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Soap News: Sharon’s Pregnant on Y&R, GH continues to sink and Another World Today

— Viewers were in for a shock when they found out that Sharon (Sharon Case) was pregnant last week on The Young and the Restless because she’s got three potential fathers for her baby: Nick (the love of her life), Jack (her ex-husband) and Billy (Jack’s younger brother). As reported last week, Sharon will have a dream about her daughter Cassie (Camryn Grimes) and the prophecy she made before she died where she told her that she’ll have another baby girl. The dream then turns into a nightmare when Cassie says something that upsets her. Sharon will later confide in her mother who is also shocked that there are three possibilities for a father. Feeling low, Sharon will then tell Jack who thinks it is great news, even if Nick’s the father; remember Jack has no idea about Sharon/Billy. Jack promises to help raise the baby, even if it is Nick’s.

— Looks like David Lago’s got an official return date set when he returns as Raul to Y&R…he’ll be back in time for the Abbott/Chancellor memorial day BBQ on May 21st.

 — Former Guiding Light star John Driscoll (ex-Coop) is joining Y&R as Phillip Chancellor IV…Phillip IV is Nina’s son with Phillip III; well technically, not exactly…it was Jill’s son who was raised as Phillip III after being switched at birth with Cane. I wonder how they’ll handle the whole “age” issue with Driscoll who is well into his twenties and the thirty something Cane who should really be in his forties. Ugh, soap aging is so tricky!

General Hospital is setting at a new low in the U.S. ratings, tying One Life to Live for second-last place. Looks like the ratings are finally reflecting the horrible writing! Here are the U.S. total viewer ratings for the week of April 20th – 24th, 2009 (from the Soap Opera Network):

Total Viewers
1. Y&R 5,109,000 (-171,000/-224,000)
2. B&B 3,488,000 (+14,000/-292,000)
3. DAYS 2,900,000 (+88,000/+16,000)
4. ATWT 2,488,000 (-42,000/-428,000)
5. AMC 2,423,000 (-149,000/-43,000)
6. GH 2,360,000 (-265,000/-668,000) – New Low
7. OLTL 2,288,000 (-275,000/-373,000) – New Low
8. GL 1,969,000 (/-405,000)

Rick Springfield (ex-Noah, GH) will play himself in four episodes of the third season of Californication later this year. Also on board is Ed Westwick (Chuck, Gossip Girl).

— Proctor & Gamble Productions / TeleNext are reviving Another World today on it’s 45th anniversary with a new site titled Another World Today ( which will give fans updates on what their favourite characters have been up to since the series was cancelled 10 years ago by NBC. The new chapter was posted last week and readers will have a chance to provide feedback and give story suggestions in the near future. For fans who would like to relive classic episodes, Hulu has been re-airing episodes from 1991 and as of a couple of weeks ago, YouTube has joined in on the fun. As with all legit streaming sites, only U.S. viewers can take a look…unless of course you know how to mask your I.P.

Spoilers for the week of May 4th

All My Children: Krystal is desperate to keep the truth from Tad while David is upset when Marissa takes J.R.’s side. Erica wants Ryan to back off Kendall. Angie, Jesse and Randi get bad news about Frankie. Scott makes a startling discovery.

As The World Turns: Jack is hurt when Parker is loyal to Craig. Lily is caught in a lie. Henry makes a confession which upsets Vienna while Brad and Katie are devastated. Holden and Lucinda discover Damian’s secret.

The Bold and the Beautiful: Stephanie helps Taylor to win back Ridge. Nick is jealous when Bridget goes on a date with Owen. Steffy lies to Marcus. Owen and Jackie continue their affair.

Days Of Our Lives: Chloe continues to lie to Lucas…but Kate catches her leaving a message for Daniel. Philip is attacked again. Nicole ties to get Dr. Baker to leave Salem. Rafe takes Sami out on a real first date. Chelsea says her goodbyes.

General Hospital: Johnny rescues Maxie. Lucky and Liz decide to give their relationship another chance. Things heat up for Nikolas and Emily…oh I mean Rebecca…please get this over with! Luke and Ethan’s DNA tests come in. Alexis offers Rebecca money to leave Port Charles.

Guiding Light: Frank tells Olivia to get away from Natalia. The Spauldings fight. Dinah gets the DNA results. Josh and Jeffrey worry about Reva.

One Life To Live: Cole has visions while battling his withdrawal. Stacy feels guilty about Rex. Rex and Brody argue. Powell and Rebecca continue their awful plan. Shane announces that he wants to move in with Rex. Marty is surprised when Powell shows up at her home.

The Young and the Restless: Victor offers Nick Neil’s old job. Ashley confronts Estella for setting her up. Chloe snaps at Mac. Billy takes Ashley to the hospital. Daniel receives a strange offer.


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