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LYNDA HIRSCH ON TELEVISION -- SUMMARY

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BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL: Caroline maintains her cool and justifies why she felt the need to expose Bill's manipulations. Bill is irate that Caroline would betray his trust and says that she will pay for what she has done. Hope questions Liam about whether or not the truth about their relationship being revealed changes anything between them. Hope demands that Bill stay away as she attempts to win Liam back. When Liam tells Steffy that he met up with Hope, she pleads with him not to go down that negative path again. Hope's heart is broken when Liam responds to her impassioned plea for them to reunite. Katie begins to wonder if Bill is beginning to have a drinking problem that is impairing his judgment. An unfortunate accident sends Caroline to the emergency room, and all fingers point at Bill for the blame. Alison arrives at the hospital at Bill's request and provides him with “assistance” to get him through the rough day. Rick rushes to Caroline's bedside as soon as he hears the news of her accident. Furious that Caroline's life was in danger, Rick restrains himself. Karen and Danielle arrive at the hospital and, as soon as they hear about Caroline's accident, become angry when Bill's name is mentioned as the cause. Thinking that Bill's drinking may be the reason for his rage, his family members discuss how to deal with it. Liam runs into Rick for the first time since learning about his lie, and it doesn't end well. Bill tries to clear his name of any fault with his family concerning Caroline's accident, but suspicion still hovers over him.

SNEAK PEEK: Bill is overcome with remorse.

DAYS OF OUR LIVES: It's New Year's Eve in Salem, and there are plenty of “fireworks” to go around. John confronts Kristen about her feelings for Brady, and in a stunning moment, she reveals she's been plotting her revenge against John since the day she returned to Salem. John comes to the horrifying conclusion that Kristen is just as evil as ever and vows she will never come between him and Brady. Brady asks if Marlena will ever accept Kristen in his life, and a vehement Marlena says no. Brady finally loses his cool and hits John to defend Kristen's honor -- causing the two men to have a full-blown fistfight. In the aftermath of John and Brady's fight, both are hospitalized and treated. John realizes that Marlena knew Brady was sleeping with Kristen. Sami and Eric are stunned to learn of their step-brother's affair with Kristen. While Sami and Rafe prepare for their respective New Year's Eve dates with E.J. and Nicole, they can't stop thinking of one another. Rafe tells Nicole he believes things are going to work out for him and Sami -- and there'll be no more playing games. Jennifer and Daniel have a romantic moment at the stroke of midnight. Daniel is stunned when Chloe arrives at his apartment. Chad and Abigail bond and share a surprisingly electric kiss. Will confronts Nick on his “gay boy” comment. Will won't have his child raised by a bigot.

SNEAK PEEK: John moves out.

GENERAL HOSPITAL: Trey says his goodbyes to Connie while Kristina's attention is drawn to the car's trunk, from which a strange sound originates. The foursome piles into a car and takes pursuit. Todd escorts Carly to the New Year's party on the Haunted Star. Olivia is dogged by visions. Maxie finds out that she is the reason Ellie ended her relationship with Spinelli. Connie comes barreling down the road in her car. She slams on the brakes. After the crash, Starr and Michael check on Kristina and Trey. They rush to help Connie and Johnny. Starr discovers Connie hanging onto the edge of the same cliff where Cole and Hope died. Maxie stumbles onto the roof, where a drunk Spinelli assumes the worst when it comes to Ellie. Carly and Todd make love. As the others head off to the hospital, Connie considers fleeing to avoid charges for her abduction of Johnny. Starr finally has the opportunity to confront Johnny. Todd and Carly arrive in time to see Dante handcuffing Johnny.

When Carly learns why, she rips Johnny to shreds.

SNEAK PEEK: Connie tempts A.J.

YOUNG AND RESTLESS: On New Year's Eve, Nick takes Avery to his new club, The Underground, where they count down the New Year together and share a romantic kiss. Nikki and Victor celebrate with Michael and Lauren. Victor promises to win his company back in the New Year. Later, Victor and Nikki dance and share a New Year's Eve kiss. Michael and Lauren wonder why Fen has become so jealous of Jamie. Jamie tells Summer that he is leaving town and that she should come with him. Fen arrives and sees Jamie and Summer hugging. Fen shocks Jamie and says that Summer is really Brittni, the girl who started harassing him online. At the athletic club, Jack orders a drink at the bar as a beautiful redhead named Stephanie sits down next to him. An intoxicated Jack kisses Stephanie as they ring in the New Year. The next morning, Jack wakes up with a horrible hangover and sees Stephanie passed out on the floor. Adam tells Chelsea they can move abroad. Before they can finish discussing options, Adam receives a call from Jack and leaves to help him. When Jack refuses to go to rehab, Adam threatens to go to the press with details about Jack's addiction. Adam tells Chelsea they can't leave town because he might have to run Newman Enterprises during Jack's absence. Jack tells Phyllis that he realizes he has hit bottom. When Phyllis suggests that he go to rehab, Jack says that he wants to keep this private and get a counselor. Jack tells Billy that his heart attack was just a cover story. Jack asks Billy to take over at Newman while he is gone and to work with Adam. Jack informs Victor that he is going away for a while to get some rest and that Adam will be running the company in his absence. Phyllis plays with Lucy and shares a heartfelt goodbye with Daniel. Chloe tells Kevin she is ready for their stakeout to find the stolen money. When Kevin tries to talk her out of it, Chloe reminds Kevin that the money doesn't belong to Noah, either. Noah returns home and is shocked to find the money gone. Chloe returns with the duffel bag full of cash. Noah gets a text from Adriana saying she is in town and will see him soon.

SNEAK PEEK: Chloe and Kevin are in trouble

PRIME-TIME GOSSIP

NOTE: All covered prime-time shows are on holiday hiatus.

That's what friends are for. “How I Met Your Mother,” the CBS hit sitcom, was in danger of being canceled because its star, Jason Segel, did not want to do a ninth year. The ninth year is very important for syndication, as nine years is what most shows need to get those big syndication bucks. All the other stars, including Neil Patrick Harris, were willing to do one more season.

Over the weekend, Segel gave the cast and crew an early Christmas present. He decided to re-sign. It is said one of the reasons is that the cast has become close friends -- although maybe the almost million dollars per episode also had something to do with it.

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Bah Humbug to ABC. When it canceled “666 Park Avenue,” network officials said they would air the remaining episodes so the viewers would know what the show was all about. They have changed their mind. No more “666 Park Avenue” for us. That's a big mistake, and not just because I want to know what the heck is going on.

Why will anyone invest in a future continuing series if they will not get to see the end result because of cancellation? When the set was destroyed in hurricane Sandy, no one expected the low-rated show to go on. Network officials said they would rebuild the set. No one believed that. They did say they would air the remaining episodes that would explain the dark happenings in the posh Manhattan apartment building. Instead, they will be running episodes of “Don't Trust the B- in Apartment 23.”

ABC also claims they will air “The Last Resort” final episodes. It is hard to trust anything they say. Perhaps they mean what they say at the time and then change their mind.

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TNT has decided to cancel “Leverage.” The announcement was made on Dec. 21. The quirky crime drama starring Timothy Hutton had its last original outing on Christmas Day.

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“Downton Abby” starts its third seas on PBS on Jan. 6. If you are enthralled by the dashing Matthew Crawley -- who isn't? -- you better watch this year. Dan Stevens, who plays him, has decided not to sign on for the fourth season. The third season of “Downton” already played on BBC. If you can't wait for the series to begin in the States, you catch some of the episodes on YouTube and also some written summaries on the Internet.

To find out more about Lynda Hirsch and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate web page at www.creators.com.

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