeps asking, "Where is Maggie?!" The only thing we know so far is that Maggie cheated on Bianca, and that's why Bianca headed home to Pine Valley, but now Maggie has some competition with the peculiar Zarf trying to win Bianca's heart. If you're not tuning in already, make sure you do on Jan. 15th when Hendrickson makes her first appearance.

Unfortunately, we must say goodbye to two more "Days" stars who are being let go: Rhasaan Orange (Tek) and Judi Evans (Bonnie). Hopefully we WILL be seeing these two some more, either on another soap (to me Evans will always be Beth Raines on "GL" -- come back and bring Grant Aleksander, as Phillip, with you) or on a primetime show worth their talents.

Lastly, some good news. Hillary B. Smith has signed a new contract to continue as Nora on "One Life to Live." Yippee! I was worried because her character gave up the job of prosecuting Spencer to her colleague Evangeline, and her time onscreen seemed to be dwindling more and more lately, but the soap has shown renewed faith in her appeal (fans have long since known this), and she's supposed to have a juicy storyline coming up with Nora's rival, Lindsay (Catherine Hickland).

So we lose a few, we win a few. I wish all the stars good luck in their new endeavors, but if I see your mug back on my TV during the hours of noon and 4 p.m. someday, I won't be complaining.