Gossip The bus that has been named the "General Hospital"/"Young and Restless" express is continuing its run. "The Young and the Restless" actor Hayley Erin (ex-Abby) will assume the role of Kiki left by Kristen Alderson. Erin played the role of Abby …Read more. Q and A Q. The other day on "General Hospital," Sonny mentioned Fluke may be Luke's identical-looking cousin, Bill Eckhert. "Who?" — Samantha of West Caldwell, New Jersey. A. If Patty Lane (aka Patty Duke) can have an identical cousin, why not Luke? …Read more. Soap Opera Summaries "BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL": Liam and Katie think Bill has promoted them to re-win Katie. Both decide that whatever the reason, they deserve the promotions and accept. Aly is crushed when Rick will not let her design a shoe line for Forrester. Recalling …Read more. Gossip After almost 15 years in daytime, Kristen Alderson (ex-Starr "One Life to Live" and about-to-be-ex Kiki on "General Hospital") has decided to leave the world of soaps — for now. In 1998, Alderson came to "OLTL" to play the almost unbearable …Read more.more articles
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Here is an update on "All My Children's" move from to New York to Los Angeles. By next year, the move will be complete. Actors have until Labor Day to decide if they plan to make the move. Michael E. Knight (Tad) is the latest to agree to head west. There is no cabal of actors threatening to stop the move. The actors who are still in the not-sure mode (Susan Lucci, David Canary, Thorsten Kaye and others) have a big choice to make. Anyone who has ever moved cross-town knows what a pain it can be. Imagine moving cross-country. This column will keep you posted on who is making the move and who will stay put. Those who move will be given some monetary help with expenses.
Speaking of staying put, Kelly Monaco is not exiting the role of Sam on "General Hospital." The actress is pleased to announce she has decided to stay. "GH" viewers who wanted Sam and Jason (Steve Burton) to reunite are getting their wish. The scenes that have aired on the show this week accent the chemistry this duo has. Monaco and Burton would have chemistry with a sack of salt. When two powerhouse actors come together, it is exciting to watch. In the past two weeks, "GH" seems to have gotten back on track.
I am not keen on Patrick (Jason Thompson) and Robin (Kimberly McCullough) as doctors/murder solvers. Again, a testament to the portrayers — they are making it work. It helps that Patrick is skeptical. Those viewers who know the Robin character know she is hard to say no to. That girl does not give up easily.
Next to Sam and Jason, the best couple on the air this week was Molly (Haley Alexis Pullos) and Nikolas (Tyler Christopher).
I have said this for years: "GH" is like a relative. You love it to death. It vexes you. You swear you will never pay any attention to it. Then it does something that makes you remember why you loved it in the first place. If anyone has turned the show off in the past few months, please go back to see it literally getting back to basics.
This week "GH" has been like a family reunion. The show has Mike, Diane, Monica and Edward in action. Sonny was his old irritating self by going mucho macho on Jax. Spinelli (Brad Anderson) was endearing not irritating. Mac (John J. York) was great in his blustery, protective-father mode.
The only not-so-sure note is Rebecca (Natalia Livingston). The scenes in which the character whines because she had to go to junior college to get her job as an X-ray tech did not play well. Most people have to study and work hard to get a job. How is anyone going to feel sorry for her because she had to pay for schooling? Yes, some do have tuition paid for. More often, loans are taken out and summer jobs are taken. I did it. Most of my friends did.
Next week brings the return of Luke (Tony Geary) and Helena Cassadine (Connie Towers). The return will give a plausible explanation for Luke's absence. With Nikolas going to the dark Cassadine side, you can bet Helena will hold the door open for him.
To cast or not to cast is a question at "Young and Restless." No, not a character. Christian Jules Leblanc (Michael) broke his wrist. Producers are wondering if they should hide it or show the cast and write it into the story line.
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