weekly soap new july 2

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Abrupt exits, a big recast, a fractured wrist, and soap alums pass on.

Soaps.com keeps our readers up to date with the latest news for The Bold and the Beautiful, Days of our Lives, General Hospital, and The Young and the Restless.

The Bold and the Beautiful

Newcomer Kiara Barnes joins B&B in a new mysterious role. The recent drama that unfolded was captured in daily video highlights including Bill’s quest to make Steffy his once and for all, Wyatt and Sally having passionate sex, Katie appalled by Wyatt’s new bedmate and more in Soaps.com’s The Bold and the Beautiful news room. Plus, Candace dished on Bill’s calmer demeanor, Sally working at Forrester Creations, and Hope’s pregnancy twist in the B&B blog.

Days of our Lives

We honored Days alum Daniel Pilon, who passed on this week at 77. On the tail of our rumor report, it’s been confirmed Stephen Nichols is leaving Days as Steve Johnson. A villain will resurface in Salem when James Read returns to Days as Clyde Weston. Speaking of villains… the role of Days’ Kristen DiMera was recast with Stacy Haiduk, and Greg Rikaart has exited Days as Leo. Larry Poindexter reappeared as Father Louis during a very emotional scene with Eli and Lani. The actress, Sal Stowers, signed a new Days contract as Lani Price and there were a few auditions and dayplayer roles to report. View the casting calls, plus see what’s about to go down this week by watching the latest spoiler video in our Days of our Lives news room. And Christine theorized about a possible Abigail, Stefan, Gabi love triangle, Kate getting her just desserts, and Kayla undercover in her Days blog.

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General Hospital

We reported in May that Jon Lindstrom (Kevin) was filming a horror flick titled The Great Illusion and recently spotted him in costume. View the photo of Lindstrom playing Vincent and learn about Maurice Benard’s (Sonny) new movie with rapper Ice-T. Fans can buy tickets to meet Benard at two rare events, plus read interviews with William deVry (Julain) and Dominic Zamprogna (Dante). We have snapshots of Brooklyn Rae Silzer (Emma) as well. Though the actress suffered a fractured wrist, she shared a photo of her new glittery accessory, a big GH milestone and two other moments to be proud of. And news came that Chloe Lanier is leaving GH as Nelle. Recast alert – GH has cast Cade McWatt to play Cameron, Liz’s son, One Life to Live alum Patrick J. Gibbons (Sam Manning) is heading to the soap, KFC’s Colonel Sanders arrives on GH, and Cassandra James made an appearance. Also, watch Jason and Sam’s most memorable episodes online, and we remembered alum Deanna Lund who died of pancreatic cancer. Read all of the coverage and watch the shocking Port Charles summer teaser video in our General Hospital news room. And Dustin debated who could be Ferncliff’s mystery patient, Michael’s proposal, and trouble for Kiki’s sexual harassment case in the new GH blog.

The Young and the Restless

Another recast – Brooks Darnell joins Y&R in the role of Nate Hastings Jr, Olivia’s son, and in an unexpected move, Eileen Davidson has quit Y&R as Genoa City’s Ashley Abbott, a role she’s played on and off since 1984. Read what the actress revealed was behind her decision and watch the latest drama-filled weekly video promo in our The Young and the Restless news room. In addition, Candace discussed Jack’s exhumation request, Hilary’s emending departure, and Victor’s apoplectic TV appearance in her latest blog.