News Roundup: Dangerous Games, A Shocking Hook-Up and Nonsensical Plot Twists
Plus, previews of what’s coming next!
We get it. You’re busy. Every now and then, some of the latest breaking news is going to slip under the radar. But that’s why we’re here — it’s literally our job to catch you up on the latest happenings in the daytime 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
- Darin Brooks (Wyatt) and Kelly Kruger welcomed their second daughter, and her adorable first pic is one we’re glad we didn’t miss!
- Newly released promo photos gave us a gorgeous sneak peek into what’s coming next for several Bold & Beautiful faves and also inspired some good laughs.
- It’s been five years since Courtney Hope joined The Bold and the Beautiful as Sally, and though the character is currently heating up the screen over on Young & Restless, we decided to celebrate her anniversary by going back to her Los Angeles roots.
- Supervising producer Casey Kasprzyk warned us to get ready for a shocker that’ll change the show forever. But what might it be?
- Sean Kanan has an idea of who the show should introduce in order to help us better understand how things went so wrong for Deacon.
What Went Down Last Week: After yet again questioning Douglas, Steffy and Thomas decided to find proof that Brooke kissed Deacon. With that in mind, they reached out to Charlie, who helped them tap into Brooke and Ridge’s security system. Misunderstanding what they saw on the footage, Steffy told Taylor that Brooke had cheated on Ridge. Blackmailed by Grace, Carter invited Paris over for a romantic dinner… at which he dumped her!
Days of Our Lives
- As hard as it is to believe, we lost Frances Reid 12 years ago this past week. We marked the somber occasion by paying tribute to the legendary actress who breathed life into Alice for over four decades.
Before he was a mostly respectable Salemite, Justin Kiriakis was a man who reveled in the family name… and all the shady benefits that came with it! For Wally Kurth’s 35th anniversary with Days of Our Lives, we went all the way back to his character’s playboy origins.
- Even if TR really is changed (and the jury’s still out on that!), stepping into the shoes of a character with a past like his is enough to give anyone pause. So, it’s no wonder William Christian almost passed on the chance!
Kate Roberts is a sophisticated, wealthy, powerful woman… so why in the world is she living above the Brady Pub?
Days of Our Lives may be on a two-week break, but life is not! Mary Beth Evans (Kayla) welcomed a new grandbaby into the world and shared a first pic of the tot born at a very special time.
We’ve been trying to figure out who Esme’s father is from the moment she popped up on our screens, but Avery Kristen Pohl thinks both she and her character know his identity.
- The week saw a number of cast shakeups, between Jane Elliot’s departure (for now!), Lindsay Hartley stepping temporarily into Kelly Monaco’s shoes with a heartfelt message, and Easton Rocket Sweda’s return alleviating fears that Leo had been recast.
- Lulu’s former portrayer introduced the world to her new son with a heart-melting photo and video.
When Chad Duell stopped by Maurice Benard’s State of Mind vodcast, Sonny’s portrayer admitted that he was kind of a jerk to his new TV-son when first he joined the show.
- Laura Wright just about broke the internet, not because of anything Carly did, but because of her brand new hairdo!
Did anybody not see Peter’s escape coming a mile away? In this week’s General Hospital column, Dustin discusses that obvious plot twist, Sonny’s erratic behavior and seemingly oblivious family, why Spencer and Trina fans finally have hope, and the reason he is, at last, actually invested in Willow.
What Went Down Last Week: Ned and Olivia renewed their vows, after which agents arrived to arrest Tracy. With Anna’s help, she avoided being taken in. Harmony revealed Willow’s birth certificate was a fake. Austin figured out the truth about Maxie’s daughter. While being transported back to prison, Peter escaped custody and kidnapped his daughter. In the chaos, Dante was injured and Mac was shot. Sonny arranged a big, romantic gesture for Carly. After Kristina told Sonny that Carly wasn’t going to show up, NIna did… and neither of them were aware that his wife was, in fact, on her way. Drew clearly had feelings for Sam but didn’t want to “poach” her from Dante.
The Young and the Restless
Speaking of Ashland, the about-to-exit Richard Burgi had a farewell message for his disappointed fans.
- As Mariah and Tessa’s engagement party got underway, Cait Fairbanks gave fans a look at what was going on behind the scenes — and maybe even a glimpse of what’s to come.
- Given that Melody Thomas Scott just sold her mansion for a whopping $6.2 million, we figured it would be fun to take a tour of not only her home, but those of several other soap stars.
- It was 42 years ago this past week that Young & Restless changed forever…despite the wishes of co-creator William J. Bell, who fought to keep things the way they were.
- Three years ago, we were rocked by the shocking death of Kristoff St. John. It’s a loss that’s still felt today, so we did our best to remember and honor Neil’s late portrayer by sharing the tributes paid to him by castmates.
In this week’s column, Candace ponders what the future holds for Ashland, shares her thoughts on the Chelsea/Adam/Sally situation, and discusses everything wrong where Noah’s growing infatuation with Tessa is concerned.
What Went Down This Week: As Chelsea and Chloe suggested to Lauren they design an exclusive line for Fenmore’s, Adam offered Sally a job at Newman Media. Victor convinced Michael to go to Peru to find the truth about Ashland’s supposed recovery. Noah mooned over Tessa during her and Mariah’s engagement party, causing his family to worry. Abby feared that something was wrong with the baby.
Primetime and More
- Though there hasn’t been much news about the All My Children primetime reboot lately, that finally changed when no less than Susan Lucci herself offered an update on Pine Valley.
- Hold onto your cowboy hats because Yellowstone‘s officially been renewed for its fifth season! Even better? The cast has grown by two!
- If Matt Casey returns to Chicago Fire at Stellaride’s wedding when the show comes back this spring, we have a feeling the cracks in his and Sylvie’s long-distance relationship could end up leading to a full-blown split!
- It was a sad week as we mourned the passing of Donald May, who played crime-busting good guy, Adam Drake on Edge of Night, and paid tribute to One Life to Live‘s Clint Ritchie, who passed away 13 years ago.
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!
- It looks as if all of Brooke’s efforts to keep her secret were for naught, because this week on Bold & Beautiful, the cat is out of the bag. But who knows what… and will Ridge be the last to know?
- Adam finally admits his feelings for Sally, but he makes clear that there is still a catch! And there may be one for Billy and Cane too, as she confides in him that she saw something coming a mile a way in this week’s Young & Restless spoiler video!
Finally, celebrate Black History month with a gallery celebrating some of daytime’s most important African-American characters of all time!
<p>In the late-’70s, Tina Andrews made headlines with Richard Guthrie as David Banning in creating what <em>Jet</em> magazine called at the time “TV’s Controversial Interracial Couple.” Or, as we’d call the pairing now, “Oh, What a Lovely Couple.” It was progress, but there was and still is more to be made. Just ask…</p>
<p>The 2020 nuptials of Valerie and David’s son Eli and his sweetheart — in real life, Lamon Archey and Sal Stowers, you surely know — marked the first time in the soap’s then-54-year history that an African-American couple had tied the knot on screen.</p>
<p>Emmy winners Debbi Morgan and Darnell Williams graduated the high-school sweethearts that they played off and on for decades into one of the most recognized and beloved supercouples in soap opera history. Not even that baby could upstage these two!</p>
<p>Though they didn’t achieve quite the same popularity as <em>All My Children</em>’s Jesse and Angie, Todd Davis and Bianca Ferguson’s young lovers enjoyed a long run in Port Charles — and got Sammy Davis Jr., no less, as Bryan’s father.</p>
<p>In a singularly wild 1984 storyline, Phil Morris’ character first played dead, then painted on enough makeup to play a white guy so as to infiltrate the Mob that wanted both him and his brother dead, no playing. Ex-girlfriend Amy Lewis (Stephanie E. Williams) was in on the charade, but you can tell from her expression, she was, “Seriously, Tyrone?”</p>
<p>“This town <em>needs</em> me!” declared <em>Another World</em> vet Jackée Harry’s new character upon landing in Salem in 2021. How right she was! Whether raising eyebrows or dropping truth bombs — <em>or</em> both at once — Paulina has been a breath of fresh air… with just a little hint of expensive perfume thrown in for good measure.</p>
<p>Much more than TV’s sexiest wedding officiant, Lawrence Saint-Victor’s Forrester Creations exec is the rare good guy who just wants to settle down… usually with a woman who already has a guy that she’s either <em>kinda</em> married to or <em>sorta</em> with. It’s like that.</p>
<p>A lightning rod of a character, Ellen Holly’s alter ego shocked viewers when she started dating a Black man, then shocked them <em>again</em> when it was revealed that she, too, was Black. Eventually, she settled down with the beloved Llanview PD detective who was played by daytime’s first Black Outstanding Lead Actor Emmy winner, Al Freeman Jr.</p>
<p>Since 1981, James Reynolds’ top cop has provided the (rarely heeded) voice of reason in Salem as well as a counterpoint to the madness that’s forever swirling around him. Don’t get sucked in, Abe! Don’t!</p>
<p>We all thought that Renee Jones’ good doctor was the Rx for a nice, simple, happy life for our beloved Abe — until we along with she discovered that for decades, she should’ve been sending Father’s Day cards to Stefano DiMera, aka the biggest Big Bad soapdom’s ever known.</p>
<p>Even as Tamara Tunie was starting to rack up her bazillion <em>Law & Order: SVU</em> episodes, she was turning in one winning performance after another as Oakdale attorney Jessica Griffin, who it bears mentioning was the bride in one of soapdom’s first interracial weddings. (Duncan McKechnie was her groom, as if you didn’t know.)</p>
<p>Genoa City was just the start for Shemar Moore. After making all of daytime fall for him as the photographer with whom everyone wanted to get, ahem, close-up, the Emmy winner went on to amass a body of work that’s almost as impressive as… well, his body.</p>
<p>Donnell Turner and (first Vinessa Antoine, then) Briana Nicole Henry walked a long and bumpy road to get the Port Charles movers and shakers together… only to have their relationship hit the rocks, hard. </p>
<p>Before <em>Hamilton</em> made a household name of Renée Elise Goldsberry, the future Tony winner struck one match after another as the Llanview lawyer whose case we never wanted to be closed. (BTW, that’s her with David Fumero as Cristian Vega. But you knew that. Of course you did.)</p>
<p>An overnight sensation when he first appeared on the soap in 1994, Keith Hamilton Cobb set not only the heart of Sydney Penny’s Julia Santos aflutter but viewers everywhere. Even now, just the <em>thought</em> of the presence that he generated still does the trick!</p>
<p>On any given day, Karla Mosley’s mercurial model could be a put-upon heroine or a plot-hatching vixen. But what she’ll most vividly be remembered for is the ground she broke in 2015 when it was revealed that she was a transgender woman. How the show lost interest in and dispatched a character <em>that</em> complex, we’ll never understand.</p>
<p>By the time we met Nathan Purdee’s “The Cannon,” he’d already traded the football field for the courtroom. However, as that backward glance suggests, the MVP could still score.</p>
<p>As a clairvoyant, Tanya Boyd’s former character surely could have predicted that she was going to be included on this list. She wouldn’t even have had to pull out the crystal ball, for Pete’s sake.</p>
<p>The soap thought that when it killed off Mishael Morgan’s first character in 2020, that was that. But she proved to be so popular that a surprise twin sister had to be created in order to return the actress to the spotlight.</p>
<p>The oft-recast grandson of Edward Quartermaine — first played by Joseph C. Phillips in 1994 — was just never going to fit in with the relatives that he discovered late in life. Not because he was Black, mind you, because he had scruples. And the Q crew? Not so much.</p>
<p>As this photo so <em>gloriously</em> illustrates, Jonelle Allen’s troublemaking minx was all that — and she knew it, too. On top of (all) that, few and far between are the soap catfights that could hold a candle to the ones she had with…</p>
<p>Vivica A. Fox was the good girl to Allen’s bad on NBC’s gone-way-too-soon late-’80s soap. But she held her own in their on-screen dust-ups as surely as she later would in <em>Kill Bill.</em></p>
<p>Since 2006, Sonya Eddy has been doling out tough love as the nurse whose heart is as big as the emergency room — and a whole lot warmer, too.</p>
<p>Victoria Rowell and the late Kristoff St. John didn’t just deliver to the soap another popular couple, they delivered that rarest of all dynamic duos — a bonafide supercouple. Even now, years after we last got to see them share the screen together, the Winterses’ legacy lives on in…</p>
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