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Soapdom Soap Opera Buzz ~ December 2009


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Can you believe that it's December already? Did this year fly by or what?  As you're decking the tree, lighting the menorah, and getting ready for New Year's Eve, don't forget your December soap opera buzz.  If you've got soap opera buzz, scoops, or rumors to share, please use the contact form.

December 22, 2009

Michelle Stafford (Phyllis, Young and the Restless)Congratulations are in order!  The Young and the Restless' Michelle Stafford (Phyllis) is the proud mother of a bouncing baby girl!  Yup, Natalia Scott Lee Stafford was welcomed into the world on Monday, December 21, 2009 at 11:23 PM.  She weighed in at 8 pounds, 3 ounces.  "She is healthy, gorgeous, and amazing," Stafford's rep told People Magazine and then Soapdom.com.  "Michelle is out of her mind happy."  Why wouldn't she be?  She's been on a three-year quest to start a family, and now her biggest wish has finally come true.  But you're absolutely correct.  There was no baby storyline written into Y&R. You didn't see Stafford hiding a bulging baby bump with pillows, brief cases, or plants.  That's because baby was born via surrogate.  As previously reported at Soapdom.com, Stafford announced last September that her decision to turn to a surrogate had been successful and that she was, indeed, expecting her first child.  Not to have her baby join the world unequipped, Stafford celebrated the impending arrival with a whimsical baby shower late last month which was attended by her closest friends. Soapdom couldn't be more delighted for Stafford and little Natalia.  Blessings around and a super big congratulations.

December 14, 2009

Sarah Brown (Sandy, B&B; ex Claudia, GH)Sarah Brown (Sandy, Bold and the Beautiful; ex Claudia/Carly, General Hospital), has landed a guest starring role on ABC Primetime's Castle (starring Nathon Fillion, ex Joey, One LIfe to Live).  Brown is filming scenes today - starting with a photo shoot.  Keep your eyes peeled to Castle for her guest spot to air. Contributed by LMS

December 11, 2009

Susan Lucci (Erica, All My Children)It's the end of an error.  All My Children wrapped production in New York City today as the show and it's cast and select producers, publicists, etc. pack up and get ready to relocate to Los Angeles.  Tonight is the going away party in New York.  All My Children will begin production in Los Angeles on January 4, forty years almost to the day, of the show's first episode airing.  Soapdom wishes everyone well in making the move west. Contributed by LMS

Speaking of All My Children, ABC Daytime has announced the 6th Annual ABC Daytime/SOAPNet Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids benefit at Town Hall in New York City on March 21, 2010.  Find out more. Contributed by LMS

December 10, 2009

Hunter Tylo (Taylor, Bold and the Beautiful)Congratulations are in order for the Bold and the Beautiful's Hunter Tylo (Taylor) who wed beau Gersson Archila in a private ceremony attended by family and friends.  “Gersson and I were married on November 29,” said Tylo.  “God has blessed me in the most special of ways. God has redeemed my life and future. My season of sadness has ended.  We are a very happy family. I welcome your blessings and well wishes." As “Dr. Taylor Hayes”, a psychiatrist whose life has been intertwined with the lives and loves of the Forrester and Marone families, Tylo debuted on the series in 1990 and remained as a series regular through 2002.  Tylo returned to B&B in 2004 for a two-episode arc, and then returned once again as a series regular beginning in May 2005. She made her television debut in 1985 as “Robin McCall” on All My Children. In 1987, Tylo joined Days of Our Lives as the wicked “Marina Toscano.” When she joined the cast of The Bold and the Beautiful in 1990, Tylo garnered the distinction of having played major roles on daytime dramas on all three major television networks. Her other credits include Dallas, The Family Channel’s Zorro, Diagnosis Murder, Burke’s Law, and the made-for-television movies License to Kill and SciFi Channel’s Hammerhead: Shark Frenzy. Tylo is widely considered one of the most beautiful women on television.  She has been featured on the cover of TV Guide as one of the sexiest women in daytime and in People Magazine’s ’50 Most Beautiful People’ issue twice, in 1993 and 1998.   Also successful in commercial work, Tylo has represented such companies as Canada Dry, Nissan, Naturalizer, Cover Girl and Pantene. In 2001, Tylo wrote and published her autobiography, “Making a Miracle.”  Tylo has three children; Chris, Izabella and Katya.  Her son, Michael Tylo, Jr. (Mickey) tragically died in 2007 at age 19, when he drowned due to a seizure disorder.  Through her own personal difficulties Tylo has found a way to help others.  She is on the Board of Directors of Retinoblastoma International and is a spokesperson for The American Epilepsy Outreach Foundation. She also heads up her own charity, "Hunter's Chosen Child." Contributed by LMS

James Reynolds (Abe, Days of our Lives)Days of our Lives has updated to their “Days Insider Blog,” this time written by the lovely James Reynolds (Abe). Reynolds recounts the events of the recent Detroit talent search, and the moving experiences the cast members shared on their visits to the Veterans Administration Medical Center and Genesis House III, a local rescue mission. Honestly, it’s a great read, and You might find that it is very much in the Christmas spirit:  Days Insider Blog Contributed by LMS

December 9, 2009

Jeanne Cooper (Kay, Young and the Restless)Young and the Restless' Jeanne Cooper has bragging rights. According to her recent Facebook post, "A prouder Grandmother I could not be. My grand-daughter Sarah (6th grade) has been placed in the Humanities Honors program at her school! My grand-daughter Grace (7th grade) just won 1st place for Film Production in the Reflections Contest at her school. Wow!!! This, alone, is all I need for Christmas!!! Way to go girl..."  Soapdom sends out congrats to the girls, Jeanne. Contributed by LMS

December 8, 2009

Soap Scribe, Jerry Birn, dies at age 86. He meant a lot to Brad Bell and the entire Bell family as he was a writer and creative consultant on both the Bold and the Beautiful and the Young and the Restless. Find out more.

December 7, 2009

Ellen WheelerSoapdom has learned that Ellen Wheeler, ex EP of Guiding Light, is being brought on to As the World Turns as a director.  Wheeler started her career in soaps as an actress, then went on to direct, until she made her mark as Executive Producer at Guiding Light.  Contributed by LMS

December 6, 2009

Paulina Porizkova (Clarissa, ATWT)Check out this great interview at TV Guide with Paulina Porizkova, the ex supermodel, who will make her soap opera debut on As the World Turns January 5th.  Sounds like the gorgeous diva missed being totally catered to, but she would do another soap in a second. This is a really fun and candid interview captured by Soapdom's friend and colleague, Michael Logan. Enjoy! Contributed by CL & LMS

There was a big party in Hollywood Friday night to celebrate the upcoming holidays.  Many soap stars attended.  Yours truly was invited, but was still recovering from the flu so had to pass.  Maybe next year. Contributed by LMS

Jackie Zeman (Bobbie, GH), Heather Tom (Katie, B&B), Kate Linder (Esther, Y&R) (c)Soapdom/LMSmith

Friday, December 4 saw Heather Tom (Katie, Bold and the Beautiful), Kate Linder (Esther, Young and the Restless) and Jackie Zeman (Bobbie, General Hospital) come out to sign the petition for keeping women's rights in tact as part of Obama's new health care initiatives. More on this soon. Find out more. Contributed by LMS

December 3, 2009

Matthew Borlenghi (Valentin, General Hospital)Matthew Borlenghi, who is set to join the cast of General Hospital in the role of Valentin, has shared on his Facebook that he will not be hitting Port Charles until after the new year.  But that's just as well, as Borlenghi and his lovely wife are in the throes of moving to a new home, and that's not all.  They are also expecting twins! Congrats to the Borlenghi's! Contributed by LMS

As the World Turns' Tom Pelphrey will be starring in an Apothecary Theatre Company production called "In God's Hat," at the off-Broadway Playwights Horizons this summer.  Stay tuned for more info... Contributed by LMS

December 1, 2009

Tracey E. Bregman (Lauren, Y&R)Soapdom is so sorry to hear that Tracey E. Bregman (Lauren, Young and the Restless) broke her foot!  She shared the news with her Facebook friends today.  She didn't go into too much detail, but we sure do hope she's now on the mend and that the recovery will be quick. Get better soon, Tracey! Contributed by LMS

Soapdom's Linda Marshall-Smith came down with the flu over Thanksgiving weekend. Ah Chew!  She sends out best wishes to anyone else who caught the bug and hopes everyone feels in the pink in no time! Contributed by LMS

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