Friday, December 26, 2008 9:33 PM EST | By Errol Lewis

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — New Year, New “Days of our Lives.”

THIS WEEK ON: DAYS OF OUR LIVES

Phillip asks Stephanie to spend New Year’s Eve with him and ring in the New Year. Will she accept? Meanwhile, Rafe tells Sami that he is happy to be spending the holiday’s with her. Kate urges Lucas to move up her wedding date. Max and Chelsea share a kiss at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s. Marlena is upset over John’s latest action.

A Closer Look: Nicole the Watched
Chloe wants Brady to stay far away from Nicole, while Nicole finds herself bonding with a pregnant teenage girl. Stefano warns EJ that life isn’t as simple as one thinks, especially a life with one Nicole Walker. EJ has a surprise in store for Nicole, but she can she handle this grand daddy?

What To Watch

  • EJ proposes marriage to Nicole on Friday, January 2.
  • Daniel and Chloe are interrupted by a ringing telephone.
  • Sami misses her family as a New Year begins.

Days of our Lives News and Headlines

  • “Days of our Lives” will be pre-empted on Thursday, January 1.

SON ALERTS: WEEK OF JANUARY 5, 2009

  • Hope plots a trip with Bo.
  • Max and Chelsea grow closer.
  • John begins to remember Marlena.

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



Friday, December 26, 2008 2:05 PM EST | By Errol Lewis

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — It is a time for forgiveness and a time when families come together. Will the new year bring changes to “General Hospital?”

THIS WEEK ON: GENERAL HOSPITAL

Sonny won’t end his allegiance with the Zacchara’s. Jason has a warning for Sonny. Battle lines are drawn between Sonny and Jason. Robin and Patrick’s wedding goes off without a hitch. Anna and Robert are filled with emotion over their daughter’s happiness. Sam tips Jason off over Agent Rayner’s interest in Spinelli. Someone is watching Spinelli through Cyberspace. Sonny and Carly visit Michael’s hospital room on Monday, December 28 (actor Dylan Cash appears as Michael). Jax knows how hurt Carly is feeling on Michael’s birthday. Sam answers Jax’s questions about Jerry’s last moments.

A Closer Look: Looking at you 2009
On Tuesday, December 30, the power is out at the MetroCourt and Jax and Carly find themselves closer than ever. Jax can’t deny the power of love he feels for Carly and is drawn to her. Johnny and Lulu watch as the first snow of the new year falls. Nikolas lovingly tells Nadine that she is the best thing to happen to him all year. Tracy and Luke spend a romantic evening together. Spinelli misses the boat with Maxie. A kiss at midnight brings couples together.

What To Watch

  • Sonny catches Claudia in the act on Friday, January 2.
  • Johnnny starts looking for a job.
  • Spinelli meets Winifred, his female counterpart.
  • Sam and Lucky are at odds.
  • A new storyline kicks off for Nikolas and Nadine beginning Friday, January 2.

General Hospital News and Headlines

SON ALERTS: WEEK OF JANUARY 5, 2009

  • Monday: Jax is certain Carly’s heart will always belong to Sonny. Maxie grows suspicious of Winifred. Johnny accuses Ric of setting him up.
  • Tuesday: Carly and Claudia battle it out over Sonny. Maxie is on the right track. Jax gives Olivia an offer she can’t refuse.
  • Wednesday: Carly has a warning for Sonny. Maxie is getting too close. Luke is there for Johnny.
  • Thursday: Olivia staves off Jax’s advances. Spinelli and Maxie grow closer. Lucky and Sam hit a roadblock in their relationship.
  • Friday: Jax and Carly finally see the light. Lulu is suspicious of Johnny and Claudia. Nikolas saves Nadine, again.

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



AMC PreVUE: Week of December 29 Edition

Wednesday, December 24, 2008 6:34 PM EST | By Angela Rosa

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Perilous relations.

THIS WEEK ON: ALL MY CHILDREN

Taylor puts a plan in motion after realizing Brot plans on leaving for good as soon as she’s completely healed. Adam blames Amanda for his son’s condition. A guilt-ridden Amanda tells JR he’d be better off without her in his life. Amanda finds JR fighting the urge to drink on Friday, January 2. Colby is unsettled by Krystal’s relationship with David. Krystal can’t fight the urge to be with David and drops the kids off with Winifred in order to get to him. On Tuesday, December 30, a guilty Krystal wakes up in the David’s bed. Krystal learns Tad’s missing. JR and Jake observe David and Krystal’s bond. Jake pays for the price for sassing the chief of staff.

On New Year’s Eve, Bianca is detained at home with Gabrielle and then Simon, Reese’s former fiancé. Zach and Reese, meanwhile, ring in the New Year with a friendly kiss. Zach and Reese dismiss their kiss and try to convince themselves it was nothing. Bianca worries that Reese is keeping secrets. Reese isn’t happy to see Simon.

A Closer Look: Group Therapy
Ryan, Greenlee and a delusional and dangerous Annie’s confrontation grows even more tense when Opal and Emma arrive at the penthouse. Greenlee distracts Annie while Ryan tries to regain his wits after being knocked unconscious. Aidan runs into trouble at Oak Haven on Monday, December 29. Ryan and Greenlee share a very romantic New Year’s Eve. Greenlee initially rejects Ryan’s marriage proposal but has a change of heart after a calming meeting with Opal. Opal later realizes she misread Greenlee’s cards. Opal is convinced something horrific will happen if Greenlee marries Ryan. Aidan, meanwhile, discovers that Dr. Sinclair has been secretly videotaping Annie.

  • “AMC” will air an encore presentation on Wednesday, December 31 (10/22/08) and be pre-empted on Thursday, January 1.

 SON ALERTS: WEEK OF JANUARY 5, 2009

  • Monday: Bianca’s suspicions are raised when she finds Reese with Zach. Krystal denies JR and Jake’s accusations about her and David. Adam wants to know where he stands with Erica.
  • Tuesday: David is a step closer to getting what he wants. Zach and Erica don’t see eye to eye. Amanda tries to stop JR from drinking.
  •  Wednesday: JR takes action against David. Brot realizes Taylor has been lying to him. Bianca can’t get past her insecurities.
  • Thursday: Opal accuses Krystal of having an affair with David. JR threatens to kill David if he doesn’t come clean. Bianca decides to test Zach and Reese.
  • Friday: Tad learns Krystal has been spending time with David. Krystal tries to talk sense into JR. Erica confronts Zach and Reese.


Daniel Goddard Welcomes Baby Boy

Wednesday, December 24, 2008 4:00 PM EST | By Errol Lewis

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — While the holiday travel season is in full swing and families are gearing up for a long vacation and the beginning of a new year, one “Young and the Restless” star is welcoming home a new baby boy to his ever growing family.

Daniel Goddard, who portrays Cane Ashby on the CBS Daytime drama, “The Young and the Restless,” welcomed Sebastian William Goddard to the world on Friday, December 19 at 8:15 AM. The actor announced the birth to the public and his fans via a posting on his MySpace Blog. Sebastian weighed in at 9lbs 11oz and 21in. This is Goddard’s second child with wife Rachel. Ford Martin Goddard was born on February 6, 2006.

Goddard’s Cane Ashby on “Y&R” is currently in a battle for love and family as the love of his life (Lily,  Christel Khalil) fights for him and his worst enemy (Chloe, Elizabeth Hendrickson) has entrapped him.

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

Discussion: Daniel Goddard Welcomes Baby Boy



‘One Life’ Teen Now On Contract

Wednesday, December 24, 2008 12:54 AM EST | By Scotty Gore

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — With a huge new storyline for his character in the offing, Eddie Alderson has been placed on contract with “One Life to Live.”

Since 2001, Eddie Alderson has played the squeaky clean Matthew Buchanan, son of Police Commissioner Bo Buchanan and District Attorney Nora Hanen. Seldom seen outside of family gatherings and holidays, Matthew wasn’t much more than a background character. But all that is about to change as Matthew enters the realm of Llanview High School. Facing puberty and peer pressure, the young Buchanan teen looks to have a rather stressful freshman year of high school.

With the start of Matthew’s big storyline getting underway in early 2009, fans can expect to see more of the 14-year-old Alderson. So much more in fact that a spokesperson for “OLTL” has announced that the younger Alderson, who is the kid brother of co-star Kristen Alderson (Starr Manning), has been signed to a contract with the daytime sudser.

While we can’t give specifics of Alderson’s upcoming storyline, SON can tell you that Matthew will be dealing with some typical teenage problems, including being offered drugs. In addition, “OLTL” is in the process of casting other teens that will interact with Matthew in the coming months. Among them are an adversary named Justis and an admirer named Becca. Also, Michelle Robinson makes another appearance as the Llanview High Principal on January 13th.

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



More ‘Life’ For Familiar Faces

Tuesday, December 23, 2008 2:15 AM EST | By Scotty Gore

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Some familiar faces return to Llanview in 2009.

As the new year gets under way, two actresses find they still have “One Life to Live.” Janet Zarish and Lea DeLaria both reprise their recurring roles in January, and will play key parts in some very big storylines.

Soap Opera Network first commented on Janet Zarish’s possible return to the canvas stating that, while the actress had not appeared on screen since early November, her name has continued to be listed with other recurring cast members in the closing credits. Well now SON can confirm that Janet Zarish will reprise her role of Janet Ketring (aka Lee Halpern) beginning January 12th. Without getting into the specifics of her return, look for Janet/Lee to make herself known to more of the citizens of Llanview, including one particular old acquaintance.

For those younger “OLTL” fans out there, Lee Halpern is a former prostitute turned registered nurse who made quite a splash in Llanview from 1987-88. Not only did she fake her own death leaving her daughter to be tried for her murder, but she also drugged her daughter’s boyfriend so that he would fail in his quest to participate in the Olympics. After taking a stab at the world’s oldest profession under the wing of brothel owner Renee Divine, she hooked up with Max Holden and befriended the daughter of Joe Riley’s twin brother. After discovering that the poor girl was really her own daughter, Lee shacked up with several other men in Llanview. There’s more to the story, but you get the picture. In addition, Janet/Lee was also known as Carol Harper Dennison. Confused? Just think of how Llanview will react.

Next up is the return of Dorian Cramer Lord’s favorite physic Madam Delphina who offers vague visions of the future with a hefty price tag. “One Life” fans may remember that Madam Delphina played a pivotal role in the summer of 2008 as Bo and Rex traveled back to 1968 as part of “OLTL’s” 40th anniversary. In that storyline, the eccentric fortuneteller helped reunite Rex with his one true love Gigi Morasco and proved that love can withstand anything, including a four-decade time difference. Look for DeLaria to return as Madam Delphina on January 15th.

In news from the grapevine…

When Scott Clifton premieres as Schuyler Joplin on January 5th, a whole new storyline will begin dealing with drug use at Llanview High. Involved in that storyline will be a new teen named ‘Asher.’ While little information about this new recently cast recurring character has been announced, he will cause problems for the Llanview teen scene in 2009.

Dorian Cramer Lord hears and sees reincarnations of dead people again on January 7th when ‘Angel Mel’ urges her to take the high road. And, as if “OLTL” didn’t have enough colorful characters already, Peter Brouwer extends his stay as Asa’s lawyer Beaver Calhoun into early January. Mr. Calhoun resurfaces on December 26th with a message from the old codger, taped before his death.

Word on the street is that Michael Easton has inked out a new contract with “OLTL” to keep Llanview’s favorite good guy John McBain on the canvas for the foreseeable future. Just long that is remains a mystery, however. Also, Tuc Watkins’ one-millionth return to Llanview will last a minimum of two months, according to head scribe Ron Carlivati.

Justin Paul Kahn will begin to mingle with the citizens of Llanview in early 2009 as Brody’s former Navy buddy Wes Granger opts to call the town home for the time being.

In addition, it appears that “OLTL” has given Brett Claywell’s new character a name already. In case you haven’t heard, Claywell was cast in the role of Schuyler last month, only to have the role pulled out from under by former “GH” heartthrob Scott Clifton. But that’s water under the bridge for Claywell who has been handed the coveted role of Kyle the Cop.

And last but not least, don’t look for “OLTL” to air on Barack Obama’s special day. ABC has announced the pre-emption of it’s entire daytime line-up on Tuesday, January 20th as Obama is sworn in as the nation’s 44th President. While the actual inauguration ceremony won’t take place until just after noon est, it will be a day filled with pomp and circumstance in Washington, D.C. and across the country.

For the latest on Llanview’s comings and goings, be sure to click here for additional information.

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



Monday, December 22, 2008 9:51 PM | By Venus Stone


(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Kay’s memories are slowly trickling back…

THIS WEEK ON: THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS

Lily finds herself coming upon a secret. Michael finds himself reaching his wits end and soon finds himself learning what life would be like if he weren’t in the lives of his loved-ones. Adam finds himself not only pleading with the judge but with Victor; who in turn rebuffs him. Nikki, tired of Victor’s attitude towards her, has some very choice words for him.

FLOODGATE OF MEMORIES

After taking a tumble, Katherine hits her head. Murphy finds her and immediately comes to her aid and takes her back into the house. When she comes to, she becomes startled, letting him know that she knows that this couldn’t be where she belongs. She soon starts to regain more of her memory and reveals that she is not Marge, but Katherine.

NOTE: The Young and the Restless will be preempted Thursday, December 25.

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Monday, December 22, 2008 9:21 PM | By Venus Stone


(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Maddie’s return makes Casey and Luke uneasy…

THIS WEEK ON: AS THE WORLD TURNS

When Craig shows up bearing gifts for her kids, Carly lets him know she’s not in the mood for him. Parker, upon Craig’s arrival, immediately questions him about bombing Paul’s car. Craig quickly tries to smooth Parker over by pleading his innocence. Jack’s arrival sets him off when he sees Craig, which later bothers Janet. Meg and Dusty return with baby Eliza from the hospital and Craig instantly becomes overwhelmed with emotions. He soon calls Dusty out on trying to attach himself to Meg as a way to ‘replace’ Johnny in his life. Upon this, Meg decides that Dusty must leave, somewhat agreeing with what Craig has said.

Alison received a text message from Lucy and quickly meets her at Old Town. There, Lucy explains to Alison that she must have a room at the Lakeview and asks her if she can help her out. She soon admits that Johnny needs to have a bone marrow transplant. Luke goes to the police to see Jade, who is still angry at him for turning her in. Derek soon comes to the station as well, with Jade’s ex-boyfriend, Robby. When Robby holds Jade hostage in an effort to escape, it is Derek that comes to the rescue. Lily and Bonnie want Derek to tell Jade truth but he refuses. Jade later figures things out after confronting Lily about Derek.

REUNITING DOESN’T ALWAYS FEEL SO GOOD

When Maddie shows up in hopes of reuniting with Casey, Casey becomes uneasy. Things don’t fair well for Maddie when Alison shows up and she takes her arrival the wrong way. Alone at the hospital, Casey tells Alison that he fears that things could go wrong if he were to get back together with Maddie. Alison advises him to tell Maddie how he feels. When he goes to see Maddie, he admits that he does miss her. The two of them soon plan a date together but Casey once again has reservations when Maddie presses harder to him that they should get back together.

After Luke sees Lucinda and Brian in a cozy moment, Lucinda points out how Luke seems to be warming up to Brian. Luke later heads to hang out with Noah, who gives him a watch for his Christmas gift. When Noah sees Maddie, Luke instantly becomes uneasy about how they still have a close bond with one another. When Noah invites Maddie to the New Year’s Eve party he picks up on Luke’s envy. Noah reassures him that he’s the only one that he wants in his life.

NOTE: As the World Turns will be preempted Thursday, December 25.

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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “Days of our Lives” may be a sinking ship, but that won’t stop Darin Brooks (Max Brady) from expanding his horizons.

Brooks has signed on to star alongside former NFL running back-turned-actor Ed Marinaro (“Sisters,” “Hill Street Blues”) in the SpikeTV comedy pilot “Blue Mountain State” from Lionsgate Television and Varsity Pictures, reports The Hollywood Reporter.

While still in the pilot stage, “Mountain” is a scripted series surrounding three college freshman who join the Midwestern college football team of Blue Mountain State University, and must adapt to college life while juggling football, girls, classes and hazing rituals. Brooks will play Alex, a talented quarterback content with riding on the bench, while enjoying college parties. The pilot was written by Chris Romano and Eric Falconer (“The Sarah Silverman Program”). Romano will play Sammy, Alex’s best friend,  who aspires to be the school’s mascot.

The potential series will also stars Sam Jones III (“ER”) as Craig, a top recruit and future pro footballer, whose life is already mapped out by his controlling girlfriend, Denise (played by Gabrielle Dennis, “The Game”). Alan Ritchson (“Smallville”) will portray Thad, a senior on the football team who loves hazing incoming freshman.

Brian Robbins serves as the potential series’ executive producer.

At this time, it is still unclear as to whether “Blue Mountain State” will interfere with Brooks’ “DAYS” obligations if it receives a full series commitment from SpikeTV.

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


Monday, December 22, 2008 3:00 PM EST | By Errol Lewis

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — The holidays are a time when family and friends gather together and feel the joy and love in the room. For daytime’s remaining eight soap operas, it is a time to remember the murders and mayhem, the evil brothers and sisters or the back from the dead aunts and uncles that took up time and space over the past year of years.

During the week of December 22, the daytime lineups of ABC, CBS and NBC will be littered with re-broadcast episodes or pre-emptions of their top soaps.

ABC Daytime will air repeats of “All My Children,” “General Hospital” and “One Life to Live” on Christmas Eve (December 24), while “General Hospital” and “One Life to Live” will be pre-empted on Christmas Day (December 25). “All My Children” will air a repeat episode from October.  CBS Daytime will also air repeats or pre-empt part of its soap lineup consisting of “As The World Turns,” “The Bold and the Beautiful,” “Guiding Light” and “The Young and the Restless” on Christmas Day, but will be in all originals on December 24. NBC Daytime and its lone “Days of our Lives” will be in originals on both December 24 and 25. All soaps return with originals on Friday, December 26.

Wednesday, December 24

  • AMC: In the aftermath of the tornado Zach finds a pregnant Bianca and an unconscious Kendall in the beach house wreckage. It is revealed that Zach is the father of Bianca’s child. Bianca talks about her partner, Reese, while Kendall fights for her life. Bianca goes into labor. Aidan digs through the rubble to try to rescue Greenlee and Ryan and another tornado hits. JR is forced to choose between Babe and Little A. While trapped in the rubble Adam and Erica resign themselves to dying. (episode #9983; original air date 10/20/08).
  • GH: Sonny and Kate long for each other after she returns to New York. Jason watches from afar as Liz and the boys celebrate Christmas together. Carly fights the flu while spending the holiday with Sonny and their children and Jax. Maxie and Felicia continue to have conflicts over Georgie’s death. Luke undergoes open heart surgery while visiting his idea of heaven (episode ##11456; original air date 12/2407).

  • OLTL: Brody shoots Rex. Bo and Gigi rally around Rex at the hospital as Shane worries about Brody who has been arrested. Langston, Markko, and Starr try to formulate a plan to prevent Ray from taking custody of Langston. Cole discovers Clint’s plan and confronts Clint but Clint threatens Cole. Michael and Marcie yearn for each other and Marcie sings a song for her unborn child. (episode #10279; original air date 9/29/08).

Thursday, December 25

  • AMC: After suffering a head injury during the tornado Kendall flat lines, is revived but still unconscious and remembers happy times. Zach helps Bianca through labor and delivers a baby girl. Erica starts digging through the wreckage; a hand breaks through and grabs her as more rubble falls on Erica and Adam. Krystal and JR sit vigil while Angie operates on Babe but the prognosis is not good. Babe asks JR to marry her that night. Annie tells Ryan that Emma has been kidnapped. Jesse agrees to sign consent forms for Natalia’s surgery admitting that she is his daughter. Angie is shocked (episode #9984; original air date 10/21/08).
  • ATWT: Pre-empted.
  • B&B: Pre-empted.
  • GH: Pre-empted.
  • GL: A repeat of this summer’s interrupted wedding between Reva and Josh.
  • OLTL: Pre-empted.
  • Y&R: A repeat of a classic episode from Christmas 1989.

Friday, December 26

  • Y&R: Michael has an extraordinary experience that teaches him how important he is to the people he loves and how different their lives would be without him (special stand-alone episode).

The 2008 Holiday Celebrations will be the first time that only eight daytime soap operas remain on the airwaves (cable or English language broadcast).

Check local listings for times and stations.

Discussion: Rinse and Repeat: Happy Holidays


  • The Bold and the Beautiful
  • All My Children
  • One Life to Live
  • The Young and the Restless
  • Days of our Lives
  • General Hospital
  • As The World Turns
  • Guiding Light