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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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Soap News: ABC Daytime Honcho Feeling the Heat? Genie Francis Spices Up CBS and More

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 25th 2011 10:45AM
brian_frons_susan_lucci_abc_daytimeWhen ABC's head of daytime television, Brian Frons, canceled 'All My Children' and 'One Life to Live' in favor of a food program and exercise/diet show, he riled the fans of daytime around the world. That included advertisers, most notably Hoover. Now, according to the New York Post, Frons' decision may cost him his job.

In addition to Hoover, other big-name advertisers like Hershey's and L'Oreal have been hearing from consumers that they should yank their commercials from the ABC soaps to pressure the network into reconsidering the decision. Also, the ladies from 'The View' and Kelly Ripa from 'Live With Regis and Kelly' were reportedly told to stop bemoaning the end of 'AMC' and 'OLTL.'

ABC's spokesperson has denied both assertions, as well as the idea that Frons might be axed for canceling the soaps. However, in recent weeks the Nielsen ratings for 'AMC' and 'OLTL' have risen, which may cause some powers that be at ABC to have second thoughts about Frons' decision. By the way, if you want to protest the cancellations, check out SoapCentral.com's Support Our Soaps Web page for how to let your voice be heard.

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Soap Round-Up: Forrester Plane Crash on 'B&B'...and More

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 23rd 2011 8:00AM
Thomas_Brooke_the_bold_and_the_beautiful_cbsWelcome to the Soap Round-Up, our weekly recap of all the soap action this past week. It's still difficult to believes that 'All My Children' and 'One Life to Live' have been canceled. But that doesn't change the fact that there's great storylines unfolding now. 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 'The Bold and the Beautiful,' do you think Thomas and Brooke will survive a plane crash in the South Pacific? Do you think they'll wind up stranded on a desert island? Share your thoughts below!

'The Bold and the Beautiful'
Justin and Donna disagreed about the Bill/Katie squabble. Thorne was ticked off that he's been left out of Forrester. Ridge announced that the Taboo women's line was back on and Thomas and Brooke were flying to Australia to promote it. Taylor objected to Ridge's decision. Bill and Katie had a volatile first therapy session. Steffy told Ridge that she wanted a bigger role in Forrester. Katie blurted out to Taylor that Bill plotted to kill Amber. Steffy threw herself at Bill again. Brooke and Thomas were on the Forrester jet when he crashed in the Pacific.

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Soap News: Will Billy Miller Leave 'Y&R'?

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 18th 2011 3:00PM
billy_miller_the_young_and_the_restless_cbsIn a week when the soap world was filled with tumult, one of the stars of 'The Young and the Restless' is thinking about moving on. Billy Miller is reportedly in talks with 'The Young and the Restless' about renewing his contract, and it's not a done deal that he'll be sticking around. Miller, an Emmy winner for his role as Billy Abbott, is a star on the rise.

Reportedly, he may agree to stay with 'Y&R' if the show will give him enough 'outs' to let him work on other projects. This is a perk that's usually accorded to stars who are popular on the soap and being enticed to work on other projects.

Recently, Miller used time away from 'Y&R' to work on FX's 'Justified' in a multi-episode turn as a pedophile (in which he was excellent).

'Y&R' may be inclined to play ball with Miller, especially in light of the dual ABC axing last week -- actors are thinking twice about counting on soaps for future work. Even 'Y&R,' the top-rated soap in America, may not provide the kind of job security a soap job used to guarantee.

The show's spokesperson had no comment on Miller's status.

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Soap Round-Up: Erica's Abducted on 'AMC' and More

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 16th 2011 8:00AM
all_my_children_walt_willey_susan_lucci_abcWelcome to the Soap Round-Up, our weekly recap of all the soap action this past week. It's been a tumultuous week outside the shows, with 'All My Children' and 'One Life to Live' canceled. However, we will continue to appreciating the soaps here on TV Squad, so keep reading and commenting about all the storyline developments.

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

For instance, on 'AMC,' were you stunned by Erica's kidnapping? Who do you think is behind her wedding wipeout? Share your thoughts below!

'All My Children'
Caleb flew to St. Bart's to confess his love to Erica. Erica chose to go ahead with her wedding to Jack, but before she go down the aisle, she was abducted. JR gave Marissa credit for his two years of sobriety. Griffin was denied bail. Ricky convinced Kendall that he was a good person. Ricky made a call to have Griffin executed. Emma rejected Greenlee. Marissa told Bianca she didn't want to love JR. When Griffin was stabbed, Cara and Jake saved his life. Jack believed that Erica had been captured. Caleb assumed Erica and Jack got married and was shocked to learn she was missing.

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Soap News: Roger Howarth Returns to 'OLTL' and More

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 11th 2011 1:30PM
roger_howarth_one_life_to_live_2011_abcThe rumors were true. Emmy-award winning actor Roger Howarth is returning to 'One Life to Live.' Howarth, who was most recently Paul Ryan on 'As the World Turns,' was originally Todd Manning on 'OLTL' from 1992 through 2003 (with some time off in between). But he's back now.

"We are thrilled to have Roger return to 'One Life to Live,'" said Frank Valentini, executive producer. "As 'OLTL' viewers know, Trevor St. John has been playing the role of Todd Manning since 2003. We have a great story planned that will involve both actors."

Howarth was dynamic as Todd Manning, a character as complex as he is compelling. But currently the role is being played by Trevor St. John, and Trevor is not leaving 'OLTL.' The question on the mind of fans everywhere is this: if Howarth resumes the role of Todd, who has Trevor been playing all these years?

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Soap Round-Up: Sharon's Found Guilty on 'Y&R' and More

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 9th 2011 8:00AM
sharon_nick_the_young_and_the_restless_cbs_2011Welcome to the Soap Round-Up, our weekly recap of all the soap action this past week. Each week, we sum up all the best stories from each and every soap, from 'All My Children' to 'The Young and the Restless.'

If you don't want to know what aired already, consider this a SPOILER ALERT. ... Oh, one last thing, please comment and join the conversation.

For instance, on 'The Young and the Restless,' Sharon being found guilty of murder was a shocker, especially since there was so little evidence. What do you think of Sharon's decision to go on the run rather than face prison?

'The Young and the Restless'
Phyllis gave Malcolm the Thai memory cards, asking her to search for proof that Sharon didn't kill Skye. Chloe and Gloria were arrested for breaking into Jana's apartment. Billy learned that someone had snooped into his bank account. Phyllis told Daniel she'd never stop searching for Daisy's baby. The jury found Sharon guilty of murder. Noah told Nick he was moving to New York permanently. Adam sold his Newman stock to Tucker to finance Sharon's escape. Nikki asked Victor to fix their family's problems. Kay reported Tucker to the SEC. Sharon used Adam's stash to elude police custody and go on the run.

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Soap News: Genie Francis Joins 'Y&R,' New 'AMC' Head Writer and More

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 5th 2011 1:30PM
Genie Francis_ ABC_Laura_General_HospitalThe most famous female star of 'General Hospital,' Emmy-winner Genie Francis, is coming back to the soaps -- but on 'The Young and the Restless' this time. So forget about Laura returning to Port Charles to save Luke from his alcoholic haze on 'GH.' Genie will be heading to Genoa City to play Cane Ashby's mother.

Since Cane's just a ghost now, you can expect Mama Ashby to be flying to Wisconsin to meet her daughter-in-law Lily, and Cane's children, twins Matilda and Charlie.

What's intriguing is that Francis will likely be working with Tristan Rogers as Colin, Cane's Aussie mob boss father. Like Francis, Rogers is best known from his tenure on 'GH,' where he played super-spy Robert Scorpio. Francis's first appearance on-camera will be in May.

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