News Roundup: Shocking Twists, a Controversial Plot and What Will Happen Next!
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
Now that the Santa-gate lid has been blown wide open, the writing on the wall seems to say we’re heading for a Ridge/Taylor reunion. But what if that’s not what’s happening here? We have a feeling the show could, instead, be setting us up for one hell of a shock!
- Another would-be couple on the canvas could also find themselves on a different path. Could someone unexpected wind up doing their best to keep Brooke and Deacon apart?
- Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke) gave us a behind-the-scenes look as she posed for photos for an updated title sequence, then she surprised us all by sharing a reunion with not one but two of her former castmates!
- Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (Steffy) updated us on how her pregnancy was going with the cutest baby bump pictures we’ve seen.
- Krista Allen has had us in stitches more than a few times since taking over as Taylor, but this time, she was the one struggling to keep a straight face after Thorsten Kaye cracked a joke during rehearsal.
- Jacob Young didn’t hold back when a fan came for his (and a slew of other celebs’) appearance!
Get ready, because in this week’s Bold & Beautiful column, Richard is going out on a limb: He suggests that the soap is preparing to kill off a major player! Plus, find out which characters behaved so poorly that he wants to send them to bed without their supper!
What Went Down Last Week: After seeing the incriminating evidence, Taylor took it upon herself to tell Ridge that his wife had “cheated” on him. Ridge went to confront Brooke, who confessed everything that had gone down on New Year’s Eve. After seeming to forgive his wife, Ridge went to sucker punch Deacon! Grace was pleased when her plan to push Paris into Zende’s arms seemed to be working.
Days of Our Lives
- Days of Our Lives‘ post-Olympics promo featuring Paulina and TR had us feeling more than a little uncomfortable with how the show’s dealing with the serious topic of abuse. Meanwhile, it looks as if someone will soon arrive in Salem who could wind up telling us everything we need to know about Paulina’s nasty ex.
- Thanks to JoDevil, Chad turned on EJ at the worst time possible. But unless we miss our mark, once the whole truth comes out, EJ’s going to be hell-bent on revenge!
- Bill Hayes made his Days of Our Lives debut ago 52 years ago last week, so of course we had to put together a tribute to both the actor and his iconic alter ego
- It looks like once the Olympic hiatus is over, Jack will be coming back to Salem… and he isn’t returning alone!
What Went Down Last Week: Days of Our Lives was pre-empted for NBC’s coverage of the Winter Olympics. It will be bumped from the airwaves this week as well, returning on Monday, February 21.
We celebrated Genie Francis’ 45th anniversary as Laura with a heartfelt tribute to the Emmy winning actress while her co-stars marked the milestone with the warmest of wishes and a flashback that was too sweet to miss.
Maurice Benard, Laura Wright and Cynthia Watros took us behind the scenes with a video promising plenty of excitement ahead with the Carly/Sonny/Nina triangle that fans “love/hate!”
Josh Swickard (Chase) shared a photo-filled tribute to his grandfather on the much-loved family man’s 98th birthday.
- Last week was the anniversary of Robert and Holly’s wedding, so we revisited their unconventional romance just in time for Valentine’s Day!
Lindsay Hartley did such a great job stepping into the shoes of Kelly Monaco’s Sam that we’ve cooked up the perfect way to keep her on General Hospital for good.
As much as he may hate Peter, Dustin had to admit in this week’s General Hospital column that the villain’s escape with Maxie saw the show firing on all cylinders. Plus, Nina and Sonny finally jumping into bed together gave us a Carly/Drew near-miss that just about had him screaming at his television!
What Went Down Last Week: Liz found the dress in which she’d married Franco had been shredded. Maxie left with Peter on the condition they leave Louise behind. Terry arrived at Charlie’s for her big date. Sonny found out that Carly was meeting with a divorce attorney. Carly and Drew nearly kissed. Sam and Dante better defined their relationship.
The Young and the Restless
- Eric Braeden celebrated his 42nd anniversary on Young & Restless, so we feted the soap legend with a tribute to both him and his legendary character.
Marking 14 years of playing Chloe, Elizabeth Hendrickson had a special message for her fans and shared a slew of behind-the-scenes photos from her time in Genoa City.
Like most fans, we want Noah to stay far, far away from Mariah and Tessa. With that in mind, we’ve found the perfect woman to keep him distracted.
The weather outside may be frightful, but Hunter King’s behind-the-scenes post about filming was oh so delightful!
Brytni Sarpy shared a pic which had us seeing her in a whole new light… and realizing just how underused she’s been of late!
Candace is looking forward to Valentine’s Day heating things up a bit in this week’s Young & Restless column. Plus, she has a cure for Billy’s insomnia and dishes on what’s working — and what’s not — among some of Genoa City’s couples.
What Went Down This Week: Victor continued digging for dirt on Ashland, who confessed his involvement with the Peruvian clinic to Victoria. Chelsea had a dream about kissing Rey. The people in Dom’s life waited anxiously for the results of his medical tests. Adam made Sally the COO of Newman Media, and the two got closer as they avoided celebrating Valentine’s Day as part of their agreement to never mark holidays.
Primetime, Flashbacks and More
- As Tessa and Mariah are gearing up for their wedding, we celebrated the 13th anniversary of daytime’s first same-sex wedding with a look back at Bianca and Reese’s historic All My Children nuptials!
When Calls the Heart released its season 9 premiere teasers and it looks like the stage is set for romance, change and a race like no other!
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!
- Brooke may be claiming there’s no one she wants more than Ridge, but now that the truth is out there on Bold & Beautiful, is her husband actually willing to forgive her? He may not have a choice if Steffy and Thomas have their way!
- Is there anything hotter than a secret romance? That’s the direction that Adam and Sally seem headed as they combine business and pleasure. But they’re about to be busted… and by the last person either would want catching them in the act!
Finally, while everyone else is raising toasts to love, were taking a slightly different approach to Valentine’s Day. How? By taking a look at 30 of the worst couples to ever hit daytime. The shows thought these pairings would sizzle, but in reality, all they did was fizzle!
<p>Ugh. Even looking at this photo pains us. What possessed the soap to try to pair Kimberly’s true love with Steve’s true love is… ugh. Ugh all over again. Seriously, whatever possessed the powers that be was more heinous than the demon that took over Marlena’s heavenly body not once but twice.</p>
<p>Since there are (cough) only 12 people in Los Angeles, we understood why the designer (then Ronn Moss) might contemplate forging a relationship with the young woman that he once thought was his daughter (then Jennifer Finnigan). But then we realized… ew! Ew all over again! And finally, we said, “What the [bleep] is wrong with you, <em>Bold & Beautiful</em>? Get some new characters already!” Ew!</p>
<p>We get it. We get it. The soap was only using the endlessly annoying bad guy as a delaying tactic before it paired Kirsten Storms’ enduring heroine with true love Nathan. But that didn’t make the couple’s relationship and engagement any less odious or frustrating. Heck, we still wake up in the night screaming, “No, Maxie! Step away from the shaggy man! <em>Away</em>!”</p>
<p>Were we supposed to invest in the coupling of Phyllis’ lover and daughter? If so, man, we got it all wrong. ’Cause mainly, we were grossed out by the notion of the two of them getting to know one another in a biblical sense, no matter the trumped-up reasons that they thought it was a great idea for them to do so.</p>
<p>They were so pretty, just the prettiest pair you ever did see. They were so nice, just the nicest couple you ever did meet. They were so… Oh, what channel do we switch to in order to watch paint dry? Because let’s be real, we’d all have preferred to tune in to that station than continue to watch the bland leading the bland for a second longer.</p>
<p>Theoretically, the pairing of the underdogs made sense. Why wouldn’t they seek comfort in one another after being hurt so badly by Ridge and Brooke? The trouble was, the coupling only served to reinforce why Taylor (then Hunter Tylo) and Thorne (then Winsor Harmon) had been so easily discarded by the objects of their desire.</p>
<p>Nope, some things even being attractive and blond can’t do, and one of them is generate chemistry where there is none. To this day, we’re sorry that the soap never pursued the sparks that flew between the radiant Tava Smiley and Wally Kurth, who back then was her character’s husband of convenience, Ned. (He’s still Ned, obviously, but… well, you get it.)</p>
<p>Remember when you were 12 and wondering what it was like to make out, so you kinda got busy with your forearm? That was sorta what it was like watching these two pals pair up and try to sell us, blessedly briefly, on the idea that theirs was a grand love affair. It’s OK to just be friends, guys — and sometimes advisable.</p>
<p>What the pairing of Nicole’s then-husband and sibling rival was supposed to accomplish, we’re at best unsure. However, we can say with great certainty that the coupling of the playboy (then James Scott) and his sister-in-law (Tamara Braun, now Ava) did not inspire fans to ’ship them. If anything, it landed the duo atop viewers’, erm, ship lists.</p>
<p>What’s that, you say? You don’t even remember Sydney Penny and Lorenzo Lamas being on the show, much less being a frontburner couple in the early 2000s? Exactly. We rest our case.</p>
<p>Maybe this pairing would have worked if we hadn’t already bought into Roger Howarth’s Franco with Liz. Or if we hadn’t gotten a chance to check out how well his Austin played opposite Britt. But as it was, the only people who were ’shipping this couple were the writers, who didn’t seem to see what we were: a whole lotta nothin’.</p>
<p>Gorgeous? Check. Supercouple track record? Check. Hot together? Not so much. The pairing of Adam’s half brother and “widow” made total sense on paper. But on screen? Well, sure, it still made sense. But we’ve seen more passion during commercial breaks. For, like, pain relievers and diapers. Hard pass for the long haul.</p>
<p>“Sacrilege!” cried fans of the NBC soap when, after altogether selling us on the love story of Eden and Cruz, it tried to match up the “widower” with his sister-in-law. A Martinez (later Eduardo, <em>Days of Our Lives</em>) and Eileen Davidson (Ashley, <em>Young & Restless</em>) could sell a space heater to a snowman, but even they couldn’t get us to forget the magic that was Cruz and Eden.</p>
<p>In theory, the bad girl-gone-good and good guy-gone-nowhere should’ve been soap-opera gold. She wanted to wear a halo, and he had a collection of them that was so big, you’d swear that he’d stocked up at Costco. But put them together, and it had the same effect as throwing a match in water. Pfft. Zip. Nada.</p>
<p>Their portrayers have it going on, but their characters never managed to get fans going. Maybe that’s why, aside from the in-demand actors’ busy schedules, the couple was put so far on the backburner that they fell off the stove.</p>
<p>“Too soon!” hollered Laura fans when the soap tried to move his “widower” on with Port Charles’ new Lois Lane. Eventually, he was shuttled into a more successful romance with Holly, and she, into a well-received love affair with Robert. And, of course, Demi Moore wound up doing OK for herself in Hollywood, now didn’t she?</p>
<p>For the sake of good, soapy drama, we’ll let a lot slide — but the Newman family’s omnipotent patriarch hooking up with his frequent daughter-in-law? Mm, no, that was a big step too far. And, it goes without saying, a big step in the wrong direction — for both of them!</p>
<p>We‘re all for fresh blood, new couples, hot ideas. But the storyline that was built around these two and a too-much-discussed elephant statue fell flatter than the proverbial pancake. Maybe if we’d actually seen them get involved and fall in love, we wouldn’t have wished that the Necktie Killer had put us out of our misery along with Serena.</p>
<p>This pairing made about as much sense as a Mad Libs gone oh, so very wrong. He wasn’t all that into her, she wasn’t all that into him, and you don’t need us to tell you that there wasn’t a member of the audience that was all that into them. For a show that usually nails the big moments, this felt like a little… misfire.</p>
<p>At a time when the audience was really all about “Spixie,” the show attempted to recreate the magic conjured up by Jason Cook and Kirsten Storms as <em>Days of Our Lives</em>’ Shawn and Belle by re-teaming them… to pleasant but ultimately less than enchanting results.</p>
<p>After the searing, decades-long love story the show had given Robert Newman (now Ashland, <em>Young & Restless</em>) and Kim Zimmer as Josh and Reva, his romance with his sister-in-law seemed more lukewarm than hot. Yet by golly, <em>Guiding Light</em> stuck with it long past the point that viewers did.</p>
<p>“What better way could there be to break up my daughter and her boyfriend,” thought the vixen, “than by stripping him down and loving him up?” Um, virtually every conceivable way, ma’am. Not only did viewers blanch, they never looked at Paige’s mother or beau the same way again.</p>
<p>OK, Kendall, that reaction might be a smidgen extreme. But it’s not too far off from the way that the audience responded to her true love breaking character by getting jiggy with the character that should only have ever been played by the incomparable Marcy Walker.</p>
<p>Let’s see. The young woman who was appalled by her sister’s boyfriend’s affair with married lady Quinn suddenly decides that she doesn’t want to settle down with boo Zende but hook up with the ab-fabulous CFO herself. Yeah, that makes sense. Wait, no, it doesn’t. Not at all. And the lack of heat between the twosome doesn’t help one damn bit!</p>
<p>Thank heavens for Kay, Tabitha, Zombie Charity and every other interloper in the romance of these teenage sweethearts, a dishwater-dull pairing that often left viewers reacting to their scenes the same way that she is here: by getting sleepy… so <em>very</em> sleepy!</p>
<p>When the first Mrs. Jacks was raised from the tomb, she was intended to be a grave threat to the hubby’s relationship with Brenda. But despite a splashy introduction and glam promo shots, the pairing proved to be so DOA that it, if not Miranda, was soon sent to the morgue.</p>
<p>The storyline in which Sheila stole her rival’s man and their baby is a classic, for sure. But let’s be real here: Was anybody <em>really</em> all that invested in the Graingers’ marriage… or merely the havoc that the evil nurse prescribed the ho-hum couple?</p>
<p>When the legacy characters returned to Salem, it was a big deal — or was <em>supposed</em> to be. Instead, fans responded with a shrug, and Linsey Godfrey’s character was soon moved on to one new love interest (Eric, another misfire), then another (Xander — jackpot!).</p>
<p>In a way, we got the appeal: Brooke’s son was the one man who wouldn’t dump Taylor (Hunter Tylo back then) for her mama. But the ick factor was nosebleed-high on the fling that found Phoebe’s mom shagging her ex — <em>and</em> Steffy’s future beau!</p>
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