News Roundup: An Unexpected Twist, Life After Exits and Heartbreaking Confessions
Plus, previews of what’s coming next!
The days keep getting shorter and the holiday madness continues ramping up, so trust us when we say we totally understand if you didn’t if you didn’t quite have time to keep up with your favorite daytime news last week. But don’t worry, we’re here to catch you up on all the happenings of the soap world! Whether you love The Bold and the Beautiful, Days of Our Lives, General Hospital or The Young and the Restless — or all of the above — this is your one-stop shop to find out what’s going on.
The Bold and the Beautiful
It’s become clear by now that Sheila is not giving up on trying to worm her way into Finn and Hayes’ lives. She’s just become more desperate… and that’s always spelled disaster for the Forrester clan. But can they reign her in before it’s too late? Well, there is one person Steffy could call to do the trick!
- As if we weren’t already loving Krista Allen as Taylor, the actress went and won the internet with her reaction to the spoofs of her first day.
- Deacon may be shady as hell, Sean Kanan admits, but he’s not a monster. Find out what a fan asked that prompted the actor to rush to his character’s defense!
- Quinn and Carter may be keeping their fire down to a smolder for Eric’s sake, but Lawrence Saint-Victor isn’t so sure they’ll be able to keep in check forever!
Taylor’s been all hugs and smiles so far, but in this week’s Soapbox column, Richard suggests that she — like Deacon — has the power to turn a whole lotta lives upside down. Plus, there’s a Sheila twist coming up that’s downright shocking… but maybe not in the way you think!
What Went Down Last Week: Thomas was thrilled to reunite with his mom, even after she pointed out that he — not Hope — should be raising Douglas. Deacon continued to bond with Hope. Convinced Bridget’s ex wanted Brooke back (which he did), an increasingly frustrated Ridge found himself spending more time with Taylor, who made it clear she still had feelings for him.
Days of Our Lives
After the explosive wedding-day revelation that Paulina was her mother and Abe was not her father, we were expecting some majorly juicy storyline ahead for Lani. And while the immediate fallout was explosive, it seems like that’s fizzled out in the past couple weeks. Luckily, we’ve got a few ideas to get that spark back and give the Carvers something juicy to do.
- In a video bursting with holiday (or maybe competitive) spirit, Sal Stowers and Lamon Archey revealed that there’s just a touch more rivalry between them than Lani and Eli.
- Thaao Penghlis did something we never would have expected from him, Tony or Andre when he was out celebrating with friends and castmates!
- As one-half of supercouple Chabby, Days of Our Lives‘ Billy Flynn helped set the record straight when Young & Restless tried staking claim to that particular squish name.
- With Peacock’s release of Days of Our Lives: A Very Salem Christmas last Thursday, we here at Soaps wanted to do something special for the festive occasion. So we put together a one-of-a-kind soapbox to let you know our thoughts and find out what yours were!
Lori was not thrilled with Philip showing up alive. Not only did it rob the surprisingly emotional scenes around his death of their power, he’s also just the absolute worst. Nor is she understanding MarDevil’s powers — at all! Also, she’d love to know where the heck half of Salem has been. Maybe they got lost over on A Very Salem Christmas? Lori also offers her two cents on the fun romp in this week’s Days of Our Lives column!
What Went Down Last Week: After she and Victor had Philip declared dead, Kate found out that her son was actually very much alive and had framed Brady. MarDevil escaped the cabin and headed for the hospital as part of her plan to use Jan against Belle and Shawn. Despite Gwen’s best efforts, Xander ran into Rex and found out that Sarah hadn’t left with him. Ava saw Rafe and Nicole kissing, but didn’t let them know. Sami declared her love for EJ, ripped up the divorce papers and said he would never be over her.
Laura’s finally on her way back to Port Charles with Martin, but before she makes it home, there’s one thing she still has to do: confront their evil brother, Cyrus! The problem is, when Laura pushes her bro about trying to kill her, he denies it! But if he’s not after her, then who the heck is? Cyrus’ portrayer, Jeff Kober, offers his two cents!
- We couldn’t have been happier to learn that James Patrick Stuart’s new series had been picked up, but we couldn’t help but wonder what that meant for Valentin. Fortunately, the actor took to social media to fill us in!
- Those who think some of the recent exits will spell the end of General Hospital have clearly not studied the show’s history. We have, and here’s what we’ve learned!
- Kelly Thiebaud revealed who her crush is, and honestly, we are one-hundred percent behind her on this one!
- It’s only been a couple months of married bliss, but it looks like General Hospital’s Chad Duell and Young & Restless’ Courtney Hope have called it quits.
What’s with all the doom and gloom? That’s what Dustin would like to know in this week’s General Hospital column. As we get closer to Christmas and the New Year, there are a lot of people in Port Charles who could use some cheer. The holiday miracle he was hoping against hope would come, never did, and he can’t help but wonder how long it’ll take for Carly to crack.
What Went Down Last Week: Curtis continued investigating dad Marshall’s past even as it was revealed Stella knew he was alive and why he left. Drew bonded with Sam and Scout. Selina made it clear she wanted Britt to stay away from newly-paroled Brad. After Finn prevented Liz from killing Peter, the two of them discussed their feelings and a possible future. Sasha and Brando made the heartbreaking decision to let baby Liam die.
The Young and the Restless
The Young and the Restless has been teasing us for far too long with mentions of characters we love but aren’t allowed to see! Just when we think we’re getting over the loss of someone who should still be on screen, the show goes and mentions them and we’re upset all over again. But why? We, and the fans, try to figure it out!
- Don’t miss catching up on the blowout of the year when Amelia Heinle hosted her friends, castmates and colleagues at a holiday party for the ages!
- Bryton James opened up to General Hospital’s Maurice Benard about his heart-wrenching last day with TV dad, Kristoff St. John.
- Jason Thompson took it upon himself to put a little more joy out into the universe this holiday season with a heartwarming video of his daughter.
Young & Restless has started doing longer scenes and, as Candace says in this week’s column, that’s great… when they have riveting material. But it feels an eternity when they don’t. And right now, they really don’t. Some of the scenes are flat-out amazing, like this week’s emotional hashing out of issues between Nick and Victor. But the big picture stuff is either directionless or disappointing.
What Went Down Last Week: Nikki tricked Victor and Nick into hashing out their differences, at least in part. Mariah and Tessa contemplated the idea of becoming parents. Chloe warned Sally against getting caught up in Adam’s drama. When Chelsea returned to town, Adam told her they could not revisit their past. Despite her initial reluctance, Chelsea agreed to work at Newman fashion. Lily tried talking Billy into sharing with Jack their plan to bring down Adam and Victor.
What’s Coming Up…
Now that you’re all caught up on what went down last week, here are a few previews of what’s coming up next!
- This year, some folks are feeling the Christmas spirit more than others. Quinn and Eric may have happily reunited, but Ridge is fed up with Deacon and Taylor’s offering Brooke, of all people advice. And as Steffy bristles while Finn embraces his mom, we have to wonder if it’s just Sheila’s wishful thinking or is she actually got a Christmas miracle in this week’s Bold & Beautiful spoiler video.
- Christmas comes to Salem, and it seems love is in the air for a few couples. And with Sami and Jennifer both finally home, it seems like it should be the perfect holiday. But not if MarDevil has anything to say about it. Watch what happens when she storms into the Horton home in the Days of Our Lives weekly spoiler video.
- Some familiar faces begin their Christmas return as Genoa City’s filled with warmth and love. Nick goes full Santa, while Victor and Nikki dance their cares away. But while Abby is thrilled to have Chance back for the holiday, he’s still working through his issues in this week’s Young & Restless spoiler video.
And finally, with the holidays here and the first day of winter adding a nip to the air, why not curl up with a nice blanket and relive the ghosts of Christmas past with our gallery of the most soaptastic Christmas photos we could dig up? We guarantee these pics would warm the coldest of hearts.
<p>Ah, nothing quite says that the holiday season is upon us like a majestic pine shaking in its stand because of the proximity of <em>Bold & Beautiful</em> branch-shaker Stephanie (Susan Flannery). No wonder by 2009, the Forresters had switched to fake trees.</p>
<p>Not that you could hear them over the tomfoolery that was being gotten up to in 2007 by <em>Days of Our Live</em>s’ Abe (James Reynolds) and Roman (Josh Taylor). Guys, you <em>know</em> Santa’s watching, right?</p>
<p>And then, say, blackmail him? Because for sure, the Baldwin family of <em>The Young and the Restless</em> could help you out with that — or they could’ve once they got done posing for their 2014 portrait, in which they tried their best to look like they didn’t know they were on you-know-who’s naughty list.</p>
<p>In 2011, <em>General Hospital</em> toyed with the emotions of the Quartermaines — and viewers — by letting everyone imagine a world in which Jason (Steve Burton) had become the doctor that Monica (Leslie Charleson) and Alan (Stuart Damon) expected him to be, not a brain-damaged hired gun for the Mob.</p>
<p>The beard was lacking, but there was no turning down the volume on the cheer when <em>The Late Show With James Corden</em>’s… er, James Corden decked the halls of <em>The Bold and the Beautiful</em> with Liam (Scott Clifton) and Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood).</p>
<p>Yeah, that was <em>not</em> something you really wanted to tell <em>Days of Our Lives</em>’ Chloe (Nadia Bjorlin) when she stopped by the hospital to read Christmas stories to the kidlets with Maggie (Suzanne Rogers), Mickey (John Clarke) and Alice (Frances Reid) in 2002. Seriously, look at that expression on her face. No, children. Just no!</p>
<p>And also go ahead and show up, ye philanderers like <em>Young & Restless</em>’ star-crossed Nikki (Melody Thomas Scott) and Victor (Eric Braeden). We won’t judge. Much.</p>
<p>Not the Corinthoses’, that’s for sure. Not for long. Though <em>General Hospital</em> scene stealer Dev (Ashton Arbab) was quick to make his “presents” known, he was killed off around Thanksgiving 2020.</p>
<p>From the looks of this 2004 photo, <em>The Bold and the Beautiful</em> had Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang) about a bite away from trading Ridge for his biological father, Massimo (the late, great Joseph Mascolo).</p>
<p>Mm-hmm. Sure. But first, we suspect what <em>As the World Turns</em>’ Carly (Maura West, now Ava on <em>General Hospital</em>) wanted in 2007 was to not have a third wheel on her date with Sam (Wally Kurth, now Ned on <em>General Hospital</em>). Side note: Why do we now feel compelled to add more parentheses and mention that the dummy is not now a <em>General Hospital</em> cast member?</p>
<p>Who could blame <em>Days of Our Lives</em>’ Ben (Robert Scott Wilson) for looking so glum over the holidays in 2020? At the time, bride Ciara (Victoria Konefal) was de… Ha. We can’t even type it without laughing. As if she could have been dead! No one dies in Salem for long!</p>
<p>Ha. We’ll believe that it’s <em>over</em>-over between <em>The Young and the Restless</em>’ Nick (Joshua Morrow) and Sharon (Sharon Case) when reindeer fly. Oh, wait…</p>
<p>Actually… is that a piece of the Ice Princess? Helena Cassadine’s cold, cold heart? Whatever it is, it was fascinating enough in 2011 to have distracted <em>General Hospital</em> hottie Ethan (Nathan Dean Parsons) from his pumpkin-spice latte.</p>
<p>Well, if we were <em>Bold & Beautiful</em> casualty Macy (Bobbie Eakes), seen here in 2002, it would — and would always — be to start a third of her nine lives.</p>
<p>And who knows? By the time you see this photo from 2019, <em>Young & Restless</em>’ Devon (Bryton James) and Elena (Brytni Sarpy) might once again be this close.</p>
<p>In 2010, it didn’t look like <em>One Life to Live</em>’s Langston (Brittany Underwood) was going to have any trouble finding someone to… ahem… toot her noisemaker; Ford (David A. Gregory) appeared to be seconds away from doing just that. Wait for <span style="text-decoration: line-through">Dick Clark</span> Ryan Seacrest, man!</p>
<p>This is how we like to remember <em>Days of Our Lives</em>’ Caroline (Peggy McCay) and Shawn (Frank Parker) — happy, together and next to a tree that has as many strands of tinsel on it as it does pine needles.</p>
<p><em>The Young and the Restless</em> half brothers Dylan (Steve Burton) and Nick (Joshua Morrow) enjoyed one another’s Christmas “presence” in 2014.</p>
<p>Mind you, none of these hearty <em>General Hospital</em> characters minded a bit in 2017; they just bundled up and delightedly gathered around Santa (Donnell Turner’s Curtis).</p>
<p>OK, it was more like a decade of Christmases ago that this photo was taken of <em>The Bold and the Beautiful</em> ingenue Hope (then Kim Matula). </p>
<p>Let’s just back slowly away. From the looks of this 2004 shot, <em>The Young and the Restless</em>’ Sharon (Sharon Case) and Nick (Joshua Morrow) have just asked Malcolm (Shemar Moore) to work on the 24th.</p>
<p>In 2011, <em>Days of Our Lives</em>’ Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes), Bo (Peter Reckell) and Hope (Kristian Alfonso) had a ball… hanging from nearly every branch, from the looks of it.</p>
<p>That’s what it’ll always be for <em>The Young and the Restless</em>’ Devon (Bryton James) and Lily (Christel Khalil) when they remember happier holidays, like the one they shared in 2004 with their late folks, Neil (Kristoff St. John) and Drucilla (Victoria Rowell).</p>
<p>We’re guessing this image is from a dropped <em>General Hospital</em> subplot in which Michael (Chad Duell) discovered that ELQ — gasp — doesn’t play Christmas carols as its holiday hold music.</p>
<p>Except that wasn’t your mommy <em>or</em> Santa; in 2009, that was <em>The Bold and the Beautiful</em>’s Bridget (Ashley Jones) and Nick (Jack Wagner).</p>
<p>Sorry, we meant to type “Jingle Bell <em>Rock</em>.” It’s just… is it just us, or doesn’t <em>Days of Our Lives</em>’ Nick (Blake Berris), here with Chelsea (Rachel Melvin), look as much like Mr. Spock from <em>Star Trek</em> as he does an elf?</p>
<p>In 2003, <em>The Young and the Restless</em>’ Nikki (Melody Thomas Scott) appeared to be pondering what to get Victor (Eric Braeden), aka the man who has everything. Hmm… maybe <em>more</em> of everything?</p>
<p>On-again/off-again <em>Bold & Beautiful</em> sweerthearts Ridge (then Ronn Moss) and Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang) were on again just long enough in 2004 to pose for their Christmas card.</p>
<p>Why, it’s <em>General Hospital</em>’s Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future — Ava (Maura West), Josslyn (Eden McCoy) and Obrecht (Kathleen Gati) — ready to open <span style="text-decoration: line-through">Scrooge’s</span> Finn’s heart in 2019.</p>
<p>Ahem, that’s “still <em>can’t</em> sleep,” Santa. Aw, never mind. Let’s let visions of sugarplums dance in the head of <em>Young & Restless</em>’ St. Nick (Joshua Morrow).</p>
<p>No matter how often we put <em>The Bold and the Beautiful</em> eye candy Oliver (Zach Conroy) on our Christmas wish list, we never seem to get him. How good do we have to be all year?</p>
<p>We hope <em>Days of Our Lives</em>’ Mickey (John Ingle) had stocked up in 2004, because both Bonnie (Judi Evans) and Maggie (Suzanne Rogers) appeared ready, willing and able to pay him lip service.</p>
<p>There are six words — well, three, three times — that <em>The Young and the Restless</em>’ Ashley (Eileen Davidson) wasn’t about to say to Brad (Don Diamont) in 2002; he’d snowed her quite enough, thank you.</p>
<p>And there’s no thing like wearing a winter wedding dress — the way <em>General Hospital</em> bride Tracy (Jane Elliot) did in 2010 — that is even prettier than the decorations behind you.</p>
<p>This warm-as-a-roaring-fireplace photo of <em>The Bold and the Beautiful</em> exes Liam (Scott Clifton) and Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) was taken in 2011. Or a year from now. You know how they are!</p>
<p>We would’ve run this entire shot of <em>The Young and the Restless</em>’ Mariah (Camryn Grimes), Tessa (Cait Fairbanks) and their ginormous tree, but it was so tall, there wasn’t enough room — even on the Internet!</p>
<p>Wanna know how you can tell this is a soap photo and not a real one? If it was real, <em>Days of Our Lives</em>’ Arianna (Harper Udell) would’ve been screaming her head off the way all babies do when meeting Santa.</p>
<p>He’d be a puddle if he’d been on the set of <em>The Young and the Restless</em> in 2015 with card-carrying hottie Justin Hartley, who was playing Adam at the time. </p>
<p>Ya think if we play the above song on a loop between now and next December 25, <em>General Hospital</em>’s Lucky (Jonathan Jackson) and Luke (Anthony Geary) will do as it asks? Yeah, us, either.</p>
<p>In 2015, <em>Days of Our Lives</em>’ Marlena (Deidre Hall) donned attire that was part Santa’s team of sleigh-pullers, part <em>The Nutcracker</em>. And Belle (Martha Madison)? Well, we’re sure she had the Christmas spirit in her heart.</p>
<p>So lavishly decorated was the Young & Restless set over the holidays in 2019 that finding Billy (Jason Thompson) and Victoria (Amelia Heinle) among it was a little like playing <em>Where’s Waldo?</em></p>
<p>At a 2010 promo shoot, ol’ St. Nick kicked up his heels — literally — with <em>One Life to Live</em>’s Blair (Kassie DePaiva), Langston (Brittany Underwood), Starr (Kristen Alderson) and Dani (Kelley Missal).</p>
<p>In 2008, a new “Claus” was added to the contracts of <em>Days of Our Lives</em> legends Bill and Susan Seaforth Hayes, aka Doug and Julie.</p>
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