News Roundup: GH Wins at WGA; Justin Hartley Returns to Mistresses; Linda Gray Joins Winterthorne and More!

We've been on a bit of a blogging mini vacay this Valentine's Day/President's Day long weekend, but that didn't stop news from dropping like airplanes and/or roofs on The Young and the Restless! Let's catch up on some of the latest headlines, including General Hospital taking home the Writers Guild of America (WGA) Award for Daytime Drama writing.
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Just How Many People Knew About David Tom’s Young and Restless Firing Before He Did?

More stunning revelations are coming out following David Tom's (ex-Billy) firing at The Young and the Restless. Recently, Tom stated to CBS Soaps In Depth that, not only was he shocked about getting the axe, so were his former cast members. According to soap agent Michael Bruno, Tom may have been the only one who was clueless!

Bruno, who is Amelia Heinle's (Victoria) agent, appeared on  Soap Box with Lilly and Martha where he stated:
There’s a lot of stuff behind the scenes which goes on that you’d actually be surprised that people don’t know. You kind of are like, ‘This is happening, everyone else knows,’ and here’s an example of someone where I knew this was happening, I don’t represent him, and this is a person who’s going to work everyday… and talk about out of line, you kind of go, ‘Shouldn’t he be the first one to know before everyone else knows?’ And this is not the first time.

Watch the interview at the 35:44 minute mark below.


Soap Stars Debate Agnes Nixon’s Importance to AMC and OLTL Reboots on Hallmark’s Planet 360!

Just how significant a role should Agnes Nixon play in the continuations of her iconic sudsers, One Life to Live and All My Children? The topic is debated by soap veterans Crystal Chappell, Tristan Rogers and Martha Madison on today's installment of Hallmark Channel's Planet 360. Watch a sneak peek after the jump!

Mary Beth Evans’ Life Hangs in The Balance in The Bay Season Finale!


Daytime Emmy-nominated webisoap The Bay wrapped its most impressive season to date, with heroine Sara Garrett (Mary Beth Evans) in mortal danger! Ahead of the season finale's potentially lethal final scenes for Sara, her daughter Marly (Martha Madison) was feeling guilty that her muy caliente affair with Manny Ramos (Ignacio Serrichio)—the brother of her mom's mortal enemy Janice (Lilly Melgar)—had cost Marly her family. More of this couple next season, please!

 Meanwhile, Mayor Jack Madison (Nicolas Coster) was as desperate to find Sara, as Peter (Kristos Andrews) was to find his big brother, but why? I suspect Father's Day may come early in Bay City...

Elsewhere in the beach community, Mac Johnson (Lane Davies) was interrogating cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs—and Brian Nelson's (Dylan Bruce) junk—Igor Chambers (Camden Toy); while Capt. Elliot Sanders (Charles Shaughnessy) prepared to face a blast from the past. Watch the sudsy season finale of The Bay after the jump!

Martha Madison is FIYA as Marly’s Marriage Implodes on The Bay; Plus Fiona Hutchison Debuts as “Mystery Woman”!


After finally wrapping the longest wedding in soap history, Gregori J. Martin's The Bay is back to firing on all cylinders with its latest webisode. Proving that what we always say about daytime soaps also applies on the web, when The Bay focuses on character moments between core cast, magic can happen!

Said magic is created in this installment when socialite Sara Garrett's (Mary Beth Evans) daughter Marly Nelson-Foster (Days of Our Lives and General Hospital alum Martha Madison) realizes her secret trysts with Manny (Ignacio Serricchio) haven't been so secret after all. Kudos to Madison for giving a brief, stellar performance, as a Southern California cat caught on hot tin roof, with nowhere to jump! 

This is the kind of web-based soap opera I want to see — a woman, screwing the brother of her mother's arch rival, to the detriment of her own young family. No need for any creepy, campy man in a dress, just good, old-fashioned (and realistic) scandalous suds!

Sara's other children also drive story in this installment, which is smart. What hooked me on The Bay early on was the promise of how Sara's dysfunctional family life would be explored. Somewhere along the way, the cast got way too bloated and the stories sort of jerked and gyrated into varying directions, with multiple spin offs. It's nice to see Martin get things back into sharp focus on those wonderfully-wicked Garretts.

Brian Nelson (Dylan Bruce) finds himself desperate to leave the country in the webisode, but could a stunt by his equally hunky kid brother Peter (Kristos Andrews) throw a wrench into those plans? Meanwhile, Lex (Tristan Rogers) is once again there for Sara when she needs him. Forget those kids' various daddies, I am so ready for Lex and Sara to bone!

Watch the latest webisode of The Bay—featuring As The World Turns and The Bold and the Beautiful's Michael Swan, Guiding Light's Scott Bailey and the debut of the fabulous Fiona Hutchison—after the jump!