Soap Stars Bring Glamour to Fourth Annual Indie Soap Awards (PHOTOS)

One Life to Live’s Florencia Lozano and As the World Turns’ Martha Byrne were among the soap stars who helped celebrate the  Fourth Annual Indie Soap Awards on February 19 in New York City.  See more photos of ATWT, Guiding Light, Days of Our Lives  and OLTL favorites, and the cast of DeVanity, after the jump.

Austin Peck’s “Scene-Stealing” Turn in The Irish Curse

Former As the World Turns and Days of our Lives star Austin Peck is starringin the Off-Broadway production The Irish Curse. We Love Soaps’  Damon Jacobs attended the play and in a glowing review called Peck’s performance “scene-stealing” and “attention-demanding.” Daytime favorites Cady McClain, Jon Lindstrom, Kevin Spirtas, Peter Bartlett and Terri Colombino turned out for The Irish Curse’s opening night on March 28 at the Soho Playhouse. See photos from the opening night after the jump and check out Jacobs’ review at We Love Soaps. For ticket prices and show times visit The Irish Curse official website.

BREAKING NEWS: Kevin Spirtas Returns to DAYS as Chloe Fights for her Life!

Okay, okay, I'll put you guys out of your misery. My blind item from yesterday was in fact Kevin Spirtas. We hear Spirtas will soon reprise the role of Dr. Craig Wesley on Days of Our Lives for a three-day stint.


The vengeful Kate Roberts (Lauren Koslow) will almost succeed in her plot to kill Chloe (Nadia Bjorlin), landing the songbird in a coma. Craig returns for a few days to hold vigil. Unfortunately for Craig and Nancy fans, Patrika Darbo isn't slated to join her former onscreen hubby in Salem.  DAYS would be smart to bring back Spirtas and Darbo full-time and bring their SORAS'ed daughter Joy to town to interact with Mia, Chad and Will. Chloe needs her family!

Come Help Your Favorite Soap Stars Celebrate Burt Bacharach and Fight AIDS Dec. 1 in NYC

Keep smiling. Keep shining. Knowing you can always count on...soap stars to do their part help raise money for the fight of AIDS . Some of our fav-or-ite, Manhattan-based daytime drama kings and queens are scheduled to appear at POZ's Bacharach to the Future, a fund-raiser for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

One Life to Live
's Ilene Kristen, Kevin Spirtas and BethAnn Bonner are all scheduled to make appearances. Bacharach to the Future will celebrate the career of prolific composer Burt Bacharach, who penned the classic 80's feel good tune "That's What Friends Are For", which this blogger has performed numerous times at various karaoke bars across the U.S., both with and without the benefit of Crown and Coke! Proceeds from "That's What Friends Are For" went to The Foundation for AIDS Research (AMFAR)  Bacharach also produced the musical Promises, Promises.

Bacharach to the Future will be held at 7:30 pm, Dec. 1, 2008 at New World Stages, 340 W. 50^th St, New York, NY. Pricing for the event is:

$51.50--Balcony seating

$66.50--Orchestra seating

$251.50--Gold Circle Seating VIP seats with admission into the post-show
Cocktail Reception.

One Life to Live: Welcome Back Ron Carlivati!

The real supstar at One Life To Live has a first return airdate of May 2, only he won't be seen onscreen.  Head Writer Ron Carlivati's return to the helm of the soap has been arguably the most sought after return in soaps during the last few months. Pre-Strike OLTL was the most buzzed about-if-not-watched soap soap in the industry, thanks to Carlivati's Herculean efforts to re-focus the show on its core characters and history. Soap Opera Weekly's OLTL Editor Gabrielle Winkel interviewed the scribe for the magazine's current issue. Here are some highlights:

Clint/Nora/Bo/Lindsay/RJ: Carlivati tells Winkel he doesn't want to lose sight of Clint and Nora's relationship and reveals that Lindsay's growing feelings for Bo will be once again complicated by RJ. Good to know Timothy D. Stickney (RJ) is going to finally be put to good use now that Carlivati is back. Now if he can just write in a role for Passions' Tracey Ross (Eve) that pairs her with badboy RJ!

Jared and Natalie: Carlivati loves this pairing, as do I. I think Jared and Natalie have supercouple written all over them. For the first time-ever I am able to stomach Natalie and don't want to see her bansished to Eterna for good and that's all thanks to Melissa Archer's amazing chemistry with John Brotherton who plays Jared.

The return of David Vickers: The writer plays his cards close to the vest with this top secret return, but he does share that Vickers and his portrayer Tuc Watkins are back for awhile  and that David will be taking a "big step forward". Hmmm, into the bosom of the Buchanan family perhaps?

Ramsey: Thankfully Carlivati seems to realize how cartoonish this villain is becoming. He even envokes a name that sends shivers down the spines of OLTL fans everyhwere. No, not Santi, the other one-Spencer. As in Spencer Truman, the Stefano-esque mega villain who basically became responsible for every ill-happening in Llanview from Todd's missing baby to a drop in advertising revenue for Craze. Okay, I'm exaggerating, but you get the drift. Carlivati alludes OLTL will begin to better utilize the brilliant Hunt Block by seeing what makes Ramsey tick.

Antonio/Talia/John: Look for Angry Antonio to confront his nasty co-cops for their trifling right-under-his nose affair, according to Carlivati. Rumors had the John/Talia pairing as part of a plot to trap Ramsey, but I'm not so sure how this will turn out. All I can say is I hope John is ejected from this once promising couple's orbit ASAP.

Gigi/Rex/Bitchy Bangs: Sigh, why do boring soap characters have to become entertaining just before they leave the show? It happened the first time Austin Peck left Days and his Austin ripped Sami a new one in Vegas and it happened again in the months before Shawn and Belle left that NBC show. For the first time since the character's debut , I am LOVING Adriana aka Bitchy Bangs (click here to find out how you can listen to the most recent knee slapping Daytime Confidential ABC podcast where this term was coined), and the character is set to leave the show soon! Grrr! Why couldn't someone have thought to bitch up this character and her hair months ago? Carlivati loves Adriana getting in touch with her inner Dorian too and promises her wedding to Rex will be Must See Soap!

Todd and Co.: Controversial teen couple Cole and Starr will make a run for it next week and Blair will get her spunk back, says Carlivati. Also look for more bonding between Dorian and her foster daughter Langston.  While I love the dysfunctional melodrama Starr's relationship with Cole causes her family, the couple is a snorefest for me. I really hope Cole proves to be the Frankie Brady to the far-more interesting Starr's Jennifer Horton. Kristen Alderson cannot be saddled with this pairing much longer and Brandon Buddy's Cole actually comes alive in scenes with Langston. Maybe it's time for the teens to play couples swap?

Nash/Jessica/Sarah/Cris: We all know poor Nash and his portrayer Forbes March will be a goner this May, which really bites. I loved Nash and Tess and hate how the character became a eunuch when Jessica was integrated. It would have been so much better if the sexsational Tess persona had remained the primary personality and that wimpy Jessica had been the alternate, but oh well, that ain't how this particular cookie crumbled. Carlivati does reveal that he's putting a stop to all the Nash/Sarah flirting nonsense though, which is a relief.

Miles: Carlivati says he originally planned to tie Miles into Allison's shenanigans at the Go Red Ball, but those wascally scabs re-wrote his stuff! A curse on you scabs! Allison's DVD was all set to rock Llanview to it's core (All the way to Eterna? Okay, that's my second mention of the underground city, sorry.) but TPTB changed things. I bet old Ally Pants was going to reveal that Jessica was really a bio-Buchanan. Here's hoping Carlivati will now make that happen!

The McBains: Look for love to re-blossom for this couple during May Sweeps when they celebrate their anniversary. I have to say I've never been a big Michael and Marcie fan. Probably because I never, ever, ever bought the former Michael as (snort) a brilliant doctor, so I could never really invest in the character or the coupe. But as with Cole and Starr, I LURVE the female half of the pairing. Kathy Brier is AMAZING. I say let old Mikey get hit by a Wells Fargo truck and pair Marcie with the new character Kevin Spirtas is set to play.
Dorian: Dor Dor's takeover attempt of ex-lover Clint's family business will come to a head at a BE shareholder's meeting during the second half of May Sweeps, says Carlivati.  Now if there is any storyline in daytime that has my interest peaked it's this one! I know a lot of soap critcs pooh on corporate intrigue, but it is one of my favorite soapy staples. I have loved each and every one of the 50 gazillion takeover attempts of such soap corporations as Another World's Cory Publishing, Santa Barbara's Capwell Enterprises and Y&R's Jabot, so by telling a story set in BE's boardroom, the show has this fan hooked. All in all it looks like OLTL fans are in for a rip-roaring, well-written ride for the first time in months. Welcome home Mr. C, welcome home!

One Life to Live: Kevin Spirtas Cast As Jonas Chamberlain

TV Guide Canada's Nelson Branco is reporting that Days of Our Lives' alum Kevin Spirtas is joining the cast of One Life to Live as Jonas Chamberlain. Apparently, he's set to appear beginning in June and will be involved in Tina Lord's (Andrea Evans ) storyline. Many ABC fans may not be familiar with Spirtas work on Days of Our Lives or off screen on Broadway in his show Night and Days. Be sure to visit his Official Website to watch a great clip of highlights from Night and Days.