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Wednesday, January 6, 2010 3:40 PM ET | By Angela Rosa

( — “All My Children” brings Julia Barr, or as she’s known in Pine Valley: Brooke English, back in 2010 – for more than a day!

Soap Opera Digest and SOAPnet are reporting that the extraordinary Julia Barr will return to “All My Children” for what is promised to be “a great story arc” beginning on Tuesday, February 23. Hallelujah! The missed actress just appeared on “AMC’s” 40th Anniversary episode on January 5th.

Barr played the very popular character of Brooke English on “AMC” from 1976 to 2006. In 2006, several “AMC” actors, including Barr, were told they were being dropped to recurring status. The eight-time Emmy nominee, and two-time winner, did not appreciate the status change and opted to give the show notice that she was departing. The soap opted to not give Brooke a proper exit, the character simply disappeared one day. Brooke’s rivalry with Erica Kane (Susan Lucci) is one of soapdom’s most legendary. The character, a magazine editor, has also enjoyed popular romances with Adam Chandler (David Canary) and the now deceased Edmund Grey (John Callahan), and less memorable romances with Tad Martin (Michael E. Knight) and Jackson Montgomery (Walt Willey). Brooke shares a son with Tad, Jamie. Barr has been part of many memorable stories on “AMC,” but none more memorable than the death of Ms. English’s daughter, Laura Cudahy, due to a drunk driver.

“AMC” currently does not have an official Head Writer. Following the pre-holiday firing of the very unpopular Charles Pratt, Jr., former “AMC” head scribe, and multiple-time Emmy-winner, Lorraine Broderick was rumored to be filling the seat – but ABC has since announced that Broderick is currently just one of the shows Associate Head Writer’s. Pratt’s work will air through January, with February-on promising to be at least a fraction more encouraging. Coinciding with the firing of Pratt, the ABC soap has obviously been trying to regain goodwill with a frustrated audience. The soap went out of their way to give one of the soaps most tortured and popular pairings, Zach and Kendall (Thorsten Kaye and Alicia Minshew), a happy ending upon the actors exit (Minshew is on an extended leave; Kaye opted out of his contract); the soap has also recently put the popular Jill Larson, who plays quirky Opal Cortlandt, back on contract; popular Erica husband Jackson Montgomery, played by Walt Willey, is expected to be appearing a lot more in 2010; and now of course the announcement of Julia Barr’s return stint.

Rumors are abundant that David Canary, who plays Adam Chandler, is planning to exit the soap in the spring of 2010 due to “AMC’s” production move from New York to Los Angeles. These rumors leave us suspecting that Brooke’s return may lead her to the Chandler Mansion where the love of her life (and we believe the feeling is mutual) resides with Pine Valley’s pariah, Annie (Melissa Claire Egan), as his current wife.

Update (1/8/10): Barr’s return stint will last for approximately three months, according to the latest reports from SOD

“All My Children” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings. “AMC” now also airs online at and which can be accessed 24/7.

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    ‘One Life’ Casting a New Stripper

    Tuesday, January 5, 2010 11:39 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

    ( — Llanview may be about to lose one Vegas show girl, but a replacement is on the way.

    “One Life to Live” released a new audition script on Monday afternoon for the role of “Leah,” who appears to be a acquaintance of Stacy and Kim from their Las Vegas callgirl days.

    The scene begins with “Beth” telling Leah that she is getting married very soon, even though “Rich” hasn’t had time to buy her a ring yet. Leah, sounding a bit skeptical, asks Beth if she is certain that this guy wants to marry her. Beth responds that she would not have taken the jet out to get her if she wasn’t sure. Leah sounds impressed, especially when Beth tells her that Rich sent the jet because she asked him to.

    Leah inquires about the horses the jet’s pilot told her that Rich owned. Beth says that he has a dozen thoroughbreds, and that Leah will have an entire wing of the mansion all to herself, including several fireplaces and balconies. She goes on to say that there is a great view of the mountains from the house, along with many other luxuries.

    When Leah accusses Beth of marrying for money and selling out to the highest bidder, Beth asks her friend exactly what she is hoping to accomplish by being a stripper. Leah fires back that she is an artist and that when she marries it will be for love and not money. Beth tells her to wait until she is 35 and Stan (their boss, whom viewers saw shortly after Stacy arrived in Llanview) tosses her to the curb. Leah says that yeah it could happen, however Beth assures her that it will.

    After saying that she meant that she could still find true love someday, Leah inquires as to where “Tracy” is. Beth sounds a bit confused. Leah goes on to say what a love story that was, how Tracy gave up everything for “Tom.” His name was “Tim,” Beth responds. Leah says whatever, and asks if she finally got her man. Beth then breaks the news that Tracy is dead. As the scene ends, Leah asks if she was murdered, to which Beth responds that “it wasn’t like that.”

    Remember that “OLTL” frequently changes the character names in these audition scripts in an attempt to throw off viewers. However, it is safe to assume that Beth is Kim, Rich is Clint, Tracy is Stacy, and Tim/Tom is Rex.  It remains to be seen if Leah is contract or recurring role. 

    In other casting news…

    It appears that Brian Kerwin still has plenty of life left to live in Llanview as Charlie Banks. Although earlier rumors claimed that the actor might soon be leaving the role of Charlie Banks, it now looks as if Kerwin will remain a part of the cast.

    Lorna Price will play a cop on Friday, January 29th.

    Erinn Holmes comments on her website that she will return to “One Life” as a nurse sometime in February. Holmes was last seen when Nick Chavez (Nicholas Rodriguez) stumbled into the ER after being beaten up by a trio of homophobic thugs.

    Kristen Alderson tweets that she and Brandon Buddy taped scenes Monday in which Starr and Cole make out. She also notes that her scenes during the New Year’s Eve episode were taped around the same time she came down with a bad cold back in the fall.

    Look for another dayplayer role on Thursday, January 28th.

    From the grapevine….

    Rumors continue to swirl that Pine Valley residents Zack Slater (Thorsten Kaye) and Kendall Hart (Alicia Minshew) may soon be Llanview bound, since both actors have reportedly chosen not to relocate when “All My Children” moves to L.A.

    According to the Soap Whisperer, fans may get one more glimpse of ghost Jared soon, and that John Brotherton was fired because “They wrote him into a corner and took his edge away, totally got away from what he was supposed to be.” Also, it appears that when a severe snow storm hits Llanview in February, several people will find themselves trapped together, including Todd, Téa, and Danielle; Rachel, Shaun, and Greg; Nora and Clint; & Rex and Gigi. Also, it looks as if Natalie and John will reunite and that Florencia Lozano has decided to extend her stay on the show after initially signing only a short-term contract.

    Soap Opera Digest reports that when Gina Tognoni reprises the role of Kelly Cramer on February 12th, she will return with other fan favorites at her side, and that she will become involved in a huge storyline that will already begin playing out on screen at the time of her arrival. Also look for Laura Bonarrigo and Melissa Fumero to briefly return as Cassie and Adriana around the same time as their onscreen cousin. A spokesperson for “OLTL” would not comment on speculation that Kelly’s infant son Zane will be returning as well.

    ABC Soaps in Depth comments that Roscoe Born will continue to air as Mitch Laurence “into Februay sweeps and possibly beyond.” Also, Michael Lowry‘s (Ross Rayburn) upcoming scenes were taped at the end of last year. A show spokesperson had no comment on how much longer Lowry is expected to be a part of the cast.

    Click here to see an exclusive behind-the-scenes preview of Snoop Dogg‘s upcoming (February 24th) return to Llanview. In the clips, he is rehearsing with Robert S. Woods (Bo), Hillary B. Smith (Nora), and Eddie Alderson (Matthew).

    And “OLTL” Music Director Paul Glass tweets that the song on December 30th that played during the Kyle/Fish love scenes was “My Confession,” and that it is now available on iTunes.

    “One Life to Live” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Anytime on and Check local listings.

    OLTL Recap: Tuesday, January 5, 2010

    Tuesday, January 5, 2010 8:23 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

    ( — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Monday, January 4, 2010.

    IT HAPPENED TODAY “A Kiss Before I Go”…

    Armed with letter opener used to stab Mitch, Dorian accuses Bo evidence tampering and demands he turn in his badge. Natalie comes to Bo’s defense, admitting she stabbed Mitch. John, however, steps forward to protect Natalie and Bo and takes full responsibility. Wanting to take the heat off John and Natalie, Bo tells Dorian he’ll step down as Commissioner. Gigi’s forced to confess to Rex that she slept with Schuyler. Rex leaves the cabin hurt and angry when Gigi admits she wants to be with Schuyler. Téa tells Todd that although she loves him, she’s resigned to stay away from him for Danielle’s sake. Todd surprises Téa when he tells her he still loves her, too. Todd understands when Téa explains why she’s leaving town with Danielle but both wish things could have worked out differently. Todd pulls Téa into a passionate kiss. Matthew and Danielle confide in each other and end up in a kiss of their own. Blair lightheartedly suggests that she and Eli should get together and kisses him.

    On the Next One Life to Live…

    • Todd and Téa make love.
    • Blair and Eli get it on.
    • Ford flirts with Layla.

    “One Life to Live” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Anytime on and Check local listings.

    GH Recap: Tuesday, January 5, 2010

    Tuesday, January 5, 2010 6:00 PM ET | By Angela Rosa

    ( — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Tuesday, January 5, 2010.


    Dominic uses his relationship with Lulu to cover the real reason Lucky had his phone number when Sonny questions him. Sonny fills Dominic in on a little bit of Lulu’s family history.

    After rescuing Carly, Jason realizes that Franco figured out what he was really up to. Ronnie gives nothing away when Dominic questions him about his ties to Franco. Jason, desperate to find Sam, shows up in Ronnie’s hospital room armed with a gun demanding answers. Lulu finds herself in danger. Dominic catches Maxie rummaging through Franco’s studio.

    Jax and Carly decide to take Josslyn and the boys out of the country to keep their family safe until the threat of Franco is eliminated. Sonny shows up and refuses to let Jax and Carly take Michael and Morgan away with them.

    Lucky overhears Nikolas professing his love for Elizabeth.

    On the Next General Hospital…

    • Franco taunts Sonny with the truth about Michael.
    • Lulu’s in jeopardy.
    • Elizabeth fears Lucky knows about her and Nikolas.

    “General Hospital” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.

    Tuesday, January 5, 2010 6:00 PM ET | By Angela Rosa

    ( — “All My Children” Episode Recap – Tuesday, January 5, 2010.


    Many familiar faces, including Brooke, Maria, Greg, and Nina, take part in Hayley’s special episode of “Wave” celebrating Pine Valley. The town’s leading citizens, such as Erica and Adam et al, share their stories and reminisce about living in Pine Valley as they’re interviewed for the segments Hayley has titled “My Home,” “Love and Marriage,” “Family Friendly,” “Loss,” “Saying Goodbye to Pine Valley,” and “Hope.” As Hayley’s show comes to a close, everyone speaks from the heart about life in their beloved hometown.

    On the Next All My Children…

    • David plays on Amanda’s emotions.
    • Jake won’t rest until he discovers what David’s hiding.
    • Ryan and Erica realize they want the same thing.

    “All My Children” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.

    The 2009 Daytime Airhog Awards

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    Who hogged the most airtime in all of 2009? After years of coming in second to his female counterparts, did “General Hospital’s” Steve Burton edge out the competition in 2009?

    As the year 2009 came to a close, so did a years worth of tracking appearances of contract and recurring actors on daytime’s remaining soap operas. “General Hospital’s” Steve Burton (Jason Morgan) and “Days of Our Lives” Arianne Zucker (Nicole Walker) top the list of appearances in 2009 as the duo respectively appeared in 208 and 207 out of a little over 250 episodes of soap opera hours produced for each soap (except for the canceled CBS sudser “Guiding Light”) last year.


    OLTL Teasers: Week of January 4 Edition

    Monday, January 4, 2010 11:16 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

    ( — “One Life to Live” Teasers and Episode Titles for the Week of January 4, 2010.

    ONE LIFE TO LIVE: Teasers

    • Monday: “A Mitch in Time” — Mitch orders Dorian to carry out one more thing regarding Bo. Charlie makes a painful confession to an understanding Viki. Shane sees more than he bargained for upon arriving at the cabin. Kyle and Fish are happy. Roxy is uncomfortable when asked about Mitch.
    • Tuesday: “A Kiss Before I Go” – Dorian accusses Bo of tampering with evidence. Bo covers for John and Natalie. Gigi gives Rex her decision. Todd proclaims his love to Téa. Matthew and Danielle have their first kiss. Blair has a suggestion for Elijah.
    • Wednesday: “Let’s Get (Meta) Physical” — Todd and Téa make love. Blair and Elijah have wild sex. Cristian reacts when Ford flirts with Layla. Shaun and Destiny reminisce about their sorry love lives. Layla and Cristian are officially a couple.
    • Thursday: “Nurse Charles in Charge” — Stacy is attacked with a needle. Mitch doesn’t like what he sees. Dorian’s family abandons her. Marty confronts John. Viki takes Charlie to visit his son’s grave.
    • Friday: “Missing You”– Someone tries to kidnap Stacy. Dorian is visited by Mel’s spirit. Gigi and Rex end their relationship. Todd regrets that he may never know his daugther. Téa and Danielle arrive in Tahiti.

    “One Life to Live” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Anytime on and Check local listings.

    OLTL Quick Peeks: Week of January 4 Edition

    Monday, January 4, 2010 10:49 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

    ( — “One Life to Live” Quick Peeks for the Week of January 4, 2010.

    ONE LIFE TO LIVE: Quick Peaks

    • Monday: (Episode #10592) — Mitch isn’t finished with Dorian just yet; Roxy is nervous when Kyle questions her about Mitch.  (Rated: TV14)
    • Tuesday: (Episode #10593) –Bo sets out to protect John and Natalie; Dorian tosses around allegations of police corruption.  (Rated: TV14
    • Wednesday: (Episode #10594) — Todd and Téa learn that breaking up is hard to do; Blair and Elijah get it on.  (Rated: TV14)
    • Thursday: (Episode #10595) — Dorian deals with the fallout of her actions; the Cramer girls jump ship.  (Rated: TV14)
    • Friday: (Episode #10596) — Stacy finds herself in a dangerous situation; Dorian gets a message from the great beyond.  (Rated: TV14)

    “One Life to Live” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Anytime on and Check local listings.

    OLTL Recap: Monday, January 4, 2010

    Monday, January 4, 2010 6:00 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

    ( — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Monday, January 4, 2010.

    IT HAPPENED TODAY “A Mitch in Time”…

    Mitch informs Dorian he has one more task for her to carry out to seal Bo’s fate. Dorian makes a shocking accusation against Bo after receiving a mysterious envelope from Mitch.

    Gigi and Schuyler’s joy over waking up in each other’s arms is cut short by Shane’s unexpected arrival. Shane accuses Gigi of having left him and Rex just to be with Schuyler and is clearly unhappy with the situation. Gigi tells Schuyler she refuses to allow Shane to dictate who she chooses to be with and she chooses to be with him. Rex arrives at the cabin.

    Brody warns Charlie he’s not going to continue keeping the secret that he’s drinking again. Charlie later confesses to Viki that he’s fallen off the wagon and admits he doesn’t think he can stop drinking.
    Kyle and Fish are blissfully happy waking up in bed together. Roxy’s uncomfortable when Kyle tries to question her about Mitch.

    On the Next One Life to Live…

    • Dorian accusses Bo of tampering with evidence.
    • Matthew and Danielle grow closer.
    • Gigi makes her choice.

    “One Life to Live” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Anytime on and Check local listings.

    Monday, January 4, 2010 6:00 PM ET | By Angela Rosa

    ( — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Monday, January 4, 2010.


    Sam finds herself in a perilous situation, thanks to Franco. Desperate to find Sam, Jason comes up with a plan and convinces Lucky to go through the motions of arresting him for Claudia’s murder. Jax’s blood goes cold when he finds Franco’s signature graffiti tag in Josslyn’s nursery with Carly nowhere to be found. Jason takes action when he finds Carly in Franco’s studio. Dominic starts to question Ronnie after realizing he shares a connection to Franco.

    Sonny orders Dominic to find Claudia’s body, which Franco had previously dug up. Michael panics when he learns Claudia’s body is missing but Sonny gets him to promise to stay quiet and let him handle things. Olivia tries to comfort Johnny, who’s wrecked over the fact that Claudia’s body has been stolen.

    On the Next General Hospital…

    • Dominic wants to know Ronnie’s connection to Franco.
    • Lucky and Jason agree to work together.
    • Lulu falls into Franco’s clutches.

    “General Hospital” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.