2019: The Year In Soaps
Soap Central's most-read news stories of 2019
What a long, strange soap year it's been. From surprise firings and unexpected exits to the return of fan favorites, these are the Soap Central articles and features that you and other soap fans read the most in 2019.
In a special year-end column, our ten most-read stories from 2019 are coming back from the dead! Okay, okay... they are just making a return appearance. In what is believed to be a first in Soap Central history, nine of the top ten articles had to do with soap opera exits. Thank goodness for The Bold and the Beautiful preventing a clean sweep!
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October 22, 2019
With a heavy heart, The Young and the Restless' Daniel Goddard Daniel Goddard makes the shocking announcement that his 13-year run as Cane Ashby has come to an end.
March 18, 2019
Any time a soap opts to kill off a character off-screen you can expect fans to express disappointment. Linsey Godfrey, who had already joined the cast of NBC's Days of our Lives, took to social media to share her reaction to The Bold and the Beautiful's decision to kill off her former character, Caroline Spencer.
July 16, 2019
An Emmy-winning actor who has appeared on multiple soaps clearly has a huge fan base. That was proven when Vincent Irizarry returned to daytime in a role on The Bold and the Beautiful Irizarry became involved in the soap's baby swap storyline. Though his role was short-term, fans immediately began lobbying for his return to the CBS soap.
July 29, 2019
When three-time Daytime Emmy winner Billy Miller wrapped up his time with ABC's General Hospital the actor issued a rare statement to confirm the news. His exit drew even more scrutiny from fans when a co-star hinted that there was more to the story than the public knew. By year's end, rumors of Miller returning to The Young and the Restless began to surface as did reports that GH was planning to recast Drew
July 18, 2019
Rumors swirled that Tyler Christopher would be returning to his Emmy-winning role as General Hospital's Nikolas Cassadine. The actor made a cryptic social media post that fanned the flames, but ultimately Christopher did not return to the ABC series. Instead, GH tapped newcomer Marcus Coloma to take over the role of the brooding Cassadine prince.
August 8, 2019
Could All My Children and One Life to Live finally be getting modern-day reboots? It's the question that had been asked even since Prospect Park's online reboot tanked. An ABC executive gave fans a glimmer of hope by saying that the beloved series may have a chance of being revived.
March 27, 2019
It was rumored for months that The Young and the Restless wanted to bring back Adam Newman. Fans wondered if the show would reach out to Michael Muhney, who had previously played the role of Adam. The names of several daytime vets also became part of the discussion. In the end, the CBS soaphired daytime newcomer Mark Grossman to play Victor Newman's son.
February 4, 2019
The daytime community was shocked by the passing of Kristoff St. John, a fixture on The Young and the Restless for nearly 30 years. The 52-year-old actor was mourned by fans and Y&R devoted a series of episodes to celebrate the beloved actor's life and iconic role.
November 12, 2019
NBC's long-running soap opera released all of its actors from their contracts and went on an indefinite hiatus. Mainstream media sites proclaimed that the sand had finally run out of sand in its hourglass. However, the soap's stars took to social media to blast those reports and to reveal that they knew the show would be going on hiatus. And about a week later, NBC renewed Days of our Lives through 2021.
March 30, 2019
In a whopper of a casting change that ranks as one of the most shocking of the last 19 years, The Young and the Restless opted to release Emmy-winning actress Gina Tognoni from the role of Phyllis Summers. The CBS soap then lured its original Phyllis, Michelle Stafford, away from her role as Nina on General Hospital.