Friday, January 02, 2009

Days: Such a Tease!

* Kate tells Daniel that she wants to take a break from their relationship.

* Nicole finds pre-nup papers that fall out of EJ’s briefcase.

* Hope convinces Bo to take a romantic break with her.

* Theo must undergo surgery to relieve pressure on his brain.

* Max (Darin Brooks, pictured) offers himself as Chelsea’s date for the engagement party.

Thursday – Lucas loses it and punches Daniel.

Friday – John remembers seeing Marlena on a pier many years ago.

Interview: 2008 — The Year in Review

Just like in the world of soaps, a lot can happen in a year in the life of a soap-opera actor. Let’s take a look back at some of the things that stood out in 2008:

Luke Perry (pictured, ex-Dylan, Beverly Hills, 90210): “There are certain things I wanna do before I’m done. I want to run on top of a train. If the script says I get to run on top of a train, I’ll do it. I accepted a role a while back — my manager didn’t want me to because it wasn’t that good — but the script called for running on top of a train. I didn’t care, I wanted to do it, so I took the role. The movie ended up falling through, though, which I guess was good.”

Andrea Evans (Tina, One Life to Live): “So much has changed since I’ve been gone. I am excited to find out where Tina has been all this time. She is such a glamorous, over-the-top character — I really have fun playing her. Tina is someone that so many people can identify with. I love her spirit. She is such an underdog. She tries so hard, and yet she almost always screws it up.”

Antonio Sabato Jr. (Jagger, General Hospital: Night Shift):
“Working with the cast, old and new, has been wonderful. It’s great seeing Kimberly (McCullough) again and working with her. I remember working with her when she was 16, and now she’s 30. I also worked with a director I used to work with — it’s like family. It really is like coming home.”

Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe, Days of Our Lives):
“She was always very likable, but she was a damsel in distress. And she is human. No one stays the same their whole life. I love the sassy Chloe. And I especially love all the catfights with Nicole. A lot of people are happy for me as Nadia the actress, because I get to play new sides to Chloe.”

Sharon Case (Sharon, The Young and the Restless): “I’m glad there are those who feel that way (want Nick and Sharon back together). If there weren’t, then they wouldn’t care so much about the current story line. The conflict wouldn’t be there, and no one would want to watch. I also think this is something that we all can relate to: being with one person that you love and longing to be with another who you’ve loved longer and who really is your soul mate. It’s a tragic love story.”

Texas Battle (Marcus, The Bold and the Beautiful):
“You always hear the cliché about soaps and how it’s not real, and how the acting is not real. Well, I have to say that the people I’ve met are the nicest, kindest people, and they really know their stuff. This is the same hard work that people put into other TV and film projects. If you’re good, you’re good. Period. And these people are good.”

Tristan Rogers (Robert, GH: NS): Night Shift is a different version of General Hospital, no question about that. It gets back, in some respects, more to the roots of the show. I wasn’t around when the show first started, but it would certainly seem to touch on a lot of those themes of when the show first originated. It has a great entertainment value. Fans basically get to see another version of the show. We get to see a lot more of the medical side; we don’t go outside the world of the hospital. While we are in the same building, it definitely is different.”

Lesli Kay (Felicia, B&B): “Susan Flannery (Stephanie Forrester) is the best. She is my momma. I spend every holiday with her. She took me under her wing and there was mutual respect right off the bat. I love Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke Logan) too. She’s my best friend here. As far as the rest of the cast, they are the most caring, loving, supportive people I’ve ever met. I’m very lucky to be on B&B.”

Monday, December 29, 2008

Y&R: Such a Tease!

•Jill is terrified when Kay breaks into the Chancellor mansion. Will Kay be able to prove her identity?

•Tyra contemplates telling Neil (Kristoff St. John, pictured) her true feelings just before he’s about to wed Karen.
•Amber refuses to back down on her conspiracy theory about Kevin and may lose important relationships because of it.

•Phyllis’ scheme continues as Brad and Sharon share an intimate moment on New Years’ Eve

­­•After seeing Kay, Gloria devises a plan to use Kay’s memory loss to her advantage.

ATWT: Such a Tease!

•Lucy blows her cover.

•Katie (Terri Colombino, pictured) makes a difficult decision.

•Maddie is heartbroken at the sight of Casey and Alison together.

•An angry Noah storms out on Luke.

GL: Such a Tease!

•Bill reveals the truth to Lizzie.

•Alan proposes to Beth.

•Daisy (Bonnie Dennison, pictured) gets caught stealing.
•Frank surprises Natalia with a romantic dinner.

B&B: Such a Tease!

* Stephanie and Eric call a family meeting and deliver shocking news to their children.

* Thorne comes clean about his misdeeds.

* Pam frightens Donna before giving her a special gift.

* Owen (Brandon Beemer, pictured) and Donna’s “surf line” fashion show has an unexpected show stopper.

* Stephanie is left heartbroken on New Year’s Eve.

Interview: Soap Stars Share the Magic of the Holiday Season, Part 2

Allyson Rice (ex-Connor, “As the World Turns”): I LOVE Christmas. It’s my favorite holiday. I put up an absurd amount of lights in my yard and on my house, including an 8-foot-tall inflated Santa on the roof. They go up immediately after Halloween (none of this after-Thanksgiving nonsense!). Starting last year, I decorate my car in lights as well. I wrap about four strands of multicolored lights all over it and plug them into an adapter inside the car. I have actually started to keep lights up in my house and one strand on the front and back porches throughout the entire year now. It just makes me happy to look at them. I say, Why limit the wonderful festive feeling of the season to only a month or two out of the year? I also make handmade Christmas balls (pictured) that we decorate our tree with, and I give them to family members as Christmas gifts. My grandmother started the tradition, and my dad and I, and now my youngest niece, are the ones who have kept it going, thanks to my mom’s encouragement after my grandmother passed away. I put up an art studio in my backyard earlier this year, where I have all my jewelry-making supplies, and I’ve set aside one corner of the place for my Christmas-ball-decorating supplies as well, so that I can make them year-round, whenever the inspiration hits. And of course I play the Christmas playlist I created on my iPod while I make them (I have more than 400 Christmas songs on it!).

Kassie DePaiva (Blair, “One Life to Live”): Normally I spend Christmas up in the Catskills with my immediate family, and between Christmas and New Year’s, I have cousins who come up from Atlanta with their children, and we just sit by the fire, play in the snow, snow-ski, and just eat, drink and be merry. It’s all a very fun, family time that has become tradition for the past 15 years. Usually there’s a lot of good snow, and there is always a lot of good fun.

Mario Lopez (ex-Christian, “The Bold and the Beautiful”): I spend the holidays with my family. It’s family and friends and a lot of food, a lot of cocktails and a lot of love.

Murray Bartlett (Cyrus, “Guiding Light”): It’s about being with family. I usually spend the holidays with family. Because it’s the middle of the summer in December in Australia, I’ll spend the holidays with family on a beach or something. It’s beautiful where we go — there’s the beach and the ocean, there’s tropical rainforests. Also, I remember back in 2000, I rang in the new millennium on a sand dune with my best friends. We just hung out there and waited for the New Year. That is my perfect kind of holiday.

James Reynolds (Abe, “Days of Our Lives”): Every Christmas when my son was young was a special Christmas. A child’s excitement on Christmas morning goes deeper than just getting things. There is a sense of magic and fantasy in the anticipation of this special day.

John O’Hurley (ex-Jim, “The Young and the Restless”): We are developing a family tradition. We just bought a place up in Vermont in an effort to return to authenticity. We’re now going to be spending our holidays up there; it’ll be our return to an authentic Christmas. It’s going to be spent in Vermont rather than L.A. I think Vermont is such a beautiful state, and the holidays are more special up there.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

GH: Such a Tease!

Jason and Sonny remain at an impasse.
Jax comforts Carly on Michael’s birthday.
Sonny and Carly reach a new understanding.

A power outage draws Jax and Carly closer together.
Spinelli’s timing couldn’t be worse.
Luke wins Tracy over.

Claudia scrambles to cover her tracks.
Johnny finds himself on the wrong side of the law.
Nikolas and Nadine (Claire Coffee, pictured) make a surprising discovery.

OLTL: Such a Tease!

Marty sets out to even the score with Todd.
Asa’s lawyer has some disturbing news for the Buchanan clan.
Viki and Charlie confront Dorian (Robin Strasser, pictured) over her misdeeds.

Llanview rings in New Year’s Eve with a performance by Puddle of Mudd.
Todd hopes Marty will give him another chance.
John shares his plans for the future with Blair.

Marty pulls the rug out from under Todd.
Cole and John are unsettled by Marty’s actions.
Dorian gets quite an earful from Alex Olanov.

AMC: Such a Tease!

Annie confronts Ryan and Greenlee.
Krystal finds comfort in David’s arms.
JR (Jacob Young, pictured) defends Amanda from Adam’s accusations.

Ryan pops the question to Greenlee.
Zach and Reese share a friendly kiss.
Bianca gets an unexpected visitor.

Opal takes a peek into Greenlee’s future.
Zach and Reese want to put their kiss behind them.
Aidan makes a surprising discovery.