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Soap News: 'General Hospital' Ins and Outs, Susan Lucci Gets New 'AMC' Role and More

by Allison Waldman, posted May 9th 2011 3:00PM
steve_burton_rebecca_herbst_general_hospital_abcThere's good news and bad to report from ABC's 'General Hospital.' Actor Steve Burton has re-signed with 'GH' for another year. Considering the rumors about the last remaining ABC soap possibly being on life support, this is probably the right decision for Burton.

Any long term deal would be wishful thinking for the long-time vet. It's a relief for know that Burton will continue as Jason, the sensitive mob enforcer for Sonny Corinthos, through 2012.

On the other hand, there's bad news regarding Rebecca Herbst; she's being temporarily replaced by Martha Madison. Rebecca has been diagnosed with a case of viral meningitis, so she'll be off the show for a few weeks. This comes just months after Rebecca was fired, then re-hired, by the soap, so it's been a helluva year for her.

Madison will step into the role of Elizabeth Webber effective June 8, picking up where Becky left off ... that's Liz having visions of her dead son Jake and contemplating revealing the truth about Aiden's paternity to Lucky.

By the way, Madison is a soap vet. She played Belle on 'Days of Our Lives.'

Will Susan Lucci Really Land on 'Desperate Housewives'?
That persistent drum beat you've been hearing is the rumor that since 'All My Children' is ending, Susan Lucci will be joining 'Desperate Housewives.' Now, a reliable source - actress Elizabeth Rodriguez (ex-Carmen, 'AMC') - has claimed that it's the truth.

The recent Tony nominee for Chris Rock's play 'The Motherf**ker with the Hat,' told Popeater exclusively that it's a done deal for Susan. "She's going to 'Desperate Housewives' apparently," said Rodriguez. "She has a contract at ABC. You heard it here first. That's what I heard!"

There's been no comment from ABC, although if it is true, the perfect time to break the news will be at the upcoming upfront presentation on May 17, when the network announces the new lineup for the fall season. That's when the fate of 'Desperate Housewives' will be revealed, although industry scuttlebutt is that ABC wants at least one more year of the Wisteria Lane women.

By the way, on 'AMC,' watch for Susan to take on a new role ... in addition to Erica Kane. Lucci will appear as both Erica and Jane Campbell, Erica's doppelganger, who will wreak havoc in Erica's life in every possible way.

genie_francis_daniel_goddard_the_young_and_the_restlessMore on Genie's Return
Is it possible that in her new role on 'The Young and the Restless,' soap superstar Genie Francis will be playing an evil character, something radically different from her years on 'GH' as Laura? It's looking very likely, judging by the current storyline and this new picture from CBS.

Genie will be Genevieve Atkinson, Cane's mother. Cane has been dead for over a month, having been shot on the steps of the church, but has been visiting his late wife Lily, seemingly as a ghost. Kind of like Patrick Swayze in the movie, 'Ghost.'

However, this past week, when Cane used a cell phone to call someone, it was clear he was not a spirit! Therefore, don't be shocked if this Cane is a twin, which is highly probable since Cane and Lily became the parents to twins a year ago! That would mean it's in the genes.

We should know more in the weeks ahead ... especially when Genie makes her CBS daytime debut on May 27.

Howarth Checks In
The first on screen sighting of Roger Howarth on 'One Life to Live' will be Friday, May 13. Soaps In Depth reported the date and Soap Opera Network added that head writer Ron Carlivati decided to drop in scenes of Howarth sooner than originally intended, in part because of ABC's announcement that 'OLTL' will be off the air in January 2012.

Presumably, Howarth will be resuming the role of Todd Manning ... meaning that Trevor St. John has been playing someone else all these years.

michael_fairman_the_young_and_the_restless_JPI_studios'Y&R' Star Opens Up About Backstage Controversy
It's hard to believe, but not everything is rosy on television's number one soap, 'Y&R.' According to veteran character actor Michael Fairman, someone on the show is out to get him.

Fairman, who plays Patrick Murphy, Katherine's husband, on the soap, told the Village Voice, "There is a Scientologist working on the show. She told me, 'You have an enemy at work.' So I went to the producers. They laughed at the whole thing."

Fairman, who's well-known for his numerous roles in episodic TV, including 'Sons of Anarchy,' 'Crash' and 'The Practice,' was a member of Scientology for many years. When he questioned aspects of the religion, he was ousted and labelled as off-limits to other members of the group. Only now has he revealed that his status may be effecting his part on 'Y&R.'

"It has occurred to me that they might do something to defame my character. But look, I'm 77. I don't give a f***. I'm a good enough actor that I think that's not going to be any concern. I mean, I don't think Tom Cruise would hire me, but I kind of dislike him for what he has allowed to go on."

There was no comment from 'Y&R' regarding this matter.

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Robert Benson

Jason and Sonny have ruined the once mighty GH. Its been a sad decline into crapville for that soap, and that dynamic dud-duo has been the anchor dragging it down.


May 23 2011 at 10:44 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Robert Benson's comment

Are u nut without those two there would not be a show,you have no clue what makes the show dumb ass,I didn't always watch the show till they started they make the show and i dont miss a show now

August 10 2011 at 5:28 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Susan Lucci will be great on Desperate Housewives, but I still hope ABC comes to its senses and retains AMC. Who ever made the cancellation decision at ABC needs to be cancelled himself.

May 09 2011 at 10:44 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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May 09 2011 at 5:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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