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'All My Children' alumna stars in role of a lifetime
published: Saturday | July 8, 2006

Victor Newman (Eric Braeden) and wife, Nikki Newman (Melody Thomas Scott) 'The Young and the Restless'.

Former All My Children actress Abigail Spencer plays the title character in Lifetime television's new original series Angela's Eyes. Spencer starred as Becca Tyree on AMC from 1999 to 2001 when she was chosen at the age of 17 over hundreds of other actresses for the role. It was her first professional acting job. Since then she has guest starred on prime-time TV shows CSI and Gilmore Girls and films Hooked and Campfire Stories. In Angela's Eyes, Spencer plays a tough, instinctive FBI agent with the astute ability to tell when someone is lying, making her, obviously, an exceptional asset in the art of crime-solving. In her personal life, Angela copes with her parents being imprisoned on treason charges, a crime she is certain they committed. The series is executive produced by Tom Nunan and Cathy Schulman of the Academy Award winning film Crash. The series premieres on Lifetime on July 16.


You might be wondering what happened to Ridge (Ronn Moss) and Taylor's (Hunter Tylo) children on The Bold and the Beautiful now that mom Taylor has been a fixture on the Los Angeles bar scene and dad Ridge is busy trying to win back his ex, Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang). Son Thomas recently appeared when Drew Tyler Bell returned to the show on July 4, and one of the twins came back in early July, but she looks a lot different. MacKenzie Mauzy has been cast as Phoebe Forrester, a role previously held by Addison Hoover. Addison's real-life twin, Alex Hoover, has not yet been recast as Steffy Forrester, and it's unknown if Mauzy will have a dual role or if Steffy will be written out of the show. Mauzy might look familiar to Guiding Light fans; she briefly held the role of heiress Lizzie Spaulding after Hayden Panettiere and before Crystal Hunt. (Marcy Rylan currently plays Lizzie.) ... Exiting soaps this month will be AMC's Jill Larson (Opal) and Tonya Pinkins (Livia), although they might recur as available. Over on Passions, Amelia Marshall has been bumped to recurring status as the manipulative Liz Sanbourne, and Jon Reilly has impersonated his last monk as Alistair Crane.


Ingo Rademacher and General Hospital have reached a deal, and the actor has decided not to leave, much to the delight of Jasper Jacks fans everywhere. The tan, blue-eyed Australian isn't headed back Down Under after all, but at press time it was not known how long his new contract will keep him in Port Charles. ... GL seems to be recognising how important it is to fans to see some old faces on the screen. First, Jordan Clarke was given a contract as Billy Lewis, and now Michael O'Leary (Rick Bauer) has signed on just in time for the annual Bauer barbecue.

Two very powerful men on soaps have undergone personality changes lately: On The Young and the Restless, Victor Newman (Eric Braeden) saved his wife, Nikki Newman (Melody Thomas Scott), from a carjacker, but in the process sustained a head injury. And on GH, Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) has been exhibiting signs of bipolar disorder. On July 17, Victor will finally be diagnosed and on his way, hopefully, to a full recovery. Don't forget to tune in!

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