News Roundup: Shooting Down Rumors, Courting Controversy, Unpopular Characters and More
Plus, the primetime soap you really should be checking out!
You don’t have to miss a beat with our highlights of all the latest news for The Bold and the Beautiful, Days of Our Lives, General Hospital, and The Young and the Restless gathered in one convenient place.
The Bold and the Beautiful
Ever since Eric began pushing Quinn to seek sexual satisfaction with Carter, fans have had a whole lot to say… and John McCook’s been listening. Read what he said to the fans in response to the controversial storyline, then take a trip down Memory Lane as the actor shares his thoughts on Eric’s many exes.
- Katie’s long been one of our favorite Bold & Beautiful characters, so it’s been downright painful to see what the writers have done to her lately.
- People were doing a double take when Scott Clifton (Liam) revealed his new haircut. Check out what had people buzzing.
- To celebrate the second birthday of their daughter, Darin Brooks (Wyatt) and Kelly Kruger (Eva) posted a video you’ll want to watch over and over.
In this week’s Bold & Beautiful Soapbox column, guest reviewer Charlie sounds off on everything from the show’s new Gladys Kravitz to the bizarreness of Justin’s latest task (and behavior). Plus, where’s Dr. Ruth when we need her?!?
Days of Our Lives
Legendary Days star Deidre Hall is currently reliving her most infamous storyline, Marlena’s possession. The actress took advantage of her latest interview to share her thoughts on retirement and address those rumors that there have been problems on the set with co-star Lisa Rinna (Billie). Read what Hall said about the alleged feud and more.
- Based on recent events, we suspect two very big returns could be on the horizon… and they could turn everything upside down.
- After stumbling on a beautiful souvenir, Stephen Nichols (Steve) shared a family photo and why it moved him so much.
In this week’s Days of Our Lives column, Richard wonders if Marlena’s about to claim her first victim, sings the praises of Chanel, and suggests that Ben and Ciara cool their baby-making jets.
After nearly a year in Nixon Falls, Sonny finally returned to Port Charles. And while fans had been chomping at the bit for him to ditch the Mike persona, we couldn’t help being underwhelmed by what should have been a huge moment. In fact, we were left thinking that Sonny’s return should have been delayed for a day… so that he could walk in to find Jason and Carly in bed. Wait, wait… hear us out! Then gett Maurice Benard’s thoughts on Sonny’s feelings for Nina and an update on Buddy the Goat.
- We flash back to the anniversary of Maxie and Spinelli’s non-wedding and wonder if the former couple is on the road to a reunion.
- James Patrick Stuart (Valentin) opened up about what a mess his life was when he was playing Will on All My Children. Find out what advice he had for his own children and how he turned his life around.
- Steve Burton (Jason) shared a snapshot with his 7 year old and shared a few wise words about homework.
Dustin didn’t think much of Sonny’s painfully anti-dramatic return to Port Charles, assumes that the Mob boss will eventually bed Nina, shook his head at the latest failure to finish Peter, and is surprised to be enjoying the teens the most in the latest General Hospital column.
The Young and the Restless
With Billy and Lily getting closer by the day, some fans have been suggesting that the time is right for Cane to make a return. In our exclusive interview with Daniel Goddard we asked if perhaps that might be a possibility… and his answer might just surprise you.
- Melissa Ordway (Abby) and Justin Gaston (ex-Chance) just marked their wedding anniversary and we got in on the celebration with a photo-filled look back at their real-life romance that has blossomed into a family of four.
- Sasha Calle (ex-Lola) is continuing to thrive thanks to her star turn as Supergirl. The actress just landed a series of her own on HBO Max. Learn what the future holds for her.
Candace thought Jack’s standalone episode was pointless, has questions about Sharon’s romantic future, appreciated Nick donning a towel, and suspects that Locke’s plot will fizzle in her latest The Young and the Restless column.
Ready for more details about what’s coming up on your soaps next week? We’ve got your sizzling previews!
- It looks like things could finally be coming to a head for Sheila. She can hardly believe it when Steffy shoves her. Could this confrontation turn nasty? Watch the Bold and Beautiful weekly spoiler video.
- Doug is trapped at the hospital and realizes that Marlena is not only possessed but wants him dead. Will anyone save him? Find out in the Days of Our Lives weekly spoiler video.
- As Moses wonders why Faith is backing away from him, Victoria quizzes Phyllis about what Nick is doing, and Nikki orders Billy to back off in the latest Young and the Restless video spoilers.
Hallmark will be starting its Countdown to Christmas at the end of October and viewers can look forward to seeing some daytime favorites pop up. Get this year’s schedule and all the details currently available.
- As Grey’s Anatomy launches into its 18th season, it looks like it will be bringig back two fan favorites, and could kill off a third.
- Having watched the first two episodes of Fox’s sudsy new drama The Big Leap, we’re dubbing it one of the best soaps of the year. Here’s why and everything you need to know to join the fun.
And finally, join us as we look at some of soap opera’s worst characters. We’re talking characters who hit their respective soaps with high hopes… but soon proved to be unpopular duds views hated!
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<p>Characters don’t come more iconic than <em>General Hospital</em>‘s Luke Spencer. The same cannot be said for his lookalike cousin or, for that matter, any of the Eckerts who came to town in 1991. It was both ironic and weirdly appropriate that two years later, Bill would die in the arms of his newly returned cuz.</p>
<p>Although she hit Genoa City with a legendarily malevolent husband, adorable moppet and lust-filled backstory, Elizabeth Leiner’s <em>Young & Restless </em>alter ego was soon reduced to a Kyle-obsessed vixen who wasn’t really all that vixenish. </p>
<p>Yes, this is a two-for-one offering. If you looked at the photo and instantly thought “Greg and Jenny,” consider yourself forgiven… especially since that’s clearly what <em>All My Children</em>‘s writers hoped would happen. Ultimately, the pairing didn’t even prove worthy of an interesting exit — no exploding jet ski death for her! Instead, they just married and relocated to Paris.</p>
<p>Truth be told, you’re probably more likely to remember the endlessly discussed elephant statue sought by the ex-girlfriend of <em>Days of Our Lives</em>‘ Eric Brady than you are the character played by Melissa Archer, who’d been so popular as <em>One Life to Live</em>‘s Natalie. </p>
<p>Long before finding fame as <em>Jane the Virgin</em>, Gina Rodriguez played a young woman befriended by <em>Bold & Beautiful</em>‘s Stephanie Forrester. For a hot second, Beverly — who never got a last name — became the focus of a <em><span style="text-decoration: line-through">Afterschool Special</span></em> social-issues storyline regarding kids who age out of the foster-care system before disappearing entirely. </p>
<p>For some reason, the audience never really took to <em>Another World</em>‘s body-borrowing, time-travelling, heroine-kidnapping hunk who would eventually — we kid you not — be sucked into a rip in the space/time continuum located in a secret garden on the Cory estate. On the plus side, the part perfectly prepared portrayer David Andrew Macdonald to play <em>Guiding Light</em>‘s maniacal Prince Edmund Winslow, who was downright stable by comparison.</p>
<p>Soon after arriving in Port Charles, the never-before-mentioned sister of <em>General Hospital</em>‘s Emily Quartermaine grew tired of everyone comparing her to her late twin (whom Natalia Livingston had played for five years). Less than a year later, that stopped being an issue when the character was shipped off to Paris, never to be mentioned again.</p>
<p>Soap-hopping bad girl Sheila Carter is currently telling anyone who’ll listen that she deserves to be part of son John “Finn” Finnegan’s life on <em>The Bold and the Beautiful</em>. Oddly, not once during the nurse-turned-waitress’ current stint has she mentioned her <em>Young & Restless </em>daughter, who most definitely wasn’t as popular — even in a love-to-hate-her way — as Mommie Fearest. (For that matter, Sheila also hasn’t mentioned Daisy’s twin brother, Ryder, or their half siblings, Mary and Diana… ) </p>
<p>Sexy? Check. Great hair? Check. Welcomed by fans as a new member of <em>Ryan’s Hope</em>‘s titular clan? Not so fast. Turns out viewers weren’t thrilled with the idea of beloved patriarch Johnny having an illigitimate son. If they’d had their druthers, the Johnny’s-offspring-come-lately (far left) would have been edited out of the family portrait. </p>
<p>Maybe it was the fact that she and brother Rex were introduced as aluminum-foil-wrapped aliens. Maybe it was that she very nearly bedded half brother Lucas Horton. Whatever the reason, by the time Cassie’s supposedly dead body fell out of a pinata, viewers were pretty much over her. Though she — like the other Salem Stalker victims — later turned up alive, the character’s days were numbered, and she left town soon after.</p>
<p>As often happens with have-nots on <em>Bold & Beautiful</em>, this firefighter’s story went up in smoke relatively quickly. But he did not go alone when he left: Babymama Samantha Kelly (soap vet Sydney Penny) and her manipulative mom Priscilla (Linda “Sue Ellen” Grey) also proved to have incredibly short shelf lives. </p>
<p>She may have been introduced as Brady Black’s literal dream girl on <em>Days of Our Lives</em>, but<em> </em>the daughter Maggie Horton had given up for adoption years earlier proved something of a nightmare for the residents of Salem. </p>
<p>Introduced in 2014, Linda Elena Tovar’s <em>General Hospital </em>character was blackmailed by several characters because of a dark secret from her past. Although we’d eventually find out she and Brad Cooper had married in order to avoid having to testify against one another, Rosalie vanished and the story was dropped before we ever found out what crime they’d committed!</p>
<p>Vail Bloom. Jennifer Landon. Eden Riegel. It didn’t much matter who played the part of Paul’s daughter on <em>The Young and the Restless</em>, the audience never took to the character (or her romance with Adam Newman). When even the actress who was beloved as <em>All My Children</em>‘s Bianca can’t give viewers a heroine addiction, you know something’s not working. </p>
<p>“I prefer to be addressed as madame or Countess,” said this doppelganger of Another World’s Rachel Cory upon her introduction. But by the time she’d kidnapped Rachel, been hit by a train and terrorized half of Bay City, viewers were pretty much addressing her as “that over-the-top crazy chick.” </p>
<p>For some reason, <em>Bold & Beautiful </em>fans didn’t want to see Phoebe Forrester hook up with an unemployed, homeless dude who hoped to blackmail her mom with the knowledge that she’d run down Darla Forrester. Six months later, he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound following a struggle for the weapon with Ridge Forrester (then Ronn Moss). </p>
<p>Despite only being on air for about three months, the secret daughter of <em>General Hospital</em>‘s Helena Cassadine was known as The Woman in White, Cassandra <em>and</em> Irina… yet still managed to be the least interesting member of her legendary family right up until the moment Mom had her murdered. </p>
<p>After being runner-up on the third season of <em>American Idol</em>, Diana DeGarmo hit <em>Young & Restless </em>as a songbird whose mafioso pop forced Kevin Fisher to marry his talent-free daughter. The audience was almost as thrilled by this story as Kevin clearly is in this photo.</p>
<p>How can you tell that the brother of <em>As The World Turns</em>‘ Mike Kasnoff wans’t as popular as his sibling? While Mike would have a long list of lovers and be played by three different actors over a period of nearly 15 years, poor Mark had basically one love interest and exited Oakdale after two years. </p>
<p>Entrances don’t get much splashier than the one made by this <em>General Hospital </em>character who, at Sonny Corinthos’ behest, rose from the grave just in time to prevent hubby Jasper “Jax” Jacks from becoming a bigamist by marrying Brenda Barrett. Yet a year later, she was pretty much dead to viewers and left town without anyone much caring. </p>
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