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Thursday, May 21, 2009 8:48 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

( — Just as May Sweeps ends, daytime’s number one drama series, “The Young and the Restless,” gears up for the summer heat with explosive storylines and shocking returns.

Raul Guittierez (David Lago) is sticking around for a little while longer as “Y&R” delves further into Raul and Mac’s (Clementine Ford) time outside of Genoa City. It remains unclear how long Lago has signed on for.

Cassius Willis is back as Det. Gil Wallace, who shares words with Kevin Fisher (Greg Rikaart) on Monday, May 25.

Jerry Douglas  returns on Wednesday, May 27, as John Abbott takes time from his busy day in heaven to give son Jack Abbott (Peter Bergman) the “talk” of a lifetime. Douglas last appeared on May 5.

Corbin Bernsen, son of Jeanne Cooper (Katherine Chancellor) is back as Father Todd Williams. He re-appears in Genoa City on Tuesday, June 2 and learns that brother Paul (Doug Davidson) has popped the question to Nikki Newman (Melody Thomas Scott). Bernsen’s last appearance on “Y&R” aired in 2004.

On Friday, June 5, Raya Meddine brings Sabrina Newman back to “life.” Is Sabrina’s “ghost” haunting Ashley (Eileen Davidson) or is Adam (Chris Engen) playing another vile joke on step-mommy? Sabrina was killed in a shocking twist of fate as the spouses of Victor (Eric Braeden) and Nikki Newman (David Chow, played by Vincent Irizarry) died in a disastrous car accident in 2008.

Speaking of Adam, Engen has reportedly abruptly quit the soap after rumored battles with producers regarding the future of his character. His last airdate hasn’t been set, but Michael Muhney will take over the role beginning Thursday, June 25.

“The Young and the Restless” airs Weekdays on CBS. Weeknights on SOAPnet.

Discussion: Y&R Casting: As May Ends, June Begins

  • The Young and the Restless
  • Vincent Irizarry
  • Corbin Bernsen
  • Jerry Douglas
  • Peter Bergman
  • Eileen Davidson
  • Clementine Ford
  • Jeanne Cooper
  • David Lago
  • Chris Engen
  • Michael Muhney
  • Cassius Willis
  • Greg Rikaart
  • Doug Davidson
  • Melody Thomas Scott
  • Raya Meddine
  • Eric Braeden


    Thursday, May 21, 2009 4:41 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

    ( — In an explosive turn of events, “The Young and the Restless” has recast the role of Adam Wilson, Victor Newman’s son after a rumored falling out with star Chris Engen.

    TV Guide Canada’s Nelson Branco, in an update to his Sud’s Report, broke the news this morning that sources were reporting that Engen had “quit” the CBS drama series after learning that his character would become a potential love interest of co-star Yani Gellman’s Rafe Torress.

    “He [allegedly] refused to kiss [his same-sex] co-star Yani Gellman [Rafe]. Chris hasn’t been happy for a while. He doesn’t like the dark direction his character is taking. He’s called in sick a lot recently and has been taking a slew of meetings with Y&R’s [top brass] to discuss his future on the show. Chris is still under contract — and Y&R is seriously thinking of taking legal action.”

    When pressed for comment, Engen’s management issued a “no comment.”

    Taking over for Engen will be daytime newcomer Michael Muhney (prounounced mu-nee). The actor has had an extensive career in primetime via his work on UPN/The CW’s “Veronica Mars” as Sheriff Don Lamb and Det. Mark Farrell on USA Network’s “The Huntress.” In 1999, the actor starred in the short-lived CBS series “Turks.”

    Muhney posted on his Twitter page that “the new job is the likes of which i have never done…and i get to indulge in some interesting, perverse, warped scenarios…”

    At press time a last airdate for Engen had not been scheduled. Muhney’s first airdate is scheduled for Thursday, June 25 reports TV

    “The Young and the Restless” airs Weekdays on CBS. Weeknights on SOAPnet.

    Discussion: Breaking News: Engen Out! Muhney In!

    • The Young and the Restless
    • Chris Engen
    • Michael Muhney


      OLTL Alerts: Week of May 25 Edition

      Thursday, May 21, 2009 1:43 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

      ( — “One Life to Live” VCR Alerts for the Week of May 25, 2009.


      • Monday: Encore Presentation of “OLTL’s” March 9, 2009 Episode ‘Mother Courage’: Matthew’s life is in jeopardy.  Starr wants Schuyler to view her as the adult she feels she is.  Stacy’s evil plan is placed in motion. [Read More]
      • Tuesday: Tess tells Bess she’s got some ‘splainin’ to do.  Nora informs her ex-husband of her engagment to his brother.  Schuyler gives Gigi some insight on Stacy. 
      • Wednesday: Blair and Téa forge a pact.  John and Marty can’t stop that lovin’ feeling.  Gigi is optimistic about the future. 
      • Thursday: Bess hatches a new scheme.  Todd, Blair, and Marty discuss how best to tell their children that they never lost Hope.  Cristian and Layla make new living arrangements.
      • Friday: Starr and Cole are floored by the news about their baby. Bess encounters Brody.  Gigi and Schuyler team up to bring down her bitchy sister Stacy. 

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


      Thursday, May 21, 2009 8:00 AM ET | By Angela Rosa

      ( — “All My Children” VCR Alerts for the Week of May 25, 2009.


      • Monday: Encore Presentation of “AMC’s” February 16, 2009 Episode: Bianca and Reese pledge their love. Greenlee’s life is in jeopardy. Annie experiences a breakthrough. [Read More]
      • Tuesday: Liza points the finger. Jesse faces a difficult dilemma. Someone close to Krystal dodges a bullet.
      • Wednesday: Jesse knows someone is lying about the murder. Liza’s secret is about to be exposed. Amanda receives a dire warning.
      • Thursday: Someone thinks Liza should be the one behind bars. Another person is arrested for murder. Pine Valley gathers to remember one of their beloved.
      • Friday: Liza faces off with a notable PV resident. Krystal reaches her breaking point. The accused swears they are no murderer.

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


      Thursday, May 21, 2009 8:00 AM ET | By Angela Rosa

      ( — “General Hospital” VCR Alerts for the Week of May 25, 2009.


      • Monday: Encore Presentation of “GH’s” April 7, 2008 Episode: Michael’s life is in jeopardy. Carly accuses Sonny of not protecting Michael. Johnny and Claudia are horrified by what they’ve done. [Read More]
      • Tuesday: Michael is a changed young man. Robin reunites with Patrick and returns home. Johnny and Olivia have no regrets.
      • Wednesday: Sonny warns Johnny to stay away from Olivia. Ric has an offer for Claudia. Patrick is thrilled to have his family back.
      • Thursday: Claudia probes Michael to see what he remembers. Robin cautions Ethan not to believe everything Holly says. Jason promises Michael he’ll uncover the truth about his shooting.
      • Friday: Jason is on a mission to prove Claudia’s guilt. Holly comes clean with Luke and Ethan. Carly’s hurt when she sees Michael with Claudia.

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


      ‘One Life’ June Casting News

      Thursday, May 21, 2009 2:41 AM ET | By Scotty Gore

      alt( — The latest coming and goings for “One Life to Live.”  

      As SON first reported last week, the soap is planning to introduce the estranged parents of the late Nash Brennan (Forbes March), who died last June.  Now we can confirm the names of the actors cast in the roles. 

      Portraying Nash’s mother Cindy Brennan will be Broadway star Jan Maxwell.  Best known for her roles in theater productions such as “The Sound of Music,” “The King and I,” “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” and “Dancing with Lughnasa,” the Tony and Drama Desk Award winning actress has also made numerous television appearances, including “Law & Order” and “Gossip Girl.”  In addition, Maxwell also made several appearances on “All My Children” during the summer of 2007 as Judge Myatt. 

      In the role of Nash’s father Phil will be fellow Broadway performer John Wojda.  The actor is best known for his appearances on “Law & Order,” “Third Watch,” and as a construction worker in the 2000 remake of the movie “Shaft.” 

      Look for Maxwell and Wojda to first air as Phil and Cindy Brennan on May 28th, when Bess (pretending to be their former daughter-in-law Jessica) arrives on the Brennan’s doorstep with baby Hope.

      Parker Fong portrays Little Girl #1 on June 25th.  Other television appearances include “Sex and the City.”

      John Rochette portrays a Delivery Man on July 1st. The actor’s daytime credits include bit parts on “OLTL” as an Indie Band Drummer and Photographer, “All My Children” as a Valley Inn Waiter, “Guiding Light” as Harris.  Also around that time, look for more dayplayer roles on June 17th and 18th, along with July 3rd.

      Eric Martin Brown pops up again as Stacy’s former Vegas boss Stan on June 1st. 

      And Jean Randolph “returns” on June 3rd as Viki Davidson (Erika Slezak) feigns releasing her cold, calculating gatekeeper personality in an attempt to reason with Bess. 

      “One Life to Live” airs weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.

      Discussion: ‘One Life’ June Casting News


      Hickland Finds New ‘Life to Live’

      Thursday, May 21, 2009 12:44 AM ET | By Scotty Gore

      ( — Catherine Hickland returns to Llanview as Lindsay Rappaport to spice things up between Bo and Nora.   

      Although Lindsay hasn’t been seen being led away in handcuffs after being convicted of murdering evil doctor Spencer Truman (with the exception of Rex Balsom’s dream last October as he went under the knife to remove a bullet from his chest cavity), the firey vixen is set to return to Llanview in only a few short weeks. 

      Although it remains to be seen if and how the town’s token Rappaport will be granted a release from prison, reports are that she will come between Bo and Nora’s precarious relationship.  Rumors claim that Clint arranges for Lindsay to go free with hopes that she will hook up with Bo, and push Nora away from her ex-husband and into his open arms.  However, a spokesperson for “One Life to Live” had no comment. 

      The news comes as a suprise to many “One Life” fans who had written off the character following her murder conviction last summer.  Hickland broke the news earlier this week when the actress posted messages on her official Facebook and Twitter pages that “I’ll be returning to ‘One Life to Live’ in June! Stay tuned. :)”  A first airdate has not been set, nor has the length of Hickland’s return been announced.

      Prior to joining “OLTL” in 1998, Hickland appeared as Courtney Marshall on “Texas” (1980-81), Julie Cregg and Jenny Diamond on “Capitol” (1983-87), Brooke Logan on “The Bold and the Beautiful” (1987), and Tess Wilder on “Loving” (1993-95) and “The City” (1995-1997).  In addition, she has also guest starred on a number of televsion programs including “Knight Rider,” “CHiPs,” “Law & Order,” “Eight is Enough,” “Vega$,” and “Law & Order: Criminal Intent.”

      Hickland, who was taken off contract with “OLTL” in 2005, also runs the highly successful make-up company Cat’s Cosmetics, and recently wrote her first book entitled The 30-Day Heartbreak Cure-A Guide for Getting Over Him and Back Out There One Month from Today.  In addition, the actress has also appeared on Brodway, and performed for audiences as a clinical hypnotist.  Hickland has been married three times, most recently to “All My Children” actor Michael E. Knight (Tad Martin); the pair are currently separated.  From 1984-89, she was married to “Baywatch” star David Hasselhoff. 

      Look for Hickland to return to “OLTL” sometime in June.  SON will bring you more information as it becomes available. 

      “One Life to Live” airs weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.

      Discussion: Hickland Finds New ‘Life to Live’


      Tueday, May 19, 2009 8:00 PM ET | By Angela Rosa

      ( — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Tuesday, May 19, 2009.


      Edward and Monica put Sonny on notice that they’re not going to let him put Michael’s life in danger ever again. Thinking of her own son, Olivia fiercely defends Sonny to Edward and Monica. Fed up and disgusted with Claudia, Johnny goes to Jake’s to drown his sorrows and strikes up a flirtation with Olivia.

      Michael doesn’t hide the fact that he’s angry with Carly for not being there when he woke up. Jax warns Michael not to upset Carly, revealing she’s pregnant. Michael asks if Carly is having Jax’s baby as a way to replace him.

      Tracy admits to Lulu that she tampered with Luke and Ethan’s DNA test but honestly claims she never learned the real results. Meanwhile, Holly pours on her seductive charms while making herself at home at Patrick’s. Luke tracks Holly down demanding answers.

      On the Next General Hospital

      • Carly is hurt by Michael’s anger towards her.
      • Johnny and Olivia find comfort in each other’s arms.
      • Jason opens up to Sam about his fears for Michael.

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


      Tuesday, May 19, 2009 8:13 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

      ( — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Tuesday, May 19, 2009.


      Powell reveals the truth about Chloe to Todd and Marty, who are disbelieving at first but then come to believe that the baby really is their granddaughter. Powell explains to Todd how he’s going to use the baby to make him pay for ruining his life. Marty uses her skills as a psychiatrist as she convinces Powell that he saved her by bringing her here because she got her memories back.

      Powell places Chloe in Marty’s lap but seeing Todd’s relief at this causes him to spin back into a rage. Powell grabs his knife prepared to slit Todd’s throat. Meanwhile, John battles a syringe wielding Rebecca. Jessica is frantic to find Chloe, fearing she’s been kidnapped.

      Natalie and Jared tell everyone, including Bo, that Kyle might have something to do with Chloe’s disappearance. Natalie and Jared stun Viki, Clint and Charlie with their news about Chloe. Jessica has a flashback involving Bess on the night Chloe was born.

      As they succumb to the gas leaking into the room, Tea and Blair both admit that Todd is the love of their lives. Tea has another secret she wants to share with Blair. Cole and Starr try to comfort Jack.

      On the Next One Life to Live

      • Tea has a secret she wants to reveal to Blair before it is too ate.
      • Rebecca makes a desperate move.
      • Natalie and Jared confess all to their parents.

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


      Tuesday, May 18, 2009 7:57 PM ET | By Jermetria Lacey

      ( — “Days of our Lives” Episode Recap – Tuesday, May 19, 2009.


      Sami and Rafe make love for the first time and profess their love for each other.

      Philip grows increasingly worried about Stephanie’s whereabouts as he tries to track her down. Desperate, he calls Owen asking if he knows Stephanie’s whereabouts. Owen, looking down at Stephanie, covers. Discouraged, Philip crosses with Brady and questions Brady’s loyalty to the family. Meanwhile, Owen finally picks up EJ’s call and tells him that he has successfully kidnapped Stephanie.

      Owen takes his next instructions as Stephanie awakens and realizes she has been kidnapped by the Kiriakis gardener and is being held in a morgue. Owen snaps Stephanie’s picture and sends it to EJ, using her phone. Stephanie tries to attack Owen, and he defensively slams her back into the drawer, telling her he will have to come up with a new plan to take care of her. Meanwhile, EJ finds Philip on the pier and tells him he has Stephanie.

      Victor has his nurse administer Stefano’s final dose of insulin, and calls EJ to remind him that the deadline is at hand. Victor is confident he will win, but Stefano thinks his son will surprise Victor. Brady and Arianna have a scratchy first meeting. Later, they literally run into each other again when Arianna spills her coffee on Brady.

      On the Next Days of our Lives

      • EJ informs Philip he has Stephanie.
      • Arianna accidentally spills hot coffee on Brady and she attends to the burn.
      • Sami and Rafe make love again and he thinks he needs to make a bigger commitment.

      “Days of our Lives” airs Weekdays on NBC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.


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