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'The Young and the Restless' Welcomes Back Lauralee Bell, TOLN Strikes Music Deal & More Soap News

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 9th 2011 11:00AM
Lauralee BellLauralee Bell is returning to 'The Young and the Restless.'

TV Guide reports Bell's character, Christine, will be back and reliving some drama.

Back in the early 2000s Eva Longoria's character, Isabella, made Christine's life quite difficult. Isabella had a child with Christine's husband, Paul, and now that son, Ricky Williams (Peter Porte), has been aged -- the magic of soaps! -- and is returning to Genoa City to investigate some mysteries. That's where Christine comes in.

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Hannibal Lecter TV Series In the Works, TBS Buys Conan O'Brien Comedy Pilot & More

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 12th 2011 7:00PM
Bryan FullerHannibal Lecter: TV star? Maybe, just maybe.

According to Deadline, 'Pushing Daisies' creator Bryan Fuller is at work on a one-hour drama series about the famous cannibal. 'Hannibal' will focus on Lecter's relationship with a young FBI profiler named Will Graham. Lecter's foil Graham is haunted by his knack for empathizing with serial killers. Fuller is executive producing with Martha De Laurentiis, producer of 'Hannibal,' 'Red Dragon' and 'Hannibal Rising.'

The 'Hannibal' project is part of the recently launched Gaumont International Television, run by NBC's former had of drama, Katie O'Connell. In addition to 'Hannibal,' the company is working on 'Madame Tussaud,' a six-hour miniseries from 'The Tudors' creator Michael Hirst.

Over in comedy land, TBS has ordered a pilot from Conan O'Brien. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the multi-camera comedy follows a centers a family man who leaves his day job and returns to his childhood neighborhood. While at home, the character reunites with his old best friend. O'Brien will serve as an executive producer.

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Actor Francesco Quinn Dies, Aged 48

by Catherine Lawson, posted Aug 8th 2011 5:30AM
Francesco QuinnA sad start to the week as it's been announced that Francesco Quinn, son of acting legend Anthony Quinn, has died at the age of 48.

'The Los Angeles Times' reports that Quinn died near his home in Malibu, California on Friday evening of a suspected heart attack.

Lt. James Royal of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Malibu/Lost Hills station told the 'Times' that Quinn collapsed on the street where he lived while walking home from a nearby store with one of his sons. He was pronounced dead at Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center.

Quinn made his big-screen acting debut in 1986 with the role of drug-dealing soldier Rhah in Oliver Stone's 'Platoon,' and went on to appear in more than a dozen movies.

He also carved out an impressive TV resume, starring in 'The Young and the Restless' and landing recurring roles in primetime dramas like '24' and 'JAG.'

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'The Talk' Plays Leah Remini's 'Young and the Restless' Blooper Reel (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jul 14th 2011 6:00PM
Tracey Bregman and Peter Bergman from 'The Young and the Restless' on 'The Talk'Tracey Bregman and Peter Bergman took time off from their normal daytime TV jobs as stars of 'The Young and the Restless' to appear on 'The Talk' (weekdays, syndicated on CBS) Thursday. And they did a much better job as real talk show guests than Leah Remini did playing a talk show host on 'The Young and the Restless,' if the blooper reel they played today is any indication.

Remini and Holly Robinson Peete made cameos on the soap opera playing themselves, hosting 'The Talk,' where Bregman and Bergman's characters were hawking their cosmetic line, Jabot (which is an actual, real world product now). Remini did some funny, probbaly inappropriate ad-libbing, mostly marveling over Bergman's looks, calling him "a handsome bastard" and asking him if he wanted to make out. When Peete read that Jabot would "tighten, lift, and firm," Remini said, "Hell yeah. Can you put that on your ass?"

Remini asked Bregman and Bergman to rate her and Robinson Peete's acting skills, and Bergman said he thought they both did "very good." And this is a man who knows fine acting.

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Genie Francis' Genevieve Confronts Tristan Rogers' Colin on 'The Young and the Restless'

by Michael Maloney, posted Jun 10th 2011 9:00AM
CBSPort Charles' loss has been Genoa City's gain.

In case you hadn't heard, Genie Francis (whose 'General Hospital' character Laura Baldwin Spencer was so wrongly left off my recent list of Top 15 Memorable Female Soap Opera Characters) is back on daytime as manipulative Genevieve Atkinson on 'The Young and the Restless.'

'Y&R' reached out to the Emmy-winning star after she appeared on a soap opera reunion show on 'Oprah' earlier this year, offering her the part of Cane's narcissistic mother -- the polar opposite of the long-suffering Laura. Watch for a dramatic showdown today between Genevieve and Colin, played by Francis' former 'GH' co-star Tristan Rogers (ex-Scorpio), that will prove that Cane's mama, in fact, is nobody's patsy.

AOL TV chatted with the fan favorite about a variety of topics including who else she'll be sharing screen-time with on 'Y&R,' a 'GH' storyline that blatantly ignored the show's rich history, which 'Y&R' leading man reminds her of the late, great Jimmy Stewart, and which Aaron Spelling series once wanted to sign her to a contract.

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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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Soap Round-Up: Jana Tortures Kevin on 'The Young & the Restless'...and More

by Allison Waldman, posted May 7th 2011 8:00AM
jana_kevin_the_young_and_the_restlessWelcome to the Soap Round-Up, our weekly recap of all the soap action this past week. Rumors persist that there'll be a reprieve for 'All My Children' and 'One Life to Live', but so far nothing. But the shows keep churning out great storylines, and we're committed to covering them all on TV Squad.

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

For instance, on 'The Young and the Restless,' were you thinking (like I was) that Kevin was going to have to put on that chipmunk head again? Do you think Jana's really dead or just faking it?

'The Young and the Restless'
Jana forced Kevin into a closet to train him to love her again. Phyllis agreed to share Lucy with Billy and Victoria, but Child Protective Services took Lucy because of questions about her adoption. Cane asked Lily to bring the twins to see him at the cemetery. Olivia helped Sofia alter the conception date to keep secret that Neil was the father. Jack bought Abby's shares of Newman Enterprises. Diane suggested that Jack stick it to Victor by making love to her. Ashley begged Abby to support her wedding. Chloe rushed to rescue Kevin, then fought Jana for the gun. Jana keeled over in the middle of their struggle.

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Soap News: Cady McClain Comes Back to 'All My Children' ... Again

by Allison Waldman, posted May 2nd 2011 1:45PM
All My Children's Cady McClainBefore 'All My Children' comes to a close in September 2011, one long-time favorite will be back for another stint on the show. Actress Cady McClain is slated to reprise the role of Dixie one more time. McClain's deal was done prior to Frons' decision, so it's likely not a return tied in to wrapping up storylines on 'AMC.'

In her last return to Pine Valley in April 2010, McClain's Dixie was seen escorting Uncle Palmer to Heaven. That's because Dixie was killed off in 2007 at the hands of a serial killer.

Therefore, for this upcoming visit, and considering the current plotlines, Dixie might turn up as an apparition.

She might have some advice for Tad as he tries to come to terms with his new love, Cara.

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Soap Round-Up: Luke's Intervention Fails on 'GH'...and More

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 30th 2011 8:00AM
Luke_Spencer_intervention_General_Hospital_abcWelcome to the Soap Round-Up, our weekly recap of all the soap action this past week. There's still no reprieve for 'All My Children' and 'One Life to Live', but that doesn't change the fact that there's great storylines unfolding. We'll continue to cover them all on TV Squad, so keep reading and commenting.

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

For instance, on 'General Hospital,' were you surprised to see Luke walk away from the intervention unchanged? What now for Lucas Lorenzo Spencer?

'General Hospital'
Luke tried to bait Jason into shooting him. Brenda agreed to Robin's suggestion to have her DNA compared to Lucian. The Spencers organized an intervention to get Luke to stop drinking. Michael confessed to killing Brandon when Abby had been arrested for the crime. Lisa gave Kristina a drug-laced herbal remedy. Dante stopped Ronnie from accepting Michael's false confession. Jason doubted his ability to be a father because of Michael's choices. Kristina passed out while babysitting Emma, allowing Lisa free reign. Lucian disappeared.

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Will 'All My Children' and 'One Life to Live' Actors Be Hired by Other Soaps?

by Michael Maloney, posted Apr 27th 2011 7:45PM
All My Children, One Life to LiveAccording to Deadline, Sony Television, which partially owns surviving soaps 'The Young and the Restless' and 'Days of our Lives,' wants its soaps to snatch up available talent from 'All My Children' and 'One Life to Live,' which have recently -- and tragically -- been canceled by ABC.

While that's likely to happen to some degree ('AMC' and 'OLTL' picked up actors from 'Guiding Light' and 'As the World Turns' after they were canceled a while back), shows need to be careful who they go after.

Veteran daytime talent manager Michael Bruno, who reps actors including Amelia Heinle and Stephen Nichols on 'Y&R' and Lauren Koslow on 'Days,' notes that there's a right and a wrong way to go about maximizing the genre's available talent. Read his comments after the jump.

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