— Daytime Confidential is reporting that Jane Elliot has informed her bosses at General Hospital that she won’t be re-signing her contract when it expires in the spring. This shouldn’t come as a surprise to fans as Elliot discussed her desire to retire in an interview with TV Insider last year. Elliot has played the fan-favourite Tracy Quartermaine (created by prolific daytime scribe Douglas Marland) on GH on and off since 1978 and even crossed over as the character on The City from 1996 to 1997.
Elliot has also held stints on other soaps, including Guiding Light from 1981-82 (as Carrie Todd), All My Children from 1984-86 (as Cynthia Chandler) and Days of our Lives from 1987-89 (as Angelica Deveraux). Wally Kurth who went on to play Elliot’s lover, Justin, on DAYS to son, Ned, on GH addressed the actress’ exit on Twitter this past week, insisting that he’s saddened by her impending exit as are the fans of the show but that “it’s her choice,” and that “she’s ready to retire.”
— Kirsten Storms has taken another break from General Hospital due to personal reasons, Daytime Confidential has confirmed.
— Billy Miller (Jason, GH) has booked a recurring arc on Ray Donovan’s fifth season.
— This week on General Hospital (City/ABC): Ava (Maura West) adds fuel to Carly’s (Laura Wright) fire on Monday (March 13). Sonny (Maurice Benard) visits Morgan’s grave. Liv (Tonja Walker) lures Julian (William deVry) away. Dante (Dominic Zamprogna) helps defuse a bad situation. Finn (Michael Easton) can’t escape the inevitable. Lulu (Emme Rylan) asks Kevin (Jon Lindstrom) for help on Tuesday (March 14). Carly seeks revenge. Curtis (Donnell Turner) questions Andre’s (Anthony Montgomery) motives. Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) struggles with Helena’s influence over Jake. Sonny tracks down Rudge (David Lee).
On Wednesday (March 15), Liv tries to escape. Sonny knows what he must do. Jordan (Vinessa Antoine) takes Ava to the PCPD. Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) fears the worst. Kiki (Hayley Erin) finds comfort in Dillon (Robert Palmer Watkins). Laura (Genie Francis) has a warning for Valentin (James Patrick Stuart) on Thursday (March 16). Dante and Lulu suffer a minor set-back. Franco (Roger Howarth) is troubled by what he learns during a therapy session. Sam (Kelly Monaco) is touched by Liz’s gift. Alexis is ready to learn to truth.
Dante urges Sonny to change his ways. Ava is besieged with guilt. Alexis reflects on her feelings for Julian. A visit with Liv further frustrates Anna (Finola Hughes). Jason (Billy Miller) helps Carly understand. Coming soon: Bobbie (Jackie Zeman) lets Nelle (Chloe Lanier) have it while Anna turns to Obrecht (Kathleen Gati) for help.
— This week on The Young and the Restless (Global/CBS): Ashley’s (Eileen Davidson) night at the opera cubes her to see Ravi (Abhi Sinha) in a new light on Monday (March 13; Canadian episode). Lily (Christel Khalil) fears for her safety. Lauren (Tracey Bregman) enlists Phyllis’ (Gina Tognoni) help with Scott (Daniel Hall).
Jill (Jess Walton) questions Nikki (Melody Thomas Scott) about Katherine’s letter on Tuesday (March 14). Jack (Peter Bergman) sets ground rules with Gloria (Judith Chapman). Victoria (Amelia Heinle) and Reed (Tristan Lake Leabu) struggle for control.
— The Young and the Restless will be pre-empted due to NCAA’s March Madness in the U.S. on CBS Thursday (March 16) and Friday (March 17). In Canada, the show will be pre-empted on Wednesday (March 15) and Thursday (March 16) with new episodes resuming on Global this Friday (March 17). A new episode will debut on CBS next Monday (March 20).
— Join Y&R’s Jason Thompson (Billy), Amelia Heinle (Victoria) and Gina Tognoni (Phyllis) for a Facebook Live this Friday, March 17 at 2:30 p.m. ET/11:30 a.m. PT.
— Per Daytime Confidential, Elizabeth Hendrickson is no longer on contract at The Young and the Restless. Could Chloe be leaving town?
— The Young and the Restless is bringing back Dina Mergeron! Marla Adams will return as Jack, Ashley and Traci’s mother beginning Tuesday, May 2 (Canadian airdate). Dina first returned to Genoa City from 1983-86 after abandoning ex-husband John and the Abbott children all those years ago and then again in 1991, 1996 and 2008.
— Also making returns are Yvette Nicole Brown as Lois Thompson on Monday (March 13; Canadian episode), Corbin Bernsen as Father Todd Williams on Wednesday, April 5 & Thursday, April 6, and Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ Erika Girardi as Farrah Dubose on Friday, April 21.
— This week on The Bold and the Beautiful (CTV Two/CBS): On Monday (March 13), Katie (Heather Tom) becomes surprised and hurt when Brooke’s (Katherine Kelly Lang) reaction to her suspcisions about Quinn (Rena Sofer) and Ridge (Thorsten Kaye). Eric (John McCook), Ridge and Brooke relish in the fact that things are on the uptake for the Forrester family.
Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) and Liam (Scott Clifton) are thrilled to have their families on board the plane as they head to Australia to be married on Tuesday (March 14). Much to Saul’s (Alex Wyse) chagrin, Sally (Courtney Hope) decides to take Thomas (Pierson Fodé) and books a cheap plane ticket for Australia. Coming soon: Will Sally feel guilty for what she’s done to Forrester now that her feelings for Thomas are growing?
On Wednesday (March 15), Sally finds herself in a position that only Quinn would be familiar with — smack in the middle of Matt (Jim O’Heir) and Kieran (Monica Horan) on a long flight.
— The Bold and the Beautiful will be pre-empted on Thursday, March 16 and Friday, March 17 due to CBS’s coverage of NCAA’s March Madness. New episodes resume on Monday, March 20 on both CTV Two and CBS, in time for the soaps’ 30th anniversary on March 23rd. Update: A two-episode special, Becoming Bold & Beautiful will air in Canada on CTV Two this Thursday and Friday at 1:30 p.m. ET. It’s a behind-the-scenes look at the 2016 Monte Carlo location shoot with Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (Steffy), John McCook (Eric), Scott Clifton (Liam), Darin Brooks (Wyatt) and Rena Sofer (Quinn). The specials will also air in the U.S. on Pop, in lieu of their same-day airings.
— This week on Days of our Lives (Global/NBC): On Monday (March 13), Chad (Billy Flynn) runs into Gabi (Camila Banus) and the two share memories from high school. Sonny (Freddie Smith) tells Paul (Christopher Sean) that he needs incriminating evidence against Deimos (Vincent Irizarry) on Tuesday (March 14).
Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) organizes a Horton gathering to welcome Eli (Lamon Archey) to the family Wednesday (March 15). Steve (Stephen Nichols) and Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) get new information on Ava’s son on Thursday (March 16).
Jennifer (Melissa Reeves) and Eric (Greg Vaughan) share a kiss on Friday (March 17). Kate (Lauren Koslow) sees Chloe (Nadia Bjorlin) and Eduardo (A Martinez) together and lays into them. Coming soon: Steve and Kayla track down his son.
— Jennifer Landon will soon begin appearing on Days of our Lives as a character that interacts with Nicole (Arianne Zucker) and Brady (Eric Martsolf). Landon is best known to daytime soap fans as As the World Turns’ Gwen Munson (from 2005-2008, and again in 2010) and The Young and the Restless’ Heather Stevens in 2012.