Happy Anniversary to a legend; soap stars heading to primetime; and major soap exits and a return: Here’s everything you missed in the daytime world (with links), in the Soap Hub Weekly News Wrap.
Soap Opera News: This Is 40
Happy anniversary to Eric Braeden who just celebrated 40 years as Victor Newman on The Young and the Restless. Can you remember why he was originally added to the cast?
Hunter King (Summer, The Young and the Restless) could be heading back to primetime. The actress nabbed a lead role in the ABC pilot Prospect, and Soap Hub has all the details.
Adain Bradley (Xander) has been MIA from The Bold and the Beautiful for months. However, the talented actor has landed a new role in a potential CW series.
In a stunning move, Chandler Massey (Will) and Freddie Smith (Sonny) were both handed their walking papers at Days. Massey confirmed the news that shocked fans.
Galen Gering shared a video of a goodbye cake along with a special message to Days of Our Lives fans as he wrapped up his run as Rafe Hernandez.
Meanwhile, Mary Beth Evans (Kayla) reported that many of her Salem co-stars are back at work at the soap’s Burbank studios now that production has resumed. Find out which ones.
It’s been a long time since the Forrester family has received a visit from Bridget. But that’s about to change now that Ashley Jones is heading back to the soap.
Sharon’s agony, as she battles breast cancer on YR, has given Sharon Case one of her most challenging storylines to date. Case discussed the powerful material.
Courtney Hope (Sally, BB) shared her thoughts on her character’s mystery illness, which has been deemed terminal. And she addressed how she really feels about the specifics of the condition not being revealed.
Is it really over for GH’s Anna and Finn. Michael Easton speaks out the pair’s tenuous relationship.
Speaking of Easton, did you know he’s also a poet? He released the book 18 Straight Whiskeys in 1997 and an updated version in 2018.
New Daytime Emmy Home
The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) is launching a streaming service on its site. That’s good news for soap fans who will be able to watch the Daytime Emmys via its app.
Camila Banus (Gabi, DAYS) took to Instagram to encourage her followers to fight for themselves and what’s fair. You can watch it here.
Meanwhile, her co-star, Lauren Koslow (Kate), who’s a major animal lover, pointed out the importance of adopting a shelter dog. The actress went on about how pets can enrich the lives of the families who have them.
Alley Mills (Pam, B&B) lost her husband, actor/comedian Orson Bean, when he was tragically hit by a car and killed. The show’s cast paid tribute to the legendary star.
Elizabeth Hendrickson’s (Chloe, YR) baby shower was a who’s who of soap stars from her daytime present and past. See who attended the fun-filled celebration.
Steve Burton (Jason, GH) just enjoyed a special outing with a special little lady, but it wasn’t his wife, Sheree. So who was it?
Help for a Loved One
Victoria Konefal (Ciara, Days) asked fans for their help locating her aunt, Czeslawa Konefal, who has dementia. She resides in Brooklyn and recently went missing.
About That Art
Ever wonder where all that artwork comes from whenever GH’s Ava (Maura West) has an exhibit at her gallery? Check out this behind-the-scenes video from the soap’s production designer, Jennifer Elliott, which explains things
Kirsten Storms’ (Maxie, GH) daughter, Harper, is all about creating pretty hairdos. And she learned how to achieve them from watching her mom.
GH fans have totally embraced Jophielle Love, who plays Finn’s (Michael Easton) daughter Violent. You won’t want to miss this Instagram video that chronicles her young life.
Kyle Lowder (ex-Rex/Brady, Days) gave fans a sneak peek at his upcoming film, The Ravine. The project also stars Grey’s Anatomy alum Eric Dane and Teri Polo (ex-Kristin, Loving).