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Alan Carter

'Melrose Place' arrives

Okay, for a break in the lazy summer, here’s a mind-stretching quiz: What is 90210? A. The number of times the male cast members appear shirtless in an average episode of Melrose Place B. The annual income you’d need to live as stylishly downscale as the characters on Melrose Place C. The number of marriage proposals actor Grant Show will receive by episode four of Melrose Place D. The number of ads the Fox network is running to promote Melrose Place

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Who'll win Daytime Emmy Awards?

Days of Our Lives

One thing is certain. Despite the fact that they gave three of the most acclaimed and stunning performances on soaps this year, Michael Easton, who played Caleb the sexy/suave vampire on ”Port Charles,” Kristen Alderson, who portrays the bratty Starr on ”One Life to Live,” and Rick Hearst, who was evil rapist Matt Clark on ”The Young and the Restless,” don’t stand a chance of winning a trophy when the 29th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards are presented live on CBS on May 17 (9-11 p.m.).

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General Hospital's Best, Days of Our Lives' Worst

In 1995, we saw the first major gay character on a soap in nearly a decade (All My Children), the rebirth of Loving as The City, the return of three-time Emmy winner Kim Zimmer to Guiding Light, and Days of Our Lives’ startling firing of Robert Kelker-Kelly. All this change aside, it was easy to pick the year’s best and worst moments. Best: General Hospital’s achingly bittersweet teen AIDS plot, with Michael Sutton as (the now late) Stone and Kimberly McCullough as (the now HIV-positive) Robin.

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Brooke Bundy: Our Missed Brooke

Although she left General Hospital in 1981, Brooke Bundy still gets recognized from her four-year stint as Diana Taylor, nice nurse, single mother, and eventual murder victim. It’s clear some GH faithful just can’t believe she’s moved on. ”Just the other day,” Bundy relates, ”this woman said, ‘Oh my God! You’re Diana, from my show.’ ” Five years ago, Bundy gave up acting to become an agent for child stars, handling Madeline Zima (The Nanny) and Will Friedle (Boy Meets World), among others.

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Never Say Never: The Deidre Hall Story

Enduring 20 years of infertility, Deidre Hall, the diva of NBC’s Days of Our Lives, watched two of her marriages collapse and underwent numerous operations in an effort to conceive. (Hall, 48, is now the proud mom of David, 3, and Tully, 11 months—both born to the same surrogate mother.) And getting a TV movie made about her struggle was another ordeal. Almost three years ago, NBC had a draft of the story that Hall says was rife with inaccuracies: ”It was almost total fiction. They couldn’t see doing a movie that didn’t have two women fighting.

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NBC’s Days of Our Lives and ABC’s General Hospital were both born in the ’60s and are known for their outlandish, youth-obsessed plots. So it’s fitting that tribute books to each would be out at the same time. Days of Our Lives: The Complete Family Album and General Hospital: The Complete Scrapbook feature detailed plot recaps and star quotes (some from DOOL are idiotic, like Drake Hogestyn saying it’s ”truly important to stop and smell the roses”).

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NBC’s Days of Our Lives and ABC’s General Hospital were both born in the ’60s and are known for their outlandish, youth-obsessed plots. So it’s fitting that tribute books to each would be out at the same time. Days of Our Lives: The Complete Family Album and General Hospital: The Complete Scrapbook feature detailed plot recaps and star quotes (some from DOOL are idiotic, like Drake Hogestyn saying it’s ”truly important to stop and smell the roses”).

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''Loving'' undergoes a big-budget transformation

Miraculously, ABC has revamped its loathsome Loving into the stylish, amusing The City (i.e., New York). The production budget is obvious: Morgan Fairchild’s character, media mogul Sydney Chase, arrived via helicopter, wearing a $3,000 Versace number. Sydney’s fabulously tough, but hustling a homeless man for $2 in a chess game is a bit much. And enough with the shaky, hand-held camera shots. It’s not NYPD Blue, it’s a soap! How about some sex? Still, the acting and writing have already improved.

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Roger Howarth's future plans

This week, a year before the end of his One Life to Live contract, the Emmy-winning Roger Howarth departs Llanview, but not for the usual reason — more money. Howarth, who’s played Todd Manning since 1993, says it’s ”really gross” that his character, once an unrepentant rapist, is being redeemed as a newspaper publisher and heir. ”I just can’t do those kinds of fairy tales anymore,” says Howarth, twentysomething, who’s moving from New York to L.A., where he’ll try to break into movies.

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Rebecca Gayheart leaves soaps behind

Rebecca Gayheart — who plays Antonia, Luke Perry’s doomed Mob-princess fiancee on Beverly Hills, 90210 — knew Perry’s last episode would signal her end, too, but she didn’t mind. After all, exec producer Aaron Spelling told her she was the first actress he’d ever hired without meeting. And after starring in the bomb Earth 2, Gayheart, 23, says, ”I wanted a short gig on a visible show.

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