Friday, October 10, 2008

Familiar Faces Return to B&B for Brief Stints

The great Betty White (pictured, second from left) returns as Ann Douglas on The Bold and the Beautiful on Tuesday, Oct. 28.

Also, Drew Tyler Bell returns as Ridge and Taylor's son Thomas on Oct. 30 and 31, and on Nov. 3.

AMC's Eileen Herlie Passes Away at Age 90


Actress Eileen Herlie has died from complications resulting from a bout of pneumonia.

The star, real name Eileen Herlihy, passed away on Wednesday, aged 90.

Born in Scotland, Herlie began her career in the late 1940s and landed her first big role in the 1948 film adaptation of Shakespeare's Hamlet, opposite Laurence Olivier, and went on to secure parts in movies like 1958's She Didn't Say No! and 1962's Freud.

Herlie was also noted for her success on the Broadway and West End stages, where she starred opposite Richard Burton in a New York production of Hamlet in 1964. Her turn in Broadway musical Take Me Along also earned her a Tony Award nomination for Best Actress in a Musical in 1960.

But it was her role as Myrtle Lum Fargate in long-running U.S. TV drama All My Children that earned her the most recognition.

She joined the daytime soap in 1976 and was nominated four times for the Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Actress in a Supporting Role in a Daytime Drama Series between 1983 and 1986.

In recent years, she made guest appearances on sister soaps like One Life To Live, and continued to play Myrtle up until her final days.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Y&R November 2008 Teasers

* Nikki makes a heartfelt sacrifice as the heat turns up on the international search for Victor.

* Nick and Sharon are drawn back together in Paris as Phyllis plans a surprise visit.

* Sharon & Nick, and Michael & Lauren battle over the budding young romance between their rebellious teens, Eden and Noah.

* When Kay helps a long lost friend with a medical problem – even as her family questions her own health – a twist of fate leads to a reversal of fortune for more than one of our characters.

* Michael gets a break in River’s case that exposes a family secret that sets his world upside down.

* Ashley (Eileen Davidson, pictured) has a difficult decision to make as she is drawn back to her complicated past.

Jason Priestley to Return to 90210 - As a Director

A representative for The CW has confirmed that Jason Priestley will be back on the 90210 set - however, he will be behind the camera. He is slated to direct the 18th episode of the season, which should air sometime this spring.

Perhaps if he had turned out to be little Sammy's father, instead of Dylan, they could have persuaded him to come back as an actor. I know many of you, like me, hope that TPTB can still convince Brandon Walsh to return.

Also, reports are that Shannen Doherty is in talks to appear in two more episodes.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Night Shift: Sneak Peek!

Episode 212 ("Truth and Consequences") – Patrick puts the entire hospital in jeopardy when a notorious patient dies, and Dr. Monica Quartermaine (Leslie Charleson) pays a visit to the night shift. Meanwhile, Robert reminisces about the past with Anna (special guest star Finola Hughes) before taking a turn for the worse. Later, Saira confronts Leo while Kyle and Eric (special guest star Chad Allen) share a tender moment on General Hospital: Night Shift, TUESDAY, OCTOBER 7 (11:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m., ET/PT) on SOAPnet.

B&B: Such a Tease!

· Marcus discusses his long terms plans of love with Steffy.

· Donna pleads with Stephanie (Susan Flannery, pictured) for her help.

· Katie rebounds by forming an unusual attachment to Jack.

· Rick and Taylor plan their wedding.

· Steffy makes waves between her parents.

Daytime Emmy Award-Winner Irene Dailey Dies at 88

From The New York Times:

Irene Dailey, a late-blooming actress perhaps best known for her roles in television soap operas and for her portrayal of the quick-witted, sensitive mother, Nettie Cleary, in the 1964 Tony Award-winning drama “The Subject Was Roses,” died on Sept. 24 in Santa Rosa, Calif. She was 88 and lived in Guerneville, Calif.

The cause was colon cancer, her friend Arleen Lorrance said.

From 1974 to 1986, and then again from 1988 to 1994, Miss Dailey played Liz Matthews in “Another World” — an upper-class-bred matriarch of a middle-class family dealing with the convolutions of life in the fictional town of Bay City. For that role, Miss Dailey won a Daytime Emmy Award for outstanding actress in 1979.

For a year, in 1969, Miss Dailey played a role in the crime-mystery soap opera “The Edge of Night.” Her many other television credits included appearances on shows like “Ben Casey,” “Dr. Kildare,” “The Twilight Zone” and “The Defenders.” Miss Dailey’s film credits include roles in “No Way to Treat a Lady,” “Five Easy Pieces” and “The Amityville Horror.”

It was only after appearing in a long series of Broadway flops that, in 1964, Miss Dailey received critical acclaim in the United States. It was for her portrayal of the mother in Frank D. Gilroy’s three-character drama, “The Subject Was Roses.” The play dealt with an incompatible couple’s love for their 21-year-old son (with Jack Albertson as the father and Martin Sheen as the son) after the son returns after three years in the Army.

“Miss Dailey’s Nettie is a luminous creation,” Howard Taubman wrote in The New York Times. “She can suggest hurt and desiccation with a stricken glance. Wearing a plain hat and coat and holding her purse, she can turn to walk out of her apartment so that her back conveys her utter defeat and despair.”

Miss Dailey was born in New York City on Sept. 12, 1920, the daughter of Daniel and Helen Ryan Dailey. Her father was the manager of the Roosevelt Hotel in Manhattan. Her brother Dan Dailey gained fame as a song-and-dance man and Hollywood actor.

At 8, Irene Dailey was dancing in vaudeville, and at 18 she was working in summer stock. With consistent bad luck, she kept winning parts in what she once said were 13 of Broadway’s worst shows. “Miss Lonelyhearts,” for example, had a nine-day run.

Miss Dailey ran a lampshade store and worked as a waitress while making the Broadway rounds. Then, in 1960, she tried her luck in London. She was the 47th actress to try out for the lead in “Tomorrow — With Pictures,” about an American woman trying to take over a British newspaper empire. She got the part and drew rave reviews.

“Every plummy-voiced English rose of an imitation actress should be dragged to see Miss Dailey,” The Daily Express critic wrote. “She sweats love, breathes hate, weeps desire.”

In an interview with Time magazine at the time, Miss Dailey said: “I shall be 40 in September. I have nothing, really nothing. I’m not married. I have no children.”

“All I really care about is the theater,” she continued. “But now, for the first time, I know in my stomach that my work is good.”

Days: Such a Tease!


* Lucas tells Chloe that Sami will live with them for the time being.

* Daniel and Kate (Lauren Koslow, pictured) make love.

* Nick and Melanie share a passionate kiss.

* Abe and Lexie are accused of being terrible parents.

* EJ accuses Nicole of using her pregnancy for financial gain.

Thursday – John presents Marlena with signed divorce papers.

Friday – Sami witnesses a murder.

Monday, October 06, 2008

Early Rick Springfield Footage Unearthed

Thanks to Ea for the heads-up:

The final new show to air on ABC this season [Saturday morning 1973] was a spin-off of The Brady Kids called Mission: Magic! The show featured an animated, pre-General Hospital, pre-Jessie's Girl Rick Springfield as he journeyed along with the magical Miss Tickle and her after-school group of adventurers as they made their way through time and space. Since Springfield was the star of the show, he performed a song at the end of each episode that usually tied into the moral of the story.

Check out the opening credits and song (sung by Rick). Priceless!

Interview: Days' Alison Sweeney: "Sami Still Excites Me!"

Even those who don’t watch Days of Our Lives know who Sami Brady is. When Alison Sweeney came onto the Salem scene in 1993 as Roman and Marlena’s scheming, spoiled daughter, she made her mark and never looked back. Sami has lied, schemed and plotted to get what she wants.

However, she is not without heart; it would be impossible to care for this type of character is she were purely evil. Although she is in her 30s, Sami is still a mixed-up kid at heart. And she is rarely without a need for someone to save her.

“I love playing Sami,” Alison tells me. “It still excites me. She’s different every day. Every day I get a script, and it’s a brand-new challenge.”

These days, Sami has children of her own to think about, along with herself — a fact that is not lost on Alison. “I enjoy how she has developed. It’s fun and interesting to go through these changes — parenthood and adult relationships — and that’s part of what makes it so fun and challenging.”

Another challenge, for Sami at least, is trying to hold onto a man. She has been bouncing between Lucas and EJ for a while now, and now it appears that both men have moved on. “She’s had two men fighting over her for so long, and now there are none. She is definitely wondering what happened with that.

“With Lucas, she found a real, adult, mature relationship. Then EJ came along, and he played a bit of the Sami role; he manipulated Sami like she did with Austin.”

While it might seem that Sami is falling into the same traps and making the same mistakes as she always has, Alison can see that with each mistake, Sami is learning and growing. Maybe someday, Sami can channel that into something more productive.

“As an actress, it’s fun for me to be along for the ride,” Alison explains. “But I would love to see Sami get involved with a career of some kind. I’ve always felt that she’s been underestimated in her abilities. If we could get her focused on her career, that would be a good way to vent her emotions and energies.”

Alison has no problem finding productive ways to use her extra time and energy. She is involved in many charitable organizations, her most recent being Thermos’ newest campaign, Hydration for All.

“They approached me to help spread the word, because they were launching their Web site, They’ve asked me to talk about how important proper hydration is for families. It seems obvious that people should know that, but many people really don’t.

“We are especially encouraging kids too. Thermos has some cool containers kids can use, which is helping the environment as well, since disposable bottles are filling our landfills. We are educating kids and making conservation fun for them.”

Aside from her family, Alison has seen firsthand that people need education about proper hydration. As the host of NBC’s The Biggest Loser, she sees that “people don’t have the information. Many people don’t know the basic rules of nutrition. It’s not automatic for everyone. It all starts with drinking more water and less soda and sugary drinks. People simply don’t drink enough water.”

Getting enough water is an important first step toward getting healthy. “In The Biggest Loser, we try to help people get healthy and get active. With this program, we need to get parents to get their kids outside and play and be active.”

Go to and see for yourself. There you will find helpful tips, products and programs for helping to make you and your family more healthy and active.

Y&R: Such a Tease!

• Nick and Phyllis have a heated argument over her resentful actions.

• Billy puts Chloe on the spot when he inquires about her baby’s real father.

• After learning more detail about Victor’s Mexico trip, Heather (Vail Bloom, pictured) will stop at nothing to find the truth.

• When an outraged Adam asks for his job back, Neil and Victoria turn the tables on him.

• With Gloria’s help, Michael finds a key witness who may be able to free River, much to Jeffrey’s dismay.

• Devon is shocked to learn that Ana and Tyra are missing.

GL: Such a Tease!

• Lizzie (Marcy Rylan, pictured) goes missing.

• Natalia comes to Olivia's rescue.

• Marina is stunned by Mallet's surprise.

• Cassie and Cyrus team up to help Josh.

ATWT: Such a Tease!

• Passion ignites between Emily and Dusty (Grayson McCouch, pictured).

• Liy rails against Lucinda for her betrayal.

• Paul's jealousy causes him to take drastic action.

• Alison and Aaron make a decision about their marriage.

Days Fan Event - More Info

BURBANK, Calif. – The stars of NBC’s daytime drama “Days of our Lives” will meet fans face-to-face at the first “Day of Days” fan event on Saturday, November 1 from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. at CityWalk at Universal Studios Hollywood. This complimentary event for loyal “Days of our Lives” viewers will offer fans the chance to meet and greet Salem’s favorite Brady, DiMera, Horton or Roberts family member during autograph signings, a Q&A session, a trivia challenge and much more.

“Days of our Lives” stars planning to attend include Blake Berris, Nadia Bjorlin, Darin Brooks, Molly Burnett, Shawn Christian, Bryan Dattilo, Kevin Dobson, Mary Beth Evans, Galen Gering, Deidre Hall, Shelley Hennig, Drake Hogestyn, Leann Hunley, Jay Johnson, Renee Jones, Lauren Koslow, Eric Martsolf, Joe Mascolo, Rachel Melvin, Stephen Nichols, Thaao Penghlis, James Reynolds, James Scott, Alison Sweeney and Arianne Zucker.

The event schedule includes:

10-10:30 a.m.

“Day of Days” Introduction

10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

“Meet & Greet” with the cast of “Days of our Lives”

1–2 p.m.

Lunch Break

2–3 p.m.

Q&A Panel with the Stars

3–3:45 p.m.

“Days of our Lives” Trivia Challenge

3:45 – 4:00 p.m.

Event finale including the selection of a grand-prize raffle winner and a sneak peek of future “Days of our Lives” story lines

Throughout the event fans will also have the chance to win raffle prizes, be selected as a “Days” star lookalike and win exciting “Days of our Lives” merchandise.

For more information on this exciting event, fans can log on to .

For more information on CityWalk at Universal Studios Hollywood go to

Sunday, October 05, 2008

GH: Such a Tease!

Jason stands his ground with Sonny.
Things heat up between Ric and Claudia.
Anthony begins to lure Sonny into his trap.

Kate urges Olivia to tell Sonny the truth.
Sonny feels as though Jason’s betraying him.
Ric (Rick Hearst, pictured) warns Anthony that Johnny is out of control.

The animosity between Jax and Nikolas remains high.
Jason doesn’t think he and Elizabeth can have a future together.
Max pretends to be the big cheese when his father comes to town.

Jason helps Max keep his ruse alive.
Sonny admits the truth to Kate.
Patrick and Robin reach a decision about their future.

Karpov views Alexis as a problem that must be eliminated.
Claudia rubs Olivia the wrong way.
Patrick struggles with the secret he’s keeping from Robin.

OLTL: Such a Tease!

Marty decides to focus on her future, not her past.
Dorian has it out with Clint.
Langston (Brittany Underwood, pictured) appeals to Ray to let her stay in Llanview.

Todd and Marty make plans for the future.
Dorian wants Jackie McNaughton to get rid of Ray once and for all.
Clint and Nora don’t see eye to eye where Ray is concerned.

John keeps his suspicions about Todd and Marty from Blair.
Jared begins to grow certain that Tess has returned.
Todd throws Marty for a loop.

Marty makes a surprising admission to Todd.
Jared learns about the existence of the secret room beneath Llanfair.
Adriana refuses to budge in her stance against Gigi.

Jared is desperate to find Natalie.
Rex takes a turn for the worse.
Tina takes action after fighting with Tess.

AMC: Such a Tease!

Kendall (Alicia Minshew, pictured) learns the truth about the tainted perfume.
Annie turns to Zach for help.
Jake tries to get Taylor to open up to him.

Aidan keeps a close eye – and ear – on Greenlee.
Adam makes a move against Fusion.
Taylor pulls away from Jake.

Ryan tells Kendall to concentrate on her own life instead of his.
Colby is impressed by Pete despite herself.
Annie plays into Zach’s hands.

Zach knows what Annie did last summer.
Greenlee struggles to remain faithful to Aidan.
Kendall, Greenlee and Amanda try to do damage control.

Zach forces Annie to do the right thing.
Aidan admits the truth to Greenlee.
Jesse’s past catches up to him.

Braeden Tries Hand at Comedy

The great and powerful Victor Newman on a sitcom? Yep, and it's a pretty great little half-hour comedy, I must say. Eric Braeden (The Young and the Restless) is scheduled to appear on How I Met Your Mother as Robin’s (played by Cobie Smulders) dad, Robin Charles Scherbatsky Sr., on the Nov. 3 episode, which is titled "Happily Ever After."