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ABC Soaps In Depth

ABC Soaps In Depth May 6, 2019

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2 min.
how low will valentin go?

The In Depth Story: Valentin managed to dodge a bullet when the test that Maxie and Peter secretly ran said that Nina and Sasha were a match. But he has to remain on guard if he wants to keep Nina close — which is, of course, the whole reason he swiped some of Madeline’s hair from her coffin and then hired Sasha to begin with! “Valentin needed to get Nina back in the bedroom, so he did what he had to do to get her there,” portrayer James Patrick Stuart says. “And hey, nobody promised Nina a rose garden. Who said Valentin had at any time learned how to be legitimately honest and be an effective lover? Yes, he’s going to feel big feelings, but he’s still going to fall back…

2 min.
watch the nurses balls again!

The In Depth Story: While Lucy is sure to pull out all the stops for the hospital’s 25th-anniversary event, ABC has released a Best Of The Nurses Ball 2014-2018 collection to get viewers warmed up. The on-line retrospective features 16 episodes of the hospital’s glamtastic talent show, which promotes HIV/AIDS awareness and research but has also been the backdrop to plenty of drama and romance. “I’m still just so proud,” says Lynn Herring, whose Lucy helped launch the ball in 1994 and reigns as mistress of ceremonies. “I mean, who gets to wear all the dresses, makeup and hair, but then also gets to tell people we’ve got to keep AIDS and HIV in our minds and help support the people still suffering? It’s important and meaningful… and it’s fun!” In anticipation…

1 min.
erika slezak bleeds blue!

On Friday, May 3, ONE LIFE TO LIVE’s Erika Slezak (Viki) returns to television for just the second time since the beloved soap went off the air with a guest spot on BLUE BLOODS. The daytime icon will play Donna, a neighbor of Henry’s, who meets him when her granddaughter steals a package off of the retired police commissioner’s doorstep. “It gave me the awesome opportunity to work with the great Len Cariou,” Slezak tells Soaps In Depth. “We shot on location at a lovely private home in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, which is actually kitty-corner to the house that is used as the Reagans’ home.” The experience, says the actress, was “wonderful. The entire crew, the director, John Behring, and the writer, Daniel Truly, could not have been more delightful and…

1 min.
casting shake-ups!

The In Depth Story: There won’t be a reconciliation for Arturo and Abby, as his portrayer, Jason Canela, will be leaving the show at the end of his one-year contract. “I feel blessed to have been part of something so special,” he wrote on social media. “It’s time to turn the page and see what beautiful stories I am blessed enough to be part of next.” Canela isn’t the only Rosales to be leaving Genoa City: Noemi Gonzalez is also exiting after just five months with the soap. “I have been honored and blessed with the opportunity to embody such a dynamic character on such a special show!” she tweeted on April 7. “I’m off to shake things up elsewhere!” Although Gonzales revealed that she’ll be airing until the early part of…

1 min.
ben & ciara finally make love!

The In Depth Story: Sometimes all it takes is a little high-stakes danger to put a situation in perspective. In Ben and Ciara’s case, they’ll have the Mexican drug cartel to thank for finally moving their relationship to the next level. Unaware this week that Ben has teamed up with her mom to stage a rescue effort, a kidnapped Ciara will attempt to extricate herself! But will Ben get there first and be able to play hero both to the woman he loves and the one who’s long stood between them? Later, the couple’s plans for a night alone finally get back on track — and there will be more than just dinner on the menu! This “cinfully” sensuous duo will be so grateful to be safe, alive and together that they’ll…

4 min.

OUT Michelle Stafford Set To Exit As Nina! In a move that almost broke the Internet, Michelle Stafford will be exiting as GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Nina and returning to THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS to reclaim the role of feisty Phyllis! The In Depth Story: Daytime fans went wild when the news broke on March 30 that Emmy winner Gina Tognoni was leaving the CBS soap and being replaced by her predecessor. Although Y&R has yet to officially confirm the casting switch, sources tell Soaps In Depth that it is definitely happening. For her part, Tognoni, ONE LIFE TO LIVE’s former Kelly, posted a farewell on Instagram, writing that she was “beyond grateful for the creative experience” she’s had in playing Phyllis for the past five years. On the GH front, as “Michelle Stafford” and…