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Soap Casting News: Maura West Joins 'The Young and the Restless' ... and More

by Allison Waldman, posted Aug 9th 2010 3:00PM
maura_west_as_the_world_turns_carly_2010_cbsThere was some exciting casting news involving the soap world's fan favorites late last week: a two-time Emmy winner is going west to join 'The Young and the Restless,' and as part of the Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo comeback lollapalooza on General Hospital,' a singer/actress who's been off the soaps for a few decades is wading back into the daytime waves.

For more on those stories and more, read what's been happening around the dial in our weekly Soap casting wrap-up.

Maura Chooses to Go West to Y&R

Two-time Emmy winner Maura West has decided what she's going to do now that 'As the World Turns' is going off the air. Tierney has agreed to join 'The Young and the Restless,' taking over the role of Diane Jenkins.

For Maura, it might have seemed a daunting task to find a character as complicated and dynamic as 'ATWT's' Carly Tenney, but there's a lot of history with Diane and challenges with other characters who are still on the canvas.

For instance, Diane was once married to Victor (Eric Braeden) and has a son with Jack Abbott (Peter Bergman). You can bet she'll have a lot to do with Jack -- who's back to being single since Emily (Stacy Haiduk) has left Genoa City -- and plenty of antipathy for the ruthless Victor. Maura will be appearing on 'ATWT' through the series finale on Sept. 17. Her first airdate on 'Y&R' will be Oct. 8.

The Mark of Marcovicci

The stir caused by Brenda's (Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo) return to Port Charles on 'General Hospital' has created a flurry of casting news. We previously reported about Adrienne Barbeau and Brad Rowe coming on board ... and now comes yet another name performer. Andrea Marcovicci will be joining 'GH' as Sophia.

The recurring character is involved with Sonny (Maurice Benard) and Brenda. Andrea is a very well-known cabaret singer, as well as an accomplished actress. Interestingly, this is her first time back on soaps since she played Dr. Betsy Chernak on 'Love Is A Many Splendored Thing.' That was CBS soap that ran from 1967 to 1973. Andrea was on 'Love' from 1970-73. Her first appearance on 'GH' is Sept. 3.

alicia_minshew_all_my_children_abcZach's Coming to Pine Valley, Too ... But Not for Long

ABC has been touting the return of both Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo (to 'GH') as well as Alicia Minshew to 'All My Children.' Minshew's Kendall has already been on screen, mixing it up with Ryan (Cameron Mathison) and Greenlee (Rebecca Budig).

Well, this week Kendall's hubby, Zach, comes to Pine Valley. Actor Thorsten Kaye will only be around for about a week, as he continues to be reticent about a full-time move to Los Angeles, where 'AMC' is now filming.

Shake Up in 'Days' Family

There's a new Gabi Hernandez coming to 'Days of Our Lives.' Actress Gabriela Rodriguez is out and former 'One Life to Live' played Camila Banus has been cast in the role. Banus was Lola on 'OLTL.'

The new Gabi is expected to be on screen in early September. As Soap Central pointed out, this is the second shake up in the Hernandez clan on 'Days.' Lindsay Hartley was dropped as Arianna just a few weeks ago.

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as for Vanessa Marcil on gh.. well there is nothing that can get me to watch that show again... its turned to total crap over the years and its not gettin any better.....the only thing i like is that fact that robin is back on the show.. but they need to bring back some of the oldies....

September 08 2010 at 9:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Maura West is great.... i just wish y&r would have created a char... instead of puttin her in an old role....

September 08 2010 at 9:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Maura TIERNEY was on ER, not Maura West.

August 10 2010 at 2:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Who is Tierney?

August 10 2010 at 1:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It is great to see The Young and The Restless getting some fresh faces. I am absolutely thrilled to see Eric Roberts. He is incredible. Thank you

August 10 2010 at 12:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Rio Joanz

Bringing back Brenda will not translate into higher ratings for GH. Right now the show has pretty good storylines that need to play out. Bringing in an old character with her own plot devices will turn many viewers off, especially if they've invested interest in the current storylines. Sadly, some of these actors will be let go to make room in the budget for this overpaid actress who will jump ship the minute a big time movie gig comes up....

August 10 2010 at 12:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I am so happy that Kendall is back, hope Zack will be able to come back after his movie is completed. With Greenlee, Kendall and Zack the show is almost complete, they are magic together...Ryan not so much, he needs a rewrite on his script...they have him looking like a jerk, he's like over the top ALL the time, And how come no one on the show spends any quality time with their kids?? The kids are dismissed and apear as a second thought on the show.

August 10 2010 at 12:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

She used to play Abby on ER, nurse turned doctor, married hunky Luca!

August 10 2010 at 12:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to Kelly's comment

that's Maura Tierrany(sp)

August 10 2010 at 1:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Oh okay,sorry about that,guess I'm not that smart after all,lol!

August 10 2010 at 2:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

i really dont understand the big to do with brenda coming back. i agree that there is too much Sonny stories and that is why i really havent been watching. although i would like to see more Robin and Patrick and the problems they are having. And a quick note about OLTL. What the heck is going on over there. Nothing this summer is good to me. maybe thr eli story but the Taia storyline,very tear jerk. Not really enjoying the new characters.

August 10 2010 at 11:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

i used to watch the soaps everyday, and they just got so nasty and just down right trahy they should all be taken off the air,trash, filth, and just as bad as porn movies, people need to get job's, i don't miss them at all abc, cbs and what ever station should get rid of them save your money, trash, by the way whos nicky sleeping with now? Her other son, filth!!!!

August 10 2010 at 11:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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