– Over the holidays, when your family judges you for watching soaps, you can tell them that Rachel McAdams was also a fan. The Sherlock Holmes star tells the January issue of Vogue: “I grew up watching so much television — I was really into soap operas. I’d begin with Days of our Lives, then Another World, and finish off with General Hospital.” And like all soap fans, she would even play hooky from school whenever her shorelines would get intense: “I would fake sick all the time to the point where I’d convince myself I was sick.”
– The Young and the Restless will be recasting the role of Tucker McCall. William Russ (the dad from Boy Meets World) has been let go while soap vet Stephen Nichols (ex-Patch, DAYS; ex-Stefan, GH) has been tapped as the replacement…yes, he was the one with the eye patch. Nicholas began taping on December 17th and will first air on January 26th (a day later in the US).
– Some sad news during the holidays…Bryan Dattilo (Lucas) will make his final appearance on Days of our Lives in February 2010. The show decided not to renew his contract when it expires in February. Dattilo first joined the show in 1993 and briefly exited in 2001. The actor has already taped his final scenes. Looks like the actors on the show are just as upset as the LUMI fans, Alison Sweeney (Sami) tweeted that she didn’t know that it was his last day on set and is completely devastated.
– Austin Peck last airs as Brad (…well his ghost) on today (December 24th) on As The World Turns.
– Lesli Kay (Molly, ATWT; Felicia, B&B) has extended her run on ATWT until March, which is great because it’s not like B&B uses her anyway.
– Some news that will make many One Life To Live fans happy: Crystal Hunt (Stacy) has been let go.
– Gina Tognoni will return to One Life To Live on February 12th. Joining her that month will be Laura Bonarrio (Cassie) and Melissa Fumero(Adrianna).
– Brianna Brown will be replacing Julie Mond as Lisa (Patrick’s ex) on General Hospital beginning January 6th.
– Days has recast the role of Will Horton. Sami and Lucas’ son will soon be played by Chandler Massey.
– Zack Conroy (ex-James, GL) has been cast as Oliver Jones (Sandy’s brother) on The Bold and the Beautiful.
– Meanwhile, Everwood‘s Justin Baldoni has been cast as fashion photographer Graham Darros. There’s a rumor that Justin could be the one who raped Sandy (Sarah Brown) a few years ago.
– Soap Opera Digest is reporting that Thom Bierdz may be on his way to to The Young and the Restless as Phillip.
– A lot of baby news over at Y&R: Christel Khalil (Lily) and her husband are expecting (just like on the show…well, sorta). On-screen and real life couple, Thad Luckinbill (JT) and Amelia Heinle (Victoria) welcomed daughter Georgia March Luckinbill into the world on December 17th. .Congratulations also go out to Michelle Stafford (Phyllis) whose daughter, Natalia Scout Lee Stafford was born this past Monday (December 22nd) via surrogate.