Soap Opera Digest November 22, 2021

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in this issue

5 min
krista allen is b&b’s new taylor

B&B has recast the role of Taylor with DAYS vet Krista Allen (ex-Billie, 1996-99). Hunter Tylo originated the part of the sexy shrink who stole Ridge’s heart in 1990, and has played it on and off until 2019. With Tylo unavailable to reprise the role, Allen is thrilled to step into Taylor’s shoes. “Nobody can ever replace Hunter Tylo,” says Allen. “I am just stepping into the role of a character, and that character lives on forever, no matter who is playing her — just like Billie. There were three of us, right? So, I think that maybe because I have had to fill big shoes at the very beginning of my career, it’s not so intimidating that I’m filling big shoes now. I’m already a 9 ½. That’s the…

2 min
days: paulina and abe’s wedding day drama

The devil puts a plan in motion to upend Abe and Paulina’s wedding plans. “We’ve been building this story for a really long time when we revealed that Paulina is actually Lani’s mother and not her aunt,” says Head Writer Ron Carlivati. “And that means also that Abe is not Lani’s father. Early on in the story, we made a point of Paulina confiding in Marlena, knowing that ultimately, Marlena was going to be possessed and the devil would possess this information.” Marlena’s machinations begin when she comes upon a distraught Chanel, who’s decided not to attend the ceremony because her mom lied about why she asked Lani to be her matron of honor. Overhearing Chanel confide to Johnny that she feels Paulina wishes Lani was her daughter, Marlena offers to…

2 min
gh: brook lynn is busted!

While Brook Lynn has thus far been able to dodge a Gladys-sized bullet by passing off Kip as “Paulie”, her faux baby daddy, her luck runs out this week when Gladys realizes that she’s been lied to. It all goes down at the Jerome Gallery, where the two women are attending the opening of the National Geographic Photo Ark exhibit … as is Kip, who’s working the gig as a cater waiter. “The last time Gladys met ‘Paulie’, he was doing a wiseguy act,” sets up Bonnie Burroughs (Gladys). “Shout-out to Artie O’Daly, who plays the part — just a fantastic performance! He was both funny and sufficiently intimidating that Gladys is afraid to spill the beans to Valentin [about him not being Bailey’s father]. She’s dying to tell Valentin what…

2 min
y&r: abby spirals

Although Abby has told family and friends that she accepts that Chance is dead, it couldn’t be further from the truth. “Chance and Abby have such a strong connection and she feels in her heart that he’s still alive,” sets up Melissa Ordway (Abby). “It’s hard to say if this is denial or her way of grieving, or do they actually have a bond with each other that she knows that he wasn’t killed? Yes, people have showed her his wedding ring and other convincing pictures but she just feels that he’s not gone. Is she feeling this way because she can’t accept his death or is he actually still alive out there? She needs to find out for herself, which pushes her to make some questionable decisions.” Such as showing…

2 min
y&r: victor launches his attack on chanccomm

Billy and Lily are horrified when the exposé about Ashland’s past is published. “Billy made a promise to Victoria that he wouldn’t go after Ashland personally,” explains Jason Thompson (Billy). “Billy had planned to keep the story as leverage over Victor and Adam in order to stop their attack on ChancComm. It was supposed to be, ‘We have this story, so don’t come after us.’” When the duo checks with the reporter, Marty, about why the piece was uploaded, she shows them the email that she received from Billy authorizing her to do so. “Of course, Billy never sent the email,” notes Thompson. “Obviously, Victor and Adam hacked into the ChancComm system and made it look like the email came from Billy, which it didn’t. So what happens is, the rug…

2 min
joel sartore on gh cameo

Joel Sartore, a National Geographic photographer and National Geographic Photo Ark founder, will appear as himself on November 16, when an exhibit of his work for the Photo Ark launches at the Jerome Gallery. Sartore, who has traveled to over 50 countries in his quest to document biodiversity for the Photo Ark, which he describes as “a 25-year effort to document every species in human care around the world — in aquariums, wildlife sanctuaries, zoos” — was tickled by the invitation to appear on the show. He reports, “When National Geographic called me to say that Frank [Valentini, executive producer] and GENERAL HOSPITAL were interested in doing this, you’d think that both of us had just won a brand-new car on THE PRICE IS RIGHT. We were both screaming, ‘Oh, my…