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Original Santa Barbara Leading Man Dane Witherspoon Dead at 56 (VIDEO)

The star-crossed, forbidden love of Kelly Capwell and Joe Perkins launched NBC's short-lived, cult fave soap opera Santa Barbara in 1984. Fans of the show couldn't decide who was more beautiful, Robin Wright, who played heiress Kelly Capwell, or Dane Witherspoon, who starred as her wrongfully-accused-of-murder beau Joe Perkins.

Fellow SB hunk A Martinez (ex-Cruz) had the difficult task of announcing Witherspoon's death via Facebook. He was 56. Watch a clip of Witherspoon, Wright and Louise Sorel, who played SB's sex-crazed socialite Augusta Lockridge, after the jump!


A Martinez Back to The Bold and The Beautiful


CBS Soaps In Depth is reporting A Martinez will reprise the role of Dr. Ramon Montgomery on The Bold and The Beautiful. So far, B&B is keeping mum as to why the good doc returns, Martinez's first airdate is set for Jan. 13.

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Tika Sumpter Shows Esquire Her "Place"

As talented as she is striking, former One Life to Live star Tika Sumpter's stock is rising in Hollywood on par with U.S. gasoline prices. Sumpter, who has recurring roles on both The CW's Gossip Girl and BET's record-breaking The Game, took a little time out of her busy schedule to share her place with Esquire for their Me In My Place photo essay collection.  Wouldn't it be awesome if BET did a cable soap starring Sumpter, Debbi Morgan, Darnell Williams and Victoria Rowell? Ah, the possibilities. Click here to see more!

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A Martinez Joins The Bold and the Beautiful

Cruz lives! TV Guide's Michael Logan is reporting A Martinez has landed the role Dr. Ramon Montgomery, a good friend of Bill's (Don Diamont), on The Bold and The Beautiful. Look for Dollar Bill to ask his bud to perform a paternity test on Amber's (Adrienne Frantz) baby. Martinez will appear on B&B for four episodes starting Feb. 9.

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A Martinez Cruises Onto Castle

What is up with my Cruz Castillo from Santa Barbara playing all these baddies? It all started when General Hospital cast him as mobster Roy DiLuca, then One Life to Live brought him in as...oh I don't remember his name! Something Santi??? I tell you one thing for doggone sure,  I'll never forget that accent and not in a good way! Now one of my all-time fave soap heroes, A Martinez, will be playing a drug trafficker named Cesar Calderon on fellow soap alum Nathan Fillion's hit ABC procedural Castle. Look for Martinez to pop up on the Oct. 18 eppy. Now if they can just cast Marcy Walker as a drug mole named Paradise...  READ MORE

As the World Turns: Finally Getting It Together

Perhaps someone passed along my Open Letter to Christopher Goutman. Perhaps Barbara Bloom took a good look at the plummeting ratings and decided that everyone should not lighten up after all. Perhaps head writer Jean Passanante took an extended vacation to Buenos Aires. Whatever has been happening over the last few weeks, let me step out on a limb and utter the words that many fans thought might not ever be said again or even believe: As the World Turns is, at long last, improving.

I fully expect the comments section to be full of invective and angry fist shaking about how ATWT is still "the worst soap on the air," how the vets are misused, and how the "Vortex of Suck" continues to, well, suck. In addition, the now well-documented list of the show's biggest defects remain stubbornly in place: warp-speed storytelling and the soul sucking semi-episodic structure continue to test the rapidly waning patience of the show's dwindling audience.

Having said that, it bears repeating that fans are a stubborn breed. We will praise shows, actors and performances we like, but we are quick to make our displeasure known when we feel things are not up to speed and falling apart. Once the latter narrative has been established it is very hard to turn the tide of opinion, even when a show starts to address its critics and make changes. Therefore, though the longstanding criticisms of ATWT are still valid, I think it is time to once again give credit where credit is due. READ MORE