Soap News: Is Sami Brady a Granny? Y&R’s Brad heads to B&B, Emmy Pre-Noms and Cady McClain returns to As The World Turns

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— Online buzz has Days of our Lives fans worried that Sami (Alison Sweeney) and Lucas’ (Bryan Dattilo) newly returned son Will is Mia’s (Taylor Spreitler) baby daddy…which means that because of Nicole’s baby switch, Sami could be raising her own grandchild? Will, born on-screen in 1995 was aged to about 16 when Dylan Michael Patton assumed the role late last week. There’s no way fans will accept Sami Brady as a grandmother. She has carried the show when all other stories have bombed. A scheming Sami shouldn’t have to deal with being a grandmother.  Hopefully Alison Sweeney will add a “Grandma Clause” onto her contract like Susan Lucci did.  The only reason to worry is that the writing on this show gets increasingly worse and worse and that a contrived plot like this is plausible. The last time Will was in town, he was written to be smarter than his parents and wouldn’t make the same mistakes…hopefully that still is the case and has no past with Mia.

Don Diamont (ex-Brad, Y&R) is heading over to The Bold and the Beautiful as a brand new character named Bill Spencer, Jr. Bill is supposed to be Caroline Spencer Forrester’s brother. Now for your history lesson: the Caroline character was first around when the show debuted in 1987 and was Ridge’s first wife. Caroline was basically the Taylor of the 80s, she was caught between both Ridge and Thorne and went against Brooke for Ridge. She was played by Joanna Johnson who is also said to be returning. Johnson’s Caroline was killed off in 1990, but the actress returned several months later to portray Caroline’s twin sister Karen. Taylor used to be Caroline’s doctor when she was introduced to the show and this is how she met Ridge. So if Don Diamont is on B&B…do you think if Ashley ever pops over, she’ll recognize Bill as Brad since both soaps are set in the same “universe”?! Oh well, this isn’t the first Y&R star to take on a different role on B&B, Heather Tom who plays Katie on B&B was the original Victoria on Y&R and Jennifer Gareis (Donna) used to be Grace.

— Daytime Emmy winner Cady McClain is returning to As The World Turns as Rosanna Cabot. The actress starts taping in two weeks and first appears on screen May 20th. McClain has played Rosanna on and off since 2002. McClain is also known as All My Children’s Dixie Cooney Martin which she had played on and off from 1988 until last year (when she was killed off due to a poisonous pancake…seriously). The actress has won an Emmy for each of her roles – for Dixie in 1990 and Rosanna in 2004.

— In other As The World Turns casting news, Nicholas Galbraith and Melinda Sullivan have been tapped to play fraternal twins Zac and Zoe. Zac will be thrown into a triangle with Luke and Noah while Zoe will mix things up with Casey. The pair make their debut on April 1st while In Turn season one winner Alex Charak’s Elwood is killed off this week.

— NASCAR racer Jeff Burton guest stars on General Hospital later this month and shares scenes with canuck Jason Thompson (Patrick).

— The official list of pre-nominations for the 36th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards were announced yesterday:

Outstanding Lead Actress

All My Children, ABC
Debbi Morgan (Angie Hubbard)
Bobbie Eakes (Krystal Carey Martin)

As The World Turns, CBS
Maura West (Carly Tenney)
Elizabeth Hubbard (Lucinda Walsh)

The Bold and The Beautiful, CBS
Susan Flannery (Stephanie Forrester)
Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke Logan)

Days of Our Lives, NBC
Lauren Koslow (Kate Roberts)
Renee Jones (Lexie Carver)

General Hospital, ABC
Laura Wright (Carly Corinthos Jacks)
Sarah Brown (Claudia Zacchara)

Guiding Light, CBS
Kim Zimmer (Reva Shayne Lewis)
Gina Tognoni (Dinah Marler)

One Life to Live, ABC
Kassie DePaiva (Blair Cramer)
Susan Haskell (Marty Saybrooke)

The Young and the Restless, CBS
Jeanne Cooper (Katherine Chancellor)
Judith Chapman (Gloria Bardwell)

Outstanding Lead Actor

All My Children, ABC
Darnell Williams (Jesse Hubbard)
Thorsten Kaye (Zach Slater)

As The World Turns, CBS
Michael Park (Jack Snyder)
Grayson McCouch (Dusty Donovan)

The Bold and the Beautiful, CBS
John McCook (Eric Forrester)
Ronn Moss (Ridge Forrester)

Days of Our Lives, NBC
Peter Reckell (Bo Brady)
Thaao Phenglis (Antony Dimera)

General Hospital, ABC
Anthony Geary (Luke Spencer)
Maurice Benard (Sonny Corinthos)

Guiding Light, CBS
Robert Newman (Josh Lewis)
Daniel Cosgrove (Bill Lewis)

One Life to Live, ABC
Michael Easton (John McBain)
Robert S. Woods (Bo Buchanan)

The Young and the Restless, CBS
Peter Bergman (Jack Abbott)
Christian LeBlanc (Michael Baldwin)

Outstanding Supporting Actress

All My Children, ABC
Melissa Claire Egan (Annie Lavery)
Alicia Minshew (Kendall Hart Slater)

As The World Turns, CBS
Kelley Menighan Hensley (Emily Stewart)
Julie Pinson (Janet Ciccone)

The Bold and the Beautiful, CBS
Alley Mills (Pamela Douglas)
Heather Tom (Katie Logan)

Days of Our Lives, NBC
Arianne Zucker (Nicole Walker)
Tamara Braun (Ava Vitali)

General Hospital, ABC
Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth Webber)
Carolyn Hennessy (Diane Miller)

Guiding Light, CBS
Crystal Chappell (Olvia Spencer)
Marcy Rylan (Lizzie Spaulding)

One Life to Live, ABC
Bree Williamson (Jessica Buchanan)
Kathie Brier (Marcie McBain)

The Young and the Restless, CBS
Adrienne Frantz (Amber Moore)
Amelia Heinle (Victoria Newman)

Outstanding Supporting Actor

All My Children, ABC
Vincent Irizarry (David Hayward)
Jacob Young (JR Chandler)

As The World Turns, CBS
Van Hansis (Luke Snyder)
Trent Dawson (Henry Coleman)

The Bold and the Beautiful, CBS
Kyle Lowder (Rick Forrester)
William DeVry (Storm Logan)

Days of Our Lives, NBC
Jay Johnson (Philip Kiriakis)
Stephen Nichols (Steve Johnson)

General Hospital, ABC
Bruce Weitz (Anthony Zacharra)
Bradford Anderson (Damien Spinelli)

Guiding Light, CBS
Lawrence St. Victor (Remy Boudreau)
Jeff Branson (Shayne Lewis)

One Life to Live, ABC
John Paul Lavoisier (Rex Balsom)
Tuc Watkins (David Vickers)

The Young and the Restless, CBS
Michael Graziadei (Daniel Romalotti)
Ted Shackleford (Jeffrey Bardwell)

Outstanding Younger Actress

All My Children, ABC
Brianne Moncreif (Colby Chandler)
Shannon Kane (Natalia Fowler)

As The World Turns, CBS
Marnie Schulenburg (Alison Stewart)
Meredith Hagner (Liberty Ciccone)

The Bold and the Bea
utiful, CBS

Jacqueline Macinnes Wood (Steffy Forrester)

Days of Our Lives, NBC
Molly Burnett (Melanie Layton)
Rachel Melvin (Chelsea Brady)

General Hospital, ABC
Julie Marie Berman (Lulu Spencer)
Kirsten Storms (Maxie Jones)

Guiding Light, CBS
Caitlin Van Zandt (Ashlee Wolfe)
Bonnie Dennison (Daisy Lemay)

One Life to Live, ABC
Kristen Alderson (Starr Manning)
Farah Fath (Gigi Morasco)

The Young and the Restless, CBS
Christal Khalil (Lily Winters)
Emily O’Brien (Jana Fisher)

Outstanding Younger Actor

All My Children, ABC
Daniel Kennedy (Pete Cortland)
Cornelius Smith, Jr (Frankie Hubbard)

As The World Turns, CBS
Billy Magnussen (Casey Hughes)
Mick Hazen (Parker Snyder)

Days of Our Lives, NBC
Darin Brooks (Max Brady)
Blake Berris (Nick Fallon)

Guiding Light, CBS
EJ Bonilla (Rafe Rivera)

One Life to Live, ABC
Edward Alderson (Matthew Buchanan)
Brandon Buddy (Cole Thornhart)

The Young and the Restless, CBS
Bryton McClure (Devon Hamilton)
Kevin Schmidt (Noah Newman)

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