Happy Monday, soaps fans! We caught up with the editorial director of Soap Opera Digest, Stephanie Sloane, to get the latest cast and storyline updates coming this week.
First up for this week's sneak peek, Sloane revealed that The Young and the Restless star, Melissa Claire Egan, will be making her return to the screen. Egan took a leave of absence from the show after giving birth to who first born son, Caden, this past August.
Egan plays Chelsea on the show, and during her time away from set, she celebrated two major milestones on top of becoming a first-time mom. This November marked Egan's tenth year starring in her role as Chelsea. She also turned 40 in September.
Sloane had the opportunity to sit down and talk to Egan in the most recent episode of the Soap Opera Digest Podcast. Egan told Sloane that so many changes have come to both her and Chelsea over the span of the past decade. According to Sloane, Egan also noted that her time on the show has been "a very wild and satisfying ride".
In addition to Egan's return to Y&R, Sloane also shared some more exciting casting updates with us.
Kyle Louder will be coming back to Days of Our Lives as his character, Rex.
After their absences over the past few months, Jeannie Francis and Michael E. Knight will also be returning as their respective roles as Laura Spencer and Martin Grey on General Hospital.
Days veteran, Krista Allen will be making her debut on The Bold and the Beautiful as her character Taylor on this week's episode.
Sloane also shared some previews about what's to come during this week's plot lines.
Firstly on Days, authorities raise their speculations and name Brady as a suspect when Phillip goes missing. On General Hospital, Laura comes to find out that Victor is still alive. Moving on to The Bold and the Beautiful, Taylor will come back home during this week's episode. Wrapping up Sloane's inside scoop, Chance will also be making his return to the Y&R screen.
For more soaps updates and sneak peeks, make sure to pick up the latest edition of Soap Opera Digest.
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Jimmy Fallon, Ariana Grande and Megan Thee Stallion have saved Christmas with a brand new song titled "It Was A... (Masked Christmas)."
This is the best present I\u2019m going to receive all year!! Thank you to my besties @arianagrande and @theestallion. Check out #ItWasAMaskedChristmashttp://jimmyfallon.lnk.to/itwasamaskedxmas\u00a0\u2026— jimmy fallon (@jimmy fallon) 1638853920
The unexpected trio dropped the song "It Was A... (Masked Christmas)" along with a snowy and entertaining music video. The lyrics of the song and the video's message are clear: get vaccinated and get a booster shot to fight COVID-19 and fully enjoy Christmas.
Indeed, right at the beginning of the song, Megan Thee Stallion tells us:
"Ya'll know what time it is. It's time to get those boosters."
Ariana Grande and Jimmy Fallon
In the music video, Jimmy Fallon and Ariana Grande appear shortly after this statement, ready to ski, singing "we'll be in line for a booster."
Grande then delves into the desire to be with someone this Christmas, comparing the extreme loneliness of the last one:
"Last year I was here alone, don't tell me this year's the same."
As the song progresses, masks that sing can also be spotted hanging on the Christmas tree until...
Masks on Christmas tree
... It's Megan Thee Stallion's moment to shine. While wearing a nurse costume she sings:
"This Christmas I'm going to make it count, no more quarantine on the couch."
Megan Thee Stallion and Jimmy Fallon
And then continues:
"This year hang that mistletoe, I'm going to kiss everybody I know."
Jimmy Fallon and Dog
The three then send a hopeful message saying "I promise we'll be okay."
The meaning of the song, along with the entertaining music video will hopefully be a lighthearted reminder to get a COVID-19 vaccine and booster, whenever eligible. You can find information and facts regarding COVID-19 vaccines by clicking here
Check the video down below to watch the music video that will definitely raise our spirits for the holidays.
Jimmy Fallon ft. Ariana Grande & Megan Thee Stallion - It Was A…(Masked Christmas)
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The awkward phase in middle school may be some of the cringiest relatable content out there.
Author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, Jeff Kinney, has turned those strange years into a massive success with families reading the books all around the world.
The classic story of Diary of a Wimpy Kid is now back on our screens, but this time, as an animated film.
"I like this idea that the story of middle school dread and a best friendship and piece of cheese on the blacktop... that those are really timeless, sort of existential stories," Kinney said.
But Jeff isn’t slowing down! The author is now releasing his 16th book from the hit series, Big Shot.
"I never thought that 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid' would get published, so everything past the point of publication, for me, has been like 'The Truman Show.' I'm just now, for the first time ever, meeting people who read my books as kids and now are stepping into their adult careers. Some kids have come from reading my books and they're becoming creators and content creators on their own."
Big Shot is available now and you can stream Diary of a Wimpy Kid on Disney+.