Monday, January 5, 2009 3:03 AM ET | By Errol Lewis

( — “She goes against the grain. With her, if I don’t feel like smiling, I don’t have to.”

That’s “General Hospital’s” Natalia Livingston talking about her new character, Rebecca, to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution‘s Richard L. Eldredge in his Peach Buzz column.

In the exclusive interview, the actress discusses her new role on “GH” and how different the character is from Emily Bowen-Quartermaine, a role she portrayed on the ABC soap from April 2003 through May 2008. Emily was killed off in November 2007, and resurrected as a ghost, or a tumor, until Livingston’s departure.

“Her name is Rebecca and she works at the hospital,” Livingston admitted. “She’s going to come in and shake things up. It’ll be interesting to see how the characters react to her.”

Livingston made it clear that unlike Emily, “Rebecca doesn’t feel the need to be nice to everyone.”

For the full interview head on over to the Peach Buzz.

Look for Natalia Livingston to mark her “GH” return on Thursday, January 15 as the soap gears up for its upcoming “Twist in Time” story arc.

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

Discussion: Livingston: New Character, New Emotions

  • General Hospital
  • Natalia Livingston

    Monday, January 5 2009 2:31 AM ET | By Errol Lewis

    ( — On January 5, 1970, a little town in Pennsylvania rose from beneath Earth’s soil and came to be known as Pine Valley. This town has been home to the greatest dame in daytime and the most qualified doctor in his field. Here’s a warm welcome to 39 years later for actors Susan Lucci (Erica Kane) and Ray Macdonnell (Dr. Joe Martin).

    After celebrating 10,000 episodes in November 2008, ABC’s “All My Children” is now turning the ripe old age of 39 today. The soap has aired on the ABC Television Network since its first broadcast and also airs at night on ABC/Disney’s SOAPnet. The cable network has aired every “AMC” broadcast since the network launched on January 20, 2000. Lucci and Macdonnell are the shows only remaining original cast members.

    “All My Children” was created by Agnes Nixon, who also created ABC’s “One Life to Live.” Nixon appeared on both soap operas in 2008 as a relative ghost in honor of key milestones for each (10,000 shows for “AMC” and 40 years on the air for “OLTL”).

    In recent weeks, it was announced that Lucci, Macdonnell and Michael E. Knight (Tad Martin) had been asked to renew their contracts with the soap, but at reduced salaries. It is understood that they all accepted, and now receive approximately 40% less per year than they were receiving previously. This is inline with the 40% production budget cut that timeslot competitor “Days of our Lives” was forced into in November. “All My Children,” along with most soap operas, is facing record low viewership and possible cancellation due to advertisers pulling ad dollars from the genre.

    With budget cuts and cast trimming hitting the soap across the board (Colin Egglesfield Fired), rumors are flying that Julie Hanan Carruthers is on her way out as Executive Producer. If proven true, “Passions” and “General Hospital: Night Shift” Executive Producer, Lisa de Cazotte is said to be in the running. TV Guide Canada‘s Nelson Branco recently reported that de Cazotte has joined the soaps production team.

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

     Discussion: ‘All My Children’ Left Fighting After 39 Years

    • All My Children
    • Michael E. Knight
    • Susan Lucci
    • Ray McDonald
    • Days of our Lives

      Sunday, January 4, 2009 9:47 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

      ( — With 43-years of history and more supercouples currently on air than any other daytime soap opera, “Days of our Lives” is ready to join an elite club with show 11,000.

      On Wednesday, January 21, a day after President-elect Barack Obama is inaugurated as our nations 43rd President, the little soap that could, “Days of our Lives” will air its 11,000th telecast on NBC. It joins fellow daytime soaps “As The World Turns,” “General Hospital” and “Guiding Light,” as the only programs in television history to broadcast as many episodes.

      Marking the occasion will be the attempted murder of John Black (Drake Hogestyn) and Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall) by Dr. Charlotte Taylor (Sandra Ferguson Robinson). Also celebrating, Dr. Daniel Jonas (Shawn Christian) and Chloe Lane Black (Nadia Bjorlin) discuss their feelings, and Bo (Peter Reckell) and Hope Brady (Kristian Alfonso) celebrate a very Brady life together. However, don’t look for much of a real celebration honoring the shows pinncale moment. It’s business as usual for these Salemites.

      Debuting November 8, 1965 on NBC, “Days of our Lives” was a soap like no other. It took place in Salem, USA. There were no witches or warlocks, nor was a woman possessed by the devil (yet). You had your simple families like the Brady’s, the Horton’s, the Williams’ and the Carver’s. Years later you would have many families come and go, including the Robert’s clan headed by Kate Roberts. Unlike Kate, however, Alice Horton remains the quintessential rock that this soap needs to hold everything together. That rock, played by Francis Reid, has been with the show since its debut and is the only surviving original cast member still there.

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

       Discussion: NBC Daytime Embraces 11,000 ‘DAYS’

      • Days of our Lives
      • Francis Reid
      • Barack Obama

        Sunday, January 4, 2009 4:51 AM ET | By Errol Lewis

        ( — The people have voted and they want to see “As The World Turns” in Primetime.

        During the Wednesday, January 7 broadcast of “The 35th Annual People’s Choice Awards,” make sure to look out for “As The World Turns” during those long commercial breaks. Soap Opera Network has learned that Promotional spots starring actress Terri Colombino (Katie Peretti) will begin airing. This marks a turning point for the drama series, as CBS and many other broadcast networks have refused to air advertisements during primetime hours for  their daytime lineups in recent years. Daytime, however, is flooded with promotions for primetime programming.

        “The 35th Annual People’s Choice Awards” honors everything from TV, Movies and Music. The telecast will be hosted by singer/actress Queen Latifah. The ceremony airs Live at 9/8c on CBS from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, CA. Winners were chosen by viewers all across America via

        “As The World Turns” airs Weekdays on CBS. Anytime on Check local listings.

         Discussion: The ‘People’ Love ‘As The World Turns’

        • As The World Turns
        • Terri Colombino
        • Queen Latifah
        • The 35th Annual People’s Choice Awards

          Sunday, January 4, 2009 4:12 AM ET | By Errol Lewis

          ( — Actress Shiva Rose is set to guest-star on “The Young and the Restless” later this month.

          According to sources, the actress and mother of two, is set to appear on the January 21 episode of the CBS drama series during a special get-together that will bring out most of Genoa City’s elite. While it is unclear as to what role she will play in the episode, it is understood that she will mainly interact with actors Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe Mitchell), Daniel Goddard (Cane Ashby), Billy Miller (Billy Abbott) and Christel Khalil (Lily Winters). 

          Rose has appeared in such series as Lifetime’s “The Division” and the ABC Drama’s “Gideon’s Crossing” and “The Practice.” On Friday, January 2, Rose’s divorce from “Practice” actor Dylan McDermott (Bobby Donnell) was finalized. The two were married for nearly thirteen years and have two daughters.

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

           Discussion: Being ‘Restless’ Takes ‘Practice’

          • Billy Miller
          • The Young and the Restless
          • Elizabeth Hendrickson
          • Shiva Rose
          • Daniel Goddard
          • Christel Khalil
          • Dylan McDermott
          • The Division
          • Gideon’s Crossing
          • The Practice

            Saturday, January 3, 2009 8:06 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

            ( — She played her cards and brought in the crowds. She is no fool, but she has your attention. Will 2009 bring about the return of one Vanessa Marcil? “General Hospital” better hope so.

            Vanessa Marcil (ex-Brenda Barrett), in a recent interview with Soap Opera Weekly magazine’s Gabby Winkel, has made it clear that 2009 could be the year that she finally returns to the ABC soap after a six-year absence. Vanessa left the soap after a six-month stint in 2003.

            “We were trying to fit it in this past year, but it didn’t work out, so maybe in ’09 we’ll find a way,” says Marcil. “It’s definitely in the cards at some point.”

            Marcil’s brief return to the ABC soap in 2002 marked the series’ best ratings performance in nearly a decade. During a single week in the all important February Sweeps period in 2003, “GH” had 4.1 million households and 5.3 million total viewers tuned into the trials and tribulations of Brenda and her series of men (Sonny Corinthos and Jasper “Jax” Jacks). Today, “GH” has lost about 86% of that audience as it hovers around a 2.2 household rating and just under 3 million total viewers. As you can see, the actresses possible return to the soap couldn’t come fast enough.

            Vanessa joined the cast of “General Hospital” as the conniving Brenda Barrett, whose mission was to tear apart Jagger Cates (Antonio Sabato Jr.) and Karen Wexler (then played by Cari Shayne), in 1992. In 1998, she opted to leave the cast of the series and join FOX’s “Beverly Hills, 90210″ as Gina Kincaid. She returned to “GH” in 2002, but moved onto NBC’s “Las Vegas,” which also starred Josh Duhamel (ex-Leo, “All My Children”) and James Caan in 2003. The series was cancelled in early 2008 during the infamous Writer’s Guild of America strike.

            Marcil currently stars in the Hallmark Channel Original Movie “The Nanny Express,” which airs Saturday, January 3 at 9/8c on Hallmark Channel.

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

             Discussion: Oh Vanessa, Vanessa, the ‘GH’ Jesta!

            • General Hospital
            • Vanessa Marcil
            • Antonio Sabato Jr.
            • Cari Shayne
            • James Caan
            • Josh Duhamel
            • The Nanny Express

              Friday, January 2, 2009 5:10 AM EST / Revised 2:13 PM | By Errol Lewis and Angela Rosa

              ( — What would a year end chart be without a look back at who hogged the most airtime in all of 2008?

              As the year 2008 came to a close, so did a years worth of tracking appearances of contract and recurring actors on daytime’s remaining eight soap operas. “General Hospital’s” Steve Burton (Jason Morgan) and “The Bold and the Beautiful’s” Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke Logan Forrester) top the list of appearances in 2008 as the duo appeared in 224 and 222 out of the 253 episodes of soap opera produced last year.

              ABC: As daytime’s most overexposed network, for the second year running, the network of “All My Children,” “General Hospital,” and “One Life to Live” held down 16.5 positions in the Top 20 Airhogs list. Yes, 16.5! (Two actresses played one of our top airhogs, don’t you know). “GH” and its star Steve Burton (Jason Morgan) led the wave as the soap had eight airhogs in the 2008 Top 20. “AMC” was a close second with 7.5 airhogs. In total, ABC clogged up the airwaves with 23.5 actors in the Top 30.

              CBS: The network with the most balance, CBS was led by “The Bold and the Beautiful” goddess Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke Logan Forrester) and “The Young and the Restless’” Eric Braeden, who ranked #14 on the list as Victor Newman appeared in 177 episodes of the drama series. Unfortunately, no “As The World Turns” or “Guiding Light” actor appeared in the Top 30, which excludes them from ranking. However, congratulations goes out to the two for having balance within their cast despite budget constraints effecting daytime as a whole. Had they ranked, they would have been led by Maura West (Carly Snyder, “ATWT”) and Marcy Rylan (Lizzie Spaulding, “GL”), who appeared in 147 and 145 out of 253 episodes, respectively.

              NBC: With only one soap left remaining on its schedule, NBC left the “Days of our Lives” cast fighting for airtime on this once flourishing daytime network. James Scott managed to top the “DAYS” list ranking at #23 thanks to dueling characters E.J Wells and Santo DiMera.

              Note: Due to a leave of absence in ’08, last years top Airhog, “All My Children’s “Alicia Minshew” (Kendall Hart), fell to #4 in the ranking (tied with “GH’s” Maurice Benard). In 2007, the actress appeared in 233 out of 256 episodes. Steve Burton remained a top draw at “GH,” as he appeared in the same amount of episodes year-over-year, and Laura Wright (Carly Corinthos Jacks) fell dramatically from #3 to #12. Thorsten Kaye also fell a few notches from fourth in ’07 (tied with “B&B’s Katherine Kelly Lang) to seventh in ’08.  Meanwhile, “AMC’s” Cameron Mathison went from #6 in ’07 to #8 in ’08 (tied with “GH’s” Brandon Barash) – he appeared in 16 less episodes this year.  “One Life to Live’s” Michael Easton had the biggest plunge as he fell from a #10 ranking in ’07 to #27 in ’08 (tied with “AMC’s” Darnell Williams). The actor appeared in 161 episodes in 2008 vs 203 in 2007. As two actresses played her in 2008, the character of Greenlee Smythe on “All My Children” takes the combined totals of actresses Rebecca Budig and Sabine Singh.

              In honor of the Soap Opera Network return of the SON Top 10, we present to you daytime’s top scene stealers (literally), who earned their paychecks (and then some) during a most dramatic year.

              The 2008 Daytime Airhog Awards

              Rank Actor (Character)
              Total Episodes Appeared
               1. Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke Logan) The Bold and the Beautiful
               2. Steve Burton (Jason Morgan) General Hospital 222
               3. (Greenlee Smythe) Rebecca Budig and Sabine Singh All My Children (ABC) 220
              (Rebecca Budig, 211 / Sabine Singh, 9)
               4. Maurice Benard (Sonny Corinthos) General Hospital (ABC) 203
                Alicia Minshew (Kendall Hart) All My Children (ABC) 203
               6. Julie Marie Berman (Lulu Spencer) General Hospital (ABC) 200
               7. Thorsten Kaye (Zach Slater) All My Children (ABC)  197
               8. Brandon Barash (Johnny Zacchara) General Hospital (ABC) 194
               9. Cameron Mathison (Ryan Lavery) All My Children (ABC) 193


              Bradford Anderson (Damian Spinelli) General Hospital (ABC) 190
               11. Melissa Claire Egan (Annie Lavery) All My Children (ABC)


                Laura Wright (Carly Corinthos Jacks) General Hospital (ABC) 189
               13. Sarah Joy Brown (Claudia Zacchara) General Hospital (ABC) 183
              14. Eric Braeden (Victor Newman) The Young and the Restless (CBS) 177
               15.  Ronn Moss (Ridge Forrester) The Bold and the Beautiful (CBS)  176
              16. Joshua Morrow (Nicholas Newman) The Young and the Restless (CBS) 175
              17. Kirsten Storms (Maxie Jones) General Hospital (ABC) 173
                Megan Ward (Kate Howard) General Hospital (ABC) 173
              19. Trevor St. John (Todd Manning) One Life to Live (ABC) 171
                Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki Newman) The Young and the Restless (CBS)  171
               21.  Aiden Turner (Aidan Devane) All My Children (ABC)  170
              22. Jennifer Gareis (Donna Logan Forrester) The Bold and the Beautiful (CBS) 167
              23. James Scott (E.J. Wells/Santo DiMera) Days of our Lives (NBC)  166
              24. Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth Webber) General Hospital (ABC) 165
              25. Tyler Christopher (Nikolas Cassadine) General Hospital (ABC) 164
              26. John Brotherton (Jared Banks/Clint Buchanan) One Life to Live (ABC) 162
                Debbie Morgan (Angela Hubbard) All My Children (ABC) 162
               27. Michael Easton (John McBain) One Life to Live (ABC)  161
              29. Darnell Williams (Jesse Hubbard) All My Children (ABC) 161
              30. Peter Bergman (Jack Abbott) The Young and the Restless (CBS)   160

              Our thanks goes out to those contributors who helped compile this list throughout 2008. Without you, we wouldn’t be able to pinpoint the hoggers from a pinto. Thank you, jcar03, jhc2010, y&r_fan, JAS0N47, dmarex, Scotty, Toups and Angela.

              Until next year…

               Discussion: The 2008 Daytime Airhog Awards

              • 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

                ‘OLTL’ Casts Two Roles

                Thursday, January 1, 2009 11:35 PM EST | By Scotty Gore

                ( — “One Life to Live” casts two new faces to interact with the Llanview High crowd.

                With Matthew Buchanan’s big drug storyline about to kick into high gear, “OLTL” has cast a couple of new characters to interact with troubled teen. The first is Jack Rovello, who will portray Justin, a teen who tempts Matthew to head down a long and dangerous path. After introducing himself to Nora and Bo, Justin makes Matthew an offer he can’t refuse.

                This marks the second soap role for the 14-year-old Rovello, who appeared as Georgie in a 2003 episode of “All My Children.” Rovello has also guest starred on “Sex in the City and “Ed.” Look for Rovello to make his “OLTL” debut as Justin on January 23rd.

                Also coming to “OLTL” is Broadway veteran Charlotte D’Amboise, who first airs as new Llanview High Principal Ms. Dickinson on January 9th. The 44-year-old actress has appeared in a number of Broadway productions, including “Cats,” “Carrie,” “Chicago,” and “Damn Yankees.” Other credits include “The Preacher’s Wife,” “The Kennedy Center Honors,” and “Law & Order.” D’Amboise has been awarded several awards and honors throughout her career, and was nominated for Tony Awards in 1989 and 2007.

                “OLTL” has also cast the recurring role of Asher, who will be involved with Matthew and Cole beginning January 8th, although few other details are available concerning the role. And the sudser is in the process of casting Becca, who will be a love interest for Matthew.

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

                My View of Llanview: January 1 Edition

                Thursday, January 1, 2009 11:08 PM EST | By Scotty Gore

                ( — A soap legend responds to previous column.

                With the holidays over and 2009 beginning, I have made a New Year’s resolution to be more faithful to this column, my readers, the fans of “One Life to Live,” and the show itself.
                I intend to devote more time and attention to this column, which truly lost its focus throughout much of 2008. So let’s celebrate by proposing a toast. Here’s to “My View of Llanview.”
                I hope you will enjoy the revamped column and my thoughts and comments on “OLTL.”

                During my hiatus from this column, I periodically received comments from “One Life to Live” fans that voiced their opinions on the latest Llanview happenings. Among the individuals leaving comments in my SON mailbox was former soap star Mariann Aalda. Now upon first glance, I’m ashamed to say that I did not recognize the name. I grew up watching “All My Children,” “One Life to Live,” “General Hospital,” and “Ryan’s Hope” and was unfamiliar with the name since it did not fit even my earliest of soap memories from the past 29 years; even though Ms. Aalda did make an appearance on “One Life to Live” in the early ’80s as Ed Hall’s first date following his divorce from Carla Gray.

                My curiosity getting the better of me, I ran a Google search of Ms. Aalda and learned of her connection to now defunct soaps “Edge of Night” and “Sunset Beach.” For those still unfamiliar with Ms.Aalda’s work, she portrayed DiDi Bannister on “Edge of Night” and Lena Hart on “Sunset Beach;” she also portrayed Grace Battles on “Guiding Light” from 1990-1991. In addition, she had starring roles on “The Royal Family,” where she co-starred with Della Reese and the late Redd Foxx, and the HBO series “1st & Ten,” where she played the wife of O.J. Simpson’s character. Ms. Aalda also guest starred in episodes of such popular sitcoms as “Family Matters,” “Designing Women,” and “Grace Under Fire.”

                However, Mariann Aalda’s career is not limited to acting. She co-hosted the talk show “Design for Living” on the USA Network and was a correspondent for the “Now!” entertainment show on WNBC TV. Aalda also helped write, produce, and perform in the in stage production “Herotique-Aahh.” Lastly, she currently writes a humorous “ethnic etiquette” advice column for the website

                Before we move ahead we must take a couple of steps back in time. Flash back to July 30th, 2008. In recognition of “One Life to Live’s” 40th anniversary, I dedicated an edition of this column to reviewing those four decades and discussing Agnes Nixon’s view for the soap she originally titled “Between Heaven and Hell.” That vision involved a highly diverse cast, characters, and storylines. Among them was the light skinned African-American Carla Gray trying to pass herself off a white woman and how viewers, not yet realizing she wasn’t white, jammed the ABC studios with phone calls, protesting her budding relationship with an African-American doctor. But that was 1968. The Llanview of 2008 was very different. Those two years are like night and day, which I also referenced in that July 30th column. I noted the lack of diversity in the current cast of “OLTL,” with only African-American actress on contract, and only a small handful more on recurring status. My last line in that particular column was a bit of personal commentary on how the sea of diversity in Llanview had all but dried up over the course of 40 years. I believe my exact words were “Forty years ago “OLTL” had a rather diverse cast, and many an African-American youth only dreamed of someday running for President. Today we have an African-American running for President for the first time on a major party ticket. However, at the same time, African-Americans on “OLTL” (as well as other soaps) have become nearly non-existent. The more things change, the more they stay the same I suppose. At least programs like “One Life to Live,” which helped pushed the envelope of what was acceptable in society during a turbulent time in American history, helped get us to where we are today. Although there is still a lot of work to be done, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would be proud of his nation today. And that is something that even this white boy from a small Kentucky town that is over 98% Caucasian can appreciate.”

                It appears those very words, grabbed the attention of Ms. Alda, who responded with a rather touching, reflective, and intuitive comment. Here are the Ms. Aalda’s thoughts in her own words:

                “As “…a white boy from a small Kentucky town that is over 98% Caucasian…” (your words) I was deeply moved by the bigness of your heart and astuteness of your observations. In the contract role of DiDi Bannister, I helped “integrate” the town of Monticello on “Edge of Night.”. As a bit of daytime trivia, my first day player day player role on a soap opera was as Ed Hall’s (Al Freeman, Jr.) first date after his divorce from Carla (Ellen Holly). Hmmmm….sounds like it’s time for me to make a return visit to Llanview! LOL”

                Furthermore, Ms. Aalda went on to say that “FYI – Just wanted to let you know that I left the post, below, at “My View of Llanview.” Having been deeply saddened when I got my AFTRA newsletter with an article celebrating “OLTL’s” 40th anniversary — congratulating itself on having Al Freeman, Jr. as the first African-American to win a daytime Emmy…and then accompanying the article with a current cast picture that had not one person ‘of color’ in it. Yikes! Was I the only person struck by the irony? So I did a Google search and stumbled across your column…and felt much better, because you ‘got it’ — and took the time to write about it. Bless you! Btw, I also wrote a letter the producers of “OLTL” of my interest in “integrating” Llanview. We’ll see what happens! :-) -Mariann”

                One can only imagine my shocked expression upon the realization that a soap star had actually read and appreciated something I wrote. I was practically speechless. It made me proud, excited, and left me feeling more confident about my writing abilities. It also made me wonder how many other soap stars, crewmembers, production members, and network executives have read some of my columns and articles over the years. And believe me, that is a scary thought.

                I sincerely thank Ms. Aalda for her comments on both my column and on “OLTL,” and welcome her thoughts and opinions anytime. It was an honor to have such a talented actress read my column. I am also thankful for the opportunity to write a regular “OLTL” column for SON, and cover the daytime drama I grew up watching. Llanview has been like a second home to me over the years, so much so that growing up I would often imagine myself as a character on the soap interacting with the likes of Erika Slezak, Robin Strasser, Andrea Evans, Phil Carey, Robert S. Woods, and the rest of the very talented cast. Although I no longer picture myself as a character on the show, I would still welcome the opportunity to make an appearance in Llanview, even if it is a non-speaking role. So Ron Carlivati and Frank Valentini, if you’re reading this, please keep that in mind. I’m available.

                Well, that’s all for this edition of the column. My thanks again to Ms. Mariann Aalda and to you, the fans of “OLTL” for muddling through my jumbled and, at times, incoherent ramblings about our favorite daytime drama. My wish for all of you is that 2009 brings you love and prosperity, and that it makes you healthy, wealthy, and wise. Take care, and I hope you will join me for the next installment of “My View of Llanview” on January 15th. Hope your Christmas holiday was wonderful and that you have a safe and happy New Year!

                For more information on Mariann Aalda, visit her official website by clicking here.

                And until next time remember, we only have “One Life to Live” …..

                Thursday, January 1, 2009 10:20 PM EST | By Errol Lewis

                ( — In honor of the first day of the year 2009 and the cold wintery weather outside, Soap Opera Network has decided to launch a new feature on its website in order to heat things up all year long. We bring you “Sex on a Stick” – a feature for the heart.

                Twice a month or every two weeks, Soap Opera Network will be highlighting some of daytime’s sexiest male and female stars whether in steamy locals (LeBlanc, pictured right) or in everyday wear. For our first edition, we start with Christian LeBlanc.

                He may have turned 50 last August, but “The Young and the Restless’” Christian Jules LeBlanc (Michael Baldwin) remains one of daytime’s hottest stars.

                What Makes Him Sexy?

                • As if that picture wasn’t enough…
                • His love scenes with co-star Tracy Bregman (Lauren Fenmore Baldwin) continue to get audiences hot, bothered and begging for more.
                • Michael’s friendship with Phyillis Newman (Michelle Stafford) may not be sexually charged, but the chemistry between Michael and Michelle is obvious.
                • When he’s bad, he’s bad…but when he’s good…he’s damn good (Christian as Michael when winning cases even if he has to play dirty).

                Did You Know?

                • LeBlanc took his Michael Baldwin character from Genoa City to “As The World Turns” and its city of Oakdale in 2005. Surprisingly, no one remembered him as Kirk McColl from the 1980′s.
                • Has won two Daytime Emmy Awards (2005; 2007) out of six nominations.

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

                 Discussion: Christian LeBlanc is ‘Sex on a Stick’

                • The Young and the Restless
                • Christian LeBlanc
                • Sex on a Stick