Y&R PreVUE: Week of January 21 Edition

Dastardly Deeds…
Thursday, January 17, 2007 5:57 PM | By Venus Stone

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Can Hitchcock help plan the perfect murder? Gloria’s about to test that theory…

THIS WEEK ON “THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS”

The judge comes to a decision in the divorce of Nikki and Victor. JT finds himself wanting to keep Reed far away from the Newman family. Amber becomes over-eager in her scheme to win the Faces of Jabot contest. David continues to plot and scheme to ensure what he wants. Victor finds himself without any family to support him.

TROUBLESOME TWO-SOME…

Sharon tries to convince Jack to do right by Gloria by honoring John’s wishes for her. When Gloria shows up at the Abbott mansion, she and Jack get into a heated argument, which forces Sharon to decide who’s side to take. Meanwhile, Kevin helps Gloria devise a scheme ala Hitchcock to set up Jeffrey for murder.

Pictured: Gloria Chapman courtesy CBS


GL PreVUE: Week of January 21 Edition

Jonny Comes Marching Home…
Thursday, January 17, 2008 6:12 PM | By Venus Stone

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — A familiar face returns home to settle an old score…

THIS WEEK ON “GUIDING LIGHT”

Bill and Coop have a confrontation but is interrupted when Lizzie storms in announcing she’s having Bill’s baby. Alan wants Beth to attend the memorial service with him and offers the invitation to Rick. Once alone, Alan calls in a few favors to make sure Rick will be too busy to attend. Natalia learns that Olivia and Alan are working together to keep her from marrying Gus. When Cyrus wavers in wanting to marry Marina right away, Marina calls on Remy to continue their scheming. After seeing how much Coop truly loves Ashlee, Doris offers Buzz a job.

WHO SAYS YOU CAN’T COME HOME AGAIN

Cassie turns to Josh for support when the memory of Tammy resurfaces which angers Will. Alan confronts Reva about the harrassing telephone calls he’s been receiving. Reva approaches Cassie with the information and when she denies having a hand in it, Reva soon worries that Jonathan could be doing it. While Bill is happy to learn that his vision will return, Lizzie is heartbroken to learn that she is not pregnant. As Reva is searching for Jonathan, she spots Sarah’s suitcase. When Alan offers his deepest apology to Cassie, she invites him to attend the memorial. As the memorial service is underway, an emotional Jon doesn’t notice Sarah crawling away. Lizzie finds it difficult to tell Bil the truth about not being pregnant. As Bill’s vision starts to return the first thing he notices is Johnathan. Lizzie believes she’s seen Sarah. Reva finally catches up to Jonathan and warns him to stop causing trouble and leave town. Lizzie, who has arranged for Bill to meet her at cabin, is close to walking in on Jonathan and Sarah. Reva, who has returned quickly diverts Lizzie’s attention but soon notices Alan’s car approaching. Frustrated with keeping a lie, Lizzie runs out of the cabin with Bill right on her trail. Struggling to break free from his hold, she finds herself falling into oncoming traffic.

Pictured: Tom Pelphrey courtesy Robert Milazzo PGP


By Errol Lewis


(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — After weeks of speculation, Soap Opera Network can now confirm that actress Sarah Joy Brown is set to make her highly anticipated return to ABC’s “General Hospital” on Thursday, January 31, 2008. The date just so happens to be the first day of the February Sweeps ratings period.

Sarah Brown

As previously reported, Brown is re-joining the “General Hospital” canvas in the role of Claudia Zacchara, sister to Johnny Zacchara (Brandon Barash), which leaves her popular role of Carly Benson-Roberts-Quartermaine-Corinthos-Jacks in the capable hands of her current portrayer, Laura Wright.

Soap Opera Network has also learned that the character will square off with mob boss Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) immediately upon arrival to Port Charles. Are sparks ready to fly? or are guns about to be drawn? You’ll have to tune in as February is a new beginning for drama on “General Hospital.”

Brown vacated the role of Carly in April 2001 after spending five years with the soap. Tamara Braun took over the role the next day until her exit from the soap in early 2005. Jennifer Bransford was brought on as a replacement before being replaced herself by Laura Wright in November 2005.

  • Tamara Braun
  • General Hospital
  • Sarah Joy Brown
  • Jennifer Bransford
  • Laura Wright
  • Maurice Benard

    Mind Control…
    Thursday, January 17, 2008 5:37 PM | By Venus Stone

    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Marlena continues her fight to bring John back to her…

    THIS WEEK ON “DAYS OF OUR LIVES”

    Kayla gives news to Steve that she is more than ready to begin their baby-making. Phillip lends comfort to an ill Belle, who’s determined to find Claire. Shawn and Chloe do research on Rob’s tattoo. While Nick continues to put the pressure on Chelsea to tell the truth, Stephanie tells Steve what Ford did to her. Lucas tries to contact Sami who is slowly bonding with EJ. Bo and Detective Sullivan discuss what will happen regarding Ford’s case.

    THE TRUTH ‘SERUM’ SHALL SET YOU FREE

    John’s desperation to break free are plagued when he begins having flashbacks of Stefano having his memories erased. Marlena holds out hope that she will be able to help John regain his memory. Marlena meets with Dr. Carrington and discuss that their next step to getting insides John’s mind is by using a truth serum. When John fails to reveal what Stefano has planned for him to do, Marlena confronts Stefano and injects him with truth serum. Meanwhile, tests come back on John revealing that he can not experience any form of emotion.

    Pictured: Deidre Hall courtesy NBC


    My View of Llanview: January 15 Edition

    What happens in Texas doesn’t stay in Texas.
    Tuesday, January 15, 2008 8:45 PM| By Scotty Gore

    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — A look at the Bon Jour Cafe hostage crisis.

    Happy 2008 everyone, and welcome to my first column of the New Year. I hope everyone had a safe and wonderful holiday season. I don’t know about you, but I am glad the holidays are finally over. It was nice while it lasted, but it such a relief when things got back to normal once more. After a couple of busy evening of burning the 9 pm oil (haha), I have finally gotten caught up on my “One Life
    to Live” viewing for the month. I have been so busy lately since starting student teaching on January 3rd. Until the end of the school year, I have working with about 112 sixth grade social studies students. So far it has been a mostly rewarding experience, however I am still a little nervous about taking over the teacher’s classes and doing my own thing for a couple of months. So we’ll see how it goes. Well, enough about my ‘new’ life. Now let’s talk about another life…”One Life to Live.”

    I know that certain people occasionally like to think that since I am a “OLTL” fan that I’m just going to gush and praise the soap whether it deserves it or not. It’s true that I am somewhat biased about the soap I have grown up watching, however, that doesn’t mean that I cannot or will not complain about it when I see something I don’t like. After all, this is column reflects only my opinion of “OLTL.” I recognize that not everyone has the same views on the show as I do, although it would be awesome if they did. Just kidding. We all like different things, and that’s okay. Just imagine how boring and dull the world would be if we were all liked exactly the same things. Six billion people with identical personalities walking around unsupervised is scary to even think about. So it’s good to be different, it helps make the world a better place. Much like “OLTL” these days. It is different from the other ABC soaps right now, in my opinion, because it is good. And just because the ratings are low doesn’t necessarily mean the quality of the show has deteriorated.

    One thing that makes “OLTL” good right now is the variety. There is something for virtually everyone. It’s hard to praise the show here without sounding like a Public Service Announcement, but I will give it the old college try. Older and/or longtime viewers can enjoy seeing the veteran characters and actors they recognize and have followed for years. Young adults can follow the exploits of Llanview’s under thirty crowd. And teen viewers can find entertainment by watching the high school crowd. These are only a few examples of the entertaining things to see right now on “OLTL.” Hmmm…..maybe I only gave this the old middle school try. Upon reading what I just wrote, it sounds more like an infomercial where I am trying to sell a product to the five people watching at three o’clock in the morning. Yikes! Anyway, here’s the gist of what I am trying to say. “OLTL”
    is pretty damn good right now period.

    What makes it so good? I think the number one and two reasons the sudser has been at the top of its game the last few weeks has been in large part due to the powerful
    performances of Erika Slezak and Kathy Brier. One could just feel the emotion in the Cafe hostage scenes. Although I have to admit that the storyline has drug on for much, much too long, it left me speechless nonetheless as Marcie finally realized that she had reached the end of the line. Say what you will about Marcie Walsh McBain, but above all else she loves baby Tommy. And what mother in her right mind would not fight for her child. I know what you’re thinking. Technically, he’s not her son…he’s Todd and Margaret’s son. However, she and Michael have raised him since he was only a few months old. They adopted him, thinking he was an orphan. He was the center of their world. And it was even harder for Marice, knowing that she couldn’t have kids of her own. She only wanted what she thought was best for ‘her’ baby. And with all the deadbeat parents out there today, you have to at least admire her for that. My heart goes out to her and Michael. I only pray that they will have a miracle, and somehow Marcie will end up pregnant. Again, I realize that some of you have grown tired of seeing Marcie on you television screens, but have a heart and try putting yourself in her shoes. Wouldn’t you have done the same thing, or at least something similar? I’m not trying to excuse what she did, but I have trying to explain it. Sometimes letting go is the hardest thing you can do to someone or something you love.

    Speaking of the McBain family, has Chris Stack not made an impressive debut as Michael? Wow. At first I was skeptical, however I am quickly warmed up to his portrayal of Michael, and am left thinking “Nathaniel who?” Stack has the made the role is own, and has great chemistry with Kathy Brier and most others he comes into contact with, except for Michael Easton, but then again, who does? While I miss Nathaniel Marston and his roles of Al and then Michael, I am really digging Chris Stack’s version of the better McBain brother.

    After nearly thirty-seven years and six Emmy’s, Erika Slezak can still deliver when the occasion warrants. I was on the edge of my seat as she tried to talk Marcie out of doing something she would regret. You could tell that her words were really beginning to have an impact on Marcie. And when she started having heart problems from all the stress and not having her medicine, I felt like calling 911 myself. Watching her expressions and movements in those scenes, it looked as if she were truly having a heart attack. I was spellbound by her flawless performance.

    Call me crazy, but I am starting to like the thought of Clint and Nora dating. I’m glad they’re taking things slow with them, and not having them jump into bed after the first kiss. I think it’s sweet how they’re worried how others will react to their budding relationship. Who says romance is dead? I think if Clint can’t be paired with Viki, then Nora is the next best thing. And I’m also glad to see that hell has thawed back out after it froze over when Clint was dating Dorian. I still can’t believe he even had the gall to ask her out considering all the pain and suffering she has put him, his family, and Viki through over the years. As for Nora, keep her away from Bo. They were a fun couple back in the day. To quote a popular rock and roll song whose name escapes me at the moment, “But that was yesterday, and yesterday’s gone.” Meaning they [i]were[/i] great ten or twelve years ago when they were married, but times have changed. They have both moved on; so it really makes no sense to go back and try and recreate something that hasn’t been there for more than a decade.

    And now for some thought from the peanut gallery. First, although Jared is not actually a Buchanan, it is still creepy to see the unhealthy relationship between him and Natalie. In many ways, it reminds me of the creepy vibes I got from watching Cole and Marty share scenes together. Second, it is great to see Dorian involved in so many different storylines. And it’s also a pleasure to see Addie. Third, since we have been seeing more of the veterans lately, where has Bo been? His only function these days seems to be in police station scenes and as Lindsay’s babysitter. Fourth, I pray that they don’t pair Langston with Cole. That boy sucks the life out of anyone and everyone he shares scenes with. Just look what he has done to Starr. However, while I don’t like the potential Langston/Cole match-up, the thought of a Starr/Markko relationship intrigues me. I like Markko; he’s a good kid. In fact I like all the teens except Cole, and sometime Starr (depending on what type of mood I’m in). Fifth, Gigi is my favorite newbie, followed by Charlie and Shane. Young Austin Williams is a cute little boy and a good actor for someone his age. I hope we see more of Shane and Gigi soon. And sixth, Jessica needs the stupid ness slapped out of her. She should have been ashamed of how selfishly she acted as her mother was being held hostage.

    Well, that’s all for this edition of the column. It’s not a masterpiece, but I don’t think it’s half bad for something I wrote in about twenty minutes. haha. But there’s just so much to do for school. I have lesson plans to write, names to learn, and homework of my own to do. I’ll try to write a more in-depth column for January 30th. In the meantime, keep enjoying “OLTL” and take care of one another. Have a great week and stay warm.

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

    Pictured: My View of Llanview courtesy Matt Smith/Soap Opera Network


    The Revolving Door – Out!
    Friday, January 18, 2008 4:55 AM | By Angela Rosa

    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Three more actors due to exit as “All My Children” cleans house.

    Brent Weber who plays Jackson Montgomery’s (Walt Willey) handsome and horny nephew, Sean, has been let go from the cast of “All My Children.” Weber began portraying Sean Montgomery on August 15, 2006. Before joining “AMC,” Weber was best known for his role on the short-lived supernatural show “Point Pleasant” which aired on FOX. Webber played “Terry” the best friend to former “AMC” actor Sam Page’s character “Jesse.”

    Alec Musser who joined the cast of “AMC” after winning the 2005 season of “I Wanna Be a Soap Star” has been demoted to recurring status. The muscular actor debuted on “AMC” on August 19, 2005 and parlayed a 13-week contract into almost two years of portraying the quirky Del Henry. Musser last aired on September 27. Sources close to the actor report that Musser has most likely made his last appearance on the ABC drama despite the recurring status label.

    Soap Opera Digest reports that “AMC” sources are buzzing that Jeff Branson’s exit is basically “a done deal.” The Emmy-nominated Branson has played Jonathan Lavery since June 15, 2004. Prevailing wisdom tells us that Jonathan will most likely leave town with his current love-interest, Ava – played by the Emmy-nominated Leven Rambin. Last fall, Rambin made it clear that her intention was to leave the show once her contract came to a close. The Ford Model who will turn 18 in May joined the cast of “AMC” in June 2004 as Lily Montgomery and began playing Lily’s identical half-sister, Ava Benton, on March 30, 2007.

    Pictured: Brent Weber courtesy ABC


    The root of the problem
    Thursday, January 17, 2008 6:50 AM | By Angela Rosa

    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Dr. Hubbard finds herself in the middle of a monumental crisis moments after stepping foot back into Pine Valley.

    THIS WEEK ON “ALL MY CHILDREN”…

    Colby and Dre both admit they enjoyed the kiss they shared. Ryan easily explains away calling Annie “Kendall” and the Lavery’s resume a night of lovemaking. Zach and Greenlee’s easy rapport grows as she’s able to talk sense into him upon finding him outside the bomb shelter. Her own guilt resonating within her, Kendall wonders to Aidan if Zach and Greenlee’s newfound closeness is because they slept together during their ordeal in the bomb shelter. After agreeing to Annie’s terms in exchange for her getting tested as a possible donor for him, Richie gives his sister a glimpse into his very dark mind. On a mission to collect information on Kate for Krystal, a traitorous JR pulls at Adam’s heartstrings and tells him he wants to come back home. Ryan’s dramatic mood swing alarms Annie. Jack and Erica connection is as powerful as ever.

    SICK ZONE


    Tad and Angie’s happy reunion is cut short when Joe calls Angie and asks her to come to the hospital immediately as Quentin’s condition is deteriorating quickly. Once at the hospital, Angie is stunned when she sees that Quentin is actually her son Frankie. Meanwhile, Zach wants to take Greenlee to the hospital after she’s hit by a sharp pain. Greenlee takes Zach’s advice and confides in Aidan that she’s scared that something is seriously wrong with her. Angie and Julia manage to stabilize Frankie. Julia alerts Angie to the fact that another patient, namely Greenlee, has the same symptoms as Frankie. Angie confronts Greenlee and Aidan and insists that Greenlee be admitted to the hospital immediately. Aidan’s discovery leads Angie to the realization that Greenlee and Frankie’s illness may be linked to Aidan’s property. Julia finds Greenlee, who has sneaked out of the hospital, with Kendall at ConFusion and demands that Greenlee return to the hospital. Greenlee begins to have trouble breathing. Zach joins Angie and Aidan as they search Aidan’s property for a clue as to what is causing the mysterious illness. Angie is upset when she sees firsthand how Frankie chose to live in the woods. Aidan finds out that Sylvester, the guy he bought the cabin from, died of the same symptoms Greenlee and Frankie have. Zach has an epiphany which might just end up saving Greenlee and Frankie. Kendall calls Jackson after Greenlee is rushed to the hospital in critical condition. Meanwhile, Frankie receives a very surprising visit from his “deceased” father – Jesse.

    D2D PreVUE’s for the week of January 28

    Monday: Adam grows suspicious of JR.

    Tuesday: Angie fears she’s risking Frankie’s life with her experimental treatment.

    Wednesday: Greenlee is faced with a life or death decision.

    Thursday: Jesse barely avoids being spotted by Angie.

    Friday: Ryan has no memory of the last four years of his life.

    Pictured: Ambyr Childers courtesy ABC


    By Errol Lewis


    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Two new characters hit Port Charles this month as the canvas receives a shakeup.

    Seamus Dever

    Soap Opera Network has learned that actors Seamus Dever and America Olivo are joining the cast of ABC’s “General Hospital” in the recurring roles of Dr. Ian Devlin and Marianna. Both actors debut during the week of January 21.

    Dr. Devlin is said to be an old medical school buddy of Dr. Patrick Drake (Jason Thompson). Upon his arrival to General Hospital on Friday, January 25, Devlin becomes the talk of GH’s nursing staff.

    Marianna, who has no last name at this time, encounters Ric Lansing (Rick Hearst) during his visit to Martha’s Vineyard on Tuesday, January 22. Ric is shocked to find Marianna working at the local diner as a waitress as Trevor makes his presence known.

    Dever’s credits include stints in the Jerry Bruckheimer dramas “CSI,” “CSI: Miami,” CSI: NY,” and “Close to Home.” His more recent credits includes playing Cyrus in the film “Affairs in Order,” which is due for release later this year.

    Olivo has appeared in such primetime series as FOX’s “House” and CBS’ “How I Met Your Mother.” She will appear in the films “Circle” and “The Last Resort,” which are both in post-production and due out this year.

    IN RELATED NEWS

    - Word has it that Kristina Wagner (Felicia Jones) has agreed to continue working at “GH” in a recurring capacity.

    - ABC has confirmed that Robin Christopher’s last airdate as Skye Chandler on “GH” was Friday, January 11.

    - Sarah Brown, who joins the cast of “GH” later this month, will be playing Claudia Zacchara, who is Johnny Zacchara’s (Brandon Barash) sister. No first airdate has been announced.

    • General Hospital
    • CSI
    • Seamus Dever
    • America Olivo
    • Kristina Wagner
    • Robin Christopher

      OLTL PreVUE: Week of January 14 Edition

      Every action has a consequence
      Sunday, January 13, 2008 10:34 PM | By Scotty Gore

      (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — A new mother is haunted by the past.

      THIS WEEK ON “ONE LIFE TO LIVE”…

      Rex tries to reassure Adriana. Natalie freaks out when she witnesses a kiss between Jessica and Jared. Nash explodes in anger upon learning that Jessica is continuing her charade. Clint and Nora are worried how Bo, Matthew, and Viki will react to their budding relationship. Bo informs Talia that she must report for duty in Cherryvale, much to Antonio’s dismay. Later, after sharing a bittersweet good-bye, Antonio is assigned a geeky new partner. Addie slips into bed with an unsuspecting Charlie. Bo becomes Lindsay’s guardian. Cristian hires Markko at the Diner. Langston and Cole end up in group counseling together. Markko becomes a little jealous when he sees Langston with Cole. Cristian and Sarah have an impromptu date. Starr confesses to Markko that her family forgot her 16th birthday. While Cole and Langston bond over their losses, a thoughtful Markko cheers up Starr. Antonio and Talia realize that romance is harder than they thought. Charlie misses his lunch date with Jared, thanks to Dorian. Jared reflects on all the other times his father stood him up. Rex realizes he doesn’t have much of a family. Clint and Nora drop a bombshell on Bo. Nora tells Lindsay that she knows she’s faking her mental illness. Jared feels uneasy when Bo brings someone from the past to the Buchanan Enterprises board meeting. Jessica keeps Natalie in the dark.

      A FATHER AND SON ARE FINALLY REUNITED


      Following Michael’s heartfelt plea, Marcie realizes she has run out of options and silently hands over Tommy to Todd. Michael says good-bye to his son. Dorian has a plan to keep Charlie in the dark. Marcie and Gigi share a jail cell. Gigi remains in Marcie’s corner. Michael has an emotional visit with Marcie. John asks Gigi for help. Shane asks Viki to help his mother. As Viki visits Marcie, Jessica and Natalie arrive at the Bon Jour Cafe. Starr and Cole throw a surprise party for Blair, Todd, and Sam. Blair is distraught upon remembering she forgot Starr’s birthday, but let’s her daugther know just how much she loves her. Todd and Blair draw closer. Alone with Sam, Blair is overcome with stress. Viki stands up for Marcie and posts Gigi’s bail. John works to persuade Gigi to turn the tables on Ramsey. Viki shares an emotional farewell with her friends at the cafe. Dorian makes sure Charlie knows just exactly who the real Viki is. Jessica and Natalie want to know all about Charlie. Meanwhile, Dorian advises Charlie to keep his distance from Viki. Jessica and Natalie are upset to learn Viki let Charlie walk out of her life, and encourage her to track him down. Blair appears on the verge of a breakdown as she has a haunting visit from beyond the grave.

      D2D PreVUE’s for the week of January 21

      Monday: Todd is furious to learn Viki has dropped the charges against Marcie.

      Tuesday: Nora believes Bo isn’t in favor of her relationship with Clint.

      Wednesday: Jared has Jessica committed to St. Ann’s.

      Thursday: Ramsey warns Gigi to keep quiet.

      Friday: Blair confesses to Todd that she doesn’t think she can be a mother to Sam.

      Pictured: Robin Strasser courtesy Donna Svennevik/ABC


      The Verge
      Monday, January 14, 2007 3:30 AM | By Angela Rosa

      (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Adam has an offer that Krystal can refuse – for now.

      THIS WEEK ON ALL MY CHILDREN…

      Julia arrives to free Jack and Erica from their confinement at an inopportune moment for Ms. Kane. As Richie and JR declare war over Babe, Ms. Carey faces-off with Annie and Amanda over the actions they’ve taken against her not-so-secret admirers. Zach refuses to talk to Kendall about the ordeal with Hannah but later begins to open up to his new confidante Greenlee. Kendall is taken aback by Ryan’s exuberant welcome. Aidan knocks a stubborn and very sick Quentin out in order to get him to the hospital. After linking Greenlee and Quentin’s odd symptoms, Joe calls in a specialist – Dr. Angie Hubbard! Richie’s agitation heightens as Annie tell him she hasn’t made up her mind on whether or not she’ll be tested as a possible donor for him.

      CHANDLER, ADAM CHANDLER TACTICS


      A scheming Adam manages to convince Colby that he may just really want to make amends with Tad and Krystal. Colby agrees to help lure the Martin’s to her father’s surprise party. Krystal’s lukewarm response to his offer of a Hawaiian honeymoon brings a disappointed Tad to the realization that his wife is still not entirely comfortable with their marriage being real. Krystal surprises Tad with her romantic gesture. Erica knows Adam is up to something. Tad and Krystal are disturbed when they realize they’re at the Valley Inn to attend a party that Adam is hosting in their honor. Adam tells Krystal that he’ll reveal everything he knows about Kate if she comes back to him. Adam’s scheme to reclaim his former wife goes up in smoke as Krystal responds to his “offer” by renewing her wedding vows with Tad.

      D2D PreVUE’s for the week of January 21

      Monday: Kendall grows suspicious of Greenlee and Zach.

      Tuesday: Krystal enlists JR’s help to see if Adam’s telling the truth about Kate.

      Wednesday: Jack and Erica can’t hide their feelings for one another.

      Thursday: Ryan’s behavior grows more and more bizarre.

      Friday: Greenlee takes a turn for the worse.

      Pictured: Rebecca Budig courtesy ABC