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Soap Opera Digest July 6, 2020

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4 min.
b&b back in production!

B&B became the first daytime soap to head back into the studio, and Don Diamont (Bill) broke the news on Instagram on June 15 by posting a photo of himself wearing a face mask, standing in front of a “Welcome Back” sign at CBS Television, where the soap tapes. “HERE. WE. GO,” he wrote. “Every bit of safety protocol imaginable is in place, and @boldandbeautifulcbs is back in production!!! LET’S ROLL!!!” Production officially resumed on June 17, and Digest spoke with original cast member John McCook (Eric), who shared that he and the entire B&B team are thrilled to get back to telling stories again. “This shutdown is unprecedented, so it’s been strange to have been cut off from everyone for so long,” he says. “I feel like I’ve been overseas.…

4 min.
days: lani and eli’s wedding shockers

Lani is shocked when Kristen surprises her on her wedding day. “That’s her girl. That’s her best friend,” says Sal Stowers (Lani). “She’s definitely excited to see Kristen, but at the same time she knows that Kristen is not supposed to be there. She’s putting herself at risk, along with Rachel and Brady. But it’s a special day for Lani, and she wants her best friend to be a part of it. Kristen is able to help Lani get ready. They just share such a sweet moment that any two best friends would want to have before one of their weddings.” Abe comes over to get Lani, so Kristen sneaks out. “Lani’s very nervous,” reports Stowers. “She’s very afraid that something’s going to go wrong. She’s also dealing with the fear…

2 min.
days’s brady to leave town with kristen

Brady has a heart-to-heart with Marlena and confides how he convinced Victor to say Kristen didn’t stab him, hoping that Kristen and their baby could return home. “Marlena is Salem’s supreme confidante,” says Eric Martsolf (Brady). “She’s the one everyone goes to when they have deep-rooted issues that they can’t seem to solve, and Brady’s bond with her is very good right now. He feels comfortable and safe telling Marlena anything, so he opens up to her.” For his part, Brady is looking for one thing. “He needs some reassurance from someone he respects that this is a good idea,” notes Martsolf. “In the bottom of his gut, Brady realizes that this probably isn’t a good path. Brady wants validation. That’s what he’s looking for right now.” Understanding Brady’s plight, Marlena comforts…

2 min.
quick take with jess walton (jill, y&r)

Why do you think Jill offered such a high-level job to Billy? “She was throwing him a lifeline, for sure, and she also wanted to stay in close communication with him. She really does believe in him and she’s hoping he’ll just snap out of his craziness if he has the right job with the right power and feels a sense of himself. She always thinks she can fix him and she’ll never give up trying.” There’s no mistaking how much Jill adores her son but she doesn’t hesitate to use tough love with him. “Jill does have that soft side. She loves Billy fiercely but she’s also quick to anger and to control [laughs]. She can be brutally honest with him but it’s all out of love.” Jill has always believed…

2 min.
comings and goings

who’s coming DAYS OF OUR LIVES Marilyn McCoo (Tamara Price): Lani’s (Sal Stowers) mother is back in Salem on June 29 for her daughter’s wedding to Eli (Lamon Archey). See page 6 for more. Louise Sorel (Vivian Alamain): Vivian returns with a bang on June 30. See page 6 for more. GENERAL HOSPITAL Kristen Alderson (Kiki Jerome), Brandon Barash (Johnny Zacchara), Brianna Brown (Lisa Niles), Ian Buchanan (Duke Lavery), Teresa Castillo (Sabrina Santiago), Bryan Craig (Morgan Corinthos), Anthony Geary (Luke Spencer), Rick Hearst (Ric Lansing), Annie Ilonzeh (Maya Ward), Jonathan Jackson (Lucky Spencer), Adrianne Leon (Brook Lynn Ashton), Donna Mills (Madeline Reeves), Ryan Paevey (Nathan West), Nathan Parsons (Ethan Lovett), Scott Reeves (Steven Lars Webber), Emma Samms (Holly Sutton), Michelle Stafford (Nina Reeves), Barbara Tarbuck (Jane Jacks) and Dominic Zamprogna (Dante Falconeri): These are among…

1 min.
star shots of the week