GH is back with huge casting moves, a Hollywood superstar could have been Bo Brady, and a late soap star’s identity stolen… Here’s everything you missed in the daytime world — with links — in the Soap Hub soap opera news wrap.
Soap Opera News: Big GH Return and Recast
GH is back with new episodes on Monday, August 3. You can catch up on where key stories left off here.
DAYS Cast Speaking Out
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Eric Martsolf addressed what’s next for Brady, who left town with Kristen (Stacy Haiduk) a few weeks back, challenging his inner Arnold Schwarzenegger voice. And Galen Gering (Rafe) has been populating his Instagram feed with behind-the-scenes photos and videos, leading up to his exit from the soap.
BB Ratings Coup
The Bold and the Beautiful was the first soap to return with new episodes. last week. Viewers tuned in, pushing the soap to the top of the daytime ratings heap.
Actor Lawrence Saint-Victor (Carter), who’s been a recurring actor on the soap, has been rewarded with a new contract. Will a new storyline follow?
On the YR Front
During The Young and the Restless’ retro episode focused on Cassie’s death, Camryn Grimes, who now plays Mariah on the soap, live-tweeted about the tear-jerker twist — and revealed some backstage secrets from that fateful day.
Also on the retro front, Michael Damian, who played fan-favorite Danny, noted that he’s been busy with some other projects. However, he isn’t ruling out a return to the soap once it returns.
Another Bo Brady?
Kristian Alfonso (Hope, DAYS) revealed a major secret about the casting of Bo Brady. You’ll never guess which Hollywood superstar auditioned for the part but didn’t get it.
Late Soap Star’s Identity Stolen
It’s been a difficult year for Eva LaRue (ex-Maria, All My Children) who lost her former husband, John Callahan (ex-Edmund, AMC), who died of a stroke in March. Now she reports that his identity was stolen before his demise.
GH Behind the Scenes
Condolences to Emme Rylan (Lulu, GH). Her sister, Lara, who had been diagnosed with stage four cancer, tragically passed away.
Women in Black and White
YR’s Beth Maitland (Traci) was one of many who took part in a viral campaign about women showing appreciation for other women. So did Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea), who also took the opportunity to speak out about her private struggles with fertility.
BB’s Ashley (Bridget) shared news of some difficult dark times she’s endured over the past year. And co-star Annika Noelle (Hope) addressed feelings of isolation and helplessness in the midst of a global pandemic, ecological crisis, and social injustices.
Look Who’s Chatting
James Reynolds (Abe) sat down with Soap Hub fans for an intimate fireside chat via Zoom. He talked about his career and how he ended up landing on Days of Our Lives.
For the Love of Children
July 30 was World Day Against Human Trafficking, and Melissa Ordway (Abby, YR) spoke out on the cause. She’s determined to raise awareness on behalf of children whose voices have been silenced.
It was 13 years ago that Daniel Goddard (ex-Cane, YR) and his wife, Rachael, sponsored a child via Africa Renewal Ministries. Now the actor is sharing some exciting news about a teen named Adrian and how far he’s come.
Jen Lilley (ex-Theresa, DAYS) was set to meet with late Georgia Congressman and Civil Rights activist John Lewis shortly before his death. She traveled to D.C. as an essential worker to lobby for changes in the foster care system.
Hunter King (Summer, YR) is a totally proud big sister and one heck of a publicist. Check out her glowing words about her little sis Joey King’s Netflix movie, The Kissing Booth.
The Wedding Crasher
Look who’s become a wedding crasher. Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki, YR) shared pictures and videos of herself popping into her daughter Alex’s shoot for her beautiful bridal line.
John McCook (Eric) took to Instagram to share how thrilled he is to be back to work at The Bold and the Beautiful, and praised the soap for the protocols it’s following to keep cast and crew safe.
Meanwhile, co-star Don Diamont (Bill) spoke out about Steffy’s onscreen motorcycle crash and how his character is definitely not to blame. Diamont also led an offscreen charge for everyone out there to get fit, revealing details from his Workout Wednesday.