Soap News: Abby & EJ hook up on DAYS! Plus: Y&R rings in the New Year with more backstage drama

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Well, at least the backstage drama at The Young and the Restless decided to wait until after Christmas and New Years to make headlines. Here’s what you may have missed – or chosen to forget in the past couples of days:

When the latest edition of Soap Opera Digest hit stands on Friday, former executive producer and head writer Maria Arena Bell commented on fired star Michael Muhney (Adam) on Y&R’s lack of compelling storylines since her departure: “Michael brought amazing dimension and complexity to the role of Adam Newman and his and Sharon’s was a great dark love story. Sadly, that story was seriously derailed in the last year, so I am not surprised that the show would look for a solution to their problematic storytelling decisions. It will be a tough role to recast.”

Then on Saturday, the supposed reasoning behind Muhney’s firing made headlines all over the Internet after sources close to TMZ revealed that the actor was fired because he allegedly bullied his co-stars and even groped Hunter King’s (Summer) breasts on two occasions.

With the TMZ report, Bell then clarified to Highlight Hollywood that she was a fan of Michael Muhney – the actor – and not the person and that “Frankly he should have been let go months before because of his behind the scenes actions.”

Sigh.

What’s coming up:

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The Bold and the Beautiful (CBS/CTV): Rick & Ridge’s rivalry is reignited.
Ridge takes control of a meeting at Forrester, which reignites his rivalry with Rick. Katie levels an accusation against Brooke. Ridge (who has forgotten what he did with Caroline 1.0 and Thorne) struggles to get over Brooke’s affair with Bill – after he interrupts an intimate moment between them. Bill later talks to Caroline about family and romance. Liam and Bill bond over their lost loves. Ridge pays Katie another visit. Katie feels grateful for Ridge’s friendship. Brooke urges Bill to do what’s right. Quinn tries to get in Hope’s good graces.

Coronation Street (CBC): Christmas on Corrie
Leanne orders Kylie out of the Bistro. Peter tries to persuade Tina and himself that they should keep their distance. Hayley and Roy return from her latest scan. David must track Kylie down on Christmas. Carla has a surprise for Peter. Michelle is furious with Steve’s present. Andrea tells Steve who she fancies. Nick makes a decision that pains Leanne.

Days of our Lives (NBC/Global): Will EJ and Abby hook up?
EJ tries to pull all the stops in order to keep Abigail from talking to Hope. Could things heat up between the two? I mean, she’s dated Lexie’s other two brothers… Meanwhile, John requests that Hope deliver some life-changing news to Brady. Victor tries to apologize to Marlena. JJ winds up in a sticky situation. Daniel and Nicole continue to help Brady. Nicole interviews Eric. Abigail makes a tough confession to Jennifer. Kate eavesdrops on Jordan and Sheryl. Stefano orders Dr. Chyka to ensure that Daniel doesn’t uncover the truth.

General Hospital (ABC/City): Carly goes missing.
Ava threatens Carly. Heather surprises Franco. Morgan talks to Julian about getting out of the business. Nathan questions Sam about Silas. Heather puts her plan into action. Franco goes searching for Carly after she goes missing. Michael blames Franco for what happened to Carly. Sabrina talks to Felix about her future. Sonny finds Morgan and Ava together. Patrick and Robin receive shocking news.

The Young and the Restless (CBS/Global): Victor confronts Adam.
Jill’s evening takes an unexpected turn. Lily receives her test results. Victor confronts Adam. Dylan’s search for his biological father upsets Nikki and the viewers. Nick and Sharon remember Cassie’s birthday. Sharon considers telling the truth about Summer. Jack and Hilary grow closer. Victor interrupts Chelsea and Adam’s celebration. Billy makes an important discovery. Tensions rises between Courtney and Noah. Victoria has another chance encounter with Stitch. Jack vows to find out what Victor is holding over Adam.


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