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Popular 'Days of Our Lives' Character Coming Out of the Closet

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 1st 2011 6:00PM
Chandler Massey Days of Our Lives'Days of Our Lives' is adding another gay character. According to EW, Daytime Emmy nominee Chandler Massey's character, Will Horton, will come out of the closet on the long-running soap opera.

"I'm thrilled to be able to portray my character in an empowering way that will show his struggle to accept who he is," Massey said in a statement. "It is my hope that this storyline will inspire others to be true to themselves as well."

In July, '90210' actor Freddie Smith joined the cast as Sonny, a character who returns home to his family.

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'Glee' Star Moves to 'The Middle,' 'SVU' Actress Joins 'Days of Our Lives' & More Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 24th 2011 4:30PM
Chord OverstreetChord Overstreet is going from high school student to fourth grade teacher. The 'Glee' actor has booked a guest role on ABC's 'The Middle.'

According to EW, Overstreet will play Ralph Wilkerson, a new fourth grade teacher to Brick (Atticus Shaffer).

Look for the character's teaching methods to conflict with the Heck family's relaxed parenting style.

Overstreet, who was offered a new recurring contract on 'Glee' but turned it down, will appear on the Sept. 28 episode of the ABC sitcom.

The series kicks off Season 3 on Sept. 21 at 8PM.

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'General Hospital' Star Joins 'Days of Our Lives,' 'The Finder' Adds 2 Actresses & More Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted Jul 20th 2011 11:45AM
Sarah Brown'General Hospital' veteran Sarah Brown -- the original Carly -- is moving to 'Days of Our Lives.'

According to Entertainment Weekly, Brown will play Madison James, a CEO who starts mentoring Alison Sweeney's character, Sami. Look for the character to latch on to Brady (Eric Martsolf) and take on Kate (Lauren Koslow).

"'I'm excited to join such a talented cast to portray such a strong yet feminine character that will inspire our female viewers," Brown said in a statement.

Look for Deidre Hall and Drake Hogestyn to return to 'Days' in September.

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'Wheel of Fortune' Wheel Designer, Ed Flesh, Dies Aged 79

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jul 20th 2011 7:20AM
'Wheel of Fortune' wheelThe man who created the iconic horizontally spinning wheel on 'Wheel of Fortune' has died.

According to 'The Hollywood Reporter,' art director Ed Flesh died in California on Friday of congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He was 79 and is survived by his partner of 44 years, David Powers.

The prolific designer shaped the look of dozens of TV game shows including 'The $25,000 Pyramid,' 'Jeopardy!,' 'Name That Tune' and 'The Newlywed Game.'

Paying tribute to Flesh, Bob Eubanks, original host of 'The New Newlywed Game,' said "He truly was a master of his craft."

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Deidre Hall Returning to 'Days of Our Lives'

by Chris Harnick, posted Jul 11th 2011 10:45AM
Deidre Hall, Days of Our LivesDeidre Hall will return to 'Days of Our Lives.'

Between Hall's return and the 'All My Children' and 'One Life to Live' online reprieve, the good news for soap opera fans keeps on coming.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Hall will return as Dr. Marlena Evans on Sept. 26.

Hall joined 'Days' in 1976 and left the first time in 1987. Following several guest star roles, Hall returned to the soap in 1991 and stayed until 2009 when NBC's 'Days' budget cuts booted her from the series.

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NBC Downplays Trump Salary Reports, Sydney Penny Joins 'Days of Our Lives' & More TV News

by Chris Harnick, posted Jun 23rd 2011 3:00PM
Donald TrumpReports of Donald Trump getting millions of dollars from NBC for two more years of 'Celebrity Apprentice' are "inaccurate," according to NBC.

The New York Post reported Trump got a raise from NBC, bringing his and producer Mark Burnett's earnings to a staggering $160 million. Trump would reportedly pocket $65 million a year.

However, NBC is firing back at the report.

"The financial information reported today in regards to 'The Celebrity Apprentice' is grossly inaccurate and has been significantly overstated," the network said in a statement to the Hollywood Reporter. "While it is our policy to keep financial information strictly confidential, neither the production costs of the show nor what Mr. Trump makes personally is in the realm of reality. Donald Trump and 'The Apprentice' franchise remain a key part of the NBC primetime lineup and we are looking forward to another compelling cycle next season."

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'Days of Our Lives' Readies Gay Storyline

by Chris Harnick, posted Jun 17th 2011 3:30PM
Freddie Smith'Days of Our Lives' is prepping for its first gay storyline.

According to Entertainment Weekly, '90210' actor Freddie Smith will play Sonny, a character who returns home to his family. Which 'Days' family? Those details are being kept under wraps.

"He is the center of attention kind of guy but in a good way," Smith told EW. "He's very confident and mature, he's traveled the world and is very open-minded. I'm very excited to portray him."

The character Smith will be falling for is also being kept secret, and the actor said it could be a new character or an existing Salem resident.

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'Days of our Lives' Casting Shake-Ups: Crystal Chappell On Her Soap Retirement

by Michael Maloney, posted Jun 6th 2011 5:00PM
crystal_chappell_cbsFan favorite (and that's an understatement) Crystal Chappell (Carly) recently stunned fans when she Tweeted on her husband's (Michael Sabatino of 'Knots Landing' fame) account that she would be leaving 'Days of our Lives' later this summer when her contract expires.

The good news is that given how far ahead the show tapes Carly could remain on-screen for quite some time. Another casting shocker quickly occurred when Louise Sorel (Vivian) told TV Guide that she, too, was on her way out.

Sorel revealed in the exit interview that the much-missed Drake Hogestyn and Deidre Hall, who play supercouple John and Marlena, are coming back to 'Days' this summer.

Chappell and Sorel will be deeply missed. Carly is the one true viable threat to super-duo Bo and Hope. Vivian entertains viewers with comedy one moment and turns calculatingly evil the next. (Was there ever anything more chilling in soaps than Vivian taunting Carly via walkie talkie after she buried her alive back in 1993?)

Read on to hear Chappell's thoughts on leaving Salem a second time and what her plans are for the future.

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Weekend News Roundup: Kardashian Prenup Watch, Ice-T & Coco Renew Vows & More

by Maggie Furlong, posted Jun 4th 2011 7:15PM
Kris Humphries & Kim KardashianLove is in the entertainment news air this weekend.

We've seen Kim Kardashian's engagement rock, pondered rumors that she's pregnant and heard all the talk about changing her name to Humphries (Mama Kris is not thrilled), but Kardashian Wedding Watch 2011 continues.

Now TMZ is reporting that Kim and fiance Kris Humphries are working out a prenup before they get hitched. Kim is worth an estimated $35 million, while Humphries' assets are somewhere in the $8 million ballpark.

The couple is reportedly telling friends "it's the smart thing to do."

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Soap Round-Up: Murderous Lisa Escapes on 'GH' ... and More

by Allison Waldman, posted May 27th 2011 11:55PM
mac_Robin_Patrick_General_Hospital_ABCWelcome to the Soap Round-Up, our weekly recap of all the soap action this past week. Rumors persist that there might be a reprieve for 'All My Children' and 'One Life to Live', but so far nothing concrete. But the shows keep churning out great story lines, and we're covering them all on AOL TV.

If you don't want to know what aired already, consider this a SPOILER ALERT.

For instance, on 'General Hospital,' were you ticked off when Robin and Patrick finally caught Lisa red-handed and she still managed to escape? What the hell? Where was the PCPD?

'General Hospital'
Patrick and Robin caught Lisa as she tried to kill Robin. Mac arrested Lisa. Sonny was upset about Kristina's interest in Ethan. Luke admitted that he feared becoming his father, then agreed to go to rehab. Sonny assured Brenda that he could protect their family. Anthony continued to toy with Michael. Liz was distracted at work by a memory of Jake. Lulu quit Crimson to run the Haunted Star. Michael was ready to take Abby out of the country. Anthony plotted to mess with Sonny, Brenda and her son. Alexis urged Jax to share custody of Josslyn, but he refused to compromise. Lisa escaped. Johnny and Michael captured the woman who set up Abby.

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Soap News: Ingo Out of 'GH,' Hearst to Recur at 'B&B' ... and More

by Allison Waldman, posted May 26th 2011 4:00PM
ingo_rademacher_jax_general_hospital_abcActor Ingo Rademacher, a 15-year vet on 'General Hospital,' has been let go. Recently, Rademacher, who plays Australian business tycoon and playboy Jasper Jax, had warned fans via Twitter that his time on screen had been reduced, but the soap's decision to drop him entirely is a stunner.

That means that in the past few months, two major hunks -- Rademacher and Tyler Christopher (Nikolas) -- have been released. It's an ominous sign for a soap that has been rumored to be close to cancellation.

Today, Rademacher issued a statement about his change in status. "It is with mixed emotions and regret that I write this note to you, my fans and colleagues. ... I'm fired." He added that he was grateful to ... 'everyone at 'GH,' the producers, directors, crew, my fellow actors and ABC/Disney.'

In an interview with Soaps In Depth, Rademacher reported that new 'GH' scribe Garin Wolf wants to bring the actor back for a better exit than he'd been given by former head writer Bob Guza. Rademacher agreed to return, adding that he believes there's still hope for bringing Jax back in the future because the character remains viable. Nothing's impossible.

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Soap Round-Up: Taylor's Psycho-Sex Trip on 'B&B' & More

by Allison Waldman, posted May 21st 2011 8:00AM
Ridge_Whip_Taylor_the_bold_and_the_beautiful_cbsWelcome to the Soap Round-Up, our weekly recap of all the soap action this past week. Rumors persist that there might be a reprieve for 'All My Children' and 'One Life to Live', but so far nothing concrete. But the shows keep churning out great storylines, and we're covering them all on AOL TV.

If you don't want to know what aired already, consider this a SPOILER ALERT.

For instance, on 'The Bold and the Beautiful,' what did you think of Taylor's berry-induced sexual flashback from her time with Ridge? Will Whip be able to forgive Taylor for her Ridge obsession?

'The Bold and the Beautiful'
Stephanie offered to make peace with Brooke as long as she promised to never keep secrets from Ridge. Bill confided to Justin his romantic feelings for Katie. Liam was frustrated by Hope's odd text messages. Steffy met in secret with Bill and accused him of being in love with two women. Katie told her sisters that her marriage was troubled. Thomas had the island berries lab tested for long-term effects. Leslie urged Thomas get dispose of the berries before someone ingests them. Taylor ate the berries and hallucinated about Ridge while she was alone with Whip. Taylor then collapsed in pain. Thomas told the EMTs about the berries.

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Soap News: Matthew Ashford Returning to 'Days,' 'General Hospital' Gets New Head Writer & More

by Allison Waldman, posted May 19th 2011 4:00PM
matthew_ashford_days_of_our_lives_nbc_2011'Days of Our Lives' is bring back one its most popular stars to the show: Actor Matthew Ashford will return to 'Days' to play Jack Deveraux.

Jack, a character who has been on and off 'Days' for more than two decades, will be interacting with his wife, Jennifer ... if she hasn't divorced him by the time he reaches Salem.

Ashford shared the news on his Facebook page, posting this note: "I wish to make an announcement. I am happy to report that I will be returning to NBC's 'Days of Our Lives' as the character of Jack Deveraux sometime later this month. [I] do not know any real specifics but look forward to this opportunity to play Jack and work with old and new friends."

During recent episodes, Jennifer (Melissa Reeves) has been falling in love with Dr. Daniel Jonas. Jennifer came home without her husband. Jack, an intrepid reporter, was on an Australian "walkabout" and hadn't been in touch with Jennifer or their children for months.

Jack was a no-show during some pretty big moments in Jennifer's life, like the time she had her heart harvested when she tried to stop a black market organ-donor ring. He didn't even drop an email to Jennifer. With that said, he should have a lot of explaining to do when he finally shows up on Jennifer's doorstep in late June or early July.

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Soap Round-Up: Sami Shoots Rafe on 'Days'...and More

by Allison Waldman, posted May 14th 2011 8:00AM
alison_sweeney_sami_days_of_our_lives_2011_NBCWelcome to the Soap Round-Up, our weekly recap of all the soap action this past week. Rumors persist that there might be a reprieve for 'All My Children' and 'One Life to Live', but so far nothing concrete. But the shows keep churning out great storylines, and we're covering them all on TV Squad.

If you don't want to know what aired already, consider this a SPOILER ALERT.

For instance, on 'Days of Our Lives,' the two Rafes finally came face to face with each other and Sami! Shoots were fired, but if it were you, would you have pulled the trigger?

'Days of Our Lives'
Real Rafe came face to face with fake Rafe. When the faker pulled a gun, a fight ensued and Sami was knocked out. Sami came to and shot fake Rafe. Chloe had a one-night-stand with a stranger named Quinn who left her money on the nightstand, assuming that she was a hooker. Jennifer and Daniel's date went awry when she had an allergic reaction. Carly wrote a prescription for Katerina Von Leuschner, her real name. Nicole forced EJ to remain in their bedroom to keep up the pretense of their marriage. Taylor was frustrated that EJ couldn't explain his reason for staying married to Nicole.

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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.'

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